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

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 1,131
Avg: 4.71
pDev: 27.6%
Wants: 1,316
Gots: 186 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.7/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jet black color with chocolate brown foam head that didn't last very long. Aroma of bourbon, rum, chocolate icing, vanilla. Flavor follows similarly with the right amount of booze. It's not too sweet, the spice is more mild as expected from the base. Very complex. Incredibly smooth. Worth the wait and the hype.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.69/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

like no other. the base hunahpu is elite level stuff, truly dynamite, but this double barrel edition is a total game changer, bringing it from magnificent to one of the best beers to ever grace my palate. its everything the base beer is, but the texture, oh god the texture. its like beer jelly, spreadable, but so smooth for how thick it is, coating the palate but not rotting the teeth or guts, it just glides down, really heavenly in feel, unrivaled really, perfect, for real. the taste too is ramped up in this one. its got a hint of calvados in the nose, with that sweet apple fruity cider thing, which is a perfect pair for the dark grain. the rum aspect is a little less obvious, but there is a sweet vanilla spice there which amplifies both the vanilla and the chili peppers. its a genius dual fusion process at work, and it gives further credence to the idea that bourbon barrels are not the ultimate evolution of wood ageing beer. the oak mellows the alcohol that was never even hot in the first place to the level of dangerously easy. it drinks like a cognac though, aromatic and improving always as it warms. again the mouthfeel of this is as good as any beer ive ever sipped. its truly worth the hype, an unforgettable beer and the best i could imagine.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.84/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! This pours out jet black with a beautiful oily look. The smell is a ton of Apple cinnamon on the nose. The taste has plenty of cinnamon and barrel age spice and sweetness. The mouthfeel is thick, it lingers perfectly and hangs with insane amounts of flavor. Overall it's sweet and spicy but incredibly balanced. Love this beer! Get it and drink it!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.59/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.09/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
4.6/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.85/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Rustico in Arlington. I very excite! The beer appears pitch black with a thin, oily beige cap. The aroma brings a grandiose helping of cinnamon, roast, brandy. What a flavor! Ample cinnamon at first followed by a perfect compliment of chilis. Silly smooth brandy notes with a delicate sweetness from the rum barrels. A lovely concoction. Wonderfully smooth on the palate. World class.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.41/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.51/5  rDev -4.2%
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!

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Photo of Duff27
4.59/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.49/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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Photo of sweemzander
4.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours pitch black with minimal tan/brown froth.

(S)- Obvious cinnamon meets loads of rich raisin, cocoa, and molasses. Very dessert-like with a decadent barrel character in the background.

(T)- One of the most interesting stout combos I have ever come across: Cinnamon meets apple brandy barrel. Subtle tobacco and cocoa with the slightest hint of the chili pepper. The mexican chocolate meets rum and apple brandy. Sexy as hell. Rich as hell.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level meets a very complex and dynamic beer. The apple brandy and rum combo is the icing on the cake with this. The base beer is already fantastic, but the added complexity and depth the duo of barrels adds is top notch. Super rich and decadent, but its so good, you keep going in for another sip.

(O)- A masterfully crafted barrel aged imperial stout. Complex, well integrated, and thankfully, not too overly rich or boozy.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.65/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black, black, black & oily as fuck, topped with a velvety, fine mocha cream that lasts exceedingly long for a stout.

This beer is a bowl Cinnamon Toast Crunch & Teddy Grahams covered in vanilla drizzle, fudge, & sweet Apple Brandy sauce. Chocolate, roast, sweet brandy, vanilla, cinnamon, mild coffee, graham cracker.... Only thing I don’t get is the chili peppers, I’m guessing the barrels have swallowed them whole. I don’t mind, though, because they might interfere with the decadence of this brew.

Thick, chewy, creamy; this is a very big beer on the palate. A dessert beer to the max, fantastic all around.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.28/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pour is jet black with a dark mahogany and bubbly head. Nose is super green at first, burns off after opening up a little, some olive, sugary sweetness, hints of peppery spice, some notes of sweet rum, some dark berry sweetness. Flavor is so sweet, some chalky chocolate, sweet rum, sugar every where, faint peppery spice in back. Full bodied, nicely carbonated but a touch oily.

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Photo of dar482
4.94/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.7/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | 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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best BA spiced stout. This is 1a or 1b with BA Abraxas. Take normal huna, make it ridiculously smooth and balance everything out, and you have this perfect beer.

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Photo of maximum12
4.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks a bunch Sonny. Happy to have this one pretty close to the Apple Brandy version, only a few weeks apart.

A- In CCB fashion, an insanely pitch black and motor oil thick beer fills up the pint glasses for our tasting group. A small light mocha tan head to about a finger but falls fairly quickly, not surprising considering double barrels. Small ring leaves some legs but they don't quite translate to lacing.

S- Reminds me quite a bit of the CA Brandy one but definitely some noticeable differences right away. The huge dark dried fruits are still quite prevalent from the Brandy barrel. Some Rum spice and obviously the huge base stout still rules all. Cinnamon, cocoa, roast grains, oak barrel and truffle dessert bomb.

T- Things really get quite wild here. The base, and the two barrels seem to find a crazy balance and complexity ensues. Rum comes to mind with a certain spiciness and nice oak. Super roast and decadent base beer with dark cocoa powder, milk chocolate, cinnamon and tons of burnt grains. The Brandy fruit bomb balances this all out and this really feels like biting into a super rich truffle. Last but not least is the chili peppers, they grow with time and add some spicy warmth and pepper flavor.

MF- Stupidly thick bodied with low to medium carbonation. Really fills up the palate and is super chewy. A nice warmth from both the chilis and alcohol lingers with roast bitterness and dark fruits forever.

Hot damn, I thought the CA Brandy version was great. This one seems to have more chili pepper, cinnamon and base roast with the added spicy rum. It all blends together amazingly and CCB should be proud of this brew, and good luck reproducing it.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.85/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black like oil with tan head. Cinnamon, chocolate, roast, oak, vanilla, and rum on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some brandy raisin flavors. Extemely complex, delicious.

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