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

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700 Ratings
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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.79
pDev: 5.85%
Wants: 756
Gots: 150 | FT: 10
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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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

05-10-2014 12:33:06 | More by Jeffo
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +1.3%

God bless the El Cat Club: long live El Cat! The most anticipated bottle of the lot, since I am engaged in an illicit relationship with Huna the Regular (good thing I'm small). 750ML bottle that is just beautiful. Split with my wife. My suggestion that I get a bigger pour for all the work securing this gorgeous creature went over like a foul tip to the crotch. Did that last week. No fun. God bless nut protectors, while we're at it.

But I digress, as usual. The pour is black as the north country at night, with almost as much carbonation: only a hard pour brings flecks of head. Primary smell is Huna, with the barrel coming on as an afterthought: deep roasted malts, spices/cinnamon, chiles, only then does the wood come through & finally, the barrel. Not sure I could pick out the rum or apple brandy individually, but the booze is there. Purty.

Hunahpu's - Double Barrel should be made into a lip balm that I could lick off my lips all day. The Huna base certainly isn't hiding: the chiles have been lifting, & threaten to give me a natch of heartburn to bring to bed. Chocolate & vanilla bring more, non-chile warmth before the barrel arrives. The rum is evident as a distant additional sweetness, but the apple brandy comes on strong in the middle of the beer & dances with the chile heat on the ending. And already half gone. Already feeling the sad face. I'd give this a 6 for drinkability given the option.

This elicits the same response as the first time I tasted Hunahpu's: wow. I'm not sure the barrels can possibly add much to an already near-perfect brew, but damn, they do try. An elite, top-shelf beer - but really, if you can't procure one, get a regular Hunahpu's & pretend it's a double-barrel, because there ain't much fall off.

05-28-2014 02:26:39 | More by maximum12
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

08-03-2014 20:47:47 | More by pmarlowe
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +0.2%

Reviewed from notes from 7/24/14

A- Pours incredibly thick and viscous, midnight black, with a medium sized dark mocha head that slowly recedes leaving some lacing. Some nice alcohol legs appear when swirled.

S- The aromas don't explode from the glass, but when explored it is full of complex subtleties. Dry cocoa and bitter dark chocolate are followed by sweet vanilla. The chilies' sweetness and slight spiciness meshes amazingly well with the apple brandy. The spiced rum and cinnamon blend fantastically as well. Some fudgy chocolate and booze round it out.

T- The flavor follows the nose incredibly closely. Bitter chocolate, roast and smooth vanilla meets a counter-point of cinnamon and chilies. The rum and apple brandy barrels impart such wonderful complexities! As it warms the fudgy chocolate really comes out to counter-balance the chili heat. As in the nose the rum and cinnamon play off each other as do the chilies and apple brandy. This is extraordinarily complex and at the same time perfectly balanced!

M- Thick and viscous, drying, good carbonation, and only slightly boozy.

O- This beer just comes together so perfectly with flavors that compliment and play off each other so well! It's delicious, complex, and greater than the sum of it's parts!

08-02-2014 06:50:25 | More by SadMachine
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wethorseblanket

California

4.76/5  rDev -0.6%

Bottled shared by Jacob - thanks.

A: Pours an oily black with a 1/2" dark mocha head which fades slowly to the rim leaving spots of lace.

N: Dark cocoa, earthy, roast, rum and and a hint of sweet brandy.

T: Apple brandy and rum integrates very well, chilies and cocoa are also well balanced. The cinnamon is a little strong - minor issue and not a flaw.

N: Full body and light carbonation. Smooth , rich and luscious. Dark chocolate cake with peppery spice drizzled with rum and apple brandy icing.

O: Amazing. Just fantastic.

07-29-2014 01:37:07 | More by wethorseblanket
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WTKeene

Texas

4.69/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from a bottle into a Prairie Teku glass. Bottle courtesy of solo103, and shared with Abbbp, who teamed up with me to snag this whale.

Appearance: The beer pours a pitch black motor oil, with a tiny but persistent head the color of pennies. Not much in the way of lacing. I've never seen a darker head than this one, it's as copper as they come. Gorgeous.

Smell: Strong alcohol, but loads of apples and cinnamon, on top of chocolate and chiles. If there are hints of vanilla, they mix in with the cinnamon. Like an apple pie and then some, really.

Taste: Definitely a lot of alcohol again, which is fine because what lies beneath it is so amazing. Lots of cinnamon, the apple brandy is strong here too. Chiles contribute a vague heat but more of the actual chile flavor, which of course plays very nicely with all other components involved, such as the cacao nibs and the vanilla. The only knock I have against this is the booziness.

Mouthfeel: Motor oil. Thick and sticky. Seals my mouth shut. A perfect amount of carbonation on this, which is to say it's relatively low. Just enough to keep the beer nice and full-bodied.

Overall: Yeah, this lived up to the hype.

07-24-2014 00:58:30 | More by WTKeene
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.46/5  rDev -6.9%

Received in a trade (BB Flora was essentially what it cost me). Split with great company over an intense weekend of tastings

A- My god...the thickest of thick. Multiple people dropped their jaw at the sight of this one as it slipped into the glass. Motor oil. Glass may be permanently stained. Little to no head

S- Love the brandy and rum mix. Chocolate donuts and milk chocolate.

T- Rich, sweet, malty goodness. Cocoa. Faint spice layered in with the rum. The rum seems to be picked up more than the brandy. Still a little bit of the teryaki notes that I got from the base beer.

M- Creamy, chewy. Oh so rich. Hefty booze, but not distracting. Maybe the best feel of any barrel aged beer i have had

O- Very complex. Intensely sweet. The base is present, but certainly takes it up a number of notches. Let it warm up and enjoy

07-20-2014 21:20:25 | More by Bosoxfan20
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kgncfl

Ohio

5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-01-2014 02:38:14 | More by kgncfl
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-30-2014 14:30:03 | More by jrallen34
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WesMantooth

Ohio

5/5  rDev +4.4%

Wow! 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 perfectly.

08-29-2014 18:00:05 | More by WesMantooth
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dazedandconfused

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +4.4%

08-29-2014 15:51:42 | More by dazedandconfused
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smokeypeat

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-29-2014 15:43:31 | More by smokeypeat
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millertime416

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-29-2014 06:56:50 | More by millertime416
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Thirsty_Rob

California

4.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-29-2014 05:59:59 | More by Thirsty_Rob
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Riggsenater

Indiana

5/5  rDev +4.4%

08-28-2014 22:25:32 | More by Riggsenater
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moneynoobject

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-27-2014 02:07:07 | More by moneynoobject
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kirchy

New York

4.5/5  rDev -6.1%

08-27-2014 01:49:26 | More by kirchy
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basto

Florida

5/5  rDev +4.4%

08-26-2014 17:48:44 | More by basto
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-26-2014 00:10:57 | More by Morey
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Scalawags

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-25-2014 17:54:06 | More by Scalawags
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blue-dream

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-25-2014 10:45:10 | More by blue-dream
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Shaimless

Oregon

5/5  rDev +4.4%

08-25-2014 03:33:59 | More by Shaimless
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KevMo84

California

4.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-25-2014 01:30:33 | More by KevMo84
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zookerman182

Alabama

5/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

08-24-2014 17:34:23 | More by zookerman182
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cmgray03

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +4.4%

08-24-2014 04:57:56 | More by cmgray03
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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.