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Nib Smuggler - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 323
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.9%
Wants: 77
Gots: 76 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dimenhetfield on 05-06-2011

According to the brewery, a "chocolate porter".
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Photo of madelfonatree
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/24/2015 enjoyed in a Mad Elf tulip.

Look - A lot of sediment, it turns the dark brown body almost reddish brown. No lacing. No head left after a while. Head is tan when there. 4

Smell - Coke. Chocolate. Sweet. Raspberry.

Taste - Chocolate. Coke. Dr. Pepper. Sweet.

Feel - Not carbonated. Milky.

Overall - Crazy murkiness. One of the most pop forward beers I've had. Not something to write home about. Milk stouts have really stopped appealing to me.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer is pitch black with a nice, mocha colored head on top. Plenty of lacing and the retention is great as well. Aroma actually has chocolate in it, which seems to be rare even in beers which advertise chocolate as a main flavor. Milk chocolate doesn't dominate, per se, but dominates. Good flavor too. Not too sweet, chocolate is well balanced. Smooth and creamy. A pretty good beer if you like chocolate.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. Super easy drinker with lots of nice notes of chocolate and very creamy mouthfeel. It was really thin, but still managed to coat my mouth with sweet cream. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of hardysf
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with mocha foam. Smell is a blast of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and sweet lactose. The taste is similar to the nose, but an overabundance of the lactose and the vanilla is barely there. This was also too sweet for me and the mouthfeel was a tad thin. Ok, not great.

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Photo of pkalix
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

very nice pour! super heady on top with nice wafts of chocolate off the top..... flavor is very much chocolate-y and lactose-y, but very good. almost a root beer kind of flavor to this, even more-so than those "root beer" flavored brews, but this is genuine and authentic! really great brew. a bit too sweet to do more than one at a time, but a great change-up in the tasting room, i bet.....

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Photo of cjgator3
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Funky Buddha's Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Day on 1/9/2016. Nib Smuggler is one of the better chocolate milk porters I've ever had. Great stuff!

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Photo of Zraly
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Tap, Wiregrass. Nice chocolate on the nose and palate. Touch of creamy caramel. Vanilla bean in the finish. Medium bodied. Sweet but balanced. Nice evening beer that would pair well with dessert or on its own.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: opaque; deep cola brown in color; <1 finger medium tan head that receded to a thick collar; very little lacing;

S: chocolate milk;

T: tasted like an old fashioned chocolate malted; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish if you're patient;

O: don't know if I could drink a whole pint, but it's really good;

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black pour, thin but creamy tan lacing ring.

S - Sweet roasted chocolate, milk, some vanilla, a little earthiness.

T - Roasted chocolate malt, vanilla, lactose, chocolate.

M - Medium body, light carbonation, lingering lactose sweetness on the palate.

O - Solid.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with no head. Chocolate dominates both aroma and taste in a fuller bodied beer that is a great sipping beer. Perhaps too chocolaty for some but I really enjoy sweet beers so this hit the spot. The chocolate aspect at times comes across as dry (like roasted or burnt chocolate malt, not a dark chocolate dryness) but the sweetness overpowers everything. Couldn't drink more than one but still doesn't detract from this beer's ability to hit my sweet tooth.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

4 oz pour on tap

A: dark black body with hints of light escaping the edges

S: marshmallows vanilla a little coffee

T: lots of vanilla bean with some acidic edges to it sweet a little marshmallow a little coffee

M: thin not very creamy makes the beer feel watered down

O: it's ok not a bad taste just very straight forward with the vanilla also has a little bit of acidity I don't care for and a very watery body.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 12/27/2015. Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

The aroma of chocolate is one of the strongest and most amazing that I've tried so far (very similar to fresh Prairie Bomb). The taste is also amazing. The best beer from this brewery I've had so far.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark black/brown with creamy tan head. Aroma of big chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, malt, and almost a hint of cinnamon. Flavor is BIG chocolate and caramel with vanilla on the finish. Almost has a tootsie roll mixed with chocolate milk quality to it. Really chocolately. The feel is a little thin for my tastes, but is not horrible. Overall a tasty beer that is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Black, dark reddish brown, no light passes through. Solid one finger brown foam cap.

Aroma of chocolate. Hershey's chocolate. Sweet.

Light sweet chocolate taste, roast malt at the back of the tongue, slight chocolate lingering taste

Thin, good sudsing, , creamy,

The sweetness throughs it off for me, too much. I want more body in my porters.reminds me of a Canfield diet chocolate soda crossed with a beer

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Photo of xzxer
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this beer a few years ago and it didn't strike an accord with me.

However, this year it has really stuck with me.

The taste reminds me of a glass of nesquik from my childhood. And that is definitely a good thing. It has excellent chocolate flavor with just the right amount of sweetness.

Would definitely buy/drink again!

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Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark brown with a bunch of sediment, thin light brown colored head, dots of lace down the glass. Smell: vanilla, chocolate liquor, caramel, waffle cone. Taste: vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup, toast, caramel. Body is pretty light, feel approaching creamy status. Label is better than the beer, but it's still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle received in trade from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
solid black with a huge frothy off white head. Huge chocolate aromas and flavor. Chocolate milk porter is right, and its pretty damn good too.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the coolest labels in beer, just fantastic art, real funny. The beer in the bottle us nice too, made with a ton of South American cocoa, it adds a lot of flavor. Crazy how much chocolate is going on, and it has me thinking, I've never had just s regular beer from these guys, they are all gnarly flavored ales, all solid, but I would be curious to try some more basic stuff from them, if they make it. Chocolate works perfectly with the grains here, not as dark and toasty as some porters can be, more of a chocolate malt base, almost more of a deep brown ale. It has a fairly light body on it too, it would be very drinkable if it weren't so sweet. Even though there is some profoundly earthy bitterness to the chocolate added, the beer ends up being overly sweet on the whole, at least for me. It's real good, but even a little of it is kind of a lot, I was glad to be sharing. Always a treat to try the crazy beers these guts make, they have really honed their craft quite well. Definitely worth picking up if you can find it, especially for the chocolate beer lovers!

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Photo of zimm421
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown to black color with a nice thick tan head. The nose is sweet chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is loaded with sweet chocolate, and good a good toastiness. The balance swings largely towards the sweet side, and the presence of lactose is very obvious. The feel is nice and creamy. Overall, it's reminiscent of chocolate milk. Creamy and sweet with a touch of roasted malts.

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Photo of zac16125
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle


A: Opaque black, large 3+ fingers width of light tan head, very good retention before dissipating down and leaves lots of lacing. 4.25

S: Huge chocolate, roasty, lactose-like cream. Smells like cocoa pebbles. 4.25

T: Cocoa, some sweet sugary flavors, more subtle roasty characters. 4

M/D: Lighter side of medium body, fairly thin mouthfeel, not sure what the ABV is but I’d guess its low, drinkability is good. 3.75

O: Nice beer. Thought it was ok at first, but really like the sweetness that builds as it warms. 4.25

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Photo of Pete_Ale-man
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, glad I got to try this limited release beer. You can smell and taste the chocolate nibblettes. No lasting after taste clean and refreshing.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
2/5  rDev -51.3%

I'm always reluctant to rate an infected beer, but when I have several beers from a brewery and many are infected or exhibit those characteristics, I think it's fair to put it out there.

The beer didn't gush but it poured with excessive foamy carbonation. Big bubbles mixed with little, prickly bubbles throughout the beer. Fairly typical of an infection and common with several other subpar beers of theirs that I've had (e.g. BA Muy Bonita). There just seems to be little consistency with their beers - some reviews note "very little head", some a small ring, some a moderate head. Quality comes from consistency.

The aroma was mostly tart - red wine, sour fruit. Some earthy sour cocoa notes if you search for them.

Taste followed. The waves of chocolate, cocoa, leather, earth that the bottle and other reviews promise was absent. Some cocoa under the red wine tartness. The vanilla that was supposed to be there was completely obliterated.

The bottle describes the beer as viscous and creamy. It was prickly and watery.

I'd love to try some of Funky Buddha's beers in their intended state but it seems quite difficult to do. The Buddha needs to be a bit less Funky. To be fair, this was 7 months old and says "consume fresh" on it. But I received it in a trade 5 months after bottling and wanted to wait for Fall weather. It was refrigerated. There is "fresh" for IPAs and fresh for porters and IMHO a porter should either hold up, maybe fade a bit, for 7 months or you should put GIANT WARNINGS all over the bottle and a drink before date. QC needs work, big time.

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Photo of JulioH
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a chocolate milk porter that is very smooth. It is not bitter at all, and may fool you as being a watery porter. But if you pay attention, you will notice the creamy taste of the beer. It is almost as drinking an alcoholic chocolate milk, it is very creamy and very chocolate tasting.

I really like this beer because it is not overly bitter. At the same time, I appreciate that it doesn't have much alcohol like other porters. It is a nice milk chocolate porter that you could have at any time of the day.

Aroma was almost non-existent. Not much carbonation either. Great chocolate taste. Beautiful dark color. Not a heavy beer.

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Photo of TheosTheories
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- very dark brown with some red highlights coming through, nice lacing with light tan head.

S- huge chocolate on the nose, sweet milk chocolate, smells pretty much like chocolate milk.

T- just a crazy amount of choclate. Bakers chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, almost like a roasted cocoa bean at the end and vanilla.

M- creamy and full, good amount of carbonation

O- overall a very well crafted beer. It hit the style perfectly. They were going for a chocolate porter and that's exactly what you get. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Growler pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, earth, and dirt aromas. Taste is much the same with really earthy and dirty cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the cocoa nibs used in this one give off too much of an earthy aspect for my liking.

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Nib Smuggler from Funky Buddha Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.