I didn’t know much about Westbrook until last year when people online were eagerly waiting for the release of their Gose in the Spring. My local beer shop had a bunch so I picked up a six pack of cans to discover that it was delicious. Refreshing and tart, it is a great example of a Gose. Brewing out of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, husband and wife team of Morgan and Edward Westbrook opened their brewery in December 2010. Now that they were on my radar, I was on the look out for anything else they make. That’s when I heard about their Mexican Cake Imperial Stout. Aged on cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers, this stout is full of serious flavor. I look forward to it being released again this year.
Celebrating their 4th anniversary, Westbrook released their 4th Anniversary Chocolate Coconut Almond Imperial Stout this past December. So I was sure to pick up a bottle as soon as my local shop got them in.
Appearance: Very dark brown to black. Brownish head.
Aroma: The aroma of Swiss Miss with a little bit of coconut.
Taste: Lots of chocolate with a nice nuttiness from the almonds, but not getting much of the coconut on the palate.
Mouthfeel: Medium Heavy. Lingers in the mouth a little bit.
Overall: A great chocolate stout, but needs a little more impact like their Mexican Cake.
Now bring on that Mexican Cake!