This week on Beer Down Here we got a tasty treat from Mississippi’s first craft brewery, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co’s, with three beers from their Debutante Series.
First up is their Heirloom Ale, an American sour amber ale aged over Pinot Noir Oak chips. Heirloom Ale was a nice clear beer with beautiful amber hues and a strong aroma of Pinot Noir and Raisin; the flavors were predominantly burnt caramel, honey and a very pleasant tartness that was complemented by subtle notes of oak.
Their second offering of the evening was a 22oz bomber of Skeleton Key, Lazy Magnolias, imperial stout aged over bourbon barrel chips. This decadent devil clocks in at 9.5 % ABV and features 2-row, Dark Munich, Chocolate and Black Roasted malts complemented by Nugget & MT. Hood hops. This black as night stout features a heavy aroma of cocoa, bourbon, and roasty characteristics with hints of oak and very subtle vanilla. The flavor profile follows suit with punches of chocolate and bourbon boozy goodness. I personally love big boozy beers and this did not disappoint.
Finally we get to the real star of the show, Lazy Magnolia’s Southern Gentleman. The brewers have taken their award winning Southern Pecan and aged it in bourbon barrels and then cold filtered the finished brew. This beer features 2-row, Marris Otter, Aromatic, Wheat, 40 L, 80 L and Carapils malt with Nugget and Willamette hops. Most people think of barrel aged beers as typically being super boozy, but this brew clocks in at a very moderate 7% ABV. The color presented itself as a light brown with riveting reddish hues. The aromas of bourbon and oak are front and center finishing with an almost pralines and caramel sauce sort of sweetness. Flavors of caramel, pecan and bourbon seem to be in sync like a well-constructed musical array resulting in an incredible crescendo of malty delight. Overall Southern Gentleman was an excellent medium bodied offering from Lazy Magnolia.
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