Barrel Aged Sweet Potato Soufflé Rye Ale | Odd Side Ales

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4.18/5
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117 Ratings
Barrel Aged Sweet Potato Soufflé Rye AleBarrel Aged Sweet Potato Soufflé Rye Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
oddsideales.com

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by enelson on 08-14-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,099
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
117
pDev:
10.29%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
16
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of gobuccos
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +2.9%
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 +7.7%
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 +1.7%
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 -4.1%
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 JmpJckFlsh
2.75/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TheGent
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ssitron
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sauced4life
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikecd234
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dd53grif
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pstam87
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Soneast
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TylerJ
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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 JamieDuncan
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cejaev
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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