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Beer Review: Mexican Cake

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
ABV: 10.5%
Style: American Double/Imperial Stout
Rating: #48 in style, #207 in top 250 at

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.

About Buffalo Beer Biochemist

Born and raised in Western New York. Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Professor of Microbiology and Chemistry. And lover of beer.

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