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
Ratings:
2,759
Reviews:
340
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
8.66%
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle dated 6/8/17, poured into Behind the Veil glass.

L: 2F tan head, retention moderate, but ends up leaving nothing. Beer is dark black even on edges when held up to light.

S: Roasted malts, cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla. A little bit of chili heat, no alcohol note.

T: Cocoa and cinnamon up front, vanilla, roasted malts. Chili comes in strong, but not overpowering. Heat is all chili, not alcohol.

F: Medium bodied, a little bit of carbonation. Good construction and balance, though some maybe might find the heat a bit much.

O: Aggressive, but tasty chili stout.

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Photo of JustinSparks
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottled on 5/9/17

Pours dark black with a frothy brown foam head. Smells like deep rich chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, spicy habanero peppers, caramel, dark molasses, toffee, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like cinnamon, habanero, deep rich chocolate, vanilla, caramel, dark molasses, toffee, with herbal floral earthy grassy pine. Feels smooth, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice imperial stout with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks and habanero peppers.

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Photo of Casey3236
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acashk
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Jsalz21
3.46/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BierRunner
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NonicPanic
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jdotbrone
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Feldpausch
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lewith
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SpinSamzo
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Amedlin18
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jnorris404
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Roguer
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reasonable 1-finger head; retention is OK. Brew is dark black, and head is dark brown.

The spices leap out of the glass: vanilla, peppers, chocolate, and cinnamon. There's also a slightly vinous booziness to the nose.

On the palate, the melange of flavors blends wonderfully into a rich dessert-like stout. Up front, vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate carry the day. Before the first third is over, the pepper heat has started to influence, which grows in strength through the middle before fading to an almost background heat in the back third. The middle and finish see more cinnamon; vanilla remains in the finish, while the chocolate fades from a rich sweetness up front to a bitter accent on the end.

Roasted barley lurks in the background, but is really overwhelmed by the adjuncts. There's a hint of toffee and char, but the actual chocolate and vanilla dominate. Heat level is noticeable but quite manageable throughout; a touch hotter than Prairie Bomb! perhaps, but drinkable even by those who don't handle spice particularly well.

Full-flavored and medium-full bodied. Smooth and dangerously crushable. No hint of alcohol behind all of the flavor. An absolutely wonderful brew.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jpb123
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radcpa
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mschrei
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/9. Normally I might let something with peppers age, but they said drink it fresh. Standard looking stout, minimal tannish foam and lacing. My nose is a little stuffed up, but the peppers and cinnamon are very strong on the scent with the chocolate and vanilla having a mild background. Taste is a blend of the additives with the peppers at the forefront and background, but not too overpowering. Slightly below the level of Bomb!, but still a damn good beer.

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Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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