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Sweet Potato Casserole - Funky Buddha Brewery

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37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 240
Avg: 4
pDev: 26.5%
Wants: 49
Gots: 72 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottyshades on 10-05-2012

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.
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Photo of GRG1313
3.52/5  rDev -12%
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 nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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 jlindros
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Jason
3.8/5  rDev -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 Lare453
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy copper color. White foamy head. Smell is sweet vanilla, heavy marshmallow, light spice. Taste is... Holy shit, just like sweet potato casserole! I love this beer, another amazing bottle from fb!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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 GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev -2%
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 rudzud
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
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 millerbuffoon
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rating this on what they were going for. They hit it!
Mild carbonation. Nose is very sweet, almost candy-like. Flavor follows suit and is indicative of the name of this beer.
I like novelties, and Funky Buddha as well. This beer hits the mark on what they were aiming for.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle received as an extra in a recent trade.

This one pours a slightly murky orange, with a small head, and a just a little bit of lacing.

Smells like sweet potato, vanilla cream and marshmallow, and some cinnamon.

This one ultimately succeeds because the spicing is minimal and complementary to the rest of the beer, rather than being the star, which it definitely could have been. There is way more marshmallow and sweet potato here than anything else, and it's executed well and correctly, in my opinion. It definitely gives off the impression of gooey stickey marshmallow in a sweet potato pie. Funky Buddha is really good at recreating a dessert in a beer.

This is medium bodied, a bit creamy, with a lower level of carbonation.

Another nicely done beer here from Funky Buddha. Side note- the marshmallows on the label threw me off, because they look like cartoon teeth, rather than marshmallows.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Getting ginger upfront. Mellows out to vanilla, some vegetal and fall spices(nutmeg, allspice amd cinnamon). Not to sweet but getting some marshmallow . Real good pumpkin like brew.

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Photo of dar482
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer offers sweet potato as advertised, although with not much flavor difference from a pumpkin beer as spices are the defining quality. Flavors include strong ginger, then cinnamon, allspice, restrained caramel, toasty malts, marshmallow sweetness on the finish.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Came into this skeptical and left convinced. Pours deep cloudy orange color with a small orange hued off white head. Aroma is sweet brown sugar and sweet potatoes, some marshmallow and sugary vanilla notes, light cinnamon spice. Flavor is a burst of marshmallow notes, sweet malts and a brown sugar/cinnamon note to it. Smooth and rich, light carbonation, sweet dessert beer but not overly syrupy. Man, this was way over what I expected. Pretty good stuff and a nice break from the god awful pumpkin beers coming out this time of year. Blows them all away. (NOTE: My bottle says 7.9%, not 9.5% as noted here on the beer's page--maybe they changed the ABV since original release).

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Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a small fizzy white head that eventually disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- smells like Thanksgiving; lots of fresh cinnamon up front with notes of creamy marshmallow, brown sugar & vegetal sweet potato, pretty much spot on

T- lots of cinnamon flavor hits first, followed by sweet vanilla and marshmallow, brown sugary pie crust and whipped sweet potato. The finish gives more cinnamon and a linger of nutmeg

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- again, FB manages to make a beer that tastes just like it's label suggests. Very good vegetable beer.

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Photo of Hootie159
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Give the look some dabs. Colored like a sweet potato. Not quite as orange but darn close. Finger white head that disappeared. Edge ring. Smell is mostly the fall spices and marshmallow. Spicing, the marshmallow, then that can of syruped sweet potato taste. Childhood Thanksgiving deja vu. Just be careful. Sweet and sits heavy. Medium carbonation. A little sticky.

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Photo of SFC21
3.6/5  rDev -10%
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 ThickNStout
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
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 DuffDaddy
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet, after-dinner type beer. Has all the flavors of Granny's sweet potato casserole without being too cloying. Very enjoyable in a 12 ounce snifter with Joel Bernstein while in Hollywood for a deposition.

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Photo of jhartley
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Hop_God
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A; murky amber to orange. Decent haze. Large bubble khaki head.

S: spices. Syrup. Veggie. Vanilla.

T: marshmallow. Spices. Cinnamon. Vanilla. Pie.

F: smooth with a crisp bite at the end.

O: this is quite good for what they are going for. Well done. Basically thanksgiving dessert.

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Photo of pmangold
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a great beer that I can't wait to drink more of this fall. tons of sweet marshmallow, spices in the nose, the taste hits the sweet potato casserole perfectly. great job FB.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Funky Buddha 10/4. Leftover from their 2nd Anniversary Celebration

A: Pours mahogany with a small cap. Decent retention

S: Definitely lives up to the name, this is awesome and has every note typical of a sweet potato casserole; holiday spices, toasted marshmallow, brown sugar, and certainly sweet potato. Impressive and creative!

T: Nailed it, what else can you say. A little on the sweet side but not cloyingly so. A sipper for sure.

MF/O: Smooth mellow carbonation, cinnamon marshmallow finish. Alcohol is very well hidden, but one or two of these is probably enough in one sitting. Definitely one of those novelty beers that happen to be delicious.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good, but nothing amazing, It has a lot of really nice hints of nutmeg, and other spices on the nose. The flavor is similar, but I think the style of beer clashes with these spices. A porter would have paired much better with this flavor profile.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle into my pint glass.
A - Poured out a golden amber with minimal white head that settled and faded quickly.
S – Not much of an aroma. Very light vanilla.
T – I’ll be damned it does taste like sweet potato casserole! Sweet potatoes are the first flavor. Vanilla comes next with some cinnamon and nutmeg. Not at all sweet. Just a touch of alcohol at the finish.
M – Lively on the palate. Medium carbonation.
O – Wasn’t sure about this one but it’s good. Very easy to drink. Tastes a great deal like a casserole. Probably not for everyone but if you want a good brew for Thanksgiving and hate the pumpkins..here you go.

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Photo of Myotus
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 10Sep15) into a snifter at 40°F.
LOOK: Pours with two finger's worth of off-white foam that halves itself after 45 seconds. Amber in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. There's a plethora of medium-sized bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Lacing is thick and high.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, sweet potato, baked pie crust, and marshmallows. Yeah. This is basically a sweet potato casserole blended up into a bottle.
TASTE: Strong flavors of vanilla and cinnamon enter initially and are immediately followed by strong flavors of baked pie crust and mild flavors sweet potato. Strong marshmallow flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist except for sweet potato, which grow stronger.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and light-bodied. There are hints of carbonation. This has to be the smoothest and most creamy beer that I have ever had. Finishes with a subtle dryness.

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Sweet Potato Casserole from Funky Buddha Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.