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Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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1,666 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,666
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 1,126
Gots: 308 | 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:
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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4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark midnight black, with more than enough sufficient lighting this brew is still opaque with small bubbles towards the head of the body. The head itself is a quite darker tan rising to maybe 1/4".

Smell: What a deep aroma, sweet coffee with a hit of mocha. You don't smell this beer you inhale it.

Taste: This beer adds something new that you don't see too often, it gives you a hit of pepper with it's strong coffee bean feel. Jesus the molasses and the coffee, some sweet bitterness that is crazy addicting.

Mouth: Paired properly with the right food, the stickiness alone is almost perfect. Medium, and so smooth.

Overall: Borderline perfect, an easy top ten all around beer considering there so many out there and definitely a top five Imperial Stout. Ridiculously complex with a little bit of everything going on. Salud!

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pour from a bottle into a bruery snifter glass
pretty dark with 1/4-1/8 inch head
smell is heavy chocolate and you can slightly smell the peppers
taste is nice smooth really like the chocolate
you get peppers on the back end but not overpowering light tingle on the back of the throat from the spice
think they used a real high-end chocolate or i just like the flavor lol
it is an excellent brew worth of trying again

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from 8/2/13

A- Pours black as night with a thick, light brown head that recedes slowly. Minimal lacing is left on the glass.

S- Dark chocolate and chili dominate the nose. Light cinnamon and vanilla are also noticeable, along with some vinous notes.

T- The first thing that strikes me about the flavor is the balance of all the components. Big doses of chili are counteracted by sweet chocolate, with the cinnamon tying everything together. I would like there to be some roastiness and maybe a bit more sweetness (which is weird for me to want) would improve this.

M- The mouthfeel is medium, mildly carbonated, with some heat from the peppers. The 10.5% abv is not noticeable at all!

O- Overall this is a very good beer that could just use some refinement on the slightly rough edges.

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3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. 2013 Edition. Big thanks go to Stakem for the share on this. Pours black with a frothy dark mocha head. Retains well, leaving rich and robust ringing along the sides of the glass. The aroma smells like chocolate cake, coffee, cinnamon sticks and chilies, with a smidge of green citrus and vanilla sweetness thrown in. I’m liking this. The taste is pretty similar. Baker’s chocolate, dense roasted coffee, a firm citric bitterness, slight alcohol sweetness, a touch of vanilla which bonds to the chocolate and finally, spices throughout, which really heat up the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a lively and sharp feel to the carbonation. The alcohol here does a little stinging in spots and it working with the peppers comes on a bit strong at times on the palate. While I found the first release of this to be an overall smoother beer, this latest go-around still has a lot to offer with plenty of rich flavors and a spicy kick! This is well worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled On: 5/15/13

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of tan/brown head that lasts for a few minutes before settling down to a thin cap

S: Nicely complex. Get some bakers chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla, and a hint of spice to round things off

T: Starts off with the roasted malts, and quickly hits on the bakers chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla. After a few seconds, the habanero and cinnamon kick up quite the spiciness that lingers far into the finish. The habanero really hits you in the back of the throat and lingers until the next sip. Get barely a hint of alcohol

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: Really an exceptional imperial stout. I've never had a beer with as much habanero kick as this one, but that's a good thing especially with how well it melds with all the other flavors. Very easy to drink for a 10.5% imperial stout. The only reservation is the price at $13.49 for a 22 oz. bomber. Well worth it at least once, though

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Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,666 ratings.