Sweet Potato Casserole Strong Ale | Funky Buddha Brewery

BA SCORE
89
very good
420 Ratings
Sweet Potato Casserole Strong AleSweet Potato Casserole Strong Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
funkybuddhabrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
420
Reviews:
70
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
102
For Trade:
6
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the pleasures of both having a local, in-person trader as well as being the owner of The Bottle Backlog at Chez Woody! Tone77 had dropped this off for me on one of his visits, but it just did not seem to dovetail with anything else in the queue & kept getting shunted to the side until now.

From the bottle: "Find the goodness within."; "Fully Baked"; "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 mom had a penchant for gooey marshmallow, fall spices, and gobs of sweet potato cavorting in one sinful glass. Bottoms up."; "Ale brewed with sweet potatoes, vanilla, and spices".

The bottle directed me to "Consume Fresh", but since that was outside of the realm of possibility, I Pop!ped the cap & conducted a gentle pour. Once decanted, a vigorous in-glass swirl raised just under a finger of foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was quite spicy with cinnamon, clove & nutmeg underlain by vanilla and accompanied by a definite alcohol presence. It was reminiscent of a Pumpkin Ale, and yet it was somehow different. Time had really allowed the spices to become dominant on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was eye-openingly spicy! If they did not use cinnamon, then I am a marshmallow's uncle! Between the inherent spiciness & the fusel alcohol heat, my sinuses were wide open & my taste buds were standing at attention. My eyes even watered a little bit. I was drawn in and fooled by the cute-looking sweet marshmallows on the label, only to be waylaid and shanghaied by a cleverly concealed serving ladle! OMFG. I just wanted to drink a beer, not be spiced into submission. All joking aside, I really liked the way that this tasted. I would never deign to call it "sweet", which is what the label suggests, but instead, it was quite spicy, which I always enjoy. They recommended a serving temperature of 40 [deg. F], but I was thinking that it might be quite nice mulled in a double boiler. Finish was super dry, thanks to the spices. I may have to revisit this one in the Fall.

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Photo of FilumDee
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of malfunxion
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skellbop
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duff27
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of larryarms847
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeously hazed rusty orange with a thin layer of off-white foam.

WHOA! At first whiff, I'm in heaven! Graham crackers, vanilla, marshmallow, nuts, cinnamon, and you guess it, sweet potato. Smells exactly like sweet potato casserole straight out of the oven.

Mmmmm, aroma translates into flavor to the T. Straight up sweet potato casserole flavor. Though about a quarter of the way through the dessert-like and cloying sweetness starts to overpower me and I barely finish the glass.

Full-bodied, low carbonation, rich, sticky, and cloyingly sweet.

Overall, FB nailed what they were trying to do here as it smells and tastes exactly like it should; however, this is most definitely a dessert beer and the overly cloying sweetness builds until the drinker can no longer take the sweetness. Delicious, but in extreme moderation.

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Photo of Zuidman
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of macrosmatic
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an unmarked pint glass.

A: Hazy gold, a nice cap of white head that stays around, and modest visible carbonation.

S: Big vanilla up front. Then caramel and spices over the sweet malts. Some sweet cinnamon, roasted marshmallows. I guess I could be persuaded there’s some yams (?)…there is something vegetal here for sure.

T: Vanilla, sweet malts, cinnamon and I think a touch of clove. Some nuts, and again I guess I'll give them sweet potato in the flavor. There's an extra sweetness that is reminiscent of the old marshmallow fluff. It finishes mostly sweet, but with just a hint of hop bitterness that prevents it from being cloying.

M: Medium bodied overall, but seems a little light compared to most strong ales (as the label says). Restrained alcohol for style and an average amount of carbonation sensation.

O: Interesting for sure. Within a style (vegetable strong ales?) that seems pretty subjective, it's “okay” for me. But this is more than I like most pumpkin beers anyway.

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Photo of Mikexw
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of christimm
2.11/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodchip
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 10/16/16, so almost 2 months old.

looks amazing, clear amber body, good off white head, thick lacing.

spicy on the nose, mostly cinnamon, a slight funkiness, getting the yams as well

cinnamon and sweet potato pie is the taste. so as described by the name.

mouth is around medium.

If you like this particular thanksgiving side dish, you are going to love this beer, because that's exactly what it tastes like. I don't care for pumpkin beers, but i enjoyed this one.

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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Sweet Potato Casserole Strong Ale from Funky Buddha Brewery
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