Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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1,667 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,667
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 1,130
Gots: 309 | FT: 27
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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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I first tasted the DB version of Mexican Cake two months ago, it immediately took the crown as My Favorite Beer, a title it still holds. Now, months later, finally getting hold of a bottle of the regular version, sure, I was expecting there to be some separation between the two, but not THAT much. I've found a wider split than I had imagined.

Obviously I love this beer, as my score would indicate. But it wasn't even close to the Double Barrel. Two things may have hurt it:

1) it was bottled in May, and this is a beer (as the label states) to be consumed fresh. The spice notes just didn't pop like they had in the DB.

2) I had some fresh Abraxas and Vanilla Abraxas on tap just 24 hours beforehand. Abraxas and Mexican Cake are, essentially, the same beer, and the cinnamon and chocolate were clear and vibrant in the Abraxas, with real heat from the peppers, all of which outshone the Mexican Cake a day later.

This is an amazing beer, no doubt, but, for me, at least as of this round of bottles, Abraxas blew past it. Maybe the next round will make me flip my scores, we'll see.

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3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.71/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.44/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours rather thin, but dark black with a sliver of caramel foam.

Spice, spice, peppers, and more spice, some chocolate, and more pepper.

Sweet chocolate and cinnamon upfront with an immediate greeting from the habanero. The habanero sticks the length of the swallow and hangs around a bit after. Not to keen on the spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky on the front end and finishes spicy and dry.

Overall, I can see why people enjoy this; however, pepper in beer is just not for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.48/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.1/5  rDev -6.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,667 ratings.