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

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 1,091
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 6.98%
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Gots: 189 | FT: 12
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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 Rifugium
3.09/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Much thanks to whoever brought this out at the Philly-Pittsburgh share!

Thick oily pour, dark black, with a small collar of head that eventually receded; greasy legs on the glass. Aroma very muted, pretty much a roasty stout. As with regular Huna, this had a very weak flavor profile. Typical stouty dark malt roast, tobacco, vegetal green pepper and pickle, anise, some sweetness. Very little pepper burn, and practically no cinnamon. The barreling didn't really contribute much, though it did improve the body a bit, which I find very thin in regular Huna. This was quite viscous and full-bodied, which I've never experienced in any of this beer's variants.

Much like regular Hunahpu, I was not impressed by this beer. For all that goes into it, it just isn't executed well, and frankly just simply does not taste good. It was nice to try it, but I would never go out of my way to try it again. (899 characters)

Photo of inkdemention
3.47/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Alrighty . Here we go ! I first would like to thank the lovely Ba who was drunk off hunahpu while packing my box ! Cause he packed a double barrel instead of a regular ! Honest mistake , right ? Drinking and packing multiple boxes don't mix !!

A: the pour was sexy, silky , and a tad oily looking. Viscous ! Minimal head and lacing. Totally barrel appearance .

S: this very apple brandy forward. Kinda sweet smelling almost . Mild rum notes on the nose. Takes a minute to find. I'm getting raspberries and apples. Not the most inviting smell IMO . The vegatal chilies and spices are subtle. I detect those more than the rum notes.

T: lots of raspberry and apple going on and a cacao and spice finish. The chocolate is nice . Very Mayan-ish in taste if you will. I kinda like how dirty the chocolate tastes . The apple raspberry thing going on I find rather gross though. The chocolate is all the taste has working for it. I think I feel a tickle from chilies but I can't tell with the other cloying flavors from the barrel notes.

M: not as chewy as I expected , but decent body. Fair carbonation. The chocolate adds a graininess to it.

O: its not a bad beer but I believe its wayyy over hyped. It's no Life is Like ;) (1,222 characters)

Photo of Graffy
3.64/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Most disappointing brew Ive ever had with all the hype surrounding this brew. Its a straight apple sugar cinnamon bomb. The sugar and sweetness over powers everything in this beer. (180 characters)

Photo of kylelenk
4/5  rDev -15.4%

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. (637 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the members of El Catador Club for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, cookie dough, spice, rum, apple brandy, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, chile, and apple brandy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but the aromas on this one are much better in my opinion. (722 characters)

Photo of Bugs318
4.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

in contrast to regular version, same in appearance except less head. Nose wafts a bit more vanilla forward, some wood, less of the olive note. Taste is a bit sweeter with different vanilla altered by a touch more vanilla and cinnamon over chocolate. The spice comes back a bit stronger with hints of whiskey and wood. Feel seems a touch less bodied. Carbonation is a touch more present oddly, but creamy silkiness remains if a touch less. (444 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Stains the glass. Mocha head. Thick collar,

Smell - Brandy fruitiness. Graham cracker and cinnamon. Some coconut. Chocolate. Vanilla. Some rum, but it's not that prevalent.

Taste - More rum here. Brandy sweetness. Chocolate, graham cracker. The coconut comes through also. Much more peppery. Lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very heavy. Pretty sweet, too. Medium low carbonation and very boozy.

Overall - This is outstanding. The sweetness and booze are the only aspects I don't love. (554 characters)

Photo of GrapesofWrath
4.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a menacing oily black with rose highlights and a thick dark brown head. Tons of lacing and alcohol legs.

Smell is chocolate and caramel intertwined with holiday spiced apples. Really something to experience.

Taste is a melange of cocoa, vanilla, apples, oak, and a sweet toffee note that keeps the chilis from biting.

Mouthfeel is very thick and the carbonation is on the lower side.

By far the best Hunahpu's variant and something really special.

After having this a few times now:

The flavors are bit muddied and the bottle variation is quite drastic. It's far too young to blame cellar conditions. 1 bottle was near perfect and the other 2 and draft pours were great, but not outstanding. Still totally worth seeking out. (736 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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 (831 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.44/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good stuff. That type of beer that does not taste like a beer anymore.

Pours a black beer. No foam. Smells like coffee, vanilla. Taste is like old fortified wine, very complex. The scent of the barrels is present. A bit heady, yet goes down smooth. It will get your head spinning quick. (294 characters)

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.49/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Side by side w regular huna. This one doesn't looked as great. Not muh lacing or carbonation present. Smell is different, too. Mostly picking up a sweetness from the barrels. Taste is dominanted with chocolate fudge. I get some spice at the end, with a mix of cinnamon. The apple Brady barrel is what I'm tasting the most, with the other flavors backing a backseat and lingering up on me after. Starting to see the same aftertaste in the base and this, with this one being slightly more sweet. I miss the carbonation in this, but i do like the apple brandy barrels. (565 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.49/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle consumed yesterday. Thanks Tommy!

Pitch black pour, nice creamy head. Smell of coffee...chocolate..and a good amount of apple brandy. The taste has so much going on. The heat from the regular huna is no longer present as the apple brandy has taken over....you get a good flavor of that but not as much as the AB Mexican cake. There is still a good amount of cinnamon and coffee and chocolate flavor here too. Rum barrel is not very present in the taste. Super thick body, awesome! Perfect carbonation.

Overall better than regular huna imo. Will age decent, though id still say drink this fresh. Great. (616 characters)

Photo of StandupandStout
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

This was a damn good stout! Pours a dark body with a short dark golden head. Possesses an aroma that of a chocolate covered berry that stings the nostrils ever so lightly. The flavor though...well, sends a fusion of chocolate, mild spice, and slight vanilla. Very sweet chocolate overall. Highly recommended for any lover of chocolate stouts. Cheers! (350 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,171 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.51/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery.
Solid inky black color with a creamy dark mocha head that slowly dissipates to wisps on top. My God that aroma is heavenly! Rich chocolate caramel and molasses with a spiced rum cake kind of feel to it. Moderate amount of cinnamon, light wood and vinous fruity notes. The flavor is rich chocolate spiced cake with hints of rum and molasses. The alcohol shows a bit of warming but is never harsh. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a slick syrupy sticky mouthfeel. Damn that is a great beer! Even the non beer geeks I shared this with enjoyed it. Wish I had more! (623 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark chocolate brown beer with a milk chocolate color head on the slides

S - Cinnamon, peppers, sweet apple brandy and a slight rum presence.

T - Dark chocolate, cinnamon and spice from the peppers. Sweeter than regular huna due to the apple brandy and rum presence to it. You get about everything you would expect from this one.

MF - Thick, creamy beer that allow this one to be nice and smooth

O - Great Huna stout that is about as good as you would expect. The barrels add a nice sweetness to an already good base beer (535 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for Andy for sharing this beer during a little cellar cleaning party. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip an oily black hue with just enormous legs.

S - Aromas of brandy, apples, rum, vanilla, light booze, chocolate. Really really nice.

T - Taste is just like the nose. Loads of rum, apple brandy, chocolate, malts, caramel, toffee apples, dark chocolate. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden perfectly.

O - Overall this beer was just delicious. Really glad Andy was able to bring this one.

Serving type: Bottle (584 characters)

Photo of Zaximus
4.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an example of ridiculously high expectations not quite fulfilled. This is a great beer. Really, really good. And if I had lower expectations going in, I probdbly would have rated it higher.

One of the most viscous beers I've ever had. Extremely, 10W40 like thick. In a good way. Complex. Boozy yet smooth in its delivery. Sweet but not cloying. Little spice in the end.

This is s greet beer but maybe not mind blowingly so. Though I'm definitely glad to have had the opportunity to down a bottle. (506 characters)

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.56/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into a snifter, shared with @entaie ... Thanks Tim for helping me land this one!

A - Jet black, opaque. minimal head

S - Booze. Strong barrel presence, but minimal rum. Light cinnamon and chiles.

T - Apple brandy is stong here, rum has faded quickly... chilis come on stong at the back end

M - Can't complain... nice and sticky

O - This was a fantastic beer... Glad I shared it with a buddy as this would be hard to finish by myself... Is it worth the hype? Eh, maybe... but I'm very happy to have tried it. (526 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting on this one for a long time, big thanks to Andy C.

No head but super black thick syrupy beer.

Nose brings sweet syrupy malts, heavy dark choc, cocoa and chocolate char, caramel fudge, vanilla barrel, plenty of vanilla barrel, light raisin dark fruit, brandy like fruity slight booze, touch of barrel coconut, and a little cinnamon note.

Taste is semi sweet, syrupy thick malts, charred cocoa, dark choc, nice coconut, toasty vanilla barrel and mild fruity brandy, little booze warmth, caramel toffee, sweety nutty, some dark fruits faint raisin, touch of pepper heat and cinnamon, chewy fudge, etc.

Mouth thick heavy, little syrupy, decent carb, faint booze warmth.

Awesome, very very good, just missing a bit more of the pepper and cinnamon, maybe a bit more barrel but nice barrel, booze hidden well, very tasty. (832 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mocha collar, no head really. Body is dark brown borderline black. Small speckles of lacing after each sip.

Chocolate booze. Apple brandy is most prominent.

Rum and apple brandy notes are blended perfectly. Cinnamon lends almost a cherry flavor as well.

For some reason I would have thought this would have been a touch thicker but even still, no complaints. Low carbonation.

Decandent to say the least. Thanks for going on in on a trade for this egrace84 and fdkayti. (477 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle purchased through the Catador Club, poured into a tulip. About a 5oz pour.

A- Pours a thick opaque black color with a thick dark mocha brown head that has decent retention and leaves spotty lacing. Appears fairly similar to Hunahpu.

S- Chocolate fudge, milk chocolate, coffee, a bit of vanilla beans, rum, brandy, oak. Very complex, not quite as aromatic as I was hoping this to be but aroma wise was still fantastic.

T- Huge chocolate fudge notes, creamy milk chocolate, coffee, smooth vanilla beans (although slightly less then regular Hunah), subtle peppers that fit nicely, rum, brandy, oak. Incredibly flavorful, very complex with nice integration of flavors. With everything going on in this it melds very well.

M- Very creamy, extremely smooth, very light alcohol presence, extremely drinkable.

O- This was an absolutely fantastic beer that has a lot going on but melds everything extremely well creating a very flavorful yet very complex beer. The barrels balanced perfectly while still letting the base beer show through very nicely, something I think Cali Brandy didn't manage to do quite as well. This is one of the best barrel-aged stouts I've had and I wish I had more bottles. (1,208 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

thanks to TATURBO & egrace84 for sharing this beer with me!

poured into TG snifter.

Appearance: The color of the beer is as black as black can be with 1 full finger of dark brown head that drops down to a ring around the glass. heavy booze legs and heavy glass staining is noted.

Smell: lots of cinnamon and chocolate cake. sweet and rich rum. smells slightly boozy. dark fruit and tobacco. hint of the peppers too. complex nose! it smells great!

Taste: first thing that I taste is cinnamon rolls with a rum icing and a flourless chocolate cake very chocolately. brown sugar and tobacco notes. this beer is really sweet and rich; that umami is really prominent. earthy peppers adding a nice level of heat that melds with the slight boozy kick perfectly! hint of marshmellow fluff as well. this beer has a deep complexity and layered flavors that is very decadent. the rum and apple brandy are both present in just the right proportions so that the adjunts are tasted and nothing is missed from the barrels either.

Mouthfeel: full bodied with low carbonation. motor oil that coats your palate. rich and fairly smooth with appropriate booziness.

Overall: You can taste all the adjunts and both the barrels. this is a top tier stout from florida. its my first barrel aged huna and its was fantastic. all that said...I am not a huge fan of cinnamon, but its pretty solid in this beer. (1,387 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with us tonight. Happy birthday buddy!!

A - Pours jet black with a small film of tan head, quickly dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace at all on the glass. Pretty much dead flat almost instantly.

S - Smells of milk chocolate, chili spices, vanilla beans, cinnamon, oak, spicy rum and fruity brandy warmth. Everything that should be present is there and shining brightly.

T - Starts off with a mix of cinnamon and chili spices quickly being joined by the milk chocolate, vanilla and toffee sweetness. The spicy rum and fruity brandy match perfectly with the base flavors. Finish is spicy sweet with some mild booze burn, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate to low carbonation. Slick, spicy feel with a bit of heat at the end of each sip. Just needs more carbonation and it would be amazing.

O - This is a pretty incredible beer. The two barrels blend very well together and complement the base flavors amazingly well. I would still take the Apple Brandy version over this one but it is closer than any of the other variants I have had to date. (1,133 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.65/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Holy shit. Pours very black. Looks great. Swirling it around the glass and it's clinging to the sides. Thick. Most notable flavor is cinnamon, bit of chili pepper skin, and maybe a hint of twang from the AB barrels. I wonder if I'm not getting one particular flavor because everything is so well balanced or not. The Rum and AB barrels just work awesomely with this base. Some warming alcohol presence in chest. Just outstanding. (429 characters)

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