Dallas, Texas-based Lakewood Brewing Co.’s Temptress milk stout has become a local favorite for its combination of consistency, great flavor and affordable price. Starting in early 2013, Lakewood decided to release its Seduction Series, which are variations of the Temptress milk stout that use different adjuncts to enhance the flavors of the base beer.
Mole Temptress debuted in 2013 to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.1 This specific variant uses Temptress as the base, but is brewed with assorted chilies including ancho, chipotle, guajillo and pasilla; cinnamon and 100 percent cacao nibs used in collaboration with Dallas, Texas-based chocolatier Dude, Sweet Chocolate.
“We introduced Mole Temptress for the first time in 2013 as a small one-off cask, and the large positive response led us to bring it back again this year,” said Wim Bens, founder of Lakewood Brewing Company, in a press release. “The beer possesses a subtle warmth from the variety of chiles we use, a hint of cinnamon and an extra depth of cocoa flavor.”
As with some other Temptress releases, there was a glass with the specific logo and colors produced that was sold at the brewery and at a few events where the Mole Temptress was poured.2
There have now been five different versions of The Temptress Milk Stout that have been widely released.3
- Lakewood The Temptress
- Lakewood Bourbon Barrel Temptress — aged in bourbon barrels
- Lakewood French Quarter Temptress — brewed with espresso
- Lakewood Raspberry Temptress — brewed with raspberries
- Lakewood Mole Temptress — brewed with ancho, chipotle, guajillo and pasilla chilies, cinnamon and cacao nibs
In addition, there have been other versions release only at specific events and at the brewery on draft.
- Lakewood Sin Mint Temptress — Temptress brewed with spearmint
- Lakewood Cap’t Crunch Temptress — Temptress brewed with Cap’t Crunch cereal
- Lakewood Root Beer Temptress — Temptress brewed with root beer
- Lakewood Temptress Nitro— Temptress brewed with nitrogen
- Lakewood Bourbon Barrel Raspberry Temptress— Raspberry Temptress aged in bourbon barrels
- Lakewood The Witch — Temptress brewed with coffee beans, vanilla and spices and aged in bourbon barrels
Last year, Lakewood bottled Bourbon Barrel Temptress for the first time, and has publicly stated that an expansion to the brewery will allow them to start bottling all of the Seduction Series releases in 2015, although information on which specific variants will be bottled has not been released.
The Mole Temptress pours a dark, deep black with a half finger of light brown head that sticks around longer than I expected. Aroma from the glass is a combination of dark cocoa, spices, wood and vanilla, with just a touch of cinnamon thrown in the mix.
The first sip of the Lakewood Mole Temptress brings a multitude of flavors right off the bat: cinnamon, vanilla, dark and sweet chocolate together, earth and a slight bitter coffee note. I can taste chilies in the profile, but they are not overt at all, and the heat is pretty much relegated to the finish, where it blends with the alcohol burn and lingers after every sip.4 The amount of carbonation is spot on, and the beer is so thick it coats my mouth every time I take a drink.
As it warms, the Mole Temptress actually gets sweeter on the palate, and the chili flavor becomes more dominant in the profile as well. The carbonation dies down fairly quickly, but it does not detract from the overall experience at all.