Temptress by Lakewood Brewing Co Taste Test

Temptress Lakewood Brewing Co

Temptress Lakewood Brewing Co

Temptress by Lakewood Brewing Co Taste Test

If you are a fan of dark beer, you have come to the right place.  This one will kick you in the teeth, but in a good way, and I don’t care if that made sense or not.

This Imperial Milk Stout comes in at an impressive 9.1% abv, and it pours out of the bottle at an almost syrupy consistency.  I think that the thickness is just a result of all of the flavor that is jammed into this beer.

Here is what Lakewood has to say about the Temptress:

“Va-va-voom! The 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.

Temptress Bottle

Temptress Bottle

TASTING NOTES:
Thick, rich milk chocolate head
Sweet Caramel notes
Touch of vanilla
Warm Complexity”

To me, this is the flagship beer of Lakewood Brewing.  They knocked this one out of the park.  Plus, if you keep an eye out, you can find some of their variations on the Tempress throughout the year (Raspberry, Sin Mint, Bourbon Barrel Aged, etc.)

I actually know someone who worked for Lakewood Brewing, and he tried to walk me through why they use lactose sugar in the brewing process.  I guess the yeast doesn’t process lactose sugar, so you are left with more sweetness in the beer compared to sucrose or fructose sugars.  Pretty cool concept.

Temptress in Glass

Temptress in Glass

I think that you can taste that extra little bit of sweetness with the Temptress compared to a traditional Stout beer.

This beer has that classic Stout aroma.  Lots of roasty, malty, chocolately smells.  Not a lot of bitterness.

The taste is fantastic.  You get lots of roasty malt flavor and slightly sweet chocolate flavor.  The thickness of the beer cuts down on the bite from the carbonation.  After a few sips, I started to notice the slight vanilla flavor also.

In my humble opinion, this is pretty much the perfect winter beer.  If you are looking to sit back, kick your feet up, and enjoy a beer when it’s below 40 degrees outside, grab a Temptress.

I saw some of the Raspberry Temptress in big bottles at the Total Wine of 75 in Dallas, so I need to grab some of it before it’s gone.  Also, I’m not sure if I missed the boat on the Bourbon Barrel Aged Temptress, but that sounds like heaven.

Have you tried any of the variations?  If so, what did you think?

Thanks for the read.  Email me at dfwbrews@gmail.com with any suggestions.

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