Mexican Cake - Willett Barrel-Aged | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
westbrookbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mothman on 10-31-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#521
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
94
pDev:
4.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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37
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19
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by orangesol:
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4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmcurran
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gibgink
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 1-13-18. Pours pitch and oily black. Slight heat and touch of cinnamon on the nose. When consumed, the barrel notes make a good first impression, with a subtle cinnamon, and a pleasant heat on the back end. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zonian1
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fthegiants
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle. Black body with a medium khaki head. Smells of cinnamon, vanilla, bourbon, some chocolate. Tastes of cinnamon, peppers, bourbon, oak. Chocolate and roast. Spicy finish with a lingering bourbon and oak flavor. Medium heavy, but not too sweet or sluggish. A little boozy, but otherwise absolutely delicious.

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Photo of beergorrilla
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robgage
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Intense mocha and onyx hues with a thin sandy head
S: Dark chocolate, bourbon, and a bit of spice and cinnamon
T: Intensely complex flavor profile - cocoa, vanilla beans, cinnamon, and a bit of heat/spice from the barrel aging and chilies
F: Much thicker and full-bodied than regular Mexican Cake
O: Standout beer from Westbrook - I really like the base beer, but the barrel aging provides an added layer of complexity. Very well done.

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Photo of kbuzz
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mock_in
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Run4theRoses
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.86/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: pours thick and black with no head
S: huge aroma: vanilla sweetness, barrel, cinnamon and spice.
T: just awesome....all the aromas are in the taste blended together in balance.
F: medium thickness and slight coating, love the chili heat on the back end.

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Photo of mtbdonn
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtk21351
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xdtfx
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GDawgs34
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KevSal
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to kevin for this one!

22 poured into a fw teku

looks great! all black with a small mocha head

bourbon cinnamon toast crunch! cinnamon come thru the most. excited to have at it

bourbon cinnamon toast crunch! along with chocolate, pepper heat than a sweet finish. second pour from the bottle is even better! as it warms vanilla comes through, pepper heat continues and cinnamon most of all. layers of flavor for sure.

mouthfeel is medium thick, slick but great lingering flavor, i don't get much booze maybe due to gong it a bit

overall this is fantastic! the base is pretty darn delicious and with the ba treatment it's fantastic! i had the first 3 ba beers thanks to easy reader oh so long ago so it's nice to revisit
kevin thank you very much

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Photo of Sabtos
4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slappy stark black with a thin dark mocha fizz settling to a surprisingly persistent creamy collar.

Right off the bat the aroma is very chocolatey, much more rich and luscious than I remember the base being. There's so much brownie batter I can't stand it, because I know what kind of heat this is about to deliver on the palate. There's a really delectable, waxy, deep and rich nutty oak on the nose that delightfully combines with that ultra smooth dark chocolate character, as well as a hint of coffee. It is totally deceiving of what this beer is supposed to be, but so good I can forgive it. Cinnamon and bright chili pepper bloom as it warms.

Ultra deep and luscious dark chocolate continues on the palate, but a biting kick of habanero quickly comes in after. The pepper is surprisingly short-lived compared to the base, parting the way to a very unique accent of raisin and other dark fruits with charred oak, nougat and walnut. Heat pops back in on the swallow with a substantial sting that is thankfully fleeting. All of this happens in such quick succession I can't help but be impressed more and more with each sip.

The body is moderate and surprisingly fluffy with a soft carbonation leading into stinging, semi-dry finish.

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Mexican Cake - Willett Barrel-Aged from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 94 ratings