GarrettB (1459) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 8, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
June 23rd, 2014 - Sweet potatoes were a staple crop in my diet for more than a few years, and I still feel light-headed when I remember the gnarled sweet potato vendors out on a cold day in Japan, hawking the root vegetables fresh from the coals. For these reasons, any time I spot a sweet potato beer in the wild, I pay up, giddy with anticipation. Here we have sweet potato in stout form, and conformed to the stout style in appearance, dark and black with a mottled brown belt around the top. But the smell is strange, curious, and inviting. It has that shaggy, wet malt smell that brewery visitors will notice on brew days, with some dark apple sauce sweetness and soy sauce umami. I also catch flecks of pomegranate and strawberry, but nothing directly like the sweet potatoes I’ve chewed on. The body is shockingly light, with some vigorous carbonation, and a sweet and tangy taste, like a well overbooked sweet potato, orange ichor bubbling from from the flesh and caramelizing like a cooled lava flow. I also catch more strawberry and palisade peach, but dark and sultry. This is a stellar beer, a whole chorus of deep, dark sweets, none of which taste of sweet potato, but all of which dance around it, like planets around a root vegetable sun.
MetalNHopHead (1427) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 20, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lazy Magnolia’s sweet potato-infused Jeff Stout certainly was an appropriately southern beer to get my first MS rating. Lazy Magnolia uses a light touch with the sweet potato, and it works nicely here. There’s just a hint of earthy, starchy potato. It blends nicely with the regular Sweet Stout notes of cream, buttery chocolate, and dessert coffee. Smooth, rich mouthfeel that seems much fuller than the 4.65% ABV would have you expect. Nice to meet ya, Lazy Magnolia.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown body. Aromas of malt, coffee and chocolate. Nice flavor of malt, coffee and chocolate as well. The finish was a little lighter than most, but still had a decent creaminess.
HuskerTan (1700) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAY 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- Chocolate syrup, milk, subtle coffee, roasty.
A- Black color, black liquid, brown head.
T- Chocolate syrup, milky, sweet, slightly roasty, slightly dry, subtle coffee bitterness.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, balanced finish.
O- Wanted this mostly for the novelty of being brewed with sweet potatoes. Can’t say that I really got much sweet potato. It definitely added to the sweetness but didn’t have a pronounced flavor. It was good though. I expected it to be a weird novelty beer and in turn it was actually very tasty.
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 30, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared by me... in the library... just now.
Pours basically black with a big tan head and some nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is lightly roasty and mildly sweet. It does smell like sweet potatoes and I can’t get upset about that. It’s got some mild molasses and coffee in there, fine enough.
The flavor is very very molasses like with a roasty bitterness and a medium level of sweetness. The sweet potatoes are noticeable but less so than they are in the aroma. It’s got some baking cocoa, some espresso, and a light bit of caramel.
chucklemation (1425) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a jet black with a thin white head. Aroma is lactose, chocolate, roast, burnt sugar, and a metallic note. Flavor is chocolate and roast, with the lactose turning into some vegetal notes. Has a light body. Meh.
weitz15 (542) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2016
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark pour. At best, only hints of notes of roasted chocolate, coffee and caramel flavors. Dull finish as well. Needs something to jump out.
jsquire (4146) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beer out of the bottle. There is very little carbonation in this bottle. I got some brown bubbles when I poured but no head and not much action on the tongue. Molasses, burnt grain and buttered toast in the nose. Lots of lactic sweetness with burnt chocolate, toast, sweetened coffee and some grassy hops in the finish. Okay novelty stout.
JStax (5214) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is a darker brown with a fizzy head of khaki foam that fizzles down to a ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma has a lot of roast character to it with moderate vanilla bean notes. The taste lends some zippy sweetness akin to marshmallow and vanilla. The sweet potato does not really come through for me. Lighter to medium in body and higher in carbonation. Slick, prickly mouthfeel.
PapaSkeetSkeet (1008) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 1, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with thin, light-brown head. Aroma/Flavor: Caramel sweet potato, cocoa, grass. Somewhat thin though for my ideal version of the style. Body is medium and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall, pretty good, a unique concept that was well executed, but needs more of the deliciousness of sweet stouts at their best.