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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 701
Hads: 3,498
Avg: 4.51
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,541
Gots: 980 | FT: 73
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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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Photo of kojevergas
3.85/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOTTLE: Acquired in a trade. March 14th, 2015 vintage. 750ml (I think). Classy label design. Branded pry-off crown cap.

Expectations are sky-high given how much I loved Marshal Zhukov's. Served lightly chilled into stemware. Reviewed live as an imperial stout per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 1-1.5 inches wide. Gorgeous tan colour. Creamy and full, with a gorgeous soft consistency and a good complexion. Retention is excellent for the high ABV - about 5 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid black colour. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's a good looking imperial stout, but it's not unique or special looking.

AROMA: Attractive genuine vanilla beans (with no artificiality at all), faint cacao nibs, very restrained chilis (to the extent that I don't know I'd pick up on them if I had this in a blind tasting), dark malts lending the perfect amount of sweetness, subtle cinnamon, and maybe some chocolate malt.

It's not as expressive or deep an aroma as I hoped, but its subtlety is impressive and I find the chilis emerging more and more as it warms. Cocoa powder also emerges.

Aromatic intensity is below average.

No overt hops, yeast, off-notes, or booze are/is detectable.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The mouthfeel is near perfect, boasting a silky softness and an almost velvety presence on the palate that allows the subtle heat of the chilis (which is maybe a 2/10 in terms of intensity) to mount. Slightly powdery and tingly, bringing out the lightly coarse cinnamon spice. Cream.

The smoothness and wetness of the beer is ideal. Dark malts bring the perfect amount of sweetness. This is neither slick on the palate nor cloying. Carbonation is perfect. Aptly medium to full-bodied. I love that it's not a dessert beer, and that it's not too ashen or charred. Caramelization isn't too high.

The build is intricate, with intriguing notes of cacao nibs, vanilla beans, chilis, and cinnamon. Very balanced. As much as I like it, the depth of flavour isn't as impressive as it could be, and I hoped for a more expressive beer.

Blakelive784 suggests an oily mouthfeel, and I concur. He also notes that the roasted barley covers the acrid bitterness a bit, which dries out the mouthfeel, but I don't notice much roasted barley myself, and I find the hints of dryness in the mouthfeel well-tailored to the style and flavour profile. The thickness and heft on the palate is right on the money, though. The texture doesn't elevate the beer as a whole, but it complements it well.

There's not quite a marriage of texture and taste, but the mouthfeel is clearly designed well - and tailored to the flavour profile. Lighty chewy and somewhat viscous without being syrupy.

Constructively, the vanilla bean - nice as it is - is a bit too reticent.

OVERALL: A great sipper, but not a beer I'd want to drink a whole bottle of (even though it isn't too dessert-like or filling). The subtlety of the chili heat is a highlight, and it's incredibly well built for an imperial stout, but in terms of this niche I might prefer a beer like Copper Kettle's Mexican Chocolate Stout. Absolutely well worth trying, and another treat from Cigar City, but in terms of their straight imperial stout offerings, I prefer Marshal Zhukov's.


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Photo of ChrisP802
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, we did a side-by-side comparison between this and the barrel aged blend
Pour - jet black, minimal head
Smell - cinnamon, coffee, chocolate
Taste - amazing, similar to the smell in every way
Overall - if you ever get the chance, drink it...drink it all

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Photo of sittinggc
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark as all hell...just like I like my beers. Light brown head.
Smell: Pepper spiciness and some cinnamon
Taste: Dark fruit. Also spiciness and a touch of cinnamon.
Feel: Nice and chewy....love it.

Overall: Really great beer. I can see why it gets praised. Unlike any other beer I have ever had. I am really curious to find out what barrel aging will do to it.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate bomb - faint vanilla and coffee tones come through, but get little to no peppers at all which was a slight let-down. Was deemed middle-of-the-road in blind tasting with other spiced stouts (Mexican Cake, Oro Negro, Pipeworks Imperial End of Days and Abraxas).

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Photo of Tidesox28
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer overall. And that's after having Julius, Mexican Cake, Good Morning, and other top rated beers. The mouthfeel on this thing is what separates it from the rest. The complexity is off the chain. Each sip is different.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle, no bottle date but released on 3/8/14. Shared with my brother. Pours jet black with a small-sized brown head. Delicious smell of cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, and coffee. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla, and ends with a mild chili pepper zing. Less cinnamon in the taste. The alcohol is hidden well under the complex and bold flavors. Low carbonation and heavy body; really nails the style. Overall, this is a fantastic imperial stout and worth trying.

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Photo of CharlesK
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite beer. Poured the 2014, shared with a friend. Very complex, poured cold and sat outside. Sipped slowly to let let warm up. Initially you taste intense chocolate and cinnamon, but as it warms up you begin to taste the coffee and vanilla, and by the time the beverage was at room temperature all of these flavors dissipated and the chili flavor really started to hit. As of this writing, this is the best beer I have ever had.

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Photo of Alequine
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deeply rich viscous black. Beautiful to view. Light thin tan head with light lacing on the glass. Again adds to the attractiveness of the beer. Smells of rich malt, chocolate, and cocoa. Nice silky smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation to enhance the flavors. Wonderful initial notes of cocoa powder, bitter chocolate, little bit of cinnamon spice and sweetness. Lots of rich coffee and charred malt character to it as well. Outstanding finish and representation of vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate and malt.

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Photo of SoxFan
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

great mouthfeel and an interesting blend of flavors. 2015 bottle and cinnamon seemed to be the dominant flavor pulling through. hint of chili hit the back of the throat to finish. didn't pick up as much vanilla as i was hoping for. overall a great imperial stout.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

pretty thick black, with a moderate mocha head of slight retention. Nose wafts lots of chili chocolate, faint chilis, some super fresh high quality vanilla beans. Faint trace of olives. Taste is similar with lots of roasty chocolate up front, then a touch of fresh vanilla beans, a fair bit of cinnamon and just a hint of chili. Warmth (from both chili and booze) comes back slightly after the swallow. Nice silky creamy feel with a decently low carbonation. A bit sticky too.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage

Look: this beer pours like motor oil, described at a tasting as "alien blood." Not terribly viscous but dark, dark, dark in color.

Smell: chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and other spices.

Taste: the nose throws everything off on this beer. What I get upfront is a blast of molasses, cinnamon, and raisins with little else. There are subtle hints of chocolate and coffee. No vanilla left on this one. Not a whole lot of other flavor felt after the sweet, sugary blast. Overall, it was kind of like an oatmeal cookie.

Feel: a standard good stout, viscous and full-bodied.

Overall: very good. Probably the sweetest of the big stout releases I have had. After two plus years, the vanilla and spices have fallen off, which might have made a fresh bottle taste better. For me, it's worth picking up a bottle of this guy if you can get a fair, dollar for dollar trade, but given what the folks in Florida demand for this non-barreled version, I will likely pass on future releases. Worth trying once, not a unique enough beer for me to have to repeat.

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Photo of Moose90
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 750ml bottle

A — Pours a deeply rich black color, with some dark brown hues around the edges. Dark and thick looking in the glass, there is a light layer of foam on top of it that leaves behind some sticky lacing.

S — Smells of rich charred malts, chocolates, and coffee. Major sweet and sugary vanilla character, without being cloying or off-putting. Little bit of chili heat underneath it all, but its really just a peppery brightness to balance out the sweetness.

T — Excellent depth of flavors and exceedingly complex. Wonderful initial notes of cocoa powder, bitter chocolate, little bit of cinnamon spice and sweetness. Lots of rich coffee and charred malt character to it as well. Little bit of a peppery bitter undertone. Rally great representation of vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate and malt. Just fantastic.

M — Medium-Full bodied, long and lingering finish.

O — Well, this thing lives up to the hype, it's just that simple, this is a world class beer, through and through.

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Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly complex flavor-shifter. I sipped it out of a tiny snifter. It wasn't as spicy as I expected. It's clear why this beer is so well respected. The cinnamon may have been a bit over-bearing. If you land a bottle, I suggest sharing. For all of its hype, it did not let me down. But I still say that Bomb! wears the chili stout crown.

-Darfius McGarfus

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Photo of Zraly
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 release. Black with mocha head poured into a CCB snifter. My Volvo's engine would run on this motor oil. Beautiful looking stout. Nose is full of cinnamon, chiles, and chocolate; a trifecta of deliciousness.

The taste follows and has a full-blown blast of roasted malt as an end note. Coupled with the chiles, the roasted flavor along with the chocolate lets off a hint of smoke. Feel is very nice and smooth. Maybe a hint of earthy hops in the finish that go along with the general smoke and earth of the malt flavors. A bit of sweetness lingers in the finishes and rubs up and kisses the vanilla a bit. For a brief second, I get a vinous vibe.

I had the 2011 version a few years ago and the 2014 delivers the same. This beer is a monster in the best way possible; a whale of a beer that actually carries the weight of its hype.

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Photo of milkbaby9
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the chance to go to Hunahpu Day a few times before it really blew up and once I had a taste, I totally regret not going when I had the chance. Totally deserving of the reputation it has, Hunahpu is big, smash-your-face-in, complex, multi-faceted, and an American beer legend. Only ding is that it's way too limited and too limited to get your hands on it. Cigar City has gotten so popular that I can't even buy Marshal Zhukov like I used to, but them's the breaks. Great beer that is worth trying if you ever get the chance.

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4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I, shockingly, had never had regular Huna until Father's Day evening. I was fortunate enough to taste DB Huna and Cali Brandy Huna during tastings. Both of those were orgasmic, the regular was a very different beer to me. The 2015 bottle I enjoyed was less spicy than its BA brothers, but just as good. The one criticism I had was the spice wasn't forward enough, I tasted very strong chocolate up front with a light pepper kick at the end. Enjoyed out of a snifter at 45 degrees over the course of an hour and a half.

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Photo of Lapalou
4.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 bottle, makeup batch- thick pour, good nose, slight cinnamon and spicyness from the chillis. Still complex delivering layers of flavor with some vanilla and chilli with cinnamon in the background. Almost more drinkable than when fresh. Outstanding a little after a year in the bottle. Tempted to open another.

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black, heavy handed pour yielded almost 2 finger beautiful mocha head. Leaves a nice oily residue when swirled. A bit on the cold side, but maybe a faint metallic whiff mixed in with cinnamon and cocoa. Chocolate and cinnamon dominate the flavor. Maybe a slight prickle from the pepper, but not hot by any means. Pleasantly thick mouthfeel for a non-BA stout. This beer seems to cry out for a barrel. Overall a strong offering, but perhaps I expected too much after drinking the revelation that was DBH.

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Photo of siliconalchemy
3.56/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just not my thing, perhaps. Seems to be thin for what I expected, and it really doesn't have a flavor that makes me put it up there with the big boys.

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Photo of BradfordStuckey
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Intense Flavor. Very hard to obtain unless you live in florida. $4$ trades are hard to come across from florida traders. Huna is gold to them but worth it. Very complex beer with tons of spicy, sweet, and roasty flavors. Better as it warms up. I would love to try the the barrel aged version or double.

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Photo of Bsquirrelbrewer
4.61/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a gorgeous black with a mild head that quickly dissipates.

Smell brings to mind soy sauce. As it warms up the chocolate comes through more.

Taste brings out the vanilla, chili, and chocolate. It's really awesome. Strong malt flavor, no discernible hop character. As it warms up the chocolate and pepper become more pronounced.

Full bodied and thick. Not at all cloying. Perfect mouthfeel.

Overall, definitely lives up to the hype.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle dated 1/20/14 poured into snifter.

Beautiful black pour with a finger of mocha colored head

The smell is tons of chocolate and a hint of cinnamon

The taste is very chocolatey with a decent amount of vanilla. I am definitely not a fan of cinnamon in my beer. Very slight heat from the chiles. Well intergrated, just not my favorite.

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Photo of EveningCordial
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 bottles poured into snifter.

One of my favorite non-BA stouts. Pours dark black with a small khaki head. Little carbonation. Smells of cocoa and vanilla, a bit of sweet molasses as well as a decent alcohol presence. Tastes smooth and rich. Lots of dark chocolate, fudge and mocha. Vanilla beans make it even smoother. Just a touch of cinnamon and a nice even heat on the aftertaste from the peppers. Just an outstanding stout all around.

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Photo of Jaxbrew
4.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was one of the best cinnamon spiced beers I've ever had! The flavors that came from this were perfect. The alcohol heat was well hidden by the chiles in the back. I will definitely be going to Huna day next year!

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Photo of lanciloti
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with no light able to penetrate at any point. Thick dark brown one half finger head that recedes to a lacing relatively quickly. Beautiful looking beer.

Smell: Very complex, even when still cold. I smell a lot of bitter chocolate up front followed with a dose of vanilla. Good amount of sweetness from the vanilla. The smell alone is intoxicating.

Taste: Everything comes through here! This is simply amazing. Chocolate and vanilla just punch your tongue. Its amazing how much these flavors come out in this beer! At the end of the sip I taste the little twang from the chili peppers. Cinnamon flavor does not particularaly stand out to me. The beer is not overly sweet but the base seems like a great stout as well.

Mouthfeel: The best part of the beer! So thick and motor oil like. Great heavy body but still some nice carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: This beer is FULLY deserving of the hype it gets! Amazing. I am considering traveling to the release party one of these days. This is the best stout I have ever had hands down. So complex, there is so much going on but it melds together perfectly!

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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