Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Mexican CakeApple Brandy Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake
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Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Mexican CakeApple Brandy Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Ant4711 on 07-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Jeffo:
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4.52/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Three bottle set most generously sent by cparles in a recent box. Thanks for these man. They were top class!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 6 June 2013
Drank the red wine first, then the JD and finally the apple brandy.

APPEARANCE: Pours out black and yields a two finger, medium looking, creamy, dark tan head with good retention. Black body with no real carbonation evident. A thick ring with touches of wisp remain until the end of the glass leaving some sticky dots of lacing down the sides of the glass. These all basically look the same, but this one had the best head and appropriate levels of visible carbonation. Best look of the bunch for sure.

SMELL: Big nose on this one, with brandy, oak, caramel and sweet, creamy vanilla as well. Nice cinnamon of course, with dark chocolate and well measured chili peppers tying it all together. Big, balanced and extremely enticing. All of these variants smell amazing, and this one might just challenge the red wine version for top spot.

TASTE: Milder flavors up front but there is definitely some brandy, oak and roasted chilies off the bat. Flavor comes out much more at the swallow, with lots of barrel notes, caramel, toffee and sweet vanilla and coconut, oak, bitter chocolate, spicy cinnamon and chilies all working in wonderful harmony. A touch of alcohol heat and spicy chili peppers linger on the palate. Really nice, though a tad hotter than the others.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Like the Jack Daniels variant, this is a touch lighter than the red wine, but it is only semi-creamy on the palate, going down fine with a chili bite at the swallow and finishing sticky. Some chili heat lingers.

OVERALL: Another simply awesome creation. This one was very similar in quality to the JD variant, though the feel was not quite as creamy and the flavor a touch hotter than hoped. While the red wine was perhaps my favorite of the three, both this one and the JD version are world class as well. I would go out of my way to drink these again, no question. Cheers to cparles for sending these over. Excellent stuff.

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More User Reviews:
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4.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle pour at Dave's tasting.

Pours an opaque, bottom of the Mariana trench sort of black. 1.5 inch foamy brown head forms, leaving good little strings and globs of lacing on the glass.

Smells include vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, oak, and cinnamon. No pepper aromas yet, but this is still probably the best smelling stout I've ever had.

The taste is mind-bogglingly good. I first get vanilla, then some roasty bitterness, then chocolate, then apple brandy then vanilla again with some oak, then cinnamon, then an absolutely delightful spicy pepper twang at the end of each sip. Every advertised flavor is on full display here, melding into the next one perfectly. Oh. my. God.

The pepper builds up in your mouth the more you drink of this, leaving a warming heat on your lips. This is medium to full bodied- the slightly thin body for such a big flavored stout is the only points knock I can honestly give this. Insanely drinkable for the ABV. Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

A game changer. This is a top level Mexican-style stout, and is possibly the best stout and the best beer I've ever had. Speechless, I'm so sad I most likely won't ever have it again.

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5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jeonseh
4.48/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S - Apple brandy presence is strong up front to the give the beer a light sweet apple cider nose. There is also loads of chocolate, vanilla, light spice and cinnamon

T - Sweet apple brandy presence to it, vanilla, and chocolate. Good amount of chocolate to it as well as loads of spice and cinnamon. I didn't think this one has as much heat from the peppers as the JD one did.

M - Sticky smooth beer but not too thick. Lots of spicyness on the back end that lingers on the finish

O - This is another great Mexican cake variant which really highlights the apple brandy presence by being sweeter than the JD and bringing that sweet apple crumble presence to the chocolate and fudge in the base beer. I thought this one was sweeter and not as hot as the JD. I also slightly preferred the JD version to this one.

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Photo of mtpHokie
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of JulianB
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ChrisMetcalfe
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of KT123
4.64/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EvoJoe
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Photekut
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 6/6/2013.

Appearance - Black body. Small khaki head with some reddish tinges at the edge.

Smell - Smells very sweet. Graham cracker and a little peppers. Lots of apple brandy.

Taste - Sweet apple brandy. Very sweet. Chocolate, but it's lacking a fudginess. Peppers cut in and turn into graham cracker with the oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and sweet. Medium carbonation. Boozy.

Overall - The apple brandy makes it too sweet to compare to the other BA cakes, but it's good.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of blackcoyote13
4.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at The Porter Beer Bar in Decatur, GA from a bottle. Pours a thick, opaque black with some minimal head. Heavy notes of harvest spices, cinnamon and some chocolate too. Taste definitely has the apple brandy barrel notes but is at times overwhelmed by rich spiced coconut flavors and chocolate undertones. Extremely complex with rotating flavor palettes that work in harmony. The finish is surprisingly spicy deep in your throat from the pepper additions. Quite a neat experience and absolutely delicious, although extremely rich and probably a bottle best split between two people. As my wife noted, tastes like how Cracker Barrel's Old Country store smells, but in a glass, loaded with coconut and seasoned with chili spices.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.68 out of 5 with 251 ratings
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