Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Sweet Temptation from Vocation Brewery Beer Review. I've had my eye on Sweet Temptation pretty much every time I've gone to Morrison's in the last year but been a tight ass I've refused to cave in and pay the £3 settling instead for the array of beers they have at 4 for £6, but I've finally given in to Sweet Temptation from Vocation Brewery. Just for the record Vocation are based in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire where they've been brewing beer for a little over 5 years. I had a look on their website and the area around the brewery looks stunning so if you get chance have a look. Vocation have bars in Leeds, Hebden Bridge and Manchester.
Sweet Temptation comes in a dark black and caramel brown 440ml can which seems appropriate as this is a chocolate and caramel stout. Unfortunately though the colours don't work well with the gold lettering and it's not easy to make much out. What you will inevitably take note of though is the 6.6% alcohol content. This really could pack a punch. Sweet Temptation is described as a 'chocolate caramel stout with sweet notes of chocolate and caramel, this silky smooth and seductive stout is impossible to resist,' and I guess I did give in to it eventually so I can't fault the description so far.
The beer pours a very dark brown, that verges on black, with a caramel coloured head which disappears way too quickly for my liking. I just find that headless dark beers wind up looking like coke. Fortunately the aroma makes up for the looks. There's strong sweet smells of dark chocolate and caramel to the point that you could be sniffing a chocolate cake. I'm quite glad I'm drinking this as dessert after a meal, and that I have a sweet tooth as this could be seriously lavish.
The first thing you'll notice when tasting Sweet Temptation is that it's not as full bodied as you may have expected, but it's still nice and smooth. The other thing you'll notice is that it tastes seriously good and pretty opulent, which isn't a word I'd usually use to describe a beer. This is all about the taste of chocolate and caramel malts, and it really is tasty. It actually reminds me a bit of a Curly Wurly, and I've not had one of them in years. I was going to give Sweet Temptation from Vocation Brewery 9 out of 10, but then I noticed a slightly smoky aftertaste which comes out of nowhere, and you know I love a smoky beer so I'm actually going to upgrade it to 9.5 out of 10. This really is a truly lavish beer, so treat yourself and give in to Sweet Temptation.