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Nib Smuggler | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Nib SmugglerNib Smuggler

Brewed by:
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 DraconusDesanctus666
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
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 -25.4%
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 -12.5%
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 -0.2%
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 +6.8%
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 -2.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +11%
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 -16.6%
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 +0.2%
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 +4.9%
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 +6.8%
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 +16.6%
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 -2.9%
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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Photo of do_ob
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle split between two snifters. Black bodied with dark brown hues surrounding the glass edges when held to light. A vertical pour yielded a dense lacing of mocha-colored foam, which lasted for about 2 minutes before transforming into a spotty lacing; some big bubbles still surrounding the cap's perimeter. Albeit being a bit weak, the nose is fairly pleasant. Strong notes of burnt lactose, dark roasted chocolate, raw cacao, and vanilla. There's a slightly astringent character to the smell - a very light vinegaresque aroma - that I could attribute to the Brazilian cocoa. Not entirely sure.

Pleasant tasting, although with that same astringecy as mentioned before. Beyond that, there are notes of dark chocolate, raw vanilla beans, and silky lactose. These flavors all blend together quite well, making this beer a true "chocolate" porter. Virtually no malt roastiness or hop bitterness, this one is all chocolate and vanilla. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, making this one as easy to drink as a homemade cookies and cream milkshake.

Overall, very good. I was on the fence at first, but as it warmed, it grew on me with each sip. Definitely one for those who like organic/natural sweets.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with no opacity. There's a quarter inch of frothy beige head resting on top. Light Brussels lacing. This smells like dark malt and chocolate. The taste is predominately dark malt with dark chocolate in the background. This is nice dessert beer that isn't overly sweet. The mouth is dry and lightly oily.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Craft brewers are shameless. They'll change a beer to anything in an effort to attract a new customer. And in this case, Funky Buddha makes a beer that tastes like milkshake in order to attract the most serious chocoholics in the market. Shameless, I tell ya.

Creamy and luscious upon the pour alone, the beer's dark brown body builds a creamy mocha meringue that waft about with aspirations of chocolate, vanilla and heavy cream. Toasty and chocolaty to taste, the underbelly of porter casts its caramel and toffee sweetness.

Its silky texture caresses the tastebuds and saturates each and every one with decadent Belgian chocolate, mocha latte and a sweet vanilla spice seemingly like cookies and cream. Its coffee-like tilt shines more as the taste nears finish with its earthen hop bitterness that reads more like freshly ground coffee rather than of lupulin. Its broad woodsiness finishes like walnut, perhaps coated in bittersweet chocolates.

Deep, creamy and almost chewy, the porter's viscous half-and-half character provides the satisfaction of chocolate dessert. Lightening just enough in in finish, its fleeting dryness offers a faint semblance of drinkability, setting it apart from more sipping-type ale. A lasting aftertaste of chocolate and coffee extends deep in after glow.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with light tan head. Chocolate, wholly chocolate on the nose, with some vanilla sweetness; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied, very smooth. Finishes with nice chocolate and vanilla notes.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark cola brown, nearly black body, one finger offwhite head, fair retention, fair bit of lacing and medium collar. Smells of rich cocoa, raisin, prunes, oaky dry roast, touch of dark chocolate. It's definitely heavy on the cocoa. Not much in way of vanilla. Flavour is more herbal than prune, lots of cocoa nib, heavy roasted coffee beans, dark fruit, chocolate. It's a bit dry, fairly astringent and nothing like what I was expecting. Not much lactose or vanilla bean, not even much milk chocolate. It's heavy on charred coffee bean and cocoa. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, standard porter, fair carbonation, reasonably smooth, but the finish is still a bit astringent. Kind of like licking charred coffee beans. I thought this wasn't too bad, but the finish is a bit too astringent for me. If it was a bit sweeter, it would help a fair amount.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Smells of cherry cordial, dr. pepper, coke, medicinal/herbal/root-spice, coffeeish; the cherry note immediate reminded my of Founder's Dirty Bastard. Taste is more dr. pepper/coke, some roasted malt flavors, lots of sweetness... I don't get very much dark, rich, cocoa nib like I was expecting, but more of a cheap valentine's/russell stover chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel is watery, maybe slightly syrupy from the sugar, but certainly not thick or creamy like milk. Also, there's a lot of sediment, which I don't really care about, but seems odd for the style. Other than that, it's a pretty basic porter, with well masked abv; however, the flavors are more akin to a scotch ale or ESB, rather than the "chocolate milk porter" as advertised wit dem vice city utters. 3.6/5

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Photo of TH28
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12os bottle. Bottled 12/23/15 (51 days old). Appearance: Jet black, opaque, with a thick brown head and nice lacing. A fair amount of protein clumps floating through the beer, which harms the overall appearance. Aroma: Amazing, strong dark chocolate on the nose, with roast in the background and a touch of vanilla. Very nice. Taste: Rich, velvety chocolate dominates with a light roast. A touch of charred wood appears as well. Moderate bitterness to balance the rich maltiness. Roast is stronger retronasally. Mouthfeel: Medium body with some slickness and a low carbonation. Finish: Lingering roast and vanilla long after the swallow, and some bitterness in the back of the tongue. Overall: Really good balance of the roasted malt, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel and a sharp enough bitterness to balance.

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Photo of Skwalk47
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Tasted really watery, smell is cream soda but semi artificial, really didn't care for this one (though my wife said it was delicious so I guess just not for everyone)

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Photo of Stevem68
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is a watery cocoa. Flavor is cacao with a bit of a sweet creaminess. Mouthfeel is a little on the watery side for what I expected but overall this is really nice.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/24/2015 enjoyed in a Mad Elf tulip.

Look - A lot of sediment, it turns the dark brown body almost reddish brown. No lacing. No head left after a while. Head is tan when there. 4

Smell - Coke. Chocolate. Sweet. Raspberry.

Taste - Chocolate. Coke. Dr. Pepper. Sweet.

Feel - Not carbonated. Milky.

Overall - Crazy murkiness. One of the most pop forward beers I've had. Not something to write home about. Milk stouts have really stopped appealing to me.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer is pitch black with a nice, mocha colored head on top. Plenty of lacing and the retention is great as well. Aroma actually has chocolate in it, which seems to be rare even in beers which advertise chocolate as a main flavor. Milk chocolate doesn't dominate, per se, but dominates. Good flavor too. Not too sweet, chocolate is well balanced. Smooth and creamy. A pretty good beer if you like chocolate.

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