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Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,509
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,066
Gots: 306 | FT: 26
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Sammy, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -8.5%

djrn2, Jul 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

zestar, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +3%

spycow, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mdfb79. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours near black with a tan head. Pretty good retention and some spotty lacing on the way down.

The nose carries a nice mix of chocolate, light spice, roasted malt, sweetness, and a touch of vanilla. Nice blend, for sure. The nose doesn't quite carry all the way over to the flavor and everything isn't quite as integrated as I'd like, though the components are still quite nice.

Body is medium-full with low-medium carbonation and a good chewiness. No real noticeable alcohol.

This was a really nice beer I was glad to finally try. Thanks, Dan.

Thorpe429, Apr 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

acurtis, Jul 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

nmann08, Jul 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Texasfan549, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives pitch black with a cap of espresso foam that curtains lace

Smell: Smoky chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon with a roasted chile undertone

Taste: Smoky chocolate and vanilla, up front, with the cinnamon flavors arriving just ahead of the habanero pepper; gets rather hot, after the swallow, when the brown sugar flavors arrive to moderate the heat

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a really unique beer and another extraordinary ale from Westbrook

brentk56, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What better way to celebrate a birthday than with cake? When you are a brewery, it's done with a birthday cake-flavored beer! At least that's the intent of Westbrook as they turn a ripe old age of 1 earlier this year.

With a bold chocolaty appearance, the dark brown (almost black) ale settles with a viscous and creamy pour that causes for a slow separation of beer from foam. The moussey froth takes on a medium brown hue, shows sturdy retention, and laces well. A gentle swirl of the glass leaves inky legging on the glass that's reminiscent of brandy.

Strong chocolate notes sooth the sense of smell with a very dessert-like reaction. Met with background note of dark fruit, espresso, fudge, and rum, the malty rich beer pulls complexities from yeast, hops, and rich toffee-ish malt.

Strong chocolate and roast flavors begin with a heavy coat across the palate. Fudge-like sweetness is propelled by bittersweet chocolate, burnt toffee, espresso, and walnut oils. Secondary notes of vinous sherry wines offer a more succulent and fruity note that opens up a bready, savory taste. Rum-like alcohols offer a spicy sweetness that cuts through the malts and balances the sweetness in finish.

Certainly full bodied, the larger-than-life ale continues the fudge-like character with it thick and marshmallowy textures. Alcohol burn acts as a thinning agent and lessens the rich body just enough to savor the silky complexities to finish the beer. Shy of cloying, the roast of bitterness and heat signal closure, but allow the dessert-like nuances to linger indefinately.

Although it's Westbrook's birthday, I feel like I had gotten a gift in being able to try this luscious ale. The only thing that's missing is the candle.

BEERchitect, Oct 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

kjkinsey, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

GRG1313, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

ygtbsm94, Jun 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

jaydoc, Jun 05, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: large dark head on a jet black. No light getting through. some lacing.

S: sour lemon, espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malts, flour and dough.

T: very sweet with sour notes which dominate up front. Spicey, cinnamon, roasted malts, milk chocolate, vanilla and dark fruit, mostly cherries. a touch alcoholic. The pepper and spiciness dominates the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A very interesting and memorable beer. A little too sour and alcohol dominant but still very much worth experiencing.

kylehay2004, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a very thick looking black color with a very dense brown head on top. The retention is long lasting and the lacing is pretty impressive also. The smell of the beer is chocolaty and roasted, not much pepper on there nose though. The taste is very rich, it's very roasted and had a good amount of chocolate in there. The vanilla is hidden and the peppers come out subtly in the finish. The mouthfeel is oily, very thick and smooth. There is a light carbonation to it this also. Overall it's a very good beer, well worth the time and money in my opinion to get this one.

Knapp85, May 27, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/15/13.

Appearance: Very dark brown, near black body with a near lofty, medium tan-hued head.

Smell: Fairly roasty nose with an agreeable aroma of bittersweet chocolate flecked with a bit of vanilla and given a pinch of cinnamon atop the underlying vein of earthy, spice-evoking chile peppers.

Taste: Dark chocolate atop a firmly roasted, faintly ashen maltiness yielding a light astringency. Subtle vanilla. A little singe of cinnamon mingled amongst the sweetness. Showing some chile heat lumped in with the mild hop, sustained charred grain element, and the warming alcohol. The chile quality lasts into the warm, chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth, creamy on the tongue.

Overall: While it is another in what is a fairly long line of loud, big, brash imperial stouts, your heart has fucking died if you didn't enjoy it.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

JAHMUR, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

SocalKicks, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a big, four finger head of medium tan foam on top of a black body. The head settles down slowly and leaves thick smears of lace on the walls of the glass as it goes.

S - A slightly acidic aroma of coffee and chocolate with notes of cinnamon, clove, and anise as well as some plum and orange fruity notes.

T - Plum and dark bread up front with some pine and citrus in the middle. Spicy notes of chili and cinnamon in the middle and a chocolate note with pomegranate

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nicely done, though the draft version that I had a few months ago was more enjoyable and complex. This works well but seems to have soured just a touch and lost the best of what it was when first brewed.

nickfl, Jul 13, 2012
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3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. 2013 Edition. Big thanks go to Stakem for the share on this. Pours black with a frothy dark mocha head. Retains well, leaving rich and robust ringing along the sides of the glass. The aroma smells like chocolate cake, coffee, cinnamon sticks and chilies, with a smidge of green citrus and vanilla sweetness thrown in. I’m liking this. The taste is pretty similar. Baker’s chocolate, dense roasted coffee, a firm citric bitterness, slight alcohol sweetness, a touch of vanilla which bonds to the chocolate and finally, spices throughout, which really heat up the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a lively and sharp feel to the carbonation. The alcohol here does a little stinging in spots and it working with the peppers comes on a bit strong at times on the palate. While I found the first release of this to be an overall smoother beer, this latest go-around still has a lot to offer with plenty of rich flavors and a spicy kick! This is well worth seeking out.

Kegatron, Aug 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

russpowell, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Mike (Thorpe429). Served in a tulip.

A - Medium brown foam settles to a wispy partial cap, thick collar, and spotty lace. Very dark brown body that displays some transparency at the fringes.

S - A mixture of chocolate cake, chiles, cinnamon, and a bit of tar and smoke. Alcohol is quite well-hidden - didn't realize this was in the doube digits.

T - Taste as more cocoa nib and vanilla bean presence, with some light roastiness as well. Less overt cinnamon, and surprisingly little chile heat for a beer made with habanero. Again, minimal booze presence.

M - Smooth medium-full body, pleasant moderate carbonation, lightly sticky finish, and a hint of warmth that could either be from the peppers or the alcohol.

D - Solid brew - reminds me a little bit of Abraxas but isn't quite as intense, although they have similarly well-disguised booze. Worth checking out if you like chile pepper stouts.

MasterSki, Apr 07, 2012
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4.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to... I think Andy, at my 30th birthday whale tasting.

Pours a big fizzy fluffy dark head, decent lacing and nice legs.

Nose has cocoa nibs, dusty oak barrel and wooden shelf, light cinnamon, woody esters, hint of dark chocolate and vanilla.

Taste brings sweet chocolate, caramel, dusty oak and wooden shelf, nice light chili pepper heat, little cinnamon again, little soy though too, light bready malts, thick and lush, hot pepper and booze there, syrupy.

Mouth is thick and syrupy, decent carb, some booze and pepper heat.

Overall not bad, decent characters, nice pepper and chocolate, bit of soy though.

jlindros, May 06, 2013
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Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,509 ratings.