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Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 244
Hads: 2,167
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.74%
Wants: 1,415
Gots: 471 | FT: 46
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 244 | Hads: 2,167
Photo of uvachief
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a high ball glass. Pitch cocoa brown near black. Nice 2 fingers of fluffy tan head. Smells of cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts, cinnamon and peppers. Taste is a rush of flavors of above with a hint of habernero peppers on the back end. As you drink a glass it gets more prominent. Very good. Not bitter. Complex but not as thick as I would like. For my money, Heir Apparent is nearly as good. (417 characters)

Photo of eifster82
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Poured into a snifter, it is pitch black. Head dissipates quickly.

Smell - Robust, with cinnamon and cocoa beans dominating.

Taste - Cinnamon and vanilla dominate. Not your usual IS.

Feel - Initially smooth, but chillies start kicking in toward back end... especially as the beer warms.

Overall - a different kind of stout. Great change of pace and very complex with it's many ingredients. Would love to have this from time to time. (450 characters)

Photo of winningwes91
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a thick black color with dark brown head. Smells of dark chocolate, peppers, cinnamon and a hint of vanilla sweetness. Taste follows suit with a roast character. Taste is a bit more muted than I would have hoped, but still awesome. Nowhere near huna, buy probably better than xocoveza and maybe bomb! (310 characters)

Photo of JFresh21
3.47/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Has everything going for it, but the finish of the habanero peppers is too much. I love spicy food but this beer leaves an unpleasant sting in your mouth that washes away all the brilliant flavor. I traded for this and didn't even finish the bottle. (249 characters)

Photo of MCCarrigan
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Everything in balance. Each adjunct is perceptible and contributes harmoniously. A total pleasure to drink. A true craft brew. Surpasses Abraxas IMO. I'd love to try the BA versions, but worry that some of the nuances that make it so delicious would get drown out. A must try for all stout fans. (301 characters)

Photo of CNoj012
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely thrilled to finally be able to slay this personal whale of mine. Poured from a growler into a Sam Adams perfect pint. This beer is as black as night with no light getting through at all, perfectly fitting for the style. Head is brown, but quite small. Smell is amazing. Chocolate, roasted malt and habanero peppers. Taste is much the same, actually very spicy on the back end, but in a good way. The feel is slick and medium bodied with good carbonation. Not boozy at all and overall this beer lives up to/exceeds the hype. Absolutely will seek this out again although it seems I got very lucky to score it in the first place. (637 characters)

Photo of sittinggc
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer is really tasty! Big chocolate and cinnamon notes. Was a little scared it would be too spicy (as in Crime/Punishment levels) because of reviews I have read but it is not. Chill out guys lol. The spicy notes only add to the complexity and makes the beer that much better. Really adds to the cinnamon flavor. Seek this beer out if you have not tried it. (361 characters)

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westbrook Tulip so I can keep it #propa.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before dissipating. Some lacing leaves behind a ring.

S- Aroma is full of cinnamon and chocolate. Also some very light vanilla and a hint of the habanero.

T- Big chocolate and a little cinnamon at first which makes each sip so decadent. Then, the heat kicks in on the back of the tongue. This one burns a bit. I wish there was more of a cinnamon presence but this tastes quite good as it is.

M- Semi viscous, which I expected due to how thick it poured. Definitely coats the mouth and throat a bit.

O- Fantastic beer. I only wish I got a touch more cinnamon in the flavor and a bit less heat. (744 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure awesomeness here! Silky smooth in the glass and smells like a graham cracker dipped in chocolate. The nose does a poor job of letting the tongue know about the kind of spicy kick it is in store for. Super creamy, spicy as hell (much more than other spiced stouts I have tried), a huge dose of chocolate, and some timely cinnamon. For an undoubtedly poor comparison, I feel it is similar to Abraxas if Cory were to get extra frisky on the peppers for a batch. (466 characters)

Photo of ahbithwabm
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a light brown head. Smells of chocolate and vanilla with some faint cinnamon. Taste follows the nose. Not too heavy on the cinnamon and follows with a slight lingering spice. The feel is a bit thinner than I would like but the carbonation works well with the spice. A great beer I hope to drink more of but definitely prefer abraxas or hunah. (359 characters)

Photo of Bugs318
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark and thick, tan head but scant and low retention. Nose wafts chocolate, vanilla, roasty coffee notes, very muted cinnamon, and faint chilis. Taste is similar with a very nice spicy finish. A bit muted up front but chocolate and vanilla forward, while finish is all chili. Body is a bit thinner than the desired. Feel is silky but not like Huna, though a touch more sharp in carbonation which works with the spice. (422 characters)

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was phenomenal... It's almost perfect. I'm not even a big imperial stout person... It leaves the perfect kick of spice when swallowed... The nose is amazing, body amazing, this is a solid imperial stout. Are you kidding me?! (234 characters)

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

2015 bottle, served at cellar Temps, the heat came through more than that of abraxas and bomb! Not sure if that is personal taste but I love this beer fits my taste buds perfectly (179 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Bottled On: 6/4/15.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Aroma is bursting with cinnamon and chocolate. Also some vanilla and a hint of the habanero pepper. Vibrantly sweet-smelling with some booze fume coming out more as it warms.

T- Sweet at first with the chocolate and cinnamon dominating, then the pepper burn comes in on the finish. The flavors meld remarkably well together. A bit of char in the aftertaste. The ABV is hidden very well as I'm enticed to take more and more sips. Honestly, the pepper burn starts to catch up to me quicker than the booze forcing me to wait until it subsides before I continue drinking.

M- Soft and creamy. Caipsacin burn starts to build in the back of the throat and stays. Medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- Excellent but the pepper burn is just a teency bit too much for me to enjoy more than 8-10 oz at a time. (1,119 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with dark tan head which reduced quickly; brief oily cap; little to no lace. Smells like a chocolate cake just from the oven - remarkable. Initial flavors of chocolate and chili peppers; chocolate middle with warming peppery bite; alcohol flavor is well hidden. Hot, slick mouthfeel; my tongue tingles with chili pepper and alcohol - finish is pure chile rellenos stuffed with bittersweet chocolate. Overall, if you like hot and spicy, this peppery/chocolate stout is for you; tops in its class. (506 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 Vintage, 22oz bottle, poured into tasting glass

A — Pours a nearly opaque, very dark dark brown color into the glass, comes out of the bottle quite quickly and immediately seems a bit thin. When held up to the light you can see some dark brown hues and waves of light around the edges. There is a coffee colored head atop the beer that fades somewhat quickly and leaves some spotty and sticky lacing around the edges.

S — This beer has a nice aroma before you even put your nose up into it, can smell lots of chocolates, cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, coffee, cocoa. There is a bit of a sharpness to it though, not super rich or chewy, but there is a fair depth of aromas going on here.

T — Tastes initially much like the nose, with some really nice coffee and chocolate character, like chocolate frosting, quite sweet. Little bit of vanilla and caramel as well. As you get towards the finish you are hit with a large sharp nearly burning heat, hello chili peppers! What once was a nice if not overly sweet stout, is now a steaming hot spice war.

M — Medium-Full bodied, expected this to be full bodied and much thicker though.

O — A good beer overall, I just wish there would have been a bit more balance to this one, maybe over time there will be a mellowing out of the chili heat, only one way to find out! (1,332 characters)

Photo of Zonk
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jet black. prominent cinnamon on nose and palate. Decent heat. Can definitely taste the cocoa nibs. Nice but seems a bit disjointed with all the flavors going on. (165 characters)

Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 Vintage. Poured in snifter. nice light head about 3/8" with staying power. Jet black. smell of peppers and chocolate coffee and a hint of cinnamon. can taste the cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and cinnamon followed by a slight heat from the peppers that never goes to a burn. a nice silky smooth cool feel as hits your lips then tongue just flowing down your throat. first taste of the base Cake and wow one of the best (420 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This is big, bad and delicious. Lots of sweet malt that supports a ton of chocolate. The habanero is well integrated and delivers a great spicy finish. Maybe it is just a little too big but, hey, it's still great. (218 characters)

Photo of Feelmebone
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had it as a 2014 keg a bar held and was really glad they did . Great flavor and the spices really hit on the nice texture stout . Had two glasses and enjoyed. (160 characters)

Photo of radio2525
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Jet black with the smell of peppers. This is a good beer not great. it is thin and that is made up for with spice and just does not come together as well as some other pepper beer. (180 characters)

Photo of Smokesnotes
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. You can really smell the habanero peppers and there is a lot of heat up front. It cools off though as you sip this beer and really start to enjoy the coffee and spices. I didn't get a ton of cinnamon which I think is good but you could taste its presence. I really enjoyed this beer, would love to see what one of the barrel aged versions does to the flavor. (371 characters)

Photo of ljbonadonna92
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Dark tan head that turns into thin laceing along the top. Spicy and roasty aroma with hints of cinnamon, some fruit and a big almost sweet coffee fills your nose. As you taste it chocolate, roasted grains, and cinnamon hit your tongue and the finish is all pepper spice. The mouth feel of this beer is my favorite part. It's slightly dense, smooth, and leaves a spicy tingle across your tongue and throat. Overall, really enjoyed the spice quality in this beer along with its rich flavor profile. You can really taste every ingredient and they all stand on there own in the best way. (595 characters)

Photo of ChristinaLynn
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best imperial stout I have ever had. Taste like chocolate coconut cake with an amazing habanero pepper after taste. Mine was served at room temp for best taste. So lucky to have one to try. (190 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Jet black pour with a khaki finger-sized head that vanishes quickly.
S- I get bitter chocolate, big roasty flavors. Some booze.
T- chocolate, roast, you definitely get the cinnamon flavors and the spiciness from the peppers really finish off the sip nicely.
M- heavy-medium feel. Like drinking boozy chocolate cake batter. Moderately carb'ed. Booze hidden well in sip. Actually get more heat from the peppers.
O- glad I got to try this one. Gets lots of hype and deservedly so but I wouldn't quite say world-class. Still, very delicious! (546 characters)

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Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.