Nib Smuggler | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Nib SmugglerNib Smuggler

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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States

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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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
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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Photo of Antg8989
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
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).

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Photo of bubseymour
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of grover37
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
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..

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Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.55/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of soze47
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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 (especially chocolate) and an enticing aroma. Worth seeking out.

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