Mexican Cake - Tequila Barrel-Aged
Westbrook Brewing Co.

Mexican Cake - Tequila Barrel-AgedMexican Cake - Tequila Barrel-Aged
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American Imperial Stout
4.45 | pDev: 9.44%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Mexican Cake - Tequila Barrel-AgedMexican Cake - Tequila Barrel-Aged
Notes: Aged 12 months in tequila barrels (producer unknown).
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Photo of kwakwhore
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of heat from the peppers. A little bit of tequila presence. The peppers have retained their kick more than the tequila has. If Westbrook ever makes this version again, drink it fresh. Not my favorite Mexican Cake but not sorry I got it.

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Photo of Phisco125
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy. This is quite a beer. Pours very thick, inky black. Almost no head when poured from tap into a 4oz snifter. Very strong tequila notes on the nose and on the front end. Habanero and chocolate notes come through on the mid and after taste. Vanilla and cinnamon are there but slightly overpowered by everything else going on.

Definitely one to be savored!

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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Photo of Stevedore
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Photo of algebeeric_topology
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Opened one yesterday and it was totally amazing on all fronts. I've always thought I didn't like Westbrook and Mexican Cake and then I met Tequila Cake. The brown sugar and cinnamon melted all over my face until I was crushed beneath it. This is one of the most incredible spirit barrel aged stouts I've ever had, and I need to get more of it. If I could trade all of my barrel aged stouts for an equivalent amount of this beer, I would probably do it and cheers everybody else!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is jet black with a light brown tight head. Nose has a bit of sweet tequila agave, hints of vanilla and fudge, light notes of chili peppers, and some dark fruit maltiness. Flavor follows suit, well integrated flavors, not sure how much is actual malt expression and how much is adjunct, but it is much drier than fundamental obs. making me think the brewing process is much more involved in this flavor. The tequila scared me going in; but actually is done quite well adding a hint of that tangy sweetness tequila has, the chili peppers give it a neat little pop that carries throughout and stays with you, and the malt and cocoa give it a malt richness that I enjoy. Fully bodied, dry finish, slightly high carb, soft feel.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

same nose but a touch more chocolate and spice than the base brew (cactus not chili, though some chili) . Taste however is a bit more chocolate forward. Spice is a bit muted in chili notes but cactus is present and a hint of wood. A touch (very slight) less carbonation. Awesome.

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Photo of steveheady
4.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

8oz pours at Edmonds oast downtown charleston. Smooth rich mouthfeel. No real heat detected. Tequila blends perfectly in with the orig cake spices. Not as much cinnamon as the double barrel. Tequila more present as it warms. Overall just fantastic and so much different(and better) than regular cake.

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Photo of scottedwin
4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The tequila barrel goes with the cakes spices perfectly, and it only gets better as it warms. An all around fantastic beer and worth seeking to give it a try.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, green session. Aroma is spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg and some bright celery notes. Taste has cinnamon, some spicy booze and a light pepper heat.

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Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This might be the best tequila barrel beer I've had. Not a particularly high bar, but none-the-less I felt like it actually worked pretty well in this beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick viscous black with no head. Nose features cinnamon, dark chocolate and chili with a significant contribution from the tequila. The agave brings almost a lime chacteristic to the table which synergizes nicely with the base beer. The taste features a delicate balance of big flavors, mainly cinnamon chocolate and tequila. There is some vanilla in the back which helps meld all of the adjuncts together. As per usual with the Mexican cake family, the barrel has elevated this beer to something extraordinary. I was a little skeptical about the tequila barrels and quite frankly did not think it would be good. I was pleasantly surprised with the end result.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.76/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | 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. Everything is beautifully harmonious, yet distinctive and independent. Huge tequila / cognac aroma. Oak, chocolate, chilis, vanilla, cinnamon. Just the right amount of spice. Silky pepper heat in the finish, with little to no alcohol burn. Incredibly delicious. Phenomenal. World class.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got these ones from 7clutch a while back. Cheers for the awesome surprise man. We loved the crap out of these!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 15 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 tequila as well. Bold and very well balanced. Just phenomenal stuff on the nose. The 2014 variants have picked up where the 2013 ones left off.

TASTE: Roasted grain, oak and some cinnamon up front. Flavorful stuff. Big finish of cinnamon, spicy chilies, tequila notes, oak, sweet vanilla cream and some nice bitter dark chocolate as well. Chilies are excellently balanced and well integrated, while the tequila barrel adds just enough of the spirit and oak to make it even more complex. Surprisingly delicious.

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: This is excellent stuff and might actually be the best variant of the set this year. Surprisingly enough, the tequila barrels are subtle and add just enough added complexity to an already complex and decadent beer. Lots of good stuff going on here and everything is very well balanced. Cheers again 7clutch. Quality stuff.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to get this years set and this one was the third best of the 3 BA versions. Still had that wonderful Mexican Cake flavor but the Tequila notes didnt really come through like the bourbon versions.

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2nd in the set. Tequila dominates nose which is not a good thing for me. Not subtle. Spice is gone. Taste is a little bit more balanced with the base spices shining through a bit. Tequila thinned out the mouthfeel. If you love tequila you'll the the unbalanced nature of this beer. If not it'll knock it down a bit.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes taken beginning of November. Bomber poured into a matching Westbrook snifter. The brew appears black in color with a rich brown cap.

The aroma is roasty with chocolate and almost a green citrus aspect. Some vanilla and mild papery oxidation are noted towards the backend of the nose. The taste has flavors faintly reminescent of tequilla. It displays almost a salty citrus character. Fruity notes like raison blended with some agave balanced by toasty caramel and molasses towards the finish.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. For my taste, this barrel iteration was a standout due to its slight citrus/agave character. The thought of tequilla barrel aging this made me cringe at first but im pleased to say I think this turned out real nice.

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Photo of HOPSareKey
4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting straight wood barrel nose. Not so much a charred barrel. Dark chocolate and very faint agave. Heat is massively subdued in comparison to regular cake. Nicely done.

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Photo of dar482
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly underrated and Don't Drink Beer says, arguably the best '14 Mexican Cake variants.

I preferred the DB for flavor of whiskey, but this is the best use of a barrel.

The beer in general is extremely soft with touches of medium minus tequila throughout. The chocolate is balanced well with the tequila flavors, along with light and subtle flavors of spice and cinnamon. Fudgey chocolate finishes the beer on the back end.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours identical to it's standard counterpart, thin, black, with a sliver of foam to note.

Tequila right up front, not too appealing. Chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon struggle to emerge behind the tequila and habanero spiciness.

To my utmost surprise, the tequila really helps to quell the spicy aftertaste from the habanero vs the standard MC. Much better finish.

Mouthfeel is sweet and spicy, light-medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and finishes dry and slightly hot.

Overall, I preferred this one much more than standard MC. The tequila eliminates the spicy aftertaste that I got with MC.

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Photo of orangesol
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Justin for bringing this one to share with us at Ffej of November. Pours ink black with a half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating to a light film, leaving small streaks of lace on the glass.

Smells is pretty interesting. The tequila barrel definitely comes through more than I thought it would. It gives it that natural agave smell mixing with the normal chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and muted chili pepper spice. Taste is pretty similar to the nose but the base flavors are pretty strong and the tequila is more of a complement. It is definitely a big beer but it drinks surprisingly well for its overall size.

Overall a really interesting twist on the base stout. The barrel really comes through, imparting its best qualities on the beer but not interfering in the drinkability. Another winner in the series.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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: agave and tequila, chocolate and slight cinnamon, slight booziness. some lime-like qualities. strong tequila like burn.

Taste: opens with a little bit of chocolate, agave and tequila come in strong, some lime. towards the end it goes a different direction with cinnamon, nutmeg and peppers. ends nicely with notes of dark fruit,

Mouthfeel: fairly light for what it is. strong burn from both alcohol and tequila. some stickiness.

Overall: my favorite of the cakes. I really love the uniqueness and complexity of this one. the tequila goes extremely well with all the other taste going on in here.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Hearty and thick. Good level of carb. Smelling cinnamon, chocolate and some sort of sweet fruit, maybe from the peppers or agave plant. Tasting lots of cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, less chili heat than regular. Not picking up much in the way of overt tequila flavor. This is phenomenal.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

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

Smell - Tequila barrel is pretty strong. Chocolate and cinnamon. Tequila always yields a weird flavor.

Taste - The tequila is... strange. Chocolate. Tequila diminishes some of the cinnamon. Woody and fudgy. Light spice in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Boozy.

Overall - I always expect tequila barrel to be nauseating, but it isn't. It just isn't necessarily an addition to the base beer.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

This version has the most booze and burn (pepper?) of the three barrel aged variants. It's also the thinnest of the three I feel. That being said, it's by far an elite adjunct stout. This is an incredible use of tequila barrels. Probably the best use I've had to date. The aroma is exactly like a spiced cake... Crazy good!

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Mexican Cake - Tequila Barrel-Aged from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 296 ratings