TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Monk’s. Dark brown with a beige head that settles to a frosting. Nose is chocolate, caramel, hay and coffee. Medium to full body with a tang. Taste is sweet chocolate, vanilla, hints of licorice with a bitter grass finish and some ash. After trying three of the berliner weisse this was perfect for soothing the sour overload. Great sweet stout.
PhillyCraft (2573) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Monks, cool story about this beer and the difficulties of getting quality nibs into the US. Peruvians were used instead. Pours a dark brown color with thin white head and lacing. Aromas and taste of light cocoa, vanilla, and malt. Finshed on the dryer side. Very good but I prefered the Last Snow.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Monk’s. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Lots of chocolate, roast, and cocoa. Sweet, coffee and roast. Tastes of sweetened coffee and chocolate. Very sweet, too sweet for my liking. Chocolate and cocoa on the finish.
jredmond (4567) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2012 Draft at monks for the funky Buddha event with jay, Andy, pearl and vin. Pours a deep brown body with thin white lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin for a stout, feels more like a chocolate porter, notes of roast, chocolate, light spice. Solid.
burg326 (2714) - Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the Funky Buddha, poured a dark brown color with aromas of chocolate, vanilla, roast, and sweet malt. Flavor is a great mixture of all the aromas that blended nicely on the palate. After each sip it left me wanting more, and more of this amazing brew.
markwise (4089) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Funky Buddha. WOW. This has to be one of the best non-Berliners they have done. Pours a typical stout brown with a tan head. The nose is what distinguishes this beer for sure. It has a significantly pronounced cocoa nib smell with a some underlying dark chocolate, vanilla, possible lactose, and some light roast. Flavor is amazingly chocolatey- cocoa with dark chocolate, nibs, and a bit of dryness in the finish, probably courtesy of the yeast. The nose and flavor together are very unique- the closest thing I can think of is Southern Tier Choklat, but with MUCH more balance. Some might consider this over-the-top, but it is a chocolate sweet stout; it is just as it says.
Fritz123 (553) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is by far one of my favorite beers of all time. I’m a sucker for good chocolate so that is a part of this scenario. Nib pours a very dark brown, nearly black. The aroma is a combination of dark cocoa nibs, sweet malts, with a hint of vanilla. The smoothness was perfect and the temperature also seemed to be perfect. (Had it at the Buddha on tap.) This is the perfect beer to drink after a big steak and potato dinner. The palate has a nice hint of chocolate for quite some time. Supperb!
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler thanks to johndoe8 on BA. Dark brown in color but lets some light through. Small tan head. The aroma is great and intense. Loads of chocolatey nibs and some roast and vanilla notes to go with it. The flavor is also nib city, very chocolatey but the integration could be a bit better. Sweet and mildly tart even. Medium-bodied and fairly smooth and drinkable. A good first Funky Buddha tick.
anders37 (14720) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottle @ Papsø. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-whit ehead. Has a roasted malty coffee aroma with hints of chocolate. Sweetish roasted malty coffee and chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocoalte finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Once again, a tip of the hat to Josh and Jacqui for bringing this one to the Bloomington hotel mini-hang! Pretty nice pour, dark brown with some amber highlights, nothing inky but still a dense and hefty look. Nose is quirky, with a mild tart note that pops from the start along with char, and sweet vanilla. Mouthfeel a bit on the thin side. Initially, the mild infection is a shade off-putting but it somehow grew a bit addictive, with a nice peanuty flavor combining well with the sweet notes and the grainy, roasty lower layer.