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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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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of kylehay2004
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had to write a quick review as this is the closest thing to a 5 I have had, in fact it is a 5 in every way. Half finger tan head on a jet black body with nice lacing. Aroma of red wine, some peppery heat, dark chocolate and oak. Flavor of cocoa, vanilla, oak and wine with perfect degree of heat. This one is actually perfect. Complex, all elements are at perfect levels and there isn't anything else like it. Full body and light to moderate carbonation. My first 5.

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4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of mothman
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head. Black in color.

The tannins and red wine show a lot. This one is fruity. Very dessert like. The spice and heat shows in the finish. A bit of roast.

Medium to full bodied. Rich.

This one is not as enjoyable as the others. It is good, but different.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.98/5  rDev -11.6%
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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Photo of orangesol
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with us.

A - Pours black with a nice one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving small streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of lots of vinous wine, oak, peppers, chocolate, vanilla and dark roasted malt. The red wine is pretty strong but it isn't out of control.

T - Starts off with a mix of base flavors like chocolate, vanilla and peppers but that quickly becomes enveloped by the strong vinous wine flavors that never really fade away from then on. Finish is a mix of dark roast, mild sweetness and vinous oak tannins combine to linger on the palate long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Sweet, heavy feel with plenty of vinous tannins lurking in its depths.

O - I enjoyed this one, just not as much as the JD version. I have come to like wine BA stouts and this one certainly had plenty to offer. I think it works well but it also overpowers most of the base flavors a bit too much for my liking. Still an awesome beer none the less.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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2/5  rDev -55.6%

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4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stakem
4.07/5  rDev -9.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.6/5  rDev +2.2%

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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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