The Temptress
Lakewood Brewing Company

The TemptressThe Temptress
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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #100
ABV:
9.1%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,784
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 9.42%
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
849
From:
Lakewood Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
92
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The TemptressThe Temptress
Notes: 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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detgfrsh from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle brewed 8/21/20. Pours black with a thin layer of brown head. Smells of coffee and cream. Medium body, very smooth feel. Roasted malt flavor with a mix of vanilla, coffee, caramel, and cream. Slight bitterness on the finish. Very nice!

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Parmesan from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L:. Pours a thick black with a small tan head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Rich milky sweetness and vanilla, mixes with caramel and chocolate and a hint of roasted malt.

T:. Rich milky sweetness and vanilla, mixed with nice caramel and milk chocolate and a nice touch of roasted malt.

F:. Cola like carbonation, large body.

O:. This is a very nice sweet treat of a beer.

Nov 15, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

With a bold and robust side, but then again having a smooth and silky tone, Lakewood Brewing has their finger firmly on the pulse of what Milk Stout should be.

Pouring a luscious espresso black and cast in an onyx-like sheen, The Temptress greets the nose with a smooth coffee, chocolate, toasty, roasty and creamy scent. With its first taste, a malty impression of roasted marshmallow, toffee, gently burnt cream and bold chocolate overtones are struck.

Then as the dark and plush ale stretches across the middle palate, its sweetness develops into a taste of firm roasted walnut, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and cream- all simmered and stewed into a gentle fudge-like consistency. Trending slightly bitter from coffee-like highlights and its woodsy hoppy regime, the late palate is redolent with toasted graham cracker and mocha latte.

Full bodied and creamy throughout, the beer's finish is long, lush and soothingly roasty with an after palate of the remnants of grain char, this beer is all that Milk Stouts are chocked up to be.

Oct 18, 2020
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque thick viscous jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown + dark chestnut brown + garnet red colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film covering a little more than 40% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of roasted + dark + chocolate + caramel malts with a moderate amount of caramel + lactose sweetness. Moderate aromas of milk chocolate + vanilla as well as a light aroma of coffee.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of roasted + dark + caramel + chocolate malts with a moderate amount of lactose + caramel + dark fruit (plum) sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of vanilla and milk chocolate as well as a hint of coffee. Finally there is a hint of earthy hops. Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness which is quickly overtaken by the sweet milk chocolate flavors which linger though the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost slick.

O: Drinks pretty easily considering the strength and has a nice smooth + slick mouthfeel. Very enjoyable with great milk chocolate flavors + aromas - definitely a dessert beer but not cloyingly sweet.

Oct 17, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left minimal lacing. It smelled of cocoa, creamy milk, toffee and caramel. Sweet chocolate with some slight bitter dark chocolate flavors. Creamy finish and smooth.

Sep 29, 2020
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MichaelSneed from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A staple of the DFW craft beer scene, the Temptress is one of the better sweet stouts available, and far and away better than any competitors in North Texas. Pours midnight black with a thick head, it goes down smooth and sweet, but not so much as to be cloying or sugary. Definitely worth trying, and then trying again.

Sep 18, 2020
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has more robust roast, dark chocolate and espresso, than most milk stouts. I'm liking that a lot. The sweet lactose plays nicely off the roast while the vanilla comes on a bit stronger than I prefer. The alcohol is very well mast. This is certainly worth seeking out.

Jul 20, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a beautiful opaque black with a very minimal creamy tan head, this beer truly looks amazing. The smell of toffee & milk chocolate are the most profound in this beer, a little bit of coffee can be picked up as well. The first thing that hits me upon tasting this beer is a nice & inviting chocolate/toffee flavor, then it goes into smoked malts with a perfect bitter aftertaste of coffee. It is very lightly carbonated & has a heavy feel on the palate, surprisingly smooth. This brew is super complex & damn good! Definitely will be having more of these in the future!

Jun 18, 2020
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is the first one I am going to try from Lakewood. I have heard many things about this beer. The beer is 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer produced a one finger medium tan head with fair retention. The head is thick and creamy. The head of the beer did not leave lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 34, a dark brown with mahogany hues. The head of the beer was lacking, considering the beer is a high abv.

The initial aromas in the beer are chocolate, milk, coffee, roasted malts, and char. Next, I smell molasses, burnt sugar, toffee, caramel, raisins, bready, earthy, floral, hay, cereal grains, and fruity ester(unable to determine what it is).

The flavors in the beer are chocolate, milk, coffee, roasted malts, char, fire, molasses, burnt sugar, toffee, caramel, raisins, bready, crackers, floral, hay, cereal grains, milk, vanilla, earthiness, solvent (akin to alcohol), and fruity esters.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy, coating, warming, and intense.

The body of the beer is full, medium-low carbonation, and fuller finish.

The beer is a fuller body milk stout. I did notice the harmony in the beer is off-kilter. The alcohol in the beer is noticeable. I have drunk numerous beers with higher alcohol, and it was hard to perceive how much alcohol was in the beer. Average milk with delicious flavors, but I think the beer needs refinement.

Apr 14, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into Tallgrass globe snifter.

Silky black body with a creamy grey-beige head of 1/2 finger.

Aroma borders on pastry-like sweetness, bringing aromas of milk sugar, powdered sugar, and mini chocolate donut.

Flavor is definitely not as sweet as the nose lets on, and brings on some very piney bitterness, followed by grass, lactose, and slight chocolate. Finish of grass and powdered donut.

Feel is creamy to start, then some burning prickly carbonation, and finally a wave of intense alcohol heat.

Overall, this wasn't quite my cup of tea. I'd almost say it does the too-sweet-too-bitter thing, but really it leans more on the too-bitter side only.

Feb 08, 2020
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Beech105 from Missouri

4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle in traditional stout glass. Very dark in color with tan head. Love the smell. Chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Very smooth, creamy feel. The 9.1 Abv can be felt as you drink. Great taste. Great beer.

Jan 07, 2020
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SportyCalvin

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

omg, this beer is amazing. had it with a chocolate cookie at a restaurant and it was amazing. Very dark looking and it has a rich deep taste. Plus the abv will really get you feeling good. Awesome beer. Dallas knows how to brew beer. Austin should take lessons.

Dec 01, 2019
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EDXDR from New York

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imperial milk stout with a predictable strong alcohol finish at 9% but excellent flavor. It’s one to sip for “dessert” but very good. One of the better I’ve had at this ABV.

Nov 17, 2019
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corybrandon34 from Texas

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imperial Stout that has an ABV of 9.1 is difficult to flavor as well as they have succeeded in doing. It's name reflects almost perfectly with it's dark, seemingly "Temptress" appeal, hints of coffee and chocolate notes. Not bitter by any means, it's a surprisingly great finish with a touch of flavor to the tongue you can tell immediately there were countless man hours put into this one. If you are a Stout fan, if you can handle an ABV 9.1 and respect the flavor and precision it took to make something with an ABV higher than most (yet equally flavored better than most)... you might just agree this should be among the ranks of the Chimays of the world!

Aug 21, 2019
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addylo from Texas

3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, almost black in color with a light head and medium to thick feel. Taste has hints of tobacco and malt. There is an aftertaste in the finish that is faintly unpleasant to me but perhaps this is one that has to grow on you.

Jun 12, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark and opaque body; thin head. Big roasted grain aroma infused with vanilla and dark chocolate. Huge flavor filled with cocoa and milk chocolate; some alcohol and hop bitterness; earthy and sweet. Heavy body; smooth and silky; heavy residual sugar presence.

An imperial milk stout. I like it. It hits all the right points. And tastes great. And has a nice punch. Good stuff...

May 17, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet dark toasted malt, milk chocolate, a little vanilla nad caramel. Flavor is dark toasted malt with light char, caramel, dark bitter chocolate and coffee. Finishes with nice charry malt and dry toffee. Medium bodied with light creaminess. An interesting take on the milk stout style; quite a bit more char than typical for a milk stout and the better for it. The body smells and initially tastes like a stout with lactose sweetness, but it gets drier and smokier during the taste and finishes much more like a charry American stout. I like milk stouts, but often wish for a bit more character and this one delivers that. I like the charred malt, which is good balance with the malt. Good choclate notes too. Nicely done. Wouldn't mind finding this one sometime again.

Mar 23, 2019
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2019-02-23 in Lewisville, TX at BJs on nitro tap

A - Opaque dark brown with a creamy tan head

S - Milk chocolate, cream, nut. Mild.

T - Chocolate espresso, milk sugar, medium roasted grain, cinnamon, herbal/medicinal spices (like a Jagermeister in a good way)

M - Thick body and nitro smooth.

O - It's quite good.

Feb 23, 2019
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Patriciaperez from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the tap ...Black color with thick, off-white head. Smells of malty chocolate, molasses and caramel. Flavor is slightly bitter with smokey malt, tobacco, la semi-sweet end..Lots of body, brief finish. Fantastic

Jan 26, 2019
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CollinaTiger from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle...Black color with thick, off-white head. Smells of malty chocolate, molasses and caramel. Flavor is slightly bitter with smokey malt, tobacco, licorice and a semi-sweet end..Lots of body, brief finish. Good.

Nov 22, 2018
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HardTarget from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: So brown it's black. Strong back light shows some clarity, but it's opaque. Quarter finger of dark tan head made up of tiny bubbles looks creamy.

Aroma: Chocolate, hazelnuts, and some light sweetness.

Taste: Big sweetness, toffee and caramel, with a firm chocolate note. There's some roasted barley that gives this some Stout flavor, but it's quite sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body, low carbonation gives it a creamy feel, pretty clean finish.

Overall: Big sipper, malt driven, the milk goes almost pudding. It's a dessert beer, I like it.

Jun 01, 2018
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TotallyGomer from California

4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Nitro in Burleson, TX.

The numbers and experience of this beer may be skewed slightly because of the Nitro presentation. As a fan of this style, I felt like this was an excellent example. The only real deduction is on the nose that was fairly light.

May 22, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Capped 12 oz bottle received in NBS BIF 007 from @Beer-Economicus – Thanks Darwin!
“Bottled on 11.3.17” marked on label, stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees (per label instructions) in a hand-washed and hand-dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.75.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, there is a slight penetration at the very top.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.8 cm, aggressive center pour), khaki, medium density, average retention, diminishing to an irregular three to seven mm ring and a thin complete layer.
Lacing – Fair. Wide partial rings of tiny to medium bubbles with the pattern approaching cribriform in some areas.
First pour – Brown, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 - Weak caramel, fades away.
Flavor – 3 – Begins markedly bitter for a milk stout, almost as if someone left out the lactose. A bit of caramel from the nose is present. Swishing it about my mouth for a minute or so helps cancel the bitterness but doesn’t bring out any more flavors. At least the ending is less bitter. No malt, no alcohol (9.1 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 - Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3.5 – The best thing about this beer is its appearance and the opportunity to finally use “cribriform” to describe lacing. It looks, basically, like most stouts, milk or otherwise. The aroma is weak but does have some of the caramel notes suggested by the label. The flavor is extremely bitter for a milk/sweet stout, rivalling or exceeding many Russian Imperial Stouts which have crossed my lips. Because of the bitterness, I’m drinking this very slowly. As I approach the end of the snifter, the temperature is 64.2 degrees and the bitterness is receding into normal ranges for this style of beer. Could that be a misprint on the label suggesting a consumption temperature of 50-55 degrees? Definitely, warmer is better. One very positive aspect of this beer is the information on the label – glass, temperature range, ABV, OG, IBU, SRM, and bottling date.

May 13, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Had it for Easter brunch with fried chicken and waffles. Poured from a bottle into an milk glass. Very dark brown with a beige head and lacing. Chocolate smell. Taste of chocolate pudding with a bit of cinnamon. Went well with the food.

Apr 03, 2018
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had the Lakewood Temptress many times, as well as last night. A lot of restaurants, bars, and movie theatres carry it here in Dallas, and it is easy to find it in stores. I think it is one of the best craft beers (or at least best milk stouts) from the Dallas area.

Look: black with an inch thick mocca colored head.

Aroma: nice aroma of chocolate and vanilla

Taste: the taste is roasted malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, maybe a little bit of coffee, its a bit sweet, and there's a hint of the alcohol.

Feel: full body with silky and creamy texture

Aug 23, 2017
The Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 849 ratings