The Temptress
Lakewood Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #82
Ranked #2,545
4.14 | pDev: 9.42%
Lakewood Brewing Company
Texas, United States
The TemptressThe Temptress
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 814
Photo of pnelting
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Libbey stout glass.

A: Almost black with a one finger beige head.

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate and slight sweetness.

T: Creamy dark chocolate and roasted malts. Just the right amount of sweetness to balance it out.

M: Silky smooth with light carbonation.

O: This is a great milk stout! So glad to have it readily available on the shelves in my hometown.

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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 pants678
3.17/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Black body, beige head.

Sweet and roasted nose.

No question it's a milk stout, sweetness is well pronounced and roasted malt take a backseat. Hops aren't totally hidden, medicinal--could do well to dial those back. Seems the bourbon barrel version would be a good fit.


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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
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 cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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 stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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 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 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 allengarvin
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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 roblowther
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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 rjp217
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
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 FocusDave
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Dope
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Powderhornphil
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
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 +2.2%
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 +3.6%
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 +13%
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 -4.6%
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 +1.7%
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 -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 MDDMD
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Pintofbrown
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -8.5%
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 +2.4%
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 +1%
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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The Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 814 ratings