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

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680 Ratings
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Ratings: 680
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.78
pDev: 6.49%
Wants: 727
Gots: 146 | 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 -0.6%

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.

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

District of Columbia

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.

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

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +0.4%

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 -0.4%

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 -1.9%

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 -6.7%

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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maximum12

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +1.5%

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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cbgoods

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev -0.6%

08-22-2014 23:02:04 | More by cbgoods
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Sean32

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +4.6%

08-22-2014 00:45:31 | More by Sean32
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ottodyer

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-21-2014 21:46:17 | More by ottodyer
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deuce9259

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev -0.6%

08-21-2014 14:49:34 | More by deuce9259
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honkduh

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev -0.6%

08-21-2014 04:02:03 | More by honkduh
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rc51sport

Florida

5/5  rDev +4.6%

08-19-2014 22:46:24 | More by rc51sport
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carrionricardo

California

4.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-18-2014 18:09:30 | More by carrionricardo
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nathanmiller

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-18-2014 17:53:04 | More by nathanmiller
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Anubis010

Florida

5/5  rDev +4.6%

08-18-2014 08:15:20 | More by Anubis010
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RangerDanger1229


4.98/5  rDev +4.2%

08-18-2014 01:29:47 | More by RangerDanger1229
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HawkeyePA

Iowa

5/5  rDev +4.6%

08-16-2014 14:26:07 | More by HawkeyePA
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

5/5  rDev +4.6%

Bottle 1 of 2 from the 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.

08-16-2014 03:12:51 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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MWolverines66

New York

5/5  rDev +4.6%

08-15-2014 13:09:51 | More by MWolverines66
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Droppinloaves

Florida

5/5  rDev +4.6%

08-15-2014 01:16:39 | More by Droppinloaves
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JohnOConnor


5/5  rDev +4.6%

08-14-2014 06:34:06 | More by JohnOConnor
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sjrodriguez

California

5/5  rDev +4.6%

08-14-2014 05:35:47 | More by sjrodriguez
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Hopbully

Virginia

5/5  rDev +4.6%

08-14-2014 04:43:36 | More by Hopbully
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bellbw

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-13-2014 14:07:01 | More by bellbw
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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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