Sweet Potato Casserole | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Sweet Potato CasseroleSweet Potato Casserole

Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States

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.

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Photo of takurmudgeon
1.81/5  rDev -54.8%
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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Photo of gcamparone
3.31/5  rDev -17.3%
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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Photo of Sabtos
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright mostly clear orange with a soft, tan finger head that retains a soft swirling blanket.

Smell is toasted yam and marshmallow, caramelized brown sugar, but also an unfortunate essence of metallic Brillo pad. Really though, that gooey marshmallow isn't messing around, I'm surprised that can be replicated in a beer--it almost becomes like a funky cheesiness very faintly and randomly, but not quite. There is also an occasional Barq's root beer smell.

Taste is sticky cinnamon, gooey brown sugar, roasted sweet potato and yes even that marshmallow--I wonder how they are achieving that. Again it's a little metallic at times. It seems like it might be sticky sweet considering my description, not to mention the source material, but really, it's rather balanced, all things considered.

Feel is soft and wet mid-palate, but features a semi-dry finish.

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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 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 buckslayer50
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark red with barely any head, not much of a nose. I want to preface this by saying I've never tried this before so I don't know if this is how it always tastes, but I think I may have gotten a bad bottle. It tasted very medicinal to me, basically cough syrup. As it warmed it got a little better. I may try this again but this one was very disappointing to me after liking everything I've had from Funky Buddha so far.

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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 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 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 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 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 FBGordon
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cool 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep golden amber with an off-white head that maintains somewhat and laces nicely throughout.

S: Smells of spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a little sweet potato.

T: Cinnamon and marsh mellow up front, giving way to sweet potato and graham cracker, if you can believe it. Surprisingly the flavors aren't artificial and cloying, but nicely subdued and balanced. A mix of flavors rest pleasantly on the palate. The hefty 7.9% ABV doesn't come through the flavor. Impressive.

M: A moderately light body for a strong ale with fine carbonation that drinks easily.

O: I'm pleasantly surprised by this beer. While it's not mind-blowing, I can't deny that Funky Buddha has done a good job representing the flavors of sweet potato casserole without it being too artificial. For a sweet potato casserole ale, I'm impressed. Personally, I think this beer is best consumed only slightly cooled.

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Photo of Cannabanoid
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting beer I got as an extra in a trade. Thanks again. Upon popping the cap I immediately found myself craving turkey and all the fixins. It had a lot of spice.A little bit too sweet for my tast(marshmallow? ). Definitely a solid beer though.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a murky amber color with a half inch of head. The head settle down quickly.
S - Smells like a pumpkin beer.
T - Tastes like a pumpkin beer without too many spices. Kind of sweet.
M - A little thin on the feel. Slightly lower than average carbonation.
O - Not a bad beer but nothing special. Not much depth, not a lot going on here. I know they call it sweet potato but it tastes like pumpkin to me.

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Photo of Dr_Fox
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nose is sweet and really does smell of a delicious SP casserole. Unfortunately, the taste doesn't quite capture the same essence of sweet seasonal spices. It is a very well done seasonal, but it didn't blow me away.

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Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the things I love about FB, is their willingness to always push the envelope when it comes to brewing. While I wasn't a huge fan of this, I was nevertheless impressed by the brewers ability to combine ingredients and make this beer taste like the label describes. Unfortunately, I'm not a huge fan of sweet potato, and the beer was a bit sweet, but even so, I found this to be a very well crafted beer from FB. There's a lot of vanilla, underlying spice, and something a rootbeer flavor to this beer, and while pretty good, the finish was a bit weak (it seemed a bit light and watery, for a beer described as a strong ale). In any event, I was very happy to have the opportunity to try this interesting beer from FB.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In my pint glass the beer was an amber color with a small tan head.
Aroma of sweet potato and sugar.
The taste was as the label implied: sweet potato and marshmallow. A little bit of vanilla and a little bit of spice.
Very sweet. Probably a good dessert beer.

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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 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 TX-Badger
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown color with tan head. Sweetness, sweet potato, marshmallow, wow sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with marshmallow. Surprisingly not as sweet on the palate.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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 StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

really cool beer here. tastes seriously exactly like the sweet potato casserole on the table at thanksgiving time. pale orange in color without much head and some haze to it, looks unassuming, but the nose is incredible. earthy from the potato for sure, but the burnt marshmallow topping is over the top, really the dominant flavor. sort of spiced like a pumpkin ale, but richer and less distracting with all the sweet going on here. hints of vanilla and orange in the flavor, allspice and cinnamon, graham cracker honey breadiness from the malt, and a lot of residual sugar. it is what it says it is, and I admire it for that. there is a weird strong almost fake vanilla flavor going on that I also got in their blueberry cobbler ale. its good, but its too strong, and it reminds me of that beer too. I like how unique this is, but one glass was enough for me. it would be fun on the holiday table, but more of a novelty I think than a beer someone is going to sit down and drink a bunch of. still cool to pull it off this well. needs more carbonation, but other than that its real solid, especially if you don't mind some sweetness.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I appreciate tenderbranson69 for shring this bottle with me enjoyed chilled.

The color is dark amber with light beige head with fine bead and good clarity. The smell is like the description a mix of sweet caramel with light vanilla and some sweet bready aroma of malt with subtle spice. The feel is great with medium sweet body with mild spiciness and mild creamy texture with moderate carbonation and light bitterness as it finishes on the dry side.

The taste is decent with enough malt presence and sweetness to remind of sweet potato with low spice in the flavor up front and mild yeast with slight fruity element and cinnamon-nutty flavor in the back with slight taste of alcohol toward the finish. Overall I think this is a very good strong ale tastes like autumn in a glass with good resemblence to what the name implies a smooth drinkable flavor.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Franziskaner
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light brown in color with a heavy amount of moderately sized sediment suspended within. There's a fingernail of brown covering most of the top. They absolutely nailed the aroma. It smells exactly like sweet potatoes smothered in brown sugar and marshmallows. Incredible. I'm tasting nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and sweet potatoes. The mouth is a bit thick with the heavy spicing.

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