Had this one on tap at T J. Clyde recently and many o time. I always enjoy trying Lazy Magnolia's take on brews so this was a must try. I heard it is the realm of below 5% ABV, so I know it will be light and sessionable.
A: Pours a pretty nice dark brown. It appears to be almost black, but it does come through as more of brown on the pour and when held to light. It is not opaque, it allows light through and if you concentrate hard enough you can see through to the other side at the top and bottom of the glass. Light brown head is created on the pour to about a finger or so. Retention is so so, but the head can be easily roused with some movement. Lace is minimal on the glass but present.
S: Smell is nice. Getting some dark malts with a light roast on them. Maybe some chocolate character coming out. Getting a nice cream aroma, that adds a little milky quality here. The sweet potato presence is light but noticable. It brings out that natural sweetness and a touch of the rich quality you get from sweet potatoes. Other than the sweet potato quality, it is pretty standard fare. BUT . . . the sweet potato adds enough to pull this out of mediocrity in my eyes.
T: Yet again this beer stacks up nicely. Slightly roast malts come through first. A touch of that chocolate comes out and lingers with some coffee flavors as well. The cream is present as well but is very light and works. What really brings the beer together is the sweet potato addition. It has a nice earthiness and natural sugar quality that compliments great. Creates some really nice and robust flavors for such a light ABV brew.
M: This beer creates a medium feel with a decent carbonation. Still this beer has a seemingly thick feel at times and stays a nice and creamy stout. The ABV is small and it shows, keeping this easy drinking. The real show stopper for me is the fact that it finishes pretty clean for having some nice flavor. It doesn't overwork the palate at all, just gives you flavor and ease of drinking.
D: Low ABV with a good flavor and aroma makes an easy drinking beer. Insanely easy to put down and a joy to drink. You can actually trick yourself into believing there is no way that this a small beer because it does have such nice and big flavors and aromas. If you ask me, this should be bottled. I think it would be a great seller for Lazy Mag and it is very accessible for noobs IMO. I won't belittle it by calling it a gateway stout, its just a great beer. This beer is an example that you don't need a stupid high ABV to have a great beer with good flavor.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-11-2009 22:17:36
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