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:
#244
Reviews:
353
Ratings:
2,847
pDev:
8.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,587
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Ratings: 2,847 |  Reviews: 353
Photo of SomethingClever
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into snifter glass.

A: Nice creamy frothy mocha colored head that settles slowly. Body is pitch black.

S: At first blush I mostly got chocolate and cinnamon and a little licorice, at warmed a nice tobacco leather quality came out.

T: Lots of the chocolate hits you first than the cinnamon then the anise. Licorice and it finishes with some pepper heat. although, even as it was completely warm I didn’t get much pepper taste.

M: Chewy, creamy, lush, and full this body just clings to your mouth.

O: This is a great Mexican cocoa stout. What really delivered it for me was the mouthfeel. I also enjoyed the beer wasn’t overly sweet either. I wished the peppers were more prevalent in taste and heat.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A 2017 bomber

Outstanding looking beer. Fairly viscous out of the bottle with a massively dense dark mocha head that lasts forever.

It smells excellent, but none of the advertised ingredients are really jumping out. The most noticeable is the cinnamon. There is also some chocolate, licorice, and tobacco in the charred grains.

The flavor is phenomenal. Perfect amount of cinnamon along with the coca powder chocolate and vanilla, that becomes more prominent as it warms. The heat from the peppers on the back end is one of the 2 hottest spiced stouts I have had, but nowhere near overbearing or dominating. Not a lot of pepper flavor persay. Some licorice is very noticeable as it warms up. A lot of roasted barley.

The body is damn near perfect. Maybe just ever so slightly heavy, but it is velvety and luscious.

This lives up to it’s reputation. One of the best spiced/Mexican style stouts for me. Probably ahead of Hunah and slightly behind Bomb!

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Photo of Vidblain
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EMH73
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a half inch beige head that settles to a well retained ring and left no lacing. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and some booze. Tastes of bakers chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, very nice hot pepper presence on the back of the palate.amd a dark malt base. Hey bodied, creamy and viscous mouth feel, minimal carbonation.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**
10/06/17

Bottle to glass. Uno.

LOOK: dark and thick blackness. Pretty much no head. Motor oil.

AROMA: cocoa, vanilla, plus a slight blackberry/raspberry type of fruitiness.
TASTE: cocoa and pepper are prominent, it has that great dry cocoa that I love in certain Mexican chocolate stouts. Vanilla and cinnamon sneak in in certain spots.
FEEL: very thick and chewy. Full body is an understatement. Minimal carbonation, but spice bite almost makes up for the lack of bubbles.


Really good. From what I can recall, this sits below Abraxas and Bomb, but ahead of all other in the style. Tasty and spicy.

**

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Photo of oldn00b
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dadthew
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopley
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spaten454
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lorenwhite7
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duncian
3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DrederickTatum
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of FCal79
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crobinso
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of goblue30
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May have just been my bottle, but was definitely below the other similar beers in my opinion (i.e. abraxas, huna)

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Photo of Jmonah3
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sanitarium16
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Reef
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 edition.
Deep ebony color with a skinny beige head, even with a vigorous pour. Scattered lacing and a few specks of surface carbonation.
Rich cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, stone fruit scents, light alcohol burn.
Taste has the chocolate and cinnamon up front, dark malt, pepper sliding across the tongue, and habanero heat as it hits the back of the throat. Bitter aftertaste as the glass warms. Alcohol is noticeable but not disruptive.
Substantial smooth mouthfeel. Heat is at an enjoyable level for me.
The pepper strength is potent after three months. This release is still a significant beer event in these parts.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TangoJuliet
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jps715
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of timmy2b
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 2,847 ratings
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