Mexican Cupcake
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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American Stout
Ranked #110
Ranked #10,681
4.13 | pDev: 7.02%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 23
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3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Whoever said that you can't have your cake and eat it too, may have been right. But they didn't say anything about drinking it. Even when cake isn't available, at least there's cupcake.

The little brother to Mexican cake comes in the form of a lighter viscosity and equally as dark pitch as the original. Swirling with a soft coffee-like creme, the scent rolls onto the senses with coffee, chocolate and a mild suggestion of spice. Rosated malt sweetness greets the tongue with burnt toffee, bitter chocolate, dark-roast coffee and a hearty walnut earth component.

With bittersweet chocolates, coffee, caramel, toffee and cream simmering on the tongue, the sweetness slowly lifts and the beer's cocoa, coffee bean and nutty earthiness resonates more soundly. The more the malt dissipates, the more the cinnamon spice grows and meets up with light chili pepper that's easy to miss. Vanilla and burnt sugar holds on to balance the robust earth in finish.

Medium-full and trending roasty-dry, the beer's finish is warm with moderate alcohol and a light prickle of added spice. At the risk of thinning in the middle and late palate, the beer's drinkability is also its crutch while a long after tow of ground coffee and cocoa lead to an extended robust finish.

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Photo of Tommo
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So i didnt realize this was supposed to be a session version of this beer. Its thinner for sure, and i prefer mexican cake as this is not what i want in a stout. But it wasnt bad for summer time, still had nice flavors. Good enough

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Photo of brentk56
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a fudge brown color and a modest head; the retention was poor as was the lacing

Smell: Chocolate and cinnamon; hints of hot pepper and vanilla

Taste: Chocolate and cinnamon forward, with vanilla tones in the middle; it takes a while for the habanero and guajillo to make their statement but they are quite discernible in the finish after a few sips

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A worthy little brother (or sister) to the real thing

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Photo of DrSchnitzengiggle
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewery.

Look: black as night, slight khaki-colored head. Enticing.
Smell: cinnamon, chocolate, and sweetness. even more enticing.
Taste: damn, what a beauty. cinnamon hits first, then chocolate and vanilla. the heat from the peppers emerged a little as the beer warmed up, just enough to let you know they're there. excellent.
Feel: medium bodied; not too thick, not too thin.
Overall: I could've had 4 or 5 more of these if I had the time. It's really an amazing beer. I hope it gets chosen for distribution. If you're near Westbrook, stop in and have one, or two or three!

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Mexican Cupcake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 23 ratings