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 Powderhornphil
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. Nice looking but nothing jumps out as exceptional. Very nice though.

Aroma is vanilla and lactose sweetness. They really dominate the nose.

Big sweetness on this stout. Also big on the vanilla and lactose. Light milk chocolate on the end.

Medium mouthfeel. Medium carb.

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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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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 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 dar482
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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 a0lbudman
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Black with a nice brown head that left a good lace on the glass
S-Roasted milk chocolate smell that has a hint of toffee
T-Roasted malt was the strongest taste with a good dose of chocolate that turned into a bitter hop aftertaste that fades back to a balance of hops, roasted malt, and chocolate. It also leaves a slight warming as the beer warms up in the aftertaste
M-full body and low carbonation
O- nice beer to start the night out while visiting my Son in Texas. Thought I would try a few beers from the state while I am here

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Photo of guityler83
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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 MDDMD
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Pintofbrown
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a nonic pint.

The beer looks the part: black body and almost two fingers of brown sugar, fizzy foam.

And the beer smells the part: vanilla, marshmallow, brown sugar, and some roast. Wow!

The flavors have the same sweetness of marshmallow and vanilla with some intermingling astringency from the roast and a smidge of booze as the drink fades.

The Temptress fills the mouth, but is not heavy on the tongue, creamy.

This beer has some wonderfully sweet characteristics, but the booze is a little out of place and I feel like the char hits the palate too hard. It just distracts from the marshmallow-y, vanilla goodness that I do not want to go away. The lacto also makes for a really nice feel on the tongue. I would love to put some age on this beer and see what happens.

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Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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 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 cam12
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- dark brown with a finger of head that disappeared quickly, almost no lacing as I drink, tight bubbles
Smell- roasted and dark malt notes with a hint of alcohol
Taste- dark roasted malt upfront and milk chocolate as it warms with semi sweet alcoholic tones that linger in the after taste, it hides the alcohol well but is definitely present. Vanilla.
Mouthfeel- medium carbonation but feels thicker on the tongue, almost velvety
Overall- very good beer, but I do prefer it on nitro compared to the bottle. Definitely a great cold weather beer to sit and enjoy.

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Photo of ranger7
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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 sleuthdog
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Gtermi...thanks Cody!

Pour: Black beer with one inch light brown head leaving moderate lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts but just big time sweetness all over the place.

Taste: Coffee upfront. Lots of coffee actually. Following this up is a bitter dark chocolate and a lot of sweetness. I get a faint vanilla and some oak notes. The finish is hard to describe. Not sure if it is hops or just a lot of bitter dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Heavy side of medium and very creamy and silky smooth. I really do not get the 9.1% in this at all.

Overall: I'm not a fan of milk stouts in general but this one is by far the most enjoyable one I've had yet. Still will not go out of my way to purchase this style but I could drink The Temptress every once in a while if it were available to me.

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Photo of kengetty
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Three Floyds Teku glass

A - Black, pours medium tan head, soapy lacing, slight persistent head rings glass throughout.

S - Medium High roasty bitter chocolate malts on the front, finishes with a moderate alcohol bite and a slight smokiness.

T - Medium-High Lactose on the front, then Medium Chocolate and Roasted malts take over the palate and finishes with a medium high anise smokiness. Aftertaste is moderately sweet, bitter chocolate, roasty with a slight acidic smokiness that lingers.

M - Medium bodied, Moderate carbonation, Alcohol warmth present throughout and with a very biting finish (almost like taking a shot of alcohol). Medium-High creaminess. Tongue slickness is very much like an oatmeal stout.

O - Too much roasted malts in this for my liking, but a very well balanced beer. I would love to be able to try a bourbon barrel aged or coffee version, as I think it would balance the malt bill and compliment the flavors very well.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A friend brought this back for me from Texas. 12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. I love milk stouts and I love almost anything Imperial so this seems right up my alley.

Pours a frothy .5 finger light mocha head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black but looks a bit on the thin side. Lacing is thick and patchy with good stick. Decent.

Nose is bitter chocolate, roasted malt, lactose and smoke. Creamy with a nice balance but this doesn't have the "slug you in the face" quality that I'm looking for from an Imperial stout.

Opens lactose sugar, chocolate, anise, and a touch of liquorice. Mild smoke and roast tartness in the middle balanced by some fudge and cocoa powder. End is slightly boozy with more roasted malt and chocolate. Sweet aftertaste. Pretty much what is expected, which is to say, a strong, bold milk stout. Enjoyable!

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with the slightest bit of bubbles in the mouth. Silky and a little bit hot going down. Finishes messy with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Pretty good.

I wasn't sure what to expect here but the combination of Imperial and Milk Stout suggested a beer that just couldn't miss. Although this doesn't blow me away, its certainly a worthwhile offering. Try it!

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me this bottle (months ago)

Consumed 7/24/13

Appearance: Black from a distance, more of a dark, deep brown in the light - pours with a small, creamy, beige head - more or less keeps a cap - leaves some nice streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malts, and sugar - dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and some semisweet chocolate chips - moderately roasty, with a touch burnt, lots of chocolate malts - loads of lactose, with a milky sweetness and a straight-up dose of sugar - some dark fruits and alcohol in the back

Taste: Roasty dark chocolate sprinkled with sugar - dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa - roasted and lightly burnt malts - some dark fruit sweetness and caramel - tons of lactose sugar and white sugar - it's like someone added Coffee Mate to burnt milk chocolate - definitely malty, but the sheer amount of sugary sweetness is too much - candy-like at times - some slight alcohol as well

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, kind of a sticky finish because of all the sugar

Overall: I'm certainly tempted to not give this a great score

I understand that a Milk/Sweet Stout is supposed to be sweet. But this is a bit much. It's literally more sugary than a glass of chocolate milk. There is some nice depth to the malts, and some roast, but overall this is not exactly what I'm looking for in the style.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
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 BobZ
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to GHB for the extra.

Appearance: Dark brown with a 1" head that recedes to ring.

Smell: A chocolaty sweetness prevails over some coffee and vanilla.

Taste: Creamy milk chocolate flavors, with both some mocha and vanilla. Very solid milk stout, I get no lactic sourness (which makes me very happy) just a deliciously balanced yet chocolaty beer. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with a creamy finish.

Overall: Very sold milk stout, I could easily have another.

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Photo of bmwats
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown head. Dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a thick ring of carbonation around the rim. Very little in terms of lacing. Head renews fully with each pour.

S: Charred espresso, a little peat, and some sweetness from the lactose. Smell of liquor in there, too.

T: Hearty roasted malt, with a touch of peat, and some sweetness in the end. Just a little bit of vanilla in there too.

M: Powerful up front. Kind of knocks you off your feet. Pungent through the middle. Sweetness kind of punches its way through before the pungency to balance off the punch in the face. Bitter woody feel hangs on the palate throughout. High alcohol is apparent.

D: Sip and enjoy. It seemed to soften up, just by spending a few minutes in the glass. The latter parts of the experience seemed more smooth than the initial punch.

Atmosphere is good. Dark hue, nice bubbly head, and very little lacing. Nose is simple and subtle combination of coffee malt, peat, and some sweet tones. Syrupy roasted malt flavor, pungent peatiness, and some sweetness for balance right in the middle. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of davey101
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle thanks to gtermi!

A - Pours a black body which lets a little bit of light through. Two fingers of mocha foam fades away quickly leaving behind some thin edging. Excellent lacing and retention.

S - Charred malts, milk chocolate, and vanilla. I do get some of that distinctive lactose twang but its pretty subtle. I've experienced some off smells in milk stouts before but its not the case here.

T - Great balance of roasted malts and sweet milk chocolate and vanilla beans. On the finish is the lactose sugar providing a light sourness/acidity but like the nose it is very subdued. This is a very sweet beer. Mouth feel is thin to medium with high carbonation. Has a lasting bitterness that is a bit distracting but the abv is not even noticeable.

O - This is an extremely solid milk stout. The lactose is light and subtle which I really prefer. This does have a really nice balance between the char and the sweetness with just enough vanilla. Well played TX, well played!

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Photo of mjohnson17
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head.

S: Roasted coffee, figs, dark chocolate with a sour lacto tinge. A bit of a sour 'spoiled milk' aroma creeping into nice sweet stout.

T: Solid taste, very enjoyable. A smokey char, burnt raisins, bitter chocolate finishing with a silky sweet chocolate milk taste.

M: Nice carbonation, sticky sweet mouthfeel. At first its dry then coats the mouth with a sticky sweetness.

O: A solid brew and a nice milk stout. There's a really nice silky sweet chocolate milk quality to this beer. There's a hint of sour lacto that can at time be a bit surprising on the nose but works very well with the taste.

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Photo of vcoggins
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - Black pour. One finger brown head with tight bubbles but not as creamy a head as a RIS.

S - Not a huge dominant smell but definitely some roasted malt sweetness with a bit of chocolate or maybe coffee. No dark fruit smells but still very milky sweet smell.

T - Definitely a sweet malty chocolate taste. Not tasting the coffee. A little bit of vanilla as the beer warms. Slight bitterness on the back end.

M - Very smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation.

O - Very drinkable despite the 9.1% ABV. This is a great Milk Stout for such a new brewery. Love to see a Texas brewery making stouts!

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Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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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