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Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%

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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Photo of TheCuriograph

New York

4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ridiculous psyched to snag a growler of such a storied beer at Bierkraft. Living in the Slope definitely has its benefits.

A - Jet black, with a tan finger head. Monolithic like a good imperial stout.

S - Massive dark roast coffee with notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and pepper. Overtones of smoke and ethanol.

T - Wow. Burst of Dark chocolate and coffee tempered with vanilla and caramel, but all of this gives way to a sharp, smoky spice from the habaneros. Resolves the taste and clears the palate, leaving a smoke and chocolate memory before the next sip. Alcohol is expertly masked.

M - Heavy thick and creamy. Sticks to your mouth like it knows you want it to stay.

Wonderfully singular brew. Happy that I have another fifty-two ounces. I'll be sad to see the end of it.

The Curiograph

Serving type: growler

07-25-2013 00:14:57 | More by TheCuriograph
Photo of csparace


4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours medium thick with a really dark mocha head that fades super fast. Jet black in the glass. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell - chocolate is definitely present. There's a lot if this vegetable sense too though. Like a green pepper. Slight slight cinnamon. Didn't get any vanilla like I was expecting.

Taste - bittersweet chocolate, light roasted coffee. Small amounts of vanilla. Finishes with a lasting mild pepper. The pepper really only comes through in the end and isn't huge at all. Pepper is fresh instead of ground.

Mouthfeel - this is where I experience the pepper the most. It really lingers in the back if the throat. Slightly less thick thank I thought it would be, but is definitely not thin. Low carbonation level with sticky residue. Covers the alcohol very well. The flavora inhibit the drinkability not the booze.

Overall - super awesome beer. A fresher take on the pepper than say end of days or hunaphu's. really great mouthfeel. Not insanely complex, but well above average. Simply a joy to experience.

I'm a little suspicious that the growler has had a slight effect on the beer. Maybe.

Serving type: growler

06-08-2013 03:43:41 | More by csparace
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South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 release; reviewing growler from Westbrook served in tulip @ 45deg.

A: Pitch black with a thin, dirty brown head.
S: Rich milk chocolate aroma.
T: Rich chocolate, biscuit-y, finishes with a subtle dark chocolate bitterness. The heat from the pepper lingers nicely.
M: Sumptuous, rich, thick and heavy. A nice medium pepper heat that coats the mouth.

O: Heat from the peppers more distinct than I recall from the anniversary release, resulting in an even more complex version than the original. Rich chocolate nearly on par with ST Chocolat, but with a perfect pepper heat. This beer changes so much depending on the temperature it is served at. Peppers come out once it warms to mid/high 50's. All around wonderfully complex beer that is surprisingly drinkable; I used this as a test ground for observing how temperature can transform a beer.

Serving type: growler

05-20-2013 02:28:45 | More by icehawk
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4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to johntangus for this mini growler!

Pours a very dark, oily near black liquid with a dark brown mocha head. Obviously a serious and thick stout.

Smells like sweet rich chewy malt, chocolate cake batter, moderate chili and cinnamon. Mmm.

Yeah this is super malty and rich, pretty sweet with loads of chocolate. Fades into chili and cinnamon and finishes with a fair amount of spice but not as much as Abraxas or Hunahpu's.

Mouthfeel is pretty well carbonated, thick and almost chewy.

This is great! A very different base beer than Abraxas or Hunah's. I imagine the base stout would be pretty great even without the added ingredients.


Serving type: growler

02-07-2013 03:35:09 | More by AlexFields
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4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler. Thanks to DonFrap for bringing this one. Poured into Hunahpu snifter. Growler split 5 ways. Drank right after Zhukov and Hunahpu during our stout tasting.

Despite being cellared for just over a month the cap came off this with a very nice hiss. Filled my snifter about 2/3 of the way (just under 7 ounces).

A- Pours a dark opaque black with a thin layer of creamy mocha brown head that recedes to leave a still top. Nice retention for a thin layer of head, leaves nice layered lacing. Fairly viscous and oily, but slightly less then the Hunahpu and Zhukov we had right before. Nice carbonation, especially after sitting in a growler for almost a month.

S- Chocolate, cinnamon, some peppers in the background. About average aroma strength, the aroma was pleasant but nothing that special about it.

T- The taste really out-does the aroma in this one. Thick creamy chocolate almost like chocolate frosting without being too rich. Some light vanilla + roasted coffee with a nice presence of cinnamon that adds flavor to the beer, but doesn't dominate it too much. Some fairly subtle habanero peppers on the finish that add a slight bit of spiciness and gives it that lightly spiced Mexican cake presence. Everything is very flavorful and well balanced.

M- Fairly thick although a little bit less so then the Zhukov and Hunahpu. Creamy and definitely on the thicker side for a beer, but definitely not too thick. In my opinion a very nice body. A nice level of carbonation for being kept in a growler. The chili peppers tingle the tongue a little bit without providing too much heat. Abv extremely well hidden. Very drinkable.

O- My first offering I've tried from Westbrook, but it definitely left a great impression. Literally what you would expect from a chocolate Mexican Cake. Not as good as Hunahpu, but definitely up there and did not disappoint even though the two were drank back to back. I would definitely like to revisit this one and would even consider trying to trade for it. If you like chocolate, I would definitely recommend this beer.

Serving type: growler

09-15-2012 00:49:04 | More by jaasen64
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South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler poured into a snifter at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Jet black color with a 2-finger brown frothy head. Nice retention as the head fades down slowly into a thin layer of froth that lingers on the beer’s surface throughout. Really nice lacing.

S – The first thing that is apparent is the kick from the added cinnamon and peppers. A strong stout backbone is also there with aromas of roasted coffee and chocolate malts, plum esters, and vanilla.

T – Starts off sweet with chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit flavors. As the taste progresses, the cinnamon and peppers come into play and turn up the heat. This added spice sticks around while the roasted coffee bitterness creeps in and lasts throughout the finish. A little bit of alcohol becomes apparent at the finish, as well. Very tasty.

F – Full-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a rich and creamy mouthfeel, and a spicy, slightly bitter, and slightly dry finish. All of the flavors in this thing linger, but cinnamon spice lingers the longest. The heat from the spices melds with the throat-warming sensation that appears at the finish from the alcohol.

O – This beer is awesome. If you took away the “Mexican” kick, it would still be a good stout. The cinnamon and peppers only make it that much better and more unique. This has all the usual notes of a well-done stout plus more. Another job very well done by Westbrook. I’m so pumped that I got to try this one, and I hope they decide to brew it again.

Serving type: growler

09-07-2012 04:25:53 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of McNuts.

Beautiful black pour, tan head, sticky lace. Fantasticly complex aroma showcases the various ingredients, particularly vanilla & chiles. Reminds me of Hunahpu, and that's a serious compliment.

Chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, chiles, roasty malt, and boozy warmth melt together to present a remarkably balanced flavor profile. Peppers and chocolate linger after swallowing. Super complex, yet it works. Again, comparisons to Huna dance in my head.

A fantastic example of creativity in the American craft brewing scene. More please!

Serving type: growler

08-17-2012 00:54:48 | More by brystmar
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South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westbrook Mexican Cake
Growler poured into a snifter

A: Pours a moderately viscous appearing opaque jet black, with only the faintest dark mocha colored head that comes and comes almost instantaneously.  Leaves no appreciable lacing, but some alcohol legs can be seen running down the glass.  

S: Initial aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and a BIG peppery spice, no hiding the habanero in this one.  I also get vanilla,  a hint of cinnamon, and some booze.  Great interplay of sweet and spicy.  Awesome aroma.  

T: Initially very sweet, with chocolate syrup and rich chocolate fudge notes.  Significant vanilla characters, dark fruits reminiscent of chocolate covered cherries, and roasted malt flavors which come out as I progress through the drink.  Spice starts to come out about halfway through the glass, but the habanero notes are certainly not as strong on the tongue as they were on the nose, and the spice is more of a generic lingering bite, although it continues to build with each sip and reaches a rather noticeable (but quite pleasant) level by the end of the drink.  A touch of booze comes out on the finish. Really quite complex and delicious.  Initially borders on cloyingly sweet, reminiscent of Dark Lord, but fortunately the spice and alcohol presence work well to balance this out.  Very well done.

M/D: Incredibly smooth and succulent. On the fuller side of medium bodied, but could be a touch thicker and chewier on the palate.  Low carbonation, but certainly not flat, and personally I prefer a very low degree of carbonation in my imperial stouts, so this works well for me.  Leaves the lips feeling sticky.  The drinkability on this one is scary, I literally can't wait to take the next sip, and this large glass disappeared in no time.

O: Worth the hype for me.  I loved this offering.  I'm so glad a keg popped up at a growler station, completely out of the blue.  I'll definitely be seeking this out if it is brewed again.  Very unique, and just plain delicious.  I love Westbrook more and more with each beer of theres that I try.  Cheers to you guys for a job well done.  

Serving type: growler

07-24-2012 23:50:00 | More by zac16125
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 oz growler from The Community Tap (SC) served in a snifter.

Pours black with only hints of dark brown at the edges. A light brown head has limited duration.

The aroma features coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, a modicum of spicy hops and some dark malt. Some alcohol comes out with warming. The taste features these flavors, but has a very dynamic nature: A vanilla-tinged sweet spike up front fades into a sweet/bitter/sour finish, with the bitter component, although mild, winning out. A peppery/spicy/cinnamon aspect appears mid-taste and becomes far more noticeable with repeated sipping. Although made with fresh habanero peppers, this beer only produces a very mild burn. Dark fruit in the aroma re-emerge towards the finish.

M: full body; light carbonation; alcohol warming.

O: A rich, complex and unusual stout worth seeking out, although not so great as to make me lust for more.
(lightly tweeked, mainly confirmed, with on-tap tasting of 2013 vintage in July 2013)

Serving type: growler

07-17-2012 01:03:29 | More by chinchill
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4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, motor-oil black with a dense mocha head that fades to a slight haze and soapy ring. Big aromas of chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla, along with dark roasted malt and a touch of chilies. Decadent as hell. Oh man...flavors of chocolate syrup, dark malt, cinnamon, and vanilla beans are so intense, and yet this is so drinkable. Rich chocolate completely envelops the palate, and the heat from the peppers builds gradually until you have a nice tingly sensation on your lips. Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit chewy, with a full body and fairly low carbonation. Great dessert beer. Overall an amazing Westbrook offering, I can wait to try the barrel-aged versions I've seen in his barrel room ;)

Serving type: growler

07-10-2012 22:27:58 | More by jsanford


4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler to snifter. Sampled 4/13/12. Many thanks to rbradley for the hookup. Also, thanks to Vince for bringing this through to my tasting a while back.

A: A small 1/2 finger head rises and falls within 30 seconds on a gentle pour. The head is medium-dark brown in color. The body is pitch black. Islands of bubbles appear across the surface. Long legs line the glass after each sip while dots of lace stick here and there.

S: The nose is surprisingly unassuming. While nothing really stands out as spectacular, there isn't one thing to complain about either. Basic stout nose - light roast, chocolate, fudge and faintest hint of cinnamon.

T: Long, rich, layered notes of chocolate syrup and fudge. A hint of vanilla appears on the mid-palate. About 10 minutes in, the heat begins to make an appearance on the back end of the throat. Very gentle and more of a warming sensation than anything else. Cinnamon doesn't really come through on the palate but the overall flavor is fantastic, and it doesn't even matter.

M: The mouthfeel is unbelievable. So rich. So full. So supple. The carbonation is on the lower side of things - maybe because of the growler serving, or maybe it's just how the beer was designed - but it works really well with the flavor profile.

O: I flat out love this beer. In fact, I'm going to try to recreate it with my next attempt at a stout.

Serving type: growler

04-22-2012 23:10:03 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, cocoa, and some subtle chile aromas. Taste is the same but the chile presence is very subtle flavor-wise. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but nothing all that special in my opinion.

Serving type: growler

04-09-2012 04:42:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to kkipple for the growler.

Mexican Cake pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. It’s onyx. No light cuts through at all. Very impressive. A dark mocha head tops it off. It only rises to about a finger in height before falling quickly. Lacing was a little sticky, but definitely lighter. The color is impressive nonetheless.

The nose is very impressive. It’s chock full of roasted and chocolate malts. It doesn’t smell all that sweet. Definitely leans more toward bittersweet dark chocolate. Roasted coffee or espresso is relatively strong. It definitely has a bit of a burnt scent, perhaps charred barley. Works nicely with the malt base. Secondary scents include molasses, cocoa, and light anise. I’m not getting much in terms of spiciness. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t seem too strong.

The flavor simply rocks! It’s full of bittersweet dark chocolate malt flavor. Roasted malts are also noted, but aren’t quite as strong the chocolate variety. It does have a sweeter flavor than I anticipated. It has a bit of a brown sugar flavor. Roasted coffee is strong in flavor and tastes delicious. I’m a big coffee fan, so that works for me. It does taste a little burnt. Maybe it’s the coffee. Maybe charred barley. Molasses, anise, and a little vanilla are all secondary. There’s a light spicy quality to it, but it’s very subtle. It’s quite deep and complex. Very flavorful. Alcohol is there, but really doesn’t come through that strong. It’s not warm or hot. Finishes chocolaty, sweet, and roasty.

Mexican Cake has a body that leans toward full. It’s very svelte and smooth. Carbonation is light and very soft. This stuff goes down super easy in spite of its double digit abv. I’m sharing this small growler, but probably could’ve tackled it alone. It’d be tempting. It’s that good.

Westbrook Brewing Co. has a really nice beer in Mexican Cake. It’s very flavorful and impressive. The only qualm I really have is that there isn’t much of a spicy presence. I’m not getting anything that strongly suggests cinnamon or habanero pepper. Perhaps that’s a good thing. It sure is a fine tasting beer. Find some if you can. Thanks a ton, Dan!

Serving type: growler

04-01-2012 03:03:05 | More by prototypic
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 32oz growler filled at Charlston Beer Exchange.
Thick black pour with brown around the edges. Just a small ring and a few bubbles of Darker tan.

Aroma, I get a lot of camelly malt, vanilla and molasses. There is some spice like cinnamon, light pepper. A small amount of alcohol presence as well. In all I thought this was a tad subdued.

Taste, It's pretty sweet up front, vanilla and molasses. Chocolate, dark choc, cocoa, gets dryer as you go. The pepper just barely peeks through in the roast at the end. There are a lot of nice flavors that peek through and work well together.
This is probably a 4.25, but the potential is there so I'll give it the nudge.

Body is to the right of medium, pretty think and coating. Enough carbonation, maybe could use a tinge more, a nice fine carbonation could add some creaminess, but the dry leaning finish helps with the sweetness as well. Drinks very very easy to the point where you might question that abv.

Was ready to give 4.5s and the such, but just not quite there yet. It is very good however, as most of the Westbrook brews I've had are. At the creative end of the spectrum and I'm just not quite sure what to think of these Hunaphu type brews. Have 2 bottles as well, we'll see what happens...
This definetely isn't going to be a beer everyone thinks is world class, yet.

Serving type: growler

02-08-2012 03:41:57 | More by Bung
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4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32oz growler courtesy of Growlers in Hilton Head, SC.

Appearance is as you would expect from an imperial stout, very dark and thick with about an inch of tan head, a beautiful thing.

Smell is very nice as you get a little bit of the pepper, cocoa and vanilla. I am not really picking up any of the cinnamon but I am getting a good bit of alcohol.

Taste is out of this world, fantastic! I was worried when I smelled the alcohol but it really is undetectable in this upon drinking. You get tons of cocoa and vanilla with just the smallest hit of the cinnamon and pepper. Everything balances out so well, that it is very easy to drink.

The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and has the perfect amount of carbonation. It goes down too easy.

After drinking this beer I am sad that I didn't pick up any of the 22oz bottles that were for sale. What a great beer, I really hope this makes in to the regular rotation for Westbrook or at least comes out every year for their anniversary.

Serving type: growler

02-05-2012 22:20:58 | More by rjknyy
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4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 03:58:49 | More by mverity
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4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Stystembolaget, Sweden. Bottled july 3 - 2013.

Pitch black beer with a brownbeige head that´s almoust two finger high.
The head dissolves without leaving any lacing on the glass and no sign of the head after about ten minutes.

Nose: Milk chocolate, coffee beans, cacao, dark bread, spices, black pepper, oak and roasted malt.
Taste: Espresso, dark chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, soy sause and at the end the habanero pepper kicks in!
Mouth: Full body with a creamy, soft taste. A great full complex taste with a dry, sour ending that suddenly changes into a warming, no, almoust burning sense in the back of your mouth of the habanero pepper.
The 10.5 % ABV is well hidden. You can´t really tell when you have the habanero tickling in your mouth...

This is so good!

I´m glad I bought more bottles that goes directly to my beercellar :)

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 18:25:23 | More by craftbeersweden
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3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

3/7/2013 bottle. Black, brown gray head. roasty, bitter chocolate, semi sweet, some cinnamon and licorice. Spicy/hot after taste which I personally do not approve of. First sips are great, but the spice takes over and masks flavor for me after a while, for me a huge minus.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 13:47:22 | More by SimonTja
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New York

4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a black color with a espresso looking foamy head.

The aroma is huge an delicious. Sweet roasty malt, vanilla, spice of the cinnamon. Tons of sweet chocolate.

The first thing that you get is the creamy espresso mouthfeel. It's absolutely amazing.

Then the flavor hits you with a bittersweet chocolate with some interesting spice. Then the spiciness hits that hits the middle back of your mouth and then towards the front end of your throat. It's spicy and tingly, but not offensive. It's middling and works with the chocolate very well.

It cleans up quite well with the spiciness and reminds of Imperial Biscotti with its chocolate and wonderful creamy mouthfeel.

A very interesting and exciting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2014 06:43:54 | More by dar482
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North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I know this says do not age ... but I did.

Aged in the beer fridge for a year.

Oily, thick pour with 1 finger of dark cream head. Decent lace on a tulip and a thin sheen of retention.

Nose is just wonderful. Chocolate, a bit of dark fruit, coffee/toffee touch, and then light pepper. Even after a year.

The pepper mutes out after a year, but that is not a bad thing. Becomes more complimentary. Lots of chocolate/toffee up front with a dose of dark coffee. Then the pepper kicks in, ever so respectful of the remaining tastes. This is really well done.

Feel is just about right. Not nearly as thick as expected.

Overall, a homerun.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:18:22 | More by beer2day
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3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is motor oil with tight mocha head. Nose is light chocolate fudge and vanilla, roasted malt, and faint soy sauce and spice. Taste has a ton of spice to it, a bit richer in a good way. Some fudge notes, light vanilla. Some roasted malts mid palate with the spice taking over in the back and lingering on a long finish. Full body, thins in back, smooth and creamy feel. The beer is decent but it's super spicy so it's hard to really drink, not sure how much I can handle.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:34:25 | More by cpetrone84
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South Africa

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle 10,5% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.
Bottled: 07/03/2013

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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4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S: Cocoa up front, some fire-roasted chili aroma, soft vanilla, touch of coffee

L: Thick, black, little to no head, dark tan

T: Cacao up front with some cinnamon sweetness. Little bitterness, medium high heat from the peppers arrives quickly. Some maltiness makes an appearance with some vanilla.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation. Alcohol hidden.

Excellent, all the components meld nicely. Quite spicy up front.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 04:35:07 | More by bum732
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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 04:29:38 | More by AltBock
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3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Snifter full from a bottle -about 6 months from bottle date.

A bit thin not creamy. Smell is nice. Color is dark like any stout. No real lacing or head. Slight chocolate taste but not a dark, dry chocolate. More like a slight cake frosting which hence the name makes sense. Just about no carbonation. A slight smokey flavor early on the front of the tongue. All mix well and though not much vanilla to balance but to me the back of the tongue hot & spicy chilli is too much. It overpowered the other flavors.
Overall you should try it, but I won't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 04:33:53 | More by SHerninko
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