Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by bamadog:
5/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
My buddy Jeff brought this one back for me while on a trip to Tampa -- needless to say, it's been pretty tough sitting on this for the 2 and 1/2 years that I did. I shall not wait any longer. Review is from notes taken on 8/1/2012 and poured from the bottle (2010 vintage) into a snifter.
Appearance: Impressive to say the least -- comes out with a sharp *glug* and it's thick, like motor oil thick; starts with a scant 1/4 finger head that is that is a deep, dark, lush brown with some ruby hints to it; head fades to a wisp -- looks like oil sitting in a puddle; body is of course, entirely opaque; bit of an oily residue clings to the sides of the glass. This is pretty much exactly what I like to see come out of a bottle with a label that claims "Imperial Stout." Wow.
Smell: Pretty impressive as well -- big, robust and powerful, just rolls out of the glass; plenty of syrupy sweet and bittersweet chocolate/cocoa; lots of roast and earthy espresso-like aspects; perhaps some vanilla; dark cherries, but not tart ones, the especially sweet ones. I can't wait to get this into my mouth.
Taste: Jesus, this beer just keeps getting better and better. Really, just like the nose, big, robust and powerful; lots and lots of chocolate right up front, and it's more of the bittersweet/baker's chocolate; plenty of earthy and roast malt to it that brings a nice bittering balance about it; and I feel that there's definitely some smokiness hanging out in here too that comes across a bit spicy, those chiles are coming through.
Mouthfeel: Pretty much like a milkshake. The only beer I've seen that may rival this one in terms of viscosity is the '08 Dark Lord, and I don't know if anything will ever touch that beast. It's thick and heavy, creamy, smooth - it accomplishes all of this without being flat at all; a thick, sticky coating is left all over the palate and the teeth are left feeling gritty.
Overall: Part of me did not want to like this beer as much as I do, as I've only recently given my first perfect score for a beer, but this one has certainly earned it. Move over all challengers, this beer has everything. Impressive pour that makes you stare at it; amazing nose and an even more amazing set of flavors and a mouthfeel that just makes you want to get a spoon and scoop it out. F'ing fantastic.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2012 00:48:16 | More by bamadog
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4.53/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Opened on Christmas and split between 4 people
A - Dark as night with small mocha foam head
S - Chocolate, oak, vanilla, carmel and on the back end comes those chili's, very pleasant on the nose
T - Extremely balanced between the chili, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla. This is much more balanced than I found Abraxas to be as that was a cinnamon bomb. The finish was where the spice came from.
M - Very thick full bodied mouthfeel with a creamy finish
O - This is my second favorite chili stout as of now. Just behind bomb! and ahead of Abraxas
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 22:54:47 | More by drmcleod10
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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