Nib Smuggler | Funky Buddha Brewery

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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

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#3,199
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
625
pDev:
8.21%
 
 
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Photo of Gatch
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!

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Photo of Willmagz
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AuntBea
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeaconDart
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TargaFlorio
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sirspins
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peterpunk15
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Burt
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ThickNStout
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.

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Photo of NathanBeets
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tdnarba
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

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Photo of Vandelay1863
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of themayorkoch
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of curlybird
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
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

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KanglinTampa
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.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tludke
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth!

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Photo of unclejazz
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.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TBCE
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
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

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
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!

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Nib Smuggler from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 625 ratings