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:
58
Gots:
102
For Trade:
6
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1/5  rDev -75.1%

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1.66/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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1.81/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I can't remember ever being so bothered by a beer (strong ale?). The first thing that kind of made me suspect this to be a questionable ale was that it was made by this hip brewery calling itself the "funky buddha". It had this motto on the side of the box along the lines of, "open the bottle and open your mind". The idea that there is some cool new buddha making these sweet sugary ales to help me reach some inebriated enlightenment should have been warning enough that it was bottled BS. ... maybe the dancing, happy, childish marshmallow people on the label should have given me my next clue that this stuff is not for a lover of strong ales.
I opened the bottle and there was no real noticeable sweet potato smell or alcohol smell, just a hint of cinnamon. There was definitely a sick sweet potato casserole flavor. I was quickly reminded of why I always ate the good bits off of the top of sweet potato casserole and smushed the rest around to give my aunt the impression that I enjoyed hergooey potato mush. However, I kept drinking and waiting for it to make up for the worsening flavor with the good buzz of a strong ale. I open bottle 2 and it has a very different metallic taste I often get in Anderson valley brews (the second bottle was an oddball flavor in the four pack). This metallic tang did well to mask the dull overwhelming sweet potato flavor. ...still no buzz... At a questionable 7.9%abv, this ale barely crept into the range of what is considered a strong ale, and felt much weaker. At the same time it had no attributes that you grow to crave and love in an ale. I felt fooled as I grimaced and downed bottle four. I don't believe this to be any sort of real beer at this point, but some sweet potato spiced soda that had something like a shot of that fake fireball whiskey liqueur thrown into it. I can't believe I was fooled into paying 13 dollars for this fake ale.
I would recommend this for anyone who doesn't really like or know beer.

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

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2.29/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

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2.73/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.09/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloying, sticky, sweet but so marshmallowy that it almost makes it worthwhile. Always fun to try a funky Buddha beer though.

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3.17/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
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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3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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Sweet Potato Casserole Strong Ale from Funky Buddha Brewery
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