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Nib Smuggler | Funky Buddha Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,690
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
589
pDev:
7.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
74
Gots:
123
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 589 |  Reviews: 98
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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beersmith90
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jayhunter357
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of macrosmatic
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.

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Photo of FBarber
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jpb123
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MLFrank
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of xamygo
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spunky2b
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of jjamadorphd
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.

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3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason1221
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FlaS4
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liquorpig
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jdhilt
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
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.

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Photo of edthehead
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jkermitj
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gambyt20
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of I3eer
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodBrew
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.

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Nib Smuggler from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 589 ratings
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