Jefferson Stout - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 20
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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: 311 | Reviews: 77
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 rgs0204
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of kshizzle101
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Black in color with a very dark brown head. Head is bout an inch and dissipates rather quickly. almost no lacing

S - Huge chocolate notes here and something that almost smells creamy - hard to describe. Coffee notes and some roasted malts as well.

T - Heavy on chocolate, some coffee, even a slight hint of bitterness towards the end

M - appropriately carbed, medum bodied. A strange creamy texture to it, unlike most stouts

Overall - not a bad beer, worth a shot for sure

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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 avalon07
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of Mississipping
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of acevenom
3.85/5  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.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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 Hoptometrist
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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 Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.72/5  rDev +3%
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.

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.

Jefferson Stout from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.