The Temptress | Lakewood Brewing Company

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The TemptressThe Temptress

Brewed by:
Lakewood Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk 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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 811
Photo of StArnoldFan
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
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 -8.2%
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 -18.2%
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 -5.8%
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 -16.9%
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 -15.5%
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 +0.7%
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 -4.6%
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 -4.8%
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 -6.3%
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 -12.1%
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 EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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 TeamMathis
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Motor oil, but pours faster.
Smell: A deep, roasted something. Perhaps cocoa. I can't really place the smell. It's subtle.
Taste: Strong at first, and then it settles into a sweeter drink.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. It feels like chocolate milk does.

This is an interesting one. I am having a tough time (albeit an enjoyable one) picking out the individual characteristics of the smell and taste of this brew. However, there is one thing that stands out: it is excellent. I just don't know why...and it's not just the gratuitous ABV. The feel of this drink is so smooth and creamy, it's rather incredible. The taste is excellent: maybe that is a roasted, chocolate flavor; I just can't tell. The key thing is that whatever components are in this, it makes an all-around, well-mixed, overly-enjoyable brew. This is now my favorite milk stout. I will get this soon as a friend from Dallas brings it to me once more.

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Photo of Premo88
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into stout glass

L: almost black, slightest hint of amber highlights if held up to light; fully opaque; perfect light brown head about 1 1/4-inch of thick creamy foam that laces very nicely

S: super malt sweetness; coffee; no dark quad-like smells to begin with, but a slight raisiny smell ocassionally shows up about 1/5 into it; still very sweet; last 1/3 reminds me of Guinness with some sweet thrown into it; i'd swear i could smell the alcohol

T: coffee! the first sip tasted like an iced vanilla latte. so good. from there it becomes rich dark chocolate, then the alcohol kicks in, then slowly it transitions into a slight raisiny smell at times but never gets the full-on Belgian strong dark/quad smell because it ALWAYS stays very sweet. burnt chocolate near end ... the bitterness? can't taste hops, but it definitely has a bitter bite at times

F: thick but creamy; good carbonation without it overpowering the mouthfeel. love the weightiness

O: I'm not a stout drinker, but with this first venture into the American milk/sweet stout, I'm now VERY interested. If the entire thing tasted like the first sip, I might quit my job, liquidate my entire worth into Lakewood stock and live at the brewery ... good gawd, was THAT good! But the first sip of coffee goes away and at times it tastes just like a very dry stout with sugar added to it, which is to say, it tastes like a stout.

Stouts not being my bag, I still can recognize the greatness in this beer. LOTS of alcohol, though, so for me, it may always be a 1- or 2-beer session at most ... something to savor from time to time, not to throw down at a BBQ.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.31/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pretty close to straight up black. Some super dark brown at the edges when held to direct light. Head is khaki and super creamy. Drops to a thin cap and smallish creamy collar that persists for the duration. Some splotches of lacing.

Smell: Roasted chocolate. Chocolate malts with a big helping on lactose. Milky sweet chocolate. So much chocolate. Grainy roasted malt. Touch of alcohol and grass in the back. Not a ton of complexity, but what it has is nice.

Taste: Melt a Tootsie Roll down and roast that bad boy and that's this beer. Milky sweet with a ton of lactose sugar sweetness. Incredibly sweet. Crystallized chocolate candy. Boozy. Gritty cocoa bitterness on the back. Chalk. Some vanilla and something almost woody. Licorice and something slightly smoky. Bitter from cocoa. Hops are non-existent.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Super creamy. Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A bit dry on the finish.

Overall: I wasn't tempted, but I was intrigued before the diabeetus kicked in.

Entirely too sweet overall. Dial back the lactose a touch and it would be a solid milk stout, very solid.

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Photo of BigBry
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Charlie_Hoss
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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 MattSweatshirt
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured down the middle of a snifter giving way to a big thick tanned head and a dark seductive black body. Laces nicely.

It’s got a nice roast and chocolate character to it but there has to be a smoked malt aspect to this thing. I had it on draft and now on bottle and there is a smokey/meaty type of malt thing going on.

Mmm big smooth creamy mouthfeel. Roasty with some sweet chocolate and some smoke. Well balanced between roast and sweet aspects. Super easy to drink. It is quite dangerous.

Love this.

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Photo of BigBarley
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Live review. Found this at the local liquor store, hadn't heard of it before, but the idea of imperial milk stout is always an intriguing one.

A - Pouring hard lead to about a finger of light tan head, good lacing on glass. Head recedes to a foamy cover on the surface. Actual beer is nearly midnight black, with traces of ruby. No real bubbles visible.

S - sweet, roasted scent. Not very strong smelling, but faint black malts and an unidentified sweetness come through. Disappointed by lack of real aroma

T - Up front is a faintly chocolate note of dark malt, immediately followed by an explosion of vanilla and oaky notes. Strange beer, enters in a unique way and coats your tongue with conflicting flavors. Alcohol and milky sweetness fight it out, and there's a spicy vanilla bean thing that's clashing with the chocolate. An interesting flavor profile, makes up for the lacking nose. Think something oak aged with vanilla and pasteurized into creamy, spicy madness. It's a little jumbled, and I personally feel like the boozy is working against the great notes of vanilla and wood, but for the most part it's very flavorful and enjoyable

M - Thick but smooth. Feels like it's got very active carbonation, and it foams and creams up with little provocation in the mouth. Excellent feel for this style, exactly what you'd hope for.

O - Other than the disappointing lack of nose, and the slightly contrary flavors, this beer is pretty great. It could use a little balance, and I sure wish I could smell this thing, but all around it delivers some complexity, some body, and for the price it does it's job well

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Photo of fragilehearted
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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 twiggamortis420
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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 izombie
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
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 abeerwiseguy
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Zio Carlos Brewpub in Fort Worth on West Magnolia.

Served in a brandy snifter the color was jet black inkiness with a single finger worth of dark brown head.

Aromas of chocolate and coffee greeted my nose and rich lingering tastes of smokey chocolate and espresso. The beer was surprisingly viscous and felt very rich on the tongue.

Low carbonation with an incredibly thick and rich mouth feel that lingered for some minutes after each sip.

While this effort by the fledgling Lakewood Brewing Co. in Garland is not the best Imperial Russian Stout I have had it certainly is distinct and holds it's own against the top US brews in this style I have tried and rate highly. (North Coast Brewery, Fort Bragg, CA, etc.)

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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The Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 811 ratings