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Jefferson Stout - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%


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:
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

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005)
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Mississipping

Mississippi

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle part of the new Lazy Magnolia "Lazy Dozen" mixed pack. Unexpectedly arrived in Oxford this morning.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a slight amber hue when held to light. Small tan head rises and falls quickly leaving minimal lacing behind.

S: Aroma is fairly sweet with some roastiness. Milky chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, faint coffee grounds. The aroma makes a nice entrance for this beer.

T: Pretty sweet up front. Sugary, chocolatey, and a slightly yammy. A touch of caramel and vanilla. Coffee, cocoa powder, and roasted barley on the back end that creates a slightly bitter finish that balances out the sweetness on the front end quite well.

M: Thinner than I had hoped. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Fairly thin and soft on the palate, but enjoyable nonetheless. Would have loved to feel a little more weight/viscosity, but it was pleasant enough. Matching the bitterness on the back end is a slight drying effect.

D: Very easy to drink. Thinner mouthfeel and low alcohol content makes this go down faster than I want it to. Certainly not a sipper and almost sessionable. Tasty, enjoyable, and easy to drink.

Great to finally see this in the upstate. I've had it on tap a time or two and have been looking forward to the bottled version. I'm glad Lazy Magnolia was able to finally make this available in an accessible format and anticipate packs on their own.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 21:13:42 | More by Mississipping
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mellow Mushroom.

The beer appears opaque black with a very thin tan head. The aroma is mostly of roasted malt and chocolate. I also did not pick up the sweet potatoes in the aroma or flavor, but they did contribute to the mouthfeel. The flavor is on the milder side of sweet with some nice malt backbone. I detected the chocolate notes. The mouthfeel is creamy for this medium bodied, moderately carbonated beer. This was enjoyable to drink and it's a solid beer from the guys at Lazy Magnolia.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 18:48:48 | More by acevenom
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-05-2012 04:21:32 | More by jmdrpi
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful sable with a fairly thick light tan head. Aroma has notes of roast coffee and molasses as well as burnt malt. Flavor has coffee, licorice and chocolate tones with a hint of smoky wood. Full-bodied texture has some good fizz. Didn’t get any sweet potato or milk notes, but it is still a tasty and enjoyable stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 02:47:53 | More by Cyberkedi
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billab914

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer Nashville. Dark caramel in color with a frothy, creamy head to it. Nice looking color.

In the aroma I get a good amount of malty, caramel flavors with some sweeter, candied like favors and a touch of chocolate. Pretty appealing aroma overall.

The taste shows a lot of sweetness right off the bat with brown sugar, caramel and some candied sweet potatoes. I'm not sure I'd get the sweet potatoes if I hadn't known they are in there, but since I do I'm definitely noticing a little bit of sweet potato casserole flavor to it. It's malty and sweet, but pretty good tasting overall.

Mouthfeel is leans just a little towards the heavier side with moderate carbonation. Overall it was pretty tasty and surprisingly drinkable for the big malty sweetness. The sweetness doesn't really seem out of place for the style either. I liked the candied sweet potato aspect of it. At under 5% abv I wasn't expecting a big bold stout, and I didn't get one. I did think though that it was a pretty good drinking, nicely flavored, interesting beer for the low abv.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2012 19:25:47 | More by billab914
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-18-2012 23:36:02 | More by chinchill
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Broadway Brewhouse into a shaker glass

A- Poured black with a frothy latte colored head that left no lace

S- Not really any aroma, some metallic notes

T- Big sweet milk chocolate, sweet potato, roasted coffee, and sweet candy caramel

M- Quite creamy, smooth, slightly syrupy finish (like chocolate syrup), medium to fuller body

O- A really interesting and drinkable stout. Big rich sweet flavors, but the roasted coffee notes help cut the sweetness from being cloying. There were some big metallic notes at first, but they went away as it warmed up.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 14:45:03 | More by Hoptometrist
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-07-2012 23:01:19 | More by Jwale73
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Decatur Taco Mac December 10, 2011. 16 oz pour.

(Appearance) thick dark brown foam head that recedes at a steady rate. Color is black. Good. 4

(Smell) Smells of cream and sugar, molasses (perhaps the sweet potato most likely in here), milk chocolate and caramel. Sweet aroma, pleasant. Like a dessert beer. Medium potency. 4

(Taste) Creamy taste, mild smooth coffee bean finish. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Creamy smooth. Medium/heavy body. Well-concealed alcohol presence. 4

(Overall) Good smooth stout with lots of flavor but avoids a complicated palate. Highly accessible. 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 23:58:50 | More by Jadjunk
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calluci

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 15:46:22 | More by calluci
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-26-2011 00:02:55 | More by Georgiabeer
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 17:41:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Keg & Barrel

Appearance: Very dark brown; 2 finger head that came to stay, took its time settling, then receded ever so gently

Smell: the malt comes forth, followed by chocolate, toffee and carmel; just a pinch of sweet potato rounds it out

Taste: Cafe au lait with chocolate in the mix. Nicely sweet. Didn't really pick up the sweet potato I figured was coming. Slightly dry, bitter finish, giving it a well rounded stout feel.

Mouthfeel: Medium, creamy

Overall: A very smooth stout. Wish it came in bottles. I see why this is one of LM's most popular offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 19:41:15 | More by brewskifan55
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hoptualBrew

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 02:44:53 | More by hoptualBrew
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 04:30:20 | More by JayS2629
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid Milk Stout. A dark pour, glossy. Large off-white head settles down to a nice thin layer. Good lacing.

Sweet aroma. Caramel and chocolate. Molasses and leather. Cocoa and fig.

A quick bite up front from something like dark chocolate. It smooths out quickly with some caramel, but mostly molasses, maybe some toffee. Lactose spreads out the flavors and adds more silkiness, but still has some pull. Coffee on the end. Lingering sweetness

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 19:56:44 | More by Mebuzzard
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kevo237

Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Walk-Ons in Lafayette. Served in a pint glass.

Large foamy head that slowly settled to about a half-inch. At first this beer had a typical stout, roasted taste. It subtly revealed its sweetness, but I was still hard pressed to find the sweet potato flavor. The beer was lacking in some carbonation which would have helped the mouthfeel, in my opinion.

Overall, this was a solid offering from Lazy Magnolia. I would likely try it again to pick up on more of its subtleties.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 18:48:03 | More by kevo237
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champ103

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Walk On's in Lafayette.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black with some ruby highlights. A one finger tan head forms, but recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malts, bread, light roast. Some coffee. Mostly some chocolate and toffee aromas that are very nice.
T: Follows the nose, and like the nose simple but good. Toast, bread, some almond nut flavors. Light coffee. Sweet toffee and chocolate. I like it a lot.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation, but a bit thin. Really easy to drink. A great stout, and one that I can drink all day.

Very simple, but all around enjoyable. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 02:17:14 | More by champ103
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mandoman1

Louisiana

4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. It had to sit for a while like a Guinness pour for the head to settle. A beautiful creamy head, perfect pour. This is a sweet creamy sweet potatoe stout with hints of chocolate and caramel. My new friends at the Barley Oak recommended a good one with this. A very satisfying pint on a warm day with a cool breeze blowing in from Lake Pontchartrain.
Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 15:26:07 | More by mandoman1
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dmbsteve

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to get a growler of this after somehow missing it at beerfest last week.

Poured into pint glass. Deep dark brown, almost black with puffy 2 finger brownish head that dissipated slowly to a thin layer. Thin lacing.

Smells of brown sugar and roasted malt. Faint alcohol smell.

Tastes great! Roasty and sweet with just enough bitterness to balance everything out.

Full bodied with a dry finish.

Overall a different type of stout. This growler will not last long.

Serving type: growler

04-16-2011 00:35:34 | More by dmbsteve
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 13:33:54 | More by tigg924
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BeerMeInMS

Mississippi

3.35/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2011 02:26:08 | More by BeerMeInMS
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -45.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 06:40:26 | More by AdamBear
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SHODriver

California

2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2010 01:53:19 | More by SHODriver
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great drinking beer! Served with a thick, creamy, fine tan head and some lace. Color was an opaque brown black. Aroma was chocolate, a bit of coffee, roasted malts. Flavor was like aroma plus nut meats and a great bitter to sweet balance. Body and carbonation were appropriate to style and good. Finish was like flavor and medium in length. Session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2010 19:42:14 | More by drpimento
Jefferson Stout from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.