Mexican Coffee Cake | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 307
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3.54/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrutalFarce for this one, from his ninja box during Rookies BIF #2. 22oz bottle, poured into 12oz goblet. Poured the expected solid black color with 3/4 inch of tan head that had OK retention and lacing.

On top of the base "stout" scent, I picked up a hint of cinnamon, light licorice, just a teensy bit of coffee, some light chocolate (maybe from the malts?), and a couple notes I couldn't quite put my finger on. A busy olfactory experience indeed. All of the above applies to the flavor profile, with the addition of a hint of spicy pepperness.

The body was a bit thinner than I look for in the style, but was very smooth, and had, a bit surprisingly for all that was going on, a semi-sweet finish. Drinkability was very nice, it was the rare big stout that I would have drank a whole 22 of by myself. Overall, a very nice brew, would I would happily drink again. A must-try if you get the chance.

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4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of decent amount of cinnamon and spice, nice pepper heat, chocolate, vanilla. The coffee is a bit subtle.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice heat, great cinnamon, solid vanilla and light coffee. The coffee is fruity as well which was unexpected.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a rather solid imperial stout. I don't think this is better than regular Mexican cake, but, it's solid beer.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another big thanks to rudzud, bottled 5/25/18
Pours a large dark foamy creamy thick pillowy head that fades slowly, nice sticky lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose is awesome, plenty of pepper, a bit spicy, then dark chocolate mocha, a touch roasty and big coffee and cinnamon, mild roasted coffee, nice spices, plenty of cinnamon dust and spices, doughy cake and donut like, sweet candy like notes too, big caramel

Taste brings sweet candy malt and caramel, candy like, big cinnamon and decent spices, baked cake and doughy cake batter, a little spice cake, cinnamon topping on coffee cake, decent roast, mild roast with a little coffee, touch spicy between peppers and cinnamon, some dark chocolate cocoa and a little fudge, touch of warming alcohol and pepper flavor late, fair bitterness later, finishes a little dry but sticky sweet and big bitterness and a bit of pepper

Mouth is fuller bod, spicy pepper and cinnamon, decent fluffy carb, bit of alcohol.

Overall pretty good, nice spice and cinnamon, nice cocoa and base beer, decent coffee, etc, very enjoyable

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Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours jet black with a two-finger tan head that has great retention and leaves strands of lacing behind

Smell: Mocha aroma, with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Mocha and chocolate forward, with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla developing; after the swallow, coffee tones emerge and, finally, the hot pepper brings some heat to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; the heat lingers quite a while

Overall: A lot going on here beyond the base version; very enjoyable

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Photo of Vidblain
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was quite surprised by how little of the spice of Mexican Cake has survived in Coffee Cake - the overriding adjunct is very much so the coffee.

But then, in the very last tiny pour from the bottle, there's a whoooooole lot of savory heat and spice.

My pour, however, was quite sedate with just a bit of spicy edge and lots of rich, acidic coffee. It's certainly no dessert stout, and definitely not on a level with bourbon barrel-aged Mexican cake - but this is a very worthy bottle with a lot going for it.

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Photo of Rristow
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle. Pours Black with dark brown head. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, chilies. Flavors up front of cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, caramel. Finishes with a nice pepper burn. Very well done beer. Would love to have the BA version.

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Photo of superspak
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/7/2017. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown bread with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, chili pepper, fudge, marshmallow, and toasted dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, smoke, char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, cocoa, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, chili pepper, fudge, marshmallow, and toasted dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, smoke, char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light roast/char bitterness and cinnamon/pepper spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, chili pepper, fudge, marshmallow, toasted dark/brown bread, molasses, dark fruit, light smoke/char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, cocoa, and spice flavors; with an amazing roasted bitter/sweet and spice balance; with zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from roast bitterness and cinnamon/pepper spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, and velvety mouthfeel that is fantastic. Light chalky roast and spice stickiness. Minimal warming alcohol for 10.5%, with slightly increasing pepper heat after the finish. Overall this is an insane spiced coffee imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, cocoa, and spice flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. One par with the best Mexican stouts out there. Very rich and complex, but never cloying; with perfectly balanced stout/spice flavors. Great pepper flavor with minimal associated heat. A highly amazing offering.

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

2017 vintage.

A: Pours black with a thin cap of medium brown head that fizzles out to a ring immediately.

S: Dark coffee and a lot of cinnamon (but not too much), rich dark chocolate and vanilla, light roast, and a little sweetish pepper.

T: Dark chocolate and cinnamon, followed up by a bit of black coffee, earthy vanilla and a tinge of roast, very mild heat provides some nice complexity without asserting itself too much. Fairly dry, actually, though a mild sweetness supports the flavors nicely. Nice balance and complexity.

M: Medium-full body and medium carbonation, sharp enough to cut through some of the heft.

O: Really tasty and well executed adjunct stout. Flavors are almost perfectly balanced. Coffee is lighter than expected given this is a coffee stout.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The only way to make Mexican Cake better is to add coffee. The cinnamon, habanero, and other flavors pair so well with the coffee and the mouthfeel is great

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed the most recent batch with a few friends at a bachelor party share. Solid variation of Mexican cake which I love. Could be a little thicker but overall solid!

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 release. This was better than the base cake, but not by much. For something much harder to come by and branded as the coffee version, I expected a much stronger coffee presence, but its actually quite subtle. Good try if you can get it, but regular cake will work just fine if you can't.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

very unique variant, coffee cake name makes sense
look is very dark brown, nice body
smell is vanilla and lots of cinnamon
taste is coffee cake stout nice cinnamon
feel nice thickness and cinnamon lasts

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Photo of ragnar3
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage, poured into a taster. Solid but unspectacular, was blown away by Coffee Abraxas on a side-by-side. Drank approximately six months after bottling, would like to revisit super fresh.

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Photo of Slack
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz

Deep brown to black with a brown colored head that slowly settles to just a nice ring. A minor bit of lacing.

Nose is coffee, booze, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Taste is similar to the nose with a mix of malt, coffee, chocolate, minor cinnamon, minor hot peppers, minor nutmeg, mine Vanilla, and booze.

Mouth is medium, creamy, and nicely bodied. Carbonation is average to slightly above average. Finish is semi dry.

The coffee cake variety is awesome. Would love to see this in a bourbon barrel. Definitely seek this out.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with a thin toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Coffee, dark chocolate, some spicy cinnamon heat, sticky on the sides of the glass, and lots of legs.

T - Dark chocolate roast, chocolate coffee, cinnamon spicy heat and pepper warmth.

M - Medium body and silky in texture.

O - An overall fantastic beer.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Well this was a nice surprise at a recent bottle share. A fantastic variant on their already delicious Mexican Cake. The only probably is trying to decide if I like this better, or the's close, but honestly I think I prefer the regular Mexican Cake. It's already just about perfect.

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Photo of cvm4
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage

L - Has the normal thick black poor with a one finger espresso colored head. Swirl around the glass and it's leaves oily legs. Definitely an awesome look to it.

S - Cinnamon and peppers with coffee grounds at the back of the smell. Definitely an enticing aroma that brings a new flavor forward with each smell.

T - Cinnamon, vanilla and coffee at first, midway the peppers hit then the coffee along with cocoa nibs come out at the ending.

F - A little bit under medium bodied and low carbonation. A smooth body with well hidden abv.

O - The coffee just adds another layer of depth to an already great beer. Did not disappoint!

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Photo of avalon07
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A big, enticing aroma of coffee, spices, and a lot of chocolate.

T: Tasted of a bit of dark chocolate, cinnamon, habanero peppers, a little nutmeg, coffee (less than you would have expected), vanilla, and some roasted malt. Basically the flavor is Mexican Cake with coffee, but even more dynamic. Incredibly complex and flavorful.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with an extremely smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: Mexican Coffee Cake is an excellent stout that's incredibly easy to drink. Well made and drinkable.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black and viscous with a small dark tan head and nice lace. Big aromas on this. Notes of huge coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, slight pepper heat, toffee, lightly burnt sugar and malt. Thick, creamy and slightly dry but coating. Fantastic stout that lives up to the hype for me.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Matthew!

Near black body with a small, beige collar. Coffee dominates the aroma. While the scent is certainly pleasant and alluring, I feel that the more subtle aspects of what Mexican Cake has to offer are buried under the dominant coffee character. This holds true for the flavor profile as well. Still, a tasty beverage, though I prefer the standard version.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.76/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Robust mahogany and rich black hues complemented by a frothy tan head reminiscent of latte foam
S: Distinct cinnamon, peppers, milk chocolate and dark roast coffee - one of the best smelling stouts I've had
T: Fully lives up to its billing of cinnamon, cocoa nibs, habanero chilis, coffee beans and a hint of vanilla
F: Just on the thin side of medium with a moderate amount of carbonation
O: Beautifully executed coffee stout all around. The base Mexican Cake stout is a work of art, but this variant adds a welcomed dose of coffee and vanilla that subdues a bit of the heat and adds a layer of complexity to a very rich flavor base. Thoroughly enjoyable and has one of the best noses of any stout I've had in recent memory.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with a brown head on top. The smell of the beer is sweet with some roasted chocolate notes with a subtle spice. The taste of the beer has some cinnamon, mostly coffee and then some spice in the finish. The feel is pretty thick, it really coats the mouth. Overall it's a very good Imperial Stout.

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Photo of jphipps83
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So lucky to get one bottled 5/27/16, total dumb luck while looking for their IPA at the brewery. Pitch black with dark reddish/brown head. Smell is vanilla, cinnamon, coffee and a slight hint of the pepper. Taste is incredible, no clue this is 10.5% ABV without reading the bottle. You get chocolate, vanilla, and a slight burn of the habanero at the end, but nothing uncomfortable at all. Full feel. Just an incredible stout, lucky to have walked in on release day.

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4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a pint

A- pours jet black in color with a two-finger dark brown head that has great retention, lasting long after the pour and leaving a bit of lacing behind

S- up front aroma is dominated by straight mocha aroma, with notes of cocoa powder and dark chocolate. Undertones of the base beer hide underneath, with aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, vegetal pepper skin, a hint of vanilla, and just a bit of earthy coffee that is overpowered by more mocha

T- following the aroma, initial taste is dominated by flavors of dark mocha, cocoa powder & creamy chocolate. Mid-palate brings undertones of the other adjunct additions, lead by cinnamon & nutmeg, and followed by hints of vanilla cream, pepper skin, subtle earthy coffee and more chocolate on the finish. The linger leaves a peppery burn that stays long after the finish

M- medium body with medium-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues to the finish, long lasting heat on the linger

O- coffee is a nice addition to an already good beer. The mocha notes make this a better beer than regular cake

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Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Have enjoyed both the 2014 version and 2015 version in recent years. The coffee cake is my favorite variant, I enjoy it more than the bourbon barrel aged version. Very smooth, awesome taste.

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