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

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 1,086
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 1.9%
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Gots: 188 | FT: 11
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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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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 TWStandley
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Truly lucky to try this guy.

Poured into my Sam Adams taster.

Appeared a jet black color with a light brown half finger head. Dark.

Smelled delicious - chocolate, cinnamon, slight heat, roasted malts, dark fruits. Very complex.

Taste is absolutely insane. So much going on here. Cinnamon definetely present, followed by chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, apple-pie. Unreal. Peppers not easily detected.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.

Overall this was absolutely delicious. Very complex. Awesome. Perhaps my favorite stout to date. Brilliant. (554 characters)

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

Poured from a 750 ml into tulip glass.

A- motor oil black with a brown head that dissipates quickly into an outside lace.

S- the first thing that hits is the apple brandy. Its sweet and sticky smelling. Then the rum sits in behind it. There's a ton of cinnamon and pepper in the nose as well. Ot smells spicy sweet and chocolately.

T- the cinnamon hits first. Heavy with a hint of chocolate. Then the barrels taste like they are swirling in my mouth. Then the peppers. They are hot but with a sweet smoothness from the other ingredients. The peppers sit in the back of your mouth and keep it hot.

M- thick and chewy. I feel like i'm chewing on a stout candy bar. Its so silky and feels amazing in my mouth.

O- am amazing beer. So many complex flavors and smells. I wish this glass would never stop filling up. Can't wait to age one of these and see how it changes. (873 characters)

Photo of jegross2
5/5  rDev +5.7%
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 (1,852 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 zookerman182
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance is motor oil black with no head.
Aroma is so complex. Cinnamon apples, vanilla, chocolate.
Flavor is mind blowing. Rum soaked brownies, iced cinnamon rolls, chocolate and coffee are there, the apple brandy really comes through as it warms. The whole beer changes with every degree. I've never had anything so complex.
Mouthfeel is chewy and thick.
Overall this is the best beer I've ever had and its absurd how much complexity is packed into this stuff. (465 characters)

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

What a great beer! Feel really lucky to have had this one. Appearance is just like reg huna with maybe a little red hue in the light. Smell is apple brandy all the way with a little cinnamon. Taste is amazing...reg huna with Apple brandy mellowed out by the rum (which adds a great sweetness) and close out with a pepper burn. Feel is great, thick but not overwhelming. DBH is just spectacular! Was worried about the rum barrel but it really compliments the beer and makes this the best beer I have ever had! (508 characters)

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

Holy shit! I should just leave it at that.

Poured into a 5 oz. glass, so not much foaming/head, but it is a solid jet black. Pretty viscous, with a khaki colored rim.

Smells of chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, rum, a little spice, and sweet fruit.

Tastes like everything listed on the label. Amazing. The cinnamon really comes through, but is balanced perfectly with a little heat from the chili peppers. I usually dont care for spiced beers, but this one works well. Very subtle. The brandy and rum are both distinguishable. Also a brownie like chocolate toned down a bit by vanilla. Nice creamy texture. Leaves a wonderful aftertaste.

I am giving it a perfect score based on the combining of so many ingredients that balance and compliment each other so perfectly. (773 characters)

Photo of Gameover170
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Glad I got to try this beast of a beer. Part of a package of beers I received for my '14 BVDL from Joromiller, thanks man!

Appearance: Dark with a tan mocha head. Can tell by the appearance how dense the beer is going to be.

Smell: If I could make this smell into an air freshener, I would hang that shit everywhere. Cinnamon hits the nose first, followed by chocolate, spiced rum, roast, oak, vanilla, all of the smells blend together so well, getting you ready for what's inevitably going to be a fantastic beer.

Taste: Wow, I mean I knew this was going to be good, but wow. Had this side-by-side with a '14 BVDL and, while they are two completely different flavored stouts, this one was every bit as big of a beast as the DL. Same as the nose, cinnamon dominates but doesn't overpower. Chilis and chocolate blend together so well, with oak and vanilla in there. So many flavors stand out, yet blend together so perfectly. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: A perfect consistency, not thin at all, chewy but totally drinkable. Could easily finish this 750 by myself.

Overall: World class, about as perfect of a BA stout as you can come by. Glad I was able to try it. (1,165 characters)

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

Bottle served and shared at Beer Bank Torreón. Served in a Mikkeller snifter. Pours pitch black, motor oil syrup. Little carbonation probably due to the high ABV. Aroma of apple brandy, fudge, cinnamon, chocolate. Not a whole lot of the rum. The apple is very present and brings a whole new level to the aroma. Taste is beyond anything out there. Its like chocolate dipped in apple brandy and a hint of rum, then cinnamon, then marshmellows. Its amazingly compex. I dont get a whole lot of the peppers flavor. More vanilla and apple brandy. Mouthfeel is smooth, boozy, delicious. I have had over 300 IS beers and this is my first review. Its worth all the hype, and beyond. Get yourself some. (693 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 GameFreac
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Ben from Angry Chair for this one.

Appearance: Pours a midnight black - darkest beer I've ever seen - just like Zhukov and regular Huna.

Smell: Smells amazing. The most dominant flavor is the cinnamon, followed by the peppers, then vanilla, then the rest. Chocolate, malts, cacao, dark fruits, no hops, no bitterness, very sweet. The barrel character comes through in the nose through the sweetness.

Taste - The taste is absolutely fantastic. Follows the nose with more of the rum barrel and the apple brandy barrel coming through more in the flavor. Just enough pepper flavor (not overpowering) and no heat or alcohol burn/flavor whatsoever. No aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick viscous mouthfeel.

Overall: One of the best beers I've ever had, bar none. (769 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 PsilohsaiBiN
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Bottle 1 of 2 from El Catador Club.

Appearance: Pours black, as expected with a quarter finger of prominently light brown head that collars quickly. You can tell this is Huna by how sluggishly it glugs into the glass. I think regular Huna/Zhukov might very well be the thickest beers I’ve ever drank, and this is certainly no exception.

Smell: Cocoa, cinnamon, coconut, vanilla, faint rum, apple brandy, dark fruit and let’s not forget a spicy pepper/heat element from the chiles. No bullshit, it’s all there. Honestly, this smells as advertised and radiates a formidable stench like that of no other beer prior.

Taste: There is so much going on here, describing this will certainly be no easy task. As it begins, cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla dance with each other leading into a subtle coconut that acts as a brief intermission before your palate is, get ready…PUNCHED IN THE FACE with apple brandy! Wow!! It’s impossible to miss! As the brandy subsides, spicy rum creeps in and is complemented perfectly by the subtle heat of the chiles. A unique adventure of a beer, if there ever was one.

Mouthfeel: Regular Huna gives BCBS a run for its money in the viscosity department and may even surpass it. However, I feel that the double barrel treatment may have unfathomably thinned this beer out a bit somehow, but it doesn't detract from anything...just makes it more drinkable, while still being plenty viscous. It’s just creamy and perfectly thick all at the same time

Overall: I’m not one to give 5s out, but if a brewery takes an epic beer that is already fairly complex and significantly improves upon it, I have no choice. This beer kicks ass, and is amazingly unique…I don’t like many rum beers, but it plays off the chiles perfectly to make it the best (at least partially) rum barrel aged beer I’ve ever had, and also one of the best beers ever. Don’t spend $200 on Rare…get this. (1,916 characters)

Photo of JefferyLaGrow
5/5  rDev +5.7%

A: Motor oil. Thick and black. I dipped my finger in my second glass and it coated it and almost appeared to stain it. It was viscous.

S: Brandy, spice, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel.

T: Wow. All of the chocolate, and brandy, with an after taste lingering into the cinnamon and rum, then the vanilla, and finished with the heat from the peppers. Ridiculously balanced, and the flavors excited every part of my palate. Very sweet, and dessert like.

M: Thick, and silky. Soft, and very little carbonation after the dark brown head settled in my glass.

O: To date, the is the best beer I have ever tried... (625 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 Tone2467
5/5  rDev +5.7%
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 (1,776 characters)

Photo of uncccegr
4.99/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of deschutes_fan
4.99/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle, shared with a Friend.

- Pours motor oil thick black with thin layer of ominous dark brown foam.

- Smell is a wonderful and complex mix of aromas, consisting of roasty chocolate, sweet rum, spicy peppers.

- Taste is ridiculous, bursting with flavors of rich fudge, sweet vanilla, cinnamon and other spices. The finish features heat from the peppers and some rum/brandy barrel character. Neither of the barrel components are over the top, but they are well integrated and complementary of the other flavors. I really love how the pepper heat and brandy barrel finish round out and balance the sweet vanilla fudge.

- Body is thick and coats the mouth elegantly to distribute the flavors, a perfect mouhtfeel.

- Overall the best stout I've had, period. I smiled or shook my head after every gulp. Lives up to the hype, can't imagine me being able to obtain another bottle at its current value, though.
BA Biscotti break had been my favorite stout before I tasted this beer, but DBH just brings a whole new layer of complexity. (1,041 characters)

Photo of closisinthehouse
4.99/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Kevin for sharing this beer!

From 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Typical regular Hunahpu look to it. Thick and dark (Motor oil look). Head retention is strong. Sticky lacing.
You get the same smell of a regular Hunahpu, but with the additions of Rum and Brandy. Great vanilla, chocolate and oak presence. Just WOW!
The taste of it is just incredible. I'm completely blown away. Having had the base beer numerous times and having had the opportunity to try Cali Hunahpu, and been blown away by both, I never anticipated DB Hunahpu to be so much better. Chocolate, rum, dark fruits, brandy, apple and a hint of vanilla. A tiny chile burn right at the end. The balance between the Brandy and Rum barrels worked to perfection.
Mouthfeel was on the sweet side. Great carbonation, thick and chewy feel to it.
I had been told that Cali Hunahpu was mind blowing, but after having both Cali and DB Hunahpu, I personally think that DB Hunahpu is far superior.
I wish I had an unlimited supply of DB Hunahpu. (1,010 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 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 Bartos
4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (3,507 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 BMMillsy
4.94/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,291 characters)

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.