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Jefferson Stout | Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Mississippi, United States | website

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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81
Ratings:
355
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
30.35%
 
 
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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 355
Photo of Foxybrau
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black in color and impenetrable to light. A fingernail of khaki head covers the rim of the glass and about 1/3 of the top. Aroma is faint but I get starchy sweet potato and lactose. The flavor is lactose and the sweet potato almost gives it a smoky note. The mouth is crisp and silky.

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Photo of FLima
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deepest black color with a thick caramel head with good retention.
Aroma full of predominant chocolate and cocoa notes.
Bold flavor with notes of licorice, homemade coffee, mild sour milk, mild charcoal, molasses, caramels, cocoa and vanilla. The sweet potatoes might be the missing piece in the puzzle. Quite dry aftertaste with a lingering espresso coffee note.
Medium body with good carbonation. Smooth sensation.
A roasted milky stout, gladly not overly sweet and with predominant coffee and cocoa notes.

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Photo of rickw12
2.11/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Lazy Magnolia's description included this: "The sweet potatoes provide the background to an impressive taste with added notes of roasted chocolate, coffee and caramel flavors." I detected no chocolate or coffee in this. It tastes like an amber lager.

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Photo of silverking
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

A- deep deep garnet with a cola rim, thick khaki head. Well defined rings of lacing. The head fades quickly to a thin layer, but it never goes away completely.

S- cocoa, and sweet potato.

T- starts off with smoky cocoa and a light hint of coffee, but the finish is all about the sweet potato. It comes across caramelized, but not too sweet. There's some citrus from the hops as well.

M- lighter than I thought it would be. Irish dry stout light. Almost watery finish.

O- I just wish it had a fuller body...

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Photo of ESimmons
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was surprisingly smooth. It was very easy to drink and had a lighter body than some of the other milk stouts on the market. As it sits, the taste changes from heavier chocolate tone to a lighter one; and the sweet potato undertone makes its appearance. Would definitely buy this one again!

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Photo of sommersb
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 03-25-2014
Freshness: Best by 03-28-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Appearance has a black and opaque beer topped with a modest off-white head. The head fades fast and leaves no lacing behind.

Aromas are light, with milk chocolate, malts, and some fruit/vegetable notes that may be from the sweet potato?

Taste has flavors of roasted malts and coffee, but the bitterness is not high nor is it astringent. Other tastes include semi-sweet chocolate and a hint of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is creamy and I get a moderate amount of carbonation. Toasted grains, light coffee, and a touch of sweetness make for a pleasing finish.

Overall, this beer is an enjoyable stout with some areas for improvement in the appearance and aromas.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Deepest of ruby hues this has a near ebony appearance. The head was thick yet fizzy with no retention but the richness of the color really sells this.

The aroma is dry chocolate malt with a grainy strangeness which must be the sweet potatoes. There's a very pleasant sweet toasty malt scent that's short of lactose but equally sweet.

The flavor is dry and chalky but not negatively. I like the dry powdered chocolate flavor with an even drier starchy malt. There's a bit of campfire ember and tobacco with a tempered sweetness that seems muted by the roast.

The feel is way too fizzy and thin for a stout. It's thicker than a lager but not where I want my sprouts to be.

I found this to be a very good tasting and decently original take on a stout.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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 GarthDanielson
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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 megahurts4
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Lazy Magnolia Jeff Stout

Appearance: dark brown, large head, and good fluffy lacing.

Smell: grainy potatoes and molasses.

Taste: warm barley, chocolate, and a light grain finish.

Mouthfeel: medium yet slightly watery.

Overall:
This is a nice pleasant stout that goes down easy. The flavors are nice and rich without being overbearing.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Since sweet potatoes are (strange, I know) one of my favorite foods, I had to give this guy a try.

Appearance: Poured a deep brown with two fingers of khaki head from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Nice chunky lacing as the head recedes.

Aroma: Apparent sweetness, definitely sense the lactose, some brown sugar, and a coffee up front. I do get a bit of sweet potato, almost reminiscent of sweet potato casserole. Nice smell for a stout.

Taste: More of the nose with a nice creamy sweetness and brown sugar dominant. Some milky lactose and a bit of sweet potato for sure, also a hint of black coffee. This is a pleasant stout.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body with a solid creamy texture that works well for the style. Low carbonation and bitterness with just a bit from the coffee taste.

Overall: This is by no means great, but I'd certainly drink it again. I am beginning to like Lazy Magnolia more and more and this is another solid offering for a sessionable milk stout.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a hard-to-read bottling date of 06-02-13. Poured into a 16 oz tumbler.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields a frothy cocoa-colored foam with a mottling of medium sized bubbles amidst effervescent microbubbles. Dissipates over the course of five minutes to a half finger layer of foam. Leaves lacing that creeps back down into the liquid. Body is pitch black, no discernible light getting through, even around the edges.

Smell - The sweet potato is more present than I expected. Aroma is predominantly roasty and bittersweet chocolate, there is a noticeable characteristic of yam and brown sugar. Finishes with some element of coffee beans.

Taste - Again, the sweet potato is present, accompanied by some burnt sugar sweetness and a finish with a hint of dry that appears to come from notes of tree bark and cocoa nibs.

Mouthfeel - A little slimy for my taste, and there is a strange lightness to the body that doesn't sit quite right with the heartier notes I get from smell and taste. Carbonation is light.

Overall, a solid attempt, and different than any other milk stout I've had. Successful when it comes to infusing that sweet potato characteristic without overpowering. But the feel of this one impacts negatively in a way that influences the smell and taste.

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Photo of cfaulman
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a thick black liquid with a 1 finger coffee color foam head.

Smell: Whiffs of coffee and roasted malt and licorice.

Taste: This is interesting. On the front end the beer has a very coffee forward taste. Very sweet, very easy to drink. The back end is more "vegetably" which I suppose is due to the sweet potatoes. This makes it difficult to continue drinking, although the mouthfeel is very nice. Coffee, Sweet potatoes, roasted malt, honey, chocolate, and "gamey" notes.

Mouthfeel: It is very silky and very light for a stout. The viscous appearance is not at all seen in the mouthfeel. However i feel that that helps this beer because the vegetable aftertaste is tough to get down for me, but that is just a personal preference.

Overall: This beer is just ok. The vegetable added to a stout may just not be my style. Recommended for outdoor barbecues or get togethers.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of rgs0204
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of shand
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -0.5%
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 bmwats
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of kshizzle101
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Jefferson Stout from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.
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