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

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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.77
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 932
Gots: 161 | FT: 12
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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4.8/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

cbutova, Feb 16, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jeffo
4.75/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whomever brought this one to the Moeder Lambic tasting a couple weeks ago. Fantastic beer.

From a 750 into a tasting glass.
Huna aged in Apple Brandy and Rum barrels then blended back together.

APPEARANCE: A thick, dense, black pour produces a nice, tight, dark mocha colored head after a wonderful cascading effect that looks stunning. Head retains really well and slowly fades to a good full cap. Jet black body and minimal carbonation evident. A fuller wisp and ring remain, showing some beautiful swirl patters after each sip, and leaves some falling dots of lace down the glass. Looks wonderful, just as the regular version does.

SMELL: Chilies, cinnamon and cocoa nibs on the nose, with some nice brandy, oak, vanilla, raisins and rum as well. Light roasted and chocolate aromas as well. Very nice and plenty bold enough. Great.

TASTE: Very flavorful and well balanced all around. Brandy, vanilla and coconut up front, with roasted flavors, some bitter chocolate, chilies and cinnamon at the swallow. Big, bold and lingering finish of brandy, oak, chilies and cinnamon, raisins, some rum, as well as some bitter dark chocolate and roasted notes. Not boozy at all. Very tasty and extremely well balanced. Lovely.

PALATE: Medium-full body, oily, with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a slightly oily and mouth-coating finish. Fantastic feel for the style, and just as menacing as the base beer.

OVERALL: This was excellent. Lots of base beer and wonderfully balanced adjuncts under a blend of complimenting and delicious brandy and rum barrels. The execution of this barrel aging project is great and the base beer is world class anyways. Loved this one and would be very happy to drink some more at some point. Thanks again guys! This was great.

Jeffo, May 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 release. Tulip glass.

A: Pours viscous, jet black, with a fine dark brown, espresso-like ring of head. Minimal lacing but the collar is very persistent.

S: A very light aroma which doesn't open up much until hitting near room temp. Some cinnamon and dark roast coffee, tobacco, dark fruit, and a touch of oak/vanilla. The apple spirits and spiced rum character show up as it warms, but overall the barrel aspect is minimal.

T: Huge dark cocoa, almost fudge brownie-like, dark coffee and malt, a touch of vanilla carries through most of the sip and adds nice support, lots of delicious cinnamon, a touch of spiced rum sweetness and apple, and a touch of chile on the long finish. Mild sweetness.

M: Thick, creamy hot chocolate-like body, and light carbonation.

O: Tasty, smooths out the corners of regular Huna, and improves what is already a superb beer. Laudable complexity. But overall, I'm having a hard time reaching the conclusion that it's an exceedingly impressive beer (much less that it's worth what it trades for). You've really got to search to find the barrel treatment; I think a little heavier hand would have made an excellent beer phenomenal.

pmarlowe, Aug 03, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black, black, black & oily as fuck, topped with a velvety, fine mocha cream that lasts exceedingly long for a stout.

This beer is a bowl Cinnamon Toast Crunch & Teddy Grahams covered in vanilla drizzle, fudge, & sweet Apple Brandy sauce. Chocolate, roast, sweet brandy, vanilla, cinnamon, mild coffee, graham cracker.... Only thing I don’t get is the chili peppers, I’m guessing the barrels have swallowed them whole. I don’t mind, though, because they might interfere with the decadence of this brew.

Thick, chewy, creamy; this is a very big beer on the palate. A dessert beer to the max, fantastic all around.

tectactoe, Feb 25, 2014
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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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