Red Wine Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.64/5 rDev +3.1%
22oz bottle. Poured into a Hunahpu's taster 4/25/2014.
A- Dark black body with a bit of a reddish hue if held up to the light, one finger mocha head with surprisingly good retention. No lacing.
S- Awesome. Base Mexican Cake character comes through. Fudgy chocolate, caramel, cocoa, espresso, milk chocolate, cinnamon and a slight vegetal pepper presence along with a nice but subtle red wine character. Not too tannic, but it has melded extremely well with the base beer. Very complex and well integrated nose.
F- Follows the nose. Rich chocolate fudge, oak, milk chocolate, cinnamon, cocoa, espresso hit the palate first, telling you that this is a barrel-aged Mexican Cake beer. The cinnamon and cocoa really hit the spot in the beginning. After halfway through the palate, you get a nice tannic, dry and oaky red wine vinous character, which is wonderful. It doesn't come close to completely taking over the base beer, but it is certainly very impressive and bold while integrating very well with the base beer. This is wonderful.
M- Thick bodied, smooth and creamy with low carbonation (but still more carbonation than I'd expect from a wine barrel-aged beer, i.e. Napa County Stout was nearly flat). The red wine character doesn't get too strong in the sense that it gets too tannic and too dry on the finish, but the base beer makes a fantastic chocolate fudgey finish tempered by the red vinous character.
O- Wonderfully complex, well-integrated beer. The red wine barrels add a ton to the already interesting components of the base beer without overshadowing it at all. This beer is greater than the sum of its parts, and is really a very well done stout.
04-26-2014 03:55:46 | More by Stevedore
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -11.1%
Bottle into an HF Tulip
S - Tart beer, slight vinegar. Sweet vanilla and chocolate with a spicy pepper to it. Slight metallic and blood that reminds me of a Flanders
T - Spicy peppers and chocolate. Slight red wine vinegar to it that adds some tartness. Vanilla and caramel adds some sweetness. Lingering heat on the backend
M - Light body with some spice and pepper heat and a dry, tannin presence from the red wine
O - The Red Wine version of Mexican cake reminds me of the slightly tart / sour version of the three. It gives you the base Mexican Cake stout and adds a good amount of tartness and tannins from the Red Wine barrel. I thought this one was good but not as good as Napa BCBS or or the other Mexican Cake version.
02-10-2014 17:43:56 | More by jeonseh
3.98/5 rDev -11.6%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 6/6/2013.
Appearance - Black body. Small khaki head. Reddish tint at the edge.
Smell - Oh my. Fudge. The slightest hint of a rich red wine. Blends with the chocolate. Graham cracker.
Taste - Sharper red wine. Allows more pepper to come through. Less fudgy. Oaky with that graham cracker finish.
Mouthfeel - Sharp pepper. Slight acidity to the red wine. Heavy beer.
Overall - Not quite the beer that JD Cake is. Having Apple Brandy next.
05-06-2014 02:34:56 | More by Alieniloquium
4.29/5 rDev -4.7%
A: pours black with a finger of brown head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.
S: lots of coconut, red wine, oak, vanilla, and chocolate.
T: lots of coconut here as well with roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolates, oak, vanilla, red wine, and a spicy and moderately boozy finish.
M: thick body with low carbonation, this beer avoids being watery, but is a bit too hot to be smooth and creamy.
O: a really enjoyable beer overall. Lots of coconut flavors and aromas, but I love coconut so I don't mind.
08-12-2013 03:32:39 | More by n2185
Red Wine Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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