Lakewood The Temptress | Lakewood Brewing Company

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Lakewood The TemptressLakewood The Temptress
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lakewood Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

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.

Added by Mora2000 on 10-13-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
708
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
29.21%
 
 
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70
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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 brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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 LXIXME
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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 kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass. Branded stylish black pry-off pressure cap. Appealing label art and design.

9.10% ABV. 1.091 OG. 56 IBU. 33 SRM. "Bottled [illegible].24.14" Reviewed live as an "Imperial milk stout" per the label. Served cold into a snifter and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. Khaki-tan colour. Has a good complexion, with a creamy soft supple appearance and an even consistency. The label calls the head "milk chocolate"; I think that's fair. A healthy coating of lacing clutches the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Thickness is fantastic, especially coupled with the creaminess and softness. Retention is superb for the high ABV - easily 7+ minutes.

BODY: Opaque solid dark black. Not quite an ink or jet black, but aphotic. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Overall, it looks quite good for a milk stout, but isn't unique or special. Comparisons to Left Hand's Milk Stout come to mind.

AROMA: Obvious lactose sugar, dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, a kiss of faint grape, and light vanilla. Unfortunately, the vanilla character isn't real genuine or evocative; don't expect a rich Madagascar vanilla bean aroma, but then it could be worse - it's not the artificial vanillicin featured in many inferior beers. Sweetness seems just right for the style, with no evident hop profile to attack it with bitterness. No yeasty notes are detectable, nor is/are any overt booze or other off-notes.

It's a surprisingly light aroma for an imperial stout of any sort, but it's pleasant enough. I do wish it were richer and more evocative, with more commitment to rich chocolate and genuine vanilla bean notes. Some oak might also help, but that might be too prescriptive...

TASTE/TEXTURE: Not too much of a dessert beer; the sweetness is right for the style but not cloying. I'd call this brew balanced, definitely.

But the first thing I notice isn't the sweetness of the chocolate and dark malts; it's the silky creaminess of the supple mouthfeel, which is comforting and soft, inviting the drinker to each sip. Perfectly medium-bodied; it walks a fine line between the heaviness and thickness needed for the "imperial" moniker and the lighter more airy body necessary for a good milk stout. Predictably smooth and wet. Overall presence on the palate is excellent, but the almost nitro-draught like creaminess does limit depth and duration of flavour - which are both merely average.

Flavour intensity is just right; this isn't as intense as the "imperial" epithet might suggest, but it isn't as muted as inferior milk stouts.

Getting back to the taste: I love the cream, and luckily the grape hint from the aroma never manifests in the flavour profile. Lactose sugar ties the beer together nicely, lending it an even cohesion but also a sort of plainness; the beer's acts blend together, making the flavours of the third act and finish largely inseparable/indistinct from the flavours of the open and body. There is some nice vanilla, but it's not too genuine or evocative. Clearly real vanilla beans were not utilized. But it's not the artificial chemical taste of vanillicin or extract.

Overall, it's quite well balanced and built, but as cohesive as it is it isn't a gestalt whole; there are obvious immediate improvements which could be made: oak aging, more vanilla, maybe even bourbon aging, more chocolate, richer chocolate, an even softer more delicate mouthfeel...this isn't a perfect brew by any means, but it's a damn good one, and has enough complexity and subtlety to intrigue the discerning drinker.

OVERALL: I'm very happy this is on shelves in Texas. Up there with - if not better than - Left Hand's Milk Stout. I'll have to make a note to start including this as an extra to my trade partners. It's incredibly drinkable - especially for its well-disguised ABV - and may be a semiregular addition to my fridge going forward. I can see myself plowing through many a six pack of this stuff. One of the few Texan brews I can actually recommend to friends. Bravo, Lakewood.

Pair with nougat, milk chocolate, hazelnuts, etc.

Low B

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Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Required two pours from the bartender. The cup runneth over anyway, with a beige dome. Leaves a blanket of lace with some emphasis on the rings after each sip. Deep, dark brown where no light shines through.

Very mild smell. Creamy with some "refrigerator" aromas.

Lots of milk chocolate up front. Quite sweet. Lots of cocoa which lasts through the aftertaste. Rich body, more than the Irish dry stouts. Low carbonation. This could be be chocolate porter as there are no burnt elements. Still, it's a wonderfully flavorful beer to seek out.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Mora2000
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On nitro tap at the Common Table.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a nitro-induced tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and coffee notes, as expected. The flavor features a lot of chocolate and some light smoke, as well as a ton of roasted malt notes. Slick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of Duff27
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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 stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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 cjgator3
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a deep dark black color with a light tan head. The aroma is sweet dark roasted malts, cocoa, and a touch of smoke. The taste like the aroma starts out with sweet dark roasted malts with a lingering sweet and roasty notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth and medium bodied. Overall, this is a solid milk stout that is worth a try for anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of dar482
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a dark brown color.

The aroma has sweet mocha coffee, almost a French vanilla coffee. With some chocolate in there.

The flavor follows with that strong vanilla flavor and light coffee flavor. A light chocolate flavor. The finish as a bit of graininess and an aggressive alcohol.

A delicious beer, though the finish is not quite there.

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Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque black color. A well formed, tightly packed, two finger tan head rises with good retention. Rings of lace are left all the way down the glass.
S: Milk chocolate, roasted malt, cream and coffee. Very nice, if a bit simplistic.
T: Follows the nose. The roasted malt is more apparent up front. Sweet milk chocolate, creamed coffee as well. Though a metallic/tinny flavor persists throughout. Then the sweetness lingers on forever.
M/D: A big full body and moderate carbonation. Inky, sticky, and slick. Not hard to drink. The alcohol is present, but more warming than anything. Still a slow sipper because of the large, almost over powering sweetness as this warms.

This is an enjoyable imperial Milk Stout. I am enjoying sipping on this, though the tinny flavor is a bit off putting for me. Maybe just variation from bottle to bottle? Something worth a try, and I will be sure to finish the four pack without a problem.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is black with a light brown, worthers original head and some larger bubbles. Nose has light roast up front, hint of metallic sweet twang and a fair bit of malt sugary sweetness behind. Taste has a bit more rich malt depth. Some fudge like flavors and some vanilla with a heavy roast mid palate. Lots of sweetness in back and a lingering coffee bitterness. Body is full, soft, and nicely carbonated.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a rich black color with a dense cap of khaki head. Nice retention and great lacing.

Nose is sweet chocolate with a mild plum fruit and brown bread. Smells like a milk stout, thats for sure.

Taste starts with chocolate and mild roast, followed up with a surprising amount of grassy hop. The finish is long and dusty with the alcohol finally making its presence known. The mouthfeel is very nice, the beer is perfectly carbonated and the body is silky smooth. It is not as heavy and sweet as I thought from the aroma, but it is more than enough to compliment a 8.5% ABV. This is quite a tasty treat, I am looking forward to getting some more of this on my next trip up to the metroplex!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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 rjp217
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date to be found, poured into a tulip...

Beautiful looking beer, one finger full head with great sticky lace retention on the glass. Solid black with light brown foam. Light chocolates on the nose with some solid cookies and milk finish. Taste is very dry, almost like a Irish stout. Dark chocolate and vanilla in the finish as well. Some oak and oats as well. Mouthfeel is medium body, low carbonation and smooth.

Overall, this is a very good beer but just missing on some parts for me. The finish is a little to dry and missing some of the creaminess i was hoping for. I'd like a bottle date as well. You don't see Imperial Milk Stouts all the time and this is a good representation. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Dope
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date is smudged - no go.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a tall, light and frothy light brown head. Great head retention with decent splotchy lacing.

S: Sweet, creamy chocolate and vanilla. Light char mixing in here and there, maybe with some coffee?

T: A flood of super sweet and super creamy chocolate. Lots of vanilla floating around, especially as the chocolate fades a bit in the middle and finish. Finish is some roasty char, burnt bread type flavor with light coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Long lingering burnt bread and cocoa in the aftertaste, almost drying now.

M: Medium bodied, creamy and smooth.

O: Yum. A great contrast of very sweet chocolate and vanilla and then the crisp, bitter burnt toast flavors in the finish. Great milk stout.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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 MDDMD
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a light tan head and good lacing

S-dark roasted malt, chocolate, hint of coffee

T-dark malt, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, hint of dark fruit, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-very tasty, nice to sip and enjoy

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Inky black pour, with a medium brown finger of head. Nice splotchy lace. The aroma is very roasty, some coffee, vanilla and soft notes of chocolate. Sweet, somewhat sugary. Taste is more chocolaty with vanilla, a bit milky, with a slight cocoa dryness and roasted background. Creamy, naturally, with a strong medium to full body, light carbonation.

Very well done, tasty milk stout. Drinkable, no real booziness.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jtladner for this extra!

Pours with a cola colored body and settles into the glass as very dark brown with a sticky cream-colored head. Aroma is vanilla right off the bat, with roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor is sweet with lots of vanilla and a nice roastiness to balance out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is very creamy with medium carbonation and a medium body for a higher abv milk stout. Overall a great and unique take on the style, not too sweet, very nice.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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 allengarvin
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours out a very dark black beer with a small layering of tan foam on top of it. Aroma is pleasant, with sweet notes of toffee and caramel. The taste... it's far beyond the nose in complexity: delightful lactose--tinted sweetness, nicely balanced by bitterness that sneaks in, both hop bitterness but also dark malt bitterness. There's a sensation of vanilla in there as well, and it's certainly a warming, strong beer. Silky smooth but full bodied.

Not a style I typically seek out, but this is wonderfully crafted and really interesting.

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Photo of BigBry
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft, this one sounded really good.
Deep, dark black with a chocolate milk colored head. Foam slowly abates, leaving a nice network of lace.
Smell of caramel malt, chocolate, and some vanilla.
Loaded with flavor, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, finishes with more vanilla. Warm but no alcohol burn, well hidden for 9%.
Rich, layers of flavor, thick body. Smooth mouth feel.
Very drinkable despite the complexity and high alcohol.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Beer Advocate’s mschantz
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on April 17, 2015
Consumed: April 23, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Jan. 6, 2015

Thanks Mike!

Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of dark khaki tan, frothy head, which dissipated rather quickly. Very light sporadic foamy spot(s) on the sides of the glass. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled dark fruits, caramel, toffee, artificial vanilla, fake chocolate, roasty malts and chocolate syrup late. (Smell - 3.25)

Tasted much better than the smell, initially reminding me of a Sam Adams Chocolate Bock. Got milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, toffee, caramel, artificial vanilla, faint smokiness and light chocolate milkshake. Doesn’t taste anywhere near 9.1 pct. ABV, maybe like 6.4 pct. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium-to-full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, slightly warming finish. Best part of this beer. (Feel - 4.00)

This was an OK milk stout, but it did get better was it went down. I’m sure after two or three of these, the night would be good. (Overall - 3.75)

3.64 | 82 | B

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