Saturday, December 6, 2014

Lakewood Brewing Company 2013 Bourbon Barrel Temptress

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Lakewood Brewing Company 2013 Bourbon Barrel Temptress - Imperial Milk Stout - Ale Brewed With Lactose And Vanilla Aged In Bourbon Barrels.  I picked up this bottle while in Texas at Hall’s Wine & Spirits (here) which is a must visit bottle shop if you find yourself in or around Dallas.

From the Lakewood Brewing Company website: “Everything you love about The Temptress, but boozier and nicely-aged. You could say it's the "cougar" of milk stouts. We take our signature silky imperial milk stout and age it in freshly emptied Bulleit Bourbon barrels for 5 months. This maturation process instills a depth of flavor and warming touch that grows with each sip. Hints of vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, and roasted coffee intertwine for a boozy, dangerously smooth treat.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours very dark brown, nearly black with a medium mocha colored head and great lacing.
Aroma: Bourbon, chocolate – both dark and milk, vanilla, lactose sugar, roasted malts and slight oak scent.
Taste: Sweet dark and milk chocolate, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, lactose, toffee, roasted malt and a slight coconut flavor.
Overall: I’m a fan of the base beer, Temptress (here) and am a HUGE fan of Lakewood Brewing Company 2013 Bourbon Barrel Temptress.  I was very fortunate to be able to purchase this bottle from the fine folks at Hall’s Wine & Spirits.  This 10.2% ABV offering is certainly worth seeking if you find yourself somewhere Lakewood Brewing Company’s beers are sold.


Mark Harvey

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