Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,001
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
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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: 2,001 | Reviews: 235
Photo of JArt
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle compliments of my dad who lives in SC. Pours black, no head retention. Smells of chocolate and vanilla, a little sweet. Initial taste is a solid stout, but love the heat in the aftertaste. Near perfect beer for the style.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a really amazing beer, didnt think i would find one in a store on this first round to colorado, but i got lucky up in fort collins. its crazy beer, in the abraxas style, but very very different. the fresh habanero pepper instead of an ancho type makes a huge difference, you get that fleshy pulpy fresh pepper flavor in the beer without the smoky heat in the same way. inky black beer, very dense, heady, and intimidating as a night cap. the habanero flavor is really intense, but the heat is not, just warming in the throat and not lingering. im not a huge chili beer guy, and this is very very drinkable in terms of pepper influence. the cinnamon would be the next strongest of the additives, its spicy in own right, and works amazingly well with the bittersweet dark barley, ashy almost burnt, and thats where the desserty element comes from, the coffee notes in the malt with that cinnamon, its awesome. vanilla and cocoa do more highlighting and accenting as center staging, balancing sweet and bitter elements really well, and also bringing the most out of the malts. its like a cake batter, i see that in the base beer very much, the additives take it to the next lever, crazy really how flavorful this is. its also just so smooth and silky drinking, like the frosting that might be on such a cake. i thought this might be too much pepper for my palate, but i think its right on with the other flavors in here. gets boozy and a little sweet as it warms, but this is a really special beer. make sure you have a partner in crime who you can share this one with, a whole bomber is a serious task!

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

Off the charts, if you have a chance to try please do.

Photo of taix
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Beer poured jet black, had a slight ruby/tan head that died down quickly
S: Moderate aromas of cocoa nibs and vanilla beans are present in the nose very small amounts of chili on the nose.
T: Cinnamon, and chili very present on the front end. On the backend mass amounts of cocoa and vanilla really shine through. Not a lot of spiciness but a good chili backbone.
M: It feels medium bodied.
O: Great chili stout, everything shines though out the beer. There isn't much heat but the chili really helps bring another dimension to all the other flavors of the beer.

Photo of Reds76
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black, cinnamon and habanero aroma. Cocoa and cinnamon flowing through the creamy, thick stout body and finishes with crackling habanero. Minimal carbonation but the tingling from the chile makes it seem a little more carbonated than it is. Beautiful all around. One of the best beers that I have had. Will continue to seek it out whenever I can!

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

A perfect beer here. Everything about this one. The habanero is so well done that it just makes ur mouth tingle and makes the experience that Much better.

Photo of matthbrew
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

6-26-15. Have been wanting to try this beer for a while. Was very tasty, one of the most complex beers I've had. Well performed combination of chocolate and habanero.

Photo of RobnDeanna
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 24-June This is the first beer I have indulged in by this brewery and it happened completely by accident at Whole Foods located in south Charlotte, NC. Great beer! Heavy chocolate on the front with a light molasses and coconut undertone coming through the full bodied goodness. The finish is drawn out by the fresh habañero pepper just right and not overpowering.

Photo of CHickman
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 5/6/2015->bottle says best consumed fresh, don’t age it: Pours pitch black opaque color with a thick 2 finger brown head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded about average time for a stout leaving decent spotty lacing and rings as it went down. A layer sticks around on top.

Smells of cocoa powder, dark chocolate, light vanilla, coffee grinds, charred wood, roasted malts, oaky notes, smoke, toffee and brown sugar; the spice is evident, but it does not smell like a pepper, especially a habanero. Earthy notes mix well with the chocolate and smoked malts, adding a lot of complexities for basically a one dimensional aroma.

Taste is where all the ingredients on the label show up: the cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and cinnamon are all quite pronounced and the habanero brings immediate head that does not hurt but adds a whole new aspect and feel to the beer. The heat is like wasabi, it strikes adding some instant heat and flavor, and trails off nicely and allows the malty side show off with appearances by the cocoa powder, dark chocolate, coffee grinds, charred wood, roasted malts, oaky notes, smoke, molasses, toffee, brown sugar and some spices. Seems like piney hops are in the mix along with white pepper and fresh ground black peppercorns, along with a shot of bourbon or whiskey. The alcohol gets covered up by the habanero burn, which warms up the back of your throat and belly in the best way possible for those who like hot peppers or spicy food. The cinnamon and vanilla come on strong at the end with a mild bitterness blending with char and chocolate notes. Considering the level of heat from the habanero this drinks much smoother than it should and remains very interesting and complex with every sip.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and milkshake smooth, with very mild and almost thin carbonation, a medium chewy body that leans towards thick yet slides across the tongue, and then fades slightly bitter like a coffee with a lot of grinds in it and a full slap in the face of heat that stings and then fades slowly as it gets swapped out for dark chocolate, vanilla and spicy cinnamon. The blending and mixture of the main components really keep this dynamic and extremely interesting at the same time. This is an excellent display of brewing craftsmanship to bring such heat and booze so aggressively that results in a complex, tasty beer that flows down so smooth with such a velvety feel even though it seems like you just drank a shot or ate a jalapeño popper.

I got this hoping for a great beer but expecting a novelty beer since it’s billed as a stout with habanero in the blend; it turned out to be a great brew that was changing and evolving with every sip, allowing the pepper heat to add accents which tweaked the beer each and every sip. Shock and awe, this was a great unique beer experience which exceeded my expectations. I thought this was great and hope to have it again some day. A lot of fun and a great combo if you love stouts and love spicy food.

Photo of DarthXavius
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black, not quite as thick as used motor oil consistency. Khaki/coyote Brown head with tight bubbles leaving slowly descending lacing.

S - chocolate notes take over, slight roasted coffee note hidden underneath. Slight hint of fusile barely detectable.

T - Immediate roasted, almost burnt malty coffee note. Giving Way to booziness and then moving into some coffee and chocolate. Pepper and a tiny bit of acetone/nail polish come in on the back tongue at the end and then a lingering pepper heat that is perfectly balanced all down the very back tongue and throat lingers for minutes.

M - Creamy, almost nitro creaminess. Excellently massive and almost chewable per mouthful.

O - excellent chili stout. One of the best. Picks up where prairie bombs leaves off, introduces more balance, and takes it up a notch.

Photo of Ricky_Sigs
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like a jalapeno chai coffee. Absolutely delicious.

Photo of metter98
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cantebury Ales, Oyster Bay, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a thin layer of bubbles around the collar.
S: Moderate aromas of cocoa nibs and vanilla beans are present in the nose along with notes of spicy chili peppers.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of chocolate, cocoa nibs, and vanilla. It quickly transitions to spicy cinnamon followed by habanero peppers, the latter of which linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting contrast between the cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, and habanero peppers. The spiciness increases a bit as it warms up, but it isn't overly hot and does a good job masking most of its alcohol. Once fully warmed up, the chocolate and vanilla become stronger.

Serving type: on-tap

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This years is very nice- smooth rich flavor, a touch of heat, nice chocolate and vanilla notes. This is a good one. I had it on tap so I can't vouch for the heat in the bottle- without the heat it wouldnt be anywhere near as good.

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

incredible beer. nice dark, bitter chocolate, cinnamon, slight pepper burn on the finish.

Photo of Heady_Eddy
3.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was built very well, I just couldn't finish it from the creeping heat of the habanero peppers, not my thing.

Photo of cubs943
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would say it's pretty good.

Photo of MissSmisje
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: black with mahogany edges and a thin mocha collar.
S: fantastic. Chocolate and cinnamon dominate, with roasted coffee and vanilla in the background
T: similar to the nose with vanilla more prominent and chili apparent. Everything is well balanced and melded. Long linger of chilies.
F: heavy with some sharpness from the chilies.
O: excellent. Not quite as chewy as I like for RIS, but so few things are.

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

Awesome stout! Some crazy stuff going on, but still really drinkable. Nice work!

Photo of BSiegs
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black pour with a gorgeous brown head. Plenty of chocolate on the nose. Full, silky mouthfeel. Exceptional flavors - plenty of chocolate and cinnamon with the habanero lingering on your tongue. The pepper is perfectly done, easily noticeable but not overwhelming. Extremely happy I got to try this.

Photo of danh53
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Somehow I expected this to be overrated, but it lived up to expectations. Great chocolate aroma and flavor. So smooth and well balanced. The peppers were not too hot, and the medium mouth feel held everything together quite well. I got some cinnamon and graham cracker sweetness, but I think the cinnamon had faded a little since this bottle was a year old. I look forward to trying this again when it is fresh.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is absolutely incredible when drank fresh. I just drank one bottled 3 weeks ago, and it was insane. So much chocolate, cinnamon, and pepper. The mouthfeel is so thick and chewy and the flavor is so complex.

Photo of Adamanton
3.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The smell is unbelievably good and the look is even better. Great cinnamon and chocolate followed by the slow lingering burn of habanero. Lots of back end bitterness was the setback, however, a very interesting beer. It's a must try.

Photo of BeerT3ch
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful taste. Smoother than I thought. Habenero over powers other flavors. But not too spicy.

Photo of W_Des
4.98/5  rDev +13.4%
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 +4.8%
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

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Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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