Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 686
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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 rudzud
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark oily black with a thin halo.

S - Aromas of cinnamon, vanilla, chili, chocolate. Nice

T - Taste is just like the nose, super delicious, good chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, good.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, awesome I got to try it! (350 characters)

Photo of Perderick
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 vintage poured to a 2013 Hunahpu's snifter.

MIdnight black, 1/4" medium brown head. Poor retention, minimal lacing

Cinnamon. molasses, chocolate, and just a tinge of green chile. The peppers are much more pronounced as it warms.

Fresh, it's all cinnamon on the front end which meshes perfectly with the chiles mid palate and then finishes with a lingering chocolate flavor. Chicory, molasses, and maybe a touch of the vanilla. Fantastic. Just a hint of soy sauce flavor would be my only criticism.

Thick, syrupy, very low carbonation. mild chiles so just a hint of heat,

This is easily one of my favorite beers of all time, and although I prefer it with a bit of age, it's still top notch fresh. (707 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 poured into a CCB snifter. Reviewed side by side with Prairie Bomb!. Consumed 3/28/14 - reviewed from notes.

A - Pitch black no head.

S - Apple cinnamon oatmeal overwhelms the nose, some chocolate and roast poke through with the slightest hint of pepper.

T - Pepper and Roast come out much more and balance the cinnamon, though it's still the forward flavor.

M - Viscous and velvety. So much sugar my lips feel like I just ate a plate of baby back ribs, I need a wet wipe. There's also some lingering heat on the inside of my mouth from the peppers.

O - An amazing use of all those adjunct harmoniously. Bomb! is a great beer in it's own right, but Huna blew it out of the water IMO. (693 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #600
2014 vintage, poured into a snifter

A- pours a thick motor oil black color with a small dark tan head that has decent retention and short lasting lace as it settles

S- very reminiscent of a winter warmer style beer. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, a hint of spicy pepper on the nose, sweet vanilla, sandle wood, cherry cordial, cranberry spice

T- sweet fig and prune mix with vanilla and cinnamon, sweet toffee with tart notes of cherry and cranberry , very subtle heat kicks in near the finish, with a linger of dark fruit and graham cracker

M- thick and viscous body with low carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, just a hint of alcohol warmth

O- this should be released at Christmas, as it's loaded with traditional Christmas flavors and aromas. Mouthfeel was nearly perfect the chili complimented nicely (858 characters)

Photo of mlhyatt
4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Survived hunahpu day and brought this home.

Poured from 750ml into a tulip glass

A- so black, couldn't see through it with x-ray. There is a pretty good head on it that dissipates into a very thin lace. The head is a dark coffee brown.

S- I'm getting lots of sweet dark chocolate. Smells like a dove chocolate bar. There are also hints of coffee and cinnamon. The cinnamon is very very faint. Can't really smell the peppers at all. Chocolate completely dominates this beer in a very good way.

T- lots of chocolate coming through up front. Don't taste much coffee but the cinnamon is pretty well blended in there. It comes through between the chocolate and the peppers. There is a lot of pepper taste on the back end. The peppers are a little sweet and then switches to a little spicy but not overwhelming.

M- silky. Very very smooth with a full body. A little chewy. There a little kick from the peppers but really not much.

O- a very very nice beer. The peppers throw me off a little bit and give it a little kick. I'm not sure how i feel about the peppers but it is a very interesting additive. Got a few of these so i'll see how my taste buds change to it. (1,167 characters)

Photo of earljones199
4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2/4/14

The pour is thick black oil. Leaves a quickly disappearing burgundy head that isn't very prevalent and doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell is incredible with a strong cinnamon accompanied with vanilla. Booze smell comes in as well.

Taste is great with a lot of cinnamon, vanilla and dark chocolate with a little booze warmth coming in too. No Chile's to taste or smell from this beer like it says on the label.

Mouth feel has a great carbonation for just a split second on your tongue to start. The flavor lingers around nicely on your tongue.

Overall a great beer that I was greatful to have and need yo get more of. (634 characters)

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Minimal head. Nice burgandy swirls and bubbles around the rim. Smell is great. A lot of cinnamon. Vanilla, some spice, chocolate. The taste follows the nose with the vanilla and cinnamon up front. Such a great blend of the two flavors. Mouthfeel is kinda thin. Nice carbonation for what it is. As it warms you get a little spice at the end. Nice beer with a lot of flavor. Would be nice on a really cold night. (437 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Such a dark beer. Imposing at its finest. It fills the glass with blackness and tops off the body with a thick milk chocolate head that lasts and leaves lacing.

Rich chocolate and vanilla sweetness, cinnamon, and peppers. All the adjuncts work nicely to make an inviting aroma. Everything is big and prevalent.

Tons of chocolate everywhere. Cinnamon and pepper come mid-palate. More pepper flavor than heat. Coffee and dark fruit stout notes. Fairly big sweetness.

The thickness of the beer is what caught me off guard at first sip. It is so smooth as well with light carbonation. Perfect.

Such a crazy beer. Almost over the top with all the additions. Makes for a good dessert sipper to relax with. (704 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle drank as part of a Better Beer Authority (BBA) blind tasting, unknown bottling date but 2013 vintage, poured into a large snifter glass and drank over ~30 minutes:

A: 2/3 - dark brown-to-black (cannot read or see through), creamy tan carbonation pours thick and then settles into a subtle glass lacing, large alcohol legs that recirculates on swirling

S: 10/12 - lots of complex notes that were initially muted with a cold pour but then started to pop - caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, coconut, cinnamon; the typical imperial stout notes - chocolate, roasted coffee/espresso, roasted barley - were present but took a back seat to the other aroma; some alcohol; no hop character

T: 18/20: on the front of the tongue, the flavor follows the aroma - big vanilla bean, coconut, toffee, caramel and cinnamon; in the middle of the mouth, these flavors continue to develop and expand with lots of malt sweetness; some alcohol character with a mild-to-moderate residual sweetness on the aftertaste

M: 4/5 - big sticky mouthfeel from the rich malts and alcohol; moderate-to-high carbonation for style

O: 8/10 - I had the privilege to try this beer as part to a BBA blind beer tasting and thanks to Dave Martinez for the opportunity; obviously, there's lot of hype surrounding this beer, and, I think, it was close to living up to it; as part of the blind tasting, I thought that this beer was barrel-aged, which is a huge compliment to its complexity; the only reason that I didn't score it higher was because there was too much residual sweetness on the back of the palate and in the aftertaste; it if was a little drier, this would have easily been a 9 or 10 overall; would love to try DB Hunahpu next!

TOTAL - 42/50 (1,734 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass and shared with friends
Thanks to pushkinwow for the bottle!

Pours a deep black color with a short tan head with minimal/no lace. The nose starts with dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and maybe a touch of coffee and of course, chili peppers. Another surprisingly balanced chili pepper stout (though not surprising from CC), dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, toffee, dark fruits (prunes) but finishes with warm chili peppers. A nice thick body and low carbonation, silky, smooth, round. Overall, an excellent example of a style of beer I am not usually a fan of. (606 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pushkinwow for this - 2013 edition

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee, chilies, vanilla, booze

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some vanilla, dark fruit, chicory, and chilies.

Overall - I'm not a fan of peppers/chilies in my beer normally, but they work so well with this beer. One of the better beers I have ever had for sure, and something that is well worth seeking out. A big bold flavourful beer that somehow remains quite drinkable and balanced. (769 characters)

Photo of anteater
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle

A: Super black, really nice dark brown head.

S: Chocolate up front. A little bit of coffee but mostly chocolate.

T: Very dark rich chocolate up front, coffee and vanilla in the middle and a really great chili flavor left on the tongue. The chili isn't spicy at all yet its clearly identifiable, its a great aspect of the beer.

M: Super thick, just the way I like it.

O: Awesome, one of the better non-BA stouts I've had and probably the best chili character in a stout I've had. (510 characters)

Photo of Spider889
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally have a bottle of Hunahpu's Imperial Stout to myself. Great way to end a bad day. Thanks so much Matt!

I really want to try this super fresh now. March 2013 release, tons of fudge and dark chocolate up front. Sweet with a hint of chiles. Subtle red wine-like grapiness on the back palate. The finish is all cocoa powder. Dense and heavy in the best ways. The pour was almost the best part: thick, it nearly oozes into my glass and I fear a head is impossible. Then, slowly, the deepest mahogany foam cascades vertically to allow an impressive cap to such a big stout. Hell. Yes. (586 characters)

Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2013 vintage as I wanted it fairly fresh. It has about 3/4 of a year on it.

Pours out dark as night with a one-finger, dark brown head with great retention and some nice lacing. Smell is nice chocolate forward with some decent vanilla and definitely a little peppers but not overdone. Definitely some nice dark, burnt malts in there as well. The nose is really well balanced and melds together well. Taste is chocolate forward, dark malts next, then comes the vanilla, but like the first time I had this the peppers really aren't forward until you've drank a quarter of the glass so that's what I am expecting here. After a few more gulps you can sense the peppers. Everything REALLY comes together well. This is a great recipe. Mouthfeel is definitely on the thick side like I love my stouts given decent carbonation. Overall this is one of my favorite stouts (I have lot's favorites) an look forward to my trip to Florida so that hopefully I can do some in person trading and get a couple more bottles as I want to share with my friends,

Edit: I love this beer so much cause at first you barely notice the peppers but after half a glass they start to make you sweat a tad bit. This beer is put together so well. (1,227 characters)

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

2011 vintage poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Enjoyed on New Years Day.

Poured like a bottle of motor oil, producing a 1 finger chocolate brown head. Left a nice syrupy resin on the glass.

Smelled of roasted coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate with a slight bourbon scent.

Taste was extremely roasty, almost smokey, but pleasantly sweet on the finish. Didn't taste much of the peppers, perhaps the aging took that away a bit. Definite coffee and chocolate flavors, not much vanilla.

Mouth-feel was thick and tasty. Alcohol was blended quite well so it was an easy drinker.

Overall this was a solid stout but to me, not as amazing as I anticipated. I'd like to try a fresher bottle to get the heat from the peppers next time. (734 characters)

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

2011 vintage, half acre goblet

HUNA

Beyond thick - lumpy ebony body. There's a heck of a lot going on here - I definitely still got a lot of cacao and fudgy chocolate goo. The chilies play well in the mix and provide a nice contrast without being offensive. As they should be, cinnamon and vanilla were in the background and contributed nice compliments.

This has a nice recipe that could have been botched by playing any of the ingredients too much - instead, this is a nice harmonious RIS that was nice to finally consume. (528 characters)

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

Thanks to madvermin for sharing this uncommon beer with me; I believe his bottle was from 2011. Reviewed from notes.

A: Dark. Finger of tan head dissipates quickly. There's a touch of crimson around the rim.

S: Sweet and grainy, lots of chocolate. Milk, cocoa, and vanilla are big (there's really a lot of vanilla).

T: Acidic; dark chocolate mixes with chilis and vanilla very well, tastes like a gourmet food. The aftertaste is of bitter dark chocolate.

M: Very smooth, and medium bodied. Low carbonation and lack of stickiness leaves you wanting more.

O: This was a very satisfying beer, one that lived up to the hype surrounding it. Try it if you can. (659 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2013 bottle poured into tulip 14/12/13, REVIEW # 2000!!!! I hope this ones worthy of such a milestone, big Cheers to the most awesome Rutager for the bottle

A black liquid right out of the bottle, just a thumbnail of cola for an edge when held to the light, shes dark alright, even the foams dark, three fingers worth falls after a few sips leaving no lace much to my surprise, second pours no different with nothing sticking

S bakers chocolate, coco, a little char, chilli peppers, cinnamon sticks, peppermint, molasses, faint vanilla, a little espresso, smells a little woody but I as far as I know this isn't barreled, just a hint of booze and plenty more chocolate

T some unburnt cigarette tobacco, (yes I've actually tasted a ciggy...don't ask questions!) strange fruity notes I can't quite place, and everything I smell, rich as all hell and the booze is gone, terrific stuff!!

M faint heat builds but never really accumulates to much, thick liquid, mellow carbonation stops short of creamy, peppers and chocolate syrup just keep going on the finish, and my lips almost stick together

O before this hit my glass I was impressed, the second I cracked the bottle I could smell the chocolate and I could see the darkness before the stream out of the bottle hit my glass, sexy at every turn

I almost feel guilty drinking this one by myself, "almost" being the operative word, quite worthy of the 2000 milestone. The warming chilli works great with this Alberta Winter evening but I couldn't imagine drinking this in the hot humidity of Florida (1,562 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep dark black with minimal dark brown/cocoa colored bubbles on the surface. The nose is just straight tobacco. A little fruitiness from the chilis and some dark baker's chocolate on the nose as well but mostly wet tobacco. The taste is really bitter dark chocolate with loads of richness throughout. The flavors have already really melded together on this 2013 bottle. They play well. There is no chili heat but some fruitiness. The body is nice and viscous to stand up to the big flavors. It's a bit of a sipper though. It needs to be split multiple ways with friends. (577 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Paul for hooking me up with this one! An aggressive pour yields a black as night pour with the darkest two finger head that I've ever seen on a beer. Unfortunately, the head quickly fades with no lacing. Dark chocolate fudge dominates the nose along with hints of mocha, chili, black cherries, tobacco, and vanilla. The taste follows suit with tons of chocolate fudge up front. As it warms, the chili's really emerge but don't overpower. Also getting hints of bitter cocoa, cinnamon, tobacco, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a bitter, off-putting finish. Overall, I definitely enjoyed this beer, but no way did it live up to the hype. (664 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- pours into the snifter jet black with a small dark beige head. Laces beautifully as it goes down
S- dark chocolate, plenty of chile, cinnamon
T- tons of dark cocoa, beautiful chile flavors that give a subtle bite, lots of cinnamon, some vanilla, some dark fruit, slight coffee notes.
M- silky smooth, way smoother than it should be for 11%
O- its is unlike any beer I have had, the chile works so beautifully with the sweet flavors of the cocoa, cinnamon, and vanilla beans. This was extremely easy to drink for its high abv, and I am so glad I got to try it. (562 characters)

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

'13 750ml. I love this beer

A- Yep, black as night. Little head, so lots of retention. Not much head to speak of, but it vanished pretty quick. Thin lacing remains around the rim. Chocolate head.

S- The very first thing that I notice is a floral note. Call me crazy. Then I get vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon. Very malty.

T- Maybe the third at most? perfect 5 I have given on taste. This beer doesn't need to be barrel aged to get to a 5. Vanilla upfront, then mixed chocolate and cinnamon spice. Touch of caramel.

M- Just about as good as it gets. My top M is Zhukov, so can't be much different. Thick, so fn smooth. Some carbonation does follow down the throat, but it is not noticeable because the beer is so dense.

O- World class beer. I want this beer sooo bad. (773 characters)

Photo of Benish
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 batch. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: The beer is pitch black. No lacings around the glass but the beer left a tint of brown coating around the glass after swirling. Its thick like motor oil.

Smell: Wow... just so much to pick from, I was getting cinnamon, a ton of vanilla, some chocolate, plenty of roasted malt and also some booze.

Taste: A ton of chocolate and a ton of cinnamon. Maybe just a tad too much cinnamon. With each sip it starts out sweet and the heat from the chiles comes in midway through. It's a very prominent heat but not overwhelming at all. With the heat, you can still taste the beer and appreciate the chocolates and vanilla tones. It's incredible how the heat of the beer pairs so well with the flavors of an imperial stout. There is a slight burn in the mouth after you finish the sip. But its slight and stays around - not like a raging fire after eating spicing Mexican food. The heat and the flavors were artfully crafted together in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: silky and smooth. Not so creamy like I wish it would be but it's not thin either. The subtle heat of the beer just coats every inch of your mouth.

Overall: this is one of the best beers I've had. I want more of this, too bad I only had one bottle. What's interesting though was I had an opportunity to try this a few months ago. At that time, I did not note any heat and there was an over abundance of cinnamon. But this bottle I just drank was incredible - the heat was there, there was many flavors to pick from, it was delectable. (1,543 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013. The long awaited Hunahpu.

This is a massively flavorful beer - incredible flavor depth and excellently balanced all around. Chocolate is the dominant flavor and aroma. Incredibly rich velvety mouth-coating milk chocolate, bittersweet dark chocolate covered oily espresso beans. The madagascar vanilla beans yield an amazing bourbon-vanilla sweetness - some toffee too. It's perfectly boozy at 11%. It's like a spirit coated decadent chocolate vanilla spice cake. The chillies and cinnamon blend incredibly well together and create a spicy and slightly vegetal pepper skin with a cinnamon kick. It has a wonderfully smooth, viscous, mouth-coating full body with very soft carbonation.

Incredible beer that stands out as one of the best in my memory. It's hard to imagine that a barrel aged version could make it better with so much going on, but I must try one after experiencing this. (893 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

S: Quite dry roastiness, chilis, raw cacao, hint of vanilla

L: Thick, motor oil like consistency, black as night. Dark tan head with a little retention.

T: Dry, roasty chocolate up front with a medium strong backbone of raw vanilla. Medium low earthy bitterness with some cinnamon and chili flavor following. More super dark chocolate into the finish. Fairly dry finish, and fairly dry throughout.

M: Medium full body, almost oily, medium low carbonation. Mild, spice in the finish. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

Almost perfect. Great marriage of flavors.without being too sweet. (581 characters)

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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