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 DenverHopHead
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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%
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 +0.5%
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 +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 leroybrown10
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -2.7%
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 -0.7%
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 +1.5%
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 -4.2%
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 -4.4%
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 -19%
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 +4%
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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Photo of Slack
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ruby to deep brown in color with moderate head and good lacing.

Smell is coffee, vanilla, cream, malty sugar, and oak.

Taste is sweet malt, vanilla, booze, and coffee.

Mouthful is moderate and creamy but a touch watery. Carbonation is low. Finish lingers.

Overall a nice beer but a bit unbalanced. Aroma is there but the malt and booze take over the palate. I am glad i tried it but it fell a little flat for me.

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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 Stevem68
3.97/5  rDev -2%
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 GreatStoutman
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle pours dark, espresso color. One finger, tan head recedes quickly but leaves a decent ring.

It pours kind of thin. Nice malty, sweet smell but not terribly strong. Lots of malt, but I'm not getting the chocolate or caramel. Minimal carbonation and medium body, slick, really easy to drink. Probably too easy for the 9.1% abv. Get more of the roasted malts in the flavor and some of the milk chocolate. Slight bitterness and a touch of booze at the finish.

Overall, this is one of the imperial stouts that really attracted me to this style, and a couple years later I still really like it. There are better examples out there, but you can't go wrong with the temptress.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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 BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one a lot. Tons of malty goodness on both the nose and taste. It pours het black with a nice thick body and big tan head. More complex flavors with notes of chocolate and dark fruit come out as it warms. Overall this is a very nice example of how a stout should taste.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the BIF2 Box from @Bulldoza

Pours a beautiful black with a solid creamy brown head that settles in to a thin but unbroken cap. Soft and velvety. Beautiful lacing.

Nose starts off with roasty chocolate and a touch of dark fruit, molasses and alcohol. Creamy.

Oh man. So creamy smoothe. Fierce but fine carbonation at the very end, but before we get there we journey through rich smoothe dark chocolate and acrid coffee. Sugary vanilla touches the peaks at the very end before a long roasty finish of fine mocha.

Much love to Nick for sending this one along. It's one I'd had on my radar and I'm really excited to have gotten to try it. Even better: next up is the Mole version!!

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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 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 sokol_1993
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: great head, very creamy and white in complement to the dark black stout under it. Not that great head retention though.
Smell: extremely creamy, milk like. Some sweet madly smell. Not that much of hop.
Taste: a little bit too sweet and too milk like. However, the stout note really came out at the end. Not much alcoholic taste.
Feel: only medium body for such high level of alcohol. Good aftertaste.
Verdict: a very good milk stout. Much more milk like than others. I would want to have more of it

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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 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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