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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
558
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
14.53%
 
 
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26
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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 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 JuicesFlowing
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
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 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 Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
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 damndirtyape
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%

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 FLima
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -41.1%
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 orcrist_cleaver
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Jefferson Stout from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 558 ratings.
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