Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.89%
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Florida, United States

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

Availability: Spring

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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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Photo of Freethyhops
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

multiple BAs have provided bottles of this beer, so I will just say "thank you Florida BAs" every trade has been awesome. 75cl bottle split between a close friend and I.

a- seriously, it pours so thick it almost doesn't look like liquid coming out of the bottle. a ridiculously dark brown head eventually reduced to a spotty film and collar. the lacing was light from the little head that was produce but the beer coats the glass like few other stouts. just a menacingly dark beer.

s- huge roasted character dominates the nose. its difficult to define what else is in there because it smells so strong of Starbucks like coffee. not you standard cup of foldgers but more like the newest vanilla whatchamachino. it could be a bit more complex and clean though, to be nit picky

t- really a massive beer. the huge roast hasn't gone anywhere, but the cocoa nibs and other forms of chocolate are nearly just as big and doesn't let the coffee dominate. the vanilla isn't extremely noticeable until it gets to room temperature. at first it tastes more like it's been in an oak barrel. the big ABV is incredibly well masked. as the flavors stay in you mouth the chiles create a bit of heat on your tongue and back of the throat, but I couldn't detect them anywhere while sipping the beer.

m- super sticky, thick and coating stuff. very subtle carbo adds to the desert-like feel of the beer.

d- one of those especially delicious beers that keeps you reaching for the glass. nothing manages to overwhelm and my glass was gone all to quick. good to know I have more :) (1,564 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage via Jefe73 shared with nhindian

A: This has the darkest head of any beer I've ever seen. Sort of like chocolate milk when you've put too much chocolate sauce in it. The lacing an retention is great.

S: Definitely getting the chili and cinnamon dominating some chocolate and roastiness. Some vanilla and alcohol mix in as well.

T: Recently I was at a food pairing for Oskar Blues, and with Ten Fidy they paired a Chocolate Chili Cake. This tastes exactly like that. Wonderful dark chocolate leads it off and gives way to a wonderful array of spices. The chili and cinnamon dominate the back end of the taste, in that order, and fade slowly back to what seems like a coffee roastiness. The chilis leave a tingle and perhaps a hint of spiciness on the tongue. The taste is so complex. Perhaps some oakiness resting in the background. Every taste brings a new experience.

MF: Dark and heavily bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Only a hint of alcohol. It goes down creamy, with a silkiness that makes you want to keep taking sips.

O: Truly a wonderful concoction. I completely understand the hype. If only I could get more to throw in the cellar. Blown away. (1,179 characters)

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle. 2010 vintage. Big thanks to alefish for hooking this up!

Appearance- The Darth Vader of stouts. The blackest of the black with a dark dense head that slowly dissipates. Liquid is muddy rather than shiny. Leggy enough that it leaves no lacing at all. It all gets dragged back into the tar...Very commanding presence once decanted.

Smell- Strong dark chocolate, dense, earthy cinnamon notes, dried dark fruits, and smoky pepper. The nose suits this one well.

Taste- Salty caramel followed by cinnamony chicory coffee. Big creamy chocolate notes followed by a big, blunt, pure dark chocolate hit. Bitters out a bit before finishing smooth and chocolatey. Peppercorn zest and espresso take turns hanging out on the tongue in the aftertaste. Not boozy at all for an imperial, there's just way too much else going on here that masks it. Very complex, unique, and distinct. One of the best.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, dense and creamy start to finish. Like a milkshake that melted a bit at room temperature. Par for the course considering the style.

Overall- I've waited a while to get one of these, and I am extremely fortunate to have gotten one with some age on it. Very happy with it. I love the style, and this is by far one of the best. I have another cellaring, and look forward to another in the future. A must have for all beer enthusiasts.

Cheers (1,369 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

God bless the kind soul that shared his bottle with me on Dark Lord Day 2013. It was a highlight of the day, experiencing the best non-barrel aged stout I have ever had.

Poured into my trusty travel snifter, the stout was a deep black color with a mocha head. The beer did not appear to be as thick as I would have expected. In the aroma, one gets chocolate, a slight hoppiness, and a certain spice. One also gets a malt backbone on a lesser scale. In the initial taste, there was so much going on, it was amazing. One the detectable notes are chocolate, citrus, pineapple, cinnamon, spice, and burnt malts. What is most amazing is that these notes co-exist rather than clash. In the aftertaste, the citrus is most apparent while linger on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is a hair too thin, as I find myself wishing this one would last a lot longer.

Hunahpu goes to close to the front of the line in terms of the beers I have had in my life. I need to find more. (972 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big, just-hit-a-grand-slam high five to moose3285 for sending this much-anticipated beer far from it's home town. We had a hint of this on a February visit to Cigar City - the brewer brought out a bit & we each had about a two-ounce swig - & I was eager to have an entire bottle to ponder. And here it is. Arrived this morning by FedEx, into the fridge, popped thirteen hours later.

Split the big 750ML bottle with my wife, who was all about getting on this right away. Pours that absence of light color with a beautiful, shimmering brown head (I'm a head poo-paher, but this one was nice) perched like a bubbly afro atop the beer. Smell is wild. Charred malts, sweet malts, sprinkling of chocolate, & I'll swear, a hint of chiles.

Hunahpu's delivers the goods. As the nose suggests, this is a stout that doesn't play well with one's expectations. A swig of slightly warmed up brew leaves one with the first impression that there's plenty of tastes mingling & having a good time, but nothing is dominant. The chiles are very evident, warming the lips, giving the beer a strange, non-alcoholic warmth. The chocolate is evident underneath the chile - and it's an odd, beautiful juxtaposition. Buried beneath these two are jets of moist chocolate, a dollop of very mild coffee/roasted malts, a line of vanilla, & the sweetness of the nibs blended into the cool malts. Wow. Just wow.

Smooth, dark, decadent. Drinkabilly? Uh, yeah. I'd take a case of this if I could get it. I'm trying hard to pace myself & enjoy this while it's happening.

Holy beer, batman. This is a masterpiece; insert superlative of your choice. I'm already a big fan of Cigar City, & with this gorgeous beast they've obviously taken their game to a whole new level. Amazing. Seek this out immediately if you are able. And thanks Mike, I owe you, good sir! (1,831 characters)

Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hugh thanks to GatorBeerNerd for hooking this one up on a recent in person trade!

-2011 vintage

Thick and syrupy on the pour. Black in color, almost purple. The head of foam was one of the most amazing aspects of this beer. It displays a rich mocha brown color with a red tinge to it which when given a swirl in the glass is truly unique to look at. This rich, blood red color appears in the head of foam, I'm assuming comes from the pasilla chiles used during brewing. Just wonderful to look at.

Lots of peat on the nose, with a earthy cinnamon aroma behind it. Has a fresh green, fruity smell from the chiles and some spice. Dark chocolate, raisins and prunes round out the nose. As the beer warms I'm beginng to get more spice, cinnamon, vanilla and tons of chocolate.

Very soft carbonation. Creamy and velvety on the palate. Vanilla, cinnamon and a rich chocolate taste upfront. The peat doesn't show up as much in the taste as the nose. There's a rich underlying chocolate taste that carries throughout the beer, with a nice touch of sweetness. Like drinking a liquid chocolate bar. You pick up the heat from the chiles in the finish, with a slight lingering spice on the tongue. Somewhat chalky in the finish as well and plenty of dark fudge.

-thanks again Donnie, this was a great beer! The Odell Woodcut and Port Brewing Older Viscosity were fantastic also. (1,378 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage...

A: Pours pitch black with a half a finger of dark khaki colored head. The foam settles fairly quickly, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass. This beer has serious legs, as it clings and coats the glass. Looks wonderful.

S: The nose is excellent. Sweet vanilla, raisin, chocolate, cinnamon, spice, and mild roast.

T: The taste of this beer follows the nose. It hits the palate sweet and syrupy with malt, raisins, vanilla, and milk chocolate. As it moves to the middle, the cinnamon and peppers make themselves known. The spices dance on the palate adding to the complexity of this brew. The finish is more chocolate and vanilla as the spices fade. Delicious.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet and coating, wet and syrupy, and refuses to leave the palate once the beer is gone. Typically I'm not a huge fan of uber-lingering beers, but with a beer this good, it's hard to complain about the lasting flavors.

O: Excellent. I've had this beer a number of times and it never disappoints. The flavors are wonderful, the nose is great, and the mouthfeel is cloying and smooth. I could drink this all day everyday. (1,154 characters)

Photo of frenchblood21
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into tulip. Date of review is 6/14/14.

Appearance- Pitch black with a half-finger dark tan head. Great lacing straight away. Little to no carbonation.

Smell- Peppers and cinnamon are the first two dominant scents. Following that, I detect brown sugar and vanilla. I imagine this is gonna be a sweeter stout. Just perfect in every aspect of scent.

Taste- Same exact flavors as scents, which is remarkable. The vanilla, cinnamon, peppers and cacao nibs all play their parts perfectly. So much hoppier than I had expected. A real treat to say the least.

Mouthfeel- Again, perfect in every way. Coats your mouth in a delicious stew of wonderful flavors and gives you the tingles in your throat. This beer has the perfect amount of peppers.

Overall- Almost a perfect beer. I will be seeking this beer out on every possible occasion. I will be trading for this, so I am ISO. (897 characters)

Photo of TheChef18
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Have had many times both on draft and in bottle. Most recent was at a vertical tasting dinner. FYI, we all learned Huna is best within 1 year of bottling or else the spice falls out.

A- Pitch black with little to no head. Reminds me of black shoe polish it is so dark.

S- Cinnamon, chile, chocolate, slight roasty, and vanilla. everything that is listed is apparent

T- Chocolate followed by chile and vanilla. Truly excellent and perfectly balanced. Only reason it is not a 5 in taste is b/c I have had the BA Huna and know that even this can get a little better

M- thick and coats great. what you expect and want from this type of brew. dont know of a better mouthfeel in imperial stouts

O- one of the best CCB has to offer. a beer that everyone should feel obligated to try (780 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a tulip

A viscous, ink black body with a one finger mocha head. The head was firm and creamy and fell to a small layer and left some lines of lace here and there.

Heavy roast, coffee grounds, cocoa nibs, spicy peppers and a touch of molasses and licorice. This is a broad and rich aroma, heavy roast. Full and robust.

Deep roasted coffee and dark chocolate up front, with coffee grounds adding a bitter middle. Vanilla and spicy peppers with another heavy flood of roast in the finish. This is a mean, full and robust beer. The finish of heavy roast and a speck of vanilla sweetness lingers on forever.

Smooth, creamy and luscious. The mouthfeel here is perfect. Smooth up front and lush and creamy through the middle.

For the style, this is about as drinkable as it gets. The roast is really heavy and lingers long, which might be the only detriment, but even then, it's not a bad thing. Full, rich and robust with loads of flavor. (956 characters)

Photo of Jips
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to the gentleman and scholar Bowman2001

Poured and looked like thick motor oil with a thin bubbly tan head that easily dissapated. Smelled multiple layers of chiles, cinamon, DARK CHOCOLATE, and a little vanilla and booze.

Average carbonation, viscous in mouth like mashed potatoes.

Taste is as it smells all wrapped in brown sugar and some raisin action. No booze, lingering pleasant roastiness in mouth. Very little heat from the chiles, just the perfect amount.

It s a beer version of a chile'd dark chocolate bar! Absolutely fantastic, though so thick get at least 3 friends to share the bottle. Cigar city never disappoints. (647 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours out jet black viscous liquid.

Smell: Dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, a dark blend of smoothly roasted malts, and chocolate malt are all present.

Taste: I really enjoyed trying this in the same sitting as the Marshal Zhukov's. The flavors in each beer are so smooth and complex, it is no wonder that Cigar City has a great reputation. Dark chocolate blends with dark roasted malt and a bit of espresso to start the sip. More chocolate continuously comes through as the sip progresses, with a darker and more bitter roasted malt to accompany it. A touch of chile and heat come through right at the end. The aftertaste is somewhat bitter and chocolaty.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely velvety smooth, with great depth of flavor. The body is extremely full, with lots of creamy carbonation. Lightly sticky sweet, but not overly so.

Drinkability: This is pretty awesome, it definitely lived up to my expectations. Since we were drinking the 2010, the flavors and aromas had really blended together nicely. This created a very smooth transition between the different aspects of the flavor, but it also made some of them difficult to isolate or taste. I only got a very mild heat from the chiles, and I could not get any hint of cinnamon. Definitely looking forward to this year's release. (1,352 characters)

Photo of camil1mj
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured at cellar temperature.

A: Deep brown with 2 finger reddish/brown head. Good lacing present.

S: Chocolate and chili pepper.

T: Immediate intense chocolate chili flavors that give way to dark chocolate notes. Slight heat left in the throat as it goes down.

M: Perfect! Thick and chewy. Well carbonated.

O: Near-perfect. In my top 10 all-time. (365 characters)

Photo of GameFreac
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to TheGordianKnot for this. Just met him in Nashville, gave him $20 and had my bottle. No trading involved. Awesome guy.

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with a half a finger of a brown head - almost identical to Zhukov. Blackest beers I've ever seen.

Smell: Smells of chocolate, coffee, slight dark fruit but not much, a little of the pepper and cinnamon.

Taste -Taste is chocolate, vanilla, chiles on the back end, cinnamon and coffee. Just awesome.

Mouthfeel: Thick mouthfeel - velvet like.

Overall: One of the best beers I've ever had - not sure if I like this or Zhukov more though. (606 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acquired from Stonequarrywest via Secret Santa '10 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip

A: This beer pours a rich, thick deep opaque brown, almost black. A two finger of dense, creamy, dark brown head. I've never seen the head of a beer so dark. Nice head retention, leaving nice wisps of lacing.

S: Nose is rich roast and cocoa, licorice, vanilla, and some dark fruits.

T: This is possibly the best stout that I've ever had. Chocolate dominates the taste. A myriad of cocoa, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate that dance back and forth. A light undercurrent of vanilla and roast notes that mix nicely with the chocolate. Just the slightest hint of cinnamon in the finish that really accentuates the chocolate notes.

M: Medium to fuller bodied, moderate carbonation, lightly creamy body, with a nice sticky finish.

O: Goes down very easy, very tasty, somewhat filling, well hidden kick (allow the beer to warm up or it will seem boozy), and a fantastic representation of style. This is one of the best beers that I've had in a while and may possibly be the best stout that I've come across. (1,129 characters)

Photo of beergod1
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a Frothy dark Brown head. The nose is dark fruits, roasted malt, cocoa, molasses and coffee. The taste is molasses, burnt malt, dark chocolate, coffee and a nice bitter hoppy finish. This beer has several different layers of complexity as it warms. IncludingThe pepper warmth. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Very good – worthy of the hype. (358 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The mighty Hunahpu has brewed up an Imperial Stout. Despite chronology and historical sense, Hunahpu has drawn from Marshal Zhukov's battle plans. A big thanks goes out to belgbeerdrinker and Masterski for letting me research how the Hun has modified the great Soviet general's strategy.

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter.
Vintage: 2010

APPEARANCE: A thick, dense, black pour produces a two finger, tight, dark mocha colored head after a wonderful cascading effect that looks stunning. Head retains really well and slowly fades to a good full cap. Jet black body and minimal carbonation evident. A fuller wisp and ring remain, showing some beautiful swirl patters after each sip, and leaves some falling dots of lace down the glass. Looks wonderful.

SMELL: Roasted malts, molasses, dark pure chocolate and burnt espresso. Hints of vanilla make its way through, as do the chilies, with a good dose of cinnamon as well. A wonderful nose, but needs to be slightly bolder for a perfect score.

TASTE: Roasted malts, molasses again, and dark, pure chocolate up front. Some toffee sweetness through the middle into a bitter coffee, espresso and chocolate finish with a slight touch of vanilla for good measure. A nice underscore of spicy chilies ride the whole way from start to finish, as does a dose of cinnamon flavor as well. Very well put together. A big, bold aftertaste full of bitter coffee and chocolate, as well as sweet toffee and molasses, cinnamon and some spicy chilies. Bold flavors and very well balanced all around. Just great.

PALATE: Medium-full body, oily, with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a slightly oily and mouth-coating finish. Nice here as well, though I think I'd prefer somewhere between the Hun and the Marshal in terms of carbonation levels for an Imperial Stout.

OVERALL: Just awesome and well worth the hype. It is obvious that the Marshal is the driving force behind the offensive, but the Hun has definitely added his twist to the battle plans. The addition of vanilla and chilies works great on top of the Marshal's foundation, blending unbelievably well with the base flavors. I'm very glad I was able to try this highly acclaimed brew, and it was even more special to be able to try it with the Marshal so fresh in my mind. This is one I hope to have again sometime in the future. Thanks for the trade gents. Highly recommended. (2,405 characters)

Photo of Yimosan
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Cigar City yesterday...btw, love the new digs!!!

A: Used motor oil is light compared to this beer. When I saw it coming out of the tap, I could only think of Hershey chocolate syrup! The head was dark; about a finger thick and faded quickly, however, it left a nice sticky residue on my glass.

S: Coffee, chocolate, molasses and some licorice. At first pour the aroma was not as strong as I thought it would be, but as it sat on my glass it grew stronger.

T: The first sip knocked my shoes off...the chocolate hit me like an Amtrak train, then coffee, peppers and faint vanilla rounded things up. As far as after taste, I love the sweetness it leaves behind, and the vanilla feels almost like mild licorice. YUM!

M: It is creamy and full body, chewy almost...someone should make a candy bar out of this wonderful elixir of the Gods!

D: This beer is scary good...after all, the 11% ABV is so well hidden that if the first sip knocks your shoes off, after a few glasses you will be walking home barefoot and wondering where you left your shoes.

This beer is special, not for sessions though. I think Hunahpu would make a great dessert beer, I could have this with a slice of Black Forest cake!!! AWESOME BREW GUYS!!!

Salud! (1,245 characters)

Photo of jgurley
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this in the Cigar City Tasting Room. Great place, great experience, fine beer. Dark, solid black with extremely dark brown thin head. Sweet caramely smell. Full of different flavors with so much going on it's near indescribable. Bitter cocoa powder, thick dark chocolate, vanilla, some dark cherry and spicy notes with lots of booziness. Oily, thick mouthfeel and bitter but pleasant finish. This is an outstanding, albeit one and done type beer. I recommend the beer and HIGHLY recommend the Cigar City Tasting Room experience. (534 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8oz pour from tap at Cigar City, yesterday at Hunahpu release.

Velvety, viscous, dark brown-black liquid, with what appears to be a nicely baked brownie on top, as the thickly carbonated head crowns this brew.

The aroma is full of fudgy chocolate from freshly mixed chocolate batter, nicely balanced vanilla and coffee, and strong esters and alcohol at the nose which come out as the glass is emptied. There is a faint pepper presence that becomes more pronounced after first taste.

To start, let me explain that this was my first taste of Hunahpu, and my anticipation was all over the place. Ratings high, hype even higher. And while I enjoy stouts, my preference lies more with DIPAs.
The hype was right on. This complex brew did not disappoint.
Smooth, bitterness, like semi-sweet chocolate, but balanced by the vanilla and the nicely placed peppers. Full, thick, body, pleasant tingling that starts on the tip of the tongue, begins to remind me of some lingering, resinous hops, then when the tingling spreads to the lips I remember the chiles.

Great Imperial Stout. Complex, tasty, great use of the chiles; can sip this all day--alcohol well hidden.
This is the elixir to get me through the rest of the winter. (1,223 characters)

Photo of JoshVandy
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to steppnrazr and cyrusthepup for hooking me up with a couple bottles of this. Two exceptional BAs.

2011 Edition 750mL bottle poured into Cigar City snifter on April 14, 2011.

A- Poured vigorously into the bottom of the snifter. Thick and oily, like draining the oil in your car. Absolutely no head, no matter how hard I tried. Acceptable lacing, given the ABV.

S- Immediate chocolate presence, followed by a nice vanilla and and coffee smell. Let it warm up significantly, the cinnamon and chile pulls through at the end. Impressed.

T- Sweet vanilla chocolate up front, followed almost immediately by a nice cinnamon and spice from the chiles. The chiles mask the alcohol beautifully, and create a heat I wish more stouts had.

M- Thick and creamy, with medium-low carbonation. Coats the mouth and throat without overwhelming, leaving a nice lingering flavor.

O- Considering this beer's exceptional status going in, I was more that pleasantly surprised that all the ingredients in the bottle are displayed in both taste and smell. I didn't think I would love the chiles, but I was proven wrong. Give this beer time to warm to a little below room temperature, and it becomes a frontrunner for my favorite non-bal stout. A very well balanced beer that is worth seeking out. (1,288 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Thick motor oil, black body with quarter finger mocha head. Scary looking!

S: (very strong) Chocolate up front, peppers, coffee, some vanilla, coffee. Amazing. Sweetness. No booziness in the smell.

T: Holy shit. Nothing like I have ever tasted. Thick dark chocolate and bitter coffee & hops, hint of vanilla and then pepper and cinnamon (I am guessing that's what I am tasting from reading the label) kicking in at the end. It's quite spicy too. Spicy-ness and hoppy bitterness linger in your tongue. I love how each of the flavors come out in the order listed above. Very unique and tasty. Sweetness is countered by the spice.

M: Mouthfeel wise... it really reminds of Ten Fidy, but even smoother, thicker, and syrupier. This is perhaps the thickest beer I have ever tasted. Huge+ in my books.

O: Ok, so I am not a huge pepper/spicy person in general but in this beer, it really really works. Although not my favorite stout of all time, I can appreciate how well it's been put together. Very complex and yet balanced. Bold and yet meticulous. I love it. It gets a 5 from me. (1,085 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at Hunahpu Day 2013.

A- Pours pitch black, is very thick looking, even in a crappy plastic cup it produces a really nice dark, creamy mocha head, which leaves some thick lacing.

S- Great aroma of rich dark chocolate, espresso, roasted grain, cocoa powder, with cinnamon and a subtle spiciness.

T- As in the aroma, there are layers and layers of dark chocolate, chocolate cake, and cocoa powder. Also a nice amount of espresso and roasted grain, with a dry roasty finish that leaves lingering flavors of chocolate. The cinnamon is more noticeable than the chilis, but both are relatively subtle and add a great complexity without overwhelming the beer. The flavors are highly complex, delicious and also well-balanced.

M- Full-bodied, super thick, creamy and rich, the booze provides a bit of warmth but is mostly invisible.

O- I'm so glad I have almost a case of this. It's a delicious, complex, thoroughly-enjoyable beer, this can easily hold its own with the best stouts around. (992 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BastionShaw for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

2012 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, chili, and cinnamon. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon sticks, and a slight chili flavor that warms the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a nice thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is an amazing beer with a very nice balance of the ingredients especially in the taste. (638 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured an intense black with a small finger of dark mocha head. Big chocolate aroma with hints of vanilla and cinnamon/chili.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Huge dark cocoa flavor up front with some hints of fruity esters, almost like a chocolate-covered cherry. Cinnamon and subtle chili on the tail end complement some really nice vanilla notes that emerge as the beer warms.

In the running for my favorite stout; wish I could get it on the West Coast. Perfect balance of roast, sweetness, and spice--absolutely top notch. (547 characters)

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
99 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.