Monday, January 4, 2016

Lazy Magnolia Jeff Stout

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20Chad9976 (1532) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Brewing beer with sweet potatoes is definitely an interesting premise, and I’ve had a really excellent beer that utilized that ingredient. In the case of Lazy Magnolia Jeff Stout it’s 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 it’s only average and it really doesn’t 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 bottle’s 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, there’s a noticeable and distracting tanginess. Not quite sour or tart lacto presence; just something all old stouts seem to have. I will say that there’s 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 doesn’t say on the bottle, but apparently Lazy Magnolia Jeff Stout is only 4.65% ABV, which is much lighter than you’d think it’d 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 wouldn’t see any point in sessioning it.

RATING: 5/10