Mexican Cake - Double Barrel
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
4.64 | pDev: 6.9%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Mexican Cake - Double BarrelMexican Cake - Double Barrel
Notes: Aged 12 months in bourbon and rye whiskey barrels from Pritchard's distillery.
Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 547 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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mtomlins from Canada (ON)

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

Pours black with a creamy mocha head. The nose on this beer really blew me away, lots of bourbon, vanilla, roasted grain, coconut. The taste was very similar roasted grain, vanilla, cinnamon, bourbon, big sweet coconut (think macaroons) with that nice chili warmth on the finish. Big body with good carbonation for a rich, smooth mouthfeel and the alcohol was well hidden. Really fantstic!

Apr 27, 2016
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.62/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Insane nose, awesome barrel notes and complexity. get great cinnamon/churro aromas and taste. Could sip on this beast all day. dry finish and peppers galore. Only knock is the dry-heat filled finish but this is one to enjoy and let warm up. Flavor is on point - one that could be analyzed for a long while, not a plain stout by any means.

Feb 03, 2016
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Vonerichs from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a frothy tan head. Good retention for a high abv stout.

Very aromatic. Chocolate, vanilla, oak, coffee. Also has some earthy and cinnamon notes.

It was bottled in August of 2014 but stored well at cellar temps. The barrel components seem to have dialed down a little. Woody and vanilla, but not boozy. Lots of fudge and coffee. Mild heat from the peppers in the back end, but I was expecting more. Cinnamon spice as well.

Very smooth and soft body.

Great beer, but I was hoping for more flavor and heat from the habs.

Jan 25, 2016
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timc100 from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed along side Abraxas '14, Hunahpu's '15, Double Barrel Hunahpu's, Barrel Aged Abraxas

Of all the stouts in the lineup, this had the most inviting aroma. Due to the rich and pronounced vanilla, coconut, oakiness it was very clear it came from american whiskey barrels. The base stout is not overly impressive to me, but the best aspects of it came through in this barrel treatment: dark chocolate, cinnamon, espresso. Medium-full on the palate, incredibly smooth and well rounded with an appropriately long finish.

Nov 04, 2015
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pour is jet black with a dark caramel colored head. Nose is light malt dark fruit up front, some chocolate cake malt, faint wood and pepper. Flavor is brighter and has more malt to it. Bourbon makes a strong presence, the cakey malt is stronger, some heat through the finish, slightly messy in back, moderate carb, full bodied, much drier than db hunah but not as dry as the tequila cake, pepper heat through the back end and lingers.

Oct 24, 2015
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Beer_Line from California

5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Favorite Mexican Cake variant to date. The bourbon and rye barrels add so much to an already amazing base beer. This was a white whale for me last year. I obtained 2 and drinking this again, it is aging very nicely.

Oct 07, 2015
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alpineclimber from Canada (AB)

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First review in over a year! This one is special so I feel I need to put a few words down. This is also the first serious brew that I have opened since I have been in the new house.

This beer pours jet black with a tan head that quickly recedes to a light ring of bubbles. This one looks nice and thick!

Amazing nose of vanilla, bourbon, cocoa powder and a bready yeast.

Taste is out of this world! So much going on. The bourbon barrel is upfront, chocolate and cocoa is big, the vanilla is strong, next the cinnamon comes in and the chillies finish off. No fusel alcohol or anything harsh in the taste. Nothing overpowers in the taste, everything blends together to create a melange of awesomeness!

Nice thick mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. Just what I expect from a barrel aged stout that is not too high in alcohol.

Overall this is a real treat. I really enjoy this style of spiced Imperial stout where vanilla chillies and cocoa nibs are used and sometimes coffee. For me it's hard to say which is better, Hunaphu's, Prairie Bomb! or this. This is a must have!

Sep 25, 2015
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asams10 from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this at a share on 8/29. Right away, the MC smell hits you. Cinnamon and vanilla. The barrel treatment serves to smooth out the pepper burn that regular MC has. Was not boozy at all. I could drink this easier than a regular MC.

Sep 08, 2015
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IMFletcher from Kentucky

4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled across this in line for R&D BBBB release at New Glarus. Nose is rich, boozy, and inviting. The taste is divine, chocolate, booze, barrel, and rye sweetness, and the spicy kick is faint, but there. Mouthfeel is like letting ice cream melt in your mouth.

Aug 27, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

All the adjuncts in this stout make there presence known in the aroma and flavor profile. The barrel aging is quite well done as well. Super thick; oily and viscous stout that just coats your mouth. Full bodied stout with low carbonation. Not a hint of booze. This is probably one of my favorite barrel aged Mexican cakes. The red wine barrel comes in a close second. Very well done. This is also just a good as double barrel Huna.

Aug 10, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle share poured into a snifter

Pours a deep black color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that retains for a while, before settling into a thin layer floating on top. All of the classic MC aromas are there, with the cinnamon seeming to be stronger than usual. The bourbon barrels adds a nice spicy rye aroma with some toasted oak. Taste- the pepper heat has mellowed out quite a bit, which is welcomed, because I though the original was too hot. The barrel aging compliments the other spices and seems to mesh them all together. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly creamy mother and finish, high drinkability. I enjoyed this one more than the original, as I think the extending barrel aging blended all of the elements brilliantly

Aug 10, 2015
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Bugs318 from Canada (QC)

4.77/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

same colour as original, mocha head of poor retention and zero lace. Nose wafts a perfect blend of chocolate, whiskey, wood, moderate vanilla, very faint chilis. Taste is similar, a bit boozy, but very woody with bold vanilla and chocolate up front, while finish is all chili. Spicier than all but the other cakes. A bit less carbonation than other cakes, but somehow a touch more body without any stickiness

Jul 31, 2015
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle shared two ways at the brewery
Bottled: Aug 26th, 2014

Jet black, small tan head, a small amount of lacing. Some floaties can be seen in the glass. Wonderful aroma and taste. Barrel notes pair perfectly with the base beer, aren't as prominent as the barrel characters in the 2013 vintages, which I think is a good thing in that this one is more balanced and complex. Vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt. Peppers are noticeable but are as tame as any Mexican Cake I can remember. I also get coconut and cinnamon. Charred oak whiskey characters from the barrel. Really wonderful. Probably my favorite BA Mexican Cake to date, although the Red Wine has a special place in my heart as well. Glad I got to try this one!

A: 4.5
T: 4.75
M/D: 4.5
O: 4.75

Jun 15, 2015
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kkleu357 from Wisconsin

4.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Well, finished off an SR-71 before this bad boy. Wasn't sure what the best order would be, but probably should have done this one first. Split this among 4 of us. Medium thin dark black body. Aroma of Chocolate cake with hints of oak, whiskey, and spices, mainly cinnamon. Very smooth and tasty. Lots of cinnamon taste with plenty of chocolate coming through. The spice is very mild on this one. Just a smidgen of tingle on the tonsils from the spice. Decent amount of whiskey comes through at the end of the glass. Pretty solid beer.

May 19, 2015
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steveheady from South Carolina

5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cinnamon bomb. Absolutely loved this one. Smooth, not really any heat present from the peppers. Overall, one of the best beers I've ever had, complex yet everything blended together perfectly. I HIGHLY recommend.

Apr 19, 2015
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Lapalou from Florida

4.63/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had at Huna day poured from tap. Dark chocolate body, smell is muted but not overly boozy. Taste builds after sipping and the barrel aging adds to the smooth finish which ends with a slight pepper after taste. Really special beer, awesome

Mar 18, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.86/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served up the 2014 set with Paul tonight.

Dark brown body, viscous, small beige head. Amazing aroma. Chocolate, vanilla, chilis, oak, bourbon. The pepper character is insanely alluring. Ridiculously smooth. Perhaps the smoothest of the trio. Lingering pepper heat. My highest recommendation.

Mar 18, 2015
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.49/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got the entire set from 7clutch. Amazing find man. Really appreciate the extra effort you put in here. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 26 August 2014

APPEARANCE: Pours out black and yields a two finger, medium looking, slightly foamy, 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, but the head here is a touch looser than we’re used to from these guys.

SMELL: Roasted grains, lots of caramel, toffee, oak, sweet cream, bourbon, coconut, light spicy notes, some cinnamon and chilies too. Bold and well integrated. More caramel and toffee than the other two variants. Just decadent.

TASTE: Some bourbon, oak, chilies and some caramel sweetness up front. Oak at the swallow with some more lovely bourbon, chilies, cinnamon, sweet vanilla, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Coconut sweetness ties in with the rest of the sweet flavors very nicely. Some chili heat and alcohol lingers on the palate as well. Decadent stuff.

PALATE: Similar to the others but a touch lighter in weight perhaps and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Medium body, creamy on the palate, goes down with a bit of a burn and scratch with some heat lingering on the palate.

OVERALL: Just excellent again. Decadent aromas and flavors all over the place, and everything is extremely well integrated. The slightly lighter feel here keeps it from top spot out of the bunch, but that’s a moot point. Killer stuff all around, and a killer series to boot. Thanks again 7clutch. The beer night of 2014 right here.

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 BEST of the 3 BA versions. Still had that wonderful Mexican Cake flavor but a nice strong Bourbon nose and notes! Loved this!!!

Mar 03, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.31/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 release. Served in a teku glass 2/22/2015.

A- Dark black body, slightly oily with some nice legs. Half finger mocha head, good retention, not much lacing.

S- Cinnamon, vegetal aromas waft out, followed by a very nice rye whiskey aroma. Not as much bourbon, but the rye in particular smells great. It reminds me quite a bit of 2013 Assassin. Very nice chocolate aromas, cocoa, coffee as well. But the rye is making my mouth water.

F- Solid flavour profile with a moderate amount of cinnamon, cocoa and chocolate flavours; the bourbon is more dominant here with a slightly smoky but otherwise mildly sweet bourbon flavour. Oak, a bit of espresso. Vegetal flavours, not particularly spicy. I think it would work if it was actually spicy like the base Mexican Cake. However, there is very minimal heat here.

M- Medium-thick bodied. Good carbonation, a bit soft and sticky. No heat on the aftertaste.

O-After the success of the 2013 BA Mexican Cakes, this one is quite the let down. Still a very good beer with a nice flavour profile showcasing both the rye and bourbon.

Feb 23, 2015
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Wolberjs from California

4.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smell's like a chocolate fudge marshmallow brownie. Tastes like a chocolate fudge marshmallow brownie with awesome spices. Mouthfeel is just a touch thin. Terrific beer. Just a tiny notch below kbbs, dbh, territory for me.

Feb 09, 2015
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MLDucky from Texas

3.48/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cinnamon bomb in aroma which was nice,taste was heavy cinnamon, no heat and no barrel characteristics Mexican cake was phenomenal and I felt the things that made the base stout great were lost in the barrel aging.

Feb 08, 2015
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nathanmiller from New York

1.8/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I loved Mexican Cake so imagine my disappointment when the double barrel version somehow turned it into German Chocolate Cake. The aroma and taste were both pure coconut, and that's the opposite of what I wanted in this beer. Very sad.

Feb 02, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

The nose includes notes of dark roast like black licorice, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, burnt sugar and toasted coconut. I really dig how the barrels play a part in this but dont totally dominate the base beer.

The taste is dark fruity raison meets molasses, roasty char and almost a vinous alcohol sting with light oxidation and chocolate into the aftertaste.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. A little warmth from the alcohol and pepper inclusion mixes well with hints of barrel aging. To me, this version was the weakest of the entire line of barrel aged mexican cakes (both this year and last.) It almost seems like 1 barrel didnt impart enough flavor and the other imparted stuff they didnt like so they dumped it all together. Its not bad by any stretch, its just not nearly as impressive as all the others have been.

Jan 14, 2015
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MWolverines66 from New York

5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was absolutely exceptional. Pours a thick dark color. The Double Barrel really takes the heat off this one compared to the regular BA version. It has a much more sweet and smooth taste, with a little bite of the heat on the back end. This is right up there with DB Huna.

Jan 08, 2015
Mexican Cake - Double Barrel from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 547 ratings