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Lakewood The Temptress - Lakewood Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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427 Ratings
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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 46
Gots: 80 | FT: 4
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 10-13-2012)
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Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark as night with a half-finger head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing around the glass.

Smell: Yum! Caramel, vanilla, sweet chocolate. Mouth-watering smell.

Taste: Delicious beer. It's got a great sweetness to it, highlighted by caramel and some chocolate. I can taste just a little bit of the alcohol, but not much. I really love the sweetness to it. It's very desert-like.

Mouthfeel: A fair amount of carbonation, very easy drinking.

Overall: I love it! This is a great milk-stout with a lot of sweetness. Proud of my homeland for producing such a wonderful beer!

REGreenBTRB, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of ianw87
4/5  rDev -2.2%

This is one of the creamiest milk stouts I've ever had. It was very good, almost tasted like whoppers, or a malted milk shake.

ianw87, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of UnknownKoger
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another extra from BullDoza...stoked to try this one as I love a good milkstout

Bottled on date states 6.18.14. Poured into a Woodshop 7th Anniversary tasting glass. Upon opening the bottle there is very little carbonation. A vigorous pour confirms slight but not a ton of carbonation. Appearance is black. Not viscous though. Smells of chocolate and coffee...not a lot of lactose though. Taste is smooth. Slightly sweet. The lactose makes itself known but is more sugary than sweet. Milk chocolate notes. It's almost like a toned down (but imperial version of Left Hand Nitro). Mouthfeel is decent.

Overall, it's a good beer, but it's certainly not the best milk stout I've had. I still rank Beachwood's Udder Love and Left Hand's Nitro the two best that I've had. Still, a decent beer. Cheers!

UnknownKoger, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of ThurmondTX
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

ThurmondTX, Yesterday at 03:48 PM
Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass. Branded stylish black pry-off pressure cap. Appealing label art and design.

9.10% ABV. 1.091 OG. 56 IBU. 33 SRM. "Bottled [illegible].24.14" Reviewed live as an "Imperial milk stout" per the label. Served cold into a snifter and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. Khaki-tan colour. Has a good complexion, with a creamy soft supple appearance and an even consistency. The label calls the head "milk chocolate"; I think that's fair. A healthy coating of lacing clutches the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Thickness is fantastic, especially coupled with the creaminess and softness. Retention is superb for the high ABV - easily 7+ minutes.

BODY: Opaque solid dark black. Not quite an ink or jet black, but aphotic. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Overall, it looks quite good for a milk stout, but isn't unique or special. Comparisons to Left Hand's Milk Stout come to mind.

AROMA: Obvious lactose sugar, dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, a kiss of faint grape, and light vanilla. Unfortunately, the vanilla character isn't real genuine or evocative; don't expect a rich Madagascar vanilla bean aroma, but then it could be worse - it's not the artificial vanillicin featured in many inferior beers. Sweetness seems just right for the style, with no evident hop profile to attack it with bitterness. No yeasty notes are detectable, nor is/are any overt booze or other off-notes.

It's a surprisingly light aroma for an imperial stout of any sort, but it's pleasant enough. I do wish it were richer and more evocative, with more commitment to rich chocolate and genuine vanilla bean notes. Some oak might also help, but that might be too prescriptive...

TASTE/TEXTURE: Not too much of a dessert beer; the sweetness is right for the style but not cloying. I'd call this brew balanced, definitely.

But the first thing I notice isn't the sweetness of the chocolate and dark malts; it's the silky creaminess of the supple mouthfeel, which is comforting and soft, inviting the drinker to each sip. Perfectly medium-bodied; it walks a fine line between the heaviness and thickness needed for the "imperial" moniker and the lighter more airy body necessary for a good milk stout. Predictably smooth and wet. Overall presence on the palate is excellent, but the almost nitro-draught like creaminess does limit depth and duration of flavour - which are both merely average.

Flavour intensity is just right; this isn't as intense as the "imperial" epithet might suggest, but it isn't as muted as inferior milk stouts.

Getting back to the taste: I love the cream, and luckily the grape hint from the aroma never manifests in the flavour profile. Lactose sugar ties the beer together nicely, lending it an even cohesion but also a sort of plainness; the beer's acts blend together, making the flavours of the third act and finish largely inseparable/indistinct from the flavours of the open and body. There is some nice vanilla, but it's not too genuine or evocative. Clearly real vanilla beans were not utilized. But it's not the artificial chemical taste of vanillicin or extract.

Overall, it's quite well balanced and built, but as cohesive as it is it isn't a gestalt whole; there are obvious immediate improvements which could be made: oak aging, more vanilla, maybe even bourbon aging, more chocolate, richer chocolate, an even softer more delicate mouthfeel...this isn't a perfect brew by any means, but it's a damn good one, and has enough complexity and subtlety to intrigue the discerning drinker.

OVERALL: I'm very happy this is on shelves in Texas. Up there with - if not better than - Left Hand's Milk Stout. I'll have to make a note to start including this as an extra to my trade partners. It's incredibly drinkable - especially for its well-disguised ABV - and may be a semiregular addition to my fridge going forward. I can see myself plowing through many a six pack of this stuff. One of the few Texan brews I can actually recommend to friends. Bravo, Lakewood.

Pair with nougat, milk chocolate, hazelnuts, etc.

Low B

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Lakewood The Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.