Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by bamadog:
5/5 rDev +9.4%
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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4.98/5 rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Pours pitch black, bubbling up a great one finger dark brown head, lingers for a while until it turns to a thick sticky lacing.
Huge cocoa in the smell, lots of cinnamon and vanilla, milky and dark chocolate, fig, raisin, veggie chilli pepper, lower coffee notes, faint wood. The smell is incredible, with just a small hint of booze.
Roasty robust taste, huge with dark chocolate, riddled with dry plums and figs, spicy with a lot of woody cinnamon, rich vanilla, even faint licorice. Mellows down and gets a bit sweeter, with sticky molasses and toffee, only to be balanced perfectly in the end with some roasted coffee, dark malts and faint smoked woodiness. The chillies bring a nice warm prickle in the back of the throat, just enough so you know they're there. Taste really brings up all that's written on the label, amplified, rich and perfectly balanced.
Thick body, very smooth, with a very tiny bit of booze present, nowhere near disturbing. Full complex aftertaste, extra roasty.
A huge imperial stout, unique, worth any effort and future budget-hole to get again.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 09:14:09 | More by dcmchew
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 2,466 ratings.