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Lakewood Molé Temptress - Lakewood Brewing Company

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Lakewood Molé TemptressLakewood Molé Temptress

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12 Reviews
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Reviews: 12
Hads: 106
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 23.15%
Wants: 13
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Lakewood Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: WTKeene on 05-01-2014

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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 106
Photo of kemoarps
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Holy gushing fountain of beer batman!!
First things first: I crack the cap on this one and BWOOOSH! all over my coffee table and the floor and the kitchen. Thankfully the dog didn't get drenched. Not sure what the deal is there as it's just been sitting peacefully.

Now that that's out of the way, I poured fairly vigorously after cleaning up and it started with a little brown head. Effervescence dissipates almost immediately, and I'm left with a dark black glass with almost zero variation. And absolutely zero head whatsoever. No lacing. A couple of small bubbles gasp free air before dying leaving naught but the abyss again. Not a roasty soft inviting dark though no, this is the cold liquid dark of the elder gods. There's something almost disconcerting about it.

Nose really brings out the mole-ness of this one. The cinnamon and chiles and cacao work in perfect concert to turn this from creamy roasty steaming-dark-liquids-before-the-fireplace-in-december and really gives it a dusty summer-nights-south-of-the-border kind of evocation. Wet tobacco leaves and a mild sweetness at the tail emerge from a perfect blending of what can eventually be broken down to it's listed components (cinnamon/chile/cacao/vanilla). I'm totally on board again after the visual (and pour in general) made me a little wary.

Bursts with flavour as soon as it touches your tongue. Massive cinnamon steps out first then sweet chocolate and a definite chili burn. I love cinnamon IRL, but it seems like most beers that utilize cinnamon overdo it (*cough*xocoveza*cough*) to the point where it detracts from the overall flavour profile. Here, the cinnamon is still large but somehow blended masterfully just leading directly into the cocoa and chile and being seamlessly integrated instead of being an outlier. Heat comes on at the end so you get the whole palate of wonderful flavours before it starts ratcheting up. And it comes makes its presence known then graciously slides back into the shadows to allow room for the prime players to take their roles again.

I was wary initially, but goodness, the final product is fantastic. All about it. Builds upon and improves upon the base beer IMHO.

Thanks Nick! From @Bulldoza's incredible BIF2 box way back when.

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Photo of Seabass1964
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So much going on with this beer. Not sure it wouldn't be more balanced with some age. Vanilla, cocoa nibs, cinnamon with a great pepper burn that lingers long after swallowing. Easily as good as Stone Xcoveza. And similar to Huna and Abraxas.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - 4 - Pours an oily, jet black color. Forms an extremely dark, cherry and brown colored head. Unfortunately this head subsides immediately. Weak head potential and retention. Virtually no lacing.
S - 4.25 - Vanilla, cinnamon, malt, medium sweet chocolate, fresh raw peppers.
T - 5 - Wow, I think this absolutely beats Prairie Bomb! and Stone Xocoveza hands down. Just an amazing balance of vanilla, chocolate, light coffee, chipotle pepper spice and heat and cinnamon.
F - 4.75 - Nice velvety and creamy mouthfeel.
O - 5 - I think this is the closest I have come yet to finding the "perfect" pepper stout. Absolutely amazing, HIGHLY recommended!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Umberto last night.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with what appears to be flakes of cinnamon floating in the beer. There's a small head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

This one smells like cinnamon, sweet cream, chili peppers, and chocolate.

I've never had the original Temptress, but this seems to be a nice adjunct-heavy variant on it. The chili peppers come through quite nicely, with lots of sweet chocolate, some sweet condensed milk and lactose, and a good amount of sweet and not too spicy cinnamon.

This has a very creamy mouthfeel, as expected, with a lower level of carbonation.

A really nice Mexican-style stout, certainly of my favorite styles lately.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really don't much mole flavor on this one.A bit thin bodied as well compared to some other in the Temptress series. Some spices and cinnamon flavor but not as enjoyable as the French Quarter or BBT. Much too pricey as well at $13.99 per 22 oz bomber.

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Photo of E_J
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best beer Lakewood has made IMHO. Super clean with spicy backbone. Was not expecting it to be as good as it was as their other offerings I've had are OK at best.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with tan colored head. Roasted malt, chocolate, cinnamon, and other spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a bit of heat.

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Photo of dhayter
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught at The Bottle Shop in Dallas Texas. This is a special release beer from Lakewood. It is their Temptress Imperial Milk Stout brewed with ancho, chipotle, guajillo and pasilla chiles, along with cinnamon and cacao nibs (from a local dallas chocolatier).

A - Poured into a tulip glass. Almost opaque in the glass. Small head, nice brown color, lingered for a few minutes.

S - Smells of chile spice with sweet notes. Alcohol is noticeable.

T - Vanilla and cinnamon at first, changing to smooth chipotle spice with chocolate and milk/lacto notes, with lingering chile finish. Does not drink like a high alcohol beer.

M - Like a good milk stout, it has a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel.

O - Really nice milk stout. I'm a Temptress fan and this one just turns up the flavor to 11.

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Photo of Beertraveler73
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft at the Meddlesome Moth - finished with this one after a couple of hoppy brews

A - came in a 16oz pint glass. Black with minimal head and light lacing

S - Funny part is, the pepper was subdued. Could pick up on the spices Cinnamon seems to be the predominant smell here.

T - Wow not what I expected. I've pretty much tried any pepper beer this was quite possible the most well balanced I've ever had. You get a chocolate and cinnamon up front but then the chilie peppers hit you at the end along with what seems to be nutmeg Not in a bad way though.

M - Medium carbination and the pepper lingers but very, very light...

O - I've never had the opportunity to try their others as I travel. But I will say this is definitely worth seeking out and you'll be pleasantly surprised. It's extremely well balanced and definitely the best hot pepper beer I've had to date. I've had close to 10 at this point.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours more of a dark brown/black rather than straight pitch black. A little less head than normal but solid lacing and low transparency.

S: Not as strong as I thought compared to other in series. Dried Adobo chilies and some earthy spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Not too powerful on the nose but definitely present.

T: You still get the Temptress smooth chocolate base but a earthy flavor profile hits you in the middle, finished off with a slight burn from the dried chilies. The only chile I can pick up is adobo and maybe some poblano. The spicy finish is nice and not too powerful for someone that can eat jalapenos every now-and-then.

M: Pretty solid carbonation for the style and medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel which is nice. Sits arround long enough to pick up spices but doesn't linger on the palate.

O: Another solid offering from the series. It balanced the earthy spices, peppers and chocolate VERY well without overpowering any of the three. This may be the best pepper-ish stout I have tried. Stone and a few others have tried and failed in my opinion but this one is worth a try for sure!

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour at the brewery doesn't leave much tanned bubbly head on a black body.

Pepper skin, cinnamon, sweetness, and dark chocolate. Smells like dessert after reaching warmer temps.

The pepper is really light while it goes heavy on the cinnamon and sweetness. There is some chocolate and the slightest bit of roast.

Temptress is always smooth and easy drinking.

I love the additions to the beer although I wouldn't mind a touch more chile.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap into a glass at Craft & Growler in Dallas. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Deep dark brown, almost black but not quite. A coffee milk colored head but disappears quickly and was hardly substantive to begin with.

Smell: Typical Temptress roasty milk chocolate and coffee. Some cinnamon comes though, but not particularly strong.

Taste: Milky, bitter coffee and chocolate. Not much more chocolate than a normal bottle of Temptress has. Some cinnamon, but relatively faint. Chilies blend in with the alcohol burn on the finish, with a faint roasty, smoky quality from the chilies. With the cinnamon I was expecting a more Hunaphu like experience, but this is more like Bomb with a Temptress base. Not like that's a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Not particularly thick, but a long, burning linger. Carb is prickly at first but fades quickly and the beer is quite smooth by the finish.

Overall: Another solid offering from Lakewood. I would have preferred a lot more cinnamon, but the beer was very good regardless. I'm looking forward to future Temptress variants!

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Lakewood Molé Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.