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Jeff Stout Sweet Potato - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Jeff Stout Sweet PotatoJeff Stout Sweet Potato

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Reviews: 20
Hads: 178
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 39.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company visit their website
Mississippi, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ahommell on 07-15-2013

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Reviews: 20 | Hads: 178
Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of caramel colored head. Traces of lacing & even less head retention

S: Carob & cocoa, some dark chocolate as this warms

T: Follows the nose, iron & Baker's Chocolate & dryness up front. Carob, a bit of raisin, iron & molasses as this warms, faint lactose flavor as well & a little bit of dark chocolate. Finishes dry with lactose & iron & a touch of cocoa sweetnesss

MF: Medium bodied with modest carbonation, thins out a bit once warm, dry-ish

Didn't really taste any sweet potato, but a decent milk stout none the less. Easy to drink

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with my local buddy, Sam Knocken, so I am delving into something other than CANs or IPAs as is usually my wont.

From the bottle: "Jefferson Stout, Lazy Magnolia's original Sweet Potato Cream Stout and our version of the ideal Sweet Southern Stout, is brewed with roasted Southern-grown 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."; "If you're pondering something tasty to pair with Jefferson Stout we suggest raw oysters, ice cream or chocolate cake."; "Malt beverage brewed with sweet potatoes and lactose."; "The ideal sweet southern stout".

Man, but the pour seemed to create a faux cascade, no matter how gently I poured, especially since it threatened to overflow the glass. I got two fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan head with good retention as a result. Color was an inky deep brown, allowing no light penetration (SRM = 44). Mouthfeel was full, creamy, rich with dark chocolate, smoke, charcoal and a general roastiness. Finish lingered with a smoky chocolatiness. It was not totally sweet, per se, but it was definitely a stout. It was an interesting diversion on a Sunday afternoon.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: extremely dark hue with a thick head of creamy tan foam. Quite attractive.

Smell: nice roasty aroma with hints of coffee and a definite milk-stout sweetness. I fancy I can smell a hint of sweet potato as well. It is quite nice.

Taste: lightly roasty with a moderate sweetness. There's not as much character in the flavor as in the aroma. It's not bad at all, it's just that the volume on the flavor is turned way down.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a smooth creaminess appropriate to the style. Not bad.

Overall: this beer is definitely quite drinkable, but a little more strength of flavor would be great.

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Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts, some sweet potato. Taste is much milder than the smell. Some smoke, light sweetness, a bitter at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, bottled on date of 02/10/14. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing. Aroma is sweet, it smells like roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, and some vanilla. It tastes like milk chocolate, nuts, vanilla, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and cream. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good sweet stout, but I don't think "sweet potatoes" when drinking it, because I didn't notice any. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says 08 23 13.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and spotty surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Milk chocolaty dark roast with notes of vanilla and some nuttiness.

T- Moderate dark roast with some chocolate and char on the back end. A bit sweet as well that balances out the bitter roastiness.

M- Moist and a bit sharp from the roast. Medium carbonation and a mostly full body.

O- Not bad but I'd recommend the Jefferson Stout over this.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: The color of espresso beans underneath a mocha colored head. The head tecedes leaving only a mocha collar, and light yet soapy spots of lacing remain.

Aroma: Loads of sugary lactose on top of some roasted grains and faint chocolate notes.

Taste: Not much in the way of sweet potatoes, but a really good milky and lactose sugar body. Perhaps a faint, earthy potato note comes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, silky.

Overall: This is a really sweet and smooth cream stout. I think the sweet potatoes emerge as the beer warms.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a thin, tan head that dies. Opaque mahogany color. Aroma is cafe mocha and half-and-half with some roasted nuts and vanilla. Flavor is coffee, nuts, roasted malt and milk sugar. Mouthfeel is medium and co2 is pleasantly low. Overall a solid quaff.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%

12oz bottle, bottled 07/14/14. Served in a Libby globe stout/porter glass.

Appearance: Black on the table. When held up to the light, there is a dark cola/ruby red color. Thin tan ring of foam which slowly died away. No lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, a bit metallic. With a swirl there is a hint of something else sweet and a bit of sweet potato.

Taste: Some sweet and chocolate notes up front, along with some roasted malt. The finish has some roasted/overcooked sweet potato to it. It’s not ashy/burnt, but it’s definitely overdone sweet potato that is bringing the bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy. Not very stout like at all.

Overall / Drinkability: Overall a so-so beer. It’s more like a stout soda than a beer. There is a good roasted malt profile, but the rest of the beer misses the mark in many ways. I tried to let the beer warm all the way up in the hopes it would take on more flavors and lose the fizziness. No luck. I wouldn’t recommend this beer – there are far better stouts out there.

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Photo of ahommell
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark. Black almost. Made a brown bottle look very light as I poured into a pint glass. Little to no head with minimal lacing.

S: Smells like a cream stout. Similar to a guiness in smell. Malt. Wheat. Lightness.

T: Burnt Coffee. Malt. Cinnamon. Alcohol.

M: Light on the tongue. After taste is more alcoholic and has a sense of metal. Similar to other Lazy Magnolia brews in that sense.

O: Wow. I like a lot of Lazy Mag. beers. This one comes in as my new go to when it comes to marinades. I can tell it will make a hell of a marinade like the sweet pecan does. As for drinking... it is too dark to gulp, and too light to really sip. Its a good in-between-er. Oddly enough, I taste no sweet potatoes.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Nice aromas of roasted malt and some lactose, imparting notes of coffee with cream, freshly baked dark bread and notes of vanilla and dark molasses.

Taste: Pretty, good. Roasted malt and coffee up front, followed by some freshly baked dark bread, brown sugar and caramel-like sweetness, vanilla and slight touch of licorice. Not much in the way of hops or really any sweet potatoes or vegetables or fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy. Some decent carbonation, much more than usually expect in a cream stout, but not enough to tickle the taste buds or anything. With an ABV of 4.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good milk stout, possessing nice malt, coffee and cream flavors, balanced nicely with some sweetness, but I didn’t get any sweet potato flavors or complementary spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, as you get in say a pumpkin beer or in sweet potato dishes, so in that area, this beer is a little bit of a disappointment. I’m glad I tried it, but I probably won’t get it again.

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Photo of mjurney
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black color. Small creamy tan head.

Roasted malts and baked sweet potato.

Roasted malts, caramel, toffee, a little milk chocolate. Slight earthy hops towards the end. Finish is dry and sweet. Body is medium, silky, smooth.

It's a very good beer.

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Photo of beerpirates
2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

Pours clear black with an average, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing.
Aroma is malty ( toffee, chocolate ) , light hops, and light esters (fruity) with notes of sour milk
Flavor is heavy malt , light chocolate, lactose , light watery coffee , little roasted light hops ,
Not a big succes in my eyes
Medium body, carbonation, and creaminess, medium dry finish.
This isn't a really great beer , to light / soft / watery ,

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown color that appears to be clear, when the light gets though, with a brown head that faded quick, and leaves a slight lace
S-roasted, sweet caramel malt and nutty aroma
T- roasted caramel malt taste that is sweet at first then you get a roasted caramel malt and hop bitterness in the aftertaste that last til the end
M-full body and low carbonation
O-I could see myself drinking this on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a pry off cap poured in a dimpled mug. Purchased in New Orleans on a recent trip.

Black and opaque. Lets practically no light through at all. Brown head is 1/8 inch on the pour but quickly disappears leaving a little ring around the edge, but almost nothing. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is very faint, difficult to pick anything out. What little scent I can discern is coffee, burnt malts and bitter dark chocolate.

Flavour is fairly muted as well. Dark coffee, chocolate, dark malts, hints of caramel. Also has a faint tinny character during the carbonation rush in the middle.

Full bodied. Strangely has lots of aggressive pin pricks of carbonation which seems excessive, even though there's no head.

This is ok, but nothing special. I thought the sweet potato would give it more character and complexity, but I really can't tell it's even in there.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark chestnut to black. Medium tan head. Short lasting, no lacing.

S: A subtle sweet potato is hard to get at. Covered up by stronger and not as subtle scents of cocoa powder, cinnamon, marshmallow, brown sugar.

M: Medium bodied, but not too sweet. Low-mod carbonation. Has a residing astringency like bitter coffee grounds. Creaminess is not noteworthy, on par to slightly below for style.

T: This beer ends up tasting like the burnt skin of a sweet potato. I can get where they were going, wanting to use the starch of a sweet potato and the flavors that dress said sweet potato (marshmallow and whipped cream sweetness, brown sugar molasses, earthy sweetness, cinnamon) to compliment the naturally acrid espresso flavors in a stout. Ends up tasting like burnt coffee with a touch of cinnamon on top. Smoky, roasted nut flavor. It gets better as it warms, and I definitely get some marshmallow sweetness, which is very nice on the palate; however, overall it's more bitter than sweet, and misses it's niche. Nice, but no need to revisit.

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Photo of jadpsu
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased in Laurel Ms.
Pours a very dark black with a frothy, foamy head.
Aroma has strong burnt odors. Burnt malts, burnt chocolates along with some raisins.
Taste, has a lot of the raisin, some molasses. I get a sour after taste.
Body which looks like it would be thick is actually pretty thin.
Didn't care for this one at all.

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Photo of ryho
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The flavor is very simple and subtle. Not much roastiness to the stout, and a little bit of sweet potato flavor. It's probably good that the stout flavor is so subtle because otherwise you couldn't taste the sweet potato at all.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
2.62/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This beer seemed a bit light for a stout. Initially, the stout started tasting OK - some nice chocolate & nutty, roasted notes. But as I drank some more of the stout, it started to take on a bitter / metallic taste. This could be that I was slowly sipping it and it got too warm. Anyways, I don't think I'll be trying it again.

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Photo of PorterPorter
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.
I am not a fan of sweet potatoes, but I gave this one a shot.

Appearance - opaque, head is tan/ light brown with good retention and some lacing

Smell - cocoa, caramel

Taste - roasted malts, baker's chocolate

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, silky

Overall - all though a very good looking beer, not one of my favorites, average stout. Did not really get any sweet potato on the pallet. Very smooth and light. Would be good to have if you are having a few due to the abv.

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Jeff Stout Sweet Potato from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.