Velvet Tuxedo
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
12%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 6.32%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
23
From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  1
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Notes: Collaboration with 3 Sons Brewing Co.

Blend of the base recipes for 3 Sons Summation and Westbrook Mexican Cake. Aged 22 months in Napa Cabernet barrels and finished on cocoa nibs and dried tart cherries.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 23 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a deep black color with a tan head, leaving mild lacing with each sip.

Smell - The beer had nice boozy notes with berry hint that combined raspberry with the barrel aging.

Taste - The initial taste was like Mexican Cake with raspberry filling. It was not incredibly spicy, but it had some burn. The profile was chocolatey with velvety vanilla before the dryness of the wine barrel appeared.

Mouthfeel - The velvety feel of Mexican Cake was very much present.

Overall - While I love the base beer, this was a nice change of pace.

Feb 15, 2020
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EMH73 from New York

4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an extremely dark brown with a dense, well retained one finger dark tan head that left islands of lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, cherries, oak and a hint of red wine. Taste is more cherry forward than the nose would suggest, dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, roasted malts, red wine, oak, vanilla, caramel and a hint of tobacco. Not a hint of peppers despite the fact that Mexican Cake is one of the base beers used. Full bodied, medium carbonation, finishes with a slightly lingering tart cherry quality, plush mouth feel.

Dec 01, 2019
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WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head dissipates fairly quickly. Nose is a bit of a let down given the effort put into this brew. Cherry syrup quality lingers. Sipper drinks like an 82 pt. wine. I prefer the base beers. Thanks for facilitating, DOC.

Sep 07, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bottle into a PAA Dino glass, this beer pours out with a slick blackness. It forms a pinky width, caramel colored crown that settles into a ring around the glass and some hypnotizing misty islands.

The nose carries chocolate covered dark fruit along with a big hit of dry tobacco and fig newton cookie crust. A jammy presence lingers throughout backed by warm barrels, and hints of dry wine.

The taste brings in another big hit of tobacco leaf before it melds into smoother notes of dark & sweet cherries, fig Newton cookie crust and chocolate chunks.

Smooth cherries, almost syrupy. Thick body with a warmness that remains constant, but never crosses over the line of hot. Low, slick carbonation that lets that sticky sweetness coat and sit. Dry finish.

Overall, I think they pulled off what they were going for very well.

Aug 23, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The flavors of tartness and roast rarely come together well. But that doesn't scare away brewers like Westbrook and 3 Sons as they join brewing forces and roll the flavor of cherries into an imperial stout of the bourbon soaked variety.

Very dark chocolate brown, the beer's density keeps it a shade off of black. As a mocha whipped froth begins to build the appearance of espresso is to be expected. Rich on the nose, a scent of baking chocolate cake mixed with dark roasting coffee come to mind with the scent of maraschino cherries, whisky, oak and coconut lurking close behind. And those sweet impressions share caramel, molasses, chocolate, condensed milk and cake with the tastebuds that are lucky enough to be on the front of the tongue.

And the countless complexities continue to unfold as the sweetness turns to more robust flavors of espresso, charred woods, bittersweet chocolate, walnut, toast and brownie batter. As the cherry flavors expand on the middle palate, the rounded taste of cherry chocolate cake begins to take shape, albeit accompanied with the vanilla, caramel, coconut medley of whisky in the boldest display of a fruity tiramisu possible. A mild, broad and woodsy bitterness is soothed with the lasting malt sweetness and softer vanilla spice.

Full, lavish and plush on the palate, the beer's long and savory aftertaste is one worthy of an after dinner digestive or a replacement for dessert. Its the sweetness, vanilla and coconut impressions that soften the roasted elements and keep the session much more decadent than burnt. In essence the beer's lack of acrid roast means that the other flavors fuse so well with cherries for a complete and complementary flavor.

Aug 08, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A big, powerful aroma of cherries, malt, chocolate, a vinous quality, wood, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a good amount of the vinous quality (and its accompanying barrel), a lot of dark chocolate (always nice), also a lot of cherries, and some malt (present throughout). No chili pepper heat from the Mexican Cake. This is a rich, complex flavor that gets better as you go along. The cherries seem more dominant than expected, but it's still tasty stuff.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: A wholly enjoyable, well made beer. Drinkable.

Apr 09, 2019
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

look: Deep dark, nearly opaque brown. Some ruby/cola highlights when held to light. Modest mocha head on the pour. Messy thick lacing.
smell: Rich as all hell. I've taken to making wine reduction sauces and using all fresh herbs/spice at my disposal. Let it simmer for hours before reducing and holy shit. This nose reminds me of that! I can identify notes of all the advertised ingredients, but it's really a new thing now.
taste: Not as amazing as the nose but still very nice. The cherries are prominent in the finish, more like bourbon, chocolate cherries.

Mar 31, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sweet bourbon soaked cherry pairs with dark chocolate syrup through a silky, thick body that actually has a light but firm fizz finishing semi-dry, further delivering notes of dates and charred oak.

Mar 21, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Attractive dark brew, although head retention could be improved.

So much brown sugar on the nose! It's an incredibly inviting, sweet, dark, smooth profile.

Wine barrels come through on the palate. Tons of brown sugar, prunes, red grapes, cherries, and chocolate. Mildly tart. No noticeable heat from the Mexican Cake, although the significant aging may be the culprit there.

Thick, smooth, and incredibly drinkable for 12%!

Mar 04, 2019
Velvet Tuxedo from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 23 ratings