Sweet Potato Casserole | Funky Buddha Brewery

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88
very good
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BEER STATS
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53
Ratings:
335
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
24.87%
 
 
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Sweet Potato CasseroleSweet Potato Casserole
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Drop the dressing and ditch the pumpkin, Sweet Potato Casserole is fresh out of the oven and ready to party. This fall treat is just like moms used to make - only if moms had penchant for gooey marshmallow, fall spices, and gobs of sweet potato cavorting in one sinful glass. Bottoms up.

Food pairings suggestions:
Turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, and gravy. Pecan pie. Roast pork loin. Salisbury steak. Corned beef hash. Pumpkin pancakes with walnuts and maple syrup.

Added by scottyshades on 10-05-2012

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Photo of gcamparone
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours deep amber body with a 2 finger off white head that reduces slowly to leave medium lacing and a layer of retention.

Aromas are nutty, toffee, somewhat artificial vanilla / maple, caramel, gourds. Taste is very sweet caramel toffee, also artificial vanilla and maple on the tongue. Mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy even though it's not even 10%.

Overall a little too fake for me, I can enjoy half of one as a dessert beer but anything more is not enjoyable.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Bottled 8/27/15. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a cloudy orange with about a quarter finger pale head. The bubbles shrink back to a persistent surface haze and full ring that in turn deposits a couple sizable patches of lace.

The nose is straight up sweet potato casserole. There is saome spiced sweet potato, vanilla, marshmallows and a little caramel.

There are no surprise flavors after smelling this. Sweet potato pie, clove, allspice, vague vanilla, sugar and a slight nip of booze.

Medium thin body with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a good deal of spice, some sweet potato and a little brown sugar.

Funky Buddha may not be replacing my favorite fall seasonal but Sweet Potato Casserole delivers what was expected from the label. This was a nice little change from our annual deluge of pumpkin beers.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark hazy orange with a medium lasting white head. Smells actually like cooked sweet potatoes which is both good and bad. There is a bit of a cheap perfume quality to the nose

Mouth feel is nice with light/medium carbonation and a very nice balance.

Flavor profile is a bit like sweet potato pie with pecans and brown sugar. There is a real sweet tone to the front palate and then it sort gets to a boring simplistic English Bitter tone and finally to a simple brown ale finish.

Not bad but not something I'd go out of my way to drink.

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Photo of buckslayer50
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark red with barely any head, not much of a nose. I want to preface this by saying I've never tried this before so I don't know if this is how it always tastes, but I think I may have gotten a bad bottle. It tasted very medicinal to me, basically cough syrup. As it warmed it got a little better. I may try this again but this one was very disappointing to me after liking everything I've had from Funky Buddha so far.

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Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A murky copper color with little foam. The aroma is definitely of sweet potato casserole and the flavor is similar, if not as evocative. Drinkable, but honestly I'd prefer most pumpkin beers to this, sweet potato casserole just isn't a flavor I ever wanted in my beer.

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Photo of SFC21
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Opens with a great nose of lightly toasted marshmallows followed by a hint of yams. Aroma no doubt replicates sticking your nose in the Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole. Unfortunately the taste doesn't live up to the nose. Flavor mimics the marshmallow and sweet potato but tastes artificial and slightly metallic. Finish is lightly burned caramel. An interesting beer and worth trying once but I won't seek it out again

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Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks, I guess, to rudzud for sharing this growler.

Big frothy creamy head fades slowly with great lacing, reddish burnt orange hazy beer.

Nose is very weird, sweet sugar, tangy almost sour fruity sugar, with very light sweet potato note, little earthiness, lots of sugar and fermented sugar mess.

Taste is better, sweet candy, marshmallow fluffy sugar, some earthy sweet potato, a bit of a tart raisiny fruit thing like glog almost, little phenolic booze note, candied sweet potato, little gourd like. Finish is bitter and a bit tannic, little sharp, flemmy somehow, mild phenols estery booze.

Mouth is med but little lighter bod, little booze, decent carb but a bit light.

Overall interesting but not great. Marshmallow came through nicely, but rest of beer was meh.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Murky light brown. Medium off white head. Wispy.

Smell - Marshmallow. Lots of sweet pumpkiny/yammy/sweet potato.

Taste - Sweet. Malty. Lots of sweet potato or whatever it is. Marshmallow is intense. Gives it a fruitiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy, but not as heavy as I thought it would be. Creamy.

Overall - Pretty tasty. Different take on the pumpkin beer style.

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Photo of rudzud
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros. Been waiting two years to try this one.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy burnt orange, pie filling esc. Really nice one finger head that leaves loads of lacing and a nice blanket. Beyond impressive for the ABV and style.

S - Aromas of faint vegetable, faint sweet marshmallow. Still, rather bland on the nose. I get a raw sweet potato on the finish. Light sugar sweetness. Quite underwhelming.

T - Taste is more like it. Lots of sweet marshmallow, lightly vegetable, sweet potato is there but not super prominent. Mostly just marshmallow with some alcohol phenols in the middle. The finish is rather bland. Definitely a marshmallow heavy beer with the sweet potato playing second fiddle. Some esters on the finish too.

M - Mouthfeel is alright, alcohol is hidden nicely though it is a little thin.

O - Overall this beer was rather underwhelming. The marshmallow is really nice, however, the sweet potato is rather underwhelming. A shame there isn't more. Really a let down.

Serving type: Growler

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Photo of FBGordon
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cool 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep golden amber with an off-white head that maintains somewhat and laces nicely throughout.

S: Smells of spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a little sweet potato.

T: Cinnamon and marsh mellow up front, giving way to sweet potato and graham cracker, if you can believe it. Surprisingly the flavors aren't artificial and cloying, but nicely subdued and balanced. A mix of flavors rest pleasantly on the palate. The hefty 7.9% ABV doesn't come through the flavor. Impressive.

M: A moderately light body for a strong ale with fine carbonation that drinks easily.

O: I'm pleasantly surprised by this beer. While it's not mind-blowing, I can't deny that Funky Buddha has done a good job representing the flavors of sweet potato casserole without it being too artificial. For a sweet potato casserole ale, I'm impressed. Personally, I think this beer is best consumed only slightly cooled.

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Photo of Cannabanoid
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting beer I got as an extra in a trade. Thanks again. Upon popping the cap I immediately found myself craving turkey and all the fixins. It had a lot of spice.A little bit too sweet for my tast(marshmallow? ). Definitely a solid beer though.

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Photo of Dr_Fox
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nose is sweet and really does smell of a delicious SP casserole. Unfortunately, the taste doesn't quite capture the same essence of sweet seasonal spices. It is a very well done seasonal, but it didn't blow me away.

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Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the things I love about FB, is their willingness to always push the envelope when it comes to brewing. While I wasn't a huge fan of this, I was nevertheless impressed by the brewers ability to combine ingredients and make this beer taste like the label describes. Unfortunately, I'm not a huge fan of sweet potato, and the beer was a bit sweet, but even so, I found this to be a very well crafted beer from FB. There's a lot of vanilla, underlying spice, and something a rootbeer flavor to this beer, and while pretty good, the finish was a bit weak (it seemed a bit light and watery, for a beer described as a strong ale). In any event, I was very happy to have the opportunity to try this interesting beer from FB.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In my pint glass the beer was an amber color with a small tan head.
Aroma of sweet potato and sugar.
The taste was as the label implied: sweet potato and marshmallow. A little bit of vanilla and a little bit of spice.
Very sweet. Probably a good dessert beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Spice, Estery, Sweet, Offbeat

To hell with pumpkin ales when we can have casserole beer! One of those casseroles that you only have a taste of once a year because it puts you into a mild food coma. This spiced-up Strong Ale throws down hard with a big sweetness up front. Balance from the alcohol and spice is there, but it still lands solidly in sweet territory. This one begs to be paired with some salty glazed ham. Thanks Funky Buddha, for always pushing the envelope. [Jason]

Look 3.50 | Smell 4.00 | Taste 3.75 | Feel 3.75 | Overall 3.75

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #106 (NOV 2015)

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Photo of jhartley
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cuvee tulip glass. Bottled on 08/27/2015.
Golden orange body, 1/2 fingers worth of head which dissipated quickly and didn't leave any lacing in the glass.
Plenty of sweet spiciness on the nose: Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg.
Taste is sweet! An up front extreme amount of vanilla with a spicy bite of cinnamon and then a lingering taste of marshmallows.
There's a thin feel to this beer and there's not a lot left except the vanilla and cinnamon. Not getting an alcohol on it.
Overall, a decent beer but not exactly what I was expecting and to be honest it's kind of a one trick pony. It does get better as it warms. For what it is it's still tasty. This will and would be a perfect beer for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown color with tan head. Sweetness, sweet potato, marshmallow, wow sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with marshmallow. Surprisingly not as sweet on the palate.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

really cool beer here. tastes seriously exactly like the sweet potato casserole on the table at thanksgiving time. pale orange in color without much head and some haze to it, looks unassuming, but the nose is incredible. earthy from the potato for sure, but the burnt marshmallow topping is over the top, really the dominant flavor. sort of spiced like a pumpkin ale, but richer and less distracting with all the sweet going on here. hints of vanilla and orange in the flavor, allspice and cinnamon, graham cracker honey breadiness from the malt, and a lot of residual sugar. it is what it says it is, and I admire it for that. there is a weird strong almost fake vanilla flavor going on that I also got in their blueberry cobbler ale. its good, but its too strong, and it reminds me of that beer too. I like how unique this is, but one glass was enough for me. it would be fun on the holiday table, but more of a novelty I think than a beer someone is going to sit down and drink a bunch of. still cool to pull it off this well. needs more carbonation, but other than that its real solid, especially if you don't mind some sweetness.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I appreciate tenderbranson69 for shring this bottle with me enjoyed chilled.

The color is dark amber with light beige head with fine bead and good clarity. The smell is like the description a mix of sweet caramel with light vanilla and some sweet bready aroma of malt with subtle spice. The feel is great with medium sweet body with mild spiciness and mild creamy texture with moderate carbonation and light bitterness as it finishes on the dry side.

The taste is decent with enough malt presence and sweetness to remind of sweet potato with low spice in the flavor up front and mild yeast with slight fruity element and cinnamon-nutty flavor in the back with slight taste of alcohol toward the finish. Overall I think this is a very good strong ale tastes like autumn in a glass with good resemblence to what the name implies a smooth drinkable flavor.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, orange-copper coloring with a thin, filmy, halo of off-white head. Aromas of candi sugar, date, fig, vanilla, bubble gum, sweet potato, and cotton candy. Very sweet and sugary aromas. Flavors are rich and roasted forward, heavy on sweet potato and vanilla, with a spice blend of cinnamon, brown sugar, and candi sugar, with highlights of marshmallow and earthy notes. Very rich and dynamic, all the while staying fairly well balanced. The body is smooth and rich, with a crisp undertone. The aftertaste is more of the sugary notes coming from the marshmallow and vanilla characteristics, with some earthy and sweet potato to balance. The finish is smooth, slow, and light, with a solid sugary and richly sweet linger. Tasty damn beer.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery August 2015.

This is a friendly and mild beer. The most prominent flavor I'd say is something akin to marshmallow. That's what they advertise it as, and it comes fairly close but is a bit different. It maybe leans a little more vanilla than your average marshmallow would but, again, it's close. And it goes nicely with the mild and soft sweet potato taste. That's not a very prominent note but it's there. There's a little hints of spice in there as you'd expect from a beer of this name, but pretty mild. Overall it comes across soft and gentle. It's a subtle experience and I didn't think it was overly sweet as some others have mentioned.

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Photo of raynmoon
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost looks amazing. Has a deep golden, amber color, slight haze. No foam at all. Kind looks like soda in that sense.

Smell and taste match very closely. It has a nice burn sugar, caramel sweetness that is followed by potato and cinnamon. No ingredient is out of place.

Overall, tastes just like it describes. However, just like Last Snow, it has no qualities of being an actual beer. I'm becoming suspicious that they just make flavorless wort and jam the beer with sugar and spices.

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Photo of VTR
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a desert in a bottle. This screams sweet potato pie just from the smell in the glass. Sweet spices, sweet potato, marshmallow creme, cinnamon, maybe a little nutmeg. Now sweet potato pie is my favorite dish at Thanksgiving so I was excited to try this. It tastes like the real thing except not as sweet. The marshmallow/vanilla and spices were a delightful mix and somehow the sweet potato seemed to be there. This was a beer that had no alcohol that was detectable which made it dangerously easy to drink. I stashed some of these away that will be part of dinner at Thanksgiving this year! If you see this beer I recommend picking some up.

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Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a btrown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, brown/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of sweet potato, marshmallows. Taste is sweet potato, nutmeg, marshmallow, some hints of ginger, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a unique and tasty beer worth trying.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz poured into shaker pint

A: nice fluffy head slight orange in color leaning toward caramel fairly good clarity

S: lots of cinnamon and nut meg

T: lots of cinnamon nutmeg nice sweetness

M: nice and creamy makes the beer feel richer not a huge amount of lingering aftertaste which I think is beneficial

O: it's a nice beer not overly complex but what it does do it does well so if you like sweet potato casserole give this a whirl

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Sweet Potato Casserole from Funky Buddha Brewery
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