11th Anniversary
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,766
Ranked #16,443
3.9 | pDev: 13.08%
Monday at 01:42 PM
Nov 18, 2021
Very Good
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Notes: This year, we took our base imperial stout and added cocoa nibs and two different types of caramel for a luscious and decadent beer experience.
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Ringing in year eleven, Westbrook shows their sweeter side. Chocked full with caramel and chocolate, their imperial stout has them undecided whether they want cake or sundae for their birthday party.

And in the era of pastry stout, they can have both as their 11th Anniversary pours generally black with a mocha whipped froth. With a robust scent of dark roast coffee, cocoa and a peppery twinge to the nose, a sweeter tone comes with caramel and cake icing. Trending sweet on the palate, the early taste picks up on caramel, chocolate, vanilla and cream in a macchiato way.

With the icing-like sweetness in full swing, the middle palate enjoys a rise of roast that balances the lingering sweetness with dark coffee, bitterssweet chocolate, slight smoke and peppery warmth. Very much an imperial stout at heart, the dark ale closes with a broad and woodsy bitterness that easily reads like coffee to the late palate.

Full bodied, sweet and roasty, the stout finishes bittersweet while trending warm, spicy, drying and toasty with a linger of peppery chocolate and nuanced caramel flavors all around. If you are Westbrook, it looks like you can have your cake and drink it too.
Monday at 01:42 PM
Rated: 3.9 by Whyteboar from Michigan

Nov 15, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by aleslover from Florida

Oct 13, 2022
Rated: 3.29 by Argail from Louisiana

Oct 10, 2022
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Rated by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Port wine. Cough syrup.
Jul 21, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jul 20, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

May 08, 2022
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Moving on…22 oz. bottle split with my wife. Interesting looking at my reviews. I guess I’m not as fond of Westbrook as I thought I was. What the brain does to us.

Hard black. Soft roast & sweet aromas draped over a fair amount of caramel.

Westbrook’s 11th Anniversary Stout is solid. As advertised there is plenty of caramel with faint layers of roast & cocoa & smoke with a finish that’s like an unwelcome guest, harsh & bitter (hops?). It’s unexpected & clashy. I’m on a roll with beers I’d be like “4 ounces is enough, thanks!”

Not my thing at all. Average at best.
Apr 23, 2022
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Picked up a 22 oz bomber from Green's Discount Beverage in Greenville, SC 12-29-21 for $10.29. No visible bottling date, consumed 4-13-22.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head with the original pour.

Nose is sweet mildly roasted malts with a lot of cocoa nibs.

Taste follows the nose with a large mild roasted malt base that is nearly overwhelmed with copious amount of cocoa and caramel. Finishes sweet and on the edge of cloying.

Mouthfeel is large bodied and very smooth.

Overall a pretty good beer, wish Westbrook had used more of a roasted malt and more hops as this is pretty sweet but i suppose they were aiming for a pastry stout.
Apr 13, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Apr 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On tap at Hop City, Birmingham

Pours black in color with a one finger foamy khaki head. Smells of cocoa nibs, a hint of vanilla, caramel. Tastes of caramel and cocoa nibs with a roasted finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and creamy finish
Apr 02, 2022
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Reviewed by firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Westbrook went the extra mile on their 11th anniversary with a  chocolate and caramel stout. The base is super roasted, per usual from this brewery, and has a defined cocoa profile. The cocoa mixes with the tangy, caramelized drizzle to create that pastry effect of a candy bar. I really like that they pushed the flavor profile to distinguish this beer as a true chocolate and caramel experience.
Mar 19, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by golf4collet from West Virginia

Mar 13, 2022
Rated: 1.8 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Mar 08, 2022
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a very dark color with a slight tan head and lacing
Aroma has slight cocoa and caramel hints
The taste the nose with a cocoa and caramel flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A good Stout
Mar 06, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by Boone757 from Virginia

Feb 07, 2022
Rated: 3.86 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Jan 29, 2022
Rated: 4 by vfgccp from New York

Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Nose is great; even malt base with notes of baking chocolate and homemade caramel. The palate lacked for me, overly bitter and malt-forward. Improved marginally with warmth, but a little disappointed overall.
Jan 22, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by smithj4 from New York

Jan 21, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bomber from Tavour. Dark, dark brown pour, thin layer of beige head. Aroma is sweet, with the caramel just edging out the chocolate. Taste stays the course, more rich chocolaty flavors, then dark chocolate and a bit of roasty bitterness. Starts sweet, finishes bitter. Smooth and silky.
Jan 17, 2022
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a two finger cocoa brown head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate and caramel. Flavor follows, with dark toasted malt with slight char, dark chocolate and dry malt; an odd bitterness develops in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess; nice mouth feel. It's been a while since I've had a Westbrook stout, they brewed some of Evil Twin's more memorable stouts back in the day and some Westbrook labeled ones appeared every rare once in a while. They were all great. This one start very nicely with the advertised chocolate and caramel in a fine combination, but then has an astringent aspirin like astringency in the finish. It tastes likes hops with no herbal element. This looks smells and feels great, but the finish was somewhat off-putting to my palate. OK, but not stellar.
Jan 16, 2022
Rated: 3.12 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jan 10, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by Mikexw from New York

Jan 08, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by Wrigfen from South Carolina

Jan 06, 2022
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Reviewed by BillRoth from Maryland

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Had on tap; guest beer at Burnish.
Pretty disappointed.
Nice looker and nice aroma of malts; chocolate; hints of dried darkfruits and something sweet on back end.
Taste just doesn’t work for me. I like the older school imp stout roastiness, but unfortunately taste was distractingly overly bitter, almost like biting into a block of dark bakers chocolate. It then plays off minimal caramel to no real benefit. Dried fruits seem to pull away and don’t really enhance or add depth.
Body is richer than regular stout, but way too thin for me.
Way too many superior stouts out there to recommend this one.
All in all a nice attempt, but not for me.
Jan 02, 2022
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours an opaque thick viscous jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown + dark chestnut brown + dark garnet red colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense sudsy foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering approximately 95% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of rich bitter dark chocolate + light aromas of sweet caramel. Moderate aromas of roasted + dark + caramel malts with moderate amount of dark fruit (fig + raisin + cherry) sweetness. Light aromas of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted + dark + caramel malts with moderate amount of dark fruit (fig + raisin + cherry) sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of sweet caramel and just shy of strong flavors of rich bitter dark chocolate. Finally there is a very light flavor of earthy hops. Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness along with slightly stronger than moderate lingering bitter chocolate flavors.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy.

O: Drinks pretty easily considering the strength and I appreciated this was not a dessert/pastry style of stout but more of an older school roasty stout with chocolate. Enjoyable though the flavors/aromas are not as seamless as some, though I really appreciated that it was not overly/cloyingly sweet.
Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by oberon from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours into a goblet jet black with a thinner deep mocha colored head atop that is gone pretty quickly.Caramel and dark fruits over top of dark chocolate in the nose,lingering alcohol comes thru as it warms adding more sweetness.Flavors have a sharper edge on the back end to them,there is caramel but bitter chocolate and dark fruit/raisin element is bigger,the bitter chocolate is the big winner here.It's not a dessert beer to me it has some rough edges wich is a good thing.
Dec 22, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by TonyStarks2231 from New York

Dec 18, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by Skabiski from Maryland

Dec 12, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by cmsfish from Minnesota

Dec 01, 2021
11th Anniversary from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 33 ratings