Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by CaptCleveland:
4.75/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
8oz pour from tap at Cigar City, yesterday at Hunahpu release.
Velvety, viscous, dark brown-black liquid, with what appears to be a nicely baked brownie on top, as the thickly carbonated head crowns this brew.
The aroma is full of fudgy chocolate from freshly mixed chocolate batter, nicely balanced vanilla and coffee, and strong esters and alcohol at the nose which come out as the glass is emptied. There is a faint pepper presence that becomes more pronounced after first taste.
To start, let me explain that this was my first taste of Hunahpu, and my anticipation was all over the place. Ratings high, hype even higher. And while I enjoy stouts, my preference lies more with DIPAs.
The hype was right on. This complex brew did not disappoint.
Smooth, bitterness, like semi-sweet chocolate, but balanced by the vanilla and the nicely placed peppers. Full, thick, body, pleasant tingling that starts on the tip of the tongue, begins to remind me of some lingering, resinous hops, then when the tingling spreads to the lips I remember the chiles.
Great Imperial Stout. Complex, tasty, great use of the chiles; can sip this all day--alcohol well hidden.
This is the elixir to get me through the rest of the winter.
Serving type: on-tap
03-13-2011 23:22:43 | More by CaptCleveland
More User Reviews:
4.81/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2014 750 ml vintage, served in a snifter
A) Extremely, extremely dark. Light does not escape this beer, and only a slight tinge of amber on the outside rim. Almost the appearance of a thick motor oil. How an imperial stout should look.
S) Front loaded with heavy scents of dark fruits, particularly plum. This is followed by less prominent smells of cocoa nibs, cinnamon, and chilis, in that order. Probably the most complex nose of any beer I've experienced.
T) The immediate thing I notice is the heavy dark fruit sweetness that I felt in the nose, almost immediately followed by thick dark malt, and the flavors of the chilis. The chili flavor only has a hint of heat, but it's a warmness that lingers long into the aftertaste. I don't immediately taste the cinnamon or vanilla, but detect both in the incredibly long aftertaste that lingers with this beer. My only real complaint is that the cocoa nibs lead to a bitterness that detracts a bit from the overall balance on this. The aftertaste is longer than almost anything I've had before, including even Islay or lowland malt scotches. Lasts for ages.
M) Thick, oily, amazing. The oiliness doesn't waterdown as it lingers on the tongue as some can. While well carbonated, you can barely detect it even when leaving on the tongue. Just an incredible feeling on this one.
O) Admittedly not quite what I expected, especially noting the strength of the fruit scents and taste. That said, I find little I can actually fault in this one. I wish the cinnamon and vanilla were a bit more prominent and the cocoa nibs were a bit less, but those are fairly minor complaints considering the overall complexity of this beer. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on one, do not pass up the chance. Well worth it.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 19:44:30 | More by Tim_S
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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