Last Buffalo In The Park
Funky Buddha Brewery

Last Buffalo In The ParkLast Buffalo In The Park
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Style:
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #3
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
100
Ranked #109
Avg:
4.56 | pDev: 6.58%
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
887
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Last Buffalo In The ParkLast Buffalo In The Park
Notes: This Imperial version of our Last Snow porter is a rich, thick, decadent treat. Pitch black and viscous, it's made with coconut and fresh roasted coffee. We then age it in Bourbon barrels for months to accentuate the vanilla and coconut notes. Originally brewed in collaboration with our friends at Park Tavern in Delray Beach.
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The_Snow_Bird from Florida

5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer was very dark with no light passing through. No head on top of it. Smells very sweet with the bourbon and and coconut. Tastes even sweeter than last snow. Can't taste the bourbon, only coffee and coconut.

Feb 04, 2017
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

REVIEW FROM BEERADVOCATE MAGAZINE #122

Nothing compares to weekend, holiday, or snow-day mornings when we’re able to partake in a grown-up breakfast or brunch beverage. The well-known bloody mary, mimosa, or amped up coffee usually do the trick, but brewers have also been making breakfast-inspired beers for a good while now. This flavorful beer brings next level adulting to your a.m. drink game.

I had the pleasure of trying Funky Buddha's Barrel Aged Last Buffalo In The Park at our Extreme Beer Fest in Boston last month. There was a lot of hoopla from the crowd, so I knew I had to check this one out. It’s an Imperial take on the brewery’s Last Snow, a Porter that’s brewed with coconut and coffee, another great example of a beer that's primed for breakfast. But while Funky Buddha has brewed hundreds of different beers using all sorts of ingredients, these guys aren’t just shooting from the hip. “We were given some barrels from a great account for us [Park Tavern] in Delray Beach,” says co-owner and head brewer Ryan Sentz. “So it was a combination of it being a take on Last Snow using Buffalo Trace barrels from our friends at Park Tavern.”

Last Buffalo is clearly an Imperialized beer with a warming alcohol hitting 11.5 percent alcohol by volume and a lush, full bodied mouthfeel you’d find in a souped up adult coffee drink. Serving it at cellar temperature is the secret to hitting the sweet spot; every aspect came forward for full enjoyment. From the roasted coffee and coconut, to the faint booziness of bourbon, roasted grain, and even a bit of vanilla from the barrel aging, there's a lot going on here. Sentz didn't find it especially difficult to balance all of these flavors though. “We had experience with these ingredients with Last Snow, so it didn't take much tinkering to get it right.”

With everything that is going on in this brew it still stays very true to its style as a Porter. This latest batch was a limited run, but I certainly would not mind running into Barrel-Aged Last Buffalo more often. Trying to think like a dedicated beer geek, I asked Sentz about increasing its availability and whether there might be some variants to come from this brew in the future. “There is so much going on with this beer that I think doing a variant might be difficult,” he says. “That being said, we will definitely attempt a few. As for availability, I think we will continue to increase production if there is enough demand.”

I don’t want to pigeonhole this Porter as solely a breakfast brew, though it definitely qualifies. I will say, however, that the first beer of the day is often the best.

Jun 22, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Maple Bacon Day. Served in a plastic cup.

Appearance - Black. Nice khaki head good retention. Looks sticky.

Smell - Lots of coconut. Sweet caramel. Coffee. Chocolate. Some bourbon, but light.

Taste - There's that barrel. Nice whiskey flavor. Coffee and coconut in equal portions. Some oak. Slightly sharp oak. Lots of lactose sweetness in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Very sweet. Medium heavy. Slightly acidic woody flavor.

Overall - This is really excellent. Not quite Morning Wood, but it's much better than Snowed In.

Jan 11, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Got a pour of this gem at EBF in Boston, MA.

It pours fairly standard, as barrel-aged stouts go, thick, dark and black, with no head or lacing.

Smells decadent as all hell, so much shredded sweet coconut, a bit of chocolate, some vanilla, caramel, and roasted malt.

This one is light on the coffee, but uber heavy on the coconut. They absolutely nailed the sweet shredded coconut flavor here, it's so fresh, and in your face. Absolute essence of coconut. There's some sweet chocolate syrup flavors too, with some vanilla bean, and just the slightest hint of bourbon.

This is medium bodied, not all that thick, but certainly not thin. There is no alcohol noticeable here, which is awesome.

This was the 2nd best beer I had at EBF behind Good Morning. It shows how talented the brewers at Funky Buddha are at incorporating adjuncts. The coconut flavor here is so phenomenal.

Mar 23, 2015
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RNbeerfan from New York

4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Opaque black with a thin almost non existent tan head that dissipates quickly.
S: Bourbon, coconut, dark chocolate, coffee and a slight nuttiness
T: tastes like a coconut brownie. Sweet but not cloyingly. Bourbon that doesn't overwhelm
F: Just a tad on the thin side. But does cost your palate and lasts for a bit
O: This beer is amazing. A huge improvement over last snow. Great choice for a snowy day

Jan 24, 2017
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JWH90 from Alabama

4.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

It's hard not to give this a 5/5 across the board. This beer is simply fantastic. One of the best beers I've ever had. The warmer it gets, the more I like it. If you love BA beers, this is a must-have. Great job, Funky Buddha.

Feb 01, 2017
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MakeMineADoubleJack from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a damn shame I only got to have this as a 2 oz pour at EBF. This was by far the best beer of the festival for me. It drinks like delicious chocolate, coffee, coconut syrup. A stunning imperial stout!!!

Mar 22, 2015
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Gambyt20 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Funky Buddha is killing it. Had this side by side with a bourbon county 13 Prop and this was better. Granted it is totally unfair to compare fresh Last Bufffalo coconut and coffee with an aged beer. Just super creamy complex near perfection. Barrel, vanilla, and coffee complexity and harmony in a glass. Was ranked unanimously top 5 in a bottle share which included OG rare (easily #1), Prop 13, Bramble Rye, and Maple Mexican Cake! Simple superb brew.

Jan 29, 2017
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Sinhoptra from Nevada

5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

look : Poured on 1-24-17 into siftner pours thick with a thin receding head that eventually runs out.
Smell: was incredibly delicious tones of sticky roasted coconut accompanied with a chocolaty fudge and undeniable roasted cofffee lingers heavily bliss.
Taste: taste exactly how it smells!
Feel: was very nice thick creamy something like a milkshake yes!
Overall: out of this mf world!!!!! This is one if the most delicious beer I've ever had in my life period!!!!

Jan 28, 2017
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MilwaukeeBeerMaker from Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Admittedly, I am not a big coconut fan but this was outstanding. Good mix and balance of coconut, vanilla and barrel character. Glad I was able to get a small pour of it; would definitely seek out a bottle for my own.

Jan 31, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, 2016 release. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark chocolate brown body, mocha head comes up to about one finger, good retention, thin film, nice lacing. Smell is intense roasty coffee, more coffee, milk chocolate, touch of white chocolate, and bourbon sweetness. The coconut isn't really there. But the coffee is great. Flavour is more intense roasty coffee up front, transitioning into a milk chocolate, white chocolate sweetness followed by bourbon and a dash of coconut. That's pretty nice. It's all there for you to taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, smooth with a nice coconut and white chocolate sweetness on the backend. Another hit from Funky Buddha, I think I like this batch compared to last year's Snowed In.

May 11, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Savored at EBF. Loved last snow, and that aged in buffalo Trace barrels, holy sheeeeeet!!!

Pitch black color, no light getting through, little foamy head on top too.

Nose is just exploding with tons of coconut, caramel, choc., light vanilla barrel. Little bourbon with soft coffee.

Taste tons more coconut, nice mild bourbon, lots of vanilla and dark choc, smooth rich, light coffee nutty, chocolate coconut candy bar, tons of chocolate and coconut, fresh coconut flesh, nice bourbon but wish it was a touch more.

Mouth is thick but smooth, faint booze, decent carb.

Overall what more could you ask for, maybe a hint more bourbon, but otherwise as phenomenal as I could have expected.

Mar 23, 2015
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DannyV

4.94/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it a Funky Buddha brewery on release day for their Maple bacon coffee porter. They had an insane amount of beers that day, and i spent about 6hrs there, yet The Last Buffalo is the only beer I had more than once. Delicious in both smell and taste, this sticky malty & syrupy treasure is one i will be hunting for a long time.

Jan 12, 2015
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teamwiggum from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 04, 2018
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DarkLordPsycho from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 15, 2015
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Reds76 from Maine

4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 09, 2017
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DangerDawg from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 18, 2018
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warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Feb 05, 2017
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Jmonah3 from New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 21, 2017
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Vicirus from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

May 11, 2020
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BeardedBeerist from New York

4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Apr 22, 2015
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KensWorld from Florida

4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 21, 2017
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pavpav12 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nov 28, 2018
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JBreits83 from Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jan 22, 2017
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KT123 from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 13, 2017
Last Buffalo In The Park from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 887 ratings