Lakewood Brewing Co. out of Garland, Texas was founded in 2011 and has produced a wide range of beers encompassing most styles of beers. One of its beer, in particular, has garnished a lot of attention.
The Temptress is an imperial milk stout that has won several regional awards and even a gold medal at the 2013 World Beer Championships. Lakewood has expanded on that success releasing several variants of the base beer including Bourbon Barrel Temptress, Mole Temptress and Sin Mint Temptress to name just a few. Today’s review is Salted Caramel Temptress which takes the year-round base beer and adds caramel, salt and vanilla to create what should be a decadent dessert of a beer.
Lakewood Salted Caramel Temptress pours a very rich dark brown that is only a few ticks away from black with a khaki colored head that fades to a halo after about a minute. The aroma starts out with roasted malt followed by dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel. There is also a bit of a nutty quality as well. The beer doesn’t have an overpowering bouquet but it is pleasing and inviting. The first thing I notice when I take a sip is the lactose mouthfeel. Silky and coating but without the cloying sweetness that often accompanies an adjunct filled milk stout.
The caramel is very prevalent as I continue to sip on the beer. I also get notes of chocolate, molasses and a touch of coffee. The roasted malts help balance out the sweetness quite well and the beer is much more balanced than most other examples of the style I have had recently. The beer is very flavorful and layered but the slight hint of bitterness in the finish helps to keep it from sticking on the palette. The aftertaste is a great blend of the bitter roasted malts and caramel.