Sweet Potato Casserole

Florida
United States
Funky Buddha Sweet Potato Casserole Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
81
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20
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. Salsbury steak. Corned beef hash. Pumpkin pancakes with walnuts and maple syrup.

Profile

ABV: 
7.9%
IBUs: 
30
Judges Review 
Mike Castagno's picture
Judges Rating:
81
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

When evaluating a beer like this, a judge needs to look at two things: the quality of the base style (in this case an American Strong Ale) and how the added ingredient(s) are expressed in the beer. I give credit here for originality, as the unusual addition of sweet potato creates a gently sweet, creamy quality with a velvety mouthfeel. It is not intense, but rather subtle and smooth. However, the marshmallow characteristic is over-the-top and quite distracting. Vanilla cream soda and cotton candy dominate the palate (notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and amaretto lie underneath), which overwhelms any potential "beer character" this product might have had. The strong ale attributes fade quitely out of the picture, losing out to the overpowering marshmallow. This flavoring is like a blaring electric guitar solo crashing into an intimate acoustic concert. It's all you'll notice and that's a shame. The product leaves a cloying sweetness that is hard to ignore making this very much a 2-oz. sample type of beer rather than a 12 or 16-oz. pour. If this could be brought more into balance, allowing the depth of the sweet potato and strong ale qualities to shine, it would be a highly enjoyable beer.