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Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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1,450 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,450
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,033
Gots: 297 | 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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5/5  rDev +14.4%

DerrickW, Jun 09, 2013
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Photo of csparace
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours medium thick with a really dark mocha head that fades super fast. Jet black in the glass. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell - chocolate is definitely present. There's a lot if this vegetable sense too though. Like a green pepper. Slight slight cinnamon. Didn't get any vanilla like I was expecting.

Taste - bittersweet chocolate, light roasted coffee. Small amounts of vanilla. Finishes with a lasting mild pepper. The pepper really only comes through in the end and isn't huge at all. Pepper is fresh instead of ground.

Mouthfeel - this is where I experience the pepper the most. It really lingers in the back if the throat. Slightly less thick thank I thought it would be, but is definitely not thin. Low carbonation level with sticky residue. Covers the alcohol very well. The flavora inhibit the drinkability not the booze.

Overall - super awesome beer. A fresher take on the pepper than say end of days or hunaphu's. really great mouthfeel. Not insanely complex, but well above average. Simply a joy to experience.

I'm a little suspicious that the growler has had a slight effect on the beer. Maybe.

csparace, Jun 08, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Damian74Shensky for this gem!

Bottled on 5/15/13. Poured into a snifter on 6/1/13.

A: Pitch-black, syrupy, similar to a motor oil. Great head (two fingers) and slowly dissipates with a super-thin layer of foam. Nice retention and laces very beautifully.

S: Picked up on chocolate notes right away, some vanilla, cinnamon, toffee, and coffee. Very nice.

T: Incredible! I thought I was tasting actual dessert, which was chocolate, roasted espresso, and toffee all in one. The best part was the lingering aftertaste of habanero peppers around my tongue and in my throat. Not a painful response but a quite nice stimulating experience.

M: Full-bodied with strong carbonation, creamy, and tons of spicy aftertaste.

O: Amazing beer. This is probably the first imperial stout with true spicy aftertaste I've had. This one left a wonderful impression on me and will be going into my ISO list. Marvelous job by Westbrook!

cw577enfield, Jun 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Tatuchris, Jun 02, 2013
Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,450 ratings.