Mexican Cake | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Mexican CakeMexican Cake

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

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

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Photo of BWood
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice head production that lasts a while.

Cinnamon nose with with some peppers.

Taste is very cinnamon front with peppers at the end. Very good. Having recently had abraxas, huna, and now this. I would consider this a tie for second with huna. Nothing is touching abraxas imo. But a great beer. It stacks up with the giants.

A little thin. But nice and smooth.

Great beer.

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Photo of Bugsmcl
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 3/5/17 poured into a DFH Signature Glass. Black body with a super creamy mocha head that disappated to a slight ring around the edge of the glass and small islands on the surface of the beer. Aroma is milk chocolate, cinnamon, peppers, and a slight soy sauce. Up front on the tongue is big chocolate and cinnamon flavors followed by spicy habanero peppers that linger, and a slight soy sauce taste that is to be expected with these double digit ABV stouts. The mouthfeel is heavy, creamy, and decadent. Finally completed the trilogy of Hunahpu's, Abraxas, and Mexican Cake. Didn't think anything would top Hunahpu's, but I think the habanero peppers push this one over the top. I can see why this scores lower though, as some people may find the peppers overpowering. It's just the right amount of heat for me though.

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Photo of brunsojw
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty. Nose is fantastic

Lots of chocolate and vanilla up front

Not quite as full as I would have expected

Nice pepper burn at the end. It could stand more.

Solid beer

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Photo of ScottK22
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ovaltine
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've been trying to acquire this for awhile, so when an opportunity to get a couple of bombers presented itself, I leapt at it. I'm SOOOOO glad that I did.

When I am confronting a big stout, the first thing I look at is the head - is it dense enough and brawny enough to warrant sitting atop a majestic stout?

A resounding "Yes!!!" in this case. Dark tan head, perched atop an inky black body. All the specified (on the bottle label) aromas are present - cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon, habanero peppers, and they blend together perfectly.

The taste ..... the taste follows the aromas, but the habanero takes a front seat - or actually, a back seat, because the habanero shows up at the back of the taste, and does not relinquish control.

I would compare this very favorably with Abraxas. I don't say that lightly.

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Photo of Notninja
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of toti1972
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AleHunter805
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jrodsmrs51
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LloydDobler
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of user785335
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chaseclary
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwalters
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gambyt20
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vabeerguy
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oily look coming from the bottle, but not as thick as some stouts I've poured. The head comes already creamed into a smooth, very small bubbled brown cap to this beer. The head doesn't fall too quickly, but gets to a point of half centimeter atop the black body and waits for me to start sipping.

But first, the nose. My initial quick sniff shows a bit of char with a little dark chocolate. A second sniff confirms the dark chocolate and maybe just the lightest hint of marshmallow - but the char is now a mix of roasted malt, earthiness, and maybe even a hint of coffee sizzling on the burner after a not too careful pour from the carafe.

Taste is more dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, brownie on the chocolate side. There's a little earthy spice dryness in the middle - maybe cinnamon or nutmeg like. A roasty, regular stout malt note comes next, followed by a very light and brief malty sweetness. The ending is a bit slick and the beer slides off my palate surprisingly quickly. A light ashen chocolate remains to watch my palate's reaction to the light acutely tingling burn that sneaks in at the end. This heat slowly pervades further into the beginning taste not as heat - but as a mere accent of red peppery sweetness.

I like how the heat comes out, and find the level quite enjoyable. I wish peppery bite came on a little earlier in the taste, but not too far forward. The bulk of the beer is nicely put together with a chocolatey note that is sweetish but still can lay claim to being an imperial stout first.

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Photo of baklo
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +7.1%
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 +3.4%
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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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sam671217
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dharmelink
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
4.39 out of 5 based on 2,749 ratings.
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