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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 markgugs
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is delicious. It has a TON of cinnamon, so much so that it reminds me of Abraxas. That being said, the chiles are muted compared to regular Cake. But also, THIS ISN'T BARREL-AGED. The trade forums are fucking laughable with this beer. Would you trade a limited wild, or BA beer for Abraxas? No? Didn't think so. Then why would you for this beer? Get a fucking grip people.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

popped this a while ago and it changed HUGE as it warmed. coffee was just on the nose at first but now decanted, it pops. like cold brew on mexican cake. coffee is a nice addition but not game.changing.

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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 thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during Brewvival 2012! Served from tap into a Brewvival sampler imperial pint. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, coffee, pepper, and vanilla. The flavor was of roasted malt, sweet malt, coffee, and pepper. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was actually a little disappointed in this one as I was expecting to give it at least all 4.5's going into it, but it just fell a little short of what I was expecting. However, this was still a solid brew without a doubt. It was served ice-cold which masked quite a few of the flavors and aromas so I used that time to catch up on notes while it warmed up some. This was a good call as the pepper made itself known after warming up and made the brew much more enjoyable. Really glad I got the chance to try this one a few days after having the regular version. A definite must try if you get the chance. Tick.

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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 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 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 MacQ32
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - pours very near black, nearly no head, chocolate color dissipates immediately. Next to no lacing

S - tons of bitter chocolates dark roast coffee and alcohol warming

T - tons of cocoa nibs and rich espresso. Mild heat noticeable but that's about it. Slightly boozy. Delicious cold pressed coffee

M - full bodied smooth deliciousness. Sticky on the palate. Meal-like

O - fantastic

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Photo of jsanford
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival 2012

Looks beautiful. Big and inky black, with a creamy mocha head. Intense aromas of chocolate truffle, high-quality coffee, and chilies. Definitely lives up to it's name. "Roasty" and sweet flavors of chocolate, dark malt, caramel, coffee, cinnamon, and chilies. So good. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with good carbonation. Such a phenomenal beer, didn't think it'd be possible to improve on the "regular" version!

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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 zac16125
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the BA Mexican Cake Release
approximately 8 oz pour into a pint glass

A: Jet black, 1 fingers width of mocha colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. Small amount of lacing.

S: Huge fresh black coffee aroma. Smells great, but the coffee really dominates and the other aromas don't come out as well.

T: Again, coffee prominent, but more of the base beer flavors come out in the taste. A good amount of chocolate, and pepper (although the pepper does not seem as prominent as the regular MC,I think the coffee flavors mellow it out).

M/D: Exceptional mouthfeel, very smooth, and a great drinkability.

O: Overall, an excellent beer. I think I prefer the traditional Mexican Cake to this one as the coffee somewhat mutes the awesome flavor subtlties of the base beer. Still great though, for sure.

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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 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 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 BlackBelt5112203
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8 oz pour into a pint glass on tap at Westbrook at the BA Mexican Cake release. I’ve had this one once before at Closed For Business about 2 years ago before I knew how incredible beer was. I’m so pumped that I got to have it again.

L – Jet black color with a 1-finger brown, frothy head that fades relatively quickly. Not much lacing except for a few wisps of bubbly foam on the side of the glass. Very viscous.

S – The first thing that hits my nose is a huge blast of beautiful roasted coffee. Some chocolate malt and vanilla aromas are there, too, but not as much of the spices as the original. That’s alright with me, though. This is Mexican COFFEE Cake after all.

T – It starts off sweet with chocolate and vanilla but then the coffee blows in with a wonderful bitter, roasted blast. More peppers and cinnamon are prevalent here in the taste, but not as much as the original. I actually prefer this taste to the original as the spices serve as a complement to the bitter coffee rather than an almost overbearing aspect. Very, very tasty.

F – Full-bodied, good carbonation, a velvety smooth mouthfeel, and a bitter, slightly spicy, and slightly dry finish. Bitter roasted coffee lingers for a nice amount of time.

O – This is a phenomenal beer and one that I am very glad that I got to try again. The coffee may be overpowering and may mask some aspects that make the original version great, but I love coffee. All of the other parts of Mexican Cake are still there, but the coffee takes front and center – exactly what should happen in a coffee variant of this beer. I really hope Westbrook bottles this eventually so the love can be spread around to those outside of South Carolina. Great beer and great event from Westbrook!

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