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

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Red Wine Barrel-Aged Mexican CakeRed Wine Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Ant4711 on 07-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
220
Reviews:
20
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
8.6%
 
 
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275
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4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed at our chili stout tasting a couple months ago, reviewed from notes taken live. Thanks Don (Donfrap) for sharing this. 22oz bottle poured into FFF teku, bottle split 5 ways, consumed right after JD Mexican Cake and right before Apple Brandy.

A- Pours a jet black with a mocha head that settles at a moderate pace to a flat top, some light lacing, appears very similar to the other variants and regular Mexican Cake.

S- Subtle chilies, a little bit of cherry characteristic from the red wine, dark chocolate, very nice balance and the dark fruits from the red wine barrels balances very nicely with the rest of the beer. I preferred the nose on this a little bit over Jack Daniels due to the added complexity the red wine adds, all in all it's still fairly similar though just a subtle difference due to the barrel treatment.

T- Dark fruits, chillies, cherries, slight oak, red wine, balanced dark chocolate. Just like the JD variant this has amazing balance although I wouldn't say it was quite as sweet and instead of having the added bourbon sweetness there was more of a fruity flavor. Not bad but I think I preferred the taste of the JD slightly more but that's just personal preference.

M- Incredibly smooth, perfect carbonation, extremely drinkable.

O- Like the other variants this beer is awesome and is definitely worth seeking out. All the variants are very similar and just have the subtle different complexities that the barrels lend to them, for my tastes this was my least favorite variant but that's mainly because I prefer bourbon/apple brandy barrel-aged beers over red wine (others thought this was the best). Regardless this is still a great beer that showcases the dark fruits of the red wine but still has the great flavors of the base beer.

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4.02/5  rDev -9%
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Sean for sharing a Mexican Cake set one random night at West Lakeview Liquors. 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 - Lots of dark fruit here; not sure if it's from age/oxidation, base beer, or the red wine imparted through the barrel-aging. Fairly low oak presence relative to the others. Base beer shares through quite a bit, with cinnamon, peppers, caramel, and chocolate.

T - The taste is quite similar, with a mix of base beer elements and jammy wine character. Good balance, with a lot of contrasting flavors that remain distinct. Again, low oak character.

M - Medium-full body, and a bit heavier than the other two. Lingering stickiness persists through tannins and dry oak. Some chile heat on the back of the throat that masks alcohol.

D - Good, but my least favorite of the three variants; the wine profile and lack of oak makes the barrel-aging more subtle but that's not a terrible outcome as the base beer is plenty enjoyable on its own.

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Red Wine Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Co.
4.42 out of 5 based on 220 ratings.
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