AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20Chad9976 (1532) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2016
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
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
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