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Nib Smuggler - Funky Buddha Brewery

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171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 65
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

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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Ratings: 171 | Reviews: 30
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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.

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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.

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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!

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Nib Smuggler from Funky Buddha Brewery
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