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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel AgedHunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
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255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.79
pDev: 7.31%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Stout aged on Peruvian cacao nibs, ancho and pasilla chiles, cinnamon and Madagascar vanilla beans aged in apple brandy and rum barrels before being blended together.

(Beer added by: GatorLCA on 01-16-2014)
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uncccegr

North Carolina

4.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first time I have taken the time to write any type of review for a beer. It poured into the snifter like motor oil with a thin laced head. It is like eating a spiced chocolate rum cake garnished with toasted coconut and mint and washing it down with whole chocolate milk all at once. Simply amazing.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 20:49:08 | More by uncccegr
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This poured with the thickness of a syrup and a pitch black color. The head was like a band of creme that laced in sheets on the edge of the glass.

The aroma is the milkiest, chocolatiest scent I've ever smelled in a beer. It's so strong yet yields maple, malt and fudge brownie as well.

The flavor is the sweetest candy milk chocolate I can imagine with a true quality and expensive taste. Despite the strong milk chocolate overtone I taste caramel, mint, and brownie as well.

This drinks like a milkshake with a true creaminess and elegant thickness.

This ranks as the single greatest beer I've ever had and it ekes out King Henry, which I never thought possible.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 00:07:43 | More by KYGunner
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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Side by side w regular huna. This one doesn't looked as great. Not muh lacing or carbonation present. Smell is different, too. Mostly picking up a sweetness from the barrels. Taste is dominanted with chocolate fudge. I get some spice at the end, with a mix of cinnamon. The apple Brady barrel is what I'm tasting the most, with the other flavors backing a backseat and lingering up on me after. Starting to see the same aftertaste in the base and this, with this one being slightly more sweet. I miss the carbonation in this, but i do like the apple brandy barrels.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 17:53:25 | More by Mikeypnh
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jegross2

Illinois

5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Double Barrel Aged Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida. This beer is a blend of Hunahpu's Imperial Stout aged in rum and apple brandy barrels.

Score: 100

2014 vintage bottle served in a Hunahpu's Day snifter and enjoyed on 03/25/14.

Appearance: Pours an inky black color with a half finger of espresso colored head that settles to a thick ring around the glass and island of head floating in the center. Okay head, but unreal retention. Nice oily legs, and serious browning of the glass from the swirl. 5/5

Smell: Big cinnamon and burnt sugar/molasses on the nose. Apple brandy, chocolate, mild licorice, dark fruit and vanilla too -- everything in a perfectly, syrupy balance. A kiss of leather too as it warms. 5/5

Taste: A little touch of spiciness upfront, followed by a huge cinnamon kick, chocolate, burnt sugar/molasses, dark fruit and vanilla. Such a great balance of flavor. Minimal licorice on the palate, if any. As it warms, the rum character comes through more. The apple brandy, which was somewhat prominent on the nose, is overshadowed and without much trace in the taste -- not that it matters much since this beer is delicious regardless. A kiss of tobacco comes through as it warms. Lingering milk chocolate with cinnamon. Damn delicious. The pepper liveliness picks up a touch as it warms up, but it never arises to the level of the California Brandy Aged Hunahpu's. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, good carbonation. Just a touch pepper liveliness. Good bittersweet balance, creamy mouthfeel. 5/5

Overall: Pretty much a perfect stout. Better than Apple Brandy Aged Hunahpu's -- and that's a bold statement. So much complexity going on here, all near-perfect alignment. This bottle was much better than the first one that I consumed about a month ago.

Cost: $25 for a 750 ml bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 06:55:49 | More by jegross2
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inkdemention

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Alrighty . Here we go ! I first would like to thank the lovely Ba who was drunk off hunahpu while packing my box ! Cause he packed a double barrel instead of a regular ! Honest mistake , right ? Drinking and packing multiple boxes don't mix !!

A: the pour was sexy, silky , and a tad oily looking. Viscous ! Minimal head and lacing. Totally barrel appearance .

S: this very apple brandy forward. Kinda sweet smelling almost . Mild rum notes on the nose. Takes a minute to find. I'm getting raspberries and apples. Not the most inviting smell IMO . The vegatal chilies and spices are subtle. I detect those more than the rum notes.

T: lots of raspberry and apple going on and a cacao and spice finish. The chocolate is nice . Very Mayan-ish in taste if you will. I kinda like how dirty the chocolate tastes . The apple raspberry thing going on I find rather gross though. The chocolate is all the taste has working for it. I think I feel a tickle from chilies but I can't tell with the other cloying flavors from the barrel notes.

M: not as chewy as I expected , but decent body. Fair carbonation. The chocolate adds a graininess to it.

O: its not a bad beer but I believe its wayyy over hyped. It's no Life is Like ;)

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 05:23:09 | More by inkdemention
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle acquired through the El Catador club. Bottled 1/22/14. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours a completely opaque, motor oil black with a beautiful finger and a half deep mocha head. The dark froth settles to wisps accross the surface and a thin halo that leaves only tiny specks of lace.

Aromas of dark chocolate, sweet barrel, vanilla and spice. The chocolate smells amazing and the barrel becomes more pronounced as it warms.

Wow, this stuff is insane! The barrels are noticeable but don't even come close to hiding the base Hunahpu. Rich fudge and cinnamon are right up front with the complementary sweetness from the rum's natural sugars and the apple brandy's fruit following right behind. There is a definate chilli heat mid palate as coffee, molasses, subtle vanilla and caramel enter the picture. I get a little alcohol heat but honestly it's all but completely masked by the layers of chocolate, spice and sweetness. Phenominal.

Creamy, heavy feel with a pleasantly soft carbonation. The thick nectar really coats the tongue so chocolate, cinnamon and sweet liquer remain on the palate for long, enjoyable finish.

Initially I was afraid that the barrel would overpower the base beer. No worries there at all- this was an outstanding blend that really complements Hunahpu's already outstanding complexity with the barrel sweetness. Truly world class and worth some effort to try if you can.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 12:39:32 | More by ThickNStout
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle consumed yesterday. Thanks Tommy!

Pitch black pour, nice creamy head. Smell of coffee...chocolate..and a good amount of apple brandy. The taste has so much going on. The heat from the regular huna is no longer present as the apple brandy has taken over....you get a good flavor of that but not as much as the AB Mexican cake. There is still a good amount of cinnamon and coffee and chocolate flavor here too. Rum barrel is not very present in the taste. Super thick body, awesome! Perfect carbonation.

Overall better than regular huna imo. Will age decent, though id still say drink this fresh. Great.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 20:55:47 | More by Axnjxn
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep viscous black with glass staining capabilities. The nose presents a plethora of flavors starting with the pairing of apple brandy and cinnamon. This is backed up by strong notes of dark chocolate and vanilla. Amazing nose. The taste is incredibly complex with dark liquid chocolate paired with cinnamon coming first. Fruity apple notes are present along with caramel, vanilla, and oak. Mouthfeel is incredibly thick with mellow carbonation. Overall, a delicious beer. Definitely better than Cali brandy as the barrel seems to harmonize more with the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 03:18:40 | More by homebrew311
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle purchased through the Catador Club, poured into a tulip. About a 5oz pour.

A- Pours a thick opaque black color with a thick dark mocha brown head that has decent retention and leaves spotty lacing. Appears fairly similar to Hunahpu.

S- Chocolate fudge, milk chocolate, coffee, a bit of vanilla beans, rum, brandy, oak. Very complex, not quite as aromatic as I was hoping this to be but aroma wise was still fantastic.

T- Huge chocolate fudge notes, creamy milk chocolate, coffee, smooth vanilla beans (although slightly less then regular Hunah), subtle peppers that fit nicely, rum, brandy, oak. Incredibly flavorful, very complex with nice integration of flavors. With everything going on in this it melds very well.

M- Very creamy, extremely smooth, very light alcohol presence, extremely drinkable.

O- This was an absolutely fantastic beer that has a lot going on but melds everything extremely well creating a very flavorful yet very complex beer. The barrels balanced perfectly while still letting the base beer show through very nicely, something I think Cali Brandy didn't manage to do quite as well. This is one of the best barrel-aged stouts I've had and I wish I had more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 20:45:36 | More by jaasen64
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with us tonight. Happy birthday buddy!!

A - Pours jet black with a small film of tan head, quickly dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace at all on the glass. Pretty much dead flat almost instantly.

S - Smells of milk chocolate, chili spices, vanilla beans, cinnamon, oak, spicy rum and fruity brandy warmth. Everything that should be present is there and shining brightly.

T - Starts off with a mix of cinnamon and chili spices quickly being joined by the milk chocolate, vanilla and toffee sweetness. The spicy rum and fruity brandy match perfectly with the base flavors. Finish is spicy sweet with some mild booze burn, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate to low carbonation. Slick, spicy feel with a bit of heat at the end of each sip. Just needs more carbonation and it would be amazing.

O - This is a pretty incredible beer. The two barrels blend very well together and complement the base flavors amazingly well. I would still take the Apple Brandy version over this one but it is closer than any of the other variants I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 06:07:26 | More by orangesol
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! This pours out jet black with a beautiful oily look. The smell is a ton of Apple cinnamon on the nose. The taste has plenty of cinnamon and barrel age spice and sweetness. The mouthfeel is thick, it lingers perfectly and hangs with insane amounts of flavor. Overall it's sweet and spicy but incredibly balanced. Love this beer! Get it and drink it!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 02:18:11 | More by Knapp85
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.95/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle all to myself because I am a selfish bastard. This one pours pitch black, thick and inky looking, with nothing but a little rim of dark brown bubbles on top until I get a bit more aggressive, then I get a nice small dark brown head on top. Beautiful. Big time sweet cocoa aroma with apple brandy and some rum in the background, a bit of cinnamon, some light chile powder, booze, and some faint vanilla (I don’t get much vanilla in the regular version anyway). Flavor is wow. Big time fudge hits you at the start, with a kick of cinnamon, vanilla, very faint chile burn on the way down. And that’s just the start. There is a nutty flavor from the apple brandy that accents the cocoa and cinnamon perfectly. The rum is subdued, which I am glad about, but adds a subtle extra sweetness and spice, similar to what I got from Forgotten Island. The melody of flavors in this come together almost as well as Founders CBS. This has a thick viscous body as expected from CCB, with low carbonation (but more than Cali Brandy). It goes down incredibly easy relative to Cali as well. The spices really offset the sweetness nicely and make this a pretty amazing offering. To be honest, I came into this expecting some disappointment after Cali Brandy. This is a completely different beer. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 23:34:41 | More by BMMillsy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the members of El Catador Club for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, cookie dough, spice, rum, apple brandy, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, chile, and apple brandy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but the aromas on this one are much better in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 20:44:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Stains the glass. Mocha head. Thick collar,

Smell - Brandy fruitiness. Graham cracker and cinnamon. Some coconut. Chocolate. Vanilla. Some rum, but it's not that prevalent.

Taste - More rum here. Brandy sweetness. Chocolate, graham cracker. The coconut comes through also. Much more peppery. Lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very heavy. Pretty sweet, too. Medium low carbonation and very boozy.

Overall - This is outstanding. The sweetness and booze are the only aspects I don't love.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 01:40:59 | More by Alieniloquium
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks a bunch Sonny. Happy to have this one pretty close to the Apple Brandy version, only a few weeks apart.

A- In CCB fashion, an insanely pitch black and motor oil thick beer fills up the pint glasses for our tasting group. A small light mocha tan head to about a finger but falls fairly quickly, not surprising considering double barrels. Small ring leaves some legs but they don't quite translate to lacing.

S- Reminds me quite a bit of the CA Brandy one but definitely some noticeable differences right away. The huge dark dried fruits are still quite prevalent from the Brandy barrel. Some Rum spice and obviously the huge base stout still rules all. Cinnamon, cocoa, roast grains, oak barrel and truffle dessert bomb.

T- Things really get quite wild here. The base, and the two barrels seem to find a crazy balance and complexity ensues. Rum comes to mind with a certain spiciness and nice oak. Super roast and decadent base beer with dark cocoa powder, milk chocolate, cinnamon and tons of burnt grains. The Brandy fruit bomb balances this all out and this really feels like biting into a super rich truffle. Last but not least is the chili peppers, they grow with time and add some spicy warmth and pepper flavor.

MF- Stupidly thick bodied with low to medium carbonation. Really fills up the palate and is super chewy. A nice warmth from both the chilis and alcohol lingers with roast bitterness and dark fruits forever.

Hot damn, I thought the CA Brandy version was great. This one seems to have more chili pepper, cinnamon and base roast with the added spicy rum. It all blends together amazingly and CCB should be proud of this brew, and good luck reproducing it.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 00:33:36 | More by cbutova
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Tone2467

Florida

5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours like Motor Oil. I always splash a little of my CCB stouts on the side of the glass so that I can watch it cling on like glue. It's an amazing quality to me. It takes a very aggressive pour to develop a small head which fades to a small crown around the edge of the glass rather quickly. I didn't have any lacing on my glass but, my glass is tinted brown even after I've finished with my beer.

S: I pick up on the Rum right away. Vanilla and Spices follow almost immediately with a nice Cocoa presence. On the back end of a nice deep sniff I can pick up small hints of the Brandy but, only if I really look for it. A very complex aroma that I spent a good chunk of time admiring over the course of a glass.

T: Almost the opposite of the aroma. I find a delicious spiced apple floavor up front. Vanilla and some Chocolate notes. The Peppers make a supprising appearance, contributing a nice flavor and just a slight amount of heat. The heat seemed to make it's true nature known as this Beer warmed. After the swallow and on the breath out after I find the lingering notes of Rum and a familiar Apple flavor blending together wonderfully.

M: Going back to that Motor Oil theme. My mouth was coated from the first sip untill a while after it was gone. There's not much Carbonation to be found but, it's not expected in a beer like this. Very easy to drink if you enjoy thicker Beers.

O: I was blown away by this Beer. I have thoroughly enjoyed the complexity of this Beer. Another successful stout from CCB. As it warmed the flavor profile only continued to change and develop into a new and just as amazing brew. Kudos to CCB for this amazing beer and thanks for the evening of enjoyment.

P.S. This is my first perfect 5

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 03:45:08 | More by Tone2467
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was disappointed in CA Brandy. This one crushes it! Poured into a CS snifter.

A- Pitch black (sorry) with no lacing, no head. Typical of Huna or MZ. Faint hint of brown around the rim. This gums up the glass when tipped back and forth.

S- I have read in an earlier review that they could not separate the rum from the apple brandy. Everyone is wired differently. I can totally separate both barrels. Glorious. Rum is forefront with the apple brandy closely following.

T- More apple brandy than rum barrel in this one. Incredible how the nose and taste are swapped with the barrel. Rich chocolate, the vanilla is a bit muted from the barrel aging, but the barrel aging crushes it with Hunah.

M- Thick, rich, a bit of a sting from the barrels. No carbonation, which works perfect with this thick of a ba stout. I seriously can't think of a thing to change. with the M.

O- The only improvement is to add a shipload of vanilla bean, but other than that top 5 beer that I have ever had. I can't imagine how cellaring this will do you any good. My Pirate Bomb! (s) are headed downhill every day. Pop it open

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 23:53:10 | More by gueuzedreg
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Andreias21

Florida

4.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Am fortunate to be close to CCB, and made it in time for a glass when picking up my allotment.

Visually it looks just like all its siblings, dark as the ocean is deep.

Tasted amazing, little more heat from the peppers than I expected, but to me this is a good thing, not at hot as say a regular Mexican Cake thankfully. I can't say either particular barrel character stood out above its counterpart, but it was certainly there, but hard to put your finger on, like Nightcrawler teleporting speedily around a dark room.

Awesome brew, awesome people, awesome Catador administrators.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2014 17:20:13 | More by Andreias21
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MatthewPlus

Florida

4.86/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Opened during Super Bowl 48, poured from my bottle to a J. Wakefield snifter.

This brew pours a deep, brooding black liquid that displays its viscosity from the get-go. It looks beautiful, but i took a bit off the score because despite pouring quite vigorously, i could not manage to get more than a very thin, garnet head.

The intense olfactory assault begins with rich cocoa, milk chocolate, vanilla, rum spice and touches of pepper. This is one of those beers i had a hard time getting my nose out of; simply wonderful.

I don't think i could ask anything more from this beer's rich layers of flavor. Sweetness, heat and alcohol warmth dance a well-rehearsed waltz across my palate. Milk chocolate, vanilla, chili peppers, green apples, peppers, cinnamon and oak are all accounted for and well represented.

The mouthfeel is beyond outstanding. The low carbonation levels perfectly compliment this viscous, chewy stout. It's exactly what I've come to expect from CCB's Imperial Stouts.

This beer is very close to perfect. Other than the straight Apple Brandy Huna, this is my favorite of all the variations. A remarkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 15:09:35 | More by MatthewPlus
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GrapesofWrath

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a menacing oily black with rose highlights and a thick dark brown head. Tons of lacing and alcohol legs.

Smell is chocolate and caramel intertwined with holiday spiced apples. Really something to experience.

Taste is a melange of cocoa, vanilla, apples, oak, and a sweet toffee note that keeps the chilis from biting.

Mouthfeel is very thick and the carbonation is on the lower side.

By far the best Hunahpu's variant and something really special.

After having this a few times now:

The flavors are bit muddied and the bottle variation is quite drastic. It's far too young to blame cellar conditions. 1 bottle was near perfect and the other 2 and draft pours were great, but not outstanding. Still totally worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 17:24:20 | More by GrapesofWrath
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

**REVIEW NUMBER 600**
:and also:
**BEER ADVOCATE BEER NUMBER 1,000**

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Cigar City tasting room this afternoon. Served in a short chalice glass.

A: Essentially jet black, with a thin tan head, no visible carbonation, and opaque. The head fades to some slivers of tan foam within a few minutes.

S: A rich booziness (I get more rum) up front, but without much alcohol burn. Vanilla, oak, spices, cacao, cinnamon, touch of chills...rich and heady as any I've smelled.

T: Rich malts, cacao, hard liquor (rum and apple brandy), vanilla, oak, cinnamon, chili peppers. Sweet, spice and oaky booze in the hang. This is amazing. The cinnamon seems to increase as it warms, and there are some sips that I get more chilis than others.

M: Even for a Cigar City stout, this is thick and viscous. Sticky mouthfeel. Low carbonation, and as much alcohol flavor as this has, and for how fresh the beer is, it doesn't drink "hot" at all - minimal alcohol burn.

O: Wow. This was absolutely amazing. Better than either of the barrel-aged Hunahpus I've had before. I like the base beer well enough, but it's never been a personal Top 10 beer. This, on the other hand, was truly wonderful. I hope the bottles are every bit as good.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2014 01:31:37 | More by macrosmatic
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Bartos

Florida

4.95/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap in the CCB tasting room, exclusive for El Catador Club members picking up their bottles of Double Barrel Aged Hunahpu

A - Deep, dense obsidian with a thick dark brown head. Looks thick and viscous, coating the sides of the glass with significant lacing and legs reminiscent of a fine wine

S - A warm, earthy aroma. Top notes of rich cacao and sweet milk chocolate. Subtle scent of roasted malts, tobacco, vanilla and cinnamon. Followed by just a hint of the chili peppers, spice and then the sweet finish aroma of being barrel aged. Unlike either the Apple Brandy or the Cali Brandy version, the smell isn't as strong of brandy (or even alcohol). The blending with the rum, makes is more difficult to place

T - Amazingly complex. A nice sweetness from the vanilla, chocolate and barrel aging mixes well with the roasted malts, the heat of the chili peppers and the cinnamon. So well balanced and complex. Each flavor is perfectly layered and complimentary. The right amounts of chocolate and heat (from the peppers), which I find to be two very difficult ingredients to incorporate and balance well. More cinnamon and vanilla then past years/variants of Hunahpu. The cinnamon and heat really develop nicely as the beer warms. The barrel aging is incredibly well done, adding some nice sweetness and complexity without overpowering the other flavors. There is no alcohol "burn" which is an amazing testament to the craftsmanship considering the barrel aging and high ABV. I enjoy and appreciate the complexity and expertise that went into this beer and immensely enjoyed drinking the beer, but couldn't imagine having a second one due to how incredibly rich it is. Definitely will have to split my bottle with a few other people when I open it. Also, slight knock on the barrel aging, it's so well blended that I feel like neither barrel's unique flavors really come out. And while I think the resulting flavor of the blend is greater than either individual barrels would be (sum is greater than the parts), I kind of just wanted a little bit more...which might be an unrealistic expectation

M - Wonderfully thick and sticky. A viscous, full body that compliments the complex taste. Coats your mouth without being chewy. The low carbonation and thickness allows it to coat your mouth and savor the developing flavors. The chili and cinnamon leaves you with a pleasant warming sensation.

O - A nearly perfect beer. A must for any stout lover, any barrel aged lover, or anyone that likes "chili" beers. Only thing stopping this from being a perfect 5.0 is that "chili" beers are not my absolute favorite. I enjoy and appreciate the complexity and expertise that went into this beer and immensely enjoyed drinking the beer, but couldn't imagine having a second one due to how incredibly rich it is. This one beer was a meal unto itself, something I savored for an incredibly long time. Definitely will have to split my bottle with a few other people when I open it. Also, slight knock on the barrel aging, it's so well blended that I feel like neither barrel's unique flavors really come out. And while I think the resulting flavor of the blend is greater than either individual barrels would be (sum is greater than the parts), I kind of just wanted a little bit more...which might be an unrealistic expectation. I might enjoy other beers more, but I can't imagine there are being many other beers that are this well made or better show a brewer's true talent and understanding of the ingredients.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2014 20:51:31 | More by Bartos
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.