Southern Gentleman
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Brown Ale - English
3.54 | pDev: 16.67%
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Mississippi, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Southern GentlemanSouthern Gentleman
Notes: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Southern Pecan.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 32 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally got around to trying Southern Gentleman, poured from 25.4-oz. bomber, label edge notched bottled in June 2019, into snifter. Note: ABV listed as 7.0.

Pours apparently light brown but deep, cloudy honey-gold when backlit, with 1-finger very light tan head, which dissipates to a persistent ring and partial film, and leaves only a few specks of lace. Big aroma of mild bourbon and spicy hops off the pour, joined by nice malt and mild nutty aromas as warms. Begins with carbonation, then mild malt and whiskey, some pecan flavor, and some surprising fruit leading into a slightly-warming alcoholic finish. The barrel aging banishes the excessive sweetness of LM's Southern Pecan, and is an excellent use for that beer.

Feb 03, 2021
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken in January, 2014: Pours a dull medium brown producing less than a finger of light tan, shortlived head that leaves no lacing. Aroma bourbon, vanilla/wood, nutty, caramel & toasted malts, faint chocolate all wrapped up in a fruity (sour apple) undertone. Taste is similar with the bourbon, wood & sour notes dominating, spicy hints. Mouthfeel medium bodied with low-medium carbonation, smooth but dry.

Mar 06, 2017
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compass40204 from Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Honestly I love their Southern Pecan. This version seems to fall a bit short of expectations.

Aroma is mild bourbon. I didn't get any oak or pecan in the nose, but it was served in a shaker pint with no head, so what potential aroma it has was lost from the start.

Appearance is a hazy shade of honey, barely a wisp of head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing at all.

Tastes primarily of bourbon, and slightly watered down at that. Sweet, with vague oak notes. I'm not detecting much remnants of the base beer underneath the barrel flavors.

Mouthfeel is also unimpressive. Kinda thin and leans a little toward syrupy.

Overall it's not a bad beer, but living in Kentucky I have high expectations of anything aged in bourbon barrels. As another recent review suggests, this was originally brewed under the prior alcohol limit and thus suffers from forced constraints. Of this were brewed with no limits on alcoholic strength it might have scored higher and had a much bolder flavor, though as subtle as the base beer is it may still have gotten lost in the barrel.

Jan 25, 2014
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icehawk from South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75


 Appearance: Clean dark/amber brown 

 Aroma: Vanilla, booze, hint of toasted nuts 

 Taste: No bitterness, nice sweet vanilla, bourbon undertones, slight nutty earthiness. 

 Palate: Light body, extremely drinkable. 

 Overall: The light body of this beer makes it exceptionally drinkable, but also allows for the bourbon and oak to come through and blend with the pecan backbone. Shows that you can make a complex, tasty beer without going through the roof with ABV. (from notes)

Aug 07, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

2.84/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Mike for sharing this rarity. Served in a Night of the Living Ales taster glass. A barrel-aged sub-5% beer eh?

A - Finger of tan foam settles to wisps, partial collar, and no lacing. Transparent amber-orange body with a few slow-moving bubbles present.

S - Lots of spicy oak, earthy bourbon, a hint of dill, and perhaps a hint of fruity brown ale in the background. But yeah, loads of oak here as you'd expect.

T - Flavor is also super-heavy on oak and bourbon, with earthiness and spicy flavors aplenty. Really don't get much of the base beer at all; perhaps just the faintest hint of sweet malt late on the palate. Finishes with more oak and slightly sour bourbon.

M - Surprising hefty for sub-5%. It's medium-light but I expected it to be even thinner after the barrel-aging. A tad watery, with lower carbonation. Oaky texture, but with a mildly chewy finish. Some alcohol warmth - curious how much residual bourbon was in these barrels.

D - Odd choice for barrel-aging, although I believe when this was first made Mississippi was hampered by a 6% ABV cap. Kudos for pushing the envelope in a restrictive beer culture, but unfortunately this is neither a good idea nor a well-executed one. If you like watered down bourbon, this might be a hit? I finished my 6oz so it's not undrinkable, but I also had minimal inclination to drink any more. I didn't like the base beer much and I feel largely the same here.

Jan 23, 2013
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from growler into an oversized wine glass. Poured a deep red-orange with a hint of brown with a minimal off-white head that subsided to almost none quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, wood, fruit, apple, nutty, and very subtle sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, nutty, wood, earth, fruit, apple, and sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this one really stood out to me as making it great which was rather unfortunate. I have had the base brew in the past and wasn’t overly impressed, so I was hoping this treatment would help it out. Unfortunately it doesn’t appear that it did for my palate. Bummer. Glad I got the opportunity to try this one, but I doubt I will do so again in the future unless there is a new barrel treatment to try.

Jan 15, 2013
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Taco Mac Decatur August 10, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Deep amber, pale ruby brown. Light surface cover. 3.5

(Smell) Caramel malt, heavy bananas, bread. Interesting combination of flavors, points for originality but not sure if it works. 3.5

(Taste) Banana and bubblegum yeasty bread character, husky caramel. enjoyable. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Creamy slick and smooth. Medium body, medium alcohol presence. Texture similar to the pecan brown. 3.5

(Overall) Decent across the board. Probably not worth the price ($8.25 for a 11 oz pour), lots of similarities to southern pecan, with a slightly yeastier profile and a pleasing wood aged flavor. 3.5

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Sep 13, 2012
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bulldog, Jackson, MS
OK, I've been trying to get a taste of this hard to find beer for about eight months now; heard so many good things about it. Let's see if it's really the holy grail of brewskis.

A: nice translucent amber with a half finger head that makes a beeline to the powder room. Not much lacing but it does leave a tan circle around the glass.

S: Well...I know there's something in there somewhere. Perhaps some light malts. A healthy dose of ginger. Not much else, though.

T: Ginger forward. Then a bit of malts as the sips continue. It's getting a bit better. Nutty, molasses, bourbon, some oak barrel. Stately, but not suave.

M: light to medium with medium carbonation. A dry finish. Medium bodied.

O: Just not real impressed with this overpriced ($8) limited edition draft. I was really hoping for something more robust, but instead got a cad who, frankly my dear, just didn't give a damn. If you're considering a Southern Gentleman, spend your money on the sophisticated taste of Southern Pecan. Now that's a real gentleman.

Apr 21, 2012
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theboozecruise from Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on-tap at The Londoner in Baton Rouge... it's a bourbon-barrel aged version of the Southern Pecan.

It was a deep amber color, not hazy, not much head on the bar pour into a pint glass.

The aroma was very spicy and boozy... the bourbon aging really came through in this style.

The taste was even more bourbon heavy, easily one of the most bourbon-dominant examples of aging I've tried. The nutty pecan flavors are there as well but the bourbon vanilla and spice notes dominate the palate.

The mouthfeel is interesting because it tastes like a stronger beer than it actually is. The alcohol notes from the bourbon really fool you, but it's not a strong beer.

Overall, I'm glad I got the chance to try this, hopefully it's more than a one-time release.

May 26, 2011
Southern Gentleman from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 32 ratings