Vanilla Espresso Piiti Porter | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kfsv034 on 12-09-2010

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Photo of Dulahan
5/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of rjp217
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of calcio360jrd
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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Photo of Taycro
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cjgator3
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tharper178
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stakem
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of JamesLeung
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pmangold
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of kfsv034
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liamt07
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dimenhetfield
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of KidsDoc
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JasW
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Vanilla Espresso Piiti Porter from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 41 ratings