French Quarter Temptress
BREWERY: Lakewood Brewing Co., Dallas
STYLE: Imperial milk stout; a sweet stout with a higher alcohol level than traditional milk stouts.
THE PITCH: Brewed with coffee and chicory, this delicious milk stout shows fantastic depth of flavors. It opens with an enticing bourbon and coffee aroma. The dark roasted coffee flavor and baking spice notes from the chicory balance out the stout's residual sugars, resulting in the perfect impression of sweetness that steers clear of cloying. The beans used for the coffee were roasted at Noble Coyote Roasters of Dallas and aged in freshly used bourbon barrels. That barrel contact imparts a faint back note that complements the coffee flavor nicely. Although the alcohol level is high at 9.1 percent, it's well hidden in this smooth, boozy beer.
FUN FACTS: This is one of four flavored milk stouts that the brewery releases seasonally as part of its Seduction Series.
SERVE IT: Great on its own, as an after-dinner drink. It would also make a killer milkshake or ice cream float, for a summer dessert.
GET SOME: This limited release is sold in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles for about $13.99 at Spec's, Total Wine, Central Market, Whole Foods Market, Lone Star Beverages, and smaller stores with a large selection of local craft beers.