Lakewood The Temptress | Lakewood Brewing Company

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Lakewood The TemptressLakewood The Temptress

Brewed by:
Lakewood Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet 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.

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Photo of MPLESE
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a stout that I have failed to find anyone to dislike, even if they are the light lager types. That doesn't mean they can drink 2 of them, but everyone agrees the flavor is like a chocolate bar made love to a coffee bean then their child grew up to make love to a world class stout and now we have this. $11 for a 4-pack hurts, but it's really priced fairly.

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Photo of Blackesttears
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a really great milk stout and I'm not what you call a milk stout fan. I tried this beer on a recommendation from a friend. I had this beer for the first time at Meddlesome Moth in Dallas. Nitro is definitely the way to go with this stout.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Virtually black, one finger of mocha tan head. Lacing works well on my pint.
Smells of some dark fruit, chocolate, anise with ethers.
Sticky sweet, chewy flavors of coffee and milk chocolate, sharp vanilla notes. Bitter/ roasted and a bit drier towards the end, but greatly balanced overall. A hint of fruit is in here for me too, along the lines of cherry or raspberry, and it adds a nice touch to an already delicious stout.
Mouthfeel is oily smooth with creamy carbonation. Great with dark chocolate (coffee beans with this tasting). This is the type of imperial (milk) stout i like. Im only surprised i didnt seek it out earlier, especially given i reside in the town in which the brewery is based.

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Photo of roblowther
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial pint glass. The look is absolute black with a frothy tan head that settles into thick cream and stubborn lacing. The smell is chocolate and citrus. The taste is a wallop of chocolate up front, then recedes into a woody, dry finish. Very nice indeed. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall, I really like this beer. It has a great, deep flavor without being as acidic as some beers malted this darkly can be. It hides the alcohol well and promises a great time. Besides, who can't love a beer that says right on the bottle that it pairs well with sin?

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Photo of izombie
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not the actual Temptress, but the Bourbon barrel Temptress. Had a glass at the brewery on 12/22/2012. This was a wonderful stout. Must admit that the entire tasting experience was very nice, but the Temptress, either aged in a bourbon barrel, or not, was wonderful.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A creamy smooth beer with a unique milky taste that has light hints of dark bakers chocolates and dark roasted barley malts that just melt in your mouth. To hell with the deep darkness in the color of this beer or the rich light brown head that quickly went south, the creamy smooth and welcoming taste steal the show.

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Photo of Slamms
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The bottle says brewed on 6/24/15, so exactly one week ago. Don't know why people downplay the importance of freshness when it comes to any beer, because there is nothing quite so sublime as a beer like this that is only one week old. I live in the Dallas area, and this beer is from Garland, sort of the San Fernando Valley of the DFW Metroplex, only more low rent (what Arlen, Tx of King of the Hill was based on). It is mind boggling to me that a beer of this quality comes from Garland (which I guess they're trying to downplay by naming the company after Lakewood, a sort of old wealth historic enclave in Dallas for the most part).

I will never turn my nose up at a domestic beer again, if Garland, of all places, can come up with something like this. I guess it's comparable to Old Rasputin, but more subtle, nuanced, unobtrusive, pleasing, drinkable, and refined (ironic as Old Rasputin itself is like an ultra-refined version of Guinness.) Won't get into a laborious description of sensory attributes beyond that. Only try it (certainly if its just one week old.)

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Photo of Ramblinman
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers in Texas, silky smooth Imperial Milk stout with plenty of alcohol yet smooth like a good Cognac. Beautiful dark color with caramel, malt and a hint of vanilla. Outstanding looking forward to finding the illusive Bourbon Barrel version some day!

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Photo of enrique_m
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look blacker than the black hole.
Smell like being in a coffee shop
Taste coffee and cocoa
Feel full bodied n thick
Overall solid, watch out speedway.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured to a snifter

Bottle date 6/17/13

Pours a dark black with amber edges in the light, thin mocha head that disappears quick and leaves minimal lacing as the glass goes down. Smells of mild alcohol, a little coffee and cream with a touch of caramel, very nice. Taste is of roasted malts, sugar, vanilla, and some caramel but with all that said its not overly sweet at all. Not too thick not too thin, good carb. Overall an outstanding beer, and one I'm very happy to see coming out of Texas, especially the style due to the lack of here. $9.99/4 packs make this beer quite a deal. Well done Lakewood.

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Photo of FocusDave
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tall goblet.

A - Pours a very dark opaque brown, almost black. Barely half a finger of light tan head that doesn't last more than a couple minutes. Decent lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts, sweet chocolate.

T - More sweet chocolate with some caramel and vanilla notes.

M - Heavy like a milk stout and full of sweet flavors up front, but just enough carbonation and bitterness to finish cleanly.

O - This is the first imperial milk stout I've ever had, and it's inspiring me to look for more. I love how it's sweet but not overly syrupy and has enough bitter zing to finish cleanly.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a spigaleua glass.

a - brew poured a lush brush that settled in the glass almost black with sienna highlights when held to the light. Mocha tan colored cap didn't hang out long and left spots of lace if at all.

s - nose is a medley of soft burnt bakers chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Inviting,

t/m/o - really comes alive in your mouth. Roasted milk chocolate with a hint of burnt. Really well done. Super tarty, big bold flavor, full bodied and chewy, but super easy to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of fragilehearted
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into an oversized snifter.

A - rich chocolatey black with an inch of tan head that goes down to a ring & cover. Some lacing sticks around. Pretty nice.

S - sweet milk chocolate, coffee. Not terribly complex but pretty expected for a milk stout. You really can smell the sweetness, and not in a bad way.

T - so much chocolateness, it's wonderful. Then the coffee, and a little bit of dark fruit hidden in there with the roasted malts. It's sweet, but not overly so. Really enjoyable.

M - thick and creamy, yet very smooth. You do get a little bit of the heat, though. This page says 8.5%, but my bottle reads 9.1%.

D/O - very drinkable. This is an outstanding offering from a young brewery. The barrel aged version of this is definitely better (seriously, beergasm), but the regular version is still excellent.

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Photo of D9sus4
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A chocolate milk drink for adults. Tried today for the first time in Texas on draft. Nutty, like liquid Nutella. This is a great dessert brew! More complex than I expected. Tasted it next to an Old Rasputin. The Temptress won hands down, and I love Old Rasputin. Try it.

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Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shiny black with a quickly settling tan froth.

Has a milk chocolate, caramel and syrup aroma.

So sweet and flavorful but never cloying and with a spike of alcohol heat that lingers long and welcome down the throat. Plenty of milk chocolate and caramel. Slightly woody and piney too.

Medium to heavy in body. A little stickiness is left on the lips. Creamy with a dryness at the very end.

Wonderful drinking.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The coal black liquid arrives with several fingers of head that leaves a curtain of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate and coffee

Taste: Milk chocolate and coffee, up front, with a hint of dark fruit and caramel that adds complexity; after the swallow, the milk chocolate flavor dominates the finish though there is a roasty quality the lingers throughout and becomes more noticeable in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth develops in the gullet

Overall: A very impressive imperial stout that brings a rich chocolate flavor with a coffee twist

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Part of my milk stout lineup led by Limo Tint (drainpoured) and to be followed by Left Hand's Nitro Milk Stout.

There's a healthy frothy, dark-khaki head and a wall of lace with scattered peninsula-like arms about the glass. The liquid is pitch-black. Looks good to me. 4.25

Smells of chocolate and deep bold vanilla. Caramel and a slight floral hop aroma. Sweetness is there but subtle. Maybe a bit of sugar. 4

I like what I'm tasting here. I definitely gave a nod of approval after that first sip. It tastes like brown sugar and vanilla mixed into something lovely. My brain is telling me there might be licorice in here. Now I'm tasting coffee lingering on my tongue. There's even something sort of tobacco-like or oaken, like this brew was barrel-aged. Is it barrel-aged? Dunno but this brew is damn tasty. 4.5

The creaminess of this mouthfeel is all one could ask for in a milk stout. Silky and sweet, but not overly so. There's a component to the yeast and carbonation here that briefly feel Belgian but subside pretty quickly. They sure as hell work though. 4.25

This was a pleaser. Rich and flavorful and enjoyable to drink. I need more. I gave away 3/4 of a 4-pack foolishly and now I wish I had them all back.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a CS snifter.

A- Dark non-transparent.Thin layer of lacing with legs. Definitely dark for this non ba stout.

S- Chocolate, light coffee, toffee, caramel, charred dark fruits.

T- Follows the nose. I get some heat out of it too.

M- Very thick for a stout. Love the M. Very creamy. Get some carb following down the throat.

O- I was surprised by this one. Very well done.

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Photo of Josholson666
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brought from the fridge and warmed up in the glass, pours jet black with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.
Smells of raisin, lots of chocolate, and some cream.
Still quite carbonated and incredibly smooth and creamy.
Tastes of chocolate, malts, some cream, and little alcohol. A little vanilla presence as well. Sweet finish, with virtually no hop presence left.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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 REGreenBTRB
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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 thebigredone
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this as an extra from cheapbeerbuzz, thanks man.

Pours an opaque black with a red-brown tinge when held to the light.

Smell is strong on dark roast with an underlying sugary frosting note.

Taste is fantastic. Starts with a vanilla/caramel note, transitions quickly to a dark, almost burnt roast flavor, and then the sweetness comes gliding in to finish. The flavors all play extremely well together.

Mouthfeel Is quite smooth, with just a touch of bite from the roast.

Overall, this is a great example of a milk stout. It avoids the one dimensional, sweet aspect of many milk stouts, and is really something I could see myself drinking on a regular basis.

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Photo of Dman7690
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing milk stout. I find Stouts to be a little to thick for me, but this one has an amazing taste to it. The taste is robust, yet sweet. Thick, yet smooth while drinking it. I had it once when I lived in Dallas, now I live in San Francisco and I miss it!!!!

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Photo of Charlie_Hoss
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured Into my DFH Snifter/goblet glass

A: Pours a great 1 inch, brown head. The only thing that lets light into this beer is the carbonation sitting right under the head.

S:Not too much in this department. This was the only let down of this beer. A little sweet smelling but nothing too crazy

T:Out of the bottle the first sip is a bit boozy with a dark chocolate malty finish. As it warms up the vanilla comes out much stronger and the alcohol calms down a bit. The finish is different than any stout I have had before. I cant tell if it is the roasted malt or hops that I am getting in the finish but its a very refreshing dark chocolate finish.

M: Wonderful mouthfeel. Thick and coating the whole tongue. Silky smooth despite the decent carbonation. You would almost think it is milk/cream like. Awesome

O: Overall a great Imperial Milk Stout. While I cant say I have had many I have had my fair share of stouts and this one is very drinkable. I would definitely pick this up if it were available in Jersey. I can see me drinking this for desert even in the warmer weather. Cheers!

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Good looking beer. Dark cream black with a tan head as expected.

S: Sweet chocolate and malt. Syrupy and alcohol smell.

T: Sweet chocolate, soy milk, vanilla, brittle, syrup, molasses, brown sugar, raisins, fruits, and a hint of toast.

M: Pretty full. Not necessarily thick, but very creamy. Mouth is awesome on this.

O: I'm not one for the milk stouts, but this is very pleasant. I love the relaxing flavor and the creamy mouth feel. This beer definitely deserves its rating. Cheers!

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