Jefferson Stout | Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

113 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Jefferson StoutJefferson Stout

Brewed by:
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Mississippi, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.65%

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

Added by Todd on 03-01-2005

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 561
Photo of jjamadorphd
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not much of anything sweet or potato-ey on this stout...

If there is anything that will disappoint me quickly and greatly is false advertising. This brew is a proto-typical example of that bastardly practice. The only appealing thing about this beer was its look - attractively dark, with a tan head and good staying power to it. Otherwise, it tasted like a run-of-the-mill stout. The feel was light-bodied and had a water texture, the smell was from a light-bodied dark, and the taste wasn't even from one of the better run-of-the-mills. Sadly disappointed is the least I can say on this one. Overall, it's not terrible, but certainly not what it touts itself to be.

 674 characters

Photo of lwillitz
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - enormous head of dark tan over a pitch black body

S - chocolate, hint of coffee, caramel sweetness, lactic, even a hint of sweet potato

T - roasted coffee, chocolate, smoke, earthy notes, hint of sweet potato; very different from what I expected from the description on the bottle and from the smell--bitter, burnt, and potato flavors overpower the sweetness

M - slick light/medium body, medium carbonation

O - Looks great and smells great, but the taste and the feel are unimpressive.

 531 characters

Photo of mothmanscott
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown, producing 2+ fingers of dark mocha, shortlived, frothy head that leaves minimal lace. Nose is dark roasted malt, burnt caramel (sweet potato), bitter coffee & cocoa. Taste is dark malts with roast & burnt notes (again burnt caramel), dark bitter coffee, dark chocolate, a mineral note & hints of toffee & light smoke. A roast/burnt caramel/chocolate with an under current of lactose in the finish. Aftertaste is bitter chocolate roast with a touch of sourness & a faint smoke hint. Bitterness is heavy for the style & the sour note unusual. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied, low-moderate carbonation, slick, oily & a little chewy. I love stouts & I like sweet potatoes, but if the combination yields the bitterness, burnt caramel & sourness experienced here then I have some reservations about trying a similar brew. Not bad but far from great.

 864 characters

Photo of HoodviewBrew
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Drain pour. Very disappointing watery, thin mouthfeel. The taste is a combination of sour milk stout and dirty sweet potatoes. It's as if they pulled them right out of the ground, didn't wash them, and chucked them in the beer.

 230 characters

Photo of Spider1001man
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The smell is strong but the flavor follows with a calmer tone! I genuinely enjoy this beer wow! The color is beautiful yummmm! I can smell and taste the sweet potatoe but not overpowering. I'm so glad I tried it!!

 214 characters

Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L-Beautifully dark, nice foamy head that is thick and tan.
S-Slight sweetness, milkiness, molasses, coffee? Maybe a little potato?
T-There really isn't much. Slight almond? Roasted malts at the back of the tongue every other sip. I would expect it to have a sweetness, but theres a lack of flavor all together... Also, theres a weird off flavor... and, no sweet potato... Sigh.
F-Milky like a milk stout would be, slight dryness.
O- I built this beer up and it was just okay. Great appearance and smell, but man there was no flavor. I was very let down by this beer. Don't even know if its worth trying, doesn't bring much of anything to the table.

 650 characters

Photo of donspublic
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into tulip from bottle, massive 2+ finger tan soapy head that hangs around for a while, minimal lacing. Black as night in the glass, no light passing thru. Smell is odd, faint chocolate, maybe that is some sweet potato smell coming out, but it is somewhat hard to describe. Taste is kind of sweet up front, get the lactose sweetness there, some chocolate but still have that weird metallic taste going on with this. Mouthfeel is good, they nailed that for a 4.5% beer. Need to work on the muddled taste of this beer.

 528 characters

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

Poured into a small shaker pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a light khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma is mild dark toasted malt with light sweetness; hints of chocolate and char. Flavor follows, with sweet dark toasted malt, very light lactose, light chocolate and a little smokiness in the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A nice light milk stout that was more full flavored than I expected from the ABV. Unfortunately, no sweet potato detected in the aroma or taste, I have really enjoyed that flavor in other sweet potato beers. Despite the lack of the nominal vegetable, I liked this light stout. Glad for the opportunity to try this first beer from Mississippi. From a friend's "Beer of the Month" club shipment.

 775 characters

Photo of EMV
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mason glass.

L: Black pour with faint tannish head. No significant lacing.

S: Roasted malts.. faint cocoa.

T/F: Roasted malt character is dominant... notes of cocoa and roast coffee but rather subdued. Not picking up on the sweet potato. Not as sweet as I was expecting, which isn't a bad thing. Somewhat thin, to be expected given the low ABV. Low carbonation. Finish is dry.

O: Pretty bland for a milk stout... lacking in any real dominant flavor. Low ABV so you could easily have a few of them... but then again... why would you want to.

 587 characters

Photo of PhilsPils
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very sweet with some roasted grain flavor, not much else. Slightly tangy and not in a good way. Not undrinkable but sure nothing special. Little head, no lacing.

 164 characters

Photo of singletary
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very thick dark color, the smell is for milk with a little hint of the sweet potato. The taste is milky with a thickness to it. I picked up on coffee and some chocolate flavor but not much of a sweet potato. Overall I would say a nice stout but really was looking for more flavor.

 292 characters

Photo of beertraveler08
2.81/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Look-The look is dark.Very dark indeed.No head on this one at all.

Smell- The Smell is of burnt campfire wood and ash.This beer smells the way it looks ,very dark and mischievous.

Taste- The taste is very dark as well with notes of chickory and campfire.I do pick up on some sweetness but it is very faint.

Feel-Feels quite dull and too smokey for my liking.I have had beer with smoke flavor but in this beer i feel it does not fit.

Overall-Maybe not the worst i have had but this beer left me wanting more and i felt like something was missing and left much to be desired.I did not taste any sweet potato at all and was very dissappointed in that aspect.

 703 characters

Photo of jw4free
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a lager glass. L: Weak head, thin ring throughout drink. Black opaque. S: Wonderful smoke, sweet cream aroma. Coffee mocha. T: creamy mocha. Hint of sweetness, smokey overtones. Root vegetable mineral hints impact the taste and feel. F: a bit thin, but decent cling to teeth. O: not much to look at, but the aroma is inviting, the taste follows, and the finish is smooth. Pretty good.

 416 characters

Photo of FriedSlug
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with only amber showing through at the edges. Thick brown head that dissipates and leaves only a speck of lacing. Smell is charred bitter malt with a faint sweetness and a hint of sweet potato. The taste is charred marshmallow and sweet potato with a burnt bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly light for a stout.

 318 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep black liquid, oily and smooth appearance, beige head, 1/3", good appearance overall. Aroma has some roast, didn't gather anything from the sweet potatoes.

Taste delivered some chocolate, the lactose/sweetness was done well in the taste and mouthfeel. Carbonation on point. Sweet potato as it warms. Kind of complex when you think about it, the roasted malt, lactose, sweet potato, coffee malt residuals. Nice low abv beer which carves itself out a place in the beer world.

 485 characters

Photo of teromous
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black body with a thick dark khaki head. The head is full, fluffy, and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: I get a sweet burnt caramel aroma that tends to be slightly acrid...a bit like opening an old charcoal grill. It's not really a bad smell it just isn't something that draws me in.

Taste: It delivers a good combination of slightly bitter burnt chocolate flavor with a bit of a sweet caramel ending. I didn't taste any sweet potato.

Mouthfeel: It feels pretty light and watery for a milk stout. Very little body and not especially smooth.

Overall: It's a fairly average stout but it edges towards the lower side when it does not deliver much of a mouthfeel and presents a mediocre aroma and flavor. There isn't a whole lot to say about this beer. I would pick an alternate stout if I could get one, but this is good enough to enjoy if nothing else is available. The "sweet potato" is a bit misleading because I don't taste it at all. I had it fresh from the brewery and in the bottle and I got zero sweet potato both times. It's just a straight-forward sweet stout without the body.

 1,094 characters

Photo of Jamie_Newman
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I was so excited to try this. I'm not sure if it's just not my style or what. But this was so close to a drain poor. It smells AMAZING. But there is just some kind of nastiness to the taste of this beer.

 203 characters

Photo of ryho
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

 228 characters

Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

 820 characters

Photo of delta490
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

 563 characters

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

 271 characters

Photo of TheDrunkenDwarf
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

 248 characters

Photo of khargro2
2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

 1,177 characters

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
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?

 1,461 characters

Photo of Foxybrau
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

 309 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Jefferson Stout from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 561 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.