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Jefferson Stout - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 327
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 29.92%
Wants: 23
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I believe this is my first beer from Mississippi, so why not make it a stout made with sweet potatoes? Coming from a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

This beer is darker than black, and topping it is a short-lived tanned head which dissipates to only the sides of the glass. I smell the beer, and already I can pick out the sweet potatoes. More specifically, the skins of the sweet potatoes. Along with that note, I get smokey and charcoal aromas, so there's something cooking here, and it's not BBQ. A modest sweet stout, yes. A uniquely different take on the sweet stout, you betcha. A kiss of sweet potato distinguishes this stout from others. Playing along are smoke and tobacco notes, which swim in a lean medium bodied beer. Now if I could pair this with BBQ or chocolate cake I would be living the Southern life.

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Photo of delta490
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an incredibly deep brown, with only a hint of light getting through at the bottom of the glass. There is a nice foamy tan head that has good retention, slowly settling and leaves some small sticky lacing. The aroma is unique, likely the result of the sweet potato. The taste has a harsh metallic twang, but the bottled date of March (although purchased end of July) is a likely culprit and it overpowers the roasted malt notes that come on at the finish. The body is lighter and a little too fizzy. Looks like I'll need to find a newer bottle and try again.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 2/15/15 Pours nearly jet black except for some brown highlights when held to the light,a creamy tan colored head atop.Iron and sweet milk lactose aromas,not overly sweet.Some residual sweetness on the palate with that tinge of iron,a warm toasty spiced finish.

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Photo of TheDrunkenDwarf
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice beer. Excellent chocolate notes. Very slight coffee. Nice finish, not cloying like some stouts...very clean. Nice brown head on pour that settles to a persistant ring with decent lacing. Overall very nice stout that is easy to drink.

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Photo of khargro2
2.74/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The best of Mississippi bottles the cleverly name "Jeff Stout". I've had this one on my list for a while in my pursuit of great stouts from the South. 12oz. bottle bought at Liquor Barn Hamburg. Split with a friend in sampler glasses.

Pour was heavy handed and the head on the beer was less than expected. Tan, frothy, but thin. Black as expected with a stout.

Nose was sweet, stale chocolate malt almost like stale cocoa pebbles. I was looking for sweet potatoes in the nose, but never really found it.

The beer is not bad, but not great. Tastes of chocolate and marshmallows (like a Mississippi Mud brownie). Still leaves a lot to be desired as the body of the beer feels empty. It even falls short of the sweetness that I expect from a Milk Stout.

I finally find the sweet potatoes in the aftertaste. Maybe I just prefer a roastyness to my stouts or a roasted marshmallow with my sweet potatoes, but I find the aftertaste to be somewhat unpleasant. Very thin feel, but a yam-like aftertaste that sticks around.

Overall, it was easy to drink. I kept wanting to taste more of the front part of the beer and not the aftertaste, which led to it draining faster.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch-black color. The head is three fingers high and tan in shade. Hot damn, they got the color right! Head retention, though, isn't spectacular. There isn't much of any lacing left on the glass, either. (3.5)

Smell: I imagine this is what sweet potato pie would smell like. Just for the record: I'm not a fan of sweet potato - still, I'll be objective. I get lots of the aforementioned sweet potato, as well as some vanilla cream and a touch (just a touch) of roast. I'm disappointed in the lack of layered roastiness, though it does show off its adjunct character decently. (3)

Taste: It tastes a bit weird. At first, a bit of sweet potato comes through. This is brief, as the flavor then shifts into notes of almond, roast, and vanilla cream near the back end. The flavors seem muddled, and it ends up being pretty uninteresting. (3)

Mouthfeel: It starts off with a somewhat creamy feel, only to evaporate off of the tongue some. This doesn't seem as thin or raggedly coarse-feeling as some small stouts, and that's good. Carbonation is still high, though. Does well as a session choice, because the drinkability is a tad low for a small stout. (3.25)

Overall: I get the sweet potato, I get the lactose, but I don't get much else. The stout base seems really muddled, too. I'll be hard pressed to return to this one in the future. (3)

3.06/5: Utterly forgettable...what were we talking about again?

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Photo of Foxybrau
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a stout, smells like a minnow bucket, tastes like minnow bucket water. Ok the last part is a stretch, but truthfully this is a pretty weak offering as a milk stout. Very little sweetness, cream, cocoa, or coffee. Very thin feel and no alcohol to boot. Another disappointment from Lazy Magnolia.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deepest black color with a thick caramel head with good retention.
Aroma full of predominant chocolate and cocoa notes.
Bold flavor with notes of licorice, homemade coffee, mild sour milk, mild charcoal, molasses, caramels, cocoa and vanilla. The sweet potatoes might be the missing piece in the puzzle. Quite dry aftertaste with a lingering espresso coffee note.
Medium body with good carbonation. Smooth sensation.
A roasted milky stout, gladly not overly sweet and with predominant coffee and cocoa notes.

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Photo of rickw12
2.11/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Lazy Magnolia's description included this: "The sweet potatoes provide the background to an impressive taste with added notes of roasted chocolate, coffee and caramel flavors." I detected no chocolate or coffee in this. It tastes like an amber lager.

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Photo of silverking
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
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...

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Photo of ESimmons
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was surprisingly smooth. It was very easy to drink and had a lighter body than some of the other milk stouts on the market. As it sits, the taste changes from heavier chocolate tone to a lighter one; and the sweet potato undertone makes its appearance. Would definitely buy this one again!

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Photo of sommersb
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 03-25-2014
Freshness: Best by 03-28-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Appearance has a black and opaque beer topped with a modest off-white head. The head fades fast and leaves no lacing behind.

Aromas are light, with milk chocolate, malts, and some fruit/vegetable notes that may be from the sweet potato?

Taste has flavors of roasted malts and coffee, but the bitterness is not high nor is it astringent. Other tastes include semi-sweet chocolate and a hint of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is creamy and I get a moderate amount of carbonation. Toasted grains, light coffee, and a touch of sweetness make for a pleasing finish.

Overall, this beer is an enjoyable stout with some areas for improvement in the appearance and aromas.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Working hard to capture a taste of the South, Lazy Magnolia gravitates to the sweet 'tata' much like the pilgrams gravitated to gourde when making those first colonial beers. But unlike the Plymouth Rock bunch that did so out of necessity, Lazy Magnolia plays their game out of charm!

Like any well-built Stout would, the dark ale pours with a moderately viscous consistency that layers in the glass like old motor oil. Its ominously dark appearance is somewhat alluring with its frothy cap of sandy-tan foam; making the beer look much like dark latte. With its foam character and light speckling lace weighing caution, its obvious that something else is going on inside.

As the nose draws near, the familiar Stout aromas of dark roast coffee, charred toast, dark chocolate and roasted nuts come forth. But its a deeper dive into the glass that reveals sweeter milky tones along with starchy malt scents and light earthen spice that I have no problem chocking up the the sweet potato character. In fact, I want to read cinnamon, nutmeg and butter into the mix- but that's perhaps my Southern roots speaking.
Malty-sweet to taste, the beer layers on the tongue with thin caramel, brown sugar, and light molasses. As the sweetness cozies up to the sweet tooth, more verbose malt flavors come forth: toast, bittersweet chocolate, walnuts and french-press coffee bring a richer and earthier attitude. Yet its that starch almost-milkshake, almost-potato, almost-dough character that yields a uniqueness where the taste of sweet potato isn't such a stretch. As the ale traverses on, the ale finishes with coffee and burnt ember bitterness and a long savory, smoky chocolate sweetness.

Full, yet controlled- the beer's body is lush and creamy with milkshake-like consistency. Its light and velvety middle is soft and silky against the tongue. But its lingering sweetness outlives its creamy structure and leaves a cola-like film behind. Still, its slight warmth and slim woodish bite signal closure and opens up a trail of dryness.

Though the beer has a few inconsistent "hiccups" along the way, its overall character is charming, raw and creative. Isn't that what you want out of a Southern gem?

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, and pours very smoothly, with only a halo of light tan head on the surface. Looks heavy. Aromas of cream, chocolate, coffee, and earthy notes, all leaning towards the rich and sweet side. Flavors are bittersweet forward, with hints of smoke, all on a richly sweet backbone. Notes of sweet potato, baker's chocolate, cream, and coffee all blend together to provide a balanced palate. Light bodied, with a slightly sharp undertone throughout. The aftertaste is more on the bitter and roasted side, with a bittersweet linger into the smooth, clean finish. Interesting brew, and an easy drinker. Tasty, and very unique.

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Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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

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Photo of Mikecap
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Since sweet potatoes are (strange, I know) one of my favorite foods, I had to give this guy a try.

Appearance: Poured a deep brown with two fingers of khaki head from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Nice chunky lacing as the head recedes.

Aroma: Apparent sweetness, definitely sense the lactose, some brown sugar, and a coffee up front. I do get a bit of sweet potato, almost reminiscent of sweet potato casserole. Nice smell for a stout.

Taste: More of the nose with a nice creamy sweetness and brown sugar dominant. Some milky lactose and a bit of sweet potato for sure, also a hint of black coffee. This is a pleasant stout.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body with a solid creamy texture that works well for the style. Low carbonation and bitterness with just a bit from the coffee taste.

Overall: This is by no means great, but I'd certainly drink it again. I am beginning to like Lazy Magnolia more and more and this is another solid offering for a sessionable milk stout.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a hard-to-read bottling date of 06-02-13. Poured into a 16 oz tumbler.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields a frothy cocoa-colored foam with a mottling of medium sized bubbles amidst effervescent microbubbles. Dissipates over the course of five minutes to a half finger layer of foam. Leaves lacing that creeps back down into the liquid. Body is pitch black, no discernible light getting through, even around the edges.

Smell - The sweet potato is more present than I expected. Aroma is predominantly roasty and bittersweet chocolate, there is a noticeable characteristic of yam and brown sugar. Finishes with some element of coffee beans.

Taste - Again, the sweet potato is present, accompanied by some burnt sugar sweetness and a finish with a hint of dry that appears to come from notes of tree bark and cocoa nibs.

Mouthfeel - A little slimy for my taste, and there is a strange lightness to the body that doesn't sit quite right with the heartier notes I get from smell and taste. Carbonation is light.

Overall, a solid attempt, and different than any other milk stout I've had. Successful when it comes to infusing that sweet potato characteristic without overpowering. But the feel of this one impacts negatively in a way that influences the smell and taste.

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Photo of cfaulman
3.34/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of rgs0204
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - milky black with a dark brown head, pretty.

Smell - Cinnamon and roasted malts. Smell reminded me of thanksgiving sweet potatoes, you know with the layer of marshmallows on top.

Taste - Initial chocolate flavor, moderately sweet but the finish is a subtle earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A short lightly creamy finish but all the flavor vanishes away with the liquid.

Overall - The beer is worth trying simply due to the novelty of a sweet potato stout. The beer smells fantastic but the taste/flavor was lacking. The brown head of the beer makes it look like it's going to pack some flavor (think Old Rasputin) but it simply doesn't.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.


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Photo of shand
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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