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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:
#240
Reviews:
351
Ratings:
2,832
pDev:
8.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of colts9016
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you goes out to FFFJunkie and Dragginballs76, for getting this bottle to me. Poured into my Surly glass at 50 degrees. The beer has a 2 finger dark brown head with okay retention. The head is billowy and creamy, as it dissipates it does not leave any lacing on the glass. The beer is dark brown like used motor oil and opaque. Every now and then I can a couple carbonation bubbles popping up on the side of the glass.

The first initial aroma of the beer is dark roasted chocolate, dark roasted malt, and vanilla. Additional aromas I smell is coffee, earth, molasses, bread/yeast, cinnamon, brown sugar, pepper, and pastries.

The beer has a very pleasant dark roasted malt, rich dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, molasses, brown sugar, wood, earthy, the peppery note is on the tail of end of the beer. Other flavors I get is bread/yeast, floral, and a touch of citrus.

The mouthfeel of the beer is full body, chewy, medium carbonation, a touch astringent, a little bit dry, and full finish.

I was a bit apprehensive about trying this beer. I read there were habaneros brewed in this beer; however, I think the pepper really makes this beer unique and flavorful. The pepper note comes on the back end for me. The beer has an incredible balance to it; furthermore, the beer is velvety smooth and deceptive. I am very grateful to get this beer, thank you so much.

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Photo of sd123
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jw1978
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rammed96
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kitch
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 22 fl. oz. bomber bottled on 23rd May 2016. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Black in colour with only a thin brown head that doesn’t stick around for long and sparse lacing.

Aroma: Cocoa, chocolate and cinnamon with touches of liquorice and char.

Taste: Sweet-ish chocolate, cinnamon, liquorice, cocoa powder with hints of vanilla and nice light pepper heat on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Very nice relaxing sipper. Just so easy to drink with the flavours so balanced.

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Photo of nvbrew
3.87/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Umdrunner
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of HarryLogic
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwvman
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

22oz bottle poured into a Teku glass. Not sure the vintage.

Pours motor oil black with a chocolate brown colored head that is over a finger high. Head disappears quickly leaving a small ring around the inside of the glass. No lacing at all.

Aromas of vanilla bean, chocolate, cinnamon, and a hint of pepper in the background.

Flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, molasses, roasted malt, chocolate. The habanero heat is quite noticeable and lingers on the tongue.

Feel isn't overly thick or viscous but certainly isn't thin. Very little carbonation.

Overall an excellent offering! I've been drinking a good amount of Xocoveza recently and I think I prefer this beer to Xocoveza. Seems to have a little more heat to it.

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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

Photo of Cwarwick812
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Very thin body for being a double IS. The best part of this was the peppers. Had a nice burn and lingering spice in the back which was nice.

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Photo of DerekE4750
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Received from @Dragginballs76 in NBS BIF #6 – Thanks Michael!
Bomber bottled on 6/8/17. Stored in 42 degree reefer. Served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Cocoa predominates, followed by cinnamon and peppers.
Head – Average (Maximum 2.6 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, average retention, diminishing to an irregular four to five mm ring fed by lively effervescence and a complete layer with a few small rocks.
Lacing – None, as expected for this higher alcohol (10.5% ABV) brew.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque, effervescent.
Flavor – Begins with cinnamon and habanero flavor followed by a burst of habanero warmth. The cocoa from the nose is absent as are any traces of malt or hops, hidden behind the habaneros. I always have trouble detecting vanilla and this brew is no exception. No alcohol and no diacetyl. The habanero warmth has a long hang time.
Palate – Medium, approaching creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression: A very nice use of habaneros in a beer. I’ve had some where the apparent goal was to test one’s tolerance for heat – Mexican Cake is hot and flavorful but is not challenging for the heat intolerant. Overall, it seems somewhat more of a porter than a stout but whatever you call it, it’s still called “Good”.
Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5.

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

Photo of BenK34
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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

Photo of gr0g
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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Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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