Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Thehuntmaster:
4.29/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
650ml bottle 10,5% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.
Appearance: The beer appears pitch black in the glass, with a back light showing fairly thick strips of deep red along the edge of the glass. A rough pour results in a large dark tan coloured head that lasts pretty well, but doesn’t leave anything in the way of lacing. Swirling the beer leaves light yellow tinted alcohol legs clinging to the glass.
Smell: While this still smells fantastic, there is certainly a big chunk missing when compared to the barrel aged (JD) version. The nose is a lot less sweet than I was expecting with a large roasted malt character as well as a fair amount of bitter cocoa dominating the first few sniffs. After a few minutes a solid habanero character emerges alongside brown sugar, toasty notes, a touch of cinnamon, chocolate and more roast.
Taste: The flavor is quite bitter with a lot of roasted malt, dark chocolate and cocoa present alongside a fantastic habanero flavor and a nice warming in the finish. Other notes include: An underlying sweetness, a little dark fruitiness, an odd yeasty note and the faintest hint of cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: The body doesn’t seem to have the heft that the BA version did (medium bodied with a touch of stickiness) and is a little over carbonated (medium-high level).
Overall: Mexican Cake is a solid spiced stout, but just a million miles away from the perfection that is the JD BA version. I think Westbrook shouldn’t bottle the regular version and simply stick it all in JD barrels!
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2014 20:02:19 | More by Thehuntmaster
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 5/22/14, poured into a teku glass
A- pours a thick & oily pitch black color with a small creamy dark tan head that reduces to a ring around the glass, short lasting lace left behind
S- the base stout consists of some smoky/charred malt with sweet dark chocolate. As it warms, some of the spices come out; cinnamon & nutmeg, cocoa powder, burnt brown sugar, coffee, a hint of vanilla and a slight singe of habanero
T- sweet and chocolaty cocoa up front that actually tastes very similar to chocolate icing, perhaps enhanced by the addition of the vanilla. Mid-palate, the cinnamon kicks in, which seems to also enhance the chocolate flavor, giving it a very fudge-like flavor. The heat of the habanero can be felt throughout, but it doesn't overpower the other spices.
M- heavy and thick body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel with a creamy smooth finish, lingering habanero burn lasts on the throat long after drinking
O- this had much more heat than expected, especially on the linger. It worked well with the other flavors though. Really liked the chocolaty fudge icing flavor as well. Compared to Hunaphu, this one is hotter and more chocolaty, Hunaphu has more emphasis on the other spices. Slight edge in flavor to Hunaphu, but overall this was a unique beer that I really enjoyed
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 00:56:08 | More by Treyliff
Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,236 ratings.