Raspberry Temptress | Lakewood Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Raspberry TemptressRaspberry Temptress
Raspberry TemptressRaspberry Temptress

Brewed by:
Lakewood Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first release in our limited Seduction Series, it's The Temptress Imperial Milk Stout you know and love, infused with fresh Oregon raspberries. Fall in love all over again.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 151
Photo of GeeL
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Got this as an "extra" during a trade. Had it in a small, 8-oz tulip glass, cool room temperature.

Appearance: Dark brown/fudge colored with a thick tan head; nice retention that dissipates into thin lacing

Smell: Raspberry jam, with chocolate and vanilla. Almost has hints of barrel (not bourbon) aging. Smells like dessert

Taste: Very fruit forward, a little too much for my liking. There is a tartness on the back end. Chocolate and vanilla too. It's dessert in a glass; almost too sweet. This is a beer best had in the evening after dinner while watching TV or a movie as opposed to just getting home from work.

Mouthfeel: It's thick, but I've had thicker. It's what a mild stout should feel like.

Overall: Could have been a little more balanced with the fruit; however, it is good. I'm not sure the cost (got it as an "extra" during a trade), but if I saw it for under $15 I might buy it again.

 904 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours fudge colored with a thick tan head; nice retention with splotchy lacing

Smell: Tart and jammy raspberry tones dominate, with chocolate and vanilla underneath

Taste: Raspberry jam forward with some tartness building; underneath, the chocolate and vanilla tones barely eke through; after the swallow, the raspberry maintains its dominance

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: From the 2015 release, the raspberry was surprisingly powerful, leaving me to think of this more as a fruit beer than a fruited stout; needs more balance

Thanks, Domvan, for the opportunity

 621 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nabbed a 4 pack in Austin, TX.

"Imperial milk stout." "Ale brewed with lactose sugar and vanilla with raspberries." 9.1% ABV. 1.091 OG. 56 IBU. 33 SRM. Bottled 01.04.18.

APPEARANCE: Opaque black body. Creamy khaki cap.

AROMA: Raspberry. Milk sugar. Malty sweetness. Whoppers. Fruit. Chocolate malt.

Average aromatic intensity. Suggests a dessert beer. ABV is well disguised.

TASTE: Sweetness is high, but not too high as to be cloying. Dark malts, chocolate malts, milk sugar, raspberry with an artificial bend. Somewhat shallow. More bitterness as from roasted barley or coffee additive would help lend this needed complexity and better balance.

TEXTURE: Silky smooth and soft, which is just what it needs. Wet. Fairly thick. Full-bodied. Well-carbonated. Unrefreshing.

OVERALL: A solid milk stout that brings artificial raspberry to a very good base beer. I can't say I get any genuine vanilla bean and I don't think the raspberry flavour is a game-changer in terms of improving upon regular Temptress, but Lakewood brews a mean milk stout anyway you slice it and this is another solid addition to their repertoire even if the raspberry could taste more genuine, the beer as a whole could do with more depth of flavour, and the vanilla could come through far more.

B- (3.33) / WORTHY

 1,293 characters

Photo of jngrizzaffi
1.42/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Pours a pitch black color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is good. Aroma is like rancid raspberry. Not good. Big raspberry taste. More tart. Like cough syrup. Tastes rancid as well. Drain pour.

 233 characters

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

Brown and clear on the edges with very minor head and some lacing as it drinks down.

Raspberry and more Raspberry on the nose with roasted malt and coffee.

Taste is similar to the nose with sweetness up front, Raspberry, lactose, and coffee on the finish.

Mouthful is medium and a touch creamy. Carbonation is medium. Finish lingers.

This is a simple beer. You have raspberries, coffee, and sweetness. It is very drinkable and great to pair with chocolate or a dessert for that matter. Recommend trying it.

 515 characters

Photo of HardTarget
3.02/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bomber, no date to be found.

Appearance: Black glass has a definite ruby hue and edge, only manages to hold a thin halo of dark foam that doesn't lace.

Aroma: Heavy raspberry note overwhelms most other smells and is a bit cloying.

Taste: Again, raspberries totally dominate the profile, a hint of stout peeks through but is struggling to get noticed.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body seems a bit thin.

Overall: Raspberries, lots of them. Too many in fact to be enjoyable. Ruins the solid base they put it all on. Won't repeat, can't recommend.

 555 characters

Photo of Redrover
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lakewood Raspberry Temptress on tap in a 13 oz. snifter at the Flying Saucer Ft Worth.

The beer is dark brown with Amber highlights. There is a brown head.

Berries and some slightly charred malts on the nose. It smells nice and inviting.

The taste leads with raspberries and then some sweetness from the milk stout. The berries bury the roasted qualities of the beer but it is pretty tasty. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer is not "hot".

The mouth is decent but for me could be a notch thicker.

I liked this beer, went great after dinner. I would love to see the berries dialed back a touch to let the base beer shine through.

 646 characters

Photo of darktronica
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured with light head that dissipated quickly. Smells of roasted grains and milk chocolate, but with overtones reminiscent of chocolate syrup and raspberry ice cream toppings. Flavors are less artificial but also less intense, with bitter cocoa powder contrasting with the berries and juiciness. While I certainly would not expect tartness on par with the many excellent raspberry sours and saisons out there, this was disappointing in the adjunct department; the raspberry in this has been dialed down to the point of losing the delicate balance of sweetness and sourness that makes them such a pleasant fruit.

 613 characters

Photo of ramay86
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Super fluffy. Nice lace.

Great combo of creamy mocha and tart berry. This is my kind of beer... I can imagine that this would really do something special in a barrel. The ABV is totally under the radar.

 203 characters

Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a draft at a release party in a tulip glass. Didn't really care for this one. The raspberry doesn't add much. IMO raspberry goes better with light sours and brown ales.

 173 characters

Photo of TBonez477
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Color of dark coffee, with two fingers of tan head.

S: Sweet malt up front, tart fruit transitioning into sweet, fruity alcohol.

T: malt sweetness completely engulfs the palate, sliding into tart fruit followed by sweetness in the back from the lactose sugar.

M: On the thin side and higher carbonation than expected.

O: Not what I expected. Weak on the raspberry and not much flow in the flavors. Think I'll put some time on the second bottle to see if flavors blend better.

 482 characters

Photo of ranger7
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Black. Off white head with nice lacing.
S: Some raspberry tart in the scent. Alcohol.
T: Chocolate in the front. Raspberry sweetness and tart in the back.
F: Light for a stout. More carbonation than I recall having in the other Temptress versions.
O: Definitely a good one. I'm partial to the Sin Mint variety of Temptress, but if you like raspberry, you'll like this.

 371 characters

Photo of TBoneJones
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours into my stout glass a near-black, rich-looking beer with a nice tan head that settles pretty quickly, leaving some decent lacing.
Smells like fresh tart raspberries with some vanilla. Not a big raspberry fan in beer (or in general), but this still comes off well to me.
Tastes tart enough still, with raspberries playing their dominant role in this edition of the Temptress. But the berry really hides any other sweet flavors that typically lurk in this style, or in Temptress in general.
Bitter and tart finish, nice medium feel.
The overall impression is of a lingering medicinal raspberry flavor that overpowers most resemblances of the stout from Lakewood we've come to love. Some underlying chocolate/ white chocolate, just some. Good, but not like their regular version.
Unless on-tap and/or a year+ of age is the better way to enjoy this, I'll stick to the original next time, as well as seek out the bourbon barrel edition.

 947 characters

Photo of BayouMafia
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Doesn't overpower with fruit flavor, but rather gives a beautiful raspberry essence which provided an excellent complement to the nutty oat and vanilla flavor that makes the regular Temptress such a hit.

 231 characters

Photo of Jackp_43
2.83/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I love Lakewood and also the temptress series but this is definitely my least favorite rendition. From what I read in previous reviews it must have been better on tap at the brewery release. However, the 2015 version from a 22 oz bottle left much to be desired. The smell and look are on point but the taste.... Not so good. The raspberry flavor and alcohol create something reminiscent of robitussin. I struggled to finish my glass.

 433 characters

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice, dark and black with a small tan head. No light.

S: Oh man this smells wonderful... chocolate-covered raspberries, cocoa, and vanilla.

T: The flavor on this beer is impressive: Sweet chocolate, raspberries, dark fruits, sweet milk, sugar cane, oats. So nicely balanced.

M: Thick and super smooth. Velvety. It's got that lovely after taste of raspberry chocolate.

O: The raspberry flavors really shine through, but not too much. It's a great balance of chocolate and roast with that fruity raspberry like you'd want in such a beer.

 546 characters

Photo of WTKeene
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the brewery release party on 2/15/14. 250ml poured into a Lakewood Tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Thick and opaque black, with coppery hints of red raspberry when held up to the light. No head, but an eggshell crown forms around the edge and leaves behind some sparse lacing.

Smell: Lots of lactose sugar, characteristic of the Temptress base beer. Raspberry comes through strongest here, and roasted coffee and fruity dark chocolate make their presence known too.

Taste: The dark roasted coffee of the base beer shines again on the palate. Lactose sugars are present throughout. Dark chocolate plays second fiddle to a lightly tangy raspberry. Raspberry is most evident on earlier sips, before the berries fade into a vague fruity tang toward the bottom of the glass. The finish is bitter and barely acidic, like black coffee.

Mouthfeel: Thick, and with a relatively high carbonation for the style, but certainly not too much. The beer sticks around in the mouth forever, the bitter, tangy finish lasts forever.

Overall: Please bottle this next year, Lakewood. This is delicious in every way. The raspberry is there but doesn't make the beer too sweet, and the smell is just fantastic.

 1,224 characters

Photo of SavvyStudent
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The raspberry adds a bitterness that breaks the stout sweetness nicely. It just builds off the temptress base (which is awesome) with a tart flavor found in some sours. Not my favorite out of the series (coffee, vanilla, bourbon) but an amazing beer to try if in Dallas.

 270 characters

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark body and a thick brown head erupts off a strong pour. Leaves lots of lacing. Looks tempting...

Big chocolate notes and the raspberry is fairly present. Roasty and sweet.

All the same Temptress flavor is there but with an added pop of raspberry. This seems sweeter to me than the regular. The berry makes itself known more mid palate and pops bigger at the end and lingers a bit in the finish.

The Temptress has a luxurious body that feels good on the tongue.

The raspberry addition is a winner for me. Sounds like bottles next go around. Can't wait!

 562 characters

Raspberry Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 151 ratings