Lakewood The Temptress - Lakewood Brewing Company

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 602
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 63
Gots: 159 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 602
Photo of Dman7690
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing milk stout. I find Stouts to be a little to thick for me, but this one has an amazing taste to it. The taste is robust, yet sweet. Thick, yet smooth while drinking it. I had it once when I lived in Dallas, now I live in San Francisco and I miss it!!!! (259 characters)

Photo of Slamms
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
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.) (1,080 characters)

Photo of RobNewton
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (196 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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 (599 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.28/5  rDev -19%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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 (1,299 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,264 characters)

Photo of Ramblinman
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
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! (268 characters)

Photo of brurevu
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of samshaw
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of MPLESE
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (963 characters)

Photo of Blackesttears
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (246 characters)

Photo of pnelting
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Half inch tall light mocha head. on a dark brown body. Collar and webby lacing.

S- Aroma consists of 75% lactose and 25% chocolate.

T- Good roastiness with hints of cocoa. Lactose notes really come through on the backend. Doesn't drink 9.1%abv, would have guessed in the 7 to 8% range.

M- Lovely mouthfeel, thick and creamy. Carbonation is low and smooth.

D/O- I really enjoyed this one. The highlight for me was the creamy mouthfeel...that's how all stouts oughta be.Thanks kojevergas! (493 characters)

Photo of pants678
3.17/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Black body, beige head.

Sweet and roasted nose.

No question it's a milk stout, sweetness is well pronounced and roasted malt take a backseat. Hops aren't totally hidden, medicinal--could do well to dial those back. Seems the bourbon barrel version would be a good fit.

Smooth. (279 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
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 (4,288 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a spigaleua glass.

a - brew poured a lush brush that settled in the glass almost black with sienna highlights when held to the light. Mocha tan colored cap didn't hang out long and left spots of lace if at all.

s - nose is a medley of soft burnt bakers chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Inviting,

t/m/o - really comes alive in your mouth. Roasted milk chocolate with a hint of burnt. Really well done. Super tarty, big bold flavor, full bodied and chewy, but super easy to drink. Really enjoyed this one. (528 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shiny black with a quickly settling tan froth.

Has a milk chocolate, caramel and syrup aroma.

So sweet and flavorful but never cloying and with a spike of alcohol heat that lingers long and welcome down the throat. Plenty of milk chocolate and caramel. Slightly woody and piney too.

Medium to heavy in body. A little stickiness is left on the lips. Creamy with a dryness at the very end.

Wonderful drinking. (421 characters)

Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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! (588 characters)

Photo of UnknownKoger
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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! (798 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours out a very dark black beer with a small layering of tan foam on top of it. Aroma is pleasant, with sweet notes of toffee and caramel. The taste... it's far beyond the nose in complexity: delightful lactose--tinted sweetness, nicely balanced by bitterness that sneaks in, both hop bitterness but also dark malt bitterness. There's a sensation of vanilla in there as well, and it's certainly a warming, strong beer. Silky smooth but full bodied.

Not a style I typically seek out, but this is wonderfully crafted and really interesting. (546 characters)

Photo of roblowther
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial pint glass. The look is absolute black with a frothy tan head that settles into thick cream and stubborn lacing. The smell is chocolate and citrus. The taste is a wallop of chocolate up front, then recedes into a woody, dry finish. Very nice indeed. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall, I really like this beer. It has a great, deep flavor without being as acidic as some beers malted this darkly can be. It hides the alcohol well and promises a great time. Besides, who can't love a beer that says right on the bottle that it pairs well with sin? (578 characters)

Photo of rjp217
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date to be found, poured into a tulip...

Beautiful looking beer, one finger full head with great sticky lace retention on the glass. Solid black with light brown foam. Light chocolates on the nose with some solid cookies and milk finish. Taste is very dry, almost like a Irish stout. Dark chocolate and vanilla in the finish as well. Some oak and oats as well. Mouthfeel is medium body, low carbonation and smooth.

Overall, this is a very good beer but just missing on some parts for me. The finish is a little to dry and missing some of the creaminess i was hoping for. I'd like a bottle date as well. You don't see Imperial Milk Stouts all the time and this is a good representation. I enjoyed it. (712 characters)

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Lakewood The Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.