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Red Wine Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Red Wine Barrel-Aged Mexican CakeRed Wine 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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Ant4711 on 07-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance - Black body. Small khaki head. Reddish tint at the edge.

Smell - Oh my. Fudge. The slightest hint of a rich red wine. Blends with the chocolate. Graham cracker.

Taste - Sharper red wine. Allows more pepper to come through. Less fudgy. Oaky with that graham cracker finish.

Mouthfeel - Sharp pepper. Slight acidity to the red wine. Heavy beer.

Overall - Not quite the beer that JD Cake is. Having Apple Brandy next.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into an HF Tulip

S - Tart beer, slight vinegar. Sweet vanilla and chocolate with a spicy pepper to it. Slight metallic and blood that reminds me of a Flanders

T - Spicy peppers and chocolate. Slight red wine vinegar to it that adds some tartness. Vanilla and caramel adds some sweetness. Lingering heat on the backend

M - Light body with some spice and pepper heat and a dry, tannin presence from the red wine

O - The Red Wine version of Mexican cake reminds me of the slightly tart / sour version of the three. It gives you the base Mexican Cake stout and adds a good amount of tartness and tannins from the Red Wine barrel. I thought this one was good but not as good as Napa BCBS or or the other Mexican Cake version.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Bottled 6/6/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, dark fruit, and slight pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with red wine, fruit, cocoa, and vanila 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 good beer with the red wine barrel aging adding a fruity aspect to the base beer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Josh for sending this my way. Bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head. A swirl releases a finger that fades slowly leaving spotty lace on the glass. A thin film of bubbles stays atop the brew throughout the duration.

The aroma includes a big red wine barrel presence with a hint of harsh raw oak and tangy alcohol. Some chocolate, earth and coffee noted emerge from the glass. It has quite a vinous tang to it that almost is more reminescent of what Brett can impart in a beer moreso than wine in and of itself but admittedly I am not a wine drinker.

The flavor is earthy with almost bitter coffee leading the way. Plenty of tangy alcohol partially influenced by the wine but also carries with it almost some Brett aspects. The tang and booze bring out more of a raw barrel presence that contrasts and doesnt blend/integrate as well as you might hope. The aftertaste includes some hints of cinnamon and a mild peppery and alcohol burn.

This is a lighter to medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The barrel presence is almost segregated and doing it's own thing in the flavor profile instead of complimenting the base brew's attributes. It just doesnt mesh together and isnt as easy drinking as the other mexican cake varieties. However, it is still a very good brew and depending on taste, some might choose this as their favorite over the other 2 that I prefer.

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Red Wine Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 221 ratings
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