Mexican Cake - Four Roses Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Westbrook Brewing Co.

Mexican Cake - Four Roses Bourbon Barrel-AgedMexican Cake - Four Roses Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Stout - American Imperial
4.64 | pDev: 8.41%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Mexican Cake - Four Roses Bourbon Barrel-AgedMexican Cake - Four Roses Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black color.

This bourbon cake wasn't as good as the 2015 or the 2016. Maybe because it was 2+ years old when I had it. The peppers and heat weren't there and that's what I like. It is still a nice beer, but just not what I like out of cake. Fudge, chocolate, cinnamon, and bourbon all showed. A little thinner that the newer bourbon cakes.

Feb 22, 2017
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is jet black with a caramel head. Nose has more cocoa than the tequila, drier woody bourbon, light peppery spice, a touch of chocolate cake malt. Flavor is a bit brighter, more chocolate cake/fudge malt, peppery spice, bourbon is very light, wood is a touch charred. Body is a bit thinner than the tequila, boozier and not from the bourbon, slight oily feel.

Oct 24, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle share poured in to a snifter

Pours pitch black with a one-finger creamy tan head that retains nicely, eventually settling to a thin layer on top. Classic Mexican aroma of cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon & chili. The bourbon barrel aroma is subtle, but noticeable. Upon tasting, I first notice that the chili heat has subdued while in the barrel, which is a welcomed change. The spices seems to have blended in the barrel, providing an extra element of coconut. Light oak barrel and a hint of bourbon follow, before finishing with more chocolate and cinnamon. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and finish. Barrel aging has made this beer better IMO. I still prefer the Double Barrel version though.

Aug 10, 2015
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Psychmusic from Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smell is sweet liquor and chocolate. Taste lightly vanilla, chocolate, roasted coffee, and mild cinnamon. Mouth feel is rich and full. The head is not immediately apparent, but lingers pleasantly in the aftertaste. One of the best examples of the style I've ever had.

Aug 03, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served up the 2014 set with Paul tonight.

Dark brown body, viscous, small beige head. Amazing aroma. The most cinnamon of the three variants. Big time chocolate aroma with prominent chilis. Insanely complex. Vanilla, cocoa nibs. A superb beer. My highest recommendation.

Mar 18, 2015
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.37/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from 7Clutch a while back. Thanks for the set man. This stuff is fantastic!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 7 August 2014

APPEARANCE: Pours out black and yields a two finger, medium looking, creamy, dark tan head with good retention. Black body with no real carbonation evident. A thick, creamy ring with touches of wisp remain until the end of the glass leaving some sticky dots of lacing down the sides of the glass. These all basically look the same. Menacing.

SMELL: Roasted grain, chilies, cinnamon, some sweet vanilla cream, oak, with notes of bourbon and coconut as well. Bold and very well balanced. These all smell great and this one is no exception.

TASTE: More barrel flavor on this one. Hotter and more bourbon and alcohol for sure. Cinnamon, oak and some lightly roasted flavors up front, then more of the adjuncts, especially the chilies, and some bourbon qualities after the swallow. A big and lingering finish of bourbon, oak, coconut, spicy chilies and some cinnamon. More alcohol and heat on this one than the other variants.

PALATE: Medium-thicker body and medium carbonation. Enough weight here, creamy smooth, goes down fine and finishes a bit sticky. Some heat lingers. These are basically all the same, which is a good thing.

OVERALL: Excellent stuff. All these variants are outstanding. This is not quite equal to the other variants in this year’s set as it’s a little hotter and more alcoholic, but not so much so that it detracts from the experience. Again, thanks heaps 7clutch. We all enjoyed these immensely.

Mar 05, 2015
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.95/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Was lucky enough to get this years set and this one was the second best of the 3 BA versions. Still had that wonderful Mexican Cake flavor but a nice Bourbon nose and notes! Loved this!!!

Mar 03, 2015
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Wolberjs from California

4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of the bourbon, tequila, double barrel set. Delicious nose. Somehow blends to give coconut smell. Smooth taste and mouthfeel. Nose is the best part.

Feb 09, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken back in November. Bomber poured into a matching Westbrook snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head and decent retaining power.

The aroma is pretty much spot on for what I love about bourbon barrel aged beers. It has received a full extraction of barrel nuance smelling like coconut, vanilla, bourbon, soft oakiness, caramel, toffee and chocolate.

The flavor however is more of a neutral sort of boozy character than your typical bourbon influence. It has a raw oak taste mixed with an afterthought of vanilla, raison and cardboard-like oxidation. A touch of molasses is also present.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Lots of barrel character to take in. Perhaps the most exceptional nose on any of the barrel aged mexican cakes since apple brandy. If only the flavor was as noteworthy as the nose.

Jan 14, 2015
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scottfrie from California

4.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a thin dark brown head that faded to a lasting collar.
S: Smells exactly like Mexican chocolate. There's a very subtle sweetness from the bourbon, with tons of cinnamon and vanilla.. The chili is mellow but noticable.
T: More bourbon up front than the nose let on with tons of vanilla and cinnamon in the finish. Again, flavors remind me of Mexican chocolate. The bourbon adds a nice subtle sweetness with no boozy heat at all. Very rich and decadent.
M: Creamy and hell, smooth and sticky. Soft carbonation that's mellow.
O: A really great stout. Definitely an improvement on the original.

Jan 07, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.72/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was the "worst" of the '14 variants I had in a tasting. The immediate issue is that the beer spikes of aggressive alcohol that jumps into the nose. It is surprisingly hot compared to the others. This has issues blocking the cinnamon and spice flavors.

On the back, loads of sweet fudgey chocolate. The bourbon slowly becomes more acceptable.

Dec 21, 2014
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Of the 3 I've tried (MC standard, tequila, and double barrel), this one definitely has a little more body to note. Not like motor oil, but less watery and a thicker fuller head.

Heavy pepper spice, chocolate, cinnamon, and bourbon.

Habanero, chocolate, and cinnamon are enveloped gently in a smooth sweet bourbon glove.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, much more body than the others I've tried, but still ultimately thinner than I generally enjoy.

Overall, I can see why people enjoy MC and it's variants so much; however, the fact remains the same, pepper in beer is just not my thing and adding a spice like cinnamon makes it overbearing at times.

Dec 14, 2014
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours pitch black, with little lightening even around the edges. a decent sized tan head that has extremely strong retention. some alcohol/ brown viscous legs stick around the edges as it swirls. completely opaque.

Smell: cinnamon, bourbon, slight pepper flavors, nutmeg and maybe some more spice. dark fruits.

Taste: opens with strong cinnamon, dark chocolate, bourbon comes through fairly moderately. sweet notes of dark fruit and chocolate. alcohol.

Mouthfeel: strong, spicy, medium alcohol heat. some stickiness. pepper heat.

Overall: perhaps my favorite of this years three Cake variants. But still a solid beer. too much cinnamon and peppers for me. but all in all a tasty and complex big beer.

Nov 10, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.27/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Medium khaki head. Small collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Chocolate. Cinnamon and graham cracker.

Taste - Chocolate. Cinnamon. Graham cracker is very nice. Bourbon builds very quickly. The finish is straight bourbon and oak. Very strong.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Very boozy.

Overall - The bourbon is intense. Almost too intense.

Nov 04, 2014
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jegross2 from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Four Roses Bourbon Barrel Aged Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Company out of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Score: 93

September 2014 vintage bottle (pink/red label) served in a stemmed Mikkeller & Friends glass and enjoyed on 10/15/14. Thank you Paul for sharing this treat!

Appearance: Ink black color with a thin layer of khaki head that settles to a ring around the glass. Poor lacing (even less residual head than the tequila version), okay retention of what little lacing there is. Nice oily legs. 4/5

Smell: Oak, campfire roasted vanilla, caramel, and pepper. No chocolate in the nose for this variant. A dash of cinnamon too, but it was more prominent in the tequila variant in my opinion. 4.5/5

Taste: Milk chocolate and sweet bourbon flavors, with a little alcohol bite on the finish. Virtually no pepper flavor/heat here, unless I am mistaking the alcohol heat for spiciness. There's a crisp accent upfront, but it quickly dissipates. As it warms up and layers, a kiss of tropical fruity pepper character comes through on the finish (but maybe I am just seeking it out?) along with a bit of spiciness -- though less than the tequila version. Nicely complex mix of flavor. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit more carbonation than tequila, but still appropriate for the style (low, but not under-carbonated). Dry on the finish. Drier and a touch sweeter than the tequila version, but still very balanced. 4/5

Overall: Delicious, but not a cannot miss beer in the vein of Jack Daniels Barrel Aged Mexican Cake, which had more depth and punch to it (and was better integrated to boot).

Cost: $30 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle (2 per person limit).

Oct 31, 2014
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drmcleod10 from Missouri

4.55/5  rDev -1.9%

This was the best of the 3 variants

Nice barrel precense, but still lacking in the full bodied mouthfeel. The adjuncts were the same as the others, muted compared to last years.

Could pull out the Cinnamon chocolate fudge but still lacking in the heat.
Having both sets within a month or two really helps.

Oct 27, 2014
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NHbeerguy from New Hampshire

4.81/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the Bottle to a snifter

Pours black with a minimal mocha head that quickly goes away. Did leave a tiny ring around the edge of the glass. Didn't look super thick when swished but left some nice traces on the glass.

The smell was awesome. Lots of cinnamon, spice, chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste was along the same lines. It started off with a tiny punch of heat followed by a wave of chocolate and cinnamon. Then came a slight alcohol burn followed by some pepper heat. It was just what I expected.

Mouthfeel was very smooth. With these pepper beers I hate when the pepper almost over powers and this didn't at all. It was creamy and the taste buds where very happy

Overall AMAZING BREW!! So glad I got the set and can't wait to taste and smell the difference in the 3.

Oct 21, 2014
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MalibuKenny from North Carolina

4.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured from 2014 release bottle

A: deep darkness; hardly any light penetration

S: smell of vanilla and barrel aged bourbon

T: deep chocolate taste like other variants from this year, but better 4 Rose presentation than the Tequila in T-variant and Rye/Bourbon in the DB-variant

M: smooth coating on the tongue and in the mouth; not too thick

O: the best variant from this year's (2014) release.

Sep 25, 2014
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TampaRainman from Florida

4.57/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big shout out to @IPAIsaac for sharing the set on the release day.

Poured from bottle into snifter.

Look: Indistinguishable from the other variants. Pours silky black and churns up a mocha head before quickly dissipating into a rim. Does not look super oily, viscous and sticky, but far from thin.

Smell: Very similar profile to the DB version. Big cinnamon, roast malt, dark chocolate. The big difference between this and the DB version is that the booze is much more present. It is the hottest of the three variants by a good margin, but not so much so that it distracts.

Taste: The taste follows the nose as expected. All of the delicious cinnamon and dark chocolatey flavors are there. Not as sweet and not as soft as the DB version. This was surprising given the additional rye in the DB version, which I anticipated would yield a spicier variant. Then again, depending on the precise Four Roses barrel used, this is not entirely surprising given Four Roses' typically rye-present mashbills. The bourbon version just tastes slightly young compared to the DB version and will probably be a rock star with some time under its belt.

Feel: Very nice mouthfeel similar to the other variants. Not super thick, but not at all thin.

Overall: Really nice version and great compliment to the base beer. Had I opened it alone without the DB to compare it to, I'd probably be hunting another bottle of this down instead of the DB.

Sep 21, 2014
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +3%

draft at westbrook.

bourbon is very in your face. hot but smooth. heat from regular cake not as pronounced. thickest variant. it is what you want from a bourbon barrel aged stout. great.

Sep 21, 2014
Mexican Cake - Four Roses Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 310 ratings