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Mexican Cake - Jack Daniels Barrel-Aged | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Mexican Cake - Jack Daniels Barrel-AgedMexican Cake - Jack Daniels 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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by brother_kenneth:
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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. Nice khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Graham cracker cinnamon. A little bit peppery. Chocolate. Vanilla. Minimal whiskey.

Taste - I taste a lot more barrel here. Whiskey and oak. Cinnamon is beautiful. The peppers add a great balance to the chocolate and spice.

Mouthfeel - Slightly sweet. The peppers are a perfect level of spice. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Had this after Murda'd Out. I thought that would be the pinnacle of the night. But god damn, this is incredible.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.94/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured and shared amongst friends SBS with Red Wine, poured into a SP stem

A - Dark as night here, almost completely opaque. Small dark tan foam head that recedes back into the glass. This one has some legs on it.

S - Smell is complex here, you can definitely smell the whiskey coming through on this followed by oak, vanilla, dark chocolate. You can definitely taste the base here as there is still head on the nose as well as notes of cinnamon. Good stuff

T - Starts off with a nice hit from the whiskey and oak as well as vanilla notes. Then come the chocolate carmelly notes. The finish is where the base shines, cinnamon and peppers all day. The heat lingers just long enough and leaves you satisfied.

M - Not quite as thick as I expected, but this is no reason to dock this beer. We'll say medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Creamy and goes down smooth.

O - This beat out Red Wine Cake, although where red wine lacks in tastes, makes up for it in it's complexity. I would definitely seek this out if you are willing to dish out the ammo. This is a fantastic beer and resides somewhere within my top 10 beer that I have had.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | 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 this, and finally the apple brandy.
This one says "bourbon" on the label, though JD is a technically a whisky.

APPEARANCE: Pours out black and yields a two finger, medium looking, fizzy, dark tan head with good retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation evident for the style. 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 was not as loud and fizzy as the Red Wine variant.

SMELL: Nice here too. Whisky, oak, caramel and toffee with vanilla notes on the nose. Dark chocolate, cinnamon and light notes of chilies as well. Some oak and coconut from the barrels as well. Bold and wonderful, tough not quite as mind blowing as the red wine.

TASTE: Oak, caramel and toffee with some whisky barrel up front. Vanilla and cinnamon though the middle with a bit of a chili burn at the swallow. Milder but lingering finish of sweet coconut, whisky, oak, vanilla sweetness, spicy cinnamon and bitter dark chocolate as well. All the elements are there, bold and well balanced, with a bit of a chili burn lingering as well. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A touch lighter than the red wine variant, but still very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a chili bite at the swallow and finishes sticky. Some chili heat lingers.

OVERALL: Another wonderful beer. They're all a bit too chili heavy for me, but who am I? Equally good as the others, though the nose is perhaps not quite as boggling. That is a minor issue, however, as this is still in the top 5% of imperial stouts out there, as is this entire series for that matter. While I put the red wine variant first, it's a toss up between this and the apple brandy. I would jump at the chance to drink any of these again. Thanks again cparles. Phenomenal.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sean for sharing these. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - They all looked kind of the same. Tan foam that settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and specks of lacing. All are very dark brown, revealing coloration when held to the light.

S - Nate says Almond Joy, and that's a pretty accurate assertion. Loads of coconut and vanilla from the barrel, with some fruity whiskey, oak, and perhaps a whiff of alcohol. Base beer imparts notes of chocolate and light cinnamon. Barrel is quite assertive here, but it presents a lot better than a number of other Jack Daniel's brews I've had.

T - The taste is quite excellent, with a blend of caramel, milk chocolate, coconut, vanilla, and mild chile flavor and spiciness. Booze and whiskey recede a bit, making it quite enjoyable to sip on.

M - Smooth, medium body that seems a bit lighter than the Red Wine version, Pleasant carbonation, with light residual stickiness. Not overly oaky, which is a surprise considering the intensity of the barrel-aging.

D - This was really excellent. I'm always wary of Jack Daniel's barrel-aged offerings but this was a winner. Hopefully Westbrook makes more of these beers; they've got some serious kill.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of codysjb
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very smooth. The cinnamon was heavy which gave a great mouthful. Drinking it with the westbrook brewer only made it better. Coco On the end. Bourbon flavor comes through on the taste. &hhhjjjjhjjhhh ghkh F agjk gjjcdgjkvfhfgijjj g gedgjjjfgjj cfjjkh dry vbhjhcv gjkkjhcvbb ghjkk

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5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jeonseh
4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - Dark chocolate, slight cinnamon and cocoa, vanilla. The cinnamon is really strong in this one. There is also a sweet JD TN Whiskey aspect to it as well

T - Sweet vanilla, dark fudgy chocolate and jack daniels. Cinnamon spice and peppers that add a lot of heat to the beer. I thought this had a lot more spice and heat than the regular Mexican Cake

M - Thick smooth body with a lot of tingle and spice from the heat that lingers on in the finish

O - Really good BA stout and was probably the best of the three. This one had strong chocolate flavors, sweetness from the JD, and a lot of spice and heat from the peppers and cinnamon.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev -13%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Mexican Cake - Jack Daniels Barrel-Aged from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 211 ratings