Nib Smuggler | Funky Buddha Brewery

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is the finest, purest black. Cocoa straight from the source: the rugged mountains of Brazil, where chocolate is life. We smuggled these beans back to our brewhouse, where they were blended with creamy milk porter and fragrant Madagascar vanilla beans. Get cocoa'd up.

Added by dimenhetfield on 05-06-2011

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Reviews:
84
Ratings:
521
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
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Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark opaque brown- black color with a 2F head in a Stone Imperial pint glass.

Great aroma: milk chocolate, sweet, some coffee which which doesn't fade during the tasting,

Taste: minty milk chocolate- like a candy bar.

Light body, semi creamy. The finish is excellent with a slightly sharp bitterness, roasted malt and chocolate.

Excellent milk porter. The aroma carries the beer. The chocolate and finish never lose their intensity. I'll look for more of their beers.

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Photo of mschrei
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical looking porter. Really strong chocolate notes on the smell. Little less presence in taste, but still the most prevalent flavor. A little thin and oily feeling, but a sweet and tasty treat.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated December 2016; my first taste of any Funky Buddha beer (thanks to my local Craft Beer Cellar), I have been looking forward to it; very good beer, could be carbonated a bit more for my palate but really like the interplay between chocolate and vanilla; would like to try this again a little fresher than 2 months old

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Photo of ichorNet
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second Funky Buddha beer and one I absolutely did not expect to find on shelves whatsoever, Nib Smuggler was available alongside a veeeery small allotment of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter bombers (of course, I picked one of those up too!) at a local store when I walked in yesterday. What a treat... time to dig into this brew!

Pours a dark brown with solid clarity and a thin-ish ring of off-khaki head that leaves a bit of spotty lace as it dissipates. I like the color on this one for sure; not the "blackest black" as I expected, but kind of more characterful, honestly. The head can be lightly re-roused if the beer is swirled, bringing up some darker shades of mocha-brown from the depths. Good looking stuff.

The nose, though... damn. This is intense. Malted milk balls, pure vanilla, cocoa powder, sweet buttercream, chocolate cookies... this is just so damn great smelling, and by far one of the most aptly-flavored, chocolate-infused dark beers I've had from the scent alone.A bit herbal and lightly grassy behind the sweet and deep notes of chocolate and vanilla. Indulgent, to be sure!

Flavor is out of this world, of course, as well. Genius balance of sweet vanilla and dusty, semi-sweet chocolate powder with a smooth milky finish. Malted milk balls and chocolate cake are the best references I can give here. Just a super sweet yet undeniably balanced, nigh-perfected flavor profile. The finish has this amazing sweet malt note that lingers; almost tastes like a graham cracker or, indeed, an Oreo cookie, instead of having a quick flash of lactose and nothing else. Indeed, the lactose is there but it's more of a supporting role towards the mid-palate, working with the vanilla to give balance and slight levity to the semi-roasty, sweet flavors.

Feel is a bit thicker than expected (for the better) once it warms up, and the flavors come out a bit more at that point as well. I get a lot more chocolate ganache/creme flavor than the cookies I was tasting before. This actually kind of evolves from a gulpable flavored porter to a slower sipper with a bit more poise to it once it warms, which I found interesting. Love it. So glad I got a four-pack!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottled on 12/19/16

Pours maroon black with a quickly dissipating khaki colored foam head. Smells like liquid oreos, cookies and cream, dark chocolate cake, fresh vanilla bean, toasty graham crackery malt, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark chocolate, roasted toasty malts, vanilla bean, mild dark fruits, dark chocolate milk, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice chocolate milk porter.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz bottle sealed with Funky Buddha logo pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: black bodied beer. Medium brown head that pours almost 2 fingers tall.

Smell: Milk chocolate and dark chocolate overload in the nose of this beer. Big lactose notes as well. A nice dose of vanilla for good measure... to add to the already big and rich aroma of this beer. Very faint roasted malt. Liquid dessert right here.

Taste: Lots of chocolate and vanilla sweetness; almost in perfect balance of each other. Light cocoa powder bitterness in the finish with even more vanilla and more chocolate that seem to never end.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low, but adequate carbonation. Creamy, but not thick mouthfeel that coats the mouth with each sip. Not boozy at all.

Overall: This is a fantastic dessert beer. So much chocolate. I really appreciate the fact that Funky Buddha made this beer a 4 pack offering instead of a single large format bottle.

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Photo of Chasegator
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- Dark brown almost like a coke
Smell- chocolate, malt, maybe a hint of vanilla
Taste- malt and chocolate. Very sweet but a nice taste
Feel- medium bodied. Lighter than expected
Overall- very good. Reminds me of Sam smith organic chocolate stout. Definitely worth a try

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Deep cola brown, almost black with a dark tan 1 finger head that rapidly fades into a ring around the glass.

Smell: Malts , chocolate, vanilla and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Decent chocolate malt taste up front, followed by vanilla. Finishes clean with a taste of alcohol that is not overpowering.

Feel: Medium thick body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A pretty decent beer. Not overly sweet like one would expect.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
2.96/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Lots of lactose. A little too much possibly? Drinks like a chocolate milk. Missing the dark roasted components of a porter. Would be more suitable under Milk/Sweet Stout.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funky Buddha Brewery "Nib Smuggler Chocolate Milk Porter"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 12/01/16" and sampled on 12/24/16
$3.49 @ Knightly Spirits, Orlando, FL

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label. Dark brown-black body beneath a creamy head of dark tan. Average head retention and lacing (possibly due to oils from the chocolate or vanilla bean). Aroma of chocolate - actual chocolate, like smelling a nice, freshly broken chunk of milk chocolate. No fruitiness... well maybe a tiny little bit in the background, but certainly no hops. Taste is similar but there is some fruit, just a little with some dark skinned fruits, maybe raisin, and some soft red berries - but again, in the background, and there are no hops. Vanilla is clear. Surprisingly it's not sweet. It's sweetish, but not sweet, yet the bitterness seems very low. Ahh, some roastiness comes out of the chocolate as well, and it's a touch mocha-like. It finishes mostly dry, with lingering soft fruit wrapped in chocolate and accented by vanilla. It's medium to medium-full in body with a dextrinous side, and creamy smooth across the tongue with a fine-bubbled moderate carbonation. Any more carbonation would have been too much, and perhaps that has to do with the limited head retention and lacing - a fair trade-off. Overall an excellent dessert beer. Remarkably easy to drink, and incredibly satisfying.

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Photo of SABERG
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured, recently purchased bottle into a short snifter .
A - Translucent dark cocoa colored, carbonation is gently feeding a quick to dissipate cap.
S - Vanilla forward, rich cocoa, dark sugar, lightly toasted malts, all balanced well.
T - Strong cocoa, the vanilla and toasted malts blend with ease. Bold and defined by the two major components.
F - Lite baby, gently carbonated, a bit slick. All very delightful. A long cocoa, vanilla linger.
O - A wonderful offering, near perfect in the holiday season. Sweet, flavorful, just enough vanilla not to overrun the cocoa. Worth seeking out

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Cigar City snifter.

Thin,dark khaki colored head,that fizzles out quickly.Black in color,with very little light coming through the glass.Slow carbonation.

The nose is cocoa,chocolate,and hints of vanilla.Maybe a little bit of malt coming through,but not much.Very sweet,and very pleasant aromas.

The palate follows the nose.Lots of cocoa,chocolate somewhere between dark,and milk chocolate.A little bit of malty sweetness.Not getting much vanilla on the palate,if any.The taste is sweet, but not overdone.A little bit of smokiness,in the back end.

The mouth is medium/ thin,slight carbonation tingling on the tongue.Nice wet finish,with a slightly chalky back end.

Overall I would say this is a very good porter.I'm a huge fan of beers with cocoa nibs brewed in them,and this one did not disappoint.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark mahogany brown with a soft tan finger or two head, settling to a blanket with soft peaks.

Smell is cacao, vanilla cupcake frosting, raisin, and something earthy, like chicory root.

Taste is full on Raisinettes, period. I get chocolate, a hint of rum soaked vanilla cream, but really, just put it all together with that raisin flavor, and it's Raisinettes, to a fault.

Needless to say, this is a very sweet beer, not heavy, a little frothy, but just sweet.

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Photo of sorthcj
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

4 pack, 12oz bottles poured into glass

Aroma was similar to a powdered hot choclate, somewhat artificial and mild coffee.

Appearance was not typical of this style. All 4 bottles had a high sediment presence floating throughout.

Taste followed the aroma quite well. Somewhat artificial and chocolaty with mild short bursts of coffee.

Mouthfeel followed the appearance with a good amount of sediment to indulge in.

Overall this is quite the unique beer and I remain undecided if for the good or bad. Definitely on my cooler weather list to dabble in again

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Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle of Funky Buddha Nib Smuggler Chocolate Milk Porter from Florida served in a goblet.

This is a classic dessert beer. It’s sweet but not cloying, with a very strong influence of cocoa nibs and moderate vanilla bean. The aroma features cocoa, subtle vanilla, dark bread, and a hint of coffee.

Overall: Good balance, lots of flavor and an enticing aroma. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Myotus
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 23Dec15) into a snifter. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before reviewing. Consumed on 21Jun16.
SMELL: Massive waves of chocolate milk are enhanced by strong aromas of vanilla. Subtle aromas of bitter roasted malts and bittersweet coffee add a perfect touch of balancing bitterness.
TASTE: Colossal chocolate milk flavors erupt on to the palate to commence this symphony of taste. Strong flavors of vanilla immediately follow and smother the taste buds as the chocolate milk flavors fade to mild. Subtle flavors of bittersweet coffee present a dash of balance and prevent any cloying as the flavors of vanilla fade to mild. Subtle flavors of bitter roasted malts and floral hops further increase the balance as all prior flavors maintain.
NOTE: Once again, Funky Buddha demonstrates that they do no wrong in the beer universe. My main criticism of this was how both the chocolate milk and vanilla flavors failed to maintain their intensity. The rapid fading of the two flavors resulted in a loss of points for this brew, but as one can see, it was not by much.

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Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black in color with an inch of tan head that leaves a little lacing.

I get a wonderful aroma with dark and milk chocolate.

The taste is more dark chocolate than milk chocolate. It is not as sweet as I expected. The chocolate flavor is deep and rich.

Full mouthfeel

This is a nice chocolate porter. The vanilla is more in the aftertaste for me.

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Photo of Slack
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, clear, a fair amount of head.

Vanilla, booze, malt, and molasses.

Taste is cocoa and malt with a bit cream and a mild black coffee.

Mouthful is medium and smooth with medium carbonation.

A great Porter that is pretty balanced. Smell is different and could be interpreted as fake but it works with the flavors. The taste is nice. Mouthful is spot on. Very drinkable.

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was delicious and smooth, creamy mouthfeel, one of my favorite brews I have tried in quite a while. The chocolate really came through but didn't overwhelm you to where you couldn't taste the porter underneath. Overall just an insanely drinkable beer, I will buy yearly.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by Curran last night, thanks man.

This one pours your standard dark porter black, with a small foamy head, and just a bit of lacing.

Smells like slightly artificial and gummy vanilla, with some nice chocolate as well.

I expected the chocolate to shine more than the vanilla, but that's not how it worked, surprisingly. The vanilla is a little bit too forward, almost a bit gummy, and slightly artificial, pretty earthy. The chocolate does taste nice though, creamy and rich. There's not much else to this other than chocolate and vanilla, though, which is disappointing.

This has a nice creamy mouthfeel, with a good level of carbonation.

Not one of FB's best, the vanilla tasted a bit off.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #900! Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Shannon.

A: Dark brown with a tan one finger head that whittled down to foam, then nothing. Ample lacing.

S: Cocoa nibs heaven. Powered cocoa coats the olfactory with dark chocolate, lactose and a hint of vanilla in the background.

T: Follows nose with a smooth, mellow powdered cocoa vibe. Vanilla on the finish.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: One of the awesome porters out there. One of the smoothest I've had. Recommended.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12oz bottle into a half pint glass. Bottled 12/23/15

pours really nicely, black body with a small off white head which persists, leaving a thin lacing.

aroma is nicely chocolately, with a faint malt aroma, not overly roasted.

taste is all about the chocolate, nice and smooth, clean finish. mouth is close to medium.

overall, really enjoyed this one, looking forward to the other two in the fridge.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very dark almost black color with a 2 finger khaki head. Retention is solid and there is sparse spotted lacing. Smell is sweet milk chocolate up the wazoo. Some roasted malts as well, but this is a chocolate bomb. Taste is similar, but instead of just sweet milk chocolate, there is a healthy dose of bitter bakers chocolate as well. Feel is medium and very smooth, no alcohol detected. Overall a very good beer. Porters are very hit or miss for me, but this one is on point.

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Photo of parris
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep brown color

Vanilla on the nose mostly, and some chocolate. Kind of like a cookie.

Same flavor as aroma, with some root beer flavor and carbonation.

Great milk beer

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Funky Buddha Brewery - Nib Smuggler. 6.3% ABV. 12oz bottle split between two snifters. Bottled 11/23/15.

Look: Dark brown body, settling close to black. Caramel colored highlights appear through the light. Small cap of tan foam that settles into spotty lacing.

Smell: Strange aroma, has a funkiness to it at first; kind of sour. After warming up a bit and the funkiness dissipating, vanilla, cream, and dark cocoa.

Feel: Fully bodied and heavy, velvety smooth with almost no carbonation.

Taste: Rich dark cocoa up front, followed by the vanilla and cream. Retains the same funkiness as the aroma before warming up.

Overall: The natural ingredients here give it a unique taste and aroma, and probably what the funkiness is attributed from. Not roasty like most other porters either, just sweet and creamy.

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