Sin Mint Temptress
Lakewood Brewing Company

Sin Mint TemptressSin Mint Temptress
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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #61
Ranked #2,231
4.23 | pDev: 10.17%
Lakewood Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Sin Mint TemptressSin Mint Temptress
Notes: The fourth release in our Seduction Series, based on our popular cask. Mint and a touch of graham cracker infuses into our imperial milk stout, invoking notes of mint chocolate chip and a certain guilty pleasure in the form of a cookie.
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 145
Photo of travelingmusician73
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent brew! Great mouthfeel - amazing aroma (thin mints and snowy forest) - satisfying taste.

Bought these bottle to go with a beer/whisky/food pairing meal. Part of the chocolate pairing near the end of the meal. Very satisfying!

10/10 would buy again.

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Photo of XC1986
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been waiting to try this beer. I think it holds true to its description as it's basically a mixture of thin mint cookies, Graham crackers, and vanilla. There is a cinnamon taste to it that is a bit strong and I'd like to taste more of a thin mint cookie theme but it's not deviating from its description and it's great for what it is. I really like it. It's a little thin for a stout but not by much.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes taken Spring 2015.

9.1% ABV. Served on-draught for $3 per half-pint pour in Austin, TX.

HEAD: 1 finger's worth of head. Khaki in colour. Has decent creaminess and thickness to it. Poor (~30 second) retention. Light lacing adheres to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Opaque cola black. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Looks decent for a milk stout. Regular Temptress definitely looked better, but this is generally appealing.

AROMA: Evergreen mint. Girl Scout thin mint cookies (which I guess is the idea/inspiration here). Mint leaf. Dark malt sweetness. Surprisingly, I don't really get any chocolate per se.

The lactose sugar is restrained at best, hardly coming through at all.

A pleasant aroma of average aromatic intensity.

TASTE: Thin mints, wintergreen cool mint, mint leaf, maybe a hint of fresh sage, dark malt sweetness, and faint specialty chocolate malts and concomitant sweetness.

The milk sugar isn't as prominent in the taste as it was in the aroma (and it was hardly noticeable there).

Average depth of flavour. Average flavourr duration and intensity.

Not too sweet, but also not well balanced. Needs dialing in. They nailed the thin mint flavour to their credit, but it seems to come at the expense of the base beer's strengths.

Not a real intricately or subtly executed brew. I think I prefer regular Temptress just for its balance and harmony. This seems like a gimmick beer at best in comparison.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium to full-bodied, and of apt thickness and heft on the palate. Unrefreshing (to style).

Could be creamier and softer, but it has a nice overall presence on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough or scratchy.

Complements the taste generally well but doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or accentuate specific flavours.

OVERALL: Drinkable and enjoyable. It's a nice novelty brew, but it won't dazzle the discerning drinker. Lakewood has done far better work, but this is nice for what it is. Not worth going out of your way for, even if (like me) you're a huge fan of regular Temptress.


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Photo of rmpic82
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pour, some head which moves toward the edges as time passes. Nose is perhaps a touuuch medicinal on the mint, but the taste is good, with some grahamy goodness to round out the finish.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Muddy black with a massive, tan foam leaving a sparse amount of sticky lace. Low retention.

Smell is spicy, bright and cooling peppermint--not the wild mint I expected. This is nearing YORK Peppermint Pattie when I begin to detect the chocolate.

While the smell hints at it, the taste confirms it when it's damn near identical to YORK Peppermint Patties at first. I mean, wow. The graham does help, as it comes in while warming, to bring it closer to Girl Scouts Thin Mint territory. A slightly bitter finish is solidly keeping this from strictly being a dessert beer, but it fits the Winter holiday season very well.

This beer is weirdly super dry throughout, making the thinness of the body more tolerable.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Just a coffee this side of onyx with a silky if reserved brown head that resolves into crown and colonies comfortably.

When I went to buy this one, the guy at the corner store where I picked it up in Austin warned me that it was gonna be really minty. I told him that's what I was counting on, because I am a sucker for anything mint especially if it is in tandem with chocolate like flavours. This does not disappoint on the nose. It smells like Andes mints dipped in a rich creamy cocoa like drinking chocolate. Further exploration yields some sweet cereal like malts that round out the impression. Though the name and blurb thinly veil references to the famous (and best) girl scout cookies, this actually ultimately reminds me more of the mint milanos that I were my Mom's indulgence when I was growing up. Superb

Flavour leads in with the same creamy mint and graham cracker middle, though the chocolate takes a decided turn from the warm creamy embrace of cocoa to a harder more abrasive dark chocolate which peers into a big cup of black coffee. These are all things I enjoy in general, but they don't mesh as well as they do on the nose, and I think the outlier is the graham cracker-ness. It works surprisingly well on the nose, but kind of muddles things and feels like one step too far when sipping. Maybe a little sharper oilier mint to go with the more more bitter coffee/chocolate?
Whatever it is, I shouldn't be complaining because it's still quite good.
A little thin and oily, but with that graham cracker push kind of throwing it off of that meshing. Fine tickles of carbonation provide a constant lift across the tongue.

I love mint, and love the prospect of mint stouts, and this is a very enjoyable brew, but I think I liked the Mole version better.

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Photo of gman1602
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really nice thick and rich stout that is perfectly balanced with the mint. There is definitely some sweetness here, but perfect for the style and very enjoyable on it's own. With food, I would lean toward dessert dishes and not so much savory foods. Worth trying.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mint stouts are a hard style to get right, and I think Lakewood did a really nice job on this one. The fact that it's a milk stout likely helped them to achieve the balance that is missing from so many others that try this style. Lots of mint on the nose and flavor while balancing out sweetness from chocolate.

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Photo of stevoj
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bangers. Minty, candy cane goodness, ordered specifically to go with dessert. Mint dominates aroma and taste, but not enough to mute the other characteristics. Not for everyone, but in the right place, at the right time....

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours espresso color with medium body. Strong aroma of mint and cocoa.

Nose is strikingly similar to the thin mint cookies, as advertised. Somewhat thin on the body, but its a milk stout so that's fine. Taste is just like it smells, and its really easy to drink at first. However, it's really sweet, and should be enjoyed as a dessert beer in small doses or with friends, but taking this bomber on solo would be crazy.

Overall, its an interesting take on a sweet stout, but its lacking some balance and a little over the top. I can't knock the score because its exactly what they say it is, but just know what you're getting in to if you decide to indulge.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich dark chocolate color. Aroma is mint and chocolate. Flavor is a minty, cookie and a roasty malt. This finishes like a thin mint. Overall this is delicious.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look jet black brew with cinnamon head and no lacing.
Smell girl scout mint chocolate cookies.
Taste mint cookies and chocolate milk.
Feel the brew has a good amount of sweetness and it very smooty.
Overall it's an easy drinking drinking brew.

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Photo of JamLand
2.62/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

The look and feel were what you'd expect out of an imperial milk stout. However, the smell and taste were disappointing. The smell reminded me of listerine and the taste wasn't much better. I found this beer to simply taste unusual. None of the intended flavors came through for me and certainly weren't blended together. I had low expectations of this beer before trying it and even those weren't met. This was a significant downgrade over regular temptress.

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Photo of D9sus4
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well, I guess I'm one of the lucky ones who got to try this on tap from a very good batch on my recent trip to Dallas. Okay, it's definitely a dessert brew, and yes, it does taste like After Eight dark chocolate thin mints. And if its an inconsistent brew, then when it's good, it's very good. I tasted this against Old Rasputin on tap on the same night, and the Temptress was a clear winner that night, and I love Old Rasputin.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.36/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with a nice dark tan one-finger head. Light aroma of mint and chocolate. A lot of flavors blending together. Can taste light mint, chocolate and vanilla initially with the chocolate dominating. Mint starts to come through a bit more as the beer warms. Finishes with a slight chocolatey bitterness. Solid and smooth medium/full body as expected.

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Photo of Labeorphile
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark with a thin head that quickly disappears. Lots of mint and graham cracker in the nose. A really great smelling beer. Unfortunately, the taste doesnt quite follow. Going for a taste of girl scout cookies. Glad it didnt taste too artificial, but other than the mint there is really nothing here.

Not bad, but notmtheir best.

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Photo of davisj52984
2.51/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I don't know if everybody on Beer Advocate has blindly sold their soul to Lakewood or if this is just a bad batch, but good grief, this beer is not ok. Thin mint? Not even close. I can tell they were attempting to mimic thin mint cookies based on the combination of ingredients, but they're so flippantly thrown together that I'm wondering why this wasn't just a dump batch. 2015 is the only Sin Mint I've had, so the other batches might be awesome, but this one sure as hell wasn't. Don't be a bandwaggoner. Drink based on your own palate. Don't let the moronic opinions of everyone around you change your opinion of a beer. Just in case you think I'm alone in this, I popped this bottle at a 10+ person bottle share with beer nerds and casual drinkers alike, and not a single one of them wanted to finish their minuscule portion.

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Photo of FartyJerko
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I gotta say, I'm a little disappointed in the new recipe for the bomber release. The original was simply Temptress with mint syrup, which was fine, but when I saw the premier of the bomber release notes mentioning the addition of "fresh mint," vanilla and graham cracker, I was pretty excited; although a little worried at the same time. Turns out lactose sugar, vanilla and graham cracker make for a pretty potent sweetness that unfortunately weren't balanced well enough to make these additions worth it - surprise, surprise.

You'll definitely need to be sharing this one with a friend or two. Honestly, they should just make a version with fresh mint only and forget trying to hit the "thin mint" target, which the label alludes to, since I don't feel that this interpretation is even close to hitting that target. Any chocolate flavor from whatever malts they're using are completely hidden, so there's no parody of flavors here.

That said, it's a gorgeous beer. Still, definitely the weakest bomber recipe release from the "Seduction Series" to date, though, IMHO.

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Photo of Northtexan
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mellow Mushroom Southlake.
Black with very little head. I couldn't get much smell from it. The taste was very nice. I could definitely pick out the mint and chocolate. A liquid thin mint cookie. Overall, a pretty nice offering from the Temptress series. I was glad to get a chance to try this one.

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Photo of jdshep
4.94/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Full Review:
Great jet black hue, but not the head appearance of lacing I was hoping for. In the aroma it had a great mix and balance of the mint and chocolate.
The initial taste is the mint. The name of the brew, is of course, a play off of Thin Mint. Boy is it ever! Great taste. The final taste is when the chocolate and the base temptress hit. Great brew and not overpowering on any one of the flavors.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black like oil with the same type of viscosity and khaki colored head. Mint, lots of it and chocolate, smells like a Thin Mint cookie; follows onto the palate. Finishes with mint and sweetness. Great dessert beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: thin chocolate brown head on a jet black thick body

S: excellent mint presence. I have had many beers that try and capture the thin mint flavor with special versions of their flagship stouts and this one is the best yet. This actually smells like mint blended with chocolate so they seem as one and not two seperate aromas.

T: more blending in the flavor. The beer is very simple over all but accomplishes what others have not from my experience. Often the mint tastes like mint leaves were added just before the beer is served, having more of an earthy and grassy flavor. This captures the sinus opening mint flavor and freshness nicely and isn't over applied.

M: my biggest knock on beers like this is that they tend to be thin. This holds onto the body of the base beer. Very smooth as well

Overall: dangerously drinkable. After one sip I had already decided to order a second

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft @ release tour

Black bodied with some brown in the light. Small light brown head.

Aroma is straight up mint and chocolate. It's like a Girl Scout Thin Mint.

Thick and smooth with light carbonation.


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Sin Mint Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Company
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