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:
#251
Reviews:
363
Ratings:
2,901
pDev:
8.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,901 |  Reviews: 363
Photo of mothman
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black in color.

Roasted malts. The chili peppers don't show until the finish. The Cinammon and vanilla show in the finish as well. Everything good shows in the finish. Chocolate all around.

Medium to full bodied.

Solid beer, but I wish more showed up front.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black color with mocha head. Aroma really makes me think of cake. Sweet chocolate, light cinnamon and some green peppers. Taste starts bittersweet with roasted malt and cacao, liquor filled chocolates, a bit of chili spice but it's not hot. Medium plus body, smooth mouthfeel. Overall it's a really tasty and well made spiced stout.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to... I think Andy, at my 30th birthday whale tasting.

Pours a big fizzy fluffy dark head, decent lacing and nice legs.

Nose has cocoa nibs, dusty oak barrel and wooden shelf, light cinnamon, woody esters, hint of dark chocolate and vanilla.

Taste brings sweet chocolate, caramel, dusty oak and wooden shelf, nice light chili pepper heat, little cinnamon again, little soy though too, light bready malts, thick and lush, hot pepper and booze there, syrupy.

Mouth is thick and syrupy, decent carb, some booze and pepper heat.

Overall not bad, decent characters, nice pepper and chocolate, bit of soy though.

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

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

32 oz growler from The Community Tap (SC) served in a snifter.

Pours black with only hints of dark brown at the edges. A light brown head has limited duration.

The aroma features coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, a modicum of spicy hops and some dark malt. Some alcohol comes out with warming. The taste features these flavors, but has a very dynamic nature: A vanilla-tinged sweet spike up front fades into a sweet/bitter/sour finish, with the bitter component, although mild, winning out. A peppery/spicy/cinnamon aspect appears mid-taste and becomes far more noticeable with repeated sipping. Although made with fresh habanero peppers, this beer only produces a very mild burn. Dark fruit in the aroma re-emerge towards the finish.

M: full body; light carbonation; alcohol warming.

O: A rich, complex and unusual stout worth seeking out, although not so great as to make me lust for more.
(lightly tweeked, mainly confirmed, with on-tap tasting of 2013 vintage in July 2013)

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Photo of vfgccp
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark, but not pitch black. Just an edge of cola highlights. Deep mocha head settles into a thick halo. Fine bubbles.

S - Burnt toast, brown sugar, touche of anise, cinnamon. Maybe just a hint of spicy pepper. Gets more robust as it warms.

T - Huge dry cocoa nibs, full raisiny ancho chili center, and a warm smooth heat. The chocolate character is fantastic; full, round, rich, and lightly milky. Soft plum, burnt toffee, and chili heat finish.

M - Thick, full body with an incredibly dry finish.

O - Stellar beer. More chocolate and heat forward than typical beers in the genre, with class-leading degrees for the sub-style.

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Photo of smithj4
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of oberon
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4/26/18.Finally...finally get a chance to have this beer!Pours jet black with no light getting thru,a billowing mocha colored head atop.Bitter chocolate,vanilla,cinnamon stick and spicy habanero in the nose all come together nicely.Flavors of bitter chocolate,raisin,vanilla,and a smoldering finish of habanero and cinnamon that lingers for awhile in the finish.It's rich,it's complex,but it never becomes a problem drinkability-wise.A complex 'spicy' stout,alot of people don't realize how spicy cinnamon can be,mixed with habanero and chocolate/vanilla it really shines.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a big, four finger head of medium tan foam on top of a black body. The head settles down slowly and leaves thick smears of lace on the walls of the glass as it goes.

S - A slightly acidic aroma of coffee and chocolate with notes of cinnamon, clove, and anise as well as some plum and orange fruity notes.

T - Plum and dark bread up front with some pine and citrus in the middle. Spicy notes of chili and cinnamon in the middle and a chocolate note with pomegranate

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nicely done, though the draft version that I had a few months ago was more enjoyable and complex. This works well but seems to have soured just a touch and lost the best of what it was when first brewed.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I knew the hype on this one was crazy, but I was skeptical that this beer would even meet Abraxas. Well I was wrong! This is a absolutely fantastic mexican stout. I could sit and smell it for hours, and the taste is richly satisfying. All the flavors take turns starring with every sniff and sip: cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, hot peppers, cake breadiness, and dark fruit. Enjoy fresh, way better than aged

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Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Westbrook goblet. Thick and viscous, opaque black, with a well-retaining half-inch cap of mocha head that left a few streaks of lacing on the glass when swirled. That's what I like to see. Aroma was a bit muted at first, but came out more as the beer warmed a bit, as expected. Dark roasty malts, cocoa, coffee, not much of the other elements of the beer, though again, the peppery spice was more apparent as the beer warmed. In the taste, earthy cocoa, dark chocolate and roasty dark malts up front, with the habaneros making themselves quite obvious mid-palate, a strong, spicy sensation prickling the taste buds, roasty aftertaste with a bit of coffee, and just a hint of vegetal vanilla bean; didn't get any cinnamon whatsoever. About halfway through the beer, the palate adjusted and the pepper heat mellowed quite a bit, turning this into quite a nice sipper. I'd say the body was nearly full, mouthfeel was pretty smooth for a habanero beer. Overall quite good. Cheers!

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mdfb79. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours near black with a tan head. Pretty good retention and some spotty lacing on the way down.

The nose carries a nice mix of chocolate, light spice, roasted malt, sweetness, and a touch of vanilla. Nice blend, for sure. The nose doesn't quite carry all the way over to the flavor and everything isn't quite as integrated as I'd like, though the components are still quite nice.

Body is medium-full with low-medium carbonation and a good chewiness. No real noticeable alcohol.

This was a really nice beer I was glad to finally try. Thanks, Dan.

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

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Kegatron
3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. 2013 Edition. Big thanks go to Stakem for the share on this. Pours black with a frothy dark mocha head. Retains well, leaving rich and robust ringing along the sides of the glass. The aroma smells like chocolate cake, coffee, cinnamon sticks and chilies, with a smidge of green citrus and vanilla sweetness thrown in. I’m liking this. The taste is pretty similar. Baker’s chocolate, dense roasted coffee, a firm citric bitterness, slight alcohol sweetness, a touch of vanilla which bonds to the chocolate and finally, spices throughout, which really heat up the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a lively and sharp feel to the carbonation. The alcohol here does a little stinging in spots and it working with the peppers comes on a bit strong at times on the palate. While I found the first release of this to be an overall smoother beer, this latest go-around still has a lot to offer with plenty of rich flavors and a spicy kick! This is well worth seeking out.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 2,901 ratings