The Temptress
Lakewood Brewing Company

The TemptressThe Temptress
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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #82
Ranked #2,552
4.14 | pDev: 9.42%
Lakewood Brewing Company
Texas, United States
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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Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 814
Photo of addylo
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.

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Photo of beergoot
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...

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Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
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.

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Photo of Patriciaperez
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

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Photo of CollinaTiger
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
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.

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Photo of TotallyGomer
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
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.

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Photo of puck1225
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.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
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

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Photo of IsaacCraft
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft from a pub in Arlington Texas. The first glance wasn't super appealing. The color was more opacque than I like in a stout with no head, but the aroma was fantastic and the flavor was even better. Very malty and strongly flavored with coffee and roasted malt with some sweetness and hop to balance things out. A superb beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass
Apprerance - The beer is served a dark brown color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades rather fast to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is big of a milk chocolate and lightly roasted malt. Sweet molasses and cream are mixed with a strong hit of caramel and vanilla, producing a dark and sweet smell overall.
Taste - The taste is big and bold as the nose would have suggested. Overall it is big and sweet with a. Ice toasty and milk chocolate taste.
Mouthfeel- The body is thicker and heartier with a low carbonation. For the style of the brew the feel w as good and made for a nice swee, slow sipper.
Overall - A decent sweet milk stout. Fairly tasty and good overall.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 12/16; into a snifter.
Appearance- very black with only enough light coming in against the sun to reveal some streams of carbonation along the edge of the glass and just a trace of crimson at the bottom of the glass. Thin to medium mocha head that slowly vanishes as it sits. Lacing is
Smell - sweet and boozy aroma with a blend of vanilla, milk chocolate, booze and oak!
Taste - flavors reflect the features of the nose, but an additional flavor or two can be detected, though I can't quite put my finger on them; black licorice and or coffee perhaps!
Feel - full body; sweet, robust, boozy and complex!
Overall - very tasty and well put together stout; most milk stouts are too sweet for my liking, but the high ABV gives this a warmth and sting that makes the sweetness more of a compliment as opposed to the main feature!

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Photo of ksimons
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a fingers worth of tan colored head that leaves a ring around the top. Aroma of chocolate, malt, and dark coffee. Taste is of milk chocolate, light roasted dark coffee, and vanilla. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Overall a very nice milk stout, with more body and coffee than most.

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Photo of Myotus
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled 17Mar16) into a tulip. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before reviewing. Consumed on on 26Sep16.
SMELL: Strong plum, fig, black cherry, bittersweet molasses, and sweet chocolate aromas are balanced and backed by mild aromas of vanilla, tree nuts, cream, bitter roasted malts, bittersweet coffee, caramel, and toffee.
4 out of 5
TASTE: The profile commences with a strong, balanced sweetness from flavors molasses, figs, plums, and black cherries. Strong flavors of sweet chocolate and mild bitter roasted malts quickly trail without impacting the delicate balance of the beer. Mild caramel, toffee, and cream flavors fused with subtle flavors bittersweet coffee melt into the profile while continuing to maintain the balance. The taste theatrical concludes with an undisturbed balance of mild vanilla and tree nut flavors as the bitter roasted malts grow slightly stronger.
4 out of 5
NOTE: Balance, balance, balance. And did I mention "balance?" I cannot recall the last time that I had a beer that exhibited such a perfect performance between sweet and bitter. While I was beyond impressed by this aspect, I was still left with the desire of more sweetness. Perhaps a more fresh bottle would grant me that yearning.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 06/15/16.
Pours opaque jet black with a half-inch tan head that fades to faint lace on the drink down. The smell is mostly roasted malt with coffee and cocoa. The taste follows with big roast, almost smoky with coffee and subtle cocoa accents. Silky smooth texture and barely any evidence of its 9.1 ABV. Very good.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark chocolate with a dark tan head. Not much retention but fine spiderweb lacing. Layers of lactose, caramel and milk chocolate on both nose and tongue. Creamy mouth feel. Dessert-like

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from blutt59, thanks for the opportunity! Solid black color with a frothy bubbly tan head that persists. Big sweet milk chocolate with an almost burnt caramel thing going on like creme brulee or something. Light creamed coffee and a touch of warming alcohol. Pretty tasty sweet stout.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black pour with tight light tan head; clarity under the cap, which faded quickly; nominal lace. Lite roast, milk toast nose. Flavors of milk , toast and chocolate; just a hint of vanilla; toffee and lactose finish. Lite, almost creamy mouthfeel; moderate carbonation. Very good roast, milk/sugar linger.

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Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

temptress indeed ... rich, dark, shapely, sweet, fulfilling.

A - Opaque, thick black, creamy coffee-colored head that lasts and laces.

S: Coffee mocha, roasted malts, molasses, candy.

T: Follows smell but more... Viscous, chewy, char, raisins, hempy, hop bitterness, caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, with a long mid-weight, sweet finish.

F: chewy, weighty, satisfying.

Texas now knows how to do craft as well as any state.

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Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share at Steve’s. Mild for a RIS, but super tasty. Slick and slippery, mild smoky and savory notes, cinnamon, nutmeg and anise. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Ac-dx
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nose: Some coffee, a hint of vanilla, faint tobacco notes.
Palate: Burned caramel, coffee, roasted malt. Pairing this beer with food was bit strange. For some reason it brought out a metallic aftertaste when combined with acidic foods.
Feel: A bit thin for my taste but not a big deal.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Black with dark red edges and a fizzy, light tan head that dissipates to a very thin ring, then nothing.

Lightly roasty, but otherwise not much aroma.

Caramel, fig, tobacco, Dr. Pepper, and a hint of smoke. In other words, it's a fairly sweet stout.

Feels like a fizzy cola, if a little thicker. Temptress is oddly thin for a milk stout, which does not exhibit a whole lot of milkiness.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a color that was Super dark, and with a minimal head. Thick taste and feel with some faint chocolate. I Love stouts and this one was, in a word, awesome.

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The Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 814 ratings