Jefferson Stout | Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Mississippi, United States
lazymagnolia.com

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

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112
Ratings:
554
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
14.53%
 
 
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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 554
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high tan colored head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted chocolate malts are present in the nose along with some bits of lactose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of chocolate and lactose along with some hints of sweet potatoes.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a bit light in body for a milk stout, but has some nice chocolatey aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Working hard to capture a taste of the South, Lazy Magnolia gravitates to the sweet 'tata' much like the pilgrams gravitated to gourde when making those first colonial beers. But unlike the Plymouth Rock bunch that did so out of necessity, Lazy Magnolia plays their game out of charm!

Like any well-built Stout would, the dark ale pours with a moderately viscous consistency that layers in the glass like old motor oil. Its ominously dark appearance is somewhat alluring with its frothy cap of sandy-tan foam; making the beer look much like dark latte. With its foam character and light speckling lace weighing caution, its obvious that something else is going on inside.

As the nose draws near, the familiar Stout aromas of dark roast coffee, charred toast, dark chocolate and roasted nuts come forth. But its a deeper dive into the glass that reveals sweeter milky tones along with starchy malt scents and light earthen spice that I have no problem chocking up the the sweet potato character. In fact, I want to read cinnamon, nutmeg and butter into the mix- but that's perhaps my Southern roots speaking.
Malty-sweet to taste, the beer layers on the tongue with thin caramel, brown sugar, and light molasses. As the sweetness cozies up to the sweet tooth, more verbose malt flavors come forth: toast, bittersweet chocolate, walnuts and french-press coffee bring a richer and earthier attitude. Yet its that starch almost-milkshake, almost-potato, almost-dough character that yields a uniqueness where the taste of sweet potato isn't such a stretch. As the ale traverses on, the ale finishes with coffee and burnt ember bitterness and a long savory, smoky chocolate sweetness.

Full, yet controlled- the beer's body is lush and creamy with milkshake-like consistency. Its light and velvety middle is soft and silky against the tongue. But its lingering sweetness outlives its creamy structure and leaves a cola-like film behind. Still, its slight warmth and slim woodish bite signal closure and opens up a trail of dryness.

Though the beer has a few inconsistent "hiccups" along the way, its overall character is charming, raw and creative. Isn't that what you want out of a Southern gem?

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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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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 billab914
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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

I felt really lucky to try this beer. I had passed a disappointing afternoon at Hal & Mal's, drinking the three Lazy Magnolias that they offered and not really being impressed by any of them. I had gone back to the motel where I was spending the night and asked if there were any bars nearby and I was sent to one about a half a mile away that had this one on tap. In fact, a sign at the bar said "Limited time only - made with sweet potatoes". Sold!

It arrived with just a few wisps of head that swirled and went away. The mouthfeel was medium with a very sweet taste in the mouth. The color was an extremely dark brown, sort of a cola color, but with ruby highlights. It did not allow a lot of light to penetrate, but there appeared to be good clarity. The finish had a lingering sweetness. This was definitely a sweet stout. I have to admit that I was intrigued by this one. Mississippi's brewery, indeed.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, and pours very smoothly, with only a halo of light tan head on the surface. Looks heavy. Aromas of cream, chocolate, coffee, and earthy notes, all leaning towards the rich and sweet side. Flavors are bittersweet forward, with hints of smoke, all on a richly sweet backbone. Notes of sweet potato, baker's chocolate, cream, and coffee all blend together to provide a balanced palate. Light bodied, with a slightly sharp undertone throughout. The aftertaste is more on the bitter and roasted side, with a bittersweet linger into the smooth, clean finish. Interesting brew, and an easy drinker. Tasty, and very unique.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
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 flagmantho
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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 avalon07
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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