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Westbrook Mexican Cake Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Happy birthday to us! To celebrate our first year as a brewery we brewed a serious imperial stout and aged it on cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers. This is the first offering in our annual Anniversary series. Here’s to many more!


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mateuszk (1040) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 1, 2015
Bottle. Pours black, thick, with great beige head. Aroma of fine dark chocolate, roastiness, cinammmon, dried fruits and of course habanero. In taste semi dry with roastiness, chocolate flavours, dried fruits and rather strong spiciness which mellows in the aftertaste. Full bodied, solid bitterness in the finish. Really great.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
normalbeerguy (8) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2015 does not count
This beer had great flavor mouthfeel but the habanero peppers just made it finish a bit too hot for me. Would love it with less pepper heat.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Vells (1061) - Rīga, LATVIA, LATVIA - AUG 27, 2015
Love it! Outstanding aroma, after opening gives impressive glimpse of cocoa, coffee, bit later transfers into Latvian sweet version of pumpernickel cake somewhat between tiramisu and brownie, perfect cinnamon accent, vanilla and ofc very pleasant hard roast background with nice twist of chili. At first chili gives quite harsh kick, but afterwards its getting more subtle, warming and perfectly blends into bouquet of this awesome brew. Moderate sweetness with moderate bitterness. What can I say.. perfect aroma - I could sniff that all day long, awesome taste and palate, great balance.. Love it

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alusmamuts (1074) - LATVIA - AUG 26, 2015
Dark brown with small light brown head. Honey cake aroma. Honey cake taste followed by coffee bitterness in finished with lasting pepper spiceness in the throat.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (1132) - Garching, Bavaria, GERMANY - AUG 26, 2015
Black color with great beige-brown head. Aroma is chili, dark chocolate, cinnamon, coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, great and intense chili kick, but I think it fits. Hot and spicy aftertaste. A very very spicy Imperial Stout. Thick mouthfeel. Great stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2997) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bomber shared by one of my generous buddies. First of all, this beer is awesome. Second of all, how is this not listed as a spice beer on this site? I don’t like cinnamon unless it is used with peppers, evidently. This beer is a wonderful example of those two flavors working in harmony. The malt body gives a very nice roast and full palate. Cinnamon is defined and natural, but not the main focus. It is overtaken by delightful cacao and dark malts. I didn’t even know vanilla was used in this, it doesn’t stand out much. The heat is pleasant, but I could definitely use more. The beer as a whole is very harmonious and a highly enjoyable sipper.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fashawn (439) - Montesarchio, ITALY - AUG 18, 2015
Una birra quasi Poetica. Che lascia di stucco per il suo sapore. Innanzitutto è nera, come la notte, viscosa già dall’aspetto, con una schiuma beige non troppo persistente ma sicuramente piacevole ed iconografica. Al naso presenta una forte nota di caffè, leggera cioccolata, lattosio, vaniglia quindi, ed un leggero sentore di peperoncino. In bocca apre con la componente tostata, caffè ed orzo, per passare alla cioccolata che sembra diventare cioccolata al latte, cioccolata alla vaniglia leggermente. Viscosa, densa, piatta e quasi masticabile, riempie il palato ed è assolutamente vellutata, solleticando ad ogni sorso lo stesso e avvolgendo l’intera bocca. Sul finale emerge l’habanero, o non so quale peperoncino. Presente, forte, non turba mai la bevuta, non la "rovina mai", ma anzi l’accompagna. Veramente una Birra spettacolare, tra le migliori mai bevute.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
morteno (2) - - AUG 17, 2015 does not count
Unique smell and taste. Nice long-lasting chili burn. The cake name makes great sense. Perfect.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Acid303 (496) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - AUG 16, 2015
75cl bottle, shared with friends. Bottled a week ago, so definitely incredible to get this that fresh in Europe. Pours black with a nice tan head, looks very good. Aromas of chocolate, caramel and some chilli is already detected. Very complex flavour: coffee, chocolate, vanilla sweetness...all backed up by the habanero peppers, without hiding any other flavour. Pleasantly warm and slightly bitter on the palate. Full body, good carbonation. Exquisite, nothing more, nothing less.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
salvaticas (532) - - AUG 15, 2015
On tap at BGH. Amazing how the spice is balanced with the smoothness of the stout. Really good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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