Nib Smuggler
Funky Buddha Brewery

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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #19
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,931
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 8.19%
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
631
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Funky Buddha Brewery
 
Florida, United States
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SCORE
92
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Notes: 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.
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On nitro at the brewery. A deep brown color with a medium tan head. Great lacing with huge sheets of foam on the glass. The aroma was fantastic. Massive fresh cocoa and vanilla. The taste did not disappoint. Coffee, cocoa, and vanilla flavors with a lactose sweetness. Creamy feel from the nitro. Well balanced hop presence. Outstanding.

Feb 21, 2019
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark, chocolatey brown color. Light brown head settles after a short time. Small dots of lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, mild roast, vanilla, faint red fruit.

T: Follows the nose. Roasted barley anchors it, but bold chocolate is the top note. Tastes like Hershey's syrup. Big pull of vanilla too. Faint fruitiness in the background. Finishes with chocolate and mild roast.

M: Medium-full body. Chewy and creamy with a lush and mildly slick texture. Moderate carbonation prickles gently.

O: Fairly one-dimensional, but hedonistic. Not a bad drink if you're in the mood for a "candy bar in a glass" sort of beer.

Feb 12, 2019
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a khaki head. Smell & taste had roasted malts and coffee it mixed with both cocoa and vanilla, a superb taste. mouth feel was full and roasty chocolate and coffee rule vanilla in the finish. Nicely done porter.

Oct 31, 2018
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can’t read the date on the bottle. Assuming it’s from this past winter. Advertises as a chocolate porter and that ain’t false! Super creamy, properly sweet, chocolatey delicious. Slightly nutty finish with some roasted malt. Great body and feel, especially for the style. A seriously killer chocolate porter!

Jul 20, 2018
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from ABC Fine Wine and Spirits (Naples, FL). 2.39. Bottled 11/24/17. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku. Enjoyed 1/25/18.

Pours black with a half finger of khaki foam. The head recedes to some wispy surface haze and a thin halo, leaving only a few dots of lace.

Smells of milk sugars, soft chocolate and some caramel.

Sweet, distinctive lactose character is immediately present in the flavor. Other notes of cocoa, caramel and a little bit of roast. On point for the style.

Fairly light body but slightly creamy with subtle carbonation. The aftertaste highlights that pervasive milk sugar character along with some chocolate and light roasted malt.

A solid offering from Funky Buddha. This is a well made chocolate milk stout and worth a try for fans of the style.

Mar 22, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very dark color with a nice tan head and slight lacing
A-Aroma has very nice hints of cocoa and vanilla
T-The taste follows the nose with nice cocoa and vanilla
M- Medium bodied very robust with a complex character
O-A very well done complex stout

Feb 22, 2018
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KanglinTampa from Florida

4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my go to Poter when it comes out in the winter. Has the right amount of richness and sweetness for me. Like the coffee and chocolate taste as well as the vanilla to tone the bitterness of the cocoa nibs and coffee. Overall the hands down best Porter fo far for me.

Feb 17, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives coffee colored with a one inch mocha cap; a few shards linger

Smell: Chocolate with vanilla and caramel tones

Taste: Chocolate forward, with the caramel and vanilla building; a creamy element arrives, through the middle, adding more sweetness that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice beer if you like chocolate beers that verge in a sweet direction; my preference is for more balance and complexity, however, and I much preferred the MBCP that I drank after this beer

Jan 20, 2018
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was the last of the Funky Buddha beers that I picked up in Florida back in November. Given that the label had the "Miami Vice" to it and that I used to go down there a lot more in the '80's, I had to give this a go. Of course, it was darker than their more usual fare but amazingly, the alcohol was so light that it would have been easy to go through another in one sitting!

Nice, dark pour to this as the beer was thin, brown, and the epitome of chocolate. Not a lot of head to top it off as it quickly faded and there was hardly any lacing to be seen down the side of my pint glass. Lovely, muted aroma of milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, powder, and vanilla beans with all of those coming out in the taste. Soft lactose sweetness came in the taste over a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel that made this such a joy to sip and behold. A mild amaretto roasted undertone emerged as this warmed up but this wasn't a typical American Porter by any stretch. A light mouthfeel allowed the flavors to fully emerge and linger though some heavier malt could have taken this up a notch or two.

This almost felt like a Chocolate Stout or a candy bar in liquid form as it straddled the line between styles. Bottled on 11/6, this was bought shortly after and tasted as fresh as could be two months later. Easily among Funky Buddha's best, this was one of the most accessible American Porters I've ever had, and the one I'd reach for first at dessert time. Enjoyable on all levels!

Jan 10, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer toipped by a dense finger and a half of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of intense chocolate with some nice vanilla notes and a little coffee. Slight roast malt as well but very adjunct heavy
T: Taste is huge chocolate notes with some nice vanilla backing. Slight coffee and roasted malts toward the back end that blend with a little biter dark chocolate. Swallow is more coffee and roasted malts with a lot more chocolate with some hints of vanilla
M: This beer is on the heavier side of medium with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is under prickly but adequate for the style while the beer has a slightly drying finish
O: Overall this is a solid beer with some nice flavors. Adjuncts are a little heavy but the base beer still provides a few dimensions. Overall worth a try.

Dec 06, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing snifter glass.

A: Very dark brown and nearly opaque. Forms a finger's worth of dense tan head, though it fades quickly. A low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, and baker's chocolate. A touch of lactose sweetness and some roasted malt bitterness.

T: Milk and dark chocolates, vanilla nougat, and lactose sweetness. Cacao nibs and roasted malts with some accompanying bitterness prevent this from bring a sweet bomb. More sweet chocolate and vanilla in the hang. This gives almost a bit of coconut impression as well.

M: Sticky but not overly heavy body. Low carbonation sensation. The alcohol is well-hidden.

O: I really enjoyed this one. Likely my favorite 12 oz. bottle from Funky Buddha since they started widely distributing in the state. Big vanilla and cacao flavors in balance.

Oct 29, 2017
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, if this isn't a great beer, I really don't know what is...

The almost black liquid pours out of the glass bottle in a velvety fashion to fill my pint glass with the same, almost black liquid. A very dark, tan head ensues with little staying power, but the brew has a slight ability to lace. The smell was about as perfect as you can get with malty, chocolaty sweetness and a very distant but yet there touch of hops. I also noted a roasted coffee smell that blended well with the chocolate - more so than others I have had. The feel was very creamy, veltvety as well across the tongue, and lightly carbonated the way I like it - simply wonderful. I noted much of the same flavors when drinking as I did when sniffing - chocolate, coffee, malts, and a very distant, yet there, touch of hops. This would have been a damn near perfect beer if it had more of a hoppy character to it, but the way it is, is just fine. I am so glad I have several more to enjoy.

Jul 08, 2017
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cocoa and vanilla nose and flavor follows with sweet cocoa and vanilla, seriously one-dimensional. $3.90 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Jun 02, 2017
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really drinks like a root beer float or a chocolate seltzer. Big cocoa and vanilla. A hint of sarsaparilla from the malt. Really smooth and easy drinking. Light bodied.

May 30, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at Kickbacks in JAX. The beer poured an opaque dark with no head left no lace. The scent was had hints of chocolate. The taste was nicely balanced and east to drink....touch of milk chocolate. The mouthfeel was lighter in body subtle carbonation. Overall it was an ok beer.

Apr 22, 2017
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of the tastier porters I've had with an ABV that isn't all that high.
Look: Pours a dark brown with a medium brown head. No lacing.
Aroma: YooHoo.
Taste: Chocolate milk with hints of vanilla beans
Feel: A tad bid carbonated for the style, but the silky softness is still there
Overall: Fantastic selection. Can't go wrong if you like porters (especially the chocolate milk variety).

Apr 08, 2017
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Beer mule guru brought back from trip to Florida recently. Aroma is so perfect for the way I like my stouts/porters. Chocolate and hints of vanilla. Taste like aroma follows suit with wonderful dark chocolate and hints of vanilla. No roast, ash, bitter coffee at all here. Hops are subtle but help balance the sweetness to near perfect levels. For a low 6.3% this beer pows with flavor and all in a good way. Highly recommend.

Mar 28, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lord Hobo in Cambridge. First beer for my by Funky Buddha.

Pours a nice black, with little foam.

Smell is sweet, dark chocolate and fudge followed by a smidge of coffee.

The dark chocolate and coffee return on the tongue, accompanied by some oaky sweetness and vanilla.

Very nice mouthfeel for a porter. I like my black beers with a bit more body, but still very good.

Overall, nice, smooth and sweet porter. Good job!

Mar 14, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours the color and clarity of cola - not head, just a soapy, tan-colored slick that quickly dissipates and a tight band around the shoulders. Nose expresses cocoa nibs and vanilla; however, there's a trace of something artificial to it. Taste follows nose; however, the artificial character is more evident and there's a slightly chalkiness towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light) with mild, even carbonation. That said, it comes off a bit thin. Overall, okay - perhaps cask or nitro might offer a better overall effect, but not something I need more of.

Mar 14, 2017
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grover37 from District of Columbia

3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a four-pack for $13+ from CPD Wine & Liquor in Lakeland. The bottles were almost 3 months old, bottled 12/19 ,and it showed. Something was definitely off with the nose, a bit metallic and oxidized. Taste was more of the same, though it got better as it warmed and some of the chocolate and creaminess came through. Pretty unpleasant overall - might have just been improperly stored bottles however..

Mar 13, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with no light passing. The beige head settles quickly to only rim bubbles. It produces no lace at all.

Powdered cocoa is the initial smell I get. Think Cocoa Pebbles.

The flavor is rich with a milk chocolate start. The body is rich with light carbonation. The swallow is like drinking cocoa and the aftertaste matches this, lingering a long time.

Mar 11, 2017
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown, with 1 inch brown head that recedes quickly.
Smell: Oreo, chocolate chips, cocoa, and vanilla.
Taste: Doesn't quite follow the aroma. A little smoky with chocolate chip. The vanilla is buried beneath the chocolate.
Feel: Pretty thin. The Achilles heal of this beer.
Overall: This one grew on me. A liquid Oreo that is fairly crushable. Well done.

Mar 11, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours opaque, black in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is milk chocolate, vanilla, and light nuttiness. Sweet, heavy bodied, silky smooth, with moderate carbonation...Tasty, excellent dessert beer. If this was available here, it would be a fridge staple. Unique among porters and well worth seeking out.

Mar 05, 2017
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soze47 from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from a rare bottle drop in Boston around extreme beer fest.

Pretty damn god for what it promises. It's mighty sweet for sure, but the cocoa and vanilla play a fun role. This is on the sweet end - a great dessert beer with a little vanilla ice cream.

Mar 05, 2017
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Feb 23, 2017
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 631 ratings