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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our search for the finest cocoa nibs brought us to the far corners of the earth. We tried them all: raw nibs from Guatemala; roasted jewels from the West Indies. But the most potent, intensely chocolatey ones we found hailed from the far-away reaches of Brazil. But there was one problem. We had to get them back. So with sacks in tow, we stole away with those precious nibs and smuggled them, along with fragrant Madagascar vanilla beans, deep into the reaches of a pitch black milk porter. And so, Nib Smuggler Chocolate Milk Porter was born.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2016
The aroma is chocolatey and roasted. The appearance is almost black. The taste is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is average. Overall good but not great. Has flaws.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Palidor19 (3171) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Taste a bit standard, slightly creamy with a hard astringency with. Slightly thin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13904) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla and light roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla and light roastiness with a smooth dry lingering milk chocolate finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (732) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Definitely blurring the line between stout and porter. Heavy on the lactose sweetness and intense dark chocolate flavor. Tasty chocolate milk for adults.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jabah (427) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Yeah....forgot this was a porter while I was drinking it. Very heavy on the chocolate (on the bitter/dark chocolate side), super sweet, with extra lactose in there. I was thinking this was a sweet/milk stout, but a "milk porter" makes sense. Dark black appearance. Not much head and on the flatter-feel side. Has some density and filling like an IPS, but only around 6%. A single of this was enough for me, as its quite pricey.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smaynard6000 (1045) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with small light brown head. Aroma is roasted coffee and chocolate. Mellow chocolate flavor with a touch of vanilla. Smooth on the palate with a somewhat sweet finish. Medium bodied and easy drinking. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1327) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2016
12 oz bottle. Pours nearly black with mahogany at the edges and topped by a small, smooth layer of tan colored foam that slowly settles to the body below and leaving streaks of lace around the glass. The aroma is really nice showing notes of rich, milk chocolate, toasted vanilla, and lactose followed by light roast and toasted caramel malt base. The flavor follows with the milk chocolate, dark malts, and toasted vanilla that is balanced out nicely by some earthy roast that adds just a touch of bitterness. Medium bodied and smooth with a slick mouthfeel and balanced carbonation that leads to a roasty and sweet cocoa finish. Really tasty milk Porter that is well executed. Funky Buddha never seems to disappoint.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
S_Side_Smitty (744) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2016 Pours deep brown-black with a reddish hue and a tan head. Aroma is chocolate with a tinge of coffee. Taste is chocolate milk straight up with a little toasty bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9592) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
My Bottom Line:
Green, earthy cocoa is laced in vanilla and caramel, as roastiness attempts to tighten up this flavourful but rough Porter-like concoction.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the floatie-laden dark brown.
-Coke-like angles are found.
-This is not too sweet, which is a plus, but the flavour positioning could be improved upon.
-A bit like Cigar City, I feel like Funky Buddha Is all across the map quality-wise. Too many different brews being attempted and no time to make them all perfect.

Bottle.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Berard (636) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with thick creme colored head. Nice vanilla flavor with a slight tartness. Too thin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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