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Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,708
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 1,185
Gots: 302 | 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:
Beer added by: Netdigger2 on 02-01-2012

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
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a thick, 2 finger chocolate colored head with excellent retention. Beer is opaque black. Lacing is thick but minimal with moderately thin legs and decent cling. Pretty.

Nose is chocolate, vanilla, fudge, cocoa, molasses and just the slightest touch of spice in the back. Real deep and aromatic. Delicious!

Opens sweet. Chocolate, vanilla and fudge. Cocoa powder and a big dose of spice kick towards the middle. End is more cocoa powder, lactose, chocolate, and fudge. This one actually reminds me of chocolate cake at the finish. Aftertaste is sweet and spicy. Pretty awesome!

Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and rich in the mouth and goes down spicy and silky with an accented finish and a lingering, hot, sticky aftertaste. This is spot on.

This is easily the best spicy stout I've ever come across. The body is astounding and really just makes the rest of the experience. Flavors exhibit nice complexity and the nose and look are deep and inviting but the body is what holds everything together here. An excellent beer!

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3/5  rDev -31.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5/15/13. Poured in to snifter.

A - Ink black with a thin layer of cocoa colored head.

S - Rich chocolate, spicy chilli pepper, sweet vanilla, roast and molasses.

T - Dark cocoa and a nice spiciness with a touch of cinnamon coming though. The heat is present in the perfect proportion so as not to overpower the other aspects of the beer . The vanilla is subtle and adds a nice sweetness. A big roast profile is present throughout. A tough of heat lingers in the finish.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Light to moderate carbonation. Would have liked a touch more body, but still a nice mouth feel.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into a shaker. 2013 release

Pours a pitch black with a foamy beige head. Exactly what you're looking for in this kind of beer. The smell is BIG on chocolate, very reminiscent of Big John. The taste is also insanely chocolaty and malty and the body is smooth and creamy. As the beer warms up you get a tad bit of heat on the back end as well, as the slight bit of habanero peppers start to make their presence known. Real tasty.

Overall an exceptional stout that you should seek out.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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1/5  rDev -77.2%

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4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full disclosure: Westbrook does no/very little wrong. MC is by far my favorite of their offerings however, and this beer really hits on a lot of notes for me.

A: Dark, dark, and dark. Small, dark brown head. This beer is brooding from the appearance onward...

S: The smell of this brew really stands out to me. The peppers smell on the front end, but taste on the back. A chocolatey richness comes through as well.

T: Not as alcohol forward as I expected, but good and strong. Love the burn of the peppers at the finish. Dense and bold flavoring.

Can't go wrong with this brew, and if discussing Westbrook with a newbie, this is the one I'd point to in order to display their ingenuity, creativity and the complexity they can achieve in a beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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