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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to johntangus for this mini growler!

Pours a very dark, oily near black liquid with a dark brown mocha head. Obviously a serious and thick stout.

Smells like sweet rich chewy malt, chocolate cake batter, moderate chili and cinnamon. Mmm.

Yeah this is super malty and rich, pretty sweet with loads of chocolate. Fades into chili and cinnamon and finishes with a fair amount of spice but not as much as Abraxas or Hunahpu's.

Mouthfeel is pretty well carbonated, thick and almost chewy.

This is great! A very different base beer than Abraxas or Hunah's. I imagine the base stout would be pretty great even without the added ingredients.


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Bottle shared at the NWI Tasting Group December Meetup

A - Dark brown color with a light mocha colored head

S - Spicy Mexican hot chocolate with extra milk chocolate powder and vanilla added. There is a lot of chocolate in this with a light pepper on the back end

T - Dark chocolate, light vanila and light habereno presence that lasts until the end. Nice spice in this from the peppers without any of the vegetal taste that sometimes accompanies these

MF - Medium body. Very creamy with light carbonation. Slight oil remains on the tongue in the finish as well as a slight spice and heat from the peppers

O - Solid spicy chocolate beer with a little less spicy but more balanced than Huna

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Bottle opened on 11.13.12
Bottled Jan 25, 2012

A - Pours a deep burgundy brown with a huge medium brown head that fades pretty quickly.

S - Lots of vanilla and some coccoa, subtle cinnamin.

T - Same as the nose, but more layered and a little burn in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with medium body.

O - Good flavors and heat, delicous.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What better way to celebrate a birthday than with cake? When you are a brewery, it's done with a birthday cake-flavored beer! At least that's the intent of Westbrook as they turn a ripe old age of 1 earlier this year.

With a bold chocolaty appearance, the dark brown (almost black) ale settles with a viscous and creamy pour that causes for a slow separation of beer from foam. The moussey froth takes on a medium brown hue, shows sturdy retention, and laces well. A gentle swirl of the glass leaves inky legging on the glass that's reminiscent of brandy.

Strong chocolate notes sooth the sense of smell with a very dessert-like reaction. Met with background note of dark fruit, espresso, fudge, and rum, the malty rich beer pulls complexities from yeast, hops, and rich toffee-ish malt.

Strong chocolate and roast flavors begin with a heavy coat across the palate. Fudge-like sweetness is propelled by bittersweet chocolate, burnt toffee, espresso, and walnut oils. Secondary notes of vinous sherry wines offer a more succulent and fruity note that opens up a bready, savory taste. Rum-like alcohols offer a spicy sweetness that cuts through the malts and balances the sweetness in finish.

Certainly full bodied, the larger-than-life ale continues the fudge-like character with it thick and marshmallowy textures. Alcohol burn acts as a thinning agent and lessens the rich body just enough to savor the silky complexities to finish the beer. Shy of cloying, the roast of bitterness and heat signal closure, but allow the dessert-like nuances to linger indefinately.

Although it's Westbrook's birthday, I feel like I had gotten a gift in being able to try this luscious ale. The only thing that's missing is the candle.

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Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 2,886 ratings