Friday, December 5, 2014

Beer Review: Tequila Barrel Aged Mexican Cake (2014 Vintage, Fresh)

Reviewing the Tequila Barrel Aged Mexican Cake from Westbrook Brewing Company out of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Score: 95

September 2014 vintage bottle (green label) served in a Toppling Goliath chalice and enjoyed on 10/15/14. Thank you Paul for sharing this treat!

Appearance: Inky black in color, with a thin layer of khaki head that settles to a ring around the glass. Poor lacing, okay retention of what little lacing there is. Nice oily legs. 4/5

Smell: Milk chocolate, cinnamon, and dessert-y sweet vanilla (like cupcake frosting), with a twist of agave. I do not like tequila, but it mixes in quite well with the adjuncts in the aroma. A kiss of pepper, but substantial muted relative to the non-barrel 2014 release of Mexican Cake. A dash of sea salt too. Really loving this nose, which it easily my favorite of the three variants -- it smells like a tequila chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting. 4.75/5

Taste: Tastes just like it smells, with a touch of pepper heat on the finish. Lovely, bold mix of vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate. Lasting chocolatiness on the finish. Very well integrated. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, appropriately carbonated. Nice balanced flavor -- not too sweet and just a touch spicy on the finish, with a light, balancing bitterness coming across in the mix as well. 4.25/5

Overall: This is the variant that comes closest in quality to the 2013 Mexican Cake variants. Of all three of the 2014 variants, the tequila barrel aged Mexican Cake is the one with the boldest adjunct characteristics, and the least "bland" (i.e., similar to all too many other barrel aged stouts) of the group.

Cost: $30 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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