Lakewood Bourbon Barrel Temptress | Lakewood Brewing Company

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Lakewood Bourbon Barrel TemptressLakewood Bourbon Barrel Temptress

Brewed by:
Lakewood Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ThirdEyePA on 05-11-2013

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 253
Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a fudge brown color capped by a mocha head; the lacing action was reasonably good

Smell: Milk chocolate aromatics, with the lactose and dark chocolate elements combining with a hint of Bourbon (the Bourbon grows more distinct as the beer warms)

Taste: Sweet chocolate flavor from the combination of the chocolate malt and the lactose with the Bourbon providing a hint in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: I expected a bit more Bourbon flavor and while it was subtle, it developed as the beer warmed; nicely blended and very drinkable

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

One I've been trying to drink for a while, finally got to it. Thanks to HanksBeard (reddit) for this one, 2013 vintage.

Pours a nice creamy like fluffy 1 finger darker colored head that fades at a slower pace, tons of lacing everywhere, pitch black thick color.

Nose explodes all over, tons of dark chocolate and cocoa, little fudgey, little faint roast and coffee, then a little creamy lactose milk chocolate, very nice creamy vanilla, straight up vanilla as well as a mild vanilla barrel, with mild bourbon in the background, powdered cocoa and a little brown sugar raisin fruit note, hot chocolate, etc.

Taste brings lush creamy chocolate, milk chocolate and creamy lactose, with a little cocoa and fudge, and dark chocolate. A mild roast and coffee, roasty char, with a hint of brown sugar and caramel, a little caramel machiato coffee thing, and a little chocolate cake tiramisu thing. Some nice vanilla in there with straight vanilla and a little vanilla barrel, bourbon is very light though. No real booze, little sticky sweetness, mild powdered cocoa and super dark chocolate on the back end. Finish is sticky sweet, little more caramel, lots of super dark chocolate and cocoa, little caramel coffee and roast, mild vanilla too.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, a little sticky and syrupy with very little booze and nice carb, fairly creamy.

Overall pretty nice, great dark chocolate cocoa and lactose milk chocolate, nice vanilla but wish the bourbon was a bit more, pretty tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 bottle.

Appearance - Black body. Medium khaki head. Lots of surface wisping.

Smell - Lots of bourbon. Oak. Kinda nutty malts. Milk chocolate. A little lactose, but not a lot.

Taste - Chocolate up front. Lactose comes through too, which I don't love. Kinda nutty malts and some oak. Bourbon is much stronger in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Kinda sweet.

Overall - Better than I expected it to be, especially for a milk stout.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Vanilla, coconut, lactose, light oak and cherry skin. Balanced and smooth. Dry finish. As it warms completely a bunch of coffee notes come out to play. Delightful.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of fthomasl pours a rich black with a fluffy brown head. Excellent retention and lace, a good looking brew. Bonus points for a badass label.

Nose has quite the bourbon on it, lots of chocolate and a nice sweetness.

Wow, im pretty damn impressed...the bourbon character with the sweet lactose is very interesting. Lots of chocolate here...not a whole lot of wood. The mouthfeel is perfect - thick velvet, smooth and low carbonation. They had this on nitro at the brewery, I can imagine that would be even better. This is well worth seeking out. I like regular Temptress quite a bit, and this is a big improvement on that.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very bourbon forward on the nose. Smelled like Jim Beam. The body is a tad thin to carry the level of bourbon in this beer. Flavor is all bourbon. Char, oak, caramel, and hints of vanilla. Fairly hot.

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Photo of Ri0
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 22oz bottle into snifter. Vintage 2014. Obsidian in color with a 1 finger khaki head that leaved behind some lacing. The first aroma I pick up is slightly tart akin to a cherry skin. There is also a sweetness to it along with some whisky. Surprisingly the flavor is not tart to begin, but more sweet malt and caramel with a vanilla and whisky flavor. A bit of tartness is in the finish, which I feel is more of the barrels used than the beer developing off flavors because this is almost 2 years old. Feel is on the thinner side of medium, but has nice carbonation. Overall it was flavorful and the light tartness did not detract from the overall taste.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vanilla, dark chocolate, light roast, lactose, oak, bourbon, dark fruit, light bitterness

Overall a nice example but I'm sure the adjuncts are necessary to help the flavor profile

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Finally cracked my bottle.

Pours out a little more aggressively than expected. Big thick fluffy tan head constructs itself atop a dark black body. Lacing aplenty.

Served fairly warm reveals tons of barrel character on this beer. Toasted coconut is prevalent which always gets me in the mood. Vanilla, wood, bourbon, chocolate, and a little roast.

Thick and smooth which I love about the Temptress. The big barrel presence transfers deliciously from the nose. A little bourbon flavor and heat in the back of the throat. Sweetness that gets the lips sticky.

So far my fav variant of this great stout. Really want that raspberry bba version now though.

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Photo of donspublic
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into chalice. Minimal head, low carbonation. Smells of muted roasted malt and lingering bourbon. Taste of whisky, lactose smooths it out. Not the best barrel aged, but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


Drinking a 2013 on tap at the 2014 release party.

The barrel is really strong in this, loads of bourbon, sticky on the lips. The beer has some awesome dark fruit stuff going on in it too I haven't seen before in the 4-5 times I've had this, almost barleywine like. Vanilla comes through strong too, which is great. Top notch stuff here for sure. This aged fantastically. Glad I still have two bottles of it left.



Poured from a bottle into a Jester King "Wine" glass on 2/1/14.

Most of what I said in the old review stands, but the lack of bourbon flavor was no longer a problem for the bottled version. I got loads of bourbon vanilla flavors in both the nose and in the taste of the beer. This is the bourbon aged stout I was expecting. My tongue was actually burnt from hot coffee when I did the original review, and BBT wasn't the only beer that seemed to lose all barrel flavors when I tasted it with my burnt tongue. The normally whisky-forward Ola Dubh 16 was just as barrel-less. With my now healthy tongue, and from the bottle instead of on-tap, I'm re-rating taste from 4.00 to 4.75.


Enjoyed on tap at the brewery at the BB Temptress release party 12/7/13. Reviewed from notes. Served in a beautiful Bourbon Barrel Temptress 2013 snifter.

Appearance: A dark brown almost black body, with a moderate head the color of malted milk. Head sticks around for a tiny bit and leaves around some thick lacing.

Smell: Typical lactic and roasty dark chocolate smell I get from the normal Temptress. I'm not getting much in the way of bourbon character here, but it smells great anyways.

Taste: Where's the bourbon? Unfortunately a weak point, relatively speaking. Still great, lots of bitter dark chocolate and sweet, milky sugar. But I don't get a clear bourbon flavor. I don't notice any obvious difference from the regular Temptress here. Perhaps enjoyed side by side I could find the difference, but I did not have that luxury.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full bodied. The beer sticks around quite a while too, like a good stout should.

Overall: Definitely a very solid beer here. But it wasn't obvious to me that this was Bourbon barrel aged.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 @ 11.3 abv... aged since yesterday, I couldn't wait any longer.

Open her up and its a classic bourbon barrel aroma, pours black with some reddish hues. Minimal tan head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. Get a lot of vanilla, probably some toffee and definitely some oak as it warms up.

Goes down smooth with no hint of bitterness or hops. This is all BB, and while I almost wish I tasted a little more of the Temptress base, I'm not upset about it. Savoring this one, and gonna let the other 3 bottles age for a while to see what happens.

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Photo of Premo88
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

20 oz. poured on tap at The Eskimo Hut, College Station, TX

L: dark brown (black with no light), clear around edges, minimal head on very soft pour but the beige/tan foam looks thick, slight sticking, keeps tight collar

S: super sweet ... brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, fruitcake ... whiskey but very sweet

T: sweet ... follows the nose with just a bit more of a toasted to burnt flavor, toasted oak, charred oak ... loads of molasses and burnt brown sugar and plenty of bourbon and vanilla ... has a definite alcohol warmth but no medicinal flavor

F: soft, enough carbonation to make it drinkable, very light, not nearly as slick, thick or chewy as normal Temptress

O: fantastic brew and no surprise, for the base beer is fantastic; it really takes the barrel and offers an awfully sweet version of our big American barrel-aged stouts, though the flavor has enough bitter/burnt flavor to help balance that sweetness

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bomber

A- Jet black, medium vanilla lacing ring minimal legs. No gumming up the glass when swirling around.

S- Malt roast up front, charred dark fruit after that, minimal barrel nose; and no vanilla to speak of on nose. Lactose sugar in present.

T- Lactose milk stout, vanilla is way more present in the taste, charred dark fruit and toffee in background. Well done on taste

M- Thin for the style, of course two of the three in this category come from CCB. Carb is perfect; it shows a lot of carb but doesn't punch you in the throat.

O- This is a well done BA sweet/milk stout. I never heard of it! Thanks thread and Ronn!

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Photo of Tommo
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 BBT on tap at lakewood growler. Dramatically similar to BCBS in flavor profile, and malt charecter; however much less sweet though thinner. People complaining its to thin dont realize its a IMS not IRS. Very good for the style i would say. Barrel character is present but not overwhelming. This year is very good, worth grabbing a bottle

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 bottle:
Looks nearly black, small head and decent lacing.
Smells like bourbon barrel burn with black licorice and coconut.
Taste is sweet roasted chocolate, vanilla, black licorice with plenty of bourbon barrel heat. This is tasty stuff.
Feels full and chewy to me, a terrific balance.
This gets better the longer I sipped it, with more delicious milk chocolate coming through. This is a winning take on their already-fantastic milk stout. At over 11% abv, this is a slow-sipper. Dangerously drinkable if you enjoy barrel-aged stouts.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours pitch black, nice head with obvious lacing. Looks like a solid stout so far

S - bourbon up front distinguishing this from the normal temptress. Vanilla, cocoa, little mild chocolate and coffee on the back.

T - It matches the greatness of the smell 100%. Bourbon, oak, coffee and a little stinger milk chocolate than on nose.

M - sits heavy as a stout should with carbonation that keeps it bright

O - Temptress is one of the beers that I believe puts Dallas on the beer map an this twist is an addition to the greatness. Will not be bottled until 2014 but worth searching out for sure.

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Photo of ThirdEyePA
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours midnight black with a cocoa colored head. Very nice lacing and strong head retention.

S - Up front there is definitely bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, and you can smell some sweet malt and subtle hint of coffee beans

T - The taste is phenomenal! It follows suit of the nose with the bourbon, vanilla, oak, milk chocolate, sweet malt, and there is a very mild coffee presence as well

M - The mouthfeel is just a touch thin if I'm being picky, but on the other hand I think it adds to the drinkability. I drank a couple of these and they went down so smooth. Especially for a 9+ ABV

O - Overall, I believe this one is right up there with the best barrel aged beers Texas has to offer. Lakewood has really made something great here. I highly recommend seeking this one out.

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Photo of mschantz
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the bearded lady in FW. Pours black as night- or at least in this light. Just a hint of discernible head that leaves a bit of nice lacing. Just a bit of vanilla beyond the obvious bourbon the nose, but to be fair my lack of patience did not allow this beer to warm appropriately. Taste was much more well rounded with nice cherry, raisen, prune, vanilla and dry oakiness rounding out the bourbon notes. Mouthfeel is almost slick.

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Photo of dutesanch
3.27/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Maybe got a bad bottle or something. Not as flavorful or sweet as expected. I'm going to try another and amend the rating if needed. Slight tart finish also maybe from an infected bottle? The regular Temptress is really good but this one fell short. The bottle design and box are cool though. Will give this one a second chance in a day and rewrite the review if warranted.

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Photo of enrique_m
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

look: dark as burnt motor oil and a cinnamon head.
smell: bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, and chocolate.
taste: bourbon, vanilla, coffee, molasses, and chocolate.
feel: full bodied, smooth, and a bit sweet.
overall: delicious.

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Photo of jdshep
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I did not receive the head or lacing I was hoping to get out of two pours.
The bourbon and coffee is strong with this one. In my personal taste, it was too much coffee for me. I also got some vanilla and caramel. With a nice warm sensation as a finish.
full review:

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Photo of cdharris
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got a growler of this Thursday at Barley Hoppers. Took it to a New Years Eve party and I was the hit of the night. Great rich stout flavor. Bourbon aroma and taste is strong but not overpowering. Definitely for special occasions.

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Lakewood Bourbon Barrel Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 253 ratings.
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