2014 Mexican Cake

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by Nickoooh, Mar 1, 2016.

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  1. Nickoooh

    Nickoooh Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2016 Arizona

    I stumbled across a 2014 Mexican Cake in my dads cellar. It says to drink fresh, but with the style of beer it is and an abv of 10% I feel like it still could be good. Thoughts?
  2. jtirpak22

    jtirpak22 Initiate (0) Aug 27, 2015 Washington

    A regular stout or BA stout you're spot on, but adjunct stouts tend to fall off. That's not to say it won't still be a good beer - it should still taste great- but the cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, and pepper will be a bit muted compared to having it fresh. How muted will depend on how it was cellared.
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  3. BourbonJersey

    BourbonJersey Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2014 New Jersey

    The flavors probably evolved and smoothed out over time, like @jtirpak22 said, some of the flavors may "pop" less than they would had the beer been drank fresh. Will most likely still be a really good beer, I certainly wouldn't hesitate to drink it.
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  4. jaketodd

    jaketodd Initiate (0) May 14, 2014 Idaho

    No, it's totally ruined... but I'll do you a favor and buy it off you for $4.
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  5. Nickoooh

    Nickoooh Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2016 Arizona

    Haha! Totally ruined I'm sure. #totaldrainpour
  6. Nickoooh

    Nickoooh Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2016 Arizona

    Good to hear some thoughts on it. I figured the flavors would dull out a little bit (similar to what I think happens to BCBS). Just wanted to make sure it didn't go tits up.
  7. asams10

    asams10 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2014 North Carolina

    BCBS is a different animal. Fresh BCBS can tend to have "alcohol heat" due to its higher ABV and barrel treatment. Aging BCBS allows the heat to subside a little and the flavors to become more integrated, IMO.

    As for Mexican Cake, it would react similar to how BCBCS would (disregarding the 2015 version, which will simply turn into vinegar). The adjunct flavors would simply fall off and what you would be left with would be closer to what the base beer tastes like. You could probably still get some of the adjunct flavor, but it definitely wouldn't be as spicy as a fresh MC. I actually prefer MC with about 6 months on it; I've found fresh MC to be far too aggressive.
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  8. bbtkd

    bbtkd Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,104) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    If you don't have a fresher one to compare to, and have never had one before, then go ahead a drink it soon and it will likely be great.
  9. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    It'll be great, just no pepper heat, adjuncts just fall off.
  10. TboneRN

    TboneRN Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2014 Minnesota

    Its probably still good, but I had it 5 or 6 months ago and the adjuncts were all but gone...definitely doesn't hold up as well as huna...or even abraxas for that matter..... still worth giving it a go!
  11. dphalpin

    dphalpin Devotee (390) Jul 3, 2012 Virginia

    I have never had MC with age but I wouldn't be so sure that the chili pepper falls off. These are obviously different styles of beer, but here is what Augie Carton (Carton Brewing) had to say about a saison they did with chili peppers.


  12. mctizzz

    mctizzz Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2010 California

    Does it say "barrel aged" anywhere on the label? If so you need to drink it asap. Your father will understand as you will be doing him a service.
  13. IowaBiertrinker

    IowaBiertrinker Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2010 Iowa

    Ask your dad if you can drink it. Then you will know! Then ask him if he has any more, or just look around to see if he is hiding any other good stuff.
  14. MOVERTON1284

    MOVERTON1284 Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2014 Alabama

    It is the only way I can drink it. I hate the pepper heat, much better beer to me without peppers
  15. Fireman_RK

    Fireman_RK Savant (1,026) Jul 2, 2014 North Carolina

    A buddy just brought a 2014 Mexican Cake to a bottle share a few weeks ago. Honestly I thought it tasted great. The spicy/peppery heat had definitely fallen off a bit, but overall time seems to have made the flavors a bit smoother while retaining the original complexity of the flavor profile. I wouldn't hesitate to crack that one open.
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  16. MOVERTON1284

    MOVERTON1284 Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2014 Alabama

    Agree, I think fresh the beer is really out of balanced. Just tastes like peppers. With time, the sweetness comes out and peppers fade.
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