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:
2,706
Reviews:
329
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
Wants:
1,600
Gots:
604
For Trade:
63
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Photo of baklo
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours with a nice two-finger beige brown head, appears to be so viscous that the bubbles have trouble traveling up to the head. has a deep dark, opaque chocolate brown color, lovely lacing, a joy to look at
S: Immediate chocolate and coffee (definite roasty note) , with some subtle pepper notes and touches of cinnamon
T: a pleasant and smoky sweetness comes out right away, with a clean bitterness on the back end, the vanilla begins to come through as the beer warms up a bit, there is a subtle touch of heat here, but nothing pronounced, as the beer sits out even more, the cinnamon comes into view, being the last thing here to overtly reveal itself (could do with a hair less cinnamon, as it begins to dominate the longer the beer sits)
M: silky and thick, nice
O: This is a very delicious and very well executed beer, all that is promised on the label is delivered with a good balance, there are better spiced stouts out there in my opinion, but not many, Westbrook deserves all the praise they receive on this one.

PS: I would have liked to see a touch more heat (from the peppers, not the alcohol)

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Photo of dspadaro
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - Pitch black and completely opaque, almost matte. DARK brown head fades quickly with small-medium bubbles
S - Brownies and coffee with dark chocolate, some cinnamon
T - milk chocolate, cinnamon (like cinnamon toast). A hint of spice at the front, that is swallowed by almost cloying sweetness. Finish is dark chocolate with a little more spice, like red hots.
F - Pure velvet: smooth and creamy.
O - A top ten beer in the style. I has class, uniqueness, allure and staying power. Wow.

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Photo of ClemsonMike
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, I love this beer. Perhaps a bit too much cinnamon on the taste side and I prefer a bit more heat. Otherwise, cake hits a home run. Body is just right. Carbonation is perfect for the style. The combination of a bit of sweetness, a touch of bitterness, dryness at the end, cocoa, vanilla, and all in the right proportions. Wow! I cannot recommend this beer enough.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sam671217
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of fondyball20
3.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015 bottle... can't get past the pepper burning the back of my throat. Abraxas and Huna are more balanced/smooth imo.

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4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JayDaehler
4.99/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mflamar
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KensWorld
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage

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Photo of Strohm
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kontraband
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpauldingSmails
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fantific
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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