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:
2,759
Reviews:
340
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
8.66%
 
 
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1,597
Gots:
621
For Trade:
62
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Ratings: 2,759 |  Reviews: 340
Photo of malfunxion
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craftaholic
3.89/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MyakkaRiver
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CNoj012
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely thrilled to finally be able to slay this personal whale of mine. Poured from a growler into a Sam Adams perfect pint. This beer is as black as night with no light getting through at all, perfectly fitting for the style. Head is brown, but quite small. Smell is amazing. Chocolate, roasted malt and habanero peppers. Taste is much the same, actually very spicy on the back end, but in a good way. The feel is slick and medium bodied with good carbonation. Not boozy at all and overall this beer lives up to/exceeds the hype. Absolutely will seek this out again although it seems I got very lucky to score it in the first place.

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Photo of rugbypsu
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rborre321
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fsckewe
3.7/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IPeteA91
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sittinggc
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer is really tasty! Big chocolate and cinnamon notes. Was a little scared it would be too spicy (as in Crime/Punishment levels) because of reviews I have read but it is not. Chill out guys lol. The spicy notes only add to the complexity and makes the beer that much better. Really adds to the cinnamon flavor. Seek this beer out if you have not tried it.

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Photo of Rubenjr
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of guytyping
4.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westbrook Tulip so I can keep it #propa.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before dissipating. Some lacing leaves behind a ring.

S- Aroma is full of cinnamon and chocolate. Also some very light vanilla and a hint of the habanero.

T- Big chocolate and a little cinnamon at first which makes each sip so decadent. Then, the heat kicks in on the back of the tongue. This one burns a bit. I wish there was more of a cinnamon presence but this tastes quite good as it is.

M- Semi viscous, which I expected due to how thick it poured. Definitely coats the mouth and throat a bit.

O- Fantastic beer. I only wish I got a touch more cinnamon in the flavor and a bit less heat.

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Photo of Jamison85
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of paresis
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of archero
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gadsdenj
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of uncleotis
3.62/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure awesomeness here! Silky smooth in the glass and smells like a graham cracker dipped in chocolate. The nose does a poor job of letting the tongue know about the kind of spicy kick it is in store for. Super creamy, spicy as hell (much more than other spiced stouts I have tried), a huge dose of chocolate, and some timely cinnamon. For an undoubtedly poor comparison, I feel it is similar to Abraxas if Cory were to get extra frisky on the peppers for a batch.

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Photo of fossage78
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ahbithwabm
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a light brown head. Smells of chocolate and vanilla with some faint cinnamon. Taste follows the nose. Not too heavy on the cinnamon and follows with a slight lingering spice. The feel is a bit thinner than I would like but the carbonation works well with the spice. A great beer I hope to drink more of but definitely prefer abraxas or hunah.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark and thick, tan head but scant and low retention. Nose wafts chocolate, vanilla, roasty coffee notes, very muted cinnamon, and faint chilis. Taste is similar with a very nice spicy finish. A bit muted up front but chocolate and vanilla forward, while finish is all chili. Body is a bit thinner than the desired. Feel is silky but not like Huna, though a touch more sharp in carbonation which works with the spice.

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Photo of Nadlerjordan
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wynn87
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
4.39 out of 5 based on 2,759 ratings.
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