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Mexican Cake | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 2,835 |  Reviews: 351
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jpro
3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass...

A: Pours black with a massive, four-finger foamy head - the bottle opened with a huge PFFFFTTTT... ruh roh; the dark brown head leaves some dots of lace.

S: Sweet malts; a little thin on the nose; maybe some dark chocolate and leafy hops.

T: Roasty coffee malts; chocolate; dessert-like sweetness and toasty / roast; cocoa.

M: Full; high carbonation; smooth, yet so big; heat from the habañeros builds over time.

O: Thought this one was much better on draft at Westbrook when they released it several months ago; also, much better at Brewvival (although that might have been the Coffee Cake version); something funny about the bottled version that didn’t go as well as the other times I’d had it.

*from notes (6-16-12)

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of tewaris
3.53/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks dc55110 for this rarish tick, thought I will never get to try it but I got lucky.

Looks the part, black and thick. Hints of spice and chocolate... the spice is obscure to my palate though and I wouldn't know about the pepper part if I didn't know. I don't feel any heat :-/

Slight stout tartness that puts me off in almost every stout I drink, but there's a good presence of roast. Medium body, full carbonation. It's certainly a well made, above average imperial stout. However, I don't get the hype behind this one. Or I just had my hate on this particular evening.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Dan the Man

Appearance: Chocolate pour, decent head and retention
Smell: milk chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of bitterness
Taste: Malt, spices, brown sugar
Mouthfeel: A bit thin, good carbonation
Overall: Decent beer but not up there with the big dogs.

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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

this poured black with a brown head and good retention. left behind a good amouth of lacing. has a nice coffee aroma and some hobanero kick with sweet malts. taste fallowed the nose with more the the habanero kick but was balanced nicely with sweet malts. full bodied and medium carbonation

overall this was extremely good and would gladly drink many more if i could

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jegross2
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Mexican Cake by Westbrook Brewing Company. This beer was brewed to celebrate Westbrook's first anniversary and has gotten a lot of hype since it's release. Let's see if it lives up to the hype.
Score: 92

2012 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 04/25/12.

Appearance: This beer is a jet black vacuum of light. Pours four fingers of foamy mocha head. Amazing lacing, very good retention. This is an absolutely gorgeous looking imperial stout. 5/5

Smell: Doughy vanilla and lots of fudge. Cocoa and cinnamon. Light cherry and a mild spicy pepper aroma too. Smells like a fluffy vanilla-chocolate cake. Very inviting. 4.5/5

Taste: Sadly, the taste is not quite as good as the aroma led on. Lots of cinnamon throughout. Fudge, raw chocolate, a touch of brown sugar and a little bit of roast. There is some pepper heat on the midpalate that grows on the tongue as the beer layers and warms. Modest chocolate covered cherry flavor (done right, unlike the Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout) on the back half with residual chili/pepper spice flavor in the finish. I am enjoying the flavors of this beer more with every sip -- perhaps because of the growing pepper effect giving the cinnamon and cocoa flavors more liveliness. No booziness whatsoever. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, mild carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with growing pepper heat on the tongue. It's not overly spicy, however. Moderately dry finish. 4/5

Overall: This beer is certainly overhyped, and I would absolutely not trade the King Henry-level asking price this beer is commonly commanding on the trading forum in order to get a hold of another. That said, I really did enjoy this beer a lot, and if it was relatively available around here I would certainly buy another bottle at the price. Hopefully this one will be brewed again in the future.

Recommendation: Spicy averse people (those who can't even consume the pickled jalapenos at Subway) should avoid this one. Others should seek this one out -- but not at the price of a King Henry quality beer.

Pairings: Gingerbread cake or horchata.

Cost: $10.99 for a 22 oz botle.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler to snifter. Sampled 4/13/12. Many thanks to rbradley for the hookup. Also, thanks to Vince for bringing this through to my tasting a while back.

A: A small 1/2 finger head rises and falls within 30 seconds on a gentle pour. The head is medium-dark brown in color. The body is pitch black. Islands of bubbles appear across the surface. Long legs line the glass after each sip while dots of lace stick here and there.

S: The nose is surprisingly unassuming. While nothing really stands out as spectacular, there isn't one thing to complain about either. Basic stout nose - light roast, chocolate, fudge and faintest hint of cinnamon.

T: Long, rich, layered notes of chocolate syrup and fudge. A hint of vanilla appears on the mid-palate. About 10 minutes in, the heat begins to make an appearance on the back end of the throat. Very gentle and more of a warming sensation than anything else. Cinnamon doesn't really come through on the palate but the overall flavor is fantastic, and it doesn't even matter.

M: The mouthfeel is unbelievable. So rich. So full. So supple. The carbonation is on the lower side of things - maybe because of the growler serving, or maybe it's just how the beer was designed - but it works really well with the flavor profile.

O: I flat out love this beer. In fact, I'm going to try to recreate it with my next attempt at a stout.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed as a limited release to celebrate Westbrook Brewing's first anniversary. Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours espresso black along with a beautiful and huge head. Very nice lacing that lasts throughout. Aromas of sweet cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon, and pepper. Picked up chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, and definitely can taste the habanero peppers! Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of chile/peppers in my beers so that took a hit in my ratings. Thick and creamy mouthfeel! If not for the peppers, this would have been an amazing beer for me. But I have to take account for the name, "Mexican Cake". Nicely done for that specific style.

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3.48/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle shared by Dan.

Pours dark brown, near black with a large tan head. Well carbonated with a retentive head and light lace. Nose isn't very well balanced, alternate whiffs bring forward chocolate, peppers, cinnamon, vanilla, and roast; generally sweet and a little spice. Light bodied, slightly thin, with same flavor profile as nose, but predominantly spicy and chocolately. This and the Farmhouse IPA are my favorite Westbrook beers I've tried. If this was on the shelf in 4 packs locally I'd pick this up, but wouldn't actively seek it out.

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Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 2,835 ratings
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