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Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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97
world-class

1,412 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,412
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 1,014
Gots: 296 | FT: 29
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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CadetGCBD, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark almost opaque brown. Full mocha head and lacing.
Smell: chocolate fudge. Some vanilla. Hint of cinnamon and peppers. Mexican cake indeed.
Taste: much like the nose. A slight habanero burn in the finish. This lingers but isn't pronounced. Very nice.
Overall: very unique and outstanding creation. After Shane's big dipa and this, Westbrook stock going up in my book.

cindyjeffsmith, Jun 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

jmarsh123, Jun 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

pisano, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/15/13

Had the first batch of this and loved it but i guess those notes haven't been added yet so reviewing the newest batch that i found locally. Enjoyed from a westbrook snifter. brew poured a rather stunning rich thick black. generous phone meet and head that was gone relatively quick leaving patches of mocha bubbles and its wake. smells like a Mexican cake chocolate vanilla Peppers great sweetness on the nose is perfectly complemented with cinnamon. taste is complex. this beer can easily hang with hunah. everything is in its right place. body is fairly full but you would expect that from a stout this size. the peppers make it feel lighter and the cinnamon tames down the peppers. make no mistake though there is some spicey heat on the finish. definitely worth a shot for any fans of hunah.

cosmicevan, Jun 17, 2013
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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  rDev -8.5%

Amalak, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice viscous black color with really not a whole lot of head to speak of, just a tan ring, slight lacing with a swirl that goes down quickly.

The smell honestly just smells like a normal imperial stout with some dark malty roast notes and no hops to speak of, some cocoa powder and maybe just a slight hint of the earthy oily peppers, I don't get any cinnamon at all but there is some vanilla bean too but I oldnt have called it if I didn't read it on the bottle. Mostly just a better than average stout aroma the additions unfortunately don't do a lot for the aroma for me.

The taste does come through ith some rich notes of flavor: creamy vanilla chocolate ice cream like notes, a slight cinnamon overtone, just a bit of heat from the peppers in the lingering semi biter sweet aftertaste. Defiantly a big roasty mid palate on this beer no doubt this is a stout with the malt bill as well.

The feel is good, it has a bit of heat but a smooth silky feel that is nice. The aftertaste is surprisingly dry on my palate which isn't a plus for the style IMHO. Decent body.

Overall a good but not great beer, not in the ballpark of some other beers in this vein.

Dreadnaught33, Jun 15, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a snifter. Freshness date read 5/15/13.

A-Pours a viscous, motor oil color black with a thick, rich and smooth toffee colored head. Brilliant. The head retains fairly well and the foam cascades down the glass when I sip it leaving behind a fair amount of lacing.

S-The booze and habanero peppers hit you at first but it fades smoothly into a symphony of chocolate cake, dry wheat, cocoa nibs, and flour. Some vanilla works its way in there as well. A lot of depth and nuance to this brew.

T-The booze isn't as present here as it was in the nose, thankfully. This tastes exceptional. The spice is aggressive at the front but is countered by a lovely sweetness. The middle and the back of the palate combine to introduce a lovely taste of bitter dark chocolate, subtle notes of coffee, sweet chocolate cake, vanilla, and then a lingering spicy bite. The nuances in this beer are incredible.

MF-Not as thick as I typically like my stouts, and I assume thats because of the spice. It finishes a bit dry. My least favorite aspect of this brew.

O-World-class. It's an annual summer release so if you see it, buy it. It's up there with the other imperials. Plus, it's very unique.

Jacurdy60, Jun 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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Photo of nesarebad
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle poured into my FW Bottleworks Teku - courtesy of ThreeFishes, thanks Jim!

A - Pours jet black with a thick dense two finger coffee color head. No faults in the appearance, perfect for an Imperial Stout - not much more can be said about that.

S - This is where the beer scores the lowest for me. The underlying flavors are there but muted, get a little chocolate, some heat, and some roasted dark malts. Opens up as it warms, spicy notes appear as the cinnamon and habanero welcome themselves to the party.

T - Complexity abounds. As the beer pulls you in, you literally can see your self with a luscious slice of dense chocolate cake with vanilla frosting and cinnamon and habanero in the fold. This is flavor layered upon flavor, with the spicy notes coming at the end of the taste. Remarkable and memorable.

M - Not to thick and not too sweet, the flavors meld in a glorious interplay of contrasting tones. Coating but not cloying, this is a very drinkable big beer.

O - One of my favorite non-BA Imperial Stouts. The label says to drink fresh and I don't think I can disagree with that. Aging this beer runs you the risk of severely muting one of the flavors that brings the contrasting re-freshness of this beer. Would love to have again, but happy that I had the chance to get this now.

nesarebad, Jun 13, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a pitch black color. Like an abyss of darkness were no light can escape. A somewhat aggressive pour yields a nice 1.25 inch head that is pretty dense like an espresso and of a nice light tan almost cream color. The head is dense and retention is pretty impressive with some slight sticky notes.

Aroma starts off with some midl vanilla notes with nice deep rich coca notes that are almost hard to detect 'cuz they are so intense (figure that one). There is some mild grainy notes and slight sweetness to the brew with some peppery notes as well. As it warms the coca nib notes seem more appreciable and there is some slight coffee roast as well.

Flavor starts off nice coca notes; rich, slightly sweet and bitter dark coca notes. This is then followed by some nice cinnamon notes mixed in with midl vanilla notes that smooth the cocoa notes out. Some slight espresso is present. Then the real fun starts prickly and spicy pepper notes beging to coat the tongue and the whole mouth. Once all these flavors are perceived a nice combination of coca and cinnamon and the spicy peppers interplay with each other and linger on the palette for a long while. There is some nice espresso and dark bitter chocolate that is noted on the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style and a thicker body would compliment the flavor profile better.

Overall this brew was interesting and is pretty delicious. Quite intense pepper notes compared to other "spicy" stouts I've had. Body is not as thick as I would like. Other than that solid brew.

JoEBoBpr, Jun 13, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle served in a Westbrook snifter. Bottled

A: Pours a dark, deep black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap with a slightly thicker collar.

S: Deep chocolate with a lot of roast. There is mild dark fruit character with a gingerbread cookie type sweetness to it. A light touch of mild pepper on the nose. Very inviting as it's not as intense as I would have imagined. It makes me want to dig in more.

T: There's the pepper! Not entirely fleshy, but a nice balance of pepper flesh and spicy. It lingers in the back of the throat for a little while after each sip. The dark fruit character is there from the nose and there is a slight hint of the fruity house yeast that I've come to expect from Westbrook stouts. Heavy roasted malts with with some unsweetened chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation. Carbonation is spot on, but I'd like a little bit more chew to the body. Finish has some nice spicy heat.

O: A touch more body would have been great, but overall this is a really nice beer. The ABV is well hidden and it's pretty balanced. It's still not in the realm of Abraxas or Hunahpu, but it's still a great beer that I'd gladly have again.

Treebs, Jun 13, 2013
Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,412 ratings.