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

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Mexican Cake - Apple Brandy Barrel-AgedMexican Cake - Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged

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

Style: American 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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Photo of kylehay2004
4.71/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jet black body with a thin dark tan head which doesn't last long. Mild lacing. Aroma is overwhelming with raisins with notes or caramel and apple. The flavor is rich with the Apple brandy barrel well represented. It's a touch on the sweet side but the spice and peppers are well represented; better than expected for a 2013 beer. Body is smooth and full. Enjoyed at westbrook's awesome tap room. One of the best beers I have ever had. It just takes a hit for the unidimensional aroma and sweetness.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

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, cinnamon, chile, cake batter, and apple brandy aromas. Taste is much the same with cinnamon, cocoa, and apple brandy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and chile 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 a fantastic apple brandy aroma and some very nice barrel aged flavors.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oline73
4.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nickfl
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rifugium
4.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appeared much like the base beer (which I also enjoyed quite a bit!), thick pour, opaque black with a nice cap of dark brown head that never completely faded, legs and lacing on the glass. Dark roasty malt aroma, sweetness, some added character from the apple brandy, cocoa, coffee, vanilla; as with the regular version, I didn't really get any cinnamon, and there were only hints of pepper spice when the beer warmed a bit. Amazing and complex taste, cocoa, dark chocolate, dark malts, caramel apple, toasted oak, vegetal vanilla bean...actually did get some cinnamon in this one, and the peppers were subdued yet definitely present, lending a prickly heat that emerged mid- to end-palate. Drinkability was, well, amazing, all things considered. The higher ABV was well-concealed, and the pepper heat was just tame enough to be obvious yet not effect the smoothness whatsoever. Full body, rich mouthfeel, with some robust grittiness--and I mean that in a good way. With all that's going on in this beer, it would be easy for it to be a mess, but everything was melded so well. Excellent!

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of BEER88
4.59/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dfhhead25
4.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -16.3%
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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Photo of mendvicdog
4.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.98/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of duceswild
4.8/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.81/5  rDev +3%

Photo of drewone
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of orangesol
4.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this bottle with us during our ugly sweater christmas party tasting. Served with some actual Mexican cake just because...

A - Pours ink black with a small half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film that dissolves into nothing at all. Leaves little to no lace on the glass.

S - Smells of strong sweetness - mainly chocolate, vanilla and apples from the brandy - quickly giving way to mild chili heat, oak, dark fruits and the dark roasted grain. Quite nice, maybe a little barrel heavy.

T - Starts off with a mix of smooth chocolate fudge, vanilla beans and warm apple brandy quickly being joined by the mild chili heat, dark fruit, dry oak and the dark roasted grains. Finish is sweet with some light heat, clinging to the palate long after the finish. Every bit as good as the nose lead me to believe.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Big, roasty feel with some booze creeping in at the end of each sip. Probably the weakest part of this one.

O - I really liked this version. We drank this right after a Cali Brandy Hunahpu's and this was definitely better IMO. Not sure if this or the Jack Daniels was my favorite, I think I would lean JD, but I would love to have this again in the future. Thanks for the share Justin!

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Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stakem
4.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks extended to Josh for sending these my way! Bomber into a snifter. The brew appears black with a very dark brown head atop. As the cap fades, it leaves spotty lace sticking to the glass and holds with a ring around the perimeter. A swirl tevives a silky finger of brown back to the surface.

The aroma is just fantastic...sweet apple, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla and caramel. There is a deep wooden aspect evident along with a trace coffee roasted element. This is pretty much everything I could possibly ask for in the aroma of an apple brandy barrel stout. It perfectly executes the adjuncts of the brew integrated flawlessly with the barrel.

The taste is sweet with seemingly burnt sugars excreeting from the toast on the inside of the barrel. Apple core/skin flavoring is present with a chocolate flavoring that hints towards mild bitter cocoa and earth. A hint of cinnamon spice and warming peppers evolve with a tangy alcohol inclusion. The oaked flavor has a slightly earthy feel before finishing mildly stick with vanilla and caramel.

This is a full bodied brew with a modest to light level of carbonation. A very smooth, rich and slick feel to this brew makes it go down dangerously easy. This beer is nothing short of the truth... it exceeds all expectations and is just wowing. The flavors are just blended so well together and work to form a nearly flawless package. Nice contrasting peppery warming heat but enough residual sugar to tame it. I hate to compare it to another brewery but this is seriously like a spicier version of cigar city's Laird's aged Hunahpu. Chalk this up as the best beer I had in a very long time.

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Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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