'Tis the season to be jolly and all that good holiday cheer. Christmas lights, eggnog, warming yourself by the fire and, of course, seasonal brews. And what better brew than Sin Mint Temptress? It just screams winter holidays. I don’t know why, but the aroma and flavor of this winter wonderland just matches the season so well.
So, for the uninitiated, Temptress is a Imperial Milk Stout made by our very own Lakewood Brewing Company. They have taken their best brew and made numerous tasty variations on it, including Bourbon Barrel Temptress, French Quarter Temptress, Raspberry Temptress, Molé Temptress and, of course, Sin Mint Temptress.
I’ve made a habit on the blog, thus far, to not write too much on difficult to find or rare seasonal brews. It blows to read about how good a beer is, only to know that one will never find it. But fear not! Sin Mint Temptress is alive and well. I ran across it at King’s Liquor on Berry and again at Spec’s on Hulen. If you’ve never had it and you’re a fan of the Temptress, this one is a must try.
Like it’s base beer, Sin Mint pours a dark viscous black with a creamy, lacy head. But that’s where the similarities stop. The bottle notes “ale brewed with lactose sugar and vanilla with fresh mint, graham cracker and natural flavors”. Sounds interesting for sure. Multiple friends had said it tasted like a Girl Scout thin mint cookie. I thought to myself, “how can that be?, and no it doesn’t sound appealing”. Well, let me say, “it be! And it be good”. The aroma is very much a box of Girl Scout thin mint cookies and it’s very prominent. The taste is like a liquid thin mint cookie with a side of zestful carbonation and hint of warm booze at the finish. The body is not as heavy as an Imperial Stout but it’s not thin either. Let’s just say it’s just right. Creamy certainly comes to mind. And it’s not overly boozy, clocking in at 9.10% ABV. It’s certainly a nice beer to sip by the winter fire, so grab a bottle while they’re still on the shelves and the Christmas season remains upon us.