Mexican Cake - Pappy Barrel-Aged
Westbrook Brewing Co.

Mexican Cake - Pappy Barrel-AgedMexican Cake - Pappy Barrel-Aged
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
97
Avg:
4.71 | pDev: 4.67%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
37
From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  65
Gots
  5
SCORE
97
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Mexican Cake - Pappy Barrel-AgedMexican Cake - Pappy Barrel-Aged
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Photo of Stevedore
4.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours as expected, dark black body, one finger mocha head, short lived, no lacing. Smell is huge fluffy marshmallow and whiskey, mild green pepper, milk chocolate, a bit of cocoa, oak. Flavour is hefty vanilla and whiskey; it's heavy on the bourbon in a good way. Milk chocolate, a bit of baker's chocolate, cocoa, with more of the pepper heat coming out on the palate compared to the nose. It's excellent, maybe a bit more spicy than I'd like. Mouthfeel is medium fuller bodied, not thin or watery, good carbonation, smooth with a nice whiskey and peppery finish. This was excellent, the whiskey on this beer really shined. I think I would have enjoyed this still more if the peppers were not quite as spicy as they are in this base beer.

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle pour; With 2 years on it, everything you expect to be there is still there -- spice, barrel, booze. Pours thick and dark. Not sure I'm able to discern this being a Pappy barrel, you could have told me this was a whatever bourbon barrel and it would still be fantastic.

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Photo of mothman
4.74/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light tan head. Black color.

This one is a bit smoother than then JD. Not as hot and spicy but still there. As it warms it gets better. Nice cinnamon and vanilla. Chocolate and cocoa. Oaky with a lot of bourbon. Very oaky.

Love this as the warms up. Super smooth.

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Photo of yumbeer
4.52/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was it delicious? Yes. Would I give up half my cellar for another? No. Was fortunate enough to try this in a whale-share tonight. Now, going up against remy pappy, DBH and BA Abraxas was certainly some tough competition. But, it certainly held its own, however, of those four, it would be in last place imo. I'll only compare it to remy pappy since the barrel was the same, but the body was thinner. The mouthfeel was thinner, although still relatively nice, but there was a lot going on. The spice was nice (similar to regular cake) but I appreciated the simplicity of the remy pappy vs the complexity of the pappy cake. Was it delicious? Yes, of course. Would I spend $200 or more for one? No. If you have a chance to try it without giving up too much, go for it. But, don't give up too much. Borderline world-class/great overall imo.

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Photo of danh53
4.64/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, not black with no head at all. Amazing bourbon nose - marshmallow, toffee, buttery vanilla, coconut, chocolate, cinnamon, booze. Taste is vanilla, caramel fudge brownie, cola. Cinnamon is well integrated, not forward. Pepper builds on the palate as you go. Oak dryness, dark cherry, Dark fruit, plum, raisin. Bourbon builds to a crescendo in the mouth finishing with a warm, comforting burn on the finish. Mouth feel is thin to medium. This is really easy drinking, but it needs a little more weight to be considered one of the best. Overall it's a great experience.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jet black body, thin reapply dissipating head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon. Flavor is so well balanced and not overwhelming with the bourbon and spice complimenting each other to perfection. So very smooth with the occasional tingle of the pepper which has held up well. What a great base beer.

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Photo of mrtomatohead49
4.74/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Behemoth of a beer.

Pours jet black like motor oil. The smell of this was incredible. Outrageous booziness with strong notes of coconnut and bakers chocolate. Taste isnt as smooth as other pappy stouts (assassin) but pappy notes are the presiding flavor. Chocolate comes in next followed by subtle chile flavors as the beer warms. An incredible beer overall and definitely worth the money spent at thw brewery!

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Photo of toolbrew
4.91/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle of '15 PvW at the brewery split three ways. Poured jet black with no head. Get the barrel smell with sweet vanilla. Complex beer and the peppers are surprisingly muted. Slight heat at the end. Coconut flavors too! Overall a fantastic beer and so happy I experienced/splurged.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.93/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look is almost perfect. Almost too oily. (Nitpicking) smell is too "generic". The taste is the perfect combination of vanilla, chocolate, oak, bourbon, cinnamon, subtle pepper. Everything that's advertised is noticed. Well done!

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Photo of tjcapture
4.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared bottle at the brewery 10/10/15. Will try to do this justice.

A: Pours pitch black, no heading.

S: Plenty of bourbon, sweetness, barrel, but not boozy. Smell the stout, mostly chocolate, some heat. Overall, it is amazing and you keep wanting to go back for more.

T: First note is expected big chocolate from Cake, followed by sweetness of bourbon without any burn. Barrel is more prominent here than in '15 BA Cake. Some cinnamon and vanilla. The peppers aren't as noticeable at first, but are present without overpowering. Not boozy at all.

M: Thick and full. Not very carbonated, which is a good thing.

O: My first Pappy aged ever, and easily my favorite of BA Cake variants.

Amazing experience to share with some fellow craft beer lovers.

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Mexican Cake - Pappy Barrel-Aged from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 37 ratings