The addition of spicy peppers have reached the brewing notebook of many adventurous brewers. And Westbrook Brewing Company’s Mexican Cake takes the addition of heat to a whole new level. I had heard about Mexican Cake, but until recently did not have the opportunity to purchase this beer. I obtained Mexican Cake from Aurora Brew Works during a recent visit, and this beer was quite interesting indeed.
Westbrook Brewing Company is located in Mount Pleasant, SC, just east of Charleston. I have been a fan of some of Westbrook’s offerings for quite some time, including One Claw and Shane’s Big DIPA.
Here is a picture of my Mexican Cake:
Westbrook Brewing Company: Mexican Cake
Style: American Double/Imperial Stout
Rating: #48 in style, #207 in top 250 at Beeradvocate.com
Mexican Cake pours a jet black color with a tan head. The aroma of Mexican Cake is a slight coffee with intense chocolate and a hint of spice. The taste of Mexican Cake is complex: this beer starts out as chocolate and vanilla, then transitions into a rich roasty smoky malt. The taste profile of Mexican Cake is complex and delightful: a few moments after the rich chocolate and vanilla flavors comes the spicy habanero kick. A lingering aftertaste of spicy peppers tops off this black beauty. The carbonation is good and the mouthfeel of Mexican Cake is mouthcoating, yet warming and spicy.
Overall, I can see why Mexican Cake is among the top rated beers in the imperial stout class. Mexican Cake balances a flavorful rich combo of cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon at the start followed by a spicy jab of habanero peppers at the end.