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Westbrook Mexican Cake Imperial Stout - Apple Brandy Barrel

Westbrook Mexican Cake Imperial Stout - Apple Brandy Barrel
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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 4.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (1914) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Truly a remarkable beer. Nose gives apple, cinnamon spice, some cocoa. Taste follows suit, but has a really excellent meshing of the apple character with the spice notes and the chocolate sweetness isn’t overwhelmingly rich to take those flavors to the background. Somehow manages to not taste boozy at all, and the apple flavor comes extremely naturally rather than tasting like flavored alcohol. I wouldn’t say this is as good a pure stout as AB Hunahpu, probably because the base beer isn’t in the same realm of awesomeness, but it’s got a flavor profile that really differentiates itself. Extremely grateful to have had a nice large glass of this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork (12139) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2015 Bottle shared by Jake. Pours black brown head. Nose/taste of apple brandy, oak, chili pepper, cinnamon, roast chocolate and vanilla. Medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (5013) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle courtesy of my buddy. Cheers, Zack! Pours a deep stout brown/ black with a dark tan head. Nose is chocolate, chili peppers, cinnamon, vanilla, and lovely oak, vanilla, and barrel notes. Flavor is sweet apple brandy followed by chocolate, vanilla, chilis, cinnamon, vanilla, and more brandy on the finish. This was an awesome beer and I could probably kill a case single-handedly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (5204) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle , thnx to Bobochamp ! Pours black as black can be black . Pretty damn black No foam Bit of peppers in the smell Taste is very thick , sweet , some peppers , chocolate . Aftertaste is also very full and thick . Some vanilla tones in the back . Good carbonation ( as it is very low, just the way i like it ) . Peppery in the aftertase . Very nice brew indeed !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London. Another big thanks to Paul for this one. Pours thick black with a creamy, deep beige head. Nose of dark chocolate, coconut, a bit of vanilla. Medium to big sweet flavor with decent chili pepper heat, more rich chocolate and coconut, soft burnt wood, raisins. Full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Warming finish, some lingering chili heat, definitely some Mounds bar, a bit of vanilla toffee. Superlative stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle shared with GM
Appearance: Opaque black with short lasting dark brown head
Aroma: Intense cocoa... pretty much same as Cab version
Taste: Chocolate, apples
Palate: Again, extremely thick/heavy mouthfeel, slightly more so than the Cab. No pepper heat on this one.
Overall: The apple brandy add to an already extremely sweet beer, making this dessert wine sweet. The apple flavor is more subtle, but there. Get a friend or two to share your bottle with ’cause this sucker is BIG.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1236) - New York, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle, 08/20/2013. Pours thick black, thin dark tan head fades to elaborate swirls on the surface, legs of lacing left behind. Aroma is fantastic- apple brandy, cinnamon vanilla graham cracker, brown sugar, smooth chocolate and rich coffee. Taste is chocolate, chili heat, vanilla and cinnamon, sweet brandy barrel notes lingering. Thick body, creamy and chewy. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10740) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Pretty much a black pour with a brown head. Fun to try all three BA versions. The apple brandy is a nice addition to the chili, chocolate, spice. Its sweet but has a nice toasty backbone that stops this from getting too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (15024) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
Bottle shared at Bruce’s pad, huge huge big ups to Paolo for supplying this hat trick of goodness, 19/09/13. Pitch black with a thin dirty tan covering. Nose is rich dark chocolate, roast malt, lightly singed sugars, dark fruit cake mix, light boozey waft. Taste comprises roasted malts, dark toffee, good hint of spice, decadent chocolate, light brandified boozeness, subtle chilli kick, toffee apple. Full bodied, soft carbonation, smooth smooth stuff a treat to behold on the palate. Top draw, balanced, well integrated alcohol, this was the pick of the triumvirate for me !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
orangesol (986) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Big thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this bottle with us during our ugly sweater christmas party tasting. Served with some actual Mexican cake just because...

A - Pours ink black with a small half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film that dissolves into nothing at all. Leaves little to no lace on the glass.

S - Smells of strong sweetness - mainly chocolate, vanilla and apples from the brandy - quickly giving way to mild chili heat, oak, dark fruits and the dark roasted grain. Quite nice, maybe a little barrel heavy.

T - Starts off with a mix of smooth chocolate fudge, vanilla beans and warm apple brandy quickly being joined by the mild chili heat, dark fruit, dry oak and the dark roasted grains. Finish is sweet with some light heat, clinging to the palate long after the finish. Every bit as good as the nose lead me to believe.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Big, roasty feel with some booze creeping in at the end of each sip. Probably the weakest part of this one.

O - I really liked this version. We drank this right after a Cali Brandy Hunahpu’s and this was definitely better IMO. Not sure if this or the Jack Daniels was my favorite, I think I would lean JD, but I would love to have this again in the future. Thanks for the share Justin!

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