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Jefferson Stout - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 19
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company visit their website
Mississippi, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  4.65% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005

Jefferson Stout, Lazy Magnolia's original Sweet Potato Cream Stout, is Lazy Magnolia's version of the ideal Southern-Style Stout. Jefferson Stout is brewed with sweet potatoes and lactose (milk sugar). The sweet potatoes provide the background to an impressive taste with added notes of roasted chocolate, coffee and caramel flavors.

22 IBU
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Ratings: 303 | Reviews: 75
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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at Avenue pub, New Orleans

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, black in color, opaque

Smell: roasted malt and cream

Taste: big coffee start, cream, caramel, and a touch of coconut follow.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, semi-bitter start followed by a very super sweet middle and a less sweet ending.

Overall: This is right up there with the best of LM beers. It is perfect on a hot southern afternoon. This has a nice combo of the biting coffee and super sweet sugar. I could have several of these. A unique beer that may be my new favorite in the style.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you to shan8454 for this beer in trade.

Appearance: Black, no light will shine through this one. No head or lacong on this one.

Smell: Faint malts and coffee.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth full bodied. Taste of faint alcohol, coffee, malts, and some starches.

Overall: This was an OK brew, not my favorite.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black in color and impenetrable to light. A fingernail of khaki head covers the rim of the glass and about 1/3 of the top. Aroma is faint but I get starchy sweet potato and lactose. The flavor is lactose and the sweet potato almost gives it a smoky note. The mouth is crisp and silky.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Cool jet black pour, looked silky and smooth, tan head on the top of it, a little bit smaller than average, but far from lacking in any way. Nose displayed faint roasted malt qualities, nothing in terms of potatoes (do those even smell?). Minimal chocolate.

Taste holds up. More chocolate, good quaffable malt consistency. Really enjoy the sweetness, its like you get a double dose seemingly from lactose and sweet potatoes, and they really work! It isn't overly sweet by any means, but it has a real enjoyable drinkability to it. The carbonation seems just right to allow different waves of flavor in the mouthfeel to coat the tongue. Its not just unique, but it also actually tastes good.

A little more complex than city slickers would ever want to admit comes out of the South. A little chocolate, coffee, lactose, sweet potato. . . even the potato I suspect has an oatmeal like lending of smoothness to the beer. Gotta like the low abv that makes this an even moreso effortless beer to drink.

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler fill from the first pour out of a new keg at Moondog Growlers. Poured about 1 hour later into a Porter Bar goblet.

Pours a dark reddish-brown, and sits almost black in the glass. A modest but creamy tan head fades fast and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: dark roasted chocolate malt, sweet with perhaps some sweet potato; faint earthy hop notes.

T: A sweet and creamy flavor, with hints of milf chocolate and coffee. Blemished by a faint sour note that, to be fair, is characteristic of milk stouts. The taste actually deteriorates a little with warming, becoming more sour and less malty, unusual for a stout.

M: Creamy smooth; full bodied; acceptable low carbonation.

O: Another (with pecan beer) mildly disappointing offering from this brewer, but better than the pecan ale and certainly a decent brew.

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint of this interesting looking sweet potato stout @ La Bayou Cafe on Bourbon street last night. Got this for a dessert after boudin balls and shrimp creole. If your in New Orleans, check this place out!

Back to the beer, midnight black with a layer of lingering cream head, no lacing and mild legs. Aroma was hard to catch in that restaurant - light chocolates & toffee, brown sugar, sweet potato. Everything is toned way down, as the tongue follows the nose with a moderately heavy body to it.

Photo of calluci
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was served this beer at Couchon's restaurant in New Orleans, my home town.

The comments from others are spot on, for me. Clean, simple, and perhaps lacking in presence. Sometimes, when I grab a stout I do want a deeper flavor profile. On the other hand, there are times that this one would be just right. The ABV% is good enough to get that relaxed feeling.plus absolutely no hint of the taste of alcohol. The texture sets a good background for eating cuisine that already has bold flavors, such as that local nola eatery. And, my memory is that there is a nice finish to this beer. A safe and secure beer that has its place. Having said that, I do wish that they would experiment to let one note stand out, while still maintaining a good balance. Nothing provocative but something slightly more distinguished would be in order. If this is a beer in progress I sure hope that it makes its way to Kentucky in bottles or tap. I would definitely keep it in stock.

Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from growler into a sampler shaker. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, lactose, roasted malt, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall was a pretty decent brew. This one had a pretty good nose going on with it with a nice touch of lactose that you would expect and a nice roastiness as well. The flavor however was much more roasty than I prefer for my Milk Stouts. The sweet malt and cream aspect couldn’t shake a stick at all the earth, dark chocolate, and roastiness. Worth trying to say that you have, but I wouldn’t put it high on my list of the style.

Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinking Date:1/11/11

Appearance: Black with a light-brown, foamy head that sticks around for a little while and leaves some lacing.

Smell: faint roasted smell reminiscient of coffee.

Taste: This brew reminded me of sweet, dark-roast coffee with cream in it. The roasted coffee flavor was up front with milky sweetness throughout. The beer finished clean with little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light-bodied which I thought was atypical of the style. About as viscous as water going down. (This can work for or against the beer depending on your mood). No carbonation that I noticed.

Drinkability: The moderate flavor, light body, and low alcohol lend this beer to multiple drinks as long as you aren't looking for a gripping, intricate flavor.

Notes: A decent beer. Worth a try, but don't expect alot. Little complexity and light on taste and body, but not bad. I am still proud of our MS brewery.

Photo of KYGunner
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Deepest of ruby hues this has a near ebony appearance. The head was thick yet fizzy with no retention but the richness of the color really sells this.

The aroma is dry chocolate malt with a grainy strangeness which must be the sweet potatoes. There's a very pleasant sweet toasty malt scent that's short of lactose but equally sweet.

The flavor is dry and chalky but not negatively. I like the dry powdered chocolate flavor with an even drier starchy malt. There's a bit of campfire ember and tobacco with a tempered sweetness that seems muted by the roast.

The feel is way too fizzy and thin for a stout. It's thicker than a lager but not where I want my sprouts to be.

I found this to be a very good tasting and decently original take on a stout.

Photo of philipquarles
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a very dark brown with a beige head. Faint aromas of dark roasted malt, toffee, and chocolate, with an overall sweet character. Taste is quite sweet as well, again with chocolate, coffee, and cream. Quite earthy in the background. Very nice, thick feel. Lots of character and body for such a light ABV. Very good.

Photo of Bung
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Grapevine. Your basic black pour. Nice frothy light tan head, finger or so at first, receded pretty quickly to a thin layer.

Aroma, a lot of lactose sugar, almost musty smelling. Must be the potatoes. Faint roast and cocoa.

Taste, no such mustiness. Roast malt, milk chocolate. Finishes fairly dry, just a hint of coffee and cocoa.

Maybe mid bodied, just a tad thin. The flavors just don't linger too long. I could see myself drinking a whole bunch of this easily. The quintessential session sweet stout. Would have it probably only for this purpose however.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep brown to near black colour with a thinner, quicker dissolving head than anticipated, but still pretty nice looking overall.

The aroma is sweet: caramel malt, hints of chocolate, a touch of coffee and possibly some earthy nut notes as well.

The flavour is more of the same, with any earthy notes giving way to more sweetness, although said sweetness is never overpowering and well balanced as the coffee notes shine through a touch more here to cut through everything. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, which is a bit lighter than expected for a stout, but still very nice. There's a good amount of creaminess here too.

This is a solid stout overall. Simple and flavourful and certainly easy drinking. A nice introduction to the Lazy Magnolia family for sure that makes me eager to eventually sample some more of their brews.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lazy Magnolia Jefferson Stout has a thick, tan head and a dark (almost black) brown appearance, with some reddish highlights at the edges. Only a little lacing is left behind. The aroma is of sweetness, malt, and cream. Taste is similar, with charcoal, coffee, a touch of chocolate, maybe some sweet potato, and a decent amount of underlying bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, yet watery on some ways. Lazy Magnolia Jefferson Stout finishes wet, sweet, and drinkable. Overall, this is excellent and worth searching out.

RJT

Photo of SHODriver
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at Mugshots on Saturday Night. I've almost made my way through their entire portfolio.

A: beer came in a 22oz mug with a half inch of a fluffy tan head. beer was black as night just like a stout should.
S: smelled like roasted malts with a little bit of sweetness. Nothing out of the ordinary and not very robust aromas.
T: slightly bland and watery but inoffensive roast malt flavor with a kiss of chocolate and coffee. Very sweet and lingering aftertaste. This beer vaguely reminds me of Left Hand Milk Stout with the taste but Jefferson Stout has a much sweeter aftertaste. This caused it to loose points because it wasn't something I found desirable.
M: Thin and watery for a stout with typical minimal carbonation that was only apparent from the prickly feeling it left on the swallow.
D: Heavy on the stomach like a typical stout so one was enough to satisfy me.

Overall: Not bad, but not something I'm going to go hunting for on tap since they don't bottle the entire line. It almost made sitting at the bar listening to the obnoxious Bama fans tolerable.

I don't know if it's because I'm used to drinking big beers, the southern style they have or if its the terrible beer laws they are forced to abide by here but most every beer has been fairly lackluster and disappointing.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured dark with a thin head that dissipated rapidly. It smelled light, sweet and malty. The taste was sweet and malty. The sweet potatoes used in this beer are noticeable in the aftertaste and quite interesting. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. I would consider this a highly drinkable brew.

Photo of cfaulman
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a thick black liquid with a 1 finger coffee color foam head.

Smell: Whiffs of coffee and roasted malt and licorice.

Taste: This is interesting. On the front end the beer has a very coffee forward taste. Very sweet, very easy to drink. The back end is more "vegetably" which I suppose is due to the sweet potatoes. This makes it difficult to continue drinking, although the mouthfeel is very nice. Coffee, Sweet potatoes, roasted malt, honey, chocolate, and "gamey" notes.

Mouthfeel: It is very silky and very light for a stout. The viscous appearance is not at all seen in the mouthfeel. However i feel that that helps this beer because the vegetable aftertaste is tough to get down for me, but that is just a personal preference.

Overall: This beer is just ok. The vegetable added to a stout may just not be my style. Recommended for outdoor barbecues or get togethers.

Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Lazy Magnolia Jeff Stout

Appearance: dark brown, large head, and good fluffy lacing.

Smell: grainy potatoes and molasses.

Taste: warm barley, chocolate, and a light grain finish.

Mouthfeel: medium yet slightly watery.

Overall:
This is a nice pleasant stout that goes down easy. The flavors are nice and rich without being overbearing.

Photo of shand
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is easily the blackest pour I've seen with regards to the low ABV. Jeff Stout pours out pitch black with two fingers of dense head. The aroma is sweet, roasty, and ever so slightly earthy. The taste is pretty standard, sadly, there are not yams everywhere. They might attribute a slight bit of earthiness that could also be attributed to hops. There's a bit of stale coffee in the middle to go with some sweet and roasted malts. The mouthfeel is light and creamy, and the drinkability is solid. Overall, Jeff Stout is a pretty decent sweet stout. Not my favorite, but tasty enough. Should appeal to Guinness drinkers.

Photo of JayS2629
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/almost black color with a creamy head that fades fast but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma of chocolate malt, sweet toffee, coffee notes and definite sweet potato with earthy hop notes.

The flavor follows the nose but the sweet potato flavor slides in first with a creamy edge and a milky stout, bitter dry finish, with cocoa in the middle.

Rich, creamy and full

Nice, sipper. Earthy sweet potato notes take some adjusting and feel out of place. Overall, a nice sipper.

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.87/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Meh. PS - being forced to write a review? Weak sauce.

Photo of silverking
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

A- deep deep garnet with a cola rim, thick khaki head. Well defined rings of lacing. The head fades quickly to a thin layer, but it never goes away completely.

S- cocoa, and sweet potato.

T- starts off with smoky cocoa and a light hint of coffee, but the finish is all about the sweet potato. It comes across caramelized, but not too sweet. There's some citrus from the hops as well.

M- lighter than I thought it would be. Irish dry stout light. Almost watery finish.

O- I just wish it had a fuller body...

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I felt really lucky to try this beer. I had passed a disappointing afternoon at Hal & Mal's, drinking the three Lazy Magnolias that they offered and not really being impressed by any of them. I had gone back to the motel where I was spending the night and asked if there were any bars nearby and I was sent to one about a half a mile away that had this one on tap. In fact, a sign at the bar said "Limited time only - made with sweet potatoes". Sold!

It arrived with just a few wisps of head that swirled and went away. The mouthfeel was medium with a very sweet taste in the mouth. The color was an extremely dark brown, sort of a cola color, but with ruby highlights. It did not allow a lot of light to penetrate, but there appeared to be good clarity. The finish had a lingering sweetness. This was definitely a sweet stout. I have to admit that I was intrigued by this one. Mississippi's brewery, indeed.

Photo of Butch
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the better stouts I’ve had recently. They say it’s made with sweet potatoes, but I’ll have to take Leslie’s word for that because I can’t taste any. What I do taste is a very deep and robust flavor with lots of character. Heavy roasted flavor with plenty of chocolate and lots of coffee. It’s a seasonal, or at least not one of Lazy Mag’s year-round brews so I don’t know how long it’ll be available. If you run across it don’t miss the chance.

The Wife, who is normally only marginally stout prone went absolutely nuts for this one. She drank half of mine and ordered two more for herself afterwards. I think this is a testament to it’s smoothness and balance.

Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Black. Pours about a 1 finger, brown, foamy head. Settles quickly leaving no remains. No real lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and light sweetness from the sweet potato noted in its name, also present.

T: Characteristic of the style...roasted coffee with hints of dark, unsweetened chocolate. Slightly pungent, sweet flavor from the sweet potatoes adds an unique character.

M: Thick, hearty, robust. Syrupy body, with a lightly pungent finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Good atmosphere. Dark hue, nice (albeit fleeting) head, but no lacing. Nose and flavor are characteristic of the style....roasted coffee bean, and dark unsweetened chocolate. Sweet pungent tone from the sweet potatoes and a thick syrupy character. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Jefferson Stout from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.