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Last Snow | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Last Snow Coconut & Coffee Porter is an ode to that special time in Florida where the needle dips just south of 75 - even for the briefest of moments. This rich, creamy porter is layered with coconut and freshly-roasted coffee for a taste that recalls a winter wonderland - even if, in our state, that's just a state of mind.

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Photo of CHickman
4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black color with a small tan head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of coconut, brown sugar, toffee, woody notes, molasses, coffee grinds, sweet malt and more coconut. The coconut aroma is ridiculously great to inhale, this is a real treat.

Tastes of very strong coconut up front, with brown sugar, coffee grinds, syrup, sweet malt, caramel, lightly toasted grains and molasses. Sweet but delicious at the same time, with the coconut continuing to be the star of the show. A great tasting porter, it has nutty notes and some chocolate kick in right before the sweetness starts to fade and the brew flows down smoothly. Flows down easy, it was a pleasure to drink and improved as it warmed up. My new favorite porter.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last Snow is like drinking a liquid almond joy. The coconut feel and taste is amazing. The coffee is great and not over powering and coconut is the big taste on this. Amazing mouth feel. Smells amazing and the coconut adjunct is really well done.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful pour -pitch black with a nice tan head of about an inch on a moderately aggressive pour that persists for some time, minimal lacing on the glass.
Smell is phenomenal, like roasted coconuts almost like an almond joy minus the sweetness.
Taste is much the same though the coffee comes through a bit more here. The flavor is slightly less than the smell would suggest.
Feel is near perfect for a porter imo but a tad on the thin side.
Overall fantastic offering from FB! Props @Davidjkeeney for hooking this one up!

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Last Snow Coconut & Coffee Porter is an ode to that special time in Florida where the needle dips just south of 75 - even for the briefest of moments. This rich, creamy porter is layered with coconut and freshly-roasted coffee for a taste that recalls a winter wonderland - even if, in our state, that's just a state of mind." Brewed in the style of an American Porter with coconut, coffee and natural flavor added. Available in 22 oz. bottles and seasonal draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy foam head of a cinnamon tan complexion over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Aromatic nose with rich, toasted coconut cream aroma forward, lightly roasted coffee bean, subtle chocolate, and rich vanilla cream undertones. Very dessert-like, but nicely balanced and highly complex. Potency is moderate. 4.25

(Taste) The flavor comes through as richly as the aroma, with rich, velvety coconut milk sweetness forward, a touch of lactose and vanilla, before merging to a rich, gently roasted coffee finish, complete with cinnamon spice, for a very rounded and complex, but very well executed flavor. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, lightly oily, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to earthy and toasty bitterness. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) Last Snow is really quite an incredible tasting beer with a lot of velvety coconut cream flavor and texture- it is becoming a pleasant surprise to see coconut making an appearance in more American Porters lately, and this one does a great job at showcasing its flavor potential. The coffee makes for a nice, rich finish and compliments the beer and style nicely. Perhaps the biggest gripe is that this beer drinks a little less quickly than a porter traditionally does- this beer inches closer to a stout than other examples, but considering the quality of this beer overall, it isn't much of an issue. Worth seeking out, great first exposure for me from this brewery. 4.25

Funky Buddha Brewing's
Last Snow Coconut & Coffee Porter

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Photo of sorthcj
4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter.

Appearance was dark almost pitch black with a small head.

Smell was incredible. Coconut was very strong, possibly a roasted coconut. Slight chocolate mixed in.

Taste was exactly as the smell. Huge coconut blast upfront with slight chocolate. Coconut is close to over powering in my belief.

Mouthfeel was as expected. Mild bodied somewhat light.

Overall this is an incredible flavor blast of a Porter. If the coconut was somehow scaled back slightly but keeping the other great attributes this would personally be a much better beer.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into rocks glass

This, by far, exceeded all of my expectations. Pour was a nice, dark brown. The nose just explodes with coconut. Sweet chocolate and lightly toasted coconut flavor dominate. Little coffee to speak of. Luxurious creamy texture. All around solid beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, what do the folks in Florida know about snow? Well, if Last Snow is any indication, they know quite a bit! Build for cooler weather, snowy evenings and the need for a nightcap by the fire, their winter warmer starts with a bold porter base and layers it with copious amounts of coconut and chocolate.

Expectedly dark brown and with a rich swirl of latte froth, the beer's dessert-like scent is full of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, coconut and chocolate. With a pep of coffee and nuttiness, the taste opens sultry with decadent sweetness, redolent with Mounds candies.

The sweetness of the porter slathers the middle palate with booze-soaked sugars, lightly seared and boldly toasted, the richness of bittersweet chocolate, toffee, caramel, vanilla and nougat saturates the tastebuds with the satisfaction of German chocolate, walnut brownie and shaved, toasted, candied coconut. A nutty finish brings elements of nutty columbian coffee and a kiss of rum to the finish.

Rich, decadent and lavishly full in body, the beer's imperialized strength is met with lingering sweetness and creaminess in body. Balanced with peppery booze, its rum-like influence is front and center in finish. A long undercurrent of chocolate and coconut trail into a deep and satisfying aftertaste.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle picked up on recent trip to FL and glad I did! Poured into pint glass.
A: pours an almost pitch black body with hints of reddish brown when glass is held up to light, frothy +1 finger mocha brown foam head, some carbonation
S: fantastic toasted coconut aroma, rich milk chocolate, small hints of coffee, slight sense of a pepper spice
M: medium light body with a juicy feel on the tongue
T: big punch of toasted coconut, sweet milk chocolate, light roasted coffee, slightly watery in the middle leaving a juicy feel, hints of pepper bitterness, ends with sweet coconut milk like on the tongue.
O: cool great brew and glad I found this!

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally got to try this one and it lives up to its reputation, nose is mostly dominated by coconut with subtle coffee. Slightly thin but still creamy and tastes spot on for a well balance coconut and coffee porter.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Looks great. Dark brown to black color with a creamy brown head.

S- Explosive toasted coconut with bits of chocolate and coffee.

T- Aggressive flavors, even a bit too aggressive in my opinion. Lots of coconut and dark chocolate. A bit of coffee and a milk chocolate background. I'd like it quite a bit more if they dialed the coconut down from a 10 to an 8, and a little more milk chocolate than bittersweet. I solo'd a bottle, but I'm not sure I could do that on a regular basis without flavor fatigue.

F- The feel is fine. I know it's a porter, but I still want a bit more creaminess and/or thickness. It still has a smooth, decently full mouthfeel and a good carbonation level.

O- It's a good brew that I could see myself grabbing every once in a while. I definitely enjoyed the aroma, it's worth it just for that. I would need a little more balance in the flavors to make it a regular though.

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Photo of gatornation
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolate black with a whipped cream mocha head. Smell is chocolate and coconut . Taste is superb perfect matches in flavor of coconut and chocolate, doses of vanilla and coffee result is a delicious porter. Mouth feel is so creamy i feel like pouring this over crushed ice for an iced drink with straw. One of the best coconut brews ive had, one thing however wish the coffee was a bit stronger,

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Photo of Roguer
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful black brew; large beige head with excellent retention.

Wow! The coconut is not a gimmick; it comes soaring through on the nose, accompanied by vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and toast.

Flavor follows: nice notes of chocolate, roast, and coffee, with vanilla shot throughout and a huge wave of coconut that builds, shines, but never quite overwhelms.

This is like a flavored iced coffee. It's unbelievably drinkable.

Body is smooth but still full.

An incredibly interesting beer!

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Photo of avas
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Beer comes in a dark brown color with about a finger and half of light mocha head that sticks around for a while. Decent lacing on the glass. Not particularly thick or sludgey, but quite appealing in appearance.

S: INSANE amounts of toasted coconut bursting out of the glass. Rich, sweet, freshly toasted coconut. Nothing artificial about it. Underlying this is a smooth coffee note. Again, nothing bitter or off-putting; just a clean, subtle, coffee flavor that supports the overwhelming amount of coffee. Not much malt sweetness or roastiness, and not a hint of alcohol.

T: Follows the nose up front. Again, just ridiculous amounts of toasted coconut smacks the palate. Coffee comes in a bit stronger than on the nose, with a mildly peppery bitterness. Hints of milk chocolate come in on the aftertaste and linger with the coconut flavor for long after the sip, coating the mouth with rich, potent flavors reminiscent of a much bigger beer.

M: Extremely smooth and drinkable. Medium-light mouthfeel with an effervescent carbonation of tiny bubbles. Glides across the tongue without much weight, yet leaves a mouth-coating flavor that isn't indicative of its ABV. It's not particularly creamy, and during the middle of the taste (between the initial punch of flavor and the lingering aftertase), it feels a tinge watery. This isn't necessarily unexpected given the ABV, but it's the only area in which I'd really dock this beer.

O: Wow. This is by far the best porter I've had and perhaps the best non-imperial stout/porter I've ever had as well. The intensity of aroma and flavor on this is simply unbelievable given the ABV on this. I'm lucky to have tried this fresh (only a few weeks after bottling), but I imagine this will drink well for months to come. The smooth, almost decadent coconut flavors are so delicious, and the coffee/chocolate notes provide perfect complements to prevent this from being a one-note wonder. If the mouthfeel were a bit thicker and the carbonation a bit smoother, this would be pretty close to perfect for the style. As it stands, it's not far off!

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Photo of Skellbop
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A prerequisite to love this beer is to love coconut. While it is a nice flavor profile, I would say that, similar to death by coconut, the coconut overpowers some of the other flavors. I don't get much coffee off the beer. The nose is very heavy on coconut, though more muted on the taste. I'd have it again, but would like to get a bit more coffee/roastiness

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer appeared dark black with a mocha colored head.

Smell - The nose was smooth milky coconut. There was a sweetness to the nose.

Taste - The cocomut is in the front. If a porter was combined with coconut cream pie. There is a definite creaminess to the mouthfeel. Sweet malts and coffee are present with the beer more bitter at the end.

Mouthfeel - The coconut creates a very smooth mouthfeel.

Overall - This is an upper echelon coconut beer.

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Photo of mschrei
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled late January of this year. Poured into snifter. Dark brown, light lacing and foam. Strong coconut notes on the smell and taste, coffee more present on the taste. Light feel, very refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my good buddy moose3285 for this bottle, though he has now vacated FL for cooler climes & I, I, I… . 22 oz. (sniff) bottle split with my wife.

Pour: dark brown. Leads with a big nose: coconut, whipping cream, sweet hazelnut. When you put them together, you get equal parts drool & anticipation.

Last Snow: did you know August is the only month there has never been snow reported in MN? OK, it might have been July, but still. Lovely coconut up front before the coffee/roast kicks in, with a shot of hazelnut creamer. Sweet cream, bitterness, distant chocolate come mid-palate. Coconut, roast coat everything they touch, & this is disappearing rapidly.

Amazingly tasty & well balanced, as the multiple additions don’t overwhelm the base beer, but caress it with gentle lovingness. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mikkeller & Friends. Dark brown with a tan head. Tons of toasted coconut, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Medium body and carbonation, and a smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Masonz223
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Smell: the freshest medium roast coffee there is just a ton of coconut milk chocolate cinamon
Taste: fresh medium roast coffee middle of the mouth coconut a hint of cinnamon milk chocolate finishes with a slight dark chocolate and more coconut
Feel: medium body very creamy a bit waterd down the body is a bit of a let down.
Overall: the smell is awesome but the taste is a bit of a let down still really good. The bottles is not the freshest so I'll have to re review this when I get a fresh bottle.

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Photo of kevanb
3.62/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, most recent release, poured into a Funk Buddha oversized snifter glass. Enjoyed on 7.7.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice jet black color, cola brown hues, opaque, but not overly viscous. A thick, khaki head, about two fingers high appears with good retention yielding plenty of soapy lace. The aroma is fantastic, huge coffee profile, rich, dark chocolate, toasted coconut, mild roast, nicely balanced, rich without being cloying or too decadent, just really inviting and approachable. The flavors are unfortunately disappointing. The booming coffee in the nose is very tame on the tongue, and very bitter, dry, overly roasty with only a tiny smidge of toasted coconut, though it feels a bit artificial. The chocolate character is decent, more bittersweet than smooth and rich with a strong grainy finish that is rather bland. The mouthfeel is another weak spot, a bit thin, lighter body, lively carbonation that struggles to coat the tongue and finishes softly with a light dry bite.

Verdict: A decent adjunct porter from Funky Buddha, certainly not in the same league as some of their stronger beers. The flavoring of this beer just reads a bit artificial and isn't as impactful as the aroma leads on, and at 6.4%, I wasn't expecting a monster body, but I was still surprised at how little texture and backbone this beer had. While I'm sure it will please some, there are a number of better similarly built porters that I would go for first.

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Photo of ragnar3
3.56/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2016 Vintage poured into a tulip. Huge coconut but almost no detectable coffee in this one. Overly sweet and almost artificial tasting. Overall, a miss in my eyes.

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Photo of jtirpak22
3.45/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz. bottle.

A - oily dark brown, minimal tan head
S - Smell was big coconut, overwhelming, couldn't pick up much outside of that. Present as soon as the bottle opened.
T - Just like the nose, huge coconut, but terribly artificial tasting - not necessarily awful, just very artificial.
M - Thin to medium
O - Not a bad beer by any means but tastes more like a novelty than anything remotely world class.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I guess there's a bunch of wizards brewing at Funky Buddha because there's no way this much flavor comes from a low ABV. Coconut, chocolate, coffee, nutty. Liquid Almond Joy!

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Photo of SlothB77
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The coconut is big, bold, but a little artificial tasting. Lots of coconut here. Still very solid. Funky Buddha makes beers that sound like food. But sometimes FB goes a little too far with the artificial flavorings. The coconut, in say, a Hawaiian Speedway, seems more authentic.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has vanilla, coconut and dark malts. Taste is very balanced with coconut, roasted malts and coffee. Body is on the lighter side and has a good amount of carbonation. Really nice overall but I expected a fuller mouthfeel and more complex flavors.

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Last Snow from Funky Buddha Brewery
4.45 out of 5 based on 1,669 ratings.
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