Barrel Aged Imperial Chocwork Orange
Funky Buddha Brewery

Barrel Aged Imperial Chocwork OrangeBarrel Aged Imperial Chocwork Orange
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Porter - Imperial
4.33 | pDev: 8.55%
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Barrel Aged Imperial Chocwork OrangeBarrel Aged Imperial Chocwork Orange
Notes: Brace yourself, our Bourbon barrel-aged Chockwork Orange is about to clop its way into your belly. Waves of real chocolate and orange wash over your palate like a symphony of flavor conducted by a robust and roasty Imperial Porter that’s sure to make you and your droogs ready for a bit of the old ultra-yummy.
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a J. Wakefield Brewing OG teku glass. Consumed 10/25/16.

A: Very dark brown with a thin tan head with average retention. Opaque with a low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Nice here – bourbon, chocolate, and oranges almost completely in balance. Oak and vanilla, lactose sweetness and lightly sweet tobacco.

T: Follows the nose – oranges up front (think orange creamsicle) with a mild sweetness. Rich milk chocolate. Bourbon and oak tannins, vanilla and lactose. Rather than chocolate covered orange, it seems more like a chocolate covered Orange Creamsicle with the vanilla and lactose flavors…and then a soft bourbon chaser. Chocolate and candied orange in the hang – sweet but not cloying.

M: Heavier bodied than most non-“imperial” milk porters. Bourbon flavors are present, but minimal alcohol heat for anything that's aged in a barrel. Carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: Really enjoyable - and maybe more so than I expected. I don’t know that I’d want a lot more than a half of the bomber – it is pretty "orangey" – but the flavors are reasonably complex and balanced.

Aug 04, 2019
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Amguerra305 from Florida

4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours and sits cola brown. Smell is a dark chocolate bomb. Not a whole lot of barrel. The orange only really comes out in whisps when you stick your nose in to the glass. The taste follows the smell with strong chocolate notes on the front end, seeet in the middle, and followed by a pretty pleasant orangey after taste. Feel is silky and lightish. Overall a solid beer but needed more time in the barrel to really make it world class.

Sep 04, 2017
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edthehead from New York

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just don't know how a porter can be any more decadent and well made than this. I've had a lot of high scoring FB and this one truly tops them all so far. Light brown foamy head loaded with chocolate, orange, and bourbon bouquet. The bourbon, chocolate, and orange all are unmistakably present in the nose and palate, however increadibly well integrated and balanced. A highly orchestrated symphony of deliciousness. Mouthfeel was as or more thick and lingering than any porter I've had before, and even compared to many good stouts. Met or exceeded all expectations. Highly recommend!!

Aug 14, 2017
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gibgink from Missouri

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours almost black. Sweet smells on the nose invite the drinker to pour the beverage into the mouth. Good chocolate notes on the palate with an incredibly smooth finish. I am knocking the overall rating as while the chocolate was great, I did not get any orange.

May 29, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for the share, Nick.

This one pours a nice dark black, with a small head, and basically no lacing.

This smells pretty ridiculously decadent, so much like a chocolate covered candy orange. There's also roasty malt and a hint of vanilla. I don't get much barrel on the nose.

This is definitely not a barrel bomb- I get some light oak and vanilla, but not much in the way of bourbon itself. The chocolate covered orange feel to this is spot on, and surprisingly not too sweet. It's also nicely roasty, which helps keep it from being too sweet.

This is medium bodied, a tiny bit syrupy but not bad. There's a normal amount of carbonation for a beer of that strength.

Funky Buddha just might make the best dessert beers in the country.

Apr 13, 2017
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Funky Buddha Barrel Aged Chocwork Orange
22oz bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2016

A: Pours an opaque black with one fingers width of light tan head that dissipates at a moderate rate leaving lots of lacing. 4.5

S: Aroma is significant Orange, subtle unsweetened dark chocolate, a metallic somewhat astringent character. Mild to moderate Barrel characters with bourbony vanilla and some charred notes. 4

T: Taste is very good, much better than the nose. Nice orange notes, great Porter roasitness, lactose like cream and some oat. Very nice chocolate on the back end. Barrel notes are present but not huge, with charred oak and some bourbony booze. It's really fantastic. 4.5

M/D: Very smooth, medium bodied could be a touch thicker, ABV is well masked, drinkability is good. 4.25

O: So I wasn't sure about the aroma but man did the taste come through. Well done FB. 4.25

Mar 12, 2017
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Gambyt20 from Illinois

4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow. Literally like liquefied chocolate covered oranges, the nose on this is amazing bourbon and orange. Taste fully follows the nose with creamy chocolate orange flavor. Funky Buddha nailed the flavor profile yet again.

Jan 29, 2017
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 fl oz bottle sealed with fucky buddha pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: black body large dense head.

Smell: Tons of chocolate. Tons of oranges. Big bourbon.

Taste: Rich milk chocolate. Sweet oranges. Nice bourbon finish that sweetens the oranges even more.

Mouthfeel: medium body beer with low yet adequate carbonation. Slightly boozy, but not much sting. I think it has to do with how rich the beer is.

Overall: This is fantastic. I think that I like the Hill Farmstead BA Daybreak a little bit more than this one. BA Daybreak has more integrated flavors with better mouthfeel and Chocwork orange is richer and sweeter. Really nice beer regardless.

Jan 25, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 6/3/16

A- pours a pitch black color with a small creamy off-white head that reduces to leave some lacing behind

S- aroma is reminiscent of an orange-nougat-filled Russel Stover chocolate. Plenty of zesty orange & chocolate, subtle undertones of bourbon and some barrel notes, hints of caramel & coffee

T- orange comes through unlike any orange flavored beer I've had. Sharp orange zest pokes through, followed by undertones of milk chocolate and hints of bourbon barrel & melted caramel. The finish gives more orange with milky sweet chocolate and just a trace of bourbon

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

O- another outstanding stout from FB, these guys are masters of adjunct stouts

Jan 07, 2017
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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thick,creamy,khaki colored,1 1/2 finger head with beautiful retention and lacing.Jet black in color,with no light coming through the glass.

On the nose I get huge orange and bourbon notes,backed up by some chocolate,roasted coffee,and dark malts.It definitely has an orange creme liquor scent going on.

The palate follows the nose...Tons of orange creme,bourbon,and chocolate,backed by some dark coffee,and roasted malts.Strong flavors of orange creme liquor...but those flavors start to blend much better with the chocolate and others as the beer warms.

The mouth feel is medium / heavy,with some alcohol warming effects.

This is a solid imperial porter.Not something I could drink every day,but a very good beer nonetheless.

Dec 29, 2016
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mschrei from Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Quite the excellent beer. Dark with thinner brown edges, quite healthy lacing. Sweet chocolatey notes on the smell. Roasty and sweet tasting, chocolate and orange very present. Light barrel presence, mostly the alcohol burn.

Nov 18, 2016
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Roguer from Georgia

3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First, a disclaimer: I won't deny this is a very well-made beer.

Second, a caveat: while I enjoyed this beer, I would never buy it again (and certainly not at the price point).

Pours a very strong, sizeable head of dark tan foam. Retention and lacing are very, very nice. Fantastic looking brew.

On the nose, the beer starts to lose its appeal. There's a massive amount of orange, and a lesser amount of chocolate, all blending with the bourbon to give the impression of orange liqueur. If you love orange liqueur, you'll love the nose. If you love BBA stouts ... you'll have to decide for yourself.

On the palate, the flavors are similar. Very strong, very independent, very noticeable, and very polarizing. It's not unlike a liqueur-filled chocolate-orange candy from the holidays. The chocolate is perhaps more subtle than the other flavors, with coffee and roast tones from the malt receiving not quite equal billing, but plenty of weight nonetheless. The dominant flavors are without a doubt the orange (which is quite organic and natural, but salient) and bourbon.

Unlike on the nose, it's possible to pick apart the bourbon flavors separately from the orange, but it still makes for a very interesting concoction, not unlike an experimental boutique cocktail. Quite surprisingly, as the beer warms, those inimitable flavors don't come out stronger, but rather blend together into a calmer, smoother result.

Remarkably smooth and approachable on the palate.

Nov 16, 2016
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BeantownBrews from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful porter, nearly opaque with a tan chocolate head that dissipates fairly quickly
Oh man, smells like the chocolate orange break-apart candy ball that you crush in the foil
Really full flavor on the front of chocolate syrup and orange liquor that fades on the back to barrel that ends with BA heat
Fairly viscous, coats the mouth with a decent sip
Another great (funky) FB offering

Nov 02, 2016
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 22 fl.oz bottle acquired in a trade with Steban
Served in a snifter

Impressive appearance. The medium bodied, dark brown body was topped by an inch-tall, super tight and creamy, mocha colored crown. Fantastic retention. The head slowly dropped to a thick, bubbly collar. A wall of spotty lacing coated the glass after every sip.

The nose was outstanding. The orange and chocolate notes came through big time but did not become too dominant or sickly sweet. A chocolate orange candy definitely came to mind. Some Grand Marnier too. Vanilla was noticeable. Perhaps a touch orange creamsicle-like as well. Bit of roastiness. Touch of bourbon heat in the background.

The flavor profile was nearly as impressive. Orange notes hit hard right off the bat. Grand Marnier again came to mind. Some semisweet chocolate as well. Bit of roasty malt in the center and on the back end. The roast provided a nice balance to the sweetness up front. Touch of booziness on the finish. For an 11% ABV beer, however, this drank incredibly well.

The mouthfeel was terrific. Medium bodied for the style. Perhaps a touch thin however. Slick and silky smooth. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence that turned super creamy and fluffy on the palate.

Many novelty/dessert beers are often cloyingly sweet and enjoyable only in small amounts, but Funky Buddha's Barrel Aged Imperial Chocwork Orange was incredibly flavorful yet also remarkably well balanced. No other brewery pulls off the wacky flavored beers like these guys do.

Nov 01, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by starrdogg. Dark brown body with a thin beige collar. The aroma is totally those baseball shaped chocolate oranges that you have to violently strike with a hammer to break them into slices. You know what I'm talkin' 'bout. Absolutely delicious flavor and everything the label promised. The body is thinner than expected, though drinkability is abnormally high for an 11% abv desert beer. Superb.

Oct 01, 2016
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super rich and delicious - it reminds me of a beer I had while I was at The Bruery a couple years ago called Break Apart Stout. But this is much better. As it warms it almost becomes like a beer version of grand marnier. Wish it wasn't $28/bottle, but given how it's a nice sipping barrel aged treat, I can almost justify it..

Sep 22, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Received in a trade, shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a two finger mocha that fades to a smooth blanket and great lacing.

S - Aromas are of those smashed chocolate orange! Light bourbon notes, excellent milk chocolate and excellent "orange" notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, excellent chocolate orange flavour. Really strong and flavorful. Good chocolate notes, nice oranges. Good bourbon booze, nice barrel. Really really delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is like a silky velour. No booze either. Wow.

O - Overall this was a very very good beer. Certainly achieves what they were going for, drinks like a smashed chocolate orange, super impressive.

Serving Type: bottle

Aug 19, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to rudzud

Huge foamy creamy thigh mocha head hits 2 fingers and fades slowly with thick soapy lacing, pitch black thick beer long legs.

Nose is basically a chocolate orange, juicy orange candy, fresh orange juice notes, nice milk chocolate little dark cocoa, mild bourbon wash, little vanilla and milk stout creamy choc malt, wish the bourbon and barrel was more.

Taste brings big chocolate orange again, fresh orange rind with orange candy, the candy sugar orange marmalade candy, mild milk chocolate, little creamy cocoa, tangy orange, faint bourbon and vanilla barrel notes, milky porter dark malt touch toasted malt.

Mouth is creamy lush velour awesome, good carb, no booze.

Overall a very awesome beer, amazing chocolate orange and base milk stout, just lacking the bourbon to be perfect.

Aug 19, 2016
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Allenjoseph5 from Florida

4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a large Funky Buddha snifter.

L- black with a brown tinge. Thin dark khaki head. Not a whole lot of head retention, but a thin strip remains around the edge of the glass

S- incredible. Smells like the you would think. Orange, chocolate, with bourbon bringing up the rear. Maybe a little vanilla. It smells perfect.

T- chocolate and the sweetness from the lactose up front. Hints of vanilla. Nice bitterness to balance out all the sweetness. Finishes with bourbon. The orange stays on the breath.

F- full bodied. Nice carbonation. Thick.

O- I'm admittedly a Funky Buddha whore. But this beer is one of their best. The regular version of this beer is good. This barrel aged version is a home run. This wasn't a cheap bottle, but in regretting not buying more. The wife loves it, too

Aug 12, 2016
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VTR from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this On tap recently into a snifter. Came looking dark as expected. I was interested to see how they blended all these flavored together and then aged them in a bourbon barrel. Smell was really good with the orange overpowering the slight chocolate and vanilla. I sipped this slowly and at first (cold) the taste was predominately chocolate with slight orange and hints of the bourbon barrel. As it warmed the orange took front stage and made this beer a real interesting experience. I am glad I was able to try this but could not drink more than one at a time especially the $16/11oz pour I was getting.

Jul 22, 2016
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium viscous black with a minimal tan head. Smells like orange and Grand Marnier. Nice up front orange and chocolate taste with a nice bourbon finish. Really nice smooth mouthfeel. Another treat from Funky Buddha

Jul 15, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottleneck says Bottled On 06/03/16.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Massive orange aroma with a milk chocolate backing and some booze.

T- The orange is the dominant flavor here and it is the exact same kind of orange you encounter when biting into a chocolate orange. My issue is that the chocolate is mainly present in the aftertaste and the orange drowns out everything else, including the barrel. Instead of getting a lot of barrel character, I mainly get alcohol heat. Still, very drinkable for the ABV and the orange flavor is pleasant. Especially as it warms, the roastiness of the malt starts to complement all the other flavors and becomes dangerously smooth.

M- Creamy and thick with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Good concept, decent execution. I wish the orange was toned down just a tad to let the other elements come through more but I know it's a difficult ingredient to work with. Very smooth but, since it is so one-dimensional, it's a bit of a chore to take down the whole bottle.

Jul 14, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives pitch black with a tan cap; a few streaks of lace

Smell: Rich milk chocolate, roasted tones, orange and Bourbon

Taste: Roast and milk chocolate forward with pronounced orange tones through the middle; the Bourbon barrel adds impact in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Excellent; the power of the orange merges with milk chocolate and Bourbon, creating a unique impact

Jun 25, 2016
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LMO1190 from Florida

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its Looks like a stout with a thick dark head of foam. On then nose there is a big Orange candy smell with big chocolate. It taste like orange liquor with brandy and milk chocolate. Very Tasty!!!!!! Its very thick bodied and sweet. A fantastic dessert beer. I hope they make this again!!!

Jun 19, 2016
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ELS from Florida

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've always liked the chocolate orange combination even as a kid when I used to eat chocolate covered orange rinds. Anyone remember that? This beer takes full advantage of those flavors while also adding bourbon. I have to admit I was skeptical but it actually works. FBB has always had a great strength of pushing the envelope with flavors over a porter base beer and having great success. This beer is further proof of that fact. It drinks pretty smoothly but make no mistake, you know you are drinking a high abv beer but the chocolate orange flavor makes it very palettable.

Jun 19, 2016
Barrel Aged Imperial Chocwork Orange from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 122 ratings