Sweet Potato Stout
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

Sweet Potato StoutSweet Potato Stout
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #817
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,533
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 14.93%
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
603
From:
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
 
Mississippi, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
81
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Sweet Potato StoutSweet Potato Stout
Notes: Sweet Potato Stout, our original Sweet Potato Cream Stout, is the ideal Southern-style Stout. Brewed with roasted Southern-grown sweet potatoes, the background has an impressive taste with added notes of roasted chocolate, coffee, and caramel flavors with sweetening enhanced with lactose (milk sugar).
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Photo of stevoj
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at share, courtesy of Jeremy. Initially wasn't wowed by this beer, but it's hard to follow a Three Floyds dark lord. Still the beer offered a nice sweet sticky Stout experience, with the yams just providing an extra bit of sweetness to it. Best of all it was my first Mississippi tick.

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Photo of EnderFett11
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a beer mug at a restaurant with a finger of light brown head. Deep brown opaque color. Slight smell of malt. Mild milk stout flavor, not strong though. Pretty thin body with minimal carbonation. Drinkable but nothing special.

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Photo of MNAle
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is opaque black with a 1/2 inch tan, thick, creamy head, receding moderately. No lacing from the head receding, but nice strings of lacing when you drink.

Aroma is roasty malts, coffee, hints of chocolate, hints of dark fruit.

Mouth feel is medium to thin, but creamy.

Taste is also roasty and coffee, as the aroma, but in addition there is a creaminess with a slight nuttiness. Initially there is a subtle sweetness, then a light bitterness, but the finish is dry and the aftertaste roasty and mildly bitter.

Overall, an easy drinking, roasty, creamy dry stout with a complex and slightly sweet flavor.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
2.46/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

L: Deep dark brown, large head but with little retention or lacing.

S: Roasted malt, with small notes of coffee, molasses, and toffee.

T: Upfront metallic chocolate, some hop bite, and grainy quality, afterwards vegetal from the potatoes, not an improvement on a milk stout or brown - whatever this is.

F: Medium but watery body.

O: Drinkable but forgetable - not sure what the sweet potato added - if anything it took away from this stout that was more like a dark roasted brown ale

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Photo of DerekMiller
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a dark chocolate brown/black with a milk chocolate colored, creamy head.

Smell: Hints of dark chocolate, coffee, lightly fruity or vegetabe-y?

Taste: Ah. There we go. All those notes in the nose come together splendidly. Tastes like a decent cup of black coffee with a hint of actual sweet potato. Indeed, that fruity yet rich vegetable nose was much fuller on the tongue. Bitterness comes in like rich, dark chocolate does; bitter up front and fades right as the other notes come in.

Feel: Solid feel. Somewhat rich and creamy but not too heavy on the stomach. Wouldn't probably finish a six pack of this, but I could try.

Overall: Absolutely great beer. Savoring every last bit of it. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a dark brown, almost black, with a modest brown head that quickly reduces to a thin layer. Lacing as you enjoy it. Roasted malt and something else, possibly sweet potato? in the nose. Smooth wash of roasted malt over the tongue, followed by a roasted malt flavor. Nice!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My old neighbor and good friend gave me a bottle of this. It poured an opaque dark with tan head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had hints of coffee grinds. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with earth and coffee base with a toffee finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its it's an ok beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Sweet Potato Stout pours a black color, with a nice, small long lasting head. Big sweet lactose aroma. Flavor is weak, but great sweet lactose flavors, with subtle sweet potato notes to finish. Weak body. Overall, its a tasty beer, great flavors, its just too weak to be truly great.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle dated FEB 21 2018 poured into Tallgrass globe snifter.

A really silky, decadent pour, it almost looks like dark chocolate liquid creamer. Deep dark brown to black. Head forms and is generous, angry red at 2 fingers. Recedes to a finger and the lacing sticks to the head to form a pseudo-dome around the glass.

Aroma is of strong chocolate milk, loud earthy sweet potatoes (how are you all not picking up on this?), slight earthy noble hop, and mineral.

Flavor is roasty, yet oddly earthy and sweet. I get light roasted barley (the variety, not as a descriptor), lactose, stale Hershey's bar, and at the tail end, some nice mashed sweet potato comes forward. The potatoes are not pronounced, but they are subtle and easily detectable if you're doing this right on a clean palate.

Feel has a well-lit carbonation but is not intense or disproportionate; a delicate yet intense silkiness; and a delightful polite roasted finish.

Overall, I think this stout, for what it is, is amazing. I could use a little more sweetness and flavor intensity, but that's about it. It's not imperial (as shown by the 4.5% ABV on the label) so don't expect it. Usually low ABV stouts ending up being porters, and high abv porters end up feeling like stouts. This is a low abv STOUT. It has the feel, the flavor, and the overall vibe of the style and isn't imperial or overly strong. Well-done.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - dark black - no light gets through - low on carbonation and not very active -
Smell - chocolate and toffee - some vegetable and spice
Taste - decent hops upfront then some charred grains come in. It sweetens and you get some of the sweet potato / earthy / spice notes. Still some chocolate and hints of coffee
Feel - feels a bit thin for a stout but is a lower ABV beer - more like a session stout. Flattens out quickly, but some bubbles and lacing continue - medium bodied but was hoping for a full bodied beer
Overall - this is a decent stout. Some complexity in there even though it is a thinner brew. Nice sweet potato flavors and lactose sweetness.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, tulip, label has the little list of months and days that get ticked to tell us something about the beer inside. This one has 4 and 27 ticker. I assume this means bottled on April 27 based on when I bought this, but really who knows. The most effective way to date your beer is a stamp of “bottled mm/dd/yy”.

It’s black and lightless with scant head. A dark coco ring is the only representative.

Dark chocolate, coconut, lactose, and maybe some yam or sweet potato starchy sweetness.

Carbonated chocolate, like a classic ice cream soda, or melted chocolate ice cream. There’s a serious coconut-like flavor in this otherwise sweet chocolate fiesta.

Thin, slick, and creamy.

This is a very good sweet stout; it’s got depth of flavor, fidelity of flavor, and great overall balance. This is a nice session stout.

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Photo of Suds
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black beer with a slim head. Thick and dark. The aroma is light with some roast. The taste is mildy sweet, with a bit of weak coffee. It is an okay beer. I really didn't get any sweet potato notes, although there is a sweetness and fullness in body that is appealing.

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Photo of KimberlyE
2.06/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was disappointed in this beer because I assumed there would be a sweet potato flavor to it. I didn't taste any sweetness or sweet potato and it was very bitter. This was not what I was expecting.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a black color with a light head. The smell is weak coffee. Some notes of coffee, chocolate in the flavor but kind of weak for a stout and I got no sweet potato flavor at all. It does have some creamyness for a nice mouth feel. Overall not a top stout.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin white to off white foamy cap of a head. No lacing. The aroma starts off with some roasty coffee bean, marshmallow, then toffee, creamy espresso sweetness comes in nicely to round out. Light cocoa bean plays in the background. The flavor returns the roasty coffee bean to blend nicely into the sweet marshmallow and toffee. Dry sweet aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice semi-sessionable feel to it. Dry roastiness seems to hit decently. Overall, good milk/sweet stout I could have again.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
2.38/5  rDev -33%
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.

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Photo of Spider1001man
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
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!!

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of donspublic
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of EMV
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of PhilsPils
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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