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

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 1,089
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 6.98%
Wants: 1,286
Gots: 188 | FT: 11
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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:
Beer added by: GatorLCA on 01-16-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 1,089
Photo of macher0
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I confidently declare this is the best beer I have ever had. This is the only beer I give 5/5, thus my favorite beer. Bottle to tulip.

A. Jet black, very thick, tan-fine bubble head that slowly retreats to a similar rim. A viscous tan film layers the glass when swirled. This stuff could lubricate a combustion engine. Silky.

S. Very pronounced vanilla upfront, then waves of notes including coffee, dark chocolate, and oak soaked with apple brandy and cognac.

T. The taste is mind-blowing. Extremely complex with the notes coming through in waves. This changes as it warms, but not necessary best at a certain temperature, so it is best enjoyed at a slow pace to reveal the different notes that become apparent through the process. Some of the waves that I got: coco, vanilla, spicy peppers, brandy-soaked oak, rum-soaked oak, tobacco, and spiced rum spices. Nothing is overpowering and everything melds to perfection.

M. Way too smooth for a beer that should be slowly enjoyed. Very full body, moderate to low carbonation. Silky and creamy.

O. As previously stated, this is the best beer I have ever had. This is a masterpiece. Barrel-aged stouts are my favorite and this takes the cake. Let's be honest, there are a ton of big-time BA stouts out there and this is at the top (IMO). CCB knows their stuff, extremely well crafted. (1,337 characters)

Photo of Bugs318
4.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

in contrast to regular version, same in appearance except less head. Nose wafts a bit more vanilla forward, some wood, less of the olive note. Taste is a bit sweeter with different vanilla altered by a touch more vanilla and cinnamon over chocolate. The spice comes back a bit stronger with hints of whiskey and wood. Feel seems a touch less bodied. Carbonation is a touch more present oddly, but creamy silkiness remains if a touch less. (444 characters)

Photo of jshusc
4.74/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wasn't expecting to ever try this one, but there it was. Really dark, almost black pour, with minimal head. May have lost a bit of carb, but not fatal to the beer. The beer smells incredible, with the apple brandy effects really complimenting the cinnamon and spice. Very complex taste, with everything on the bottle present and accounted for. Thick and viscous mouthfeel. Really a great beer. (393 characters)

Photo of KaeF
4.81/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Benzai, huge thanks to you, man! Smells like apples, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, alcohol, taste is great, like apple pie with molasses and brandy. Awesome beer! (175 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.65/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Holy shit. Pours very black. Looks great. Swirling it around the glass and it's clinging to the sides. Thick. Most notable flavor is cinnamon, bit of chili pepper skin, and maybe a hint of twang from the AB barrels. I wonder if I'm not getting one particular flavor because everything is so well balanced or not. The Rum and AB barrels just work awesomely with this base. Some warming alcohol presence in chest. Just outstanding. (429 characters)

Photo of boothbeer
4.72/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split two ways with vicjr85.
Pours as dark as used motor oil. But almost no bubbles or head with an extra aggressive pour.

Smells like Hershey's chocolate syrup and sweet boozy barrels.

Taste is amazing. Lots of chocolate. Hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Very sweet, but balanced well with the spicy pepper notes and booze from the barrels.
Smooth mouth feel with not a ton of carbonation.

Overall, excellent beer that I have been wanting to try for a long time. (467 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.94/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma his of fudge, chocolate, sweet barrel character, pepper skin, cinnamon

The beer is chewy, yet slick. Up front, a combination of sweet liqueur frm the barrels. It moves onto a theme of sweet fudge, vanilla and chocolate dessert, chocolate, ice cream, brownie. There's cinnamon with a touch of pepper skin and a kick of heat in the back. The finish is sweet, yet clean.

This beer certainly elevates the base beer by adding a dimension to the base beer's chocolate notes and cleaning up the beer on the finish with the barrels. (536 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting on this one for a long time, big thanks to Andy C.

No head but super black thick syrupy beer.

Nose brings sweet syrupy malts, heavy dark choc, cocoa and chocolate char, caramel fudge, vanilla barrel, plenty of vanilla barrel, light raisin dark fruit, brandy like fruity slight booze, touch of barrel coconut, and a little cinnamon note.

Taste is semi sweet, syrupy thick malts, charred cocoa, dark choc, nice coconut, toasty vanilla barrel and mild fruity brandy, little booze warmth, caramel toffee, sweety nutty, some dark fruits faint raisin, touch of pepper heat and cinnamon, chewy fudge, etc.

Mouth thick heavy, little syrupy, decent carb, faint booze warmth.

Awesome, very very good, just missing a bit more of the pepper and cinnamon, maybe a bit more barrel but nice barrel, booze hidden well, very tasty. (832 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for Andy for sharing this beer during a little cellar cleaning party. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip an oily black hue with just enormous legs.

S - Aromas of brandy, apples, rum, vanilla, light booze, chocolate. Really really nice.

T - Taste is just like the nose. Loads of rum, apple brandy, chocolate, malts, caramel, toffee apples, dark chocolate. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden perfectly.

O - Overall this beer was just delicious. Really glad Andy was able to bring this one.

Serving type: Bottle (584 characters)

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A supreme barrel-aged stout that blows away almost all others in this category. The intense chocolate followed by the cinnamon and spices in pure harmony with the rum and apple brandy barrels is a tasting experience I will never forget. Thick, smooth, legendary. (264 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.97/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Kevin for the bottle.

Pours a pitch black, motor oil color, revealing a slick viscosity after swirling, with a hazelnut brown, small head, which soon disappears.
Leaves back alcoholic spider legs, mingling into the darkness of the beer.


Smells of spiced, hot, chocolate, together with a wooden, slightly fruity burn. The scorched malts blend very smoothly into the hot qualities of the beer, both chilies and alcohol. Provides a rich bakers chocolate layer, enriching the unique spiciness, by ending up being a ebenbürtiger, smooth counterpart to them. Brandy exhibits a certain apple fruitiness, which gets picked up by faint lemony tequila, gently wrapped up by cinnamon and chocolate.

Has an outstandingly smooth mouthfeel, with a lower carbonation, giving the beer enough room to unfold its full, complex body.

Tastes of alcoholic truffels, with a fruity whiff, coated up by cinnamon and chilies. All flavors are very pronounced and well integrated into the overall taste, mainly defined by a decadent mexican chocolate foundation. The beer got a spicy chili bite to it, inviting an alcoholic, wooden flavor to the palate, while both flavors blend flawlessly into each other, providing a unique depth, backed up by ashy chocolate and cinnamon. No booziness hovers above the different, diverse flavors, due to chocolate malts, which are incredible well pronounced, building upa prominent backbone. Finishes with matured, slightly bitter hops, with all other flavors still being recognizable, especially the wooden, part floral, part fruity spirits, which provide a harsh, but pleasant dryness.

This beer is fantastic, its well balanced depth of flavor is far superior to the base beer, with both barrels enriching the flavor. Results in a never before experienced complexity in a spiced imperial stout, with cinnamon being even more present than in the regular version, accentuating the malty chocolate qualities of the beer perfectly. The double burn, due to chilies and spirits, acts as a long lasting, pleasant and well integrated peak, slowly evolving from the luscious chocolate. (2,110 characters)

Photo of Phillip380
4.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours thick like warmed car oil. With a boozy smell that that hints a syrup and rum. It's sweet, and the chocolate and Chilies are apparent. Better share this with a couple buddy's cause it BIG. (197 characters)

Photo of sunnrider
4.76/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out thick and very little head.
Smells incredible, rum, cinnamon and chocolate.
Tastes is complex, the heat comes on after the chocolate and alcohol flavors.
It may be a little less chilli than before, this bottle was aged for a year.
Overall I´m really glad to have tried this, and happy to say it does live up to the hype. (332 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.09/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Much thanks to whoever brought this out at the Philly-Pittsburgh share!

Thick oily pour, dark black, with a small collar of head that eventually receded; greasy legs on the glass. Aroma very muted, pretty much a roasty stout. As with regular Huna, this had a very weak flavor profile. Typical stouty dark malt roast, tobacco, vegetal green pepper and pickle, anise, some sweetness. Very little pepper burn, and practically no cinnamon. The barreling didn't really contribute much, though it did improve the body a bit, which I find very thin in regular Huna. This was quite viscous and full-bodied, which I've never experienced in any of this beer's variants.

Much like regular Hunahpu, I was not impressed by this beer. For all that goes into it, it just isn't executed well, and frankly just simply does not taste good. It was nice to try it, but I would never go out of my way to try it again. (899 characters)

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Popped this just after Assassin and I don't think this was as good. Boozy aroma, most of the flavors seemed to be faded, except a spicy finish from the peppers. I would have loved to try this one fresh. (202 characters)

Photo of Zaximus
4.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an example of ridiculously high expectations not quite fulfilled. This is a great beer. Really, really good. And if I had lower expectations going in, I probdbly would have rated it higher.

One of the most viscous beers I've ever had. Extremely, 10W40 like thick. In a good way. Complex. Boozy yet smooth in its delivery. Sweet but not cloying. Little spice in the end.

This is s greet beer but maybe not mind blowingly so. Though I'm definitely glad to have had the opportunity to down a bottle. (506 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Split three ways. Quick notes, because i'm trying to keep it casual chilling with my homies.

Appearance: Pitch black. Thin head. Duh.

Aroma: Green apple (not acetaldehyde) pop tart crust, a bit of bead and big chocolate.

Flavor: An intense miraculous blend of green apple, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla and chili pepper.

Mouthfeel: Rich and velvety with a touch of booze.

Overall: I came in my pants. (405 characters)

Photo of headbucket
4.89/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tastes like the devil's chocolate milk and I can't get enough of it. One of the most complex and unique beers I have had. Super smooth abv well hidden. Aftertaste of cranked up Hershey's syrup that lasts a long time. Nicely integrated barrel flavors. This is how it's done and I hope they make this again. I would buy as many as they would allow me. (349 characters)

Photo of JonathanC
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow (8oz pour)

Pours- A neat motor oil, coffee with dark lacing

Smelled interesting spices and apple, was very intense.

Taste- Impeccable, The apple literally binds to your palette after a rum, vanilla coffee ride. Amazingly smooth, spices with vanilla hit like an explosion and then it becomes an apple chocolate spice train.

Overall- The best beer I have tried, I beg Cigar City to re-brew this. (401 characters)

Photo of RocketCityVol
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the most complex beer I have drank at this point. The smell is of bourbon, chocolate, chilies and toffee. The taste is unbelievable. It tastes like chocolate brownies and bourbon, with a tingle of chilies on the back end. The flavors get even better as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and stays for a long time. Overall this beer is definitely worth the hype. (376 characters)

Photo of Graffy
3.64/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Most disappointing brew Ive ever had with all the hype surrounding this brew. Its a straight apple sugar cinnamon bomb. The sugar and sweetness over powers everything in this beer. (180 characters)

Photo of ARayLSU
4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very complex beer. Loads of chocolate and vanilla on the nose, chili on the finish with a mix of a slightly boozy rum and brandy notes. Each sip presents a different flavor profile. Truly awesome beer in every sense of the word. (228 characters)

Photo of timc100
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Very complicated beer regarding it's recipe, aging and blending. It's astounding how well it comes together.

Gorgeous beer - actually pours pitch black with oil-like consistency. Incredible aroma of sweet booze - brandy primarily. The rich chocolate comes through, very fudgy. Some rum coconut, and some vanilla sweetness. The cinnamon is prominent, very slight vegetal note from the peppers. Everything is in great balance. When it warms great barrel aromas come out - cigar box, tobacco, char, and more of the apple brandy.

Tastes vibrant and lush - very slick and full mouthfeel, though a little thinner than reg huna and zhukov. The flavors keep hitting - wave after wave, huge finish. Great brandy booziness and heat. All the aforementioned flavors from the aroma shine through on the palate with more vanilla.

It is over-the-top in it's intensity but so well balanced. This juice is from another planet. (925 characters)

Photo of Fieldzy27
5/5  rDev +5.7%

poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter

Appearance: Pours the darkest thing I have ever seen, this is darker than the abyss. The head lasted only a second and deflated quickly. The ring of foam is clay brown and is the most colorful head I have ever seen. World Class.

Aroma: Smells massively of dark fruit, dates and raisins, then comes vanilla and clove. Second wave is spice and chocolate wrapped fig. The wood makes a strong appearance as it warms some spice and molasses as well as more vanilla. I have never smelled a beer as complex and explosively aromatic as this. World Class again.

Taste: The flavors here are border line indescribable but ill try, dark fruit, candied raisin, clove, vanilla and milk chocolate, hints of cayenne and chili. More dark chocolate combined with dates and strong fig notes. After swallow gives a hint of candied apple and slightly tart fig with a spiced finish of chili. Another World Class.

Mouthfeel: Extremely viscous yet smooth and silky with light full carbonation. Slight tingle from the peppers.

Overall: If you know nothing about this beer educate yourself. It may be the best beer I have ever had to date. So much in fact that i'm not writing anymore and i'm going to continue drinking.

Big thanks for Aarondrinks for sharing! (1,283 characters)

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.91/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There is nothing that I can add that hasn't already been said about this exquisite brew. If I have a chance to get it this coming year, you best believe I will grab as much as I can. Phenomenal! (194 characters)

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