Last Snow - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 886
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 2.68%
Wants: 499
Gots: 109 | FT: 8
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Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: brentk56 on 11-18-2011

Coffee Porter w/ coconut, white chocolate and caramel
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Photo of aleigator
3.03/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a black color, with ember red edges and a decent, soon vanishing head.

Smells of ground coffee, coconut and mousse au chocolate big times. The coffee is especially well pronounced, while standing against the sweeter aromas of the beer, it reveals earth, toffee and hazelnuts. The nose offers a unique blend, which turns out to be less sweet than expected, with a well balanced infusion of bitter coffee, accentuated by roasted coconuts.

Has a smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied beer.

Tastes of bitter coffee beans, accompanied by a metallic carbonation, increasing the tastes bitterness, while providing a vivid creaminess. Coconut and Nutella add a lot of character to the beer, which doesn't turn dessert-like at any point, due to the distinct coffee presence. It implements an earthy toffee flavor very effective though, which turns a tad metallic during the finish, reminding me of cold coffee.

Easy drinking beer, which got a decent complexity to it, turning out a bit too thin and metallic during the finish. Also the bitterness is a bit too harsh, compared to the weaker implemented sweeter flavors of the beer, initially promising a decent balance. The beers interaction between coffee, bitter chocolate and slightly wooden coconuts is very enjoyable though, while the brew remains recognizable as a Porter. (1,340 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.27/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours medium/dark brown, a bit on the thin side, with a collar of light sand colored head. Good persistence but no lacing.

S: Delicious coconut, light roastiness, a bit of vanilla. A bit of a rubbery smell.

T: Light roast and malt, a bit of coconut and vanilla. Pretty watery.

M: Thin, with medium-light carbonation.

O: The coconut is nice on the nose, but overall this is pretty one dimensional, and the taste is decidedly watery. The base is too thin to stand up to the coconut flavor. And unfortunately, the coffee seems to have completely faded. (565 characters)

Photo of Ewlew
3.3/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Good, but the flavor seemed very artificial opposed to a smooth and fully integrated brew. This was just not for me relative to some other beers in this style. (160 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.67/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Things are beginning to slightly look up in the Funky Buddha world, this beer was passable but still not a beer I could have a lot of. Served on draft at Churchkey and served in a snifter.

Beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles, decent retention, no lacing, no carbonation to speak of, looks fine.

Aroma is mostly coffee and some coconut, mild roast, a little malt.

Mostly coffee in the flavor profile, there is a mild hint on coconut in the mid to late palate, beer is medium in body. A decent flavored porter but not my favorite by a long shot. (563 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey the other night. Black in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer. It left a little lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma smells like like opening a bag of shaved coconut and sticking your nose in. Coconut oil seems to remind me a little of sun tan lotion for some reason. The coconut dominated too much for me, but at least it was a pretty good coconut flavor.

In the taste I get a little more roasted flavor that really helps cut through the coconut. I still get a pretty bold coconut oil presence to it though. It was very interesting, but again the bold coconut just makes it seem too one dimensional for me to call it great.

The mouthfeel was thin and carbonation was low. Again, as with most of their beers I got to try it just feels way too thin for the style.

Overall, it was a pretty cool and interesting beer, but the coconut just dominated way too much for me. I was really wowed by Three Hour Tour a while back, this one just didn't compare that favorably for me as far as coconut in beer goes. (1,069 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours near black with a thin head and a few spots of lacing. The nose carries heavy, heavy chocolate along with a touch of underlying roast. Mild coconut in the background. Then more chocolate. Hersey-syrup-type chocolate. A bit cloying as it warms a bit. Flavor is more heavy chocolate with some underlying coconut character. Some roasted malt beneath. This is a hard one to score as there really isn’t much underlying beer; it’s really heavy chocolate, though not what you’d get from chocolate malt. I can’t knock the nose too much, as it was really wonderful, but have taken that into account in my overall score. (671 characters)

Photo of tarheels86
3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap at CK. Pours a deeper clear ruby. Massive off white foam. Big rocky retention. Nose is out of this world. Super rich espresso, coconut hazelnut frappacino. Taste is a little weak but this is not an imperial stout. Thinner than expected with rich frappacino character. The rich Dunkin Donuts iced coffee nose and taste is uncanny but still a bit contrived for me. Could simply be not even a beer if it were given to me blind. Delicious. Tangy lactic palate. Sharper coffee finish. Liked this one a lot. But more of a Starbucks concoction than a porter. 6/7/2012 9/5/7/3/16=4.0 (579 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice creamy porter with huge coconut flavor/nose. It goes into the sun tan lotion realm, which is a bit far. The coffee emerges as it warms to help balance. It's close to liquid Samoas. (188 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Way too much coconut, almost comes off like sunscreen. It's still an enjoyable beer, but if the coconut was more natural, like three hour tour, this could be a great beer. Instead, its a fun experiment to say you tried. (221 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep brown colour with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Massive sweet coconut up front with chocolate, roast and lighter coffee notes.

T - Liquid bounty bar! Sweet coconut and milk chocolate with some bitter roast. The finish is sweet milk chocolate and coconut that is slightly artificial tasting. A bit too sweet overall, but very good.

M - Medium body, somewhat creamy. Light carbonation. (420 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in tulip glass

The body sits an ink black with just a faint bit of brown around the bottom edge when held up to the light. The cap was a khaki color, creamy, and never truly receded. Thick, creamy sip marks line the inside of the glass.

Notes of coconut, creamy white chocolate, and coffee beans. It smells like a mounds bar in a glass.

Super creamy white chocolate hits the palate first, before a wave of sweet, toasted coconut. The coffee bean flavor comes out in the finish, creating an interesting turn on the palate from sweet coconut to acrid coffee beans. They didn't transition all that well. The coffee and dark roast finish is somewhat short lived.

Full body, smooth and creamy. Carbonation is on point.

The transition from coconut to coffee is a little sharp and the finish doesn't linger all that much. However, this wins points for creativity. The combo of white chocolate and coconut is fantastic. This is a must try for anyone out there. (973 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Funky Buddha. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - Dark in here, but it pours black with a nice head. Khaki head. Collar of foam.

Smell - Coffee and coconut in equal portions. Something sweet resembling chocolate. Maybe that's the white chocolate. Vanilla?

Taste - Very intense coffee. Much more intense than the nose. Coconut also secondary. Coffee lends a bitterness that is eased by vanilla and chocolate. Lingering vanilla flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Bitterness makes it less drinkable than its more popular sister beer, but still great flavor for the body.

Overall - Tough not to compare it to Maple Bacon, but it's not up to that level. Maple makes the difference. Coconut is the highlight of this beer. (730 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From tap to snifter at ChurchKey DC on 6/7/12
*From notes

A: Things start well, as this certainly looks good. Dark leather brown with a creamy quarter finger head. A dense and thick collar follows.

S: Coconut coffee. Pretty awesome stuff, to be honest. It's slightly green to a point, yet it's elegant and really well put together.

T: Minty up front, yet it quickly evolves into fresh coconut, which attacks the mid. Some charred cocoa, grass, and a touch of coffee round out the finish. Like a liquid Mounds bar.

M: Bummer. Undercarbonated and a bit thin. Something cleary is wrong with the way these FB kegs were filled or tapped.

O: Maybe my favorite Funky Buddha offering of the night, sans SNACK ATTACK! This is very elegant, and a beer that I could have multiples of without getting sick of it's schtick. Easily recommended, a really solid offering from South Florida. (879 characters)

Photo of Tommo
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The flavor of this is amazing, so much coconut and coffee. However it is also sickeningly sweet. Could never drink this whole bomber. Even 3 of us didnt finish it (162 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Churchkey in DC. Served in a 4 ounce snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours almost black with a layer of creamy off white head. The head fades and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: I'm getting lots of coconut with some roast and dark chocolate notes. Quite sweet.

Taste: A lot like the smell thank goodness. Sweet coconut and chocolate. The only issue I have with this beer is the overly bitter finish. I thought it was a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side with foamy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer would have been absolutely phenomenal if the finish were a bit smoother. As it is, I still loved it and would definitely have more. (714 characters)

Photo of Stevecarini
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A heady stout in Florida? Yes, yes it is. Of the many samples I tried, this hardy porter stood out in the crowd. I always look for a beer that's going to give you a flavor punch and that's exactly what this beer delivers. Complex hints of vanilla, coconut and chocolate. Smooth finish and a nice nose. I was lucky to grab the last little sample of it. Another Funky Buddha gem. (384 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark brown/black color.

The aroma hits of a signature intensity of Funky Buddha. Tons of coconut flakes, light roasted malt, chocolate.

The flavor follows with a straight Almond joy flavor. It tastes of simply eating coconut, then onto some chocolate flavor and a light roasted malt porter quality.

The mouthfeel is medium minus.

A fun brew, but simply that, at best. (391 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour from a 32oz bottle to a Three Floyd's teku glass. Thanks Brian(Auror) for sharing this.

A- Pours a light brown that appears a pitch black in the glass with a half finger of mocha brown head that recedes at a fairly average pace. Nice carbonation with good consistency. Leaves spotty lacing.

S- Very sweet coconut balanced with very sweet caramel, some vanilla. Very rich, ultra sweet, very aromatic, all while retaining a decent balance. One of e sweetest/richest beers I've smelled.

T- Very sweet caramel, some coconut, a tiny bit of vanilla, balanced malts, a hint of bitterness, finishes with more coconut and rich caramel. Very nice for a 6.5% porter, maybe a tiny bit too sweet.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation, smooth, maybe a little bit too thin.

O- This was a very nice porter that was very rich and sweet but retained a decent balance between the coconut and caramel. Definitely worth checking out especially if you have a sweet tooth. (959 characters)

Photo of hopsnbarleyblog
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A good robust porter, nothing more. Watery mouthfeel, Strong coffee aroma. Coconut flavors barely present and overpowered by the strong coffee notes. Too much hype behind this one, I feel its overrated. (203 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during Brewvival 2012! Served from tap into a Brewvival sampler imperial pint. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained good lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, coconut, and chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, white chocolate, and a hint of coconut. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very good brew. When I saw this one come up on the board at Funky Buddha's booth, I kind of batted my eyes at it thinking it was a Winter Warmer based on the name. But WOW! I'm glad I went back and had a go at it. This thing was insane as far as the flavors and aromas coming off of it. I don't know how they got the white chocolate flavor to stick in the flavor, but definite kudos to that one. A definite must try if you get the opportunity, which I hope to get again in the future. (977 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's the other night.

The beer pours a dark brown color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose on this beer is just great, as I picked up considerable coffee, vanilla and light coconut. On the palate... yowsza!!! This is just delicious. The beer is moderately sweet, but with a boatload of coconut to go along with the coffee and vanilla. Yummm!!! Mouthfeel is light to medium, but with a long, rich, sweet and light creamy finish. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable.

Couple of thoughts about this beer. Obviously, it's a fine beer, but I was amazed by the amount of flavor it delivered considering the (relatively) low alcohol. Also, drinkability was just off the charts; I could drink this all day. This beer really pushes the envelope (as did all the FB beers I've tried), and was just so much fun to drink. Kudos to the brewer for making such an ususual, yet still very fine beer. (920 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark, dark brown. Almost black but not quite there just yet. Forms a thin dark head that reduces even further to a thin surface coating.

S: tons and tons of dark roasted coffee beans, then there's a note of toasted coconut, coconut that's been toasted too far. But the aroma is just works.

T: dark and roasty. Roasty coffee, roasty malts, and toasted coconut. Very mild sweetness. Finishes with a stronger coconut flavor that just seems to grow on the finish.

M: on the heavier side of medium. Mild to moderate coffee bitterness. Medium carbonation.

O: a very interesting beer. Typically I don't like these weird combinations, but this one works and works well. (672 characters)

Photo of M_chav
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice midnight black with a 1/2 inch, quickly dissipating head.
Smell is incredible! nothing like it, huge coconut-coffee- faint chocolate is one of the best noses on a beer that I can remember - totally unique!
Slight bitterness from the coffee stands out - medium body. perfect hints of chocolate and coconut again - one of the few beers that is able to bring the coconut flavor out that I've ever tasted.
Soft and smooth finish, very drinkable.
This is well done, very well balanced brew - not over powering in any one taste-lots of depth and spice. (563 characters)

Photo of tclipse
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is the best smelling beer I have ever come across... it's a massive coconut bomb with a coffee note taking the back seat, but still present. I find myself wishing it was more viscous and with a higher ABV, it is quite thin and would be the absolute perfect beer if it were heavier. For the style though, it is among the best I've had.

Summary:
Look: Medium to dark brown, slightly transparent, caramel head
Nose: Oh my god this is the best thing I have ever smelled in life.
Taste: Man, I wish this tasted as good as it smelled...
Feel: This is flat out too thin.

Good beer. If they did the same thing they did with "Wide Awake It's Morning" (the imperial version of MBCP) for this, it would be a world stopper. (721 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a coconut bomb. Only slightly picking up the cherry flavor in this. Nice thick and rich mouthbfeel. This beer just explodes on the tongue with coconut, but has a nice roasted malt under lying that really helps to balance everything out. No real sweetness at all. Huge toasted coconut smell. This beer was pretty awesome. (328 characters)

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Last Snow from Funky Buddha Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.