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Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,453
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,037
Gots: 300 | FT: 25
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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Ratings: 1,453 | Reviews: 167 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

chefduff2, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: thick pitch black beer in a stout flute glass; dense head of mocha foam

S: sweet chocolately malts, fudge, the suggestion of spice in the air

T: chocolate fudgy-ness and then the sizzle of pepper; layers of dark chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon spice - and the habanero peppers! This beer is exactly what is says on the label - sweet, but with a drying spicy/peppery-ness that balances it out perfectly - and they have a Mexican Coffee Cake version? OMG.

M: the beer itself is dense and viscous, but doesn't leave a tacky coating (probably the pepper and spice's doing); hot pepper will tingle your tongue and throat right off the bat and throughout the drink

O: you have to try this, assuming you enjoy that chili pepper heat in a stout - super dense, rich, and delightful - its one of those beers that, if you can get your hands on to try, you do.

Greywulfken, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Westbrook goblet. Thick and viscous, opaque black, with a well-retaining half-inch cap of mocha head that left a few streaks of lacing on the glass when swirled. That's what I like to see. Aroma was a bit muted at first, but came out more as the beer warmed a bit, as expected. Dark roasty malts, cocoa, coffee, not much of the other elements of the beer, though again, the peppery spice was more apparent as the beer warmed. In the taste, earthy cocoa, dark chocolate and roasty dark malts up front, with the habaneros making themselves quite obvious mid-palate, a strong, spicy sensation prickling the taste buds, roasty aftertaste with a bit of coffee, and just a hint of vegetal vanilla bean; didn't get any cinnamon whatsoever. About halfway through the beer, the palate adjusted and the pepper heat mellowed quite a bit, turning this into quite a nice sipper. I'd say the body was nearly full, mouthfeel was pretty smooth for a habanero beer. Overall quite good. Cheers!

Rifugium, Jun 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

ant880, Jun 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Stumpy29er, Jun 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

headylamar, Jun 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

kcreming, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

JAHMUR, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of alaimoa
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hard to find this bad boy but I was able to get to the one store up here on the east coast that had it in NY. Had originally at The FESTIVAL in Portland, ME on 6/22/13 as my first taster and it was phenomenal. I describe it as a jet black pour with a little brown head. Super creamy, silky with a great medium/heavy body. Can definitely get perfect malt notes with cocoa, vanilla and a strong heat backbone that originally could be mistaken for alcohol but I think its the habanero peppers..

Overall a gem and despite the bottle saying don't age I picked up 4 so I might keep one to see how it tastes with a year or two on it in the cellar. I would seek this beer out and buy it any time I see it.

alaimoa, Jun 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

mookihouse, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a few bottles of this from various people - thank you to all. The pour is very dark; dark enough to be called black, allowing almost no light to pass through when staring directly at it. The head is a thing of beauty; fine-bubbled, foamy, and mocha in color, it's slow to settle down and leaves pretty decent lacing for a 10%+ ABV imperial stout.

At first, the aroma took me back and seemed just a tad cluttered. Luckily, as things progressed and the beer warmed up a bit, the different aromatic elements started to mesh and intertwine quite nicely, which is a good thing since there's so much going on. I highly suggest letting this one warm a bit before enjoying it.

The nose is heavy with milky chocolates, sweet, sweet vanilla beans, substantial roasted malt, and a light dash of cinnamon. Peppers go somewhat unnoticed in the aroma, and any kind of spiciness noted can probably be attributed to the cinnamon. Very robust smelling, a complex and nice execution of many different parts. Mild leathery notes on the very back end.

The first sip starts off with a beautiful dose of roasted malts before quickly becoming compounded with mounds of cocoa nibs and lively, sweet vanilla. It tastes like a molten fudge cake with warm vanilla drizzle on top. Very sweet, pushing the edge of almost being too sweet, but luckily falling just short and remaining manageable the whole time.

Cinnamon is a bit understated at first, but becomes quite nice with even more warmth; nice, toasty cinnamon flavor without being too spicy on the tongue. Peppers don't add much flavor-wise, but they are appreciated in the form of a lasting tingle on the very back of the throat and tongue. A solid, layered addition without adding any real "heat" to the brew, rendering it undrinkable.

Mexican Cake finishes with a sweet, resounding aftertaste full of nuttiness, vanilla, heavy fudge, a touch of cinnamon, and some tingling pepper presence. The viscous and thick body is just shy of chewy, but feels good for a stout; medium carbonation. I was hesitant to try this because with this list of ingredients, things could easily have gone awry. Luckily the execution was great, and the beer was really quite tasty.

tectactoe, Jun 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

mrebeka, Jun 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

joefuzz, Jun 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

mpayne5, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

IPAyForHops, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Seanniek91
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber into a Smuttynose tulip. Bottled a month and a half ago.

Appearance- Pitch black with 2 fingered fluffy mocha head that lasted about 3 minutes. Gorgeous lacing.

Smell- Choclate, cinnamon, coffee, vanilla. Dark stone fruit. No booze.

Taste- Similar to the smell, but with heavier cinnamon and very light chili. The Habanero leaves a nice mild burn at the end though.

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly light. No hint of booze. Very drinkable. Nice thickness.

Overall- I'd say that this is a new permawant. Sooo good.

Seanniek91, Jun 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Grfilwett, Jun 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.4%

fugazidps, Jun 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Benny3000, Jun 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

bishopdc0, Jun 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

oakaged88, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

beerinNV, Jun 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

CasanovaCummins, Jun 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

InspectorBob, Jun 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

roostor07, Jun 24, 2013
Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,453 ratings.