Mexican Cake - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Westbrook Brewing Co.

Mexican Cake - Bourbon Barrel-AgedMexican Cake - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #85
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
98
Ranked #334
Avg:
4.5 | pDev: 6%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
194
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Looked as expected with an opaque color and a small tan head. This was a fantastic mix of base beer with barrel. Great heat from the peppers, great chocolate, great barrel compliment. No oxidation or off flavors after 4 years. Wow this is outstanding.

Jul 28, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- huge coconut note on the nose up front, along with a fresh spearmint note. Undertones of earthy coffee, green pepper, cinnamon, vanilla and pepper, oaky bourbon closes it out

T- everything seems to have meshed and mellowed out. Opens with subtle oaky bourbon notes that lends some caramel and vanilla notes. Mid-palate gives earthy coffee and chocolate, as well as some vanilla notes. The finish gives some pepper heat, but not as much as typically found in Cake. Lingers of bourbon and a hint of coconut

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and warming finish

O- everything has mellowed and meshes very well

Dec 15, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown color with mocha head. Aroma has chocolate but also some spicy chili and even meat/umami. Taste is sweet at first with nice cacao and spices, like a nice chocolate cake. And then comes the chili, quite intense with a good amount of heat and lingers with green pepper notes. Full bodied, really smooth on the palate. The best Mexican Cake variant I had so far.

Apr 08, 2017
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep black almost pitch black, brownish/reddish with no head.
Aroma has bourbon, peppers, vanilla, coffee, oak, cinnamon.
Taste is chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, huge bourbon and peppers finish.

Mar 28, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Himmeriget in Copenhagen.

Pours black as night, with a low, dense foam.

The smell is so layered and complex, hitting a lot of different notes. Primarily chocolate, coffee and caramel, with a nutty hint. Superb!

The taste is massive, with creamy chocolate and coffee at the forefront. A little bit of tar comes after that, before the chilis make their presence felt. I usually don't like chilis in beer, but they are so well integrated here, never eclipsing the other flavors, but addig to them.

Mouthfeel is rich and velvety, with perfect texture and thickness.

By far the best beer with chilis I've had. Not a beer I could get through a whole bomber of by myself, but the 150 ml pour was perfect!

Feb 05, 2017
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bgold86 from New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thinner than regular cake which was a surprise. Traded a crap town of beer for this bottle and it was not worth it. Stick with the base and don't let the hype on the bourbon aged version fool you, don't know how long it's in the barrel for but it did almost nothing to improve the base, if anything it downgraded the nose and flavor.

Sep 04, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color. Tan head.

Great heat and pepper spice. Nice fudgy chocolate. Cinnamon and spice. Vanilla. It's all there. Ends hot and spicy. The bourbon and oak is very nice. Adds so much here.

Full bodied. Nice feel. Ends with the burn. I love it.

Very impressed with this one.

Jul 29, 2016
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Mar02x from Netherlands

4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers of this present moment. So much flavors and depth. This is not your average beginner beer, this is not even for most of us beergeeks. Insanely good if you like spiced beers like I do :)

Jul 24, 2016
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VetsPackage from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Intense bourbon nose but the taste is dominated by a green pepper flavor that really distracts from everything else going on. I'll gladly take regular cake over this.

Jun 28, 2016
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours thick and black with a film of head that fades fast. When swirled in the glass, a very dark foamy head appears. It doesn't stain the glass but leaves huge alcohol lacing.
S: sweet chocolate and bourbon up front, nice cinnamon, and slight peppery heat. Very layered and complex.
T: wow, very very nice. So smooth and complex. Starts with sweet bourbon chocolate, then cinnamon, and finishes with chili heat. Wow, this is outstanding! Even bigger flavors than the aroma presents. Crazy good. So drinkable, flavorful and complex.
F: this is a pretty thick beer, and completely coats my mouth with flavor. The coating is a 5, but thickness is a 4.5. The flavors linger long after the drink.
O: this lived up to it's secondary market price tag! Happy Father's Day to me!!!

Jun 19, 2016
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Tommo from Texas

4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I hate when beers meet hype. How am i supposed to review perfection


Amazing body and great flavor as mexican cake always has. Add to that a decent, though milder than i was expecting, bourbon character. This is great, elite AF

May 22, 2016
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Beer_Line from California

3.73/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The habeneros in this one (compared to other Mexican Cake variants) came out a lot more in the taste. Not anymroe heat, just a lot more of the chilli pepper flesh taste. My least favorite MC to date. One of the things I love about MC is the subtleness of the habenero, and they were not subtle in this one. The BA treatment was also lackluster.

May 10, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.48/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from halo4one in a recent box. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 30 July 2015

APPEARANCE: Pours out black and yields a two finger, slightly fizzy, semi-creamy dark tan head with good retention. Black body with medium-higher levels of carbonation evident for the style. Head slowly fades to a full thin wisp. Some splotchy wisp remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Cinnamon, vanilla, cacao, light chilies with slight oak notes on the nose. Light hints of bourbon and dark chocolate, but this is more of a cinnamon stout first. Not as bold as other variants and the bourbon barrel is rather restraint. Still, smells like something I would enjoy.

TASTE: Cinnamon, chilies and smoky notes up front. Oak and wood as well. Plenty of chili heat at the swallow; much more so than the cognac edition. Bold and lingering finish of chilies, cinnamon, vanilla, some pure chocolate, and some light oak and bourbon barrel notes as well. The barrel aging is rather mild here and the chilies more prevalent than the cognac version. Good stuff, though even I could ask for more barrel presence in this case.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, not foamy, goes down fine and finishes sticky. Some decent chili heat lingers as well; more so than the cognac version.

OVERALL: This is a good beer for sure, but it’s rather mild in the barrel aged stout department. The chilies come through as hotter than the other variants that came out this year and last year as well. Certainly something I enjoyed, but compared to the rest of the barrel aged Mexican Cake brews I’ve had, this is the least impressive of the bunch. Still, many thanks for the pair halo4one. Much appreciated!

Mar 17, 2016
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KVNBGRY from Florida

4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

wow. i had the opportunity to try a handful of barrel aged variants and vintages at the brewery one afternoon, this and the pappy barrel aged were the highlights. outshining the double chocolate, cognac, 2014 bourbon, coffee, and base. the spice is there, but muted just a touch by the barrel characters. the cinnamon was still able to shine, and the vanilla seemed to pop more than the others. i feel that this bottle didn't necessarily get the love it deserves.

Jan 23, 2016
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Went to a tasting that had Hunahpu, Abraxas, barrel aged Abraxas, Proprietor and King Henry and this was my favorite. So incredibly chocolatey with vanilla, coconut, cinnamon and an appropriate Chile heat. Intertwined I get bourbon, oak, barrel quality and light cream. Incredible!

Jan 18, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jarad for sharing this with us. Bomber poured into a snifter, the brew appears black in color with a pennline of khaki bubbles around the perimeter.

The nose is roasty and earthy like bakers chocolate, char, leather coffee and peppery spice. The taste of peppers is pretty bold and right upfront before notes of bitter chocolate and dry roasty grain bitterness like espresso. Not picking up on any barrel character.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. I gotta say...they really cranked up the peppery spice in this years batch because in all the versions I had previously there was never this much peppery warmth and soicy flavoring. Sadly the barrel character is really hidden and to put it bluntly, I didnt like it as much as prior iterations where the barrel nuance was a main component.

Jan 06, 2016
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Mexican Cake tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a jet black inky body with a dark brown 2 finger head that sticks around for a while before reducing to a ring of foam, not much lacing.

Aromas come through as it warms up, start off slightly muted but near room temperature I get a lot of cocoa, dark fruits, hot peppers (pretty heavy), some soy notes on the aroma.

On the tongue is milk chocolate, cocoa powder initially, lots of hot peppers on the follow through that creates a light burn on the tongue, caramel and vanilla, bourbon, and on the finish is a light roastyness that sticks around for a while. Body is medium to medium-heavy, pretty rich and lightly boozy, low carbonation.

Overall a very nice experience, the heavy peppers and burn combined with the bourbon/vanilla made this very complex.

Jan 03, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle. Inky black with a small khaki head. Smells of strong cinnamon and peppers. Fudge and molasses. Bourbon. Tastes more strongly of bourbon. Very strong peppers. Cinnamon and fudge in the back end. Heavy. Spices and peppers cut the sweetness. Delicious and, to my memory, nowhere near as bourbony as the 2014.

Dec 15, 2015
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Dolphinsmarlins1 from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy heat! Even months past the date of bottling, this sucker packs a punch. It's a really unique BA beer. There's a lot of complex flavors battling for attention. The habanero dominated the palate but cake-like flavor begs for attention on the back end. It's not a beer I would want to drink regularly, but it's a nice treat every now and then.

Dec 11, 2015
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jtb0608 from North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. Had a nice tan foamy head of minimal height. Smells of vanilla and chocolate and bourbon. Has a nice smooth mouthfeel and taste is very balanced. Finishes with mild heat of the chili's but is very well balanced.

Dec 10, 2015
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mattsmith413 from North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The presence of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and habanero are all lingering. This beer is worth drinking or trading for. Head retention

Drank from a snifter

Dec 10, 2015
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vziznznzyz from North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect beer for a cold winters day. The bourbon flavor is not overpowering and the chocolate is definitely on the front end the chilies giving it a nice warm mouth feel. Definitely glad I was able to drink this.

Dec 08, 2015
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark black thick oily like beer with minimal head retention. Smells of mild bourbon and spicy chili. Taste starts with a chocolate up front followed by a mild bourbon and finishes with a hot spicy chili on the back end. Nice thick mouthfeel. A wonderful beer. Would love to have this again.

Nov 30, 2015
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled date: 7-30-2015. Consumed: 11-22-2015. Viscous and dark appearance with a dark orange head. Nose of bourbon, habanero and chocolate. At this age the habaneros are the predominant flavor. Bourbon, chocolate and vanilla are in the background. Cinnamon is subtle. Overall a very good beer.

Nov 23, 2015
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ericdavidmorris from California

4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle at Westbrook on 11/20. Bottled 7/30.

Off topic, but I feel like it's very expensive. It's definitely a fantastic beer, but $75 at the brewery seems a bit excessive. The 2013 variants run $200.

Nose - bourbon up front, then rich chocolate.

Look - no head as with all the cake variants. Jet black

Feel - let it sit a bit, gets a little thicker (thin and light when cold).

Taste - I thought it was a bit boozy but that may be the bourbon talking. Definitely is excellent and complex. Top end BA imperial stout.

Nov 20, 2015
Mexican Cake - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 194 ratings