Nikolai Vorlauf
Funky Buddha Brewery

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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #396
Ranked #9,617
4.03 | pDev: 7.94%
Mar 24, 2022
Sep 03, 2014
Nikolai VorlaufNikolai Vorlauf
Notes: We brewed this imperial stout to be big, bold and strong, like a bear-hugging Russian wrestler. A thick body using oats and lactose is complimented by plenty of complex chocolate, cocoa, and caramel undertones, before finishing on a balanced roasty note.
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle poured into a snifter
2016ish vintage

A- pours jet black with a one finger foamy khaki head that has good retention

S- roasted and charred aromas up front give way to dark fruit aromas or booze soaked raisin and fig, along with caramel, black licorice, faded earthy hops and a hint of oxidation

T- bold roasted and charred malt yo front gives a hint of smoky element, followed by notes of anise, dark chocolate, burnt bread, raisins & figs, caramel and just a hint of faded citrusy hops. The finish gives more char, along with toasted dark bread, licorice and chocolate that sticks around on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns creamy into a slightly warming finish

O- a solid and flavorful straight up RIS
Mar 24, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Dec 11, 2021
Rated: 4 by alexsergio from New York

Feb 07, 2020
Rated: 4.42 by RobertColianni from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by cambabeer from New York

Jan 14, 2019
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Reviewed by SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Bottled 11.18.15

Pours from the 22oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde snifter. Pitch black in color with a very nice sized tan to light coffee colored head. Generous amounts of lacing adorn the glass. The head retention is pretty stellar too.

Aroma somewhat lacking. Notes of coffee and alcohol and dark fruits; figs and raisins.

Flavor is decent. Alcohol is certainly noticeable and the coffee is as well. Fruitiness and a good bitterness burn in the back end. I would say on the fruity and alcoholic side with this one, even though the abv isn't that high. No alcohol burn, which is good. Kind of slick and oily on the finish. Bitter all the way down.

Not a bad beer, but I don't know why I saved it for this long. Kind of lost in the cellar. I would imagine this one is much better fresh. If you have one, drink it now.
Jan 12, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Oct 23, 2018
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Received in a trade two years ago. 2016 Vintage.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark black with a good two finger mocha head that fades slowly to leave nice sticky lacing and a thin wispy blanket.

S - Aromas of loads of dark fruits, raisins, caramel, bakers chocolate. Alcohol hidden quite nicely.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, really big dark fruit notes, light caramel. Little bit of chocolate, taste is really subtle. Almost slightly smoky. Decent roast, as it warms it gets a bit on the sweet side. Finish is lingering bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, low, but very creamy. Body isn't bad, could be a bit heavier. Alcohol hidden very very nicely.

O - Overall this was a solid RIS but the taste was a bit muted. Super subtle and subdued, not sure if that was purely from the age or what it's meant to be. Either way though it was a solid RIS.

Serving Type: Bottle
Jun 05, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by Peter1977 from Massachusetts

Jan 07, 2018
Reviewed by ECOBOOSTINST from Iowa

3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I ended the night with this one after a few IPA's. It felt a tad thin and a bit under carbed. The sweetness hurt this beer for me as it was a bit too overly sweet. Plenty of chocolate and coffee though
Sep 05, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by cd34 from Illinois

Aug 27, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by VeganUndead from Virginia

Aug 23, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Aug 11, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Aug 08, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by mltobin from Connecticut

Jul 16, 2017
Rated: 4.84 by FlaS4 from Florida

Jun 15, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by Skillet from Arkansas

Jun 09, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Jun 06, 2017
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Reviewed by Boccu from New York

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours black with really no head. Aroma of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Taste follows the nose with cocoa, Carmel,molasses, burnt marshmallows and vanilla. Not very imperial stout. A little too thin for a stout to me. Hung stout fan. Beginners Russian imperial stout. It's really a heavy porter. Big fan of funky Buddha just not this one.
May 26, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by stortore from Illinois

May 21, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts

May 18, 2017
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottled on 12/14/16, it pours black as night with a cascading 1 finger khaki colored head that was full of tiny bubbles that dissipated average time and left incredible lacing coating the whole glass - it looked like fake frosted snow sprayed on a store window for a Christmas display.

Smells of dark fruit like plum, dates and raisins up front, followed by dark chocolate, molasses, espresso, caramel, dry oatmeal, caramel, metallic notes, cocoa powder, chocolate milk, coffee grinds, charred wood, earthy accents and a rum like sweetness. Sweeter and more fruity than most RIS noses, but it's not a bad thing.

Tastes brings more chocolate, burnt coffee and roasted grains than the nose indicated. The flavor like the nose brings the dark fruit like plum, dates and raisins, followed by dark chocolate, molasses, cocoa powder, espresso, caramel, maple syrup, oatmeal, caramel, metallic notes, milk chocolate like Cadbury, dry chalky yeast, coffee grinds, charred wood, earthy accents, vanilla, burnt marshmallow and a dark rum sweetness. Borders on cloyingly sweet, but thankfully has enough roasted notes to balance it out. Aftertaste has fresh piney hops and mild peppery spices for additional complexities that come out as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with very mellow carbonation, a medium to heavy body and a slight bitterness that kicks in before the malty/chocolate sweetness takes over and covers up the 10% ABV listed on the bottle. A very good beer that has some choppy parts which seem to level out as the brew unfolds and warms up. Overall an enjoyable RIS.
Apr 23, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota

Apr 09, 2017
Rated: 4 by Agentveba from North Carolina

Apr 09, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania

Apr 08, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by Zuidman from Illinois

Apr 02, 2017
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75
Served in a Delirium snifter. Pours a brown coffee color which then forms into a rather inky black body. Almost no head except for a thin ring of bubbles.

Faint aroma of molasses, licorice, wet leaves, and coffee.

Starts off with bitter chocolates, followed by a sharp high alpha acid hop bite, and finally metallic coffee. It is a very bitter stout.

Feel crushes it. Totally creamy and otherworldly. Really nice on the palate.

Overall, a bit too bitter to be enjoyable, but it's worth finishing as it drinks well and has a great feel to it.
Mar 24, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by hockeypuck from Maine

Mar 17, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Mar 11, 2017
Rated: 3.87 by Gregf51 from Ohio

Mar 06, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by MTKATL from Georgia

Feb 26, 2017
Rated: 4.17 by TildenKatz from Florida

Feb 11, 2017
Rated: 3.71 by Kplummer82 from California

Feb 08, 2017
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Reviewed by FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
When poured you could see light through the dark caramel colored beer but not once it is in the glass. There is a dense, creamy tan head that leaves a nice film of lacing at the top of the glass. I noticed the oats and chocolate notes right away and then found some hints of caramel and coffee. The taste is exactly as it smells with the roasted malt, coffee, oats and coffee giving way to a sweet burnt sugar/caramel taste that is balanced out with bitter chocolate and char at the end. This is not what I would typically think of when drinking a RIS but it is damn tasty.
Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

Feb 04, 2017
Rated: 4.11 by DougT from Ohio

Jan 08, 2017
Rated: 4 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Jan 01, 2017
Rated: 4.05 by Nunya from Ohio

Dec 31, 2016
Rated: 4.02 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Dec 25, 2016
Rated: 4.44 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 25, 2016
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 293 ratings