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The Love Below | Funky Buddha Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
funkybuddhabrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hot, Chocolate-Covered Love
Are you ready to put two together? The Love Below is a very special version of our Nikolai Vorlauf Imperial Russian Stout that’s been aged in luscious Cabernet barrels and bold Bourbon barrels for months, then blended together along with real cherries and 100% chocolate. Thick and sultry, this is a beer best consumed with a very special friend.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#586
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
186
pDev:
5.92%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
49
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Sandis
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Total Wine during a trip to Miami. I was really worried about the cherry being too overbearing but it was pretty subtle. As a result, i really enjoyed this.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zachary80
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Black without much head retention or lacing
S: Roasty, sweet/malty, chocolate, big vanilla
T: Cherry, chocolate, and vanilla with a good roasted malt profile. On the sweet side of balanced, but not cloying.
F: Low carbonation works well. Alcohol only present on exhale and not bothersome
O: Amazing beer. Wouldn't change anything. Up there with the original Bramble BCS and Ronaldo Dark Lord as one of my favorites.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with a hint of red. Small tan head that disappeared quickly.
Aroma of booze, chocolate, sweet fruit, and vanilla.
Red wine, dark chocolate, sweet cherry, vanilla taste.
Medium-bodied. The tastes work well together.

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Photo of rogacks
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffo
3.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mom brought this one back from FL for me. Thanks, heaps!

From a bomber into a snifter
Imperial stout with cherries, chocolate and vanilla added. Aged in bourbon and cabernet barrels
The Living Barrel Series

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a two finger, looser looking, fizzy and noisy tan head with lousy retention. Head quickly pops and fizzes down to a full wisp. Clear black body with medium carbonation evident. Touches of wisp and a ring remain leaving some falling lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Big nose of red wine, oak, some bourbon aromas, cherries, red fruits, some sweet cream and vanilla notes as well. Bold with plenty of boozy aromas.

TASTE: Red wine, port and alcohol flavors up front. Oak, bourbon, wine, red fruits and cherries at the swallow. A bold and lingering finish of red wine, bourbon and alcohol, oak flavors, some milk chocolate, sweet vanilla cream and some slightly tart cherries lingers on the palate. Boozy and plenty of different flavors going on.

PALATE: Medium, slightly lighter body with a touch higher levels of carbonation evident. Creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down a bit foamy but with no real burn and finishes rather mouth-coating. A bit of heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is delicious stuff all around. The look is par for the course, the head being a too loose and fizzy even, and the feel isn’t all that special, but the flavor and aroma are spot on. The adjuncts are there in the mix and both barrel treatments play a role in the story. Something worth checking out, especially if you’re a fan of cabernet barreled stouts, of which there aren’t all that many. Thanks again for picking this one up, ma!

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Photo of grover37
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a dark black color with a one-finger creamy khaki head that has decent retention

S- nice mix of booze soaked cherry and charred Malt up front, dark chocolate, vanilla. Even aromas of oaky bourbon and vinous red wine notes

T- dark chocolate mixed with sweet dark cherry notes that are reminiscent of cherry chocolate cordial. Mid plate gives barrel notes, equal pats bourbon and red wine, the red wine enhances the cherry. The finish brings out bold sweet vanilla and more red wine, lingers of chocolate and cherry

M- medium body and moderate carbonation leads to a creamy creamy mouthfeel and finish

O- bourbon soaked chocolate covered cherries, another winner

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Photo of Nograinleftbehind
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcb7472
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason_cs
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Willmagz
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bandi
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only slight traces of dark red are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short light tan head that quickly faded away, leaving a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon and chocolate are present in the nose along with notes of Cabernet from the barrel aging process.
T: This beer is very chocolatey and has notes of Cabernet along with hints of bourbon.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is incredibly drinkable for something that is 12% abv as it hides its alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of smithj4
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shehateme
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very cool blending of bourbon and red wine barrels - lots of cherry flavor with some chocolate mixed in. Smells similarly, though maybe not quite as good. Gets better and better as it warms.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DVMin98
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense and long lasting two and a half finger head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass and leaves minimal lacing
S: Smells of chocolate, cherries, bourbon, and wine barrels with some vanilla and roasted malts
T: Taste is chocolate and cherries with some wine barrel notes and vanilla. The wine barrel comes through well but the bourbon barrel notes are definitely there as well. Slight roasted malts and coffee toward the middle to end along with a little more cherry. Swallow is cherries and chocolate along with vanilla, roasted malts, a little oak and some more wine barrel
M: This beer is thick and velvety on the palate with adequate carbonation that is well below prickly. This beer is almost creamy on the palate. The swallow on this beer is try and a little tannic from the cabernet barrels but it is expected with the style as well.
O: Overall this is a really interesting beer. Great flavors and complexity make this one interesting to drink and the mouthfeel is awesome. This is definitely one to try.

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The Love Below from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 186 ratings