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

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Ratings: 738
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.78
pDev: 7.11%
Wants: 812
Gots: 159 | FT: 11
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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Photo of Jeffo
4.75/5  rDev -0.6%

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
Photo of pmarlowe
4.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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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4.75/5  rDev -0.6%

Brian29, Monday at 04:21 AM
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1/5  rDev -79.1%

mightymes, Sunday at 10:41 PM
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5/5  rDev +4.6%

Kurmaraja, Sunday at 05:01 PM
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4.75/5  rDev -0.6%

Jkinghill123, Sunday at 03:08 PM
Photo of JefferyLaGrow
5/5  rDev +4.6%

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...

JefferyLaGrow, Sunday at 03:03 PM
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5/5  rDev +4.6%

jman005, Sunday at 01:29 AM
Photo of TWStandley
4.84/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

TWStandley, Sunday at 01:20 AM
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5/5  rDev +4.6%

KevBot89, Saturday at 10:15 PM
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2/5  rDev -58.2%

Enea, Saturday at 03:48 AM
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4/5  rDev -16.3%

2014, enjoyed in a tulip.

A: Thick pour, very viscous out of the bottle. Not a ton of effervescence. The pour finishes with a slight head lacing around the glass. Color is jet black, head more a muddy sand.

S: Common aromas release ground cocoa, oak, fig, apple, and crushed cinnamon.

T: Overwhelmingly Apple Brady forward. The Rum aging doesn't help as it adds a generous amount of sweetness to the brew. Thought almost all the wonderful flavors of a traditional Hunaphu were absent.

M: Sparingly carbonated with a familiar Huna body.

O: Thought this one was overly sweet. The Apple Brady completely dominated in our tasting.

kylelenk, Friday at 07:40 PM
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5/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.6/5  rDev -3.8%

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