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Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,847
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 1,370
Gots: 331 | FT: 32
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Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Netdigger2 on 02-01-2012

Happy birthday to us! To celebrate our first year as a brewery we brewed a serious imperial stout and aged it on cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers. This is the first offering in our annual Anniversary series. Here’s to many more!

50 IBU
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Ratings: 1,847 | Reviews: 212
Photo of W_Des
4.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015. Immediately get the cinnamon in the nose followed by sweet cocoa. It pours black and thin. The habanero finish is fantastic and well done. It is just enough to warm you up as it goes down and it lingers but it doesn't kill you. It's just perfect.

Photo of AFCPar-tie-ers
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, hot, and sweet...It reminds the Jackhammer of the one that got away

Photo of Shelton_Shia
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Unbelievable beer, one of a kind taste overall phenomenal

Photo of aleckpa
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is so much going on with this beer, in a good way. What makes this imperial stout stand out from the rest is its complexity yet it is able to be so balanced. Front of the tongue you get so much chocolate. Then, the habaneros kick in. It is not too hot, though. Back of the mouth is vanilla and cinnamon to cool it down. You also get some coffee notes as well. In my opinion, this beer lives up to the hype.

Photo of witschen
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent. I was skeptical of the spicey stouts but am a believer in this one. Heat from the habaneros balances out the sweetness nicely. Chocolate forward with a vanilla back. Definite must try.

Photo of Jrizzle251
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one crazy, but good beer. A must try sweet to start heat to finish.

Photo of KillJoy
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful looking pour. Deep black with a nice, dark roasted caramel head.

I didn't get a lot off the nose. A little vanilla but nothing that would hint at the flavors underneath the hood.

Tastes just as the name suggests, like a habanero infused chocolate cake. Wave after wave of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts, finishing with slight habanero burn on the back of the tongue.

Very impressed with how well they've been able to balance all these flavors. No one single aspect takes the stage but rather a cohesive marriage.

Photo of PirateLes
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic with a little burn on the tail end. Got mine via growler from BTBX in Huntsville, AL. It made a 400 mile trek and was just what the Dr ordered!

Photo of Sparkk
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fresh batch so it was bringing some heat. Loved the habanero spice being so present if only to balance out the density of the other favors. As with many other "Mayan stouts", better as it warms though fell off at a certain point a few degrees above room temp.

Overall, one of my new favorite beers. Can't wait to find and enjoy some more very soon.

Photo of hughesjbailey
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted the 2014 and the habanero had become just a background note - not nearly as hot as some other reviewers indicate. Black/brown - opaque. Balance of cacao (but not biter), coffee and spice w/strong stout backbone. Memorable pour.

Photo of Tommo
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is wayyyy to spicy/sweet/cinamony for me. Great body, a very nice stout base, but i cant get into the flavor

Photo of Jimboice
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Missed the '15 release but had a '14 at the brewery while visiting. Met all expectations. Pours black with smell of cinnamon and spice. Just the right amount of spice from the habaneros, but not overwhelming. Get it if you have the opportunity!

Photo of garyloveman
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

LOVE this beer. So many different flavors, chococate, coffee, vanilla been, habanero. So good. Flavors just keep rushing across your palate.

Photo of tjcapture
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer. Thick and rich, the chocolate really comes through up front, then the habaneros build on the finish. Just in case, let this beer warm up a bit. Gets better and better.

Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly, this is alcoholic molé. So good. Just enough spice to make it interesting, lots of chocolate and coffee notes, highly recommended

Photo of mabermud
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Luscious dark chocolate body. Fine, dense, deep-colored mocha head. With a twirl of the glass, the head curtains and easily cascades down the side of the glass.
Smell: The smell is of Mexican hot chocolate, except this drink isn't warm in temperature. Rich, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and sweetness. Faint hints of mole spice.
Taste: See above. Mmmmmmm...The habanero pepper adds a nice little kick. No alcohol detected, maybe I drink too much...Nah.
Feel: Substantial. Silk-smooth. Creamy. Dense.

Overall - I am impressed. I thought the habanero kick would have significantly dissipated, but I was wrong. Better than Hunahpu, no. Better than Xocoveza, yes. Better than Cafe Con Lech, different. Better than Belching Beaver Horchata Milk Stout, different. Nonetheless, these are all different beers with different adjuncts. It does show how much ethnic tastes and flavors can influence beer. This is a high end stout that shows off the Mexican influence. This is definitely something I will seek out in the near future.

Photo of OGShotzy
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber per Al's Whiskey Lounge in Syracuse, NY. It SMELLS a lot like Ten Fidy, but it tastes much spicier, specifically on the back end. Retains a nice 1cm layer of head. Wow—if you're a stout guy like I am, don't pass up this one.

Photo of mtomlins
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to UncleJazz for the bottle.

Pours thick and black with a short mocha head. Big chocolate character in the nose, sweet and milky backed by plenty of other spices (cinnimon, alspice, and maybe some chili). The taste is very well balanced! Up-front is the grain bill, big sweet and roasty, lots of chocoloate and coffee, then comes the spice at just the right balance and is followed/finished with the chilis on the finish with just enough heat to let you they are there. I admit I am not usually a big chili stout lover, but this one is realy well done.

Photo of Ssippisam
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting beer, but not my thing

Photo of mggkohl
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Muddy thick
S: Nice scent of coffee and cocoa
T: Dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla finishes with cinnamon and chile at the end
M: soft fluffy glossy
O: Wonderful balance of flavors. Amazing stout. Can't wait to drink another one of these.

Photo of aquazr1
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect chocolate and pepper flavors.

Photo of EricSloan
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible! Exactly what you'd picture a Mexican cake tasting like.

Photo of Desp59
2.9/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too hot. Heartburn issues. Hid the alcohol well.

Photo of Getalegup
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still good, but no cinnamon and spice

Photo of Beer_Doge
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow.

So chocolate.

Much body.

Such pepper.

Complex.

Wow.

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Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,847 ratings.