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Mexican Cake | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

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

Added by Netdigger2 on 02-01-2012

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Reviews: 290 | Ratings: 2,487
Photo of ahbithwabm
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a light brown head. Smells of chocolate and vanilla with some faint cinnamon. Taste follows the nose. Not too heavy on the cinnamon and follows with a slight lingering spice. The feel is a bit thinner than I would like but the carbonation works well with the spice. A great beer I hope to drink more of but definitely prefer abraxas or hunah.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark and thick, tan head but scant and low retention. Nose wafts chocolate, vanilla, roasty coffee notes, very muted cinnamon, and faint chilis. Taste is similar with a very nice spicy finish. A bit muted up front but chocolate and vanilla forward, while finish is all chili. Body is a bit thinner than the desired. Feel is silky but not like Huna, though a touch more sharp in carbonation which works with the spice.

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was phenomenal... It's almost perfect. I'm not even a big imperial stout person... It leaves the perfect kick of spice when swallowed... The nose is amazing, body amazing, this is a solid imperial stout. Are you kidding me?!

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

2015 bottle, served at cellar Temps, the heat came through more than that of abraxas and bomb! Not sure if that is personal taste but I love this beer fits my taste buds perfectly

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Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Bottled On: 6/4/15.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Aroma is bursting with cinnamon and chocolate. Also some vanilla and a hint of the habanero pepper. Vibrantly sweet-smelling with some booze fume coming out more as it warms.

T- Sweet at first with the chocolate and cinnamon dominating, then the pepper burn comes in on the finish. The flavors meld remarkably well together. A bit of char in the aftertaste. The ABV is hidden very well as I'm enticed to take more and more sips. Honestly, the pepper burn starts to catch up to me quicker than the booze forcing me to wait until it subsides before I continue drinking.

M- Soft and creamy. Caipsacin burn starts to build in the back of the throat and stays. Medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- Excellent but the pepper burn is just a teency bit too much for me to enjoy more than 8-10 oz at a time.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with dark tan head which reduced quickly; brief oily cap; little to no lace. Smells like a chocolate cake just from the oven - remarkable. Initial flavors of chocolate and chili peppers; chocolate middle with warming peppery bite; alcohol flavor is well hidden. Hot, slick mouthfeel; my tongue tingles with chili pepper and alcohol - finish is pure chile rellenos stuffed with bittersweet chocolate. Overall, if you like hot and spicy, this peppery/chocolate stout is for you; tops in its class.

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Photo of Moose90
3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 Vintage, 22oz bottle, poured into tasting glass

A — Pours a nearly opaque, very dark dark brown color into the glass, comes out of the bottle quite quickly and immediately seems a bit thin. When held up to the light you can see some dark brown hues and waves of light around the edges. There is a coffee colored head atop the beer that fades somewhat quickly and leaves some spotty and sticky lacing around the edges.

S — This beer has a nice aroma before you even put your nose up into it, can smell lots of chocolates, cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, coffee, cocoa. There is a bit of a sharpness to it though, not super rich or chewy, but there is a fair depth of aromas going on here.

T — Tastes initially much like the nose, with some really nice coffee and chocolate character, like chocolate frosting, quite sweet. Little bit of vanilla and caramel as well. As you get towards the finish you are hit with a large sharp nearly burning heat, hello chili peppers! What once was a nice if not overly sweet stout, is now a steaming hot spice war.

M — Medium-Full bodied, expected this to be full bodied and much thicker though.

O — A good beer overall, I just wish there would have been a bit more balance to this one, maybe over time there will be a mellowing out of the chili heat, only one way to find out!

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Photo of Zonk
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jet black. prominent cinnamon on nose and palate. Decent heat. Can definitely taste the cocoa nibs. Nice but seems a bit disjointed with all the flavors going on.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 Vintage. Poured in snifter. nice light head about 3/8" with staying power. Jet black. smell of peppers and chocolate coffee and a hint of cinnamon. can taste the cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and cinnamon followed by a slight heat from the peppers that never goes to a burn. a nice silky smooth cool feel as hits your lips then tongue just flowing down your throat. first taste of the base Cake and wow one of the best

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Photo of dgilks
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This is big, bad and delicious. Lots of sweet malt that supports a ton of chocolate. The habanero is well integrated and delivers a great spicy finish. Maybe it is just a little too big but, hey, it's still great.

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Photo of Feelmebone
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had it as a 2014 keg a bar held and was really glad they did . Great flavor and the spices really hit on the nice texture stout . Had two glasses and enjoyed.

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Photo of radio2525
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Jet black with the smell of peppers. This is a good beer not great. it is thin and that is made up for with spice and just does not come together as well as some other pepper beer.

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Photo of Smokesnotes
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. You can really smell the habanero peppers and there is a lot of heat up front. It cools off though as you sip this beer and really start to enjoy the coffee and spices. I didn't get a ton of cinnamon which I think is good but you could taste its presence. I really enjoyed this beer, would love to see what one of the barrel aged versions does to the flavor.

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Photo of ljbonadonna92
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Dark tan head that turns into thin laceing along the top. Spicy and roasty aroma with hints of cinnamon, some fruit and a big almost sweet coffee fills your nose. As you taste it chocolate, roasted grains, and cinnamon hit your tongue and the finish is all pepper spice. The mouth feel of this beer is my favorite part. It's slightly dense, smooth, and leaves a spicy tingle across your tongue and throat. Overall, really enjoyed the spice quality in this beer along with its rich flavor profile. You can really taste every ingredient and they all stand on there own in the best way.

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Photo of ChristinaLynn
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best imperial stout I have ever had. Taste like chocolate coconut cake with an amazing habanero pepper after taste. Mine was served at room temp for best taste. So lucky to have one to try.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious spiced stout with an emphasis on SPICE. Peppers sneak up on you. The other additions hit first - a nice vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon treat before the spice really grabs a hold of your throat. Pleasant if you can handle medium/hot spice.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Jet black pour with a khaki finger-sized head that vanishes quickly.
S- I get bitter chocolate, big roasty flavors. Some booze.
T- chocolate, roast, you definitely get the cinnamon flavors and the spiciness from the peppers really finish off the sip nicely.
M- heavy-medium feel. Like drinking boozy chocolate cake batter. Moderately carb'ed. Booze hidden well in sip. Actually get more heat from the peppers.
O- glad I got to try this one. Gets lots of hype and deservedly so but I wouldn't quite say world-class. Still, very delicious!

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Photo of TheDonster
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Good stuff. Tried it on draft at our local craft brew house, the Thirsty Pug. Chocolatey smell. Complex flavor with a spicy finish for the first few sips. The spices become less notable after drinking a bit.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: jet black in color with a fluffy light brown head.

Smell: faint notes of coffee

Taste: dominant coffee notes, cinnamon flavor comes through in the middle and finishes with a lingering warmth from the chiles. The chocolate is somewhat muted by the coffee and I don't notice the vanilla it seems to just add an overall warmth. With all the complexity of the beer the alcohol is barely noticeable.

Feel: medium carbonation thick syrupy mouthfeel, drinks like liquid cake.

Overall a great beer and lives up to the name.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic. All of the ingredients in this beer are put together wonderfully. Everything is completely balanced. I believe they got the heat from the peppers just right. Would love to try the other renditions of this beer.

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

Bottle compliments of my dad who lives in SC. Pours black, no head retention. Smells of chocolate and vanilla, a little sweet. Initial taste is a solid stout, but love the heat in the aftertaste. Near perfect beer for the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a really amazing beer, didnt think i would find one in a store on this first round to colorado, but i got lucky up in fort collins. its crazy beer, in the abraxas style, but very very different. the fresh habanero pepper instead of an ancho type makes a huge difference, you get that fleshy pulpy fresh pepper flavor in the beer without the smoky heat in the same way. inky black beer, very dense, heady, and intimidating as a night cap. the habanero flavor is really intense, but the heat is not, just warming in the throat and not lingering. im not a huge chili beer guy, and this is very very drinkable in terms of pepper influence. the cinnamon would be the next strongest of the additives, its spicy in own right, and works amazingly well with the bittersweet dark barley, ashy almost burnt, and thats where the desserty element comes from, the coffee notes in the malt with that cinnamon, its awesome. vanilla and cocoa do more highlighting and accenting as center staging, balancing sweet and bitter elements really well, and also bringing the most out of the malts. its like a cake batter, i see that in the base beer very much, the additives take it to the next lever, crazy really how flavorful this is. its also just so smooth and silky drinking, like the frosting that might be on such a cake. i thought this might be too much pepper for my palate, but i think its right on with the other flavors in here. gets boozy and a little sweet as it warms, but this is a really special beer. make sure you have a partner in crime who you can share this one with, a whole bomber is a serious task!

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Photo of taix
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Beer poured jet black, had a slight ruby/tan head that died down quickly
S: Moderate aromas of cocoa nibs and vanilla beans are present in the nose very small amounts of chili on the nose.
T: Cinnamon, and chili very present on the front end. On the backend mass amounts of cocoa and vanilla really shine through. Not a lot of spiciness but a good chili backbone.
M: It feels medium bodied.
O: Great chili stout, everything shines though out the beer. There isn't much heat but the chili really helps bring another dimension to all the other flavors of the beer.

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Photo of Reds76
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black, cinnamon and habanero aroma. Cocoa and cinnamon flowing through the creamy, thick stout body and finishes with crackling habanero. Minimal carbonation but the tingling from the chile makes it seem a little more carbonated than it is. Beautiful all around. One of the best beers that I have had. Will continue to seek it out whenever I can!

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Photo of Beer_Line
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A perfect beer here. Everything about this one. The habanero is so well done that it just makes ur mouth tingle and makes the experience that Much better.

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