Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 684
Hads: 3,404
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 4%
Wants: 3,451
Gots: 964 | FT: 72
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 01-03-2009

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
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Reviews: 684 | Hads: 3,404
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

EBF Pour. Thick and pitch black. The body sticks to the side of the sample cup. Aroma is pretty insane. The usual roastiness and chocolate of a high end example of the style is all there but I am also greeted with a zany mixture of heat and cinnamon spice. The flavor brings forth more of the same flavor intricacies. Thick chocolate and roasted coffee followed by a peppy chili heat. Not overly hot but the heat tickles the back of the tongue. The cinnamon is also very easy to detect and I admittedly enjoy this more than what the chills give off. Thick bodied. Lingering aftertaste. I find some noticeable bitterness. A lot going on in this revered brew. I was not in love with all of it but there is surely plenty to find appealing. (736 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was worth the wait. I had a very worthwhile review my wife made me take down. This is my scrubbed review. I like it. I like my wife. I like my dog. I think Jinx is a great show. Good beer. I hate snow. Go Britta Truskey (235 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage

Appearance: It has a beautiful viscous jet black color to it. It has a nice creamy dark tan head that dies down moderately slowl and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet dark fruit upfront, some molasses, roasted malts, cocoa nibs, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon and faint chilies in the back. This things smells amazing!

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads it has a lot of dark fruit and molasses sweetness upfront followed by tones of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The vanilla, cinnamon and chilies are still there but a bit more faint than the rest.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This is definitely up there with my top Stouts. Cigar City never ceases to amaze me. Keep em coming!

Serving type: bottle (908 characters)

Photo of MLDucky
3.67/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014 bottle. Good, but I felt the hype really took over. Maybe it's the fact that it's aged a year. I got a lot of cinnamon and not much vanilla or cocoa. Great stout for sure, solid for sure. Just don't know about world beater for my personal taste. (255 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a review of the 2014, I hope I can land a 2015 to see if there is any difference in age.

Appearance: Like pouring dark thick syrup out of the bottle. Very little head in the beginning and then fades to nothing by the end.

Aroma: Not as dramatic as I would have expected it to be. Maybe its the age, maybe its my nose, but it smells almost identical to Marshal Zhukov's. Lots of molasses and sweeter notes some dark fruits, not really noticing the adjuncts though.

Taste: Alright here is where the adjuncts come through! Still strong vanilla and molasses taste are dominant, very reminiscent of MZ, but here is the kicker, you get the burn on the back of the tongue and then it spreads to the entire tongue. Very cool!

Overall: Very well made beer. Glad I had the chance to try it, I would love to try a fresh bottle to see if the adjuncts hold a more robust flavor. Someone noted that the heat had faded from the peppers, but that is one note that I can certainly say has not. Very nicely done Cigar City! (1,018 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thick stout that really nails all the flavor pieces it claims to include. Hard to drink a lot of this stuff - and I say that as someone that adores spicy stouts - but an impressive brew nonetheless. (203 characters)

Photo of danh53
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma is cinnamon, chocolate, chilies, vanilla - exactly as advertised. Right away I can tell this is a super complex and intense beer. The taste follows the nose with huge chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon notes. Its such a big beer and sets the standard for mouth feel. The beer is coating the glass and my mouth. I can taste this beer 5 minutes after taking a sip because it coats the mouth and throat so heavily. Chilies have faded after a year, but still remain prominent in the nose and the heat builds as the beer coats the mouth and throat. It pours with almost zero head and that counts against it is the look department, but its hard to find anything wrong with this beer. (685 characters)

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 edition. Thick mouth feel. Chocolatey marshmallows flavor. Very good. Had 2014 edition which was not as good. Would rate that 4.25. That was thinner and not as flavorful as I recall. (187 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 02/04/14, released March 8, 2014.

One of the blackest pours i've seen. The minimal head is a very dark brown with burnt red hues. Aroma has pepper, chocolate and vanilla.
Flavor is unique and stands out from other Imperial stouts. Chilies start off the taste, leaves than returns in the finish. Rather than give heat, it lends the actual flavor of the pepper, can almost imagine biting into one. Among that is the cocoa and the cinnamon drops a bit of flavor but lends much more to the texture and feel. Very happy to have tried this! (543 characters)

Photo of Graffy
3.26/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The issue comes down to taste with this beer. Huna, DBH just doesnt matter. It takes like im drinking a cinnamon sugar milkshake with some chilies thrown in. (157 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shared after the massive let-down at Huna’s Day 2014 when one of the share guys overpaid for a bottle, which we poured into the commemorative tasting glasses. 2014 vintage. Opaque black body with a tan head that settles but leaves good lacing for such a high ABV brew. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, pepper, cinnamon, and dark malt. Taste is off-the-charts good - sweet chocolate, vanilla, and malt; bitter spice and coffee; subtle chili pepper and booze warmth. Full body, thick, creamy texture, soft but appropriate carbonation, warming boozy finish. (547 characters)

Photo of KillerJigger
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent burnt brown head with good carbonation. Good bite with a sweet sweet cinnamin taste. Subtle cocao notes as well. Great beer to share and enjoy with a friend. (167 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on 01/17/15, before the Seahawks beat the Packers. Thanks to fellow BAer brentlepping for the share.

A. Black color, silky and thick. Minimal fine-bubble head that's slightly amber, retreats to a minimal rim. Moderate viscosity.

S. Coffee beans, coco, dark roasted malts, and hazelnuts combine for a complex nose. Strange minor notes of hoisin sauce, vanilla, and spicy peppers come through as it warms. A little boozy.

T. The taste follows the nose in a nice way. Roasted flavors of the espresso and malts hit first, then the peppers create a little spice as it opens. Not much heat, nice and subtle. A hoppy bitterness results from the coffee. I pick up on the cinnamon at the end.

M. My favorite part of this beer. Thick and silky, and very smooth. Highly viscous, and full body.

O. Obviously this beer had huge expectations and it lived up to the hype. Cigar City hit a home run with this beast and it's easy to say this is a very well crafted beer. I typically prefer bourbon barrel aged stouts, but his is just fine without being aged in barrel. Now I wonder what a barrel would do to this and feel maybe this is better without. (1,147 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The nose is fresh chocolate, dark chocolate, with a spiciness from the chilis. The vanilla is present but subtle. the taste is full of chocolate, definitely a dessert beer. There is a slight fruit but fresh cocoa and a subtle spice. (236 characters)

Photo of TigheC
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Side-by-side with Bomb! and Abraxas, this is the clear winner. Taste of cinnamon becomes more apparent as the beer warms up and it adds the perfect amount of spice. Heat from the chilis does not linger and is pleasant, not overpowering. All in all it is a world class brew and cannot wait to open my second bottle on a special occasion. You will not be disappointed if you enjoy this style of brew. Even if you are not a fan of spiced stouts you will probably enjoy this. Chocolate hints, cinnamon perfection and a mouthfeel that balances on perfect. (550 characters)

Photo of themind
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 brewing, excellent beer! smooth, silky mouth feel. Coco nips shine thru. The chilies are subtle, this may have been from the aging. Overall this is an amazing brew, worth seeking out.

Bottom Line: Amazing beer! (217 characters)

Photo of DT_Home
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from March, 2014. Look: Appearance is black with a small tan head. Smell: There is a lot going on here on the nose. I get a lot of cinnamon, some vanilla and peppers. Taste: This is a flavor explosion of the best kind. In addition to the cinnamon and vanilla the spiciness of the peppers really stands out. Feel: Carbonation is fairly normal for having almost a year of age. Overall: This is one of the best stouts I've ever had. It's incredibly balanced and everything an Imperial Stout should be. Well done, Tampa! (523 characters)

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750ML bottle, poured into a snifter

I was very excited to try this beer, and courtesy of a fellow beer nerd and friend who moved to Florida in the last year, I was finally able to acquire this mythical beer. It pours jet black and has very little head, a little bit formed at the tail end of the pour but that was it. The smell is moderately sweet and smells like a blend of cinnamon, vanilla, & a hint of chilies. NOW... the most important part: the taste. This beer is extremely well balanced, especially for a flavored stout. At first you get a sweet taste that incorporates the chilies and cinnamon, which transitions into a slightly bitter cocoa taste before finishing with a smooth vanilla. The mouthfeel can be described in one word: smooth. For as complex as this beer is, it is incredibly smooth. I recommend anyone without direct access to this beer to do everything you can do to arrange a trade, It's worth about 95% of the insane amount of hype it gets, which is quite an accomplishment. (1,009 characters)

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-a nice hard pour reveals a 1 finger rocky dark brown head. Looks nice. Starts dissipating quickly to a wispy head and then to nothing.

S- Lots of Chocolate and some vanilla and rum notes. As for the chilis, I can pick up very slight dried ancho aromas that blend with the chocolate. Cinnamon starts presenting itself as the beer warms up, and adds a nice spice note.

T- Follows the nose. Chocolate is up front and incredible. Then in the middle of the palate the vanilla and rum notes present themselves. As the beer warms the cinnamon kind of starts presenting itself and it is really complementary to all of the other ingredients. Chili takes a while to be able to notice. But I am starting to get some chili head as the beer reaches room temp. the wonderful thing about this beer is that it keeps changing quite a bit and revealing new surprises as it warms.

M- Not as thick as a beer as I expected. Carbonation is quite low but perfect. Not as heavy a beer as I had expected. Dangerously smooth.

O- Best beer I have ever had. I expected something similar to Prairie Bomb. It is better than Bomb, yet a little lighter. This beer is like chocolate in a glass. Incredible. (1,180 characters)

Photo of Jfishe13313
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All cylinders are firing, perfect stout pour, amazing entertaining nose, multitude of flavors (coffee, vanilla, cinnamon) working over your taste palate with a nice heat finish. Perfect!! (187 characters)

Photo of Chrisfarleywine
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was an all around amazing beer. Great nose and mouthfeel, booze, chocolate and cinnamon complimented by slight heat. All mix to a well balanced, heavy stout with intense flavor. (182 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours with tremendous viscosity for not being barrel aged, its inky black with a dense brown foam.

The nose seems to be mostly chili peppers, habenero or Serrano perhaps, with a bit of cinnamon powder and a phenolic duct tape. (It may just be this bottle)

The flavor is predominantly cinnamon spice at first with an accompaniment of raw chili peppers. The peppers provide heat the rest of the way but are almost indistinguishable through the end. The mid palate to finish is chocolatey and malty. Delicious.

The feel is downright chewy and thick. Just fantastic. (570 characters)

Photo of Mangbus
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As of 1/3/15 -
Had a vertical consisting of '12, '13 and '14 (Batch1.)

All were world class but there was a noticeable fall-off in the cinnamon / chilies as it ages - as expected. Conversely, the mouth feel improved. Cannot wait to try the 2014 Batch 2 and the 2015 offerings. (279 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stout looked deep, dark, and sultry. The smell was rich with bourbon, malt, cinnamon, and lactose. This is the best bourbon, chili, and spice stout I have had in 2014. Raisins and dark fruit rule in this one. The taste profile expands as the stout warms. The feel was perfect. Nice thickness, with hardly any carb. This stout is the perfect balance of Cacao Nibs, Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Ancho Chilis, Pasilla Chilis and Cinnamon. (444 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look-pours a muddy brown with a half finger of tan head, fades quickly but leaves nice lacing.
Smell-molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla beans, kick of chili
Taste- Sweet, syrupy malt upfront, the richness of the malt is cut by a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and chili, vanilla providing smoothness around the edges. abv is completely absent. the complimentary flavors provide a very complex yet balanced tasting experience.
Feel- motor oil thick, very creamy and very light carbonation
overall-very exciting and complex yet very balanced. an excellent experience. (567 characters)

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