Nib Smuggler
Funky Buddha Brewery

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From:
Funky Buddha Brewery
 
Florida, United States
Style:
American Porter
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 8.21%
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
521
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 21, 2019
Added:
May 06, 2011
Wants:
  75
Gots:
  127
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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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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
 
Rated: 4 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Feb 16, 2019
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
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
 
Rated: 3.67 by robotic_being from Florida

Feb 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.08 by rogacks from Massachusetts

Jan 03, 2019
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
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
 
Rated: 3.66 by Willmagz from Florida

Jul 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.3 by AuntBea from Illinois

May 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.82 by DeaconDart from Florida

Apr 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by TargaFlorio from Indiana

Apr 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.39 by sirspins from Florida

Apr 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

Apr 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by Burt from Rhode Island

Apr 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.95 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Apr 01, 2018
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Reviewed by ThickNStout from Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.29 by NathanBeets from South Dakota

Mar 16, 2018
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Rated by Tdnarba from Florida

4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Delicious chocolate porter, not much to complain about
Mar 08, 2018
 
Rated: 3.81 by Vandelay1863 from Florida

Mar 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.54 by themayorkoch from Ohio

Mar 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.03 by curlybird from Pennsylvania

Feb 27, 2018
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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
 
Rated: 3.5 by oline73 from Maryland

Feb 21, 2018
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Reviewed by KanglinTampa from Florida

4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
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
 
Rated: 4.31 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Feb 11, 2018
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Rated by Tludke from Florida

4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very smooth!
Feb 09, 2018
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Rated by unclejazz from New York

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Wow, ton of flavor. It even had a bit of spice, kinda like a Aztec Porter. Cheers hobos.
Jan 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.27 by Bum4ever from California

Jan 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.05 by TBCE from Florida

Jan 21, 2018
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +1%
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
 
Rated: 4.02 by hoosier222002 from Illinois

Dec 31, 2017
 
Rated: 4.29 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Dec 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.88 by socon67 from New York

Dec 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.28 by Jcbroome from Florida

Dec 08, 2017
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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
 
Rated: 4 by Momma_Knapp from Connecticut

Nov 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Nov 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.43 by hogrider from Florida

Nov 26, 2017
 
Rated: 1.5 by Mleblanc25 from Massachusetts

Nov 24, 2017
Nib Smuggler from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 630 ratings