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Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,740
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 1,247
Gots: 307 | FT: 28
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, brooklynbrews!

Black throughout and full in body. Thick brown head. Dots and irregular webs of stick left down the glass.

Aroma of chocolate and roast, a bit of an earthy and sweet vanilla character, and just a bit of a chile character.

The flavor is similar to the aroma--chocolate, roast, with definite habanero lingering, especially after the swallow. I don't pick up as much vanilla in the flavor as I do in the aroma.

Full-medium bodied with lower moderate carbonation. Very appropriate.

Quite tasty, and even though I enjoy spice and chiles, I wish the habanero was dialed down just a slight bit. Regardless, I'm very much enjoying my glass of this, but the pepper should be complementary instead of dominant.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick and viscous in the pour the color was jet black and gave off a thin yet bubbly brown head.

The scent isn't overly complex but very sound in a dry chocolate and Graham cracker aroma.

Not necessarily a blend you expect it's creamy chocolate with a spicy kick. The spice is not overwhelming or deterring but acts as a compliment to strong creamy chocolate tones. I don't taste the actual peppers but I can find hints of cinnamon spiciness. The feel is not hot or burning but is present. This is amongst the best versions of a habenero brewed beer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from the 2013 anniversary, into an unlabeled snifter 8/31/2013. Shared with Amber, Doug and Shaun. Thanks to Daniel S for hooking me up with a bottle of this beer.

Pours as a dark, viscous blackness. The head's probably a 2cm mocha coloured with decent retention and becomes a fairly thin film on the surface of the beer. Lacing is minimal but thick wherever it is. Swirling this beer in the glass stains it rather brown. Very reminiscent of chocolate.

Smells like sweet dark chocolate fudge. No hint of spiciness. This is mostly dominated by chocolates and cocoa here, like a chocolate coffee cake. Doesn't give much hints to what we are going to taste.

Flavour is very nice. It's full of chocolate, lactose sweetness and cocoa bitterness... hint of vanilla. But the real big kicker is the spice kick that seems puny on the first few sips, but quickly builds into a massive kick in the palate after a few minutes. It's broilingly hot awesomeness that really complements the earlier sweetness. Very interesting spicy chocolate cake flavour profile!

Full body, but a little bit on the thinner side compared to Hunahpu and Abraxas. Somehow this makes it more smooth and drinkable. Very rich and spicy aftertaste that lingers a while. This is probably the best-executed pepper spiciness I've had in a beer.

Its a bit thinner but does the pepper spiciness very well. I didn't get much cinnamon or vanilla here, unfortunately. I would have to put it like this: Abraxas is heavy on the cinnamon, Hunahpu is a very thick chocolate fudge beer, and Mexican Cake is spicy chocolate cake. They're all awesome and Mexican Cake holds up well to the other Mexican-style stouts.

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Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,740 ratings.