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Jefferson Stout - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 326
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 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 AdamBear
2.13/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A-black, thin light tan head

S-surprisingly i'm not picking up not much more than a light hint of sweet potato, and possibly some cream. very very unique for stout

T-I'm getting some coffee notes with a sweet potato after-taste but more than anything this beer is just watery. it is absolutely a terrible stout. I'm not sure what kind of beer you're wanting to drink if you enjoy this. If you're expecting a stout or anything that resembles one, this beer will disappoint you.

M-I don't think there is actually any carbonation. It goes down more like orange juice.

D-not drinkable whatsoever. only my respect for beer kept me from spilling this down the drain.

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Photo of SHODriver
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

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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 PorterLambic
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Arrives black with a tan head that dissipates quickly but looked creamy. Left very little lacing.
Smell is malty, caramel and coffee though quite weak throughout. I really had to search to find this much.
Taste is much better, a decent balance of malt, coffee and caramel.
Medium bodied with a light effervescence. Overall, a middle-of-the-road kind of brew. Given the other reviews, I hope that this one might just have been off a bit. I will look for others from this brewer in hopes they are better.

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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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Very dark brown, nearing black in color with a scant, tan-hued head up on top.

Smell: Lightly roasty scent, hinting at a cup of weak coffee brewed for someone on a strict coffee budget or someone who really doesn't like coffee all that much. A bit of chocolate, vanilla. The nose isn't unpleasant, but it isn't one to reach out and grab you.

Taste: A sweetish taste of dark maltiness, though not overtly flavorful following the example of the aroma, offering up only mild flavors of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Thin sliver of dark fruitiness reminiscent of sweet grape. Very subtle bitterness. Semi-dry, malty, lightly minerally finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A pedestrian brew, lacking presence. It left my hankering for something better, so I opted for a Bell's Kalamazoo for the next round.

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Photo of avalon07
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick, impenetrable texture. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quicky dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: A very, very subdued aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Tasted of dark chocolate, coffee, malt, light hops, and a tinge of milk in the finish. The flavor here has some good qualities, but is too underplayed to be effective. Not quite as complex as you would think.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a bad beer, but wildly uneven. Drinkable, but there are better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 jmdrpi
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on nitro-tap at the Avenue Pub in New Orleans.

appears an opaque black, with light tan colored head. decent head retention and lacing. Smell is a sweet sugary aroma, with just a touch of roastiness. Very similar flavors in the taste, with a hint of bitter cocoa. Balanced though, not overly sweet or dry. medium thickness, creamy body.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very gentle stout, even for a milk stout. Pours pitch black with a slight head. Smells very lightly roasty, a touch watery, and milky. Very soft in the mouth, with flavors that are very soft, lightly milky and roasty in parts, and with a slightly metalic finish. Not bad, but a bit simple and light.

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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 PeterLemonjello
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had several times on tap @ J. Clyde

A - Pours a handsome dark brown color with a very thin head which disappears very quickly. I've never experienced any lacing on the glass with this beer.

S - Nice aromas of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate...smells very robust. Hop aromas are not present but still smells very nice.

T - Disappointing flavor follows such a fine smelling beer. The flavors present in the aroma just don't pop in the taste. It has a relatively thin/watery feel which seems to take away from the big flavors I expect to find. Slight bitterness balance out the dark malt flavors.

M - Thinner than I like in a stout

D - This is a very easy drinking stout. It's relative light body make it very drinkable and one could have a ton of these in a drinking session.

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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 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 Jwale73
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip nonic. Pours an inky black with a creamy, two inch, tan-colored head embedded with tiny pinpricks. Head eventually settles into a solid 1/8th inch skim. Thick, textured bands of lacing are revealed during the session. Nose reveals espresso roast, lactose and peanut butter (?). There is also a suggestion of cocoa and something metallic. Taste expresses char and cocoa. The metallic quality in the nose is also present in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation and a light acidity. I don't see a lot of milk stouts being produced, so I'm grateful for the opportunity to try them when they present. That said, I found this one decent, but somewhat lacking in the traditional lactose sweetness I've come to associate with the style. That, as well as the metallic notes, detract from this beer.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown to black in Raise Your Pints MS tulip. Light tan head with decent lacing.

Smell is sweet and charred malts. Chocolate and a hint of plum.

Taste is sweet malt with lots of charred oakiness later on the palate. Mild bitterness. I'm not picking up much sweet potato.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected. Pretty heavy carbonation.

Overall this is good, but not my favorite from LM.

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Jefferson Stout from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.