Vanilla Espresso Piiti Porter
Funky Buddha Brewery

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Porter - American
Ranked #11
Ranked #1,833
4.46 | pDev: 6.28%
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
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Dulahan from North Dakota

5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a chance to try this at the Food & Wine Festival as well, and what a treat. This is now, hands down, my favorite beer I've had to this point (Though the quest will always continue! I hope to find something someday). That fact is why I gave this beer a perfect rating, because to my sensibilities, it is the most perfect beer I've had.

I've spent the last 7 months since trying it doing my best to get something similar, and failed. I've yet to find a good vanilla espresso porter (Or stout for that matter!) that can match this. Where it succeeds and all the others have failed is the Vanilla. Of the 5 or so others I've found in the meantime (give or take) - all of them manage to capture the vanilla's aroma, but never quite manage to get the flavor strong enough to not be overpowered by the espresso. This isn't to say they're bad beers, quite the contrary, at least they tickle the same itch, and I've always loved a good coffee porter anyways, but it is definitely the vanilla that makes this stand out amongst the rest.

It's a shame I live so far away being up in North Dakota, because if I could this would be in my fridge without fail. I would refill my growler the moment I ran out. If I could get cans or bottles, even better.

Jun 23, 2016
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. Vanilla Espresso Porter is exactly what the name suggests with a delicious balance between the strong espresso and vanilla notes. Funky Buddha hit the nail on the head with this beer.

Nov 26, 2015
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JasW from Florida

4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of a 4 beer flight at Epcot Food & Wine. Fantastic espresso aroma. Smooth mouthfeel the vanilla coating. Wonderful combination of flavors and a truly great porter.

Oct 23, 2015
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ELS from Florida

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown, almost black in color. Looks like an expresso. Thin layer of foam that dissipates quickly. Small amount of lacing.

S - Wow! Unbelievable aroma. I was smelling this beer as much as drinking it. Vanilla is dominant with strong coffee and some chocolate undertones.

T - Does not disappoint. Tastes like it smells but is very well balanced. The vanilla is present but not overpowering. Sweet but very drinkable. An excellent blend of flavors (coffee, chocolate, small amount of hops and vanilla) that still has the Piiti Porter base (FBL's house porter) that holds it together.

M - Light on carbonation which works well, thin mouthfeel but not disappointing and sticky.

O - Now my favorite beer from FBL. I could have had a second one of these but there were too many other good beers to drink! Definitely seek this one out if you can find it.

Sep 30, 2012
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep dark brown, almost black with the exception of a touch of light shining through on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Decent amount of head on top, with a nice off white or light tan color

rich and sweet and I was able to pick up on this almost immediatly. A very nice full smell, lots of roasted nuts are in here with a good touch of vanilla as well. Nice sweet caramel aromas and a touch of coffee too, not bad at all. caramel and vanilla coming through here and really pushing the sugar envelope. Finish was nice a touch dry but with a long ligering sweetness.

Oct 18, 2011
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AgentZero from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to dimenhetfield for bringing this one to us.

A - Black color that looks a touch bronw on the edges with a nice tan head that left some spots on the sides.

S - Roasted coffee, rich vanilla, roast malts, some decent caramel, little bit of chocolate. This smells great.

T - This tastes fantastic as well, the lighter flavor of the porter versus a stout helps to keep the vanilla and coffee a focus on this one. both of these flavors come through really well and the beer tastes great.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Fantastic beer, one of the better ones of this style I've had.

Jun 19, 2011
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to dimenhetfield for sharing this one. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - A finger of light tan foam settles to a thin ring and some wisps of lace, leaving minimal lacework in the background. Dark brown body that's lighter at the fringes.

S - Vanilla, espresso, roasted malts, light chocolate. Not the most subtle or complex beer, but smells delicious nonetheless.

T - Taste has less overt vanilla sweetness and more semisweet chocolate and roasted malts. Coffee has moved to the periphery. Not quite as intense as the aroma, but still quite enjoyable.

M - Smooth medium body that's sufficiently large for a 6.3% porter. Lower carbonation, and a lightly sticky finish.

D - This is really quite delicious. It's not quite as good as the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, but it's still something I'd have regularly. They are quite adept at packing a lot of flavor without having ridiculous ABVs, which I appreciate quite a bit. Another winner from Funky Buddha Lounge.

Jun 13, 2011
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calcio360jrd from Florida

4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic Vanilla Porter from the FUnky Buddha in Boca Raton. Most vanilla porters i have tasted over the years don't quite step up to the plate, but the buddha's vanilla is soft and luscious tasting with just enough alcohol to blend it together perfectly!

Mar 20, 2011
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32 oz screw-top growler into a couple of tulip glasses. Big thanks go to Stakem for generously sharing this with me.

Pours black with a creamy ½ finger of foamy mocha head. This has a really nice retention to it, with a great looking flare-up that rings the sides of the glass with heavy frothy swathes of lacing. The aroma is OMG good. Like something from Starbucks, with a lush bouquet of chocolate, toffee, vanilla, and robust espresso character, which had a bit of a brunt acrid edge to it. There are also some earthy green hops that add to the overall tanginess of the nose but man, it's the espresso and vanilla that really make this. Just fantastic!

The taste is much more Porter-like at first, with roast and bitter hops paving the way. Things pick up, as flavorful coffee and green leafy flavors work themselves in as well, while a sticky sweet mix of chocolate and vanilla is a balancing force across the back of the profile. This finishes with a burnt dryness and notes of lingering green bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth crispness that glides along in the mouth. I'm not picking up one iota of alcohol from this, which only adds to the overall ease and drinkibility. This has a really solid feel to it.

This was my first offering from the Funky Buddha, and color me impressed, this was some great stuff! The nose on this alone probably warrants an A for this beer but I was also pleased to find a flavorful and well balanced taste and feel to this as well. Just a really, really nice beer here. Thanks again for sharing Adam!

Mar 09, 2011
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to DosBeerigos for the trade and the opportunity to give this brewery a try. I've held on to this 32oz "apothecary" growler for too long just waiting to share it with someone. Finally an opportunity to open and share it when visited by Kegatron!

Screw top twisted off and poured into a pair of snifters. The brew appears black in color with faint clarity and browness around the edges. Big bubbles form a dark tan head that swells up and slowly recedes holding tight around the edges of the glass. A spotty amount of lace clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is strong roasted, earthy coffee with a bit of a citrus bean quality. Dark roasted indications of grain are somewhat chocolate smelling. A smooth vanilla sweetness is throughout the nose. Very pleasant, well rounded aroma that at times seems a bit nutty as well.

The taste is earthy and roasted with a strong coffee flavor that is bitter like espresso blended with a strong dark roasted grain quality and a light citrus coffee bean component. The coffee incorporation is quite fresh, I can't imagine how this would have been if I opened it the day I got it. Really how could it taste more fresh than this? Superb. The coffee blends quite well with a dark chocolate flavor imparted by the level of roast from the grain. All the while, there is a back sweetness of vanilla that accents some other sweet tastes of caramel. A welcomed contrast to the bitterness of the grain and coffee addition. Lightly nutty in the aftertaste, the finish is awesome with lingering coffee flavors.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to light level of carbonation. Easy drinking and a great arrangement of flavors. The coffee is earthy and strong and the abv is hidden quite well. For all the attention their maple bacon coffee porter gets (and rightfully so) I tip my hat to how good this brew is. I would drink this regularly if given the chance. Well done Funky Buddha, can't wait to try more.

Mar 08, 2011
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dimenhetfield from Florida

4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Buddha. Thanks to Kevin at the Buddha for letting me taste some of this beautiful beer. Dark color with a thin bubbly white head. Aroma is full of coffee with hints of vanilla. The flavor is pretty much like the regular piti porter but with a slight vanilla flavor on the back end. This is an incredible treatment of the Piti Porter.

Jan 19, 2011
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kfsv034 from Florida

4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery.

A - pours a dark dark brown with a nice foamy tan head that lingers briefly, dissipates and leaves a creamy ring around the edge of the glass.

S - ground raw espresso, vanilla, maple syrup

T - raw espresso, vanilla and espresso again. Small amount of maple syrup flavor.

M - medium bodied with a silky finish

D - great session style espresso beer. Will be enjoying several of these tonight

Once again Funky Buddha doesnt dissapoint. Can't wait to try more from this great new brewery.

Dec 09, 2010
Vanilla Espresso Piiti Porter from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 43 ratings