We previously previewed a renown beer from Funky Buddha Brewery so I figured, why not one more?
Today we have a beer that is named perfectly for this beautiful month of March. It’s “Last Snow” which is a Coconut & Coffee Porter. This is a sweet and dessert style porter with an IBU of only 35 and a very respectable 6.4% ABV.
Last Snow Coconut & Coffee Porter is an ode to that special time in our home state of Florida where the needle dips just south of 70*- 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 that’s just a state of mind.
This beer was picked up only because my previous experience with Funky Buddha was so good. The packaging isn’t exactly enticing but I do love a good porter.
However, my first impression was not very high. That is, not until I popped the top. The aroma was unbelievable. It was simply intoxicating. The nose got strong scents of coconut and cappuccino. It’s listed as a coffee porter but it’s richer and less bitter than a coffee porter. It’s reminiscent of a coconut latte.
The taste? I am afraid that the flavor was not as grand as the aroma, but that’s a bit hard to do because the aroma is going to get marked among the top of all beers. The taste is first coconut and then it’s a sweet porter. This is NOT a bitter porter. The finish is creamy and sweet also.
That being said, there is a strange off-flavor that is almost soapy. Sometimes fermentation times and temps can cause soapy flavors but it’s hard to know what exactly was causing this one. But it is faint enough that most won’t notice it.
This beer makes a better perfume than a porter but worth a try. Fix the off-flavors and it will be a remarkable beer.
Aroma: Aroma is a delightful coconut latte porter and it does NOT quit. It’s great from start to finish.
Taste: Taste is strong coconut at first sip and more coffee porter at it gets to the back of the tongue.
Texture: The texture is rich and creamy with a thick foamy head.
Finish: The finish is slightly more bitter. It’s the only time that any bitterness is tasted but it is paired with a sweetness and a great balance.
Comparisons: Most coconut porters except this one is just better than most.