When I saw that my usual bottle shop downtown received a delivery of some Funky Buddha brews I took an early lunch to head on over and pick some up. I haven’t had a chance to try any of their beers outside of a festival and this particular one sounded like my kind of thing.
Beer Name: Nib Smuggler
Brewer: Funky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park, FL)
Description: Per the brewer’s description, this porter was brewed with black cocoa from Brazil and Madagascar vanilla beans. A four pack of 12 oz. bottles came at a pretty reasonable cost of $13.
Appearance: Black body briefly topped off by a thin tan head.
Smell: Big dose of a sweet chocolate and fudgy cocoa, not entirely unlike chocolate milk.
Taste: Sweet, creamy chocolate with a very light amount of roasted malt and mild coffee bitterness. Finish was a combination of sweet chocolate and light roast with a bit of nuts and vanilla thrown in as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body that felt smooth and slick. Minimal carbonation.
Hype: Elevated. The brewery has a pretty solid reputation and is just starting to get distributed in my area. They made quite the impression on me at the Extreme Beer Festival a few years back.
Overall: I liked it, but wasn’t particularly blown away. My biggest wish for this beer was that it had a thicker body, which I think that would have better complimented the flavor profile and made the creamy chocolate flavors stand out a bit more. Not a bad pickup, but not one I feel overly compelled to make again either.