Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Thehuntmaster:
4.29/5 rDev -1.4%
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
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4.49/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
Overall- Such a great beer! I am usually a barrel-aged snob, but this beer is perfect how it is. I cannot even imagine trying the apple brandy version, I just might die.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 22:50:42 | More by frenchblood21
Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,209 ratings.