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Mexican Cake | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Mexican CakeMexican Cake

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Happy birthday to us! To celebrate our first year as a brewery we brewed a serious imperial stout and aged it on cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers. This is the first offering in our annual Anniversary series. Here’s to many more!

50 IBU

Added by Netdigger2 on 02-01-2012

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Photo of larryi86
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to richj1970 for this
22 oz bottle, dated 5/20/16, poured into a teku

A- Pitch black with a two finger deep mocha head.

S- Fudge, cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon, hints of peppers, some roasted coffee.

T- Cocoa nibs, lots of vanilla and cinnamon, dark chocolate, some spicy peppers, hints of roasted coffee.

M- Smooth, thick, full body.

O- A great stout, vanilla and cinnamon taste great. My only "issue" with this is that the peppers aren't as spicy as I hoped they would be. Truly worth seeking out!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml brown glass bottle. $21 per 22 fl oz bottle.

10.50% ABV. "Imperial Stout." "Malt beverage with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon, and habanero peppers added." The bottled on field reads only "516."

HEAD: None. Only a dark floater ring. No lacing.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Looks like any pretty good but not unique imperial stout.

AROMA: Cinnamon spice, subtle vinegary habanero chili pepper, chocolate specialty malt, dark malts, cacao nibs, a vague vanilla note (not genuine vanilla bean, but something flirting with that), nougat, fudge, Hershey's syrup.

Aromatic intensity is mild to moderate. I detect no overt hop notes, yeast notes, off-notes, or alcohol.

TASTE: Hits on chocolate and vinegary chili pepper, providing mild chili heat without overdoing it. Hints of rich Hershey's chocolate syrup. Richly sweet chocolate malts, a heavy presence of sweet dark malts, spicy cinnamon. Yes, the subtle Chile heat balances out the malt sweetness nicely, but it's not ideally dialed in.

Sweetness is well checked by the habanero, but the cacao flavour is nice. I don't find any roasted barley or coffee.

Duration and intensity of flavour are nice.

TEXTURE: Flirts with a syrupy texture to perfect extent, coming off sticky to just the right degree whilst maintaining an apt thickness and medium to full body. Well-carbonated. Unrefreshing (obviously). Smooth and wet. A more powdery, creamy, soft mouthfeel might serve it well.

OVERALL: I hoped for a world class beer given the reputation this has, and in that respect I was perhaps a bit disappointed. But damn if it doesn't have some really lovely elements that force me to question my initial underwhelmed impression.

I don't find it dazzling or incredible, but there's a great deal here to enjoy and I wouldn't shy away from trying it again.

Competent fare from a talented brewery.


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Photo of raynmoon
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fudgy, doughy, heat comes through nicely. However, I do not get much cinnamon. This was bottled 4 months ago, but I remember this beer being much more cinnamon forward.

Mouthfeel is nice, creamy.

Overall, a really nice beer, but nothing I would jump out of my way to get. A barrel aged version of this would probably be killer.

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Photo of spacebear09
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not bad, but after 4 years of searching for this beer it was a huge letdown. Has a strange sour milk not to it that I can't quite put my finger on. Can say hands down I prefer common findings like Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti and Xocoveza over this. I am disappoint.

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Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks as always Sonny.

A- Bomber into the mini glass with a motor oil black body and a deep nutty tan head. The cap is frothy rising up to half a finger before falling down to a small ring at the edges. Decent head retention and rare spotty lace.

S- The dusty cocoa nibs lead the aroma with a large dose of the roasty vegetable skin from the peppers. Coffee comes in next with plenty of woody, earthy cinnamon. Vanilla sweets and a large base of deeply roasted but smooth dark barley.

T- Takes on much more of a chocolate milk feel here with that classic Hershey chocolate flavor forming the backbone of the beer. Next coming out mostly equally is the woody spicy cinnamon, a touch of habanero heat, medium roast coffee, vanilla bean dessert sweets and some caramel. The grains are very much present with charred barley and a coffeehouse roast feeling.

MF- Silky and creamy body with moderately high fluffy carbonation. A tad slick and certainly somewhat chewy. Ends with a slow rising pepper heat and some alcohol warming.

A Mexican cake or more like a hot chocolate in a bomber. The elements are all well balanced with spicy cinnamon and cocoa taking a slight edge.

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Photo of Pontzie
4.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

An all time favorite. I wish this were easier to get on a more regular basis.

L: Pours an viscous inky black. Almost as thick as motor oil. Almost no head at all.
S: Smells like quality coffee and some chocolate and pepper
T: Really smooth for as dark as it appears. Strong coffee flavors. Really really pleasing blend of alcohol that hides in the chocolate and coffee flavors.
F: Just like a world class stout should feel: Solid, almost chewable, very little carbonation but enough to keep this beer just light enough to be extremely drinkable.
O: Instantly an all time favorite. This is probably the best executed stout that I have ever had.

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Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Beergium. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 1x10.Perfectly balanced. The peppers touch is soft and adds taste. Vanilla pretty noticeable. Alcohol completely hidden. Wish it were cheaper and easily obtainable

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer, dated 3/20/16.
Aromas of cinnamon sugar, cold brew coffee, vanilla, leather, burnt malts coming through. Very roasty and sweet.
On the palate is super smooth coffee, cocoa, and gooey chocolatey cinnamon brownies up front, followed by dark malts, roasted nuttiness, vanilla, oak, really pleasant touch of spicy heat on the finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side but honestly it coats quite well and there is an impressive length on the finish, roasty and sweet flavors lingering followed by some heat from cinnamon and peppers. Very chewy and complex. Overall this one is basically perfect in terms of balance between decadent sweetness, dark roasty notes, and pleasant touch of spice…. Cinnamon is a game changer on this in my opinion. Really well done!

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: pours thick and black. No light in the glass, a dark brown head. I like my stouts to pour like used motor oil.
S: chilies, cinnamon and dark chocolate. I love that I can smell all three
T: chilies and cinnamon upfront, then the chocolate comes in for balance. It then finishes with huge chile heat. A bit too much heat in end for me.
F: thick, so smooth. Velvet feel. I just wish the flavors lingered longer to balance the chilies
O: this is a clear third to huna and abraxas. But a even bigger step back from ba bourbon Mexican cake. The bourbon balances the chilies out and it almost perfect. Skip this one and just get the bourbon version.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- like a red tinged black, thin head.

S- chocolate syrup with light cinnamon and vanilla

T- very much along the lines of the aroma but with added booze, it really is an alcoholic chocolate cake. exotic chocolate,light cinnamon, i don't really pick up any of the habaneros, that's not a complaint though as it tastes fantastic.

F- not overly thick and has some carbonation but the mouthfeel fits the taste perfectly.

O- an incredible beer, exactly what it claims to be is what you get.

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Photo of edthehead
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Lots of cinnamon, chocolate, and roasted malt on the nose and on the palate with a nice but subtle chili pepper bite on the back end. Moderate carbonation, and moderate to light mouth feel. A beautiful dark brown beer and mocha head that hangs around for a while. Overall lives up to the hype.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, oily black pour with a small dark tan head that fades leaving little to no lacing. Aromas are strong. Notes of dark chocolate, touch of vanilla, coffee, spicy cinnamon and a bit of vegetal note from the pepper with heat on the back. Full body, smooth and creamy with a coating feel on the pallete. This was an amazing stout that stood up to my expectations.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ebony black with a thin ring of mocha head that leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma positively stinks of cinnamon, milk chocolate, brownies and fudge, marshmallows, vanilla beans, coffee, caramel, and burnt toast.

The palate is an onslaught of rich, desserty flavors. Upfront, you get the milk chocolate, fudge, and caramel candy, with a savory, umami note. Then you get a harsh dark roast coffee, and then a milky smooth vanilla, cream, and coconut sweetness. Finally it finishes with a zap of fresh ground cinnamon, dried chili pepper, and boozy warmth. The warmth is not harsh, but smoothly bracing and welcome. The aftertaste lingers, but of a smooth mixture of dark chocolate and cinnamon, chili pepper, and bourbon warmth.

The mouthfeel is lighter than I thought it would be, closer to medium than full, but slick and greasy, and lightly carbonated.

Is this beer worth its reputation? In this BA's opinion, hell yes!

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Photo of TooHop4U
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 05/23/16. Cocoa nibs... Cinnamon... Brown sugar... Cloves... Ever so slight habanero... Not too hot... Poured smooth... Minimal head... Undescribably delicious aftertaste. Huge hype but lived up to the whale status! Instantly one of my favorite spiced stouts, wish it wasn't so hard to get in Ohio

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Photo of lemmy187
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Similar in style to abraxas, bomb, and huna.....but much thinner and spicier than the other three. Decent look and feel, but the comparison to others in this class is considerable. Spicy, thin, decent cinnamon and chocolate.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark, near black body with a thin, frothy, mocha-colored head. Cinnamon is huge on the nose, with vanilla following and hints of cocoa powder. Roasty smokiness in the back as well. Flavor is sweet and chocolatey up front, tons of cinnamon, hints of vanilla and a slight roasty heat from the pepper. Flavors are big and bold, but it doesn't seem overly sweet and still has the roasty stout qualities. Feel is full bodied with a lingering stickiness and medium carbonation. A huge, bold stout that makes great use of the adjuncts.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 release
~1 month from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, oily and viscous, opaque. Half finger thick, dark khaki colored head, creamy thick, dissipates quickly. Coats glass like a film, lots of alcohol legs and spotty head lacing.

Aroma- Rich dark chocolates and roasted malt, bittersweet and decadent. Creamy milk chocolates, vanilla, sweet sugar, caramel, earthy spice and cinnamon.

Taste- Dark chocolates, dry bittersweet cocoa, coffee, lots of roasted malt. Milk chocolates, vanilla, sweet milky sugars combined with cinnamon. Earthy spicy peppers on the finish, mild heat.

Feel- Medium to full feel, dry bittersweetness, lots of richness and creaminess. Moderate to lower carbonation.

Overall- Rich and decadent beer. Roastiness and dark chocolatey flavors take center stage, as the rest of the adjuncts are more mild and work towards adding some complexity. Cinnamon and peppers flash towards the finish and are well integrated into the beer.

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Photo of TheRossness
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The night was winding down. I was in NYC walking around the East Village when I stopped in at one of my favorite craft beer bars, the Proletariat. I ordered Mexican cake, knowing nothing about it other than the description on the blackboard. Needless to say, its one of the best stouts I've ever had and the best beer I've had in at least 2 years. It had immense flavor like chocolate cake. It was creamy, great mouthfeel. The flavors exploded in my mouth. I would have drank the beer all night, but the keg kicked and I got the last of it. This is a truly exceptional beer. If I could rate it higher than perfect, I would. :D

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Photo of gcasher
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boom! Got a bottle in a Brooklyn bodega. Meant to be. I wish I could find a slice of cake this good. It is sweet, dark, well roasted, cocoa powder is fantastic, alcohol is hidden, flavors are balanced, and peppers are not in your face, but rather provide background warming of blood. Slow burn. What a fantastic beer and tastes great fresh.

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Photo of nerdboy19
3.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap @ Mekelburg's Brooklyn

Look - Tan black 4/5
Aroma : Big cinnamon and spicy nose, with little bit of chocolate ,vanilla, and coffee. 7/10
Mouthfeel : Medium carbonation, medium-full body, might be a little bit light 3/5
Flavor : Cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, dessert-like, spicy, hot chili taste in the end. Not that sweet or bitter. 8/10
Overall : Great chili stout but wasn't mind blowing or anything. 16/20

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Photo of gburns2767
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Where's the heat. After enjoying this beer each year I was a bit underwhelmed by the lack of heat in this years batch. I hope it is not a trend. I am now for 2017's batch.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Jet Black with thin mocha head.
Smell- Cocoa, Cinnamon, Vanilla . Loved the smell
Taste- Up front chocolate with vanilla second in line but the peppers are def there leaving a hot aftertaste I have not experienced before.
Mouthfeel was medium
Overall- While I have def had better imperial stouts, this was enjoyable. I can see how the pepper would def turn some people off, as I did not expect the aftertaste from it. That being said, I am stoked I was able to try it and would down the road def drink this again if I had opportunity.

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Photo of gibgink
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Having had Abraxas many times and Hunahpu the same day as trying this, I would say that Mexican Cake is the "hottest" incarnation of the three. The cinnamon is still present, which is good, and there is an ever so slight chocolate flavor in the background. Very well done.

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Photo of MattyTibbs
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesomeness in a glass. Being from New England, the legend was pretty much unattainable. Weekend trip to ATL, out to Cypress Street Pint & Plate, found MC on tap... got the last glass in keg!! Lucky guy, this guy here. Hopefully I'll get the chance to get some more in the future, but if I don't, It'll still be the best stout I've ever consumed. Word

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Photo of MacMalt
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter. It pours a color between a dark mahogany and jet black with a think, mocha-colored head and lacing. Despite a hard pour, the head dissipates quickly. It smells of roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, and the habanero peppers. It's an extremely fragrant stout. The first taste sensation is dark chocolate and burnt coffee, followed by vanilla, cinnamon, and the peppers. It finishes with a nice peppery heat. Despite its 10.5% ABV, it is not overly boozy; it lets the peppers provide both heat and flavor. It has a medium-chewy mouthfeel and is overall very pleasant to drink. Overall, Mexican Cake is delicious and fun to drink. It richly deserves its world-class rating. I'm really happy to have finally tried it.

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