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

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel AgedHunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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.

Added by GatorLCA on 01-16-2014

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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 1,236
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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.99/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle, shared with a Friend.

- Pours motor oil thick black with thin layer of ominous dark brown foam.

- Smell is a wonderful and complex mix of aromas, consisting of roasty chocolate, sweet rum, spicy peppers.

- Taste is ridiculous, bursting with flavors of rich fudge, sweet vanilla, cinnamon and other spices. The finish features heat from the peppers and some rum/brandy barrel character. Neither of the barrel components are over the top, but they are well integrated and complementary of the other flavors. I really love how the pepper heat and brandy barrel finish round out and balance the sweet vanilla fudge.

- Body is thick and coats the mouth elegantly to distribute the flavors, a perfect mouhtfeel.

- Overall the best stout I've had, period. I smiled or shook my head after every gulp. Lives up to the hype, can't imagine me being able to obtain another bottle at its current value, though.
BA Biscotti break had been my favorite stout before I tasted this beer, but DBH just brings a whole new layer of complexity.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.85/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of BudzNsudz
4.84/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rating #500!! I paid close to $250 for this bottle, I hope it was worth it. Super thick black pour with minimal to no head. The legs on this beer are amazing. Aroma is apple brandy liquer, warm spice cake, thick decadent chocolate, a touch of rum, and some barrel and pepper heat. The taste is just incredible. Smooth apple brandy, chocolate fudge, vanilla wafers, cinnamon, spice, and some pepper heat on the finish. This beer is just fucking decadent as hell. I’m drinking the whole thing to my face. Cheers!

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Photo of hillvt4me
4.74/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

thanks to a good friend for sharing this beer with me and a couple other solid friends.

poured into Utopias snifter.

A- The color of the beer is motor oil. Almost no head. Oily lacing surrounds glass.

S- over ripe bananas, dates, chocolate and a note of cinnamon.

T- follows the nose. The dates blend with Turkish apricots and other dark fruit. this beer is really sweet. Some peppers notes.

M- full bodied with low-no carbonation. Thick oil that coats your palate. rich and and smooth.

O- Spectacular, unique dbl barrel stout. The regular Huna is a treat and perhaps lends to my personal preference; but this is legit.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.7/5  rDev -0.4%
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 JulioH
4.44/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.59/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Brdlist
4.93/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap during SAVOR into a small format snifter

A - Pours a beige foam, settles nicely with a proper lacing

S- like pure chili chocolate coffee (if such a things existed) - swirled and let it warm a little, smelled way stronger as it did

T - Perfection - chocolate up front, with a vanilla hit before the pepper starts, ends with a coffee chocolate - you always wonder what all the hype is about and then you realize one beer brings four flavors in a purposeful transition giving it a unique and signature taste

M - Smooth and velvety, burn from the pepper was subtle and left my palate intact

O- Been wanting to try this since it dropped, lived up to the hype. Even though it's rareness makes it more desirable, you wish this was a beer available at the grocery store, because I could drink it every day, nice work CCB!

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