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

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Mexican Cake - Four Roses Bourbon Barrel-AgedMexican Cake - Four Roses Bourbon Barrel-Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
westbrookbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ThatsThatDude on 07-06-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
308
pDev:
8.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 308 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by smokeypeat:
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4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of TampaRainman
4.57/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.37/5  rDev -5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joemetric
4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ben7773
4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Csnow4
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of mmcurran
4.98/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of lawsonciv
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mtpHokie
4.76/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of striker2160
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hubert_i
4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rightcoast7
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KT123
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jloomis
4.89/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Mexican Cake - Four Roses Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 308 ratings