Red Wine Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Had to write a quick review as this is the closest thing to a 5 I have had, in fact it is a 5 in every way. Half finger tan head on a jet black body with nice lacing. Aroma of red wine, some peppery heat, dark chocolate and oak. Flavor of cocoa, vanilla, oak and wine with perfect degree of heat. This one is actually perfect. Complex, all elements are at perfect levels and there isn't anything else like it. Full body and light to moderate carbonation. My first 5.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2014 21:00:43 | More by kylehay2004
4.64/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2014 03:55:46 | More by Stevedore
4.55/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Three bottle set most generously sent by cparles in a recent box. Thanks for these man. They were top class!
From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 6 June 2013
Drank this first, then the bourbon and apple brandy.
APPEARANCE: Pours out black and yields a two finger, medium looking, loud and fizzy, dark tan head with good retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation evident for the style. A thick ring with touches of wisp remain until the end of the glass leaving some falling dots of lacing down the glass. These all basically look the same, but this one had a pretty obnoxious head.
SMELL: Lots of tar red wine and grapes, with oak, roasted malts and dark chocolate on the nose. Light cinnamon and chilies are there as well, but the red wine, oak and tart aromas mingle with the dark chocolate really nicely. Bold and more than inviting. Just outstanding.
TASTE: Roasted flavors with red wine tartness and oak up front. Wine, cinnamon and bitter dark chocolate at the finish with a kick of spicy chilies at the swallow as well. A big and lingering aftertaste of tart wine, cinnamon, vanilla sweetness, bitter dark chocolate and a bit of spicy chilies as well. All the adjuncts and barrel flavors are there over a bed of roasted malts. Really great stuff.
PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation evident. The fullest of the three. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Some chili burn at the swallow and some heat lingers.
OVERALL: Just awesome. The head was a little fizzy, which is unfortunate, but the rest is top notch. All the adjuncts are there, balanced nicely against the slightly tart red wine barrels, and the roasted base beer makes a mark as well. Nice full, creamy body to support it all as well. While I do find the chili heat just a touch too much, that's the only thing keeping this from being the über-worldly beer it otherwise is. This was my favorite of the bunch. Thanks again cparles. World class stuff.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 19:38:16 | More by Jeffo
Red Wine Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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