Lakewood The Temptress - Lakewood Brewing Company

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92
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595 Ratings
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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 62
Gots: 156 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Lakewood Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mora2000 on 10-13-2012

Va-va-voom! Our Temptress is seduction in a glass. Curvy in all the right places, this Imperial Milk Stout pours with a thick, milk chocolate head. Chocolate and caramel malt give it a rich and complex body while the lower carbonation gives the beer a silky mouth feel. She’s voluptuous, with a soft alcohol warmth that grows deeper with every sip. Take your time with her and she’ll reward you.
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Ratings: 595 | Reviews: 80
Photo of Slamms
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The bottle says brewed on 6/24/15, so exactly one week ago. Don't know why people downplay the importance of freshness when it comes to any beer, because there is nothing quite so sublime as a beer like this that is only one week old. I live in the Dallas area, and this beer is from Garland, sort of the San Fernando Valley of the DFW Metroplex, only more low rent (what Arlen, Tx of King of the Hill was based on). It is mind boggling to me that a beer of this quality comes from Garland (which I guess they're trying to downplay by naming the company after Lakewood, a sort of old wealth historic enclave in Dallas for the most part).

I will never turn my nose up at a domestic beer again, if Garland, of all places, can come up with something like this. I guess it's comparable to Old Rasputin, but more subtle, nuanced, unobtrusive, pleasing, drinkable, and refined (ironic as Old Rasputin itself is like an ultra-refined version of Guinness.) Won't get into a laborious description of sensory attributes beyond that. Only try it (certainly if its just one week old.)

Photo of RobNewton
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A solid milk stout. Looks, tastes like what it's supposed to. Lots of lactose on the nose and palate. The booziness is well hid through most of the taste. A solid extra, would happily drink again.

Photo of tlema1
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich&creamy, slightly boozy, but dangerously smooth

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #83 (Dec 2013):

Brewed with lactose sugar and vanilla, this is one robust, rich and flavorful beer with distinct layers that unfold as the beer warms. Sweet and a bit warming, but not cloying or boozy, this is indeed a tempting beer and one to sip with respect.

STYLE: Imperial Milk Stout
ABV: 9.1%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Opaque, black, creamy coffee-colored head

SMELL: Mocha, roasty, molasses, marshmallows

TASTE: Viscous, chewy, slick, sugary, char, raisins, leafy hop bitterness, molasses, caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, graham cracker, sweet finish

Photo of cpetrone84
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is black with a light brown, worthers original head and some larger bubbles. Nose has light roast up front, hint of metallic sweet twang and a fair bit of malt sugary sweetness behind. Taste has a bit more rich malt depth. Some fudge like flavors and some vanilla with a heavy roast mid palate. Lots of sweetness in back and a lingering coffee bitterness. Body is full, soft, and nicely carbonated.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.70 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Beer Advocate’s mschantz
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on April 17, 2015
Consumed: April 23, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Jan. 6, 2015

Thanks Mike!

Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of dark khaki tan, frothy head, which dissipated rather quickly. Very light sporadic foamy spot(s) on the sides of the glass. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled dark fruits, caramel, toffee, artificial vanilla, fake chocolate, roasty malts and chocolate syrup late. (Smell - 3.38)

Tasted much better than the smell, initially reminding me of a Sam Adams Chocolate Bock. Got milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, toffee, caramel, artificial vanilla, faint smokiness and light chocolate milkshake. Doesn’t taste anywhere near 9.1 pct. ABV, maybe like 6.4 pct. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium-to-full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, slightly warming finish. Best part of this beer. (Feel - 4.13)

This was an OK milk stout, but it did get better was it went down. I’m sure after two or three of these, the night would be good. (Overall - 3.75)

3.70 | 84 | B

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Part of my milk stout lineup led by Limo Tint (drainpoured) and to be followed by Left Hand's Nitro Milk Stout.

There's a healthy frothy, dark-khaki head and a wall of lace with scattered peninsula-like arms about the glass. The liquid is pitch-black. Looks good to me. 4.25

Smells of chocolate and deep bold vanilla. Caramel and a slight floral hop aroma. Sweetness is there but subtle. Maybe a bit of sugar. 4

I like what I'm tasting here. I definitely gave a nod of approval after that first sip. It tastes like brown sugar and vanilla mixed into something lovely. My brain is telling me there might be licorice in here. Now I'm tasting coffee lingering on my tongue. There's even something sort of tobacco-like or oaken, like this brew was barrel-aged. Is it barrel-aged? Dunno but this brew is damn tasty. 4.5

The creaminess of this mouthfeel is all one could ask for in a milk stout. Silky and sweet, but not overly so. There's a component to the yeast and carbonation here that briefly feel Belgian but subside pretty quickly. They sure as hell work though. 4.25

This was a pleaser. Rich and flavorful and enjoyable to drink. I need more. I gave away 3/4 of a 4-pack foolishly and now I wish I had them all back.

Photo of Ramblinman
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers in Texas, silky smooth Imperial Milk stout with plenty of alcohol yet smooth like a good Cognac. Beautiful dark color with caramel, malt and a hint of vanilla. Outstanding looking forward to finding the illusive Bourbon Barrel version some day!

Photo of brurevu
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a deep chocolate brown with a full khaki head that left a lingering ring. There was a noticeable presence of vanilla and the lactose sugar in the aroma that was a good indication of things to come. The taste followed the nose with a nice dose of vanilla and the typical sweetness from the lactose sugar. I also found the taste to be surprisingly bitter for a milk stout with some bitter roast and bittersweet chocolate. I felt the bitterness, while surprising, was a nice counter balance to the typical sweetness of a milk stout. The Temptress is a very well done Imperial Milk Stout that becomes a terrific treat as it warms.

Photo of hAle2theWort
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Surprisingly amazing! At least five words. :-)

Photo of Sharbhund
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lovely sampling from a local brewery. I strongly prefer stouts, and this is by far one of my favourites.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jtladner for this extra!

Pours with a cola colored body and settles into the glass as very dark brown with a sticky cream-colored head. Aroma is vanilla right off the bat, with roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor is sweet with lots of vanilla and a nice roastiness to balance out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is very creamy with medium carbonation and a medium body for a higher abv milk stout. Overall a great and unique take on the style, not too sweet, very nice.

Photo of Jagfa18
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding body. Great aroma with a chocolate finish that is not too strong.

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather sweet, good bit of semi artificial vanilla, chocolate and dark fruits.

Photo of Kyndbrah
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

good beer but somewhat sweet. i do like the high abv.

Photo of Gregaroo
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On draft in a tulip glass in Dallas at Blind Butcher. Tartar and jalapeño sausage. Get some.

Photo of samshaw
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Solid black, fully opaque. Medium thick tan head.

S: Medium raspberry dominates with light chocolate.

T: Chocolate suddenly overwhelms the palate. Raspberry still present but significantly less so.

M: Heavy and smooth with light carbonation. Feels like sparkly chocolate milk in the mouth.

O: Like drinking a fizzy, chocolate-covered berry.

Photo of MPLESE
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a stout that I have failed to find anyone to dislike, even if they are the light lager types. That doesn't mean they can drink 2 of them, but everyone agrees the flavor is like a chocolate bar made love to a coffee bean then their child grew up to make love to a world class stout and now we have this. $11 for a 4-pack hurts, but it's really priced fairly.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle from Techichi (thanks). Bottled 8/7/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours a near-black, dark chocolate brown with two fingers of khaki head. The cap fades to a surface haze and a healthy collar, leaving copious lacing.

The lactose is quite apparent in the nose. Also notes of vanilla, a little roast and some burnt sugars.

Given the aromas, I find the taste surprisingly bitter. Char, roasted malts, dark cocoa, lactose, vanilla, heavily creamed coffee and some booze. The sweeter milk stout and vanilla flavors ocassionally have a hard time rising above the bold foundation of roasty bitterness.

The body is a medium full and slightly creamy with fairly light carbonation. Finishes bittersweet with char, chocolate milk and a little vanilla.

As advertised, The Temptress has some nice lactose and vanilla notes going on. I found the bitterness somewhat distracting and it was a bit thin for my tastes but that is not to say that this is bad at all.

Photo of Blackesttears
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a really great milk stout and I'm not what you call a milk stout fan. I tried this beer on a recommendation from a friend. I had this beer for the first time at Meddlesome Moth in Dallas. Nitro is definitely the way to go with this stout.

Photo of pnelting
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Libbey stout glass.

A: Almost black with a one finger beige head.

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate and slight sweetness.

T: Creamy dark chocolate and roasted malts. Just the right amount of sweetness to balance it out.

M: Silky smooth with light carbonation.

O: This is a great milk stout! So glad to have it readily available on the shelves in my hometown.

Photo of Jasonboerner
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Silky feel. Chocolate and caramel taste. Great beer.

Photo of Buttstallion
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

best milk stout ive ever had

Photo of FoulerGrowler21
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is incredible on Nitro

Photo of msromberg
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, chocolate, smooth. Amazing on nitro. Nice head and mouth feel.

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Lakewood The Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Company
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