Sweet Potato Soufflé Rye Ale
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Sweet Potato Soufflé Rye AleSweet Potato Soufflé Rye Ale
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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #28
ABV:
11%
Score:
91
Ranked #2,567
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 9.98%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
143
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Odd Side Ales
 
Michigan, United States
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Fall
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Sweet Potato Soufflé Rye AleSweet Potato Soufflé Rye Ale
Notes: This strong ale was brewed with sweet potato and lactose and aged in rye whiskey barrels with cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavors of caramel, brown sugar, and sweet potato blend with spice and malt giving way to a lingering, warm finish.
Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 143 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Captain69
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this brewery comes out wit some crazy beers. this one pours dark with strong head - the sweet potato gives it just enough sweetness to cover the rye taste slightly . it is a strong beer so don't expect to drink many in a setting

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Photo of stortore
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 10/1/18, had 12/26/18.

Pours a mostly clear medium amber, with a half inch foamy head and some soapy lacing. Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, rye, sweet potato, brown sugar, some malt, light vanilla, faint whiskey. Flavor is pretty similar- nutmeg, cinnamon, rye, malt, brown sugar, light whiskey, toffee, sweet potato, some vanilla and caramel. Smooth, a good body for the style, lightly creamy when warm, well carbonated.

Great aroma, very good flavor, the spices work well together. Very enjoyable, but the really light barrel presence is a bit of a negative, because we pay more when it says that on the label. Still, worth a purchase to try the next batch.

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Photo of Boto
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle: This one ours a murky orangish-brown amber color. Pretty much no head on it. The aroma is good. The sweet potato is there, along with some brown sugar, rye and cinnamon. The taste is good. Malty, brown sugar, cinnamon, rye, vanilla, nutmeg. This is a very interesting and very good beer.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours deep chestnut with a nice off white head, good retention for the ABV. Spotty lacing.

Aroma- Brown sugar, nice rye, cinnamon, nutmeg, mild oak, vanilla and sweet potato.

Taste - Initial taste is sweet potato casserole, the rye whisky comes in quickly. Nice vanilla and nutmeg, as it warms the alcohol settles a little and all of the flavors really open up. The rye really comes through well while not overpowering.

Feel - Smooth, slightly creamy warming from the alcohol.

Overall - Once this warms up it is money, big rye liquid sweet potato casserole drinks nothing like the ABV.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle dated 10/01/18 into a chalice, this beer pours out a murky, dirty copper color. It formed a thin, tingy yellow crown that dissipated to only leaving an outer ring attached to the edge of the glass.

The nose carries in notes of definite nutmeg, with background layers of cinnamon, vanilla, figs and pumpkin pie. It really does smell like a sweet potato/pumpkin dessert of some kind.

The taste comes in with the nutmeg up front as well. Once again, this is coming off a lot like a pumpkin beer, but in a much better way. The vanilla sweetness lends so much to this, it helps a ton to tame the spices and not let them get out of hand. It’s boozy, but not overdone and the barrel doesn’t play a huge role. There is some rye at the back that is lovely. Thick; close to being too syrupy without going too far. Overall, this is really enjoyable to me.

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Photo of BB1313
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/1/18. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy and murky deep amber; small light khaki head that fades quickly leaving decent retention and lacing. The aromas are malt forward along with some caramel, cinnamon and apples. Subtle hints of clove. The flavors are much bolder than the nose. Lots of cinnamon leading the way. More caramel. The whiskey is balanced and blends well with everything. The rye from the barrels give it a subtle spiciness. It's slightly sweet, but it's not cloying or over the top. The lactose is noticeable. Some sticky and syrupy characteristics. Strong malt backbone. Mild warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. It's slick, smooth and ultimately dangerously drinkable.

This is a very nice brew. It has a nice pumpkin ale vibe going on, which was expected. Really nice flavors. The rye whiskey barrels don't dominate, but work well. I really like it. Well done.

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Photo of laketang
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dirty rusty brown look and retains some head with good lacing.
First sip reveals Roasted sweet potatoes with brown sugar, whiskey notes as well.
Nutmeg and cinnamon, a really nice touch and gives pumpkin notes as well. Has the feel of a barlywine, spicy. Medium feel chewy.i like it a lot.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No other flavor screams Fall like sweet potato. From casseroles to sugar coated, and now to souffle, the Odd Side team knows exactly what we crave this time of year... yea, that's right - whisky!

Deep chestnut brown in its appearance, a medium statured, off white froth builds gracefully on top. Appetizing to the eye, Barrel Aged Sweet Potato Souffle Rye Ale continues to entice the nose with the savory sweet scent of brown sugar, light molasses, pumpkin pie and the spicy twinge of whisky. But the flavors lead with a heavy coat of brown sugar, honey, candied pecan and a hint of maple.

As the sweetness stews and saturates the middle palate, the spices of cinnamon and nutmeg begin to rise to give the session a culmination of grandma's pumpkin pie especially when the creamy sweetness of lactose joins in. Trailing into a sweet and spicy dessert-like finish, the caramels of toasted oak, light coconut, vanilla and that quintessential pecan nuttiness lingers on the late palate.

Full bodied and strong in taste, the seasonal spice additions and fortified booze might seem too much for the palate, but the lactose and malt sweetness helps to balance the husken, bitter grit of rye. A long savory aftertaste of spiked pumpkin pie extends in a long and full flavored aftertaste.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice color that is likened to the whiskey that it is aged in. Nose is of sweetness and whiskey. Taste is 100% like the label says, whiskey..sweet potato..cinnamon. Great beer for a cold winter night. Oh btw, doesn’t drink like 11%.
This is not what I think of when I read pumpkin ale.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, deep brown color with a very quick head and no lacing.

The smell is sweet, Christmas spices, cloves.

The taste is really sweet with a nice, strong hit of Christmas spices like clove and lots of cinnamon. The barrel shows itself but minimally.

The mouthfeel is medium/thick with minimal carbonation.

Overall this is a great, slow sipper. It's very sweet and very complex.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a phenomenal beer - well worth the high ratings and strong reviews here. Didn't know what to expect since I'm not a huge sweet potato kind of guy, but this beer just knocked it out of the ballpark. Should have known not to doubt this fine local brewery. Starts off with a nice-looking honeyed toffee color with a little foaming head and very spotty lingering lacing. Smells amazing - can definitely catch the spice, malt, bourbon, wood and cinnamon. Maybe a little pumpkin as well. Taste follows the nose, but also with some other spice - maybe clove or nutmeg? Can also detect some brown sugar, vanilla and caramel. The high ABV is amazingly well-hidden and there's only a trace of warming alcohol even as the beer sits for a while. Great balance, depth and complexity. Smooth, luscious, creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. An outstanding beer, will buy more and try to age it to see what happens.

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Photo of Wolvmar
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Dated 10-01-18. Poured into a pint glass

Pour: murky reddish brown, rust color. Small head that quickly dissipated. No ring, clouds or lacing. Color is nice looking fall/autumn ale but otherwise non-descript.

Nose: cinnamon, nutmeg, apple dominate. Some bready malt, pumpkin, caramel. Almost smells more like spiced cider than beer. Very nice.

Taste: unlike any spiced ale I’ve had; in a very good way. Cinnamon, nutmeg are huge but balanced with sweet malts, caramel, lactose fullness and peppery spice from the rye. It’s in your face, bold and really good. Would seem to pair well with nearly any meat or fish. Great on a crisp fall day, as a winter warmer, or even in the early spring.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, with some kick from the spices and rye. Lactose seems to add some milky fullness. Really good.

Overall: this beer doesn’t look like much but it drinks big. I highly recommend trying it. YMMV but it’s got a lot going for it. Will buy again. Not sure it will age but might put a bottle away as a science experiment.

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Photo of darktronica
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 release, a nice twist on a classic autumn spiced ale. The rye barrels come through well and are very complementary, adding some oak and peppery spice as counterpoint to the cinnamon and nutmeg. Light ethyl notes on the nose when approaching room temp, but these get washed away by the burst of flavor on the palate.

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Photo of dd53grif
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber brown with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aromas of sweet potatoes, spices, vanilla and whisky. Tastes of whiskey first and sweet potatoes and spices. Slightly bitter. Thick and very sweet.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like weird, ya know? Like when my baby mama busts out the pink feather hand cuffs and a whip... And right here, ‘weird’ is what we got.

Beer pours (in my opinion) a beautiful, turgid/murky brown. The look is reminiscent of a good barley wine. The nose is on point like a Beverly Hills rhinoplasty - I’m talking supreme. Finally, with the taste is everything that is advertised. Sweet potato, cinnamon, nutmeg... To hell with the turkey, if this is what we gave the Indians, I’m sure calmer times would have proved true.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a chalice. Deep garnet, and hazy. Thin ring of foam around the rim. Warm aromas of spice, mashed sweet potato, marshmallow, and sweet booze. Flavor is so well balanced that no booze heat hits the throat and the flavor of yam, peppery Rye, nutmeg, cinnamon, maple/brown sugar, vanilla and barrel roll together fantastically.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/9/16

Pours out a murky amber/red, little to no head. smells of sweet potato, cinnamon, rye whiskey. Taste is more complex with sweet potato, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, banana, and that medium intensity rye whiskry spice and burn. The lactose thickens up the otherwise thinner than expected brew while adding some sweetness and lasting sweet potato flavor. That being said, this beer is not even close to being too sweet, it has tons of whiskey heat that cuts through and warms the palate and throat.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a fun one to try. Love the sweet potato take on the pumpkin ale. Tasted like a sweet potato pie with some rye added in. Nice thin and dry mouthfeel to go with flavors. Smells like booze, thanksgiving spices, and sweet rye. Definitely one that will be remembered for a while

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly out of season, but here me go. This beer pours a muddy red with a minimal head. The aroma is sweet and complex, wit fig jam, sweet potatoes, cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, and banana. The flavor is a wonderfully sweet combo of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, figs, cloves, and dried citrus fruit. The mouthfeel is rich with minimal carbonation. Overall this is a really nice beer - did not realize it was a pumpkin spice beer, but it is a tasty one that hits the notes I want - sweet but not too sweet, boozy, and intense.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark amber color with a good sized beige head with good retention and lacing.

Smells like a bakery! Sweet potato pie, pumpkin, definitely some cinnamon, nutmeg. You don't have to tell me the name or style to identify what this beer is-- its a holiday beer. I'm late to the party, but loving it so far.

Taste follows the nose, with a very strong addition of whiskey! First sip was great, and had me very excited. Subsequent sips leave me...underwhelmed. First sip follows the nose perfectly, but then the whiskey takes over. Not bad, but not the pie that was teased at first. Agree with the other reviewers that it is very cloying, to the point of being offsetting. It seems to be a bit inconsistent. Good sips edge it towards a 4.5, but bad bring it down closer to 3.75.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Stupidly easy to drink at 11%. Finishes very warm but with very minimal bite all things considered.

Overall, one of the better winter beers I've ever had but certainly doesn't deliver on all the promise that it has. Too boozy for it's own good, with the whiskey flavors detracting from the wonderful flavors that were already going on. It's not the whiskey that's wrong, it's the strength. Overall still a great beer and something I'll keep an eye out for next holiday season.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Stamped on label is bottling date of '09/27/17'.
Cloudy, deep amber body color. Persistent off white creamy cap. Extensive coverage of lacing.
Smells like a sweet potato pie. Rye whiskey barrel is there, too. Has cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet potato, and the sweet lactose.
Taste is sweet, with the drying aspect of the whiskey barrel. The cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet potato all follow from the aroma. Brown sugar is there for sweetness, lactose is there for mouth feel. Has an oaky/tannic aspect at the back end.
Rather thick and syrup like for mouth feel. Alcohol burn is minimal.
Made to be a dessert beer for sharing. High ABV and very sweet and cloying. Spices of a pumpkin ale but with the twist of the sweet potato and the barrel aging.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/27/17; drank 12/18/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque red/orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small khaki head; a thick curtain of lace.

Sweet potato, cinnamon, oak, mild caramel & faint cream notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Sweet potato, cinnamon & syrup-y sweetness up front; oak & some tartness on the finish.

The nose promised sweet potato delights, but the flavor devolved into a cloying mess mixed with a tart finish. An interesting experiment, but I've had my last.

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Photo of Benish
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a thick and viscous reddish brown color with no translucence. A little sediment dispersed throughout the glass.

Aroma: wow! Easily picked up all the adjuncts - sweet potato, cinnamon and nutmeg and lactose. Smelled like a heavenly baked sweet potato pie. Found it very sweet and could even smell the baked crust.

Taste: delectably sweet with full blown flavors of holiday spices and sweet potatoes. Notes of caramel and custard. Simply a holiday desert in the glass. At room temperature it becomes boozy and the rye whisky far more prominent at the finish.

Mouthfeel: very full-bodied and rich. Almost sticky and sweet.

Overall: this caught me by surprise. The spices were so well balanced and the lactose added this seductive richness to the beer. I highly recommend this. It's brilliant.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky copper. Foamy, short, off-white head that Fades slowly with a lasting ring.

Smells sweet, brown sugar, light Barrel, light vegetal, spices And sweet potato hints.

Taste brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, fruit, light sweet potato and spicy whiskey. Finishes semi-sweet with a oaky linger. Medium body and smooth lower carbonation.

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Photo of aclockworkchris
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This made me throw up after drinking, but while I was drinking it was a surprisingly pleasant experience. Intense and superb aroma. Would not drink again but definetely recommend.

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Sweet Potato Soufflé Rye Ale from Odd Side Ales
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 143 ratings