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Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,419
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 1,019
Gots: 296 | FT: 28
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:
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

(Beer added by: Netdigger2 on 02-01-2012)
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Reviews by AltBock:
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4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber bottle with a cool western themed label. On it are two revolvers, two skulls, a piece of cake, and chilies. They really want you know what they put in this beer because they mentioned it twice. Once on the front under the brewery's name and on the side. Also on the side is a bottled on date. My bottle was bottled on 5/15/13 and drank on 10/4/2013. A little late for my notes. The label is something you need to see for yourself to appreciate.

When poured into a 7venth Sun Snifter, this cake was a super rich Death by Chocolate black with a nice mocha colored icing on top. My chocolate loving eyes couldn't stop staring at the thick viscous black liquid in my glass. This mocha colored foam was about 1/4 of inch in height. This decent sized head of foam had solid retention that left behind a large string of foamy rings and more than a few sticky spots and tiny streaks of lace.

The aroma on this beer was certainly unique. I'll certainly give Westbrook that. The initial whiff of this beer was that of cooked vegetables. Why and how that got in there, I have no idea. Once that receded, the aroma kicked into full gear. The first portion of the 2nd part of the aroma was all about the roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and chocolate covered dark chocolate brownies. The final portion of the aroma was the spices. There I found the vanilla, cinnamon stick, and habanero pepper. There was plenty of pepper in the beginning, but once the beer warmed up, it was the vanilla that reigned supreme over the spices portion of the aroma. My nose had no complaints except for the cooked vegetables, but that was minor and beer made up for that.

Fortunately the beer didn't have a cooked vegetable taste in the beer. That was isolated only to the aroma. This beer drank like a roasted slice of Death by Chocolate cake with a pepper on top instead of a cherry. The taste kicked off with the roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, a speck of black cherry, and dark chocolate. Not bitter dark chocolate like almost every other Imperial Stout. This was thick and creamy dark chocolate. It was almost fudge like dark chocolate. Once the chocolate passes, it's the spices time to shine. I found cinnamon, vanilla, and pepper. It tasted like the cinnamon and pepper combined forces. I only got a pinch of vanilla before the combined team of cinnamon and pepper washed in. The pepper finish was a nice touch to all the dark chocolate in the beginning.

This Imperial Stout was dry, thick, chewy, roasted, and spicy. The aftertaste was chocolatey with more roasted malt, a dash of roasted coffee, a tiny speck of vanilla, and plenty of spicy peppers. Like a good chocolate cake, the chocolate flavor stuck to the roof of my mouth. The pepper decided to stick around as well. That hung around in the back of my throat where it doesn't belong. It wasn't until half way through when the 10%+ ABV started to kick in.

This beer backs up the cool name and the kick ass label. This beer stayed true to the cake part of the name. It was just as thick and chocolatey as a well made slice of chocolate cake. The pepper at the finish line was a very nice touch. Would I drink it again? I sure would! I would also very much like to try a barrel aged version of this. Thanks to mnbuffalo for hooking me up with this treat.

AltBock, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

DanGeo, Jun 09, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a few bottles of this from various people - thank you to all. The pour is very dark; dark enough to be called black, allowing almost no light to pass through when staring directly at it. The head is a thing of beauty; fine-bubbled, foamy, and mocha in color, it's slow to settle down and leaves pretty decent lacing for a 10%+ ABV imperial stout.

At first, the aroma took me back and seemed just a tad cluttered. Luckily, as things progressed and the beer warmed up a bit, the different aromatic elements started to mesh and intertwine quite nicely, which is a good thing since there's so much going on. I highly suggest letting this one warm a bit before enjoying it.

The nose is heavy with milky chocolates, sweet, sweet vanilla beans, substantial roasted malt, and a light dash of cinnamon. Peppers go somewhat unnoticed in the aroma, and any kind of spiciness noted can probably be attributed to the cinnamon. Very robust smelling, a complex and nice execution of many different parts. Mild leathery notes on the very back end.

The first sip starts off with a beautiful dose of roasted malts before quickly becoming compounded with mounds of cocoa nibs and lively, sweet vanilla. It tastes like a molten fudge cake with warm vanilla drizzle on top. Very sweet, pushing the edge of almost being too sweet, but luckily falling just short and remaining manageable the whole time.

Cinnamon is a bit understated at first, but becomes quite nice with even more warmth; nice, toasty cinnamon flavor without being too spicy on the tongue. Peppers don't add much flavor-wise, but they are appreciated in the form of a lasting tingle on the very back of the throat and tongue. A solid, layered addition without adding any real "heat" to the brew, rendering it undrinkable.

Mexican Cake finishes with a sweet, resounding aftertaste full of nuttiness, vanilla, heavy fudge, a touch of cinnamon, and some tingling pepper presence. The viscous and thick body is just shy of chewy, but feels good for a stout; medium carbonation. I was hesitant to try this because with this list of ingredients, things could easily have gone awry. Luckily the execution was great, and the beer was really quite tasty.

tectactoe, Jun 27, 2013
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4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle from Hop City in Atlanta. Pours a pitch black with milk chocolate head that held pretty well. Medium collar and fair lacing. Aroma is deeply roasted malt, slight spice, slight vanilla. Taste has a warmth from the habenero, very dark earthy-sweet malt, slight vanilla. Rich body and mouthfeel, low carbonation.

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4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Founders KBS goblet. Date of review is 7/23/14.

Appearance- One of the best looking beers I have ever seen. A vigorous pour results in a 3/4 inch SUPER creamy cardboard brown head. Lacing seems to be spectacular right out of the fridge.

Smell- I get roasted malt right away. I would argue cinnamon is the next scent followed by vanilla, hot peppers and chocolate. This is quite a unique smelling beer.

Taste- Wow, chocolate and coconut almost knock me out in a fantastic kind of way. I also get smooth creamy vanilla and the heat from the peppers. Cinnamon is taking a backseat in the flavor for sure.

Mouthfeel- Just about as close to perfect as a beer can get. Super creamy vanilla makes you think this is a milk stout, then BAM, hot peppers. Makes your throat tingle long after you swallow and I LOVE it.

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4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was an absolute pleasure! So complex, so rewarding. The flavors are expertly layered in so you can taste them all. The finish is long and wonderful with the spiciness coming on at the end. The more you drink the warmer you feel from the spice. Next year I will purchase an entire case of this wonderful beverage! There are so many beers out there that are trying to make "gimmick" beers with all sorts of odd ingredients, but this beer is a symphony of taste.

beerbalance, Jun 11, 2013
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Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,419 ratings.