Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 2,955
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 3,069
Gots: 762 | FT: 43
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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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Reviews by superdedooperboy:
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4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750-ml brown glass bottle poured into a snifter glass. 2013 batch, released 09 March 2013. Served at approximately 45 degrees F.

Pours as black as 15,000-mile motor oil and nearly as thick, with a heavy viscosity evidenced by the legs created when swirled in the glass. A pathetic attempt at a head arises only after a bit of vigorous pouring and shows itself a deep mocha brown, quickly dying away nearly as soon as it takes form.

The nose is layered with goodness. Chocolate runs throughout in its many forms: dark chocolate, fudge, chocolate cake, cocoa powder -- you name it, you'll find it here. Intermingling with the chocolate notes are notes of dark cherries, a whiff of anise, a touch of chile, and a slight bit of sourness. Overall the combination is exceedingly enticing.

Rich and full-bodied, though a very low carbonation feel makes it feel somewhat lighter than it is, which normally is contrary but the lack of carbonation in this beer for some reason lends itself differently.

On the palate, a lavish melange of flavors take hold. Dark chocolate, rich with cacao, shows itself toward the front of the palate, with a bit of rich chocolate fudge following shortly thereafter. Espresso weaves itself into a rounded hit of ancho chiles around the edges, providing a pleasant yet subdued smoky-spiciness. Toward the back, that spice edges its way into a tinge of acidic sourness that quickly dies back down into a chocolaty spiciness in the long, mostly dry finish.

This is a rather decadent imperial stout that would probably fall into the realm of overly sweet and chocolaty if not for the splendid balance provided by the chiles. The blend of aging adjuncts makes for a wonderful departure from the imperial stout norm. Worthy of a massive release day? Well, I suppose rarity counts for something, and considering the release event is more like an overt beer festival than a mere showcasing of the brewery's wares, it certainly is a worthy centerpiece.

More User Reviews:
Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

This tastes like charcoal. High quality charcoal, but still charcoal.

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

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this mythical beast finally found its way into my life. one of those whales you only read about, at least in my world, so to actually get to drink one was highly anticipated and a real special treat for me. im immediately surprised by how heady this is. lots of tiny bubbles accumulating on the surface of the dense but bright brown liquid. coffee stained head color, nice retention. the nose is incredibly layered, with the bitter roast of the grains coming first and foremost, followed next by a wave of smoky earthy moderately spicy chili pepper and cinnamon. i dont smell much chocolate in this, but it can certainly be tasted. the vanilla is subtle, but present throughout the aroma. booze, while high in content, is absent aromatically. the flavor is real well integrated with all of these additives. chili and cinnamon are both mild, but unmistakable. i like that they dont just flash in at the finish, but are constants throughout. the cocoa is both bitter and earthy, not sweet at all, and adds a richness to the beer. the grain itself seems bigger and darker than most other huge stouts, the base beer is undeniably awesome. vanilla gives moderate sweetness and a mature richness to the whole thing, while high carbonation keeps the prickle of the peppers coming back around and around. long flavorful finish, no heat at all on the swallow. im left feeling like i had something enormous and unexplained. seismic beer here, unlike any other. i though this was the pinnacle of the style, then i had the double barrel edition...

edit: had the wonderful experience of tasting a 2012, 2013, and 2014 side by side. it was amazing to me how quickly the cinnamon fades away over time, its almost absent from the 2013, and gone totally in the 2012. as a result, i thought the freshest year was the most dynamic. maybe one of those beers not meant to be cellared...

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.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.4/5  rDev -3.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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4/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -12.5%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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