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

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 1,100
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 6.99%
Wants: 1,303
Gots: 185 | FT: 13
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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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Reviews: 91 | Hads: 1,100
Photo of ARayLSU
4.95/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very complex beer. Loads of chocolate and vanilla on the nose, chili on the finish with a mix of a slightly boozy rum and brandy notes. Each sip presents a different flavor profile. Truly awesome beer in every sense of the word. (228 characters)

Photo of timc100
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Very complicated beer regarding it's recipe, aging and blending. It's astounding how well it comes together.

Gorgeous beer - actually pours pitch black with oil-like consistency. Incredible aroma of sweet booze - brandy primarily. The rich chocolate comes through, very fudgy. Some rum coconut, and some vanilla sweetness. The cinnamon is prominent, very slight vegetal note from the peppers. Everything is in great balance. When it warms great barrel aromas come out - cigar box, tobacco, char, and more of the apple brandy.

Tastes vibrant and lush - very slick and full mouthfeel, though a little thinner than reg huna and zhukov. The flavors keep hitting - wave after wave, huge finish. Great brandy booziness and heat. All the aforementioned flavors from the aroma shine through on the palate with more vanilla.

It is over-the-top in it's intensity but so well balanced. This juice is from another planet. (925 characters)

Photo of Fieldzy27
5/5  rDev +5.9%

poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter

Appearance: Pours the darkest thing I have ever seen, this is darker than the abyss. The head lasted only a second and deflated quickly. The ring of foam is clay brown and is the most colorful head I have ever seen. World Class.

Aroma: Smells massively of dark fruit, dates and raisins, then comes vanilla and clove. Second wave is spice and chocolate wrapped fig. The wood makes a strong appearance as it warms some spice and molasses as well as more vanilla. I have never smelled a beer as complex and explosively aromatic as this. World Class again.

Taste: The flavors here are border line indescribable but ill try, dark fruit, candied raisin, clove, vanilla and milk chocolate, hints of cayenne and chili. More dark chocolate combined with dates and strong fig notes. After swallow gives a hint of candied apple and slightly tart fig with a spiced finish of chili. Another World Class.

Mouthfeel: Extremely viscous yet smooth and silky with light full carbonation. Slight tingle from the peppers.

Overall: If you know nothing about this beer educate yourself. It may be the best beer I have ever had to date. So much in fact that i'm not writing anymore and i'm going to continue drinking.

Big thanks for Aarondrinks for sharing! (1,283 characters)

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There is nothing that I can add that hasn't already been said about this exquisite brew. If I have a chance to get it this coming year, you best believe I will grab as much as I can. Phenomenal! (194 characters)

Photo of StandupandStout
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

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 MalibuKenny
4.88/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

BFLN share

A: pour from bottle into sniffer glass, and watch as it coat the glass with a clean amber film

T: vanilla, sticky toffee, roasted coffee; all blended and not overwhelming. I most appreciate the apple brandy barrel

M: chewy, in the best way possible

O: Yes, now I do believe in the hype (300 characters)

Photo of Gameover170
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Glad I got to try this beast of a beer. Part of a package of beers I received for my '14 BVDL from Joromiller, thanks man!

Appearance: Dark with a tan mocha head. Can tell by the appearance how dense the beer is going to be.

Smell: If I could make this smell into an air freshener, I would hang that shit everywhere. Cinnamon hits the nose first, followed by chocolate, spiced rum, roast, oak, vanilla, all of the smells blend together so well, getting you ready for what's inevitably going to be a fantastic beer.

Taste: Wow, I mean I knew this was going to be good, but wow. Had this side-by-side with a '14 BVDL and, while they are two completely different flavored stouts, this one was every bit as big of a beast as the DL. Same as the nose, cinnamon dominates but doesn't overpower. Chilis and chocolate blend together so well, with oak and vanilla in there. So many flavors stand out, yet blend together so perfectly. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: A perfect consistency, not thin at all, chewy but totally drinkable. Could easily finish this 750 by myself.

Overall: World class, about as perfect of a BA stout as you can come by. Glad I was able to try it. (1,165 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.69/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (1,266 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (174 characters)

Photo of dboon
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

Bottle shared by Darkguardian. Joan Jett black pour with a chocolate head. Mild chili and cinnamon aromas. A little thinner in the body than previous treatments I believe, but still fantastic with a beautiful oily sheen. Outstanding with big chili, pronounced cinnamon, vanilla, coconut, and dark roasted malt highlights. Mellow brandy, rum, and oak lowlights. Absolutely fabulous. Excellent mouthfeel. (402 characters)

Photo of JefferyLaGrow
5/5  rDev +5.9%

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... (625 characters)

Photo of TWStandley
5/5  rDev +5.9%

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. (554 characters)

Photo of kylelenk
4/5  rDev -15.3%

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. (637 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy shit! 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 so perfectly. (773 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
5/5  rDev +5.9%

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. (465 characters)

Photo of browniewithnuts
4.85/5  rDev +2.8%

A: The deepest, darkest, thickest pour I've ever seen. Beautifully dark with an almost reddish tan head. Really incredible.
S: Best smelling beer my olfactory system has had the pleasure of experiencing. Vanilla and chocolate are prominent along with a strong smooth rum/brandy presence. Cinnamon and peppers come through slightly yet still noticeably as well. Incredible.
T: Chocolate, vanilla and Rum come through most in the initial sips with faint peppers and brandy flavoring along with a hint of cinnamon. Very well balanced with flavors coming through in waves. As the beer warms, more of the brandy started to be introduced, especially an apple presence. Peppers do kick up a little more as well but still not overtly so. Cinnamon comes through a lot more too as it warms.
M: So thick and coating. It's one you will feel long after you have sipped it. The flavors linger on your palate and leaves a lasting impression.
O: One of the best barrel aged stouts I've had the pleasure of tasting. Best appearance and smell of any beer I've had and taste is on par. Great beer. (1,081 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.77/5  rDev +1.1%

Thanks to Paul for picking this up at Cigar CIty from me! Drinking it on my 52nd birthday. Incredibly thick, black as night pour with a one finger dark caramel-colored pour that dissipates quickly with almost no lacing. The nose is somewhat subdued initially, but opened up as it came to temp. Rich and boozey with huge chocolate fudge notes along with hints of cinnamon, vanilla, soy sauce, dark chocolate, tobacco, and oak. The taste is bold, complex, and just freaking amazing! Huge chocolate fudge brownies along with the perfect amount of cinnamon, hints of vanilla, black cherries, toasted coconut, cocoa, espresso, tobacco, and soy sauce. As it warms, the barrel aging becomes more evident, especially the rum. Probably the best use of peppers in any beer I've had. Very subtle, but really adds to the finish and is never overpowering. The mouthfeel is incredibly thick, but smooth as silk. None of the featured ingredients are there unecessarily, and all come through in just the right amount. Overall, definitely the best Imperial Stout I've had, and quite possibly the best beer. Complex and flavorful without being boozey like the most of the rest in this category. And at 11%, it's scary drinkable. Can't recommend this enough! (1,254 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Bottle 1 of 2 from 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. (1,916 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%
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 SadMachine
4.8/5  rDev +1.7%
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! (1,272 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of WTKeene
4.71/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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. (1,178 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.43/5  rDev -6.1%
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 jeonseh
4.55/5  rDev -3.6%
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 anteater
4.71/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: black with a medium dark brown head

S: mostly cinnamon and chili, some chocolate, vanilla, and brandy

T: an enormous amount of flavor in the tiniest sip, incredible! Cinnamon, gooey chocolate, and vanilla, mellowed out a lot by the barrel. A nice chili heat on the end that works really nice with the other flavors.

M: so thick and good

O: this was as an incredible delicious beer with a huge punch of flavor (416 characters)

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.