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Nib Smuggler - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Nib Smuggler
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 54
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
According to the brewery, a "chocolate porter".

(Beer added by: dimenhetfield on 05-06-2011)
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Reviews by jwjon1:
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

This was a pretty damn tasty choco porter. Cacao on the nose with a ton of roast qualities going on. Drinks with a nice bittersweet chocolate presence, subtle vanilla notes, and roasted coffee quality. It's very well balanced. Silky mouthfeel is spot on for a porter, and I didn't notice any alcohol getting in the way of this beer, even after warming up. A great beer all around.

Side commentary: this would be fun with a little spicy pepper note finishing it out. Would love to run this through a habenero Randal!

04-22-2012 14:06:10 | More by jwjon1
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-12-2014 02:57:17 | More by jtladner
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-06-2012 20:04:11 | More by SPRichard
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Growler shared by Mark – thanks! Tasted side-by-side with Piiti Porter.

Pours black with a light brown head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with large amounts of milk and dark chocolate. Also present are hints of espresso lurking in the background.

Tastes more robust than it smells. Moderately roasted malts up front are joined by soft milk chocolate flavors. Midway through the chocolate influence opens up with the addition of cocoa powder and heavier dark chocolate. Light coffee flavors come in near the end, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed the base beer more than this treatment, as the chocolate didn’t come through very well in the aroma department and overpowered the coffee. Still, a solid beer that’s worth a shot.

07-07-2011 02:18:30 | More by glid02
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-28-2013 20:15:26 | More by cacostaj
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-07-2013 15:39:48 | More by hoptualBrew
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-30-2014 22:34:51 | More by Gonzoillini
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3.86/5  rDev -8.7%

On tap at the brewery's grand opening. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Pours black with a small khaki head. Nice collar after it settles. Not much on the surface.

Smell - It's all chocolate. It legitimately smells like cocoa nibs. If you've ever had steeped cocoa nibs, that's exactly what it smells like. Some lactose behind it.

Taste - Less chocolate here, but that was inevitable. Still lots of dark chocolate. It drops off to a slight astringent dryness. Lots of lactose as the body drops.

Mouthfeel - The lactose is more muted, as is the body. Drier. Medium carbonation.

Overall - A great treatment of their porter. The cocoa masks a lot of the lactose, which I appreciate, but additionally the chocolate tastes great.

06-01-2013 23:22:29 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-06-2014 20:52:10 | More by Rborre321
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South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at our weekly tasting! Served from growler into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a two finger light tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, powdered chocolate, oatmeal, cream, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, milk chocolate, cream, dark chocolate, and vanilla. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The nibs were definitely smuggled in this beer. However the smuggers didn't do a good job hiding them as I fear that they would have gotten caught during an inspection. Really great aroma and flavor going on here for a Milk Stout. I was surprised how well everything in this one worked together in unison and pulled the entire beer together. Damn nice brew and I would love to have it again!

06-10-2011 18:23:05 | More by thagr81us
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.65/5  rDev +9.9%

big thanks to greg for sending me this one, thought i had missed my chance, but alas i was lucky enough to have this little growler hit my porch today.

Dark as night with a towering head of tan that came up and over the top of the glass and coated everything with a thick, sticky layer of brown lacing that was not going anywhere.

Aroma is filling up the room with huge notes of coffee, chocolate, touches of vanilla and a warming, boozy note. Bringing it up to room temperature really starts to bring these out even more. Huge notes of roasted and lightly smoked notes coming up towards the surface. Rich, creamy and full bodied feel dump into the wonderfully large stout. Huge notes of coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, some light boozy notes, hints of vanilla and touches of oak and almost bourbon like booziness. Warming brings hints of light molasses and cookie dough to the equation now. Really just a great beer.

06-26-2011 04:59:55 | More by mikesgroove
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.04/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

04-21-2014 05:26:25 | More by JulioH
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Nib Smuggler from Funky Buddha Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.