Mexican Cake - Tequila Barrel-Aged
Westbrook Brewing Co.

Mexican Cake - Tequila Barrel-AgedMexican Cake - Tequila Barrel-Aged
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
98
Avg:
4.45 | pDev: 9.44%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
297
From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Mexican Cake - Tequila Barrel-AgedMexican Cake - Tequila Barrel-Aged
Notes: Aged 12 months in tequila barrels (producer unknown).
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stakem from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 14, 2015
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TampaRainman from Florida

4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from bottle into snifter.

Look: Indistinguishable from the DB Cake. 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: This is where the real difference is from the other two variants becomes apparent. The tequila barrel is very evident--not in a boozy or acetic way, but in the way a nice glass of Don Q might smell after your last sip. The uniquely tequila-y floral and herbal aromas become more present as the beer warms and are especially evident when contrasted side by side with the DB and Bourbon variants. This unique aromatic quality unfortunately comes at the expense of the cinnamon blast and other notes, which become more subdued.

Taste: This version has all of the same notes as the DB version--cinnamon, dark chocolate, etc--but they are all slightly muted. The floral/herbal notes are present on the palate but do not detract. it finishes long and the pepper kick seems less affected than the other adjuncts and still very present. This barrel treatment transformed the base beer the most out of the three variants, which I suspect will make it the most polarizing of the variants.

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

Overall: Very nice treatment and I think a huge success for Westbrook. A tequila treatment could have potentially been a disaster if it was heavy-handed and unbalanced (sometimes two great tastes do not taste great together). This beer has enough muscle to take the tequila, but it reminds me more of two strangers figuring out a way to live together as roommates then it does a meeting of soulmates. While the unique quality of the tequila added a fun dimension, it pushed some of the other adjuncts to the back seat, so for me it fell a little short of the DB version.

Sep 21, 2014
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Jeffo from Netherlands

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.

Mar 05, 2015
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +9%

draft at westbrook.

dark brownish black, very appropriate thick beige head. huge Tequila aroma, much different than other variants. taste is literally unreal. so unique. Tequila is real and you need to be a fan, but the drinkability is insane. crushable is the right word here, its that smooth. on par with any other imp stout in the world, westbrook can brew some legitimate stouts. my favorite of this years variants. insanely good

Sep 21, 2014
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Brewski from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 29, 2014
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hollywood_15063 from Pennsylvania

4.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Apr 19, 2015
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KVNBGRY from Florida

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!

Nov 02, 2014
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 05, 2014
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xdtfx from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 06, 2015
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ripps1 from New Jersey

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

Jan 05, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

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.

May 07, 2015
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Dicers from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Mar 12, 2015
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rongcsc from South Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Coconut flavor, most of the heat is gone. Well balanced without overbearing alcohol.

Mar 09, 2015
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thatoneguymike from Georgia

3.56/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 05, 2015
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MalibuKenny from North Carolina

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

Feb 03, 2015
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HOPSareKey from Illinois

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.

Jan 05, 2015
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Dexterityviking from Wisconsin

4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 04, 2015
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brother_kenneth from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Sep 22, 2014
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jeevo from Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Apr 16, 2015
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JesseLara from California

4.93/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mar 17, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

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.

May 02, 2016
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

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.

Nov 10, 2014
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Roze from New York

3.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 18, 2015
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Mipper from Pennsylvania

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

Jan 04, 2015
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Farinag16447 from Florida

4.8/5  rDev +7.9%

Sep 24, 2014
Mexican Cake - Tequila Barrel-Aged from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 297 ratings