Mexican Coffee Cake | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Mexican Coffee CakeMexican Coffee Cake

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Slack
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
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 -1.1%
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 +3.8%
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 -1.8%
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 +2.7%
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 +3.3%
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 -5.1%
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 +5.8%
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 jphipps83
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 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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Photo of Treyliff
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
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 +2.4%
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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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the coffee variant, in my opinion, was a let down by the mexi cake standards. by all other accounts, this is an incredible beer. however, it may just be this specific year that the base beer wasnt as good as others. i know the 2015 seemed to have a lot more pepper heat which, im not too sure if thats a good mix with coffee. regardless. try it if you can!

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Photo of linnymtu
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mexican cake plus coffee... What's not to like? The base beer comes right through and has its typical hint of peppers for a little heat backed by a full body of chocolate. The coffee on top makes this beer just a bit better than the original.

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Photo of W_Des
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours pitch black with a brown head. The coffee is apparent but not overpowering allowing the cocoa and cinnamon to come through. It's Mexican Cake with coffee in it. The pepper finish is much more subdued than the base beer. Good stuff.

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Photo of Heady_Eddy
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I enjoyed this much more than regular cake. I prefer less heat and more coffee & spice. Thought it was near perfect, can understand why most go the other way and favor regular cake but the heat behind regular cake is just too much for me. Had this last night a small bottle share and was definitely the highlight of the night for me.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured dark black with a thin layer of coffee crema coloured head.

S - Chillies, cinnamon and coffee up front. Some roast and coffee in the background.

T - Cinnamon and chili pepper flavours up front immediately followed up a slight sweetness with toast an chocolate flavours coming through. The coffee is much more subtle than expected and compared to the regular version, which I had about a week ago, the coffee seems to add some bitterness and balance out the spice from the habanero peppers (which I found to be too prominent in the regular version). Not much chocolate comes through. Overall, more balanced than the regular version. Would have liked the coffee to come through a little more though.

M - Full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is a bit lacking here with the coffee dominating and having an unfortunate vegetal tone. Good but not transcendant. The pleasures of the base beer come in the taste - cinnamon, chili, vanilla, cocoa powder. The coffee does dominate a bit making me wonder if maybe I prefer the base. Body is thick and creamy, chewy. Drier end of the stout spectrum which I appreciate.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled on: 6/2/15.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, vanilla bean, cinnamon stick, chili, and coffee bean aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, vanilla bean, cinnamon stick, chili, coffee bean, and brewed coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and chili heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic Mexican style stout characteristics and the added addition of coffee that is integrated super well.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of jshusc
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer. Pitch black with a copper brown head, good and thick motor oil body. Coffee forward, but really complimented by the cinnamon that I would suspect was additional to the base beer given its strong presence. Really well balanced.

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Photo of ConradKenney
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz glass poured into a tulip at the brewery.

It looks black as oil. Minimal head/lacing.
Smells of coffee, slight cinnamon and peppers. Coffee is very overpowering on the nose.
Having had the regular, I would say the coffee actually brings out the spice a little bit more. Overall, a delicious beer full of coffee, cinnamon, chocolate, and pepper.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a dark black body, opaque and substantial; one finger brown head with good retention and not much lacing. Thin film and collar. Smells of a lot of coffee roast, mild dark chocolate, a bit of cocoa, and a mild vegetal smell. Good, nothing mind-blowing. Flavour is a bit more interesting though; lots of roased black coffee, a bit of milk chocolate, cocoa, and a fair bit of spicy vegetal pepper. I find the base beer to be more interesting, but a bit too hot for me- this isn't the case here. Perfect blend of coffee and hot peppers. Mouthfeel is full bodied, substantial; almost Huna-like. Lower carbonation, a bit of a sipper due to the combined heat of the alcohol and peppers. Overall, a decent brew but I prefer the base beer over this one.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not sure this beer is quite as good as regular cake. The coffee smell is not that noticeable nor is it noticeable in the taste that much. I think it definitely takes some of the heat of the peppers away and smooths out the finish. But I like the finish of regular cake better. Overall a very tasty beer though.

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Photo of mportnoy
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a strange one for me. The base beer is completely masked. Wonderful coffee forward stout but tasted none of the typical pepper / heat that sets MC apart from other non-adjunct stouts.

Had it a second time and the beer was almost the opposite. Very little coffee but all of the traditional Mexican Cake notes. Over time, the coffee developed more.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Black. Medium khaki head and a thin collar. Stains the glass a little. Strong coffee aroma. Cinnamon equally strong. A bit of green pepper aroma, too. Coffee dominates the flavor. Spices aren't far behind. A bit of dark chocolate before a spicy pepper finish. Medium heavy. Coffee seems to mute a bit of the peppers, which I don't mind.

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Photo of dar482
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As with the other variants, very much Mexican Cake, but with a medium coffee flavor. The coffee bitterness and roast offers another layer that balances the chocolate, spices, and bitterness of the beer.

A fine addition to the beer, but nothing that changes the beer way too much.

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