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Mexican Cake | 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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#241
Reviews:
347
Ratings:
2,817
pDev:
8.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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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4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Qdubb
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp, but allowed to warm over an hour. Pours motor oil black, with really nice brown head. Aroma is toasted malts, licorice, tobacco, and maybe a hint of dark chocolate. Not really getting any spice, which surprised me a bit. Taste is a totally different story. Beautiful habanero pepper is right up front. Definitely getting the cinnamon and vanilla here as a well. Licorice is threaded in nicely, and the charred notes are floating around. This is a really tasty beer, and quite different from others like Oro Negro and Xocoveza. The later two have a bit more sweetness and not as much heat from the peppers (in my opinion). The mouthfeel on this is really robust and creamy. Top notch stuff, and I'm glad I got to try it.

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4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle received in trade with Ian. One of the better spiced beers I've had.

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4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into snifter glass.

A: Nice creamy frothy mocha colored head that settles slowly. Body is pitch black.

S: At first blush I mostly got chocolate and cinnamon and a little licorice, at warmed a nice tobacco leather quality came out.

T: Lots of the chocolate hits you first than the cinnamon then the anise. Licorice and it finishes with some pepper heat. although, even as it was completely warm I didn’t get much pepper taste.

M: Chewy, creamy, lush, and full this body just clings to your mouth.

O: This is a great Mexican cocoa stout. What really delivered it for me was the mouthfeel. I also enjoyed the beer wasn’t overly sweet either. I wished the peppers were more prevalent in taste and heat.

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4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A 2017 bomber

Outstanding looking beer. Fairly viscous out of the bottle with a massively dense dark mocha head that lasts forever.

It smells excellent, but none of the advertised ingredients are really jumping out. The most noticeable is the cinnamon. There is also some chocolate, licorice, and tobacco in the charred grains.

The flavor is phenomenal. Perfect amount of cinnamon along with the coca powder chocolate and vanilla, that becomes more prominent as it warms. The heat from the peppers on the back end is one of the 2 hottest spiced stouts I have had, but nowhere near overbearing or dominating. Not a lot of pepper flavor persay. Some licorice is very noticeable as it warms up. A lot of roasted barley.

The body is damn near perfect. Maybe just ever so slightly heavy, but it is velvety and luscious.

This lives up to it’s reputation. One of the best spiced/Mexican style stouts for me. Probably ahead of Hunah and slightly behind Bomb!

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4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours pitch black with a half inch beige head that settles to a well retained ring and left no lacing. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and some booze. Tastes of bakers chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, very nice hot pepper presence on the back of the palate.amd a dark malt base. Hey bodied, creamy and viscous mouth feel, minimal carbonation.

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4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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10/06/17

Bottle to glass. Uno.

LOOK: dark and thick blackness. Pretty much no head. Motor oil.

AROMA: cocoa, vanilla, plus a slight blackberry/raspberry type of fruitiness.
TASTE: cocoa and pepper are prominent, it has that great dry cocoa that I love in certain Mexican chocolate stouts. Vanilla and cinnamon sneak in in certain spots.
FEEL: very thick and chewy. Full body is an understatement. Minimal carbonation, but spice bite almost makes up for the lack of bubbles.


Really good. From what I can recall, this sits below Abraxas and Bomb, but ahead of all other in the style. Tasty and spicy.

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Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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