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Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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727 Ratings
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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%


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:
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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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.74/5  rDev +10%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 00:13:29 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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mhksuccess

California

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 15:05:29 | More by mhksuccess
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 23:58:19 | More by SadMachine
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 20:51:49 | More by Kegatron
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 06:40:55 | More by BEERMILER12
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH snifter.

Black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is loads of cocoa with a hint of hot pepper. Flavor follows with lots of cocoa, some roasted malts and a nice lingering spice. The habanero is well blended and not over the top. Great balance! A creamy texture with a nice low carbonation.

Fantastic! Interesting but balanced and well behaved. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 22:37:18 | More by GJ40
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TheCuriograph

New York

4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ridiculous psyched to snag a growler of such a storied beer at Bierkraft. Living in the Slope definitely has its benefits.

A - Jet black, with a tan finger head. Monolithic like a good imperial stout.

S - Massive dark roast coffee with notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and pepper. Overtones of smoke and ethanol.

T - Wow. Burst of Dark chocolate and coffee tempered with vanilla and caramel, but all of this gives way to a sharp, smoky spice from the habaneros. Resolves the taste and clears the palate, leaving a smoke and chocolate memory before the next sip. Alcohol is expertly masked.

M - Heavy thick and creamy. Sticks to your mouth like it knows you want it to stay.

Wonderfully singular brew. Happy that I have another fifty-two ounces. I'll be sad to see the end of it.

The Curiograph
www.thecuriograph.com

Serving type: growler

07-25-2013 00:14:57 | More by TheCuriograph
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Apom

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was a great beer from my home state of South Carolina and seems to be popular for trades as well. The heat from the habanero peppers was perfect on this creating a complex tasting stout that couldn't be mistaken for anything else. You don't feel the heat from the peppers until a few seconds after it washes down and your mouth has already been coated with those classic imperial stout characteristics. I highly recommend trying this beer and I hope to pick up some of the barrel aged versions of this as well. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 13:09:35 | More by Apom
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twizzard

New York

4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wasn't sure what I'd think about the spicy end of this beer as I'm a 'mild wings' kind of guy....But wow! What an an amazing beer! Poured half the bomber and felt I'd have to save the other half til tomorrow. But besides the fact that I have a drinking problem, this was just too damn good to save til tomorrow. Grab one of these and drink it now or tomorrow, but drink it.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 01:16:52 | More by twizzard
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Zbeetleman

California

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank you drbenzo for sharing.

Appearance - dark, dark, dark. Nice! Mild lacing on this one, and it is tannish.

Smell - You can smell the hint of spice, the vanilla and the cacao.

Taste - is a great stout with vanilla, chocolate, and the spice gets you on the back palate, after a few sips. Very subtle spice to me, but it was just right.

Mouthfeel - nice on the carbonation and the over all feeling was full and sleek. Really well put together.

Overall - Solid from top to bottom, great mix of flavors, not one is overbearing. Yesiree!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 03:31:56 | More by Zbeetleman
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to AtlCarl, who send me this bottle for the equivalent of a 47th round draft pick. 22 oz. big boy split with my wife, bottled 5/15/13.

Pour is dead black with quick-disappear ring of minimal carbonation. Nose is remarkable, like the thickest, most chocolatey chocolate milk you've ever had (I recently witnessed this!) & a touch of vanilla. But the liquid fudge is uniquely pudge-inducing.

Mexican Cake is probably an apt metaphor for Mexican cake, I'm guessing. The peppers bound out of the gate & sting the palate with heat & light, just the right amount to keep the taste bud choir in good pitch. Playing hide and seek under the moderate inferno is that lovely chocolate flavoring. Faint vanilla, maybe roast, probably cinnamon, but I wouldn't have IDed that if it hadn't been on the label. Pepper heat slaughters all comers on the downslide: it's all peppers, all the time in the aftertaste. Still, I could drink some more of this.

Overall this is a very good beer that, despite the label, I think could use some time. Right now the peppers are so dominant that I can barely peek under the heat shield to discern a few of the other flavors. I'm going to sit on my other bottle for six months & I'll wager it's going to be in the excellent range once the chiles calm a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 03:08:42 | More by maximum12
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is quite legendary in our parts. I missed it on Westbrook's first anniversery but made a point to take a mission across enemy lines into South Carolina to capture some of the Second Anniversery booty. (Yeay!! 4 bottles!!)

Poured from a bomber into an Ass Clown Snifter.

A: Solid inky very dark brown, opaque. First pour was a little cool and only produced a thin head, 2nd pour once it had warmed delivered a lovely 2 finger dark mocha head of tiny tight bubbles.

N: Vanilla and cinammon over roasty malts dominate. The slightest hint of cocoa, and I don't get any of the chile. Does not smell boozy.

T: Wow, what a delicious Imperial Stout!! The chocolate is much more prominent on the tongue than in the nose, a combo of baker's chocolate and milk chocolate. Yummy, but not really milk stout creamy. Pretty strong cinammon mole flavor, and the habaneros are a soft sucker punch on the finish. I found the chile to be subdued and only on the back of the palate at finish, others have complained it was too aggressive. Flavors here are well integrated, it's not the level of complexity of a KBS or Event Horizon where layer after layer is peeled back, you get it all together, but it works.

MF: Relatively substantial mouthfeel, but not really heavy and chewy. Good coating of the mouth despite ample carbonation.

O: This is an epic imperial stout that I would put right up in the upper echelon. I would love to age a few bottles, but the label says to drink it fresh, so I guess I better get to it!!.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 20:35:58 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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HerrWahr

New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The combination of ingredients and price put me off, but I gotta say this is a beer made by someone who know balance and proportion. Light carbonation, subtle burn from the chilies, and wonderful rich mouth feel.

Not a beer to drink if you are driving, but if you're relaxing with a film or friends, just the ticket.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 23:52:34 | More by HerrWahr
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ksimons

New York

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-pours an inky black with two fingers worth of thick tan head

S-roasted malt, vanilla, cocoa, and a bit of spice

T-taste is similar to the smell, but the peppers really come out in the taste. Dark roasted malt, espresso, dark cocoa, sweet vanilla, and spicy cinnamon and peppers

M-medium to full body, good carbonation, spicy finish

Overall I really love the combination of spice in stouts, and Mexican Cake does not disappoint. Another great quality beer by Westbrook.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 22:08:42 | More by ksimons
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz, 5/15/13
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours black as night. Dark tan head. Tight bubbled. Alcohol feet. Sheeting of alcohol.

S: Nice roast. Soft cocoa. Spices. The pepper isn't as aggressive as I expected.

T: Soft chocolate bitterness on the front of the palate. Some sweetness. Bakers chocolate. The pepper really hits you in the back end. Grows with a slight burn.

M: Full bodied. Coats the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 18:27:21 | More by inlimbo77
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Gmann

New York

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color with a smallish brown head that settles into no cap no ring nada.

The aroma is of a moderate roast with some dark chocolate undertones. Light vanilla and a subtle cinnamon sweetness. Very subtle hint of hot pepper.

Moderate roast with a nice blend of milk and dark chocolate. Some lactose presence that help smooths the brew. A dark berry sweet and tart note. Good building heat from the chilies. Not much from the cinnamon. Vanilla and dark caramel sweetness. Toasted pumpernickel malt.

The feel is well bodied with tingly carbonation. Sweet and bitter on the palate and sticky in the finish. Good pepper burn.

A very good chocolate pepper brew. Some smoke would be excellent with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 05:59:19 | More by Gmann
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socon67

New York

4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Black pour that is visibly a thick beer that looks like 10W-40 motor oil. Coates the glass and doesn't lace as much as leaves a slick pattern.

S - Strong scents of fresh ground Columbian coffee and peppers. The more subtle scents of vanilla and cinnamon don't hit the nose until this beer warmed up. Has some roasted malt and cocoa notes.

T - Oddly the chocolate is much more pronounced to the palate than in the smell. Milk chocolate is dominant, as is some cinnamon spice. The heat of those habaneros hit the roof of the mouth and remind you that this has some heat. Its not gentle but clearly delivers on its promise.

M - This is a thick syrupy beer that feels a bit lighter in body but is still a sipping beer. Not sessionable; the heat will be a palate wrecker. I had with dessert and really that's the best spot to enjoy this.

O - Not quite Hunahpu but this is a standout beer. If I couldn't score the whale from CCB I would certainly settle on this. First offering from Westbrook and this would make me curious of their other beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 01:46:38 | More by socon67
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA Shilt for hooking me up with a bomber of this. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears black in color with 2 fingers worth of dark brown froth that slowly fades leaving patches of lace on the glass. A swirl revives a dark brown finger of silk back to the surface that holds with solid retaining powers.

The aroma is quite cake-like. Sweet milk chocolate mixed with a deeper more earthen baker's cocoa. Hints of vanilla really accent the chocolate appeal. There is a hint of citrus present I assume to be from the chili inclusion because it also includes that peppery spice blending at the same time the citrus notes are evident. A little bit of roasted coffee comes out as it warms up as well as some notes of cinnamon bark.

The taste is quite roasted and earthen. Right upfront is an immediate indication of the spicy pepper inclusion. The peppers bring a spicy tingle of heat as well as citrus element. The spice blends well with notes of chocolate and vanilla. The chocolate taste is more earthen and bitter like baker's cocoa but as more sips are taken, more vanilla comes out and it starts to get a bit sweet like milk chocolate. The aftertaste has roasty coffee and a hint of cinnamon.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth in the feel yet spicy and complex. This was an enjoyable sipper but admittedly, I think the spice got to me before the alcohol did. That would be my only gripe about this beer, while chiliheads im sure scream for more, I would prefer it tamed back a bit to increase its overall drinkability. Regardless, this is an enjoyable brew that is worth seeking out. I wouldnt mind having it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 18:07:40 | More by stakem
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black as night, dark brown mocha head, finger and a half, low lace.

Aroma: roast, chocolate, pepper, vanilla, coffee, toffee, caramel,

Taste: big milk chocolate, vanilla bean, roasted malts, mild cinnamon, peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: thick, chewy, full bodied.

Overall: habanero comes a little on the finish, but its a nice touch, light on the cinnamon, big chocolate, no noticeable alcohol..drinkable like whoa!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 01:19:44 | More by EgadBananas
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Greywulfken

New York

4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: thick pitch black beer in a stout flute glass; dense head of mocha foam

S: sweet chocolately malts, fudge, the suggestion of spice in the air

T: chocolate fudgy-ness and then the sizzle of pepper; layers of dark chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon spice - and the habanero peppers! This beer is exactly what is says on the label - sweet, but with a drying spicy/peppery-ness that balances it out perfectly - and they have a Mexican Coffee Cake version? OMG.

M: the beer itself is dense and viscous, but doesn't leave a tacky coating (probably the pepper and spice's doing); hot pepper will tingle your tongue and throat right off the bat and throughout the drink

O: you have to try this, assuming you enjoy that chili pepper heat in a stout - super dense, rich, and delightful - its one of those beers that, if you can get your hands on to try, you do.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 01:32:12 | More by Greywulfken
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Westbrook goblet. Thick and viscous, opaque black, with a well-retaining half-inch cap of mocha head that left a few streaks of lacing on the glass when swirled. That's what I like to see. Aroma was a bit muted at first, but came out more as the beer warmed a bit, as expected. Dark roasty malts, cocoa, coffee, not much of the other elements of the beer, though again, the peppery spice was more apparent as the beer warmed. In the taste, earthy cocoa, dark chocolate and roasty dark malts up front, with the habaneros making themselves quite obvious mid-palate, a strong, spicy sensation prickling the taste buds, roasty aftertaste with a bit of coffee, and just a hint of vegetal vanilla bean; didn't get any cinnamon whatsoever. About halfway through the beer, the palate adjusted and the pepper heat mellowed quite a bit, turning this into quite a nice sipper. I'd say the body was nearly full, mouthfeel was pretty smooth for a habanero beer. Overall quite good. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 00:42:32 | More by Rifugium
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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hard to find this bad boy but I was able to get to the one store up here on the east coast that had it in NY. Had originally at The FESTIVAL in Portland, ME on 6/22/13 as my first taster and it was phenomenal. I describe it as a jet black pour with a little brown head. Super creamy, silky with a great medium/heavy body. Can definitely get perfect malt notes with cocoa, vanilla and a strong heat backbone that originally could be mistaken for alcohol but I think its the habanero peppers..

Overall a gem and despite the bottle saying don't age I picked up 4 so I might keep one to see how it tastes with a year or two on it in the cellar. I would seek this beer out and buy it any time I see it.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 21:44:30 | More by alaimoa
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a few bottles of this from various people - thank you to all. The pour is very dark; dark enough to be called black, allowing almost no light to pass through when staring directly at it. The head is a thing of beauty; fine-bubbled, foamy, and mocha in color, it's slow to settle down and leaves pretty decent lacing for a 10%+ ABV imperial stout.

At first, the aroma took me back and seemed just a tad cluttered. Luckily, as things progressed and the beer warmed up a bit, the different aromatic elements started to mesh and intertwine quite nicely, which is a good thing since there's so much going on. I highly suggest letting this one warm a bit before enjoying it.

The nose is heavy with milky chocolates, sweet, sweet vanilla beans, substantial roasted malt, and a light dash of cinnamon. Peppers go somewhat unnoticed in the aroma, and any kind of spiciness noted can probably be attributed to the cinnamon. Very robust smelling, a complex and nice execution of many different parts. Mild leathery notes on the very back end.

The first sip starts off with a beautiful dose of roasted malts before quickly becoming compounded with mounds of cocoa nibs and lively, sweet vanilla. It tastes like a molten fudge cake with warm vanilla drizzle on top. Very sweet, pushing the edge of almost being too sweet, but luckily falling just short and remaining manageable the whole time.

Cinnamon is a bit understated at first, but becomes quite nice with even more warmth; nice, toasty cinnamon flavor without being too spicy on the tongue. Peppers don't add much flavor-wise, but they are appreciated in the form of a lasting tingle on the very back of the throat and tongue. A solid, layered addition without adding any real "heat" to the brew, rendering it undrinkable.

Mexican Cake finishes with a sweet, resounding aftertaste full of nuttiness, vanilla, heavy fudge, a touch of cinnamon, and some tingling pepper presence. The viscous and thick body is just shy of chewy, but feels good for a stout; medium carbonation. I was hesitant to try this because with this list of ingredients, things could easily have gone awry. Luckily the execution was great, and the beer was really quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 20:58:47 | More by tectactoe
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber into a Smuttynose tulip. Bottled a month and a half ago.

Appearance- Pitch black with 2 fingered fluffy mocha head that lasted about 3 minutes. Gorgeous lacing.

Smell- Choclate, cinnamon, coffee, vanilla. Dark stone fruit. No booze.

Taste- Similar to the smell, but with heavier cinnamon and very light chili. The Habanero leaves a nice mild burn at the end though.

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly light. No hint of booze. Very drinkable. Nice thickness.

Overall- I'd say that this is a new permawant. Sooo good.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 17:48:57 | More by Seanniek91
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/15/13.

Appearance: Very dark brown, near black body with a near lofty, medium tan-hued head.

Smell: Fairly roasty nose with an agreeable aroma of bittersweet chocolate flecked with a bit of vanilla and given a pinch of cinnamon atop the underlying vein of earthy, spice-evoking chile peppers.

Taste: Dark chocolate atop a firmly roasted, faintly ashen maltiness yielding a light astringency. Subtle vanilla. A little singe of cinnamon mingled amongst the sweetness. Showing some chile heat lumped in with the mild hop, sustained charred grain element, and the warming alcohol. The chile quality lasts into the warm, chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth, creamy on the tongue.

Overall: While it is another in what is a fairly long line of loud, big, brash imperial stouts, your heart has fucking died if you didn't enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 16:33:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.