Sunday, April 14, 2013

Jefferson Stout Sweet Potato Cream Stout Beer Review

Yep, I’m trying another weird ingredient beer. This time, Mississippi’s Lazy Magnolia Brewing has come up with a dark, dark stout that’s flavored with sweet potatoes. If you want a layer of marshmallows across the top, you’re on your own.

There is absolutely no light passing through this coffee-colored pour with a short head the color of cappuccino. The aroma is what you’d expect from a brew this dark – charred grain, smoke, and yes, maybe I can get just the faintest whiff of those sweet potatoes.

Taking that first sip, Jeff Stout is sharper than expected. Since it’s brewed with lactose (milk sugar), I expected sweet. That’s there on the finish, but this is a little more tart. There’s also a mineral edge that reminds me of Guinness, though this is edgier. I can’t taste anything I would call "sweet potato," so let’s wait a minute and try again.

Nope, still nothing.

Jefferson Stout is a nice cross between a full-on creamy milk stout and something heavier and scorchy like an imperial stout. At a relatively low 4.65% ABV, it’s also a session stout (beer snob talk for “you can drink more than two in a night without taking a nap in the corner). Still no idea what the sweet potatoes bring to the table besides a good gimmick.

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