Mexican Cake - Tequila Barrel-Aged (2014) | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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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: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged 12 months in tequila barrels (producer unknown).

Added by ThatsThatDude on 09-18-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#406
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
284
pDev:
9.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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L: Rich onyx and mocha hues with a thin rusty/cinnamon head
S: Typical pungent nose of the base Mexican Cake with vanilla, chilies, cinnamon, and chocolate that is amplified with agave nectar, sage, and dill
T: Rich and complex cocoa, vanilla, chilies, and dark chocolate flavors that are balanced by floral kaffir lime-leaf, blanco sipping tequila, and a bit of cracked-pepper spice
F: Insanely smooth, creamy, and medium bodied
O: Given the memories even the word 'tequila' can evoke, its presence in the barrel aged beer world can be polarizing to some drinkers. I for one am in that camp. I've tried and failed many times to find a beer that can adequately balance, and not compete with, the somewhat astringent and marked flavors of tequila. As a result, I approached Tequila Barrel Aged Mexican Cake with a healthy dose of skepticism. Man, as this glorious stout warmed in my hands it melted away my preconceived notions of what a tequila aged beer can be. The heat and complexity of the base Mexican Cake beer sat well as it was enveloped by a delicious lime-hinted smooth sipping tequila. Just a gorgeous flavor profile that somehow just works - very nicely done.

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650ml bottle, served in a stemmed glass.

First off, I have had rough time with tequila back in the day, so I tend to find tequila beers to be overwhelming and harsh. It was the same in the case of this beer. That being said, I am doing my best to look beyond that aspect of the beer and to see how the rest of the beer works with it. It seems to work fairly well, with a fair bit of chocolate and chili heat on the finish, however I find the tequila to remain particularly overpowering. It needed some time to warm up and let the base Cake show up a bit more, but by that time I was just ready to move onto something different. Great base beer, not my favorite barrel treatment.

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Mexican Cake - Tequila Barrel-Aged (2014) from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 284 ratings