Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.63/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. Bottle generously shared by russwbeck, thanks Russ!
A - This is one of the darkest and thickest beers I've seen in a long time. It slowly glugs out of the bottle, and at first it doesn't look that it'll get much head, but it gradually builds a dark brown head, rivaling the darkest I've seen. Retention is fairly low, but it leaves a nice cap behind. Lacing is thick and generous, coating most of the glass.
S - The smell on this is phenomenally complex. Everything that is mentioned on the bottle is here in spades. The chocolate comes through almost to the point of being fudge, and the chilies are definitely noticeable. It vaguely reminds me of Great Divide's Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, in that it has a slightly piney and woody aroma, but not so strong, thankfully.
T - Wow. Talk about a deep and flavorful beer. At first, the malts are sweet and the chocolate retains a ton of fudge, and then comes wave after wave of taste, from the chilies to the cinnamon to the oak and vanilla. The chilies are spicy but not exactly burning hot, but enough to leave a nice tingling on the tongue. The cinnamon comes through from the beginning to the end, and brings a unique twist that's absolutely phenomenal. The cinnamon is the thing that really keeps drawing me back.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. The chilies do give off some residual heat here, leaving a prickly tingling feeling on the tongue and lips. Doesn't coat the mouth as much as I thought it would.
D/O - Drinkability is high. While the alcohol is not incredibly noticeable, its definitely a sipper merely for the fact that just one sip is loaded with flavor. If you don't like cinnamon, you may want to steer clear, but if you do, this will be right up your alley.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2011 04:27:25 | More by nhindian
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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
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