Lakewood Brewing Co.’s most anticipated release of the year is here.
The beer is this year’s Bourbon Barrel Temptress, an 11.3 percent ABV variation of the Garland, Texas-based brewery’s Temptress imperial milk stout that has been aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.
The first release of the barrel-aged beer was as a draft-only option in 2012 before it was bottled for the first time in 2013 and again in 2014. The 2013 incarnation was aged in Bulleit bourbon barrels and came in at 10.2 percent ABV while the 2014 version was aged in Old Forester barrels and came in at 9.8 percent ABV.
Although exact numbers were not disclosed, according to Lakewood owner and head brewer Wim Bens, there will be a small increase from the approximately 4,800 22-ounce bottles that were produced last year. Bottles will once again be limited to the Dallas-Forth Worth market.
This year, Lakewood began bottling versions of its Seduction Series, which are other variations of the Temptress milk stout that use different adjuncts to enhance the flavors of the base beer. They include Raspberry Temptress (9.1 percent ABV), which was released in February; Mole Temptress (9.1 percent ABV), which was released in May; French Quarter Temptress (9.1 percent ABV) which was released in September and Sin Mint Temptress, which is scheduled to be released this month. Bourbon Barrel Temptress is not considered part of the Seduction Series.
According Bens, Bourbon Barrel Temptress will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles and various retailers in the Dallas area have starting selling the beer today.
Update (Dec. 14, 2015) — This post was updated to include details on the release date. It was originally published on Nov. 10, 2015.