West­brook Bar­rel-aged Mex­i­can Cake (Wil­let)

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LOC: Mt. Pleas­ant, South Carolina ABV: 10.5% | IBUS: N/A | SRM: N/A What the brewer says “Mex­i­can Cake—aged in Wil­lett bour­bon bar­rels.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Dark choco­late and sweet, fruity pep­pers, cou­pled with a very com­plex bar­rel char­ac­ter, with hints of vanilla, graham cracker, cin­na­mon, al­mond, and sweet to­bacco.” Fla­vor: “Like the most com­plex, fla­vor­ful choco­late truf­fle you have ever tasted...milk choco­late, cin­na­mon, pep­pers, cof­fee, vanilla, all sup­ported by a com­plex yet bal­anced bar­rel char­ac­ter. It brings it all to­gether with oak and mild tan­nins. Just enough sweet­ness and al­co­hol lin­ger­ing on the fin­ish.” Over­all: “In­cred­i­ble beer on all as­pects: bar­rel char­ac­ter, base beer, and ad­juncts. For such a com­plex beer, the bal­ance is so­phis­ti­cated and self-as­sured. Bar­rel notes of to­bacco, co­conut pro­vide the per­fect ac­cent to any resid­ual sweet­ness, and the pep­per heat is di­aled per­fectly. Every sip is a rich and lux­u­ri­ous ex­pe­ri­ence. Aces!” 98 AROMA: 12 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 20 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 10

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