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Sweet Potato Casserole | Funky Buddha Brewery

very good
53 Reviews
Sweet Potato CasseroleSweet Potato Casserole

Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States | website

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

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 342
Photo of DuffDaddy
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet, after-dinner type beer. Has all the flavors of Granny's sweet potato casserole without being too cloying. Very enjoyable in a 12 ounce snifter with Joel Bernstein while in Hollywood for a deposition.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a small fizzy white head that eventually disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- smells like Thanksgiving; lots of fresh cinnamon up front with notes of creamy marshmallow, brown sugar & vegetal sweet potato, pretty much spot on

T- lots of cinnamon flavor hits first, followed by sweet vanilla and marshmallow, brown sugary pie crust and whipped sweet potato. The finish gives more cinnamon and a linger of nutmeg

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- again, FB manages to make a beer that tastes just like it's label suggests. Very good vegetable beer.

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Photo of Myotus
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 10Sep15) into a snifter at 40°F.
LOOK: Pours with two finger's worth of off-white foam that halves itself after 45 seconds. Amber in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. There's a plethora of medium-sized bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Lacing is thick and high.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, sweet potato, baked pie crust, and marshmallows. Yeah. This is basically a sweet potato casserole blended up into a bottle.
TASTE: Strong flavors of vanilla and cinnamon enter initially and are immediately followed by strong flavors of baked pie crust and mild flavors sweet potato. Strong marshmallow flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist except for sweet potato, which grow stronger.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and light-bodied. There are hints of carbonation. This has to be the smoothest and most creamy beer that I have ever had. Finishes with a subtle dryness.

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Photo of Hootie159
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Give the look some dabs. Colored like a sweet potato. Not quite as orange but darn close. Finger white head that disappeared. Edge ring. Smell is mostly the fall spices and marshmallow. Spicing, the marshmallow, then that can of syruped sweet potato taste. Childhood Thanksgiving deja vu. Just be careful. Sweet and sits heavy. Medium carbonation. A little sticky.

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Photo of dballard1215
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a slightly cloudy pumpkin-amber. Less head than expected, also fairly this.

Smell is not extraordinary: malty with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: wow. Crème with vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a slight earthiness, likely from the sweet potato.

Feel: thinner than expected, but not unpleasant. Almost soda-like. But it is impressive considering the abv.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Probably my biggest surprise this season. I don't typically enjoy sweet potatoes, but damn I just hadn't tried them the right way. I will look forward to this every Fall, probably even more than most of my favorite pumpkin beers.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most beers from these guys are simply too "funky" for me (pardon the pun); however, I received this one in a trade, so I was obliged to try it. I was pleasantly surprised with its aroma and flavor. It truly is a dessert in a bottle. It is sweet, but not obnoxiously so. Lots of spices play tricks on your tastebuds, which also act as a superior disguise on its relatively high ABV. It is dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of VTR
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a desert in a bottle. This screams sweet potato pie just from the smell in the glass. Sweet spices, sweet potato, marshmallow creme, cinnamon, maybe a little nutmeg. Now sweet potato pie is my favorite dish at Thanksgiving so I was excited to try this. It tastes like the real thing except not as sweet. The marshmallow/vanilla and spices were a delightful mix and somehow the sweet potato seemed to be there. This was a beer that had no alcohol that was detectable which made it dangerously easy to drink. I stashed some of these away that will be part of dinner at Thanksgiving this year! If you see this beer I recommend picking some up.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle into my pint glass.
A - Poured out a golden amber with minimal white head that settled and faded quickly.
S – Not much of an aroma. Very light vanilla.
T – I’ll be damned it does taste like sweet potato casserole! Sweet potatoes are the first flavor. Vanilla comes next with some cinnamon and nutmeg. Not at all sweet. Just a touch of alcohol at the finish.
M – Lively on the palate. Medium carbonation.
O – Wasn’t sure about this one but it’s good. Very easy to drink. Tastes a great deal like a casserole. Probably not for everyone but if you want a good brew for Thanksgiving and hate the pumpkins..here you go.

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Photo of SFC21
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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 Dr_Fox
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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 Puckboy99
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I LOVE sweet potato casserole, so I couldn't wait to try this (THANKS Total Wine & Beer guy that suggested
this !). REALLY tastes like liquid sweet potato casserole. A little sweet, but super tasty !

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Photo of FBGordon
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good, but nothing amazing, It has a lot of really nice hints of nutmeg, and other spices on the nose. The flavor is similar, but I think the style of beer clashes with these spices. A porter would have paired much better with this flavor profile.

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Photo of dar482
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer offers sweet potato as advertised, although with not much flavor difference from a pumpkin beer as spices are the defining quality. Flavors include strong ginger, then cinnamon, allspice, restrained caramel, toasty malts, marshmallow sweetness on the finish.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours sweet potato orange, hazy, finger white head leaves a little lacing. Sweet brown sugary aroma with hint of spice. The taste is surprisingly similar to the name. Sweet sugar, marsh mellow, touch of cinnamon, not overly sweet. The spice and sweetness linger just long enough. Little bit of alcohol comes out at the end. Medium soft mouthfeel, semi dry finish. This one surprised me, was very tasty, would have another.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Came into this skeptical and left convinced. Pours deep cloudy orange color with a small orange hued off white head. Aroma is sweet brown sugar and sweet potatoes, some marshmallow and sugary vanilla notes, light cinnamon spice. Flavor is a burst of marshmallow notes, sweet malts and a brown sugar/cinnamon note to it. Smooth and rich, light carbonation, sweet dessert beer but not overly syrupy. Man, this was way over what I expected. Pretty good stuff and a nice break from the god awful pumpkin beers coming out this time of year. Blows them all away. (NOTE: My bottle says 7.9%, not 9.5% as noted here on the beer's page--maybe they changed the ABV since original release).

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Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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 GRG1313
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
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 pmangold
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a great beer that I can't wait to drink more of this fall. tons of sweet marshmallow, spices in the nose, the taste hits the sweet potato casserole perfectly. great job FB.

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Photo of Lare453
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy copper color. White foamy head. Smell is sweet vanilla, heavy marshmallow, light spice. Taste is... Holy shit, just like sweet potato casserole! I love this beer, another amazing bottle from fb!

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Photo of jhartley
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
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 The_Snow_Bird
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a very murky golden look with a very little white head. I could smell a something sweet to it. Probably marshmallows. You can taste a hint of sweet potatoes mixed with cinnamon.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery August 2015.

This is a friendly and mild beer. The most prominent flavor I'd say is something akin to marshmallow. That's what they advertise it as, and it comes fairly close but is a bit different. It maybe leans a little more vanilla than your average marshmallow would but, again, it's close. And it goes nicely with the mild and soft sweet potato taste. That's not a very prominent note but it's there. There's a little hints of spice in there as you'd expect from a beer of this name, but pretty mild. Overall it comes across soft and gentle. It's a subtle experience and I didn't think it was overly sweet as some others have mentioned.

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Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
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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