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Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 121
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

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark almost opaque brown. Full mocha head and lacing.
Smell: chocolate fudge. Some vanilla. Hint of cinnamon and peppers. Mexican cake indeed.
Taste: much like the nose. A slight habanero burn in the finish. This lingers but isn't pronounced. Very nice.
Overall: very unique and outstanding creation. After Shane's big dipa and this, Westbrook stock going up in my book.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 23:07:42 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/15/13

Had the first batch of this and loved it but i guess those notes haven't been added yet so reviewing the newest batch that i found locally. Enjoyed from a westbrook snifter. brew poured a rather stunning rich thick black. generous phone meet and head that was gone relatively quick leaving patches of mocha bubbles and its wake. smells like a Mexican cake chocolate vanilla Peppers great sweetness on the nose is perfectly complemented with cinnamon. taste is complex. this beer can easily hang with hunah. everything is in its right place. body is fairly full but you would expect that from a stout this size. the peppers make it feel lighter and the cinnamon tames down the peppers. make no mistake though there is some spicey heat on the finish. definitely worth a shot for any fans of hunah.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 03:19:43 | More by cosmicevan
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District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice viscous black color with really not a whole lot of head to speak of, just a tan ring, slight lacing with a swirl that goes down quickly.

The smell honestly just smells like a normal imperial stout with some dark malty roast notes and no hops to speak of, some cocoa powder and maybe just a slight hint of the earthy oily peppers, I don't get any cinnamon at all but there is some vanilla bean too but I oldnt have called it if I didn't read it on the bottle. Mostly just a better than average stout aroma the additions unfortunately don't do a lot for the aroma for me.

The taste does come through ith some rich notes of flavor: creamy vanilla chocolate ice cream like notes, a slight cinnamon overtone, just a bit of heat from the peppers in the lingering semi biter sweet aftertaste. Defiantly a big roasty mid palate on this beer no doubt this is a stout with the malt bill as well.

The feel is good, it has a bit of heat but a smooth silky feel that is nice. The aftertaste is surprisingly dry on my palate which isn't a plus for the style IMHO. Decent body.

Overall a good but not great beer, not in the ballpark of some other beers in this vein.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:00:19 | More by Dreadnaught33
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4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a snifter. Freshness date read 5/15/13.

A-Pours a viscous, motor oil color black with a thick, rich and smooth toffee colored head. Brilliant. The head retains fairly well and the foam cascades down the glass when I sip it leaving behind almost no lacing, surprisingly.

S-The booze and habanero peppers hit you at first but it fades smoothly into a symphony of chocolate cake, dry wheat, cocoa nibs, and flour. A lot of depth and nuance to this brew.

T-The booze isn't as present here as it was in the nose, thankfully. This tastes exceptional. The spice is aggressive at the front but is countered by a lovely sweetness. The middle and the back of the palate combine to introduce a lovely taste of bitter dark chocolate, subtle notes of coffee, sweet chocolate cake, and then a lingering spicy bite. The nuances in this beer are incredible.

MF-Not as thick as I typically like my stouts, and I assume thats because of the spice. It finishes a bit dry. My least favorite aspect of this brew.

O-World-class. It's an annual summer release so if you see it, buy it. It's up there with the other imperials. Plus, it's very unique.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:43:03 | More by Jacurdy60
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4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle poured into my FW Bottleworks Teku - courtesy of ThreeFishes, thanks Jim!

A - Pours jet black with a thick dense two finger coffee color head. No faults in the appearance, perfect for an Imperial Stout - not much more can be said about that.

S - This is where the beer scores the lowest for me. The underlying flavors are there but muted, get a little chocolate, some heat, and some roasted dark malts. Opens up as it warms, spicy notes appear as the cinnamon and habanero welcome themselves to the party.

T - Complexity abounds. As the beer pulls you in, you literally can see your self with a luscious slice of dense chocolate cake with vanilla frosting and cinnamon and habanero in the fold. This is flavor layered upon flavor, with the spicy notes coming at the end of the taste. Remarkable and memorable.

M - Not to thick and not too sweet, the flavors meld in a glorious interplay of contrasting tones. Coating but not cloying, this is a very drinkable big beer.

O - One of my favorite non-BA Imperial Stouts. The label says to drink fresh and I don't think I can disagree with that. Aging this beer runs you the risk of severely muting one of the flavors that brings the contrasting re-freshness of this beer. Would love to have again, but happy that I had the chance to get this now.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 04:56:41 | More by nesarebad
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4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a pitch black color. Like an abyss of darkness were no light can escape. A somewhat aggressive pour yields a nice 1.25 inch head that is pretty dense like an espresso and of a nice light tan almost cream color. The head is dense and retention is pretty impressive with some slight sticky notes.

Aroma starts off with some midl vanilla notes with nice deep rich coca notes that are almost hard to detect 'cuz they are so intense (figure that one). There is some mild grainy notes and slight sweetness to the brew with some peppery notes as well. As it warms the coca nib notes seem more appreciable and there is some slight coffee roast as well.

Flavor starts off nice coca notes; rich, slightly sweet and bitter dark coca notes. This is then followed by some nice cinnamon notes mixed in with midl vanilla notes that smooth the cocoa notes out. Some slight espresso is present. Then the real fun starts prickly and spicy pepper notes beging to coat the tongue and the whole mouth. Once all these flavors are perceived a nice combination of coca and cinnamon and the spicy peppers interplay with each other and linger on the palette for a long while. There is some nice espresso and dark bitter chocolate that is noted on the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style and a thicker body would compliment the flavor profile better.

Overall this brew was interesting and is pretty delicious. Quite intense pepper notes compared to other "spicy" stouts I've had. Body is not as thick as I would like. Other than that solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 01:37:55 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of Treebs


4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle served in a Westbrook snifter. Bottled

A: Pours a dark, deep black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap with a slightly thicker collar.

S: Deep chocolate with a lot of roast. There is mild dark fruit character with a gingerbread cookie type sweetness to it. A light touch of mild pepper on the nose. Very inviting as it's not as intense as I would have imagined. It makes me want to dig in more.

T: There's the pepper! Not entirely fleshy, but a nice balance of pepper flesh and spicy. It lingers in the back of the throat for a little while after each sip. The dark fruit character is there from the nose and there is a slight hint of the fruity house yeast that I've come to expect from Westbrook stouts. Heavy roasted malts with with some unsweetened chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation. Carbonation is spot on, but I'd like a little bit more chew to the body. Finish has some nice spicy heat.

O: A touch more body would have been great, but overall this is a really nice beer. The ABV is well hidden and it's pretty balanced. It's still not in the realm of Abraxas or Hunahpu, but it's still a great beer that I'd gladly have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 00:49:04 | More by Treebs
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South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was an absolute pleasure! So complex, so rewarding. The flavors are expertly layered in so you can taste them all. The finish is long and wonderful with the spiciness coming on at the end. The more you drink the warmer you feel from the spice. Next year I will purchase an entire case of this wonderful beverage! There are so many beers out there that are trying to make "gimmick" beers with all sorts of odd ingredients, but this beer is a symphony of taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 21:07:38 | More by beerbalance
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle date of 5/15/13

a - poured a one finger thick creamy, coffee-colored head into a snifter that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was jet black.
s - vanilla and chocolate come through first with a little pepper spice following the initial sweetness.
t - cinnamon and cocoa with a big spicy finish. lots of pepper but it smooths out as it warms.
m - creamy coating.
o - incredible stout and the mix of sweet and spicy goes really well together. i've had this beer several times over the last week on draught and this was the first bottle. it's even more balanced from the first on draught and the mouthfeel is top notch too.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 13:58:52 | More by GPHarris
Photo of LilBilly666


4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz bomber to a Guinness Pint Glass. (Yes, I know...but I was at a friend's house and he doesn't own a tulip or snifter style glass)

A: Super dark and black. Nice medium sized head with a brown/orange tint.

S: Wonderful cocoa.

T: Straight up Habaneros at first, which I loved. If you like spicy food this beer is for you. Once it settled and warmed up, the heat subdued and the cocoa came out. Possibly detected some vanilla and coffee notes.

M: Wonderful mouthfeel!

Overall it's a great brew that I'd love to have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 14:36:11 | More by LilBilly666
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4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-08-2013 03:43:41 | More by csparace
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4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 15:47:59 | More by cw577enfield
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4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into my FMBC tulip.

A: pitch black with a ring of light brown head. No lacing or legs to speak,of.

A: smells like spicy chocolate. Nice sweet malts, a touch of vanilla and cinnamon. A touch of alcohol in the nose as well.

T: Chocolate up front with the vanilla and cinnamon in the middle, followed by the peppers and the alcohol burn. The peppers are more pronounced than hunahpu.

M: thick and viscous. Good levels of carbonation. Heavy body.

O: Great beer by the guys at Westbrook. Is it as good as hunahpu? I would say its just a tick below, but still fantastic. I could drink a ton of these, good thing I have a few.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 18:53:46 | More by Gtreid
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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a very thick looking black color with a very dense brown head on top. The retention is long lasting and the lacing is pretty impressive also. The smell of the beer is chocolaty and roasted, not much pepper on there nose though. The taste is very rich, it's very roasted and had a good amount of chocolate in there. The vanilla is hidden and the peppers come out subtly in the finish. The mouthfeel is oily, very thick and smooth. There is a light carbonation to it this also. Overall it's a very good beer, well worth the time and money in my opinion to get this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 03:55:16 | More by Knapp85
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South Carolina

4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

westbrook is made here in my state- so i have been excited to try their beers since they have started showing up. the first few i tried werent that great to me but i kept trying them and over the past years their beers have gotten better and the last few i have tried have been really good- and i even keep some of their "white thai" around almost all of the time.

this mexican cake is pretty great. its an imperial stout and pour opaque, just like i like my stouts. the head is a nice chocolate brown. the smell is sweet and spicy. the taste is chocolate which a slight burn at the back end due to the habenero peppers and the 10.5% abv. this is a great beer and i will look forward to picking up every year when the release a batch. i also look forward to other beer from westbrook- they seem to get better and better.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 00:42:03 | More by mattkoon
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4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Black almost inky. Nice khaki head and nice lace.

Smell - Chocolate. That's kinda all I smell. Some caramel and a faint hint of cinnamon. Actually, the more I sniff it I realize there's lots of vanilla.

Taste - Oh man that's good. Lots of chocolate. Lots of vanilla. The pepper comes through sudden and strong, but doesn't seem spicy. Just a good pepper flavor. Finishes with more chocolate and pepper.

Mouthfeel - The spice builds. Medium heavy body. Not quite the thickness that could withstand the spice, but good.

Overall - So every beer like this begs the Hunahpu comparison. This one is a different focus. More of the habanero pepper and cinnamon. Less blended, but really nice.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2013 17:01:17 | More by Alieniloquium
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South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours nearly black into my Charleston Beer Exchange tulip glass with 1.5 fingers of rich chocolate colored head. Retnetion is solid - a think layer remains across the top and a thick outer ring leads the lacing up the glass (~8 minutes after pour)

S - Lots of sweet and roasty chocolate, oak and vanilla and with a sweet pepper burn in the nose (maybe that's the cinnamon?).

T - Super smooth and delicious. Roasty slightly smokey, bitter cocoa and vanilla transitions to a slightl alcohol burn and cinnamon. The delay aftertaste is heavy on spicey (but slightly sweet) peppers. Pretty sure this is going have more of a burning effect as it goes!

M - Full bodied and minimally carbonated - incredibly smooth, fantastic to drink.

O - Didn't disappoint. Perfect mouthfeel, really nice taste, perfect amount of habenero (which is so key). Otherwise tastes like a delicious chocolate/vanilla/oak stout (my favorite). I'd love to try this without the habeneros as well - I'm sure this is better, but that would be pretty damn good too!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 01:57:13 | More by MacQ32
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South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 release; reviewing growler from Westbrook served in tulip @ 45deg.

A: Pitch black with a thin, dirty brown head.
S: Rich milk chocolate aroma.
T: Rich chocolate, biscuit-y, finishes with a subtle dark chocolate bitterness. The heat from the pepper lingers nicely.
M: Sumptuous, rich, thick and heavy. A nice medium pepper heat that coats the mouth.

O: Heat from the peppers more distinct than I recall from the anniversary release, resulting in an even more complex version than the original. Rich chocolate nearly on par with ST Chocolat, but with a perfect pepper heat. This beer changes so much depending on the temperature it is served at. Peppers come out once it warms to mid/high 50's. All around wonderfully complex beer that is surprisingly drinkable; I used this as a test ground for observing how temperature can transform a beer.

Serving type: growler

05-20-2013 02:28:45 | More by icehawk
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4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to... I think Andy, at my 30th birthday whale tasting.

Pours a big fizzy fluffy dark head, decent lacing and nice legs.

Nose has cocoa nibs, dusty oak barrel and wooden shelf, light cinnamon, woody esters, hint of dark chocolate and vanilla.

Taste brings sweet chocolate, caramel, dusty oak and wooden shelf, nice light chili pepper heat, little cinnamon again, little soy though too, light bready malts, thick and lush, hot pepper and booze there, syrupy.

Mouth is thick and syrupy, decent carb, some booze and pepper heat.

Overall not bad, decent characters, nice pepper and chocolate, bit of soy though.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 02:30:48 | More by jlindros
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4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared by I think Andy at the JLindros Birthday Whale Tasting. Reviewed from notes. Pretty amped I got to try this one. So many trades for one of these have fallen through.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark brownish black hue with a one finger khaki head that fades to leave light lacing. Pretty solid.

S - Nice vanilla, chocolate, super light heat. Very, very faint cinnamon and sweeter malts.

T - Taste is more of the light faint head, tons of chocolate. Very nice vanilla, slight chipotle smoke. Fairly malty and sweet. Not getting much cinnamon.

M - Super carbonated, almost distractingly so. Yet some how it is thick and chewy...makes no sense, but it is what it is.

O - Overall glad I got to try this one, finally. Its a damn solid mexican style stout. Would like a bit more spice and cinnamon though.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 21:06:18 | More by rudzud
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4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to johntangus for this mini growler!

Pours a very dark, oily near black liquid with a dark brown mocha head. Obviously a serious and thick stout.

Smells like sweet rich chewy malt, chocolate cake batter, moderate chili and cinnamon. Mmm.

Yeah this is super malty and rich, pretty sweet with loads of chocolate. Fades into chili and cinnamon and finishes with a fair amount of spice but not as much as Abraxas or Hunahpu's.

Mouthfeel is pretty well carbonated, thick and almost chewy.

This is great! A very different base beer than Abraxas or Hunah's. I imagine the base stout would be pretty great even without the added ingredients.


Serving type: growler

02-07-2013 03:35:09 | More by AlexFields
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3.05/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. Black in color with a thin frothy head to it. Nice lacing and head retention to it.

The aroma is very sugary and sweet. It's got some slightly spicy notes with the hot peppers being noticeable. Chocolate and vanilla play a pretty big role as well. I like the flavors, but the sugary sweetness just dominates it too much.

I'm finding the taste cloyingly sweet and sugary as well. I'm liking the underlying pepper and chocolate notes but it's just too over the top sweet for me and overwhelms the other flavors unfortunately.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with higher carbonation, which doesn't fit the style well for me. Overall, it was an interesting beer to try but a tough one to drink more then a sample of. The overdone sugary sweetness and the higher carbonation really took away from some of the really nice underlying flavors in it for me unfortunately. Given all the other positive reviews it makes me wonder if this was just an off bottle or something. I'd love to try it again sometime to see.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 17:44:25 | More by billab914
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4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the NWI Tasting Group December Meetup

A - Dark brown color with a light mocha colored head

S - Spicy Mexican hot chocolate with extra milk chocolate powder and vanilla added. There is a lot of chocolate in this with a light pepper on the back end

T - Dark chocolate, light vanila and light habereno presence that lasts until the end. Nice spice in this from the peppers without any of the vegetal taste that sometimes accompanies these

MF - Medium body. Very creamy with light carbonation. Slight oil remains on the tongue in the finish as well as a slight spice and heat from the peppers

O - Solid spicy chocolate beer with a little less spicy but more balanced than Huna

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 03:36:46 | More by jeonseh
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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 11.13.12
Bottled Jan 25, 2012

A - Pours a deep burgundy brown with a huge medium brown head that fades pretty quickly.

S - Lots of vanilla and some coccoa, subtle cinnamin.

T - Same as the nose, but more layered and a little burn in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with medium body.

O - Good flavors and heat, delicous.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 07:06:40 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What better way to celebrate a birthday than with cake? When you are a brewery, it's done with a birthday cake-flavored beer! At least that's the intent of Westbrook as they turn a ripe old age of 1 earlier this year.

With a bold chocolaty appearance, the dark brown (almost black) ale settles with a viscous and creamy pour that causes for a slow separation of beer from foam. The moussey froth takes on a medium brown hue, shows sturdy retention, and laces well. A gentle swirl of the glass leaves inky legging on the glass that's reminiscent of brandy.

Strong chocolate notes sooth the sense of smell with a very dessert-like reaction. Met with background note of dark fruit, espresso, fudge, and rum, the malty rich beer pulls complexities from yeast, hops, and rich toffee-ish malt.

Strong chocolate and roast flavors begin with a heavy coat across the palate. Fudge-like sweetness is propelled by bittersweet chocolate, burnt toffee, espresso, and walnut oils. Secondary notes of vinous sherry wines offer a more succulent and fruity note that opens up a bready, savory taste. Rum-like alcohols offer a spicy sweetness that cuts through the malts and balances the sweetness in finish.

Certainly full bodied, the larger-than-life ale continues the fudge-like character with it thick and marshmallowy textures. Alcohol burn acts as a thinning agent and lessens the rich body just enough to savor the silky complexities to finish the beer. Shy of cloying, the roast of bitterness and heat signal closure, but allow the dessert-like nuances to linger indefinately.

Although it's Westbrook's birthday, I feel like I had gotten a gift in being able to try this luscious ale. The only thing that's missing is the candle.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 23:10:44 | More by BEERchitect
Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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