Jack Daniels Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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4.39/5 rDev -4.6%
Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cinnamon, chile, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cinnamon and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and chile heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great bourbon barrel aromas and flavors but the apple brandy version is my favorite between the two treatments.
08-19-2013 20:59:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.41/5 rDev -4.1%
Big thanks to Sean for sharing these. Served in a Cantillon tulip.
A - They all looked kind of the same. Tan foam that settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and specks of lacing. All are very dark brown, revealing coloration when held to the light.
S - Nate says Almond Joy, and that's a pretty accurate assertion. Loads of coconut and vanilla from the barrel, with some fruity whiskey, oak, and perhaps a whiff of alcohol. Base beer imparts notes of chocolate and light cinnamon. Barrel is quite assertive here, but it presents a lot better than a number of other Jack Daniel's brews I've had.
T - The taste is quite excellent, with a blend of caramel, milk chocolate, coconut, vanilla, and mild chile flavor and spiciness. Booze and whiskey recede a bit, making it quite enjoyable to sip on.
M - Smooth, medium body that seems a bit lighter than the Red Wine version, Pleasant carbonation, with light residual stickiness. Not overly oaky, which is a surprise considering the intensity of the barrel-aging.
D - This was really excellent. I'm always wary of Jack Daniel's barrel-aged offerings but this was a winner. Hopefully Westbrook makes more of these beers; they've got some serious kill.
10-11-2013 19:25:06 | More by MasterSki
4.43/5 rDev -3.7%
Big thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with all of us.
A - Pours pitch black with a small one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving small patches of lace down the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of vanilla, milk chocolate, coconut, cinnamon, oak, bit of peppery spice, dark roasted malts and some smooth whiskey warmth. Everything is there, it just took a little while to get going.
T - Starts off with a beautiful mix of chocolate, vanilla and caramel sweetness combining with some peppery heat and warming whiskey to make an awesome flavor profile. Finish is a mix of roast, light sweetness and some booze burn, lingering long after the finish.
M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sticky feel from start to finish. A bit of burn from the chillies and booze keep me coming back for more.
O - I prefer this one to the Wine barrel, and I haven't had the pleasure of trying the Brandy yet. The whiskey is well integrated and doesn't overpower the other key base flavors. One of the better beers I have had in recent memory. Can't wait to try that Brandy version.
08-07-2013 04:47:58 | More by orangesol
4.44/5 rDev -3.5%
Big thanks to Josh for sending these my way. From a bomber into a snifter, the brew appears black in color with a brown head. The cap holds with just a thin film across the top and spotty lace on the glass.
The smell has the familiar alcohol tang found not only in the other mexican cake varieities but also a bit of the underlying JD whiskey note. Suggestions of bitter baker's cocoa blend to more of a sweet milk chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon with earth and oak coming more out in the back.
The flavor has that tangy booze element but instead of just comin from the base, it is augmented by the whiskey. A sweetness of burnt sugar also comes out of the barrel with a flavor of caramel, vanilla and molasses. Some oak flavor bring out a slight cinnamon spice and warming pepper and earthen aspects.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth, chewy and fuller and silky in the feel. Very nice integration of the base beer character and barrel presence. A very enticing brew overall and perhaps the best example of brew I have ever drank (that im aware of) that was aged in a JD barrel.
08-16-2013 15:28:43 | More by stakem
4.78/5 rDev +3.9%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Black. Nice khaki head. Medium collar.
Smell - Graham cracker cinnamon. A little bit peppery. Chocolate. Vanilla. Minimal whiskey.
Taste - I taste a lot more barrel here. Whiskey and oak. Cinnamon is beautiful. The peppers add a great balance to the chocolate and spice.
Mouthfeel - Slightly sweet. The peppers are a perfect level of spice. Medium carbonation.
Overall - Had this after Murda'd Out. I thought that would be the pinnacle of the night. But god damn, this is incredible.
11-26-2013 00:24:50 | More by Alieniloquium
Jack Daniels Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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