The Temptress | Lakewood Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lakewood Brewing Company
Texas, United States
lakewoodbrewingcompany.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
811
pDev:
9.42%
 
 
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80
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260
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User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 811
Reviews by Categart:
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark as night with a half-finger head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing around the glass.

Smell: Yum! Caramel, vanilla, sweet chocolate. Mouth-watering smell.

Taste: Delicious beer. It's got a great sweetness to it, highlighted by caramel and some chocolate. I can taste just a little bit of the alcohol, but not much. I really love the sweetness to it. It's very desert-like.

Mouthfeel: A fair amount of carbonation, very easy drinking.

Overall: I love it! This is a great milk-stout with a lot of sweetness. Proud of my homeland for producing such a wonderful beer!

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Photo of Duff27
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Half inch tall light mocha head. on a dark brown body. Collar and webby lacing.

S- Aroma consists of 75% lactose and 25% chocolate.

T- Good roastiness with hints of cocoa. Lactose notes really come through on the backend. Doesn't drink 9.1%abv, would have guessed in the 7 to 8% range.

M- Lovely mouthfeel, thick and creamy. Carbonation is low and smooth.

D/O- I really enjoyed this one. The highlight for me was the creamy mouthfeel...that's how all stouts oughta be.Thanks kojevergas!

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #83 (Dec 2013):

Brewed with lactose sugar and vanilla, this is one robust, rich and flavorful beer with distinct layers that unfold as the beer warms. Sweet and a bit warming, but not cloying or boozy, this is indeed a tempting beer and one to sip with respect.

STYLE: Imperial Milk Stout
ABV: 9.1%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Opaque, black, creamy coffee-colored head

SMELL: Mocha, roasty, molasses, marshmallows

TASTE: Viscous, chewy, slick, sugary, char, raisins, leafy hop bitterness, molasses, caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, graham cracker, sweet finish

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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 ianw87
4/5  rDev -3.4%

This is one of the creamiest milk stouts I've ever had. It was very good, almost tasted like whoppers, or a malted milk shake.

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Photo of UnknownKoger
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another extra from BullDoza...stoked to try this one as I love a good milkstout

Bottled on date states 6.18.14. Poured into a Woodshop 7th Anniversary tasting glass. Upon opening the bottle there is very little carbonation. A vigorous pour confirms slight but not a ton of carbonation. Appearance is black. Not viscous though. Smells of chocolate and coffee...not a lot of lactose though. Taste is smooth. Slightly sweet. The lactose makes itself known but is more sugary than sweet. Milk chocolate notes. It's almost like a toned down (but imperial version of Left Hand Nitro). Mouthfeel is decent.

Overall, it's a good beer, but it's certainly not the best milk stout I've had. I still rank Beachwood's Udder Love and Left Hand's Nitro the two best that I've had. Still, a decent beer. Cheers!

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Photo of mcdsports
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Theortiz01
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ranger7
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought in a pick 6 from Central Market.
Poured from the bottle into a chalice.
(Review from notes)

A - Pours black with a tan head.

S - Sweet milk chocolate.

T - Milk chocolate malt.

M - Smoooth. Nice chocolaty aftertaste. Some carbonation.

Summary - Super good. One of the better Texas offerings I've had. This is a fantastic milk stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of blastoderm55
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheHopsman
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Devi0us
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

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

Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of drone
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of jtaylord
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a pretty radical beer here. loaded with lactose and vanilla beans, but also pretty drinkable for its strength and depth. deep and dark and shiny on the pour, basically no head after a few seconds. it smells less sweet than it ends up tasting, and is fully loaded with fresh vanilla flavor, especially as it warms up to room temperature. hands down the best beer i have had from these guys. you would never think an imperial milk stout with vanilla could be described as dry, but this one somehow fits that theme, and it has layers to boot. vanilla late for sure, but before that is unbrewed coffee grounds, roasted barley, and crystal malt sugars. all very pleasant and not abrasive. an easy drinking brew for its alcohol strength, which is scarcely detectable here. tons of body though, and a lot of vanilla left over. really well made stuff, but i have to admit, i am a whole lot more excited to try the coffee version. it already has some of those elements in virgin form, and i can only imagine how good it will be with the coffee. a cool beer, unlike others, and one i would strongly recommend to the milk stout fans out there... easily the best i have had from lakewood.

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Photo of Musicjunkieha
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Stevem68
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts but has a cloyingly sweet presence. Flavor is dark chocolate and a sweetness associated with the milk sugar. I don't get much of the vanilla. Overall this is a solid stout.

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Photo of guityler83
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: An aggressive pour into a snifter glass resulted in a nice thick head about 1 finger tall, tan/kahki in color that receeded slowly. When it did fall it left a nice thick coat of lacing on the edge of the glass. A mild amount of alcohol legs when swirled. The liquid is opaque black, no light coming through at all.

S: First whiff at cooler temperatures I'm getting dark bread aromas. think pumpernickle crust or rye bread. A little bit of lactic sweetness and cocoa giving a milk chocolate vibe. English yeast impression im picking up with lots of fruity esters.

T: Sweet cocoa, coffee and slight roasted dark malts are dominant on the first sip. Some gram cracker and caramel flavors come through as well. Balance is on the malt side and definatly on the sweeter side, but there is an underlying bitterness that keeps it from being clowing.

M: A big thick body, almost chewy. medium to low carbonation with a sweet astringent aftertaste and some alcohol warming.

O: As this got to proper serving temperature this one shined much more. Big, milk chocolate with some caramel flavors and a nice aftertaste.

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Photo of EJJ1848
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of themaxwellinator23
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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The Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 811 ratings