jodyperkins (78) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I finally got to try this, itís been on my wishlist for some time. I took my wife shopping, she took me to the mellow mushroom in flowood. Unfortunately, they have the habit of serving every beer icecold so I had to try to wait a bit to sample it. It was hard to get much aroma from it - definite maltiness and hint of sweet potato (could have been my imagination).
Medium, dark complexion without much head (I have a feeling they poured it off, as Iíve seen them do that before). Nice mouthfeel. Definitely has a coffee/malt complexion. Very solid beer and easy to drink. Got better as it warmed.
Canít wait until this is available in bottles.
HuskerTan (1427) - 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. Canít say that I really got much sweet potato. It definitely added to the sweetness but didnít 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 (3884) - 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 canít get upset about that. Itís 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. Itís got some baking cocoa, some espresso, and a light bit of caramel.
chucklemation (1177) - 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 (528) - 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 (4040) - 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 (4538) - 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 (1007) - 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.
pubhunter54 (11) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent coffee stout. Great dessert beer for the end of the day. Enjoyed it at Hal & Malís in Jackson, MS while listening to some Blues. Heaven.
Chad9976 (1584) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brewing beer with sweet potatoes is definitely an interesting premise, and Iíve had a really excellent beer that utilized that ingredient. In the case of Lazy Magnolia Jeff Stout itís a much different experience. This is a light milk stout base that includes sweet potato presumably for flavor rather than as an adjunct. As a milk stout itís only average and it really doesnít work as a novelty beer at all.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a wine glass. It was bottled on 10/6/15 and cost $2.59 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark brown/black proper hue. No visible carbonation. Pours to a fairly large, dark tan, foamy head which retains and laces well enough.
Smell: The lactose sugar is prominent, as is the bottleís age with a noticeable tangy/metallic scent. Some chocolate notes, but as if the chocolate had expired.
Taste: This was actually my second time trying this beer. Someone sent me a bottle a while ago but it was well over a year old at the time and it was undrinkable. This bottle is less than three months old but it has all the signs of a much older beer. Much like the nose, thereís a noticeable and distracting tanginess. Not quite sour or tart lacto presence; just something all old stouts seem to have. I will say that thereís some nice chocolate flavors on the finish along with deeply roasted malt. I also detect a slight cola flavor as well. The sweet potatoes seem to be completely absent, though. I doubt anyone could pick them out in a blind tasting. So this beer fails to deliver on its marketing.
Drinkability: It doesnít say on the bottle, but apparently Lazy Magnolia Jeff Stout is only 4.65% ABV, which is much lighter than youíd think itíd be. Though it does have a light body and thin mouthfeel to match. The texture is akin to tepid soda. Still, it is smooth and finishes mostly clean. Despite the low gravity, I wouldnít see any point in sessioning it.
BDawg82 (74) - Jackson, Mississippi, USA - DEC 24, 2015
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
As a Mississippian, I really wanted to be impressed by this novel offering. The truth, itís a bit weird in a subtle, but not in an altogether wonderful way. I have seen the other reviews, but I canít detect much as far as aroma goes. Just a mild, non-deScript sweetness. The beer pours beyond Coca-Cola black, with a tannish, controllable head that can be as foamy or unnoticeable as you like. There is some coffee, maybe chocolate in the middle between a very mild start and a milky finish. That whole lactose thing is pretty danged pronounced. I just donít detect much as far as sweet potatoes are concerned. Overall, pleasant and drinkable, but a bit disappointing.