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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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2,724 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,724
Reviews: 628
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 2,953
Gots: 730 | FT: 45
Brewed by:
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
In Mayan myth, Hunahpu gave cocoa to the Mayans. An Imperial Stout Aged On Cacao Nibs, Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Ancho Chilis, Pasilla Chilis and Cinnamon.

80 IBU

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 01-03-2009)
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Ratings: 2,724 | Reviews: 628 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by AleWatcher:
Photo of AleWatcher
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got 2 of these bottles, so I'm not sure which one I brought to the tasting, but thanks to DosBeerigos and HeyOhhh for each hooking up some Hunahpu! And thanks to DVelcich for hosting a killer tasting with fellow BA stoutfest.

I poured this into my Duvel tulip--

This is black and inky, dark and viscous, motor oil looking beer. Even on the pour you can't see through it at all. This is the only substance Superman can't see through! This is dark dark dark. On a good swirl you see the tannish legs with slightly redish hues just coat the sides of the glass so thick that when it cascades gently back into the body of the beer, it looks like sand running down an hour glass. Great streaks of reddish brown lace from a nice 1 finger head of the same color. The bubbles are small and fine, very tight. Amazing retention, and though the head isn't huge, it remains for most of the drink.

Nose is pretty well balanced with some roasted chocolate and some sweeter vanilla notes. I do pick up some of the spiciness-- cinamon is there along with dried and seeded peppers-- not really spicy smelling, but the flavor seems to be there. The flavor of the chiles translates to the taste too, not so much the spicy heat of peppers, but the actual earthy flavor. This reminds me a little of a homemade chili recipe-- just toss everything in and see how it comes out. I can imagine this took quite a few batches before they found the right recipe on this, but they nailed it here. Such a great balance.

The first sip was big cinamon, which mellowed out to some sweet vanilla for just a second before the hefty cocoa and a little alcohol sting come into play. That boozy sting is where the chile peppers really ride in too. The finish is sweet and spicy, but in nice harmony. I still can't get over how well balanced this beer is! Huge roasted malt bill is great!

The body is one of the thickest stouts I've had. Huge. The carbonation level is perfect. Nice and creamy feel that is very easy to drink.

This beer deserves to be hunted down and traded for. If you get a chance to try it, by all means, pick it up.

AleWatcher, May 10, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of DrewskiWhit
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Chilies have faded and I get no heat. I also get no heat from the alcohol.

Had a significant dark fruit characteristic which faded as it warmed. It tastes like french toast sticks dipped in chocolate and coffee. The aftertaste is a pleasant roasty note.

Mounthfeel is incredibly huge rivaled only by room temp dark lord

This beer is incredible

DrewskiWhit, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of BrbnBarlAgdBil
4.93/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Just attended the festival this past weekend and it was worth the hype. I had the opportunity to try a 2011 at the event and most everyone I spoke with said that this years batch is just phenomenal. The beer is darker than anything I have ever had before and the subtle notes of chili are apparent along with the dark coffee taste. I am extremely thankful that I brought enough home with me to enjoy one every couple of months.

BrbnBarlAgdBil, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

DanGeo, Aug 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

CavemanRamblin, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of jono0101
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

jono0101, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick, like used motor oil, with a temporary dark brown head.

The aroma is layered and complex without any one component overriding another. Rich roasty chocolate, ash, soft vanilla, charcoal, and spice all blend together nicely. It's actually a little hard to describe.

The taste is smoky with dark cherry, plum, chocolate and coffee, with a little sweetness mid-palate and the spice from the chiles comes in late and hits the sides of the mouth.

Slight viscosity and low carbonation work well in this stouts case. I think it would be weird if it were creamier or heavily carbonated.

Very nice, possibly a tad overrated, but worth a try for any beer nerd.

brownbeer, May 04, 2010
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

Schlais, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Spaten454
4.25/5  rDev -7%

Spaten454, Jun 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

tbryan5, May 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

SanFranJake, Apr 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ricksrealm, Mar 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

delaced21, Aug 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Krafty34, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of SkiBum22
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours black with a finger of dark tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S - Incredibly complex, there is a ton of chocolate, caramel, chili peppers, cinnamon, molasses and brown sugar. A lot of coffee in here as well. Smells massively sweet and rich.

T - Complex taste, lots of chocolate all over this one and the slight burn from the chili is somewhat rather satisfying was very surprised. Taste is great.

M - Nice smooth creamy thick feel with low carbonation. Sticky sweet coating on the tongue. Outstanding

O - The best non-barrel aged stout in the world. I could drink this all day. What a genius move to use chili peppers in a chocolaty rich stout. Wish I had another bottle.

SkiBum22, May 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

jose_alehouseSD, Aug 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

tallhophead, Apr 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Ben7773, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

newk340, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

orbitalr0x, Nov 24, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

supa0525, Oct 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

bulldogg915, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Good god this beer was delicious. Drank at a perfect cellar temperature, the vanilla comes right out and smacks you in the nose. The smell is sweet like a chili infused milkshake (hmmmm) and i have to say, this beer was about as viscous as a milkshake too.

The only thing that made it tough to knock down was that it was still a bit hot. Not that it was unexpected but it definitely made it a little less drinkable. I worked on my bottle over 3 days... I hope to try this beer with even a little bit of age on it... i think it will be unbelievable...

gregmoscetti, Apr 26, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

NWer, Jan 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

DaftPatrick, Sep 06, 2014
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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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