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Lakewood The Temptress - Lakewood Brewing Company

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508 Ratings
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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 52
Gots: 118 | FT: 5
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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3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The coal black liquid arrives with several fingers of head that leaves a curtain of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate and coffee

Taste: Milk chocolate and coffee, up front, with a hint of dark fruit and caramel that adds complexity; after the swallow, the milk chocolate flavor dominates the finish though there is a roasty quality the lingers throughout and becomes more noticeable in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth develops in the gullet

Overall: A very impressive imperial stout that brings a rich chocolate flavor with a coffee twist

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Required two pours from the bartender. The cup runneth over anyway, with a beige dome. Leaves a blanket of lace with some emphasis on the rings after each sip. Deep, dark brown where no light shines through.

Very mild smell. Creamy with some "refrigerator" aromas.

Lots of milk chocolate up front. Quite sweet. Lots of cocoa which lasts through the aftertaste. Rich body, more than the Irish dry stouts. Low carbonation. This could be be chocolate porter as there are no burnt elements. Still, it's a wonderfully flavorful beer to seek out.

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3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
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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3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On nitro tap at the Common Table.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a nitro-induced tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and coffee notes, as expected. The flavor features a lot of chocolate and some light smoke, as well as a ton of roasted malt notes. Slick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Lakewood The Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.