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Lakewood French Quarter Temptress | Lakewood Brewing Company

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Lakewood French Quarter TemptressLakewood French Quarter Temptress

Brewed by:
Lakewood Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 151
Photo of Rcaros
3.32/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured brown out the bottle. Black in the glass.. half a finger light khaki head with creamy bubbles. No visible carbonation
A lot of roasted malts on the nose. Boiled peppers, espresso, dark roast coffee beans.. overall not veryaromatic
Metallic on the taste..slight coffee and roasted malts.. cant pick up anything from the bourbon barrel aged coffee. .
Very thin feel
Overall a decent beer

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Photo of Furlinator
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with a half-inch tan head that disappears completely and leaves faint spots of lace. The smell is of coffee and peppery spice. The taste is of coffee, subtle lactose sweetness, vanilla, faint green pepper and a hint of cocoa. Coffee presence is the most pronounced but all aspects blend together seamlessly. Silky smooth texture with low carbonation.

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Photo of ccg
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It looks... stouty? Jet black beer with minimal head, no lacing. It had a slight head when first poured, but it dissipated almost instantly. It looks like it's barely carbonated, almost flat.
It may not look like anything special, but it smells fantastic. The coffee scent mixes perfectly with the grains and the sweet, dessert notes. It's similar to Founders Breakfast Stout in that there is a ton of coffee but also enough sweetness to offset the bitterness. The difference is that the F.Q. Temptress smells a bit less chocolatey and bit spicier.
The flavor is fairly bitter, with the coffee definitely being the dominant note. There is a touch of sweetness, but unlike regular Temptress, which is very obviously a milk stout, there's not much noticeable lactose or vanilla here. Also, I love chicory coffee, and I don't think the chicory note really comes through either, other than a vague spiciness. According to the label, this beer uses bourbon barrel-aged coffee beans, which, frankly, I think is kind of a stunt. It reminds me of Modern Times' City of the Dead, which used barrel-aged coffee. It lets them put the words "bourbon barrel-aged" on the label, which might suggest to the consumer that they've found a cheap, readily available alternative to BCBCS, but in reality, zero bourbon or barrel character comes through. Now, all that being said, this is still a really tasty coffee stout. It's just that with everything it has going on, I'm a little disappointed that's not more enjoyable than a Founders Breakfast Stout.
The feel is interesting. It has a nice slick feeling to it, but it still seems a bit under-carbonated. There is a bit of fizz on the finish, but no much evidence of carbonation prior to that. It's better when it's colder. As it warms up, it becomes a bit watery.
It probably sounds like I'm damning with faint praise. It's an enjoyable coffee stout for sure. What I'm struggling with is that it has lost the base Temptress milk stout's silky, malty sweetness in exchange for a coffee character which, even though it's still pretty good, does not produce a better sweetened coffee stout than Founders Breakfast Stout, which is more widely available and can be purchased in 4-packs (48 oz. of beer), as opposed to F.Q.Temptress's bombers (22 oz. of beer), for almost the same price.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bubbly tan fizziness hides under a black body with burnt brown edges, beneath a large foamy mocha head that lightens to tan towards the top of the glass. The head has a crazy weird retention. After a half hour it hardly dies at all, staying at 2 fingers almost permanently.

Smell is amaretto coffee, vanilla, cola, something metallic, and a little herbal spiciness--assuming this is the chicory as opposed to hops.

Taste is nicely roasted coffee with a lighter roasted malt, milk, a little amaretto and vanilla. Again, something spicy runs along everything else, it must be the chicory. A little black pepper and nuttiness emerges as it warms.

Feel is a bit thin, tangy, and even slightly spicy with that New Orleans appropriated herb. While thin, it is also extremely frothy, too much so at times. Overall this is definitely much better than the regular Temptress, but the feel of this is just a little odd.

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Photo of donspublic
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from Bomber into shaker, jet black, not head, very small tan ring around glass. Smells of roasted malt and coffee. Taste of coffee, roasted malt, cinnamon with very minor heat. Great beer, this is almost on par with Stone Xcovena. I think I like the muted use of cinnamon here better, but not getting much heat out of it, would like more of that on the finish. Will get this again if I find it

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Roasted coffee up front, vanilla on the mid and chicory bitterness and lactose on the finish. Classic smooth and drinkable milk stout mouthfeel. Solid brew and worthy of Fat Tuesday drinking.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolate color. Has a sweet aroma of coffee, chocolate and a little booze. Flavor is chocolate and coffee with a touch of booziness. Has a slight sweetness and a smooth balanced finish. Overall a delicious stout.

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Photo of Wayne17
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had the base Temptress, BBA Temptress, Mole, and Sin Mint but this one might be the best of them all. I've never had coffee at Cafe Du Monde so I can't speak to the authenticity of the flavors comparatively but I can tell you this beer is delicious. I'm reminded of Xocoveza minus the peppers, which is alright by me. Fantastic thick mouth feel, tons of coffee and just the right sweetness. I can't wait to see what the next spin on temptress will be, but this might be tough to beat.

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Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark brown almost black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light lacing and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of nice lactose, faint vanilla. The coffee is a decent cup of iced coffee. The bourbon is very light too. Only thing potent is the chicory.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, creamy lactose, faint vanilla and bourbon. The coffee is pleasant and creamy with nice bourbon and good strong chicory notes as well.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely creamy, good lactose notes.

O - Overall this beer was nicely creamy with solid bourbon notes and nice chicory. Solid milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud

Decent foamy creamy 2 finger mocha head fades at a med pace, thick sticky lacing, almost pitch black beer.

Nose brings lots if lactose, dried milk, into big mocha espresso roasted coffee, mild fudgey cocoa, big smooth earthy coffee, toasted coffee beans, fair chicory, touch nutty, little caramel cocoa. Gets pretty nutty as it warms.

Taste big coffee, little roasty acrid espresso roast, big nutty and earthy coffee, bit fruit coffee bean, then some caramel, fudgey cocoa notes, roasted malts, little smooth lactose like, dried lactose, vanilla, mild barrel notes, a little chicory, with bitter cocoa, little bitter earthy hop. Finish dried lactose creamy espresso latte, little bitter, more mocha, cocoa, touch chicory and vanilla late.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, decent but lighter carb. Just a little warming booze, creamy dried lactose.

Overall not bad, plenty of lactose, nice espresso roasted nutty fruity earthy coffee, very little vanilla and almost no barrel.

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Photo of Kyndbrah
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is my favorite of all the temptress series. It's just an overall great beer. I do think it's a tad overpriced at 12.99 a bomber but I still buy it.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 2015 bomber into a snifter. Pours a deep black with a off white 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong coffee roast with some brown sugar sweetness. Taste has a big vanilla and brown sugar blast, that transitions to a more mellow dark fruit and roasty dry finish. A little bit light in the mouth and a very drying effect on the finish is balanced by a nice coating of flavor. Overall this is a nice improvement on the temptress and a very well done coffee stout.

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Photo of mschantz
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled a pour while in FTW. Pours not quite opaque black and moderately viscous with a fine khaki head. Nose is surprisingly uneventful initially but as it warmed, sweet coffee and green pepper apparent. Taste is dominated by bitter coffee upfront followed by an interesting combo of sweet and spicy flavors. Spice lingers on the finish.

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Photo of Tommo
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer only improves on the temptress, which i find rather unremarkable as a base beer. This adds the coffee spiced element in a very good way. Overall very tasty, will buy again

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Photo of Getalegup
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with light brown edges. Poured with half inch of foam that dissapeared quickly.
Light coffee smell and flavor
Has some chocolate and coffee flavor and an almost milky mouthfeel. Would be excellent if Lakewood could crank up the chocolate and coffee flavors and add a touch of sweetness.

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

This beer has an awesome fragrance! If you put it in the fridge you need to let it warm up a bit. Then the flavores are awesome. You must like strong coffee to appreciate the flavors.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on draft at Lakewood release party at Whole Foods - Park Lane. Possibly my favorite of the Temptress series. Tastes a lot like Prairie Christmas bomb. They really ought to make more of this one. Nearly impossible to find, only just now being bottled.

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Photo of BayouMafia
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap in a sniffer. Pronounced coffee and hickory flavor intertwined with the already stellar Temptress experience. Rates among the best of the coffee stouts.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft @ Lakewood
Black bodied and a thin brown head.
Tons of coffee and chicory jumping out. Vanilla and chocolate. Smells and tastes fantastic.
Nice thick, smooth, luxurious mouthfeel.

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Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%

On tap at Craft and Growler. From notes.

Black with a fleeting, tan head. Spotty lacing. Roasted coffee beans strike out to nose, followed by espresso, dark chocolate, plum and brown bread. Tastes of roasted coffee beans and somewhat nutty with fruity notes of black grape, prunes and plum and a woody finish. Smooth, medium to heavy but a bit too thin and sticky. A lot of promise here but this story doesn't have a perfect ending. Oh well, so much for perfect endings.

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Photo of gtermi
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a black as night body, with a thin dark tan head that quickly fades to nothing.

S: To me this is one of the best, if not the best, smelling coffee beer I have ever had. The coffee is fresh and hits me right in the nose and has strong notes of chocolate following the coffee.

T: Smooth strong coffee, sweet chocolate and a slight amount of roasted malt. Just amazing

M: Extremely smooth for an Imperial Stout. There is a nice little tingle on the tip of the tongue and back of the throat. Just so damn drinkable.

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Photo of TxBrewser
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A- dark brown, opaque with moderate tan head and decent lacing
S- Like opening a bag of fresh-ground french - roast coffee
T - Coffee and chocolate notes with a nice malty sweetness. Really good.
M - creamy smooth
O - A truly epic stout. I've gravitated away from stouts and into the realm of the hop-head in recent years, but this brings me back. A really nice version of an already great milk stout.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured on tap into a tall thin stout glass at the keep the glass party at Craft and Growler. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: It's a stout. It's dark brown/black, with a small beige head. What a surprise.

Smell: Loads of creamy, roasty coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and sweet cream.

Taste: Did I mention there was a lot of coffee flavor in this? The sweet cream of the lactose base provides a nice backbone to the bitterness of the coffee. The base has coffee notes to begin with, lots of dark roasted malts in it, but the bourbon-aged coffee and chicory really takes it to a new level. It's really amazing. The bitter dark chocolate sticks around on the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, with mid carb. A bit higher than I'd expect for a stout this thick and luscious.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised. Mole Temptress was comparatively disappointing so I was glad to see this variant was so damn tasty. Flavor reminded me quite a bit of Brunch Money, which really speaks more to how good a coffee stout Brunch Money is, considering it isn't technically a stout. Keep up the good work, Lakewood. You'll get a national reputation someday. Maybe after you start bottling these variants.

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Photo of wogreen
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at flying saucer in ft worth
A- dark as midnight
S- strong aroma of coffee, like waking up
T - a very stout brew balanced well with coffee and chocolate notes.
M - thick but smooth
O - one of the best stouts I've had. The cask likely adds quite a bit of flavor too.

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Lakewood French Quarter Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 151 ratings.
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