Bourbon Barrel Temptress
Lakewood Brewing Company

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Lakewood Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #29
Ranked #766
4.37 | pDev: 9.61%
Oct 11, 2022
May 11, 2013
Bourbon Barrel TemptressBourbon Barrel Temptress
Notes: Everything you love about our Imperial Milk Stout, but boozier and nicely-aged. One could go so far as saying Bourbon Barrel Temptress is the "cougar" of milk stouts. A "MILF" stout, if you will.

Hints of vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, and roasted coffee intertwine for a boozy, dangerously smooth treat. Take your time with her and she'll reward you.
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Rated: 4 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Oct 11, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by LizT from Texas

Feb 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
From notes, I didn't have it recently

Look: black with a fluffy mocca colored head

Aroma: It has a nice aroma of chocolate, bourbon, and caramel

Flavor: The flavor is sweet chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, significant bourbon. It's definitely like a dessert

Body/Overall: full body
Sep 01, 2021
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Reviewed by 2late2brew from Texas

4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Wow! There is a God.

Truly spectacular bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout. Love first sight, rich dark garnet with Carmel head, lacing over brim. Served in 10 oz brandy snifter. Rich wood aroma with coconut and vanilla. Body is not thick but velvety and sinuous. Flavor, omg this things got legs and gears.... coconut, nutty rum hazelnut, and strong vanilla notes. Lots of warming alcohol, clean finish, good carbonation considering 11% abv. Very yummy rummy, highly recommend!
May 21, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

May 09, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by Bandi from New York

Apr 14, 2021
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high mocha-colored head that died down, leaving a collar of dark tan bubbles around the edge and lots of lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with notes of milk chocolate.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the bourbon flavors are a bit stronger and run from the initial taste through the finish and also contribute hints of oaky vanilla.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The underlying milk stout provides a strong backbone and is capable of mostly standing up to the strong flavors of bourbon.

Note: 2020 vintage

Serving type: bottle
Apr 14, 2021
Rated: 4.04 by Bigdoc91 from Texas

Jan 25, 2021
Rated: 5 by dr_billie from Indiana

Nov 30, 2020
Rated: 3.47 by T_Hass from Georgia

Apr 22, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by BAsbill from California

Feb 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Hooded from Texas

3.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Notes from 1/18/2020.
On tap at WhichCraft Bottle Shop in Austin Texas and poured into a 10oz tulip glass.
The appearance is black with less than a finger of brown foam leaving a cap. 4.25
The aroma is medium in strength caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. 4.00
The taste is between medium and strong and dominated by bourbon. In support are chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. There's a strong bourbon finish. 3.5
The mouth feel is thick, silky, creamy with an astringent finish. 4.25
Overall, it's good and it needs more balance in the flavor. 3.50
Jan 27, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by TXRobbo from Texas

Dec 26, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Aug 18, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by rorjets from Connecticut

Aug 14, 2019
Rated: 4 by deac83 from Texas

Aug 13, 2019
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Reviewed by jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a very black color with a brownish hue. Head is virtually nonexistent. Lacing is good. Aroma of mainly bourbon with roasted malts and mild chocolate. Taste is pretty much the same but with a lot more bourbon. Heavy bodied with mild carbonation.
Jun 29, 2019
Rated: 5 by mrklnvl from Ohio

Jun 26, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 08, 2019
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Reviewed by aatazebeats from Wisconsin

4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
As of yet, (4/7/19) This is the greatest beer I've ever had. Can't quite bring myself to give it a 5, because anything could always be better... Pretty hard to beat in this case though.

Amazing smell. Smells like oak bourbon barrels, coffee, toffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. Tastes and feels like heaven. The taste is as described in the aroma, with a milky lactose sugar. Just the right amount of sweetness. Perfectly blended, with the barrel flavor not too overpowering, but just right. Very rich, creamy. Hides the 11% ABV very well. Dangerously well. I would recommend this to anybody. Bought it for $15.99 at my local HEB, and I can safely say it's worth every penny. The ultimate fine wine of beers.

4.99/5 - S+
Damn Near Perfect.
Feb 28, 2019
Rated: 3.89 by jheimbigner from Washington

Feb 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.97/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Currently the #8 beer in the Top Texas Beers list.

PACKAGING/FORMAT: 650 ml brown glass bottle comes in a cardboard box, evoking a fine whiskey. 2018 vintage.

"Ale brewed with lactose sugar and vanilla aged in oak bourbon barrels." "Imperial milk stout." "100% barrel-aged." 1.091 OG. 34 SRM. 56 IBU. 11.3% ABV.

Served chilled into a nonic pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Head blossoms as it pours, yielding ~8-9cm height. Khaki-tan in colour. Frothy, luscious, creamy, robust, and flocculent. Coats the sides with even lacing as it recedes, which takes a good 10+ minutes...not too shabby for an 11.3% ale.

Body is an opaque solid black. I see no yeast/lees within.

Looks quite robust. A nice looking imperial (milk) stout, though a darker, richer, more gilded head colour and an ink black body would do it better.

AROMA: Bourbon aromatics are undeniable...toasted oak, scintillae of coconut, rich vanilla/vanillin. Gooey dark malts blend seamlessly with the thick bourbon aroma, promising a sweet beer that seems balanced by the toastiness of the oak wood. Dark fruits, lactose sugar, barrel sugars, maple sugar, treacle...there's a lot going on in this aroma.

I'm just hoping it doesn't come out too sweet. Suggests a beer whose base and barrel notes are on even keel. I find no off-notes, overt booze, overt hoppy notes, or overt yeasty notes.

Aromatic intensity is moderately high.

TASTE: Vanillin is actually the dominant note, immediately noticeable up front and staying through the finish into the aftertaste. It seems to actually mute the rest of the flavour profile, preventing the beer's flavours from really landing as well as they should. Depth of flavour is surprisingly poor as a result.

Has a sweet malt base but it isn't the teeth-eroding sweetness I always fear in a lactose sugar beer. Milk sugar, dark malts, chocolate malts, barrel sugars, heavy vanillin.

What really gets lost here is the toasty oak note the aroma promised, and I find its bourbon barrel flavours very lacking/barely present. Disappointing in a bourbon barrel aged has to wonder how long they aged it (I doubt it was even 1 year).

There are no bitter notes to help balance its coffee, roasted barley, chicory, charred/burnt malt, licorice/fennel/anise, etc.

Vanilla and chocolate just drown out any subtleties it might otherwise have.

TEXTURE: Smooth, rich, wet, unrefreshing, medium heavy on the palate, thick, chewy, coating. It's not too syrupy, but it does have a high viscosity which makes it less drinkable. I don't feel any boozy warmth as I drink it, and it seems to do a good job hiding its ABV flavour-wise as well.

Not astringent, oily, scratchy, or otherwise problematic.

OVERALL: I quite enjoy ordinary Temptress, but this just doesn't bring the bourbon barrel flavours it needs to to really help set it apart as a barrel aged stout. I can't imagine ever buying this again given the wealth of superior bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts that are both cheaper and more widely distributed (e.g. New Holland Dragon's Milk). Not the vast improvement on Temptress I hoped for, and not a beer that really commits to bourbon flavour.

Lakewood needs to pick a better bourbon to use barrels from, needs to age this longer in them, and needs to balance out the beer's sweetness with at least some roasted barley or charred malt flavour.

Judged merely as a milk stout and ignoring its bourbon barrel ambitions, it's a fine brew that's worth trying, but 650ml is a bit of a chore to drink given its sweetness and weight on the palate and it isn't worth the money at $12.99 USD a bottle. Nowhere near a top 10 Texan beer in my book, but I'd be lying if I said it was bad. Just consume it in 5oz pours and you'll probably enjoy it more.

C (2.97) / AVERAGE
Feb 16, 2019
Rated: 4.79 by Jchilds from Texas

Feb 14, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by Sirnickatnite from Texas

Jan 20, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Dr_Fox from Utah

Jan 03, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Narthax from Texas

Sep 05, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by videofrog from Texas

May 18, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by Casey_L from Texas

Mar 29, 2018
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Rated by OompaMentor from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Silky smooth and well balanced
Mar 22, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Eziel from Ohio

Mar 16, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by MTKATL from Georgia

Mar 10, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by Bum4ever from California

Mar 09, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

Mar 06, 2018
Rated: 4.64 by GenoMcCoy from Texas

Mar 04, 2018
Rated: 4.47 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Feb 18, 2018
Rated: 4.2 by jschott75 from Illinois

Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by rsuarez1982 from Texas

Feb 04, 2018
Rated: 4.6 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Jan 03, 2018
Rated: 4.79 by Rm_mccabe from Texas

Dec 14, 2017
Bourbon Barrel Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 302 ratings