Mexican Cake - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Westbrook Brewing Co.

Mexican Cake - Bourbon Barrel-AgedMexican Cake - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #93
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
99
Ranked #260
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 6.01%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
169
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 07, 2022
Added:
Aug 28, 2015
Wants:
  118
Gots:
  33
SCORE
99
World-Class
Mexican Cake - Bourbon Barrel-AgedMexican Cake - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Rated: 4.71 by KT123 from Pennsylvania

Jul 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.64 by Jlee0810 from Indiana

Apr 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.95 by beermanben from Wisconsin

Oct 05, 2021
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Rated by OompaMentor from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
DLD - 5/18/2019
Jun 25, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.89/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2015 batch.

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like silky chocolate, soy sauce, pepper spice, roasted malt, and bourbon.

Six years later, you can definitely tell the glory days for this beer are long gone. It's still holding up much better than I would've though, though. There's a good bit of pleasant spicy pepper heat on this one. The cinnamon and vanilla are definitely gone though. I don't get the soy sauce on the taste, luckily. It's also still quite nicely chocolatey, with a hint of bourbon heat. There's some nice earthy roasted malt, too.

This is medium bodied, and has thinned out a bit over the years. There's not much booziness at all.

This was a risky experiment that somewhat worked out. I imagine this was way better in 2016, but I still found some enjoyment in it, anyway.
May 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.68 by Eman17 from Illinois

Mar 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.44 by GaryM6 from New York

Jan 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.48 by Gregf51 from Ohio

Oct 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Sep 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jul 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.48 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Jan 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.49/5  rDev 0%
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
 
Rated: 4.5 by Bum4ever from California

Jun 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by MTKATL from Georgia

May 21, 2019
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Rated by Grackos from Florida

4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I expected more but it's good.

8/2015 drank 2/2019.
Feb 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.84 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Feb 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Jan 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.47 by Richter525 from Michigan

Jan 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.5 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Apr 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

Mar 31, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by DoubleDaisyCutter from District of Columbia

Feb 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.71 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Sep 24, 2017
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Rated by grover37 from District of Columbia

4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
4oz pour at Churchkey during CBC 2017.
May 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.58 by leitmotif from Romania

Apr 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Reviewed by Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
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
 
Rated: 4.5 by xt0n1cx from Virginia

Feb 16, 2017
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.29 by GMorgan from Illinois

Jan 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.33 by JamesStreet from Louisiana

Dec 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.44 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Dec 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.15 by FlussigkeitMut from Indiana

Dec 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.42 by petermethot from New Jersey

Dec 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.71 by TboneRN from Minnesota

Dec 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.69 by SDRedDevil from California

Oct 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.23 by mltobin from Connecticut

Oct 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.29 by HeartofMiami from Florida

Sep 18, 2016
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Reviewed by bgold86 from New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
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
Mexican Cake - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 201 ratings