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Mexican Cake | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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

Style: American 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

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Well for a Mexican Cake, that's a beautiful one!

Thick pitch black with a little beige head

The cinnamon is great, the habanero is very nice and hot. The cocoa and vanilla are great

The mouthfeel is very thick and smooth.

The whole is perfectly balanced, very gourmet like but never too sweet

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Photo of TylerJ
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryan_sprayberry
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cieren
4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I adore Mexican Cake - the only issue is that depending on which section of the keg you get, the taste is somewhat inconsistent. Otherwise it's amazing.

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Photo of soze47
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice beer with a welcome imperial stout bitterness providing the canvas. The first taste is what showcases this beer craftiness - the slightest of chocolate cake sweetness before a wash of secondary flavors - cocoa, pepper, and a glowing alcohol warmth. Body is loose enough to let it dance on the palette. Very nice beer in a competitive sub-category. Forgoing lactose and barrels do this one right.

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Photo of jdell15
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of malvarez_e15
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RMW66
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a 5mm head tan-brown head that disappears over a few minutes leaving fine lacing. The nose is dark chocolate with subtle cinnamon. The taste is dark chocolate with cinnamon, green pepper and vanilla notes and mild chili heat and some alcohol warmth at the back end. It is full bodied and has a smooth mouthfeel with subtle carbonation and medium length. The tastes are well integrated and it is well balanced and complex. Very good.

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Photo of DannyAdlerman
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful, celebratory winter stout. It works well with dessert in a tiny 4 or 5 oz novelty glass, or even better as a dessert in it's own right, I suggest a small snifter, perhaps 6-8 ounces. This way you'll feel good about having seconds.

This smooth and thick stout demands your attention and focus, but not to the point of distraction. It is complex, but ready to be consumed on face value. The 10.5% alcohol ABV is obvious, but it tastes smooth and chocolatey rather than harsh and obtrusive.

And excellent brew, I recommend, and will be getting more!

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Photo of JdubsNY
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thebeers
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich dark brown — approaching black — with a finger-and-a-half of mocha head that’s soupy on the top. It leaves nice, messy lacing.

Refined pepper, cinnamon and chocolate malts in the nose continue to the taste where they’re coupled by hints of green pepper and vanilla and some fairly strong, but not overpowering, pepper heat on the backend.

I like that the cinnamon is complementary without being over-the-top. The pepper is just about as strong as I’d prefer, too; maybe a bit too spicy in my middle age. The chocolate and vanilla play off each other nicely.

It has a silky, medium-bodied feel and moderate carbonation that accentuates the pepper.

The heat in this one is really something, and the other flavors play well together, too. Overall, I like it as much as Abraxas and better than Hunahpu or Bomb. 4/26/18 bottling date.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.84/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Did this blind with Abraxas & Huna.

This beer is black with highlights around the edges of the top. Has a dark khaki/caramel colored crown. 4.5

The smell brings a deep cooked/roasted like pepper presence. Almost reminds me of a Chinese smell. Salty. Chocolate reminiscent of fudge brownies. But gotta say I’m not really into the roasted aspect of the peppers I’m picking up. 3.5

The taste comes in with that salty, roasty pepper presence again. But it’s much better in the taste than the nose. Shows some chocolate & slight vanilla sweetness. 4

The mouthfeel is full bodied. Brings a very slight pepper tingle but more of a salty, dry feeling more than anything that I just seem to not get past in this one. 3.5

Overall, this one seemed to be the worst for my palate. I was just not into the Chinese food/roasted presence that it brought. I do like how it brought some slight pepper tingle, but I still wanted more. 3.5

Update. After finishing the bottle it ended up being much more enjoyable for me. That saltiness I was picking up mellowed out and melded with the vanilla and cacao better. Gonna bump the feel & overall up to 3.75.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Took me a while to score this and when I finally did I bought like 10! Glad I did because boy is it good! Could have a thicker mouthfeel but that’s nitpicking a great beer!

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Photo of JonathanStrunk
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice balance with subtle heat. Well made.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour into a Founders snulip yields a clean black oil thick substance with a silky half finger or so of rich dark drinking chocolate foam.

Nose yields some pepper vegetal notes as well as dry bakers chocolate/cocoa powder. There's some roast and char on the back end in there as well. At least cold, I don't get much if any vanilla or cinnamon.

Rich dark chocolate leads things off here... oh man, like really thick homemade cocoa/drinking chocolate kind of thing. That's the dominant character here and holy shit but it works for me. There's some cinnamon spice flavour, and a definite habanero kick at the end that works really well in this context with the chocolate and cinnamon. It doesn't dominate, and it's not distracting, it just tops the proceedings in an incredible manner with just a bit of heat. Vanilla again fails to stand out, but I could be convinced that it contributes to the sweeter grout around the primary chocolate etc.

This is one of the thicker stouts I think I've ever drank and hot damn but that's a plus. It's not oily thick, but, again, like drinking chocolate thick. The pepper spice is accompanied by a fine veneer of carbonation that helps usher in the piquant picante note.

@Dragginballs76 sent this along in his box from NBS BIF #8. It had been on my wants list for a while, and I only decided to crack into it because I made steak fajitas tonight. It has exceeded my expectations at every turn and has really blown me away. This is one of my favourite beers I've had. Thanks Mike for sending this my way!!

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Photo of jheimbigner
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As it sits and warms the habenero really starts to come through and dominate the pallet. Besides this, this stout is a great non ba stout. Good cinnamon and pepper nose.

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Photo of NathanBeets
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mfigueroa713
3.62/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajdemma
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ppavlick
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WunderLlama
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter

Two finger dense brown foam cap , Jet black liquid, rentention is about 5 minutes, settles to a solid brown foam layer, some lacings

Aroma is cocoa, peppers, whiff of vanilla, whiff of cinnamon, i am not getting roasted malts

Taste of chocolate, spiciness from the habaneros. Cinnamon, hint of vanilla

Warms on the on the roof of the mouth , low sudsing, the mouthfeel is smooth

Good beer, repeatable

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Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 2,928 ratings