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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 2054
Reviews: 594
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 9.23%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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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Adamdc

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass. Must note that this is one of those bottles that leaked slightly during shipping. Apparently this was quite common for this batch of Hunahpu's.

A: Absolute black body topped by billowing dark tan head--almost 2 inches worth.

S: Chocolate, coffee and molasses with some tobacco and leather.

T: Taste follows aroma very well. There's also dark fruit and a slight hoppy bitterness in the finish.

M: Nice and thick, almost syrupy.

D: The lingering bitterness after a couple of glasses is a little much but that's not going to stop me from drinking this whole bottle by myself.

My first CC brew and we're off to a great start. A very solid stout!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 02:45:21 | More by Adamdc
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to paulv for sending out this awesome brew!

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Big, black and opaque in the body with a thin, dark tan, mocha colored head that mostly fades into a thin film that collects around the edges of the glass. This has got to be on of the darkest colored heads I have ever seen. Very impressive. Small patches of lacing left behind.

Chocolate malts, roasted dark malts with a faint coffee aspect make up most of the nose. Some crushed vanilla bean and a bit of hot pepper linger. Touch of alcohol. Aroma seems seems a bit muted, but still well rounded.

Tipping back the glass reveals raw chocolate cocoa with a bit of warming pepper heat. The chillies are at the perfect level for this beer. Noticeable, but not overdone. Vanilla is light, but evens out the darker malt bitterness. Slight touch of woodiness and some alcohol. Decently complex. Sweetness and bitterness play off each other well.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, silky, with warming peppers and alcohol. Nice body, almost perfect.

For an 11.5% ABV stout, this beer goes down pretty easy. All this ingredients are very well balanced. It seems that 22oz is about the perfect size for two people, even though tackling an entire bottle by yourself would probably not be too difficult. You can feel the ABV, but it is decently masked from the taste, making this a pleasure to drink.

Overall, this is a pretty awesome beer. Lots of flavor and a great body. I the love the chillies and cocoa nibs. Definitely wish I had another in the cellar. It will be interesting to see how this beer ages. Hopefully I can pick up some other Cigar City brews in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 20:10:09 | More by sisuspeed
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waltonc

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark brown with a creamy brown head. A promising appearance that suggests this is a seriously thick, creamy stout. Smells of cocoa, vanilla, and crazy roasted malt. Flavor is amazing - chocolate, vanilla, coconut, very light spice from the chiles, and dried dark fruits. In spite of the ABV, there's no heat to this. Body is extremely thick, one of the thickest beers I've had. But not syrupy in the least. Carbonation is medium. Highly drinkable for such a thick high ABV beverage. I'm still working and having trouble resisting just chugging this.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 23:21:45 | More by waltonc
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this a couple times now. Finally reviewing my own bottle.

Pours a motor oil black. No head or lacing.

Aroma has all sorts of of stuff goin on. I smell the chillis, coffee, chocolate, a little soy sauce. Smells great.

Tastes almost like it smells. Chillis are less in the taste which is good. More chocolate and roast grains. A little touch of salt. Tons of coffee. What a good beer.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy but good. Good carb.

Overall there are other stouts I think deserve to be higher on the top 100 but this one deserves somewhere in there.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 06:34:36 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Shumista

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a 750 ml bottle 3 ways as a night cap to a evening of pretty moderate drinking.

Viscous, pitch black, dark brown head. Smells pretty standard stouty (roasty, coffee-y, chocolatey etc) with a little bit of smoked chiles. The core of the taste is also pretty standard big stout flavors more coffee, chocolate, roastiness, brown sugar, a little bit of dark fruit. What sets this one apart though is the subtle underlying flavors. First, the peppers are a really unique addition. My buddies said they tasted a lot of chiles but I only got them very subtly with just a tiny bit of heat that slowly builds with each sip to the point of being noticeable. Vanilla is there for a subtle smoothness, and there is a bit of spiciness (cinnamon) that you have to go searching for. Maybe I only went looking for these subtleties because they were promised on the label and would have missed them otherwise, but this wasn't a blind tasting so everything (including the label) is part of the drinking experience. Mouthfeel is creamy, and thick with a comforting warmth. With everything going on here a small 8-10 oz pour was plenty, I took my time with it and was not particularly sad to see the bottom of the glass feeling like I had thoroughly experienced the beer. Unfortunately while I can't put my finger on why while it was an interesting, unique beer it just didn't blow me away like I had hoped it would.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 19:04:07 | More by Shumista
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billshmeinke

California

4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to cmorton for sharing.

Pours black. Redish brown one finger head from a slow and steady pour. Quickly resides to a ring of foam with wisps of head on top. Little specs of lacing are left on the glass. The red hue on the head is really attractive.

Smells heavily of dark fruits, dark chocolate, some vanilla and caramel with hints of spicy chillies. I also get a whiff of graham crackers, delicious!

Tastes like dark chocolate covered dates/raisins, brownies, some vanilla, and a hint of chillies on the end. Chillies are subtle and add to the flavor nicely. All the extra ingredients in this beer are not overpowering and simply add to the overall complexity. The chocolatey dark fruit flavor is particularly noticeable however.

Very thick/viscous and syrupy mouthfeel. Rich and full bodied. A little spicy from the chillies and hot from the alcohol, but not too much so.

Really complex and tasty. An inviting and drinkable imperial stout that has some interesting twist on the basic style. Basically, it lived up to my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 19:59:02 | More by billshmeinke
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liquidcraft

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured thick and ominous. Smells smokey. I get roasted malts and coffee beans of an imperial, but smokey chilies are pretty detectable.

The chilies are just as present in the taste as it was in the smell if not more. It tastes roasted with malts, bitter chocolate and coffee. The chilies add an interesting complexity and heat to the finish. I like the oily and creamy texture, but its a little weird with the spicy flavor of the chilies. I'm glad I'm splitting this, I don't think I'd want a whole bottle to myself. It's a different beer for sure, but I've had several beers I'd prefer to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 17:43:59 | More by liquidcraft
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Wasatch

Utah

4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to cyrusthepup for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a thick black color, some carbonation, very nice almost fizzy/creamy one-finger dark tan head, with some nice big oil slick in the middle of the glass. The nose is very nice malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee notes, some vanilla, some roast notes. The taste is exceptional, malty, chocolate/toffee up the ying/yang, very nice sweetness from the vanilla, with some very nice roast notes, slight cinnamon note comes up. Full Body, this is one very smooth/creamy brew, the ABV is hidden very well. Very Drinkable, Very Well Done CC.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 23:42:37 | More by Wasatch
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koopa

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours dark as night with a 2 finger brown crown that displays good retention and lace.

Smell: Roast malt, loads of chocolate, smoked chilies, and vanilla.

Taste: Same as nose but with lots of chili presences and roast malt / espresso bitterness taking center stage.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy at times, creamy at other times, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: The thick mouthfeel, the high abv, and the bitterness from the roast malt hold this one back from scoring higher in the drinkability department.

Not sold on the hype just yet.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 20:09:44 | More by koopa
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rudylaw

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to HawkeyeDaz for cracking this open yesterday.

Pours a soul-crushing black with a dark, tan head. There is nobody that makes a more appetizing looking beer than Cigar City and this is no exception.

In the nose, I get ample amounts of cocoa, coffee bean, a tinge of cedar to go along with the chili peppers.

Mmmm, this tastes so deliciously complex! I get the spiciness of the peppers upfront, blended in very well with chocolate, coffee and the slightest, slightest hints of cinnamon. Vanilla soothes out this savage beast making it a smooth finish.

Heavy body, thick coat going down. Beautifully carbonated for the style. Just a terrific, unique treat from Cigar City. Loved it!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 11:34:47 | More by rudylaw
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Cedromar

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Alrighty, finally acquired some bottles of this one and decided to crack it.

The appearance is f*cking gorgeous. This is what a stout should look like. Pitch black and pours like motor oil. A nice three finger chocolate marshmallow head upon a somewhat forceful pour.

Smell is, meh. Some vanilla and cacao, not much going on in the sinuses for this one.

Taste is, again, meh. I get a *hint* of vanilla, a good amount of the cacao nibs, but little to none of the chiles. You can kind of tell it's there, but not really. Maybe it was more present super fresh?

Mouthfeel is like the appearance, a wondrous experience. So creamy and smooth. It sets the standard for mouthfeel on a stout.

Drinkability isn't bad, but it wasn't smart for me to try and drink this one by myself. I'd probably recommend nothing beyond a 10ox pour of this one and even that may be a bit much.

It's a decent brew, in everything except taste. Which sadly is why we all drink these, isn't it?

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 18:01:43 | More by Cedromar
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Freethyhops. Thanks Riley!

Served near room temperature, it pours a pitch black with a 1 finger head of dark chocolate foam. The rather good head of foam surprised me. I wonder if there's any lacing? Yes sir eee.

The smell has notes of vanilla and roasted malt, cocoa, and some spice. Could be the cinnamon mentioned on the label. Not an overly big bold nose. And just when I say that, the smell *does* intensify and is big and bold. Resmells are always a must as giving time for the beer to "breathe", perceptions can easily change.

The taste has a BIG blast of a cocoa bitterness and roasted malt, vanilla, cinnamon spice, some sweet malts, and a spicy kick about mid palate that has *got* to be from the chiles. Wow. What a kick to the flavours they are. I can taste a little bit of tartness floating around in there but not much and it isn't needed at all. Some warming starts to creep in but I can't say the alcohol is a big factor tastewise. Delicious brew.

Full bodied with lightish carbonation. Super good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? For the abv and the really thick body that this brings to the table, very good. This will easily be close to a one hour session but I ain't complaining...

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 16:57:17 | More by Bitterbill
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pdoran10

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split this bottle as a part of my friend's bachelor party.

Appearence is amazing. Jet black with two fingers of brown sedimented head.

Smell is a mix of vanilla, cocoa, and a hint of spice.

taste is a blend of cocoa, excellent dark malt, a hint of vanilla, with chilli spiciness lingering at the end. exceptionally complex and all the flavors are tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thick. Not syrupy at all as some stouts can get.

Smooth and drinkable, but the super complex flavor profile makes me very content with only 1-2 servings.

thanks again to my sister for picking this up on her trip to florida.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 22:03:57 | More by pdoran10
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to jyounger30 for a chance to try this one. Can't wait to see if the beer lives up to the hype.

4.0 A: Pours a syruppy black color. Two fingers of creamy dark brown head with about average retention and some spotty lacing.

5.0 S: Wonderful nose. Right up there with the best of them. Complex with all the aromas collaborating. Sweet milk chocolate is by far the most prominent aroma. Blackstrap molasses, lots of toffee, some coffee, dark crystal malts. Plenty of roasted barley and toastiness to balance, but the sweetness still dominates. Vanilla is subtle and in the background. I may be detecting the cinnamon, but I'm not sure. Can't tell there's a chile in there though.

4.5 T: Sweet chocolate is most prominent again. Black coffee and roasted barley team up to give this an equally forceful roastiness and bitterness. Vanilla bean is subtle again, but definitely there. I definitely picking up the chiles now and they add a vegetal character, but I'm glad there aren't stronger. The only problem I have with this beer is that the alcohol isn't well hidden.

5.0 M: Heavy body with a silky creaminess to it. Good moderate carbonation. Thick, smooth, and silky is the way I like my Imperial Stouts and this meets all my requirements.

4.5 D: Very tasty beer with a wonderful nose and great mouthfeel. This is definitely the real deal. Time for another ISO.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 01:48:02 | More by DavoleBomb
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oregonskibum

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a small snifter glass. Acquired in a recent trade and there was some minor seepage in transit, but it didn't seem to affect the flavor.

A: Color is a deep black with a tinge of red along the edge of the glass where the liquid met the dark tan, almost brown head. The head was thin and disippated quickly. Vicious.

S: Wow, this is complex and only got more so as it warmed. Rich cocoa, coffee, a little smoke wood (from the peppers, possibly?), some faint cinnamon. Didn't get the vanilla.

T: Very nice and rich. Like the smell, the taste has a lot going on and changes as it warms. Lots of chocolate, some smokey tang that I associate with a fire roasted sweet pepper, some faint cinnamon, a little coffee on the finish. Finish is long with a little heat on the back off the throat. Very pleasant finish.

M: Thick, very heavy, coating the mouth. Just a little carbonation, but perfect. Enough to give the beer a little life in the mouth.

D: This was excellent. Not your everyday beer, but very, very enjoyable. It's important to let it warm a little, as the flavors really came out as it warmed. I would have liked to see a little more vanilla. But this was very enjoyable and something I'll seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 04:25:46 | More by oregonskibum
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xpimptastikx

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a viscous black ink that a dark chocolate head rises from, sheet stays, some webs.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, tobacco, chocolate, smokey ancho, slight vanilla and alcohol warmth.

T - This is a pretty complex beer that definitely needs to reach the correct drinking temp. Starts with chocolate sweetness, mid palate slight cinnamon, which fades into the eventual super roasted finish that reminds me of a good cup of black coffee.

M/D - The mouthfeel is perfect, think and oily with the right amount of carbonation to help it over your tongue. Drinkability only suffers for me due to the amount of roasted malts. This beer would be great with a chocolate ancho cake, but might be overkill.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 22:19:06 | More by xpimptastikx
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade recently and decided to pull it out at a tasting on May 23, 2010.

This is another very thick and vicious black tar Imperial Stout. With a hard pour, maybe a half finger dark brown head appears. Really thick grainy legs on the sides of my glass.

The smell is of straight Swedish milk chocolate. Pepper, coffee, and a spice that has to be the cinnamon. Great chocolate smell, maybe this isn't a beer but just a melted down chocolate bar.

The taste is great, thick body just sits the flavors on the palate. Chocolate, sweet cafe con leche, roasty grain, cocoa, and a peppery taste towards the end. Delicious cinnamon flavor once the brew warms up a bit.

The mouthfeel is thick, mean, heavy, whatever way you want to put it this beer has body. Like a thick black leather boot it kicks you in the mouth. This beer was good, what it could improve on is the head retention, the chile flavor was not as good as a beer like Chocolate Yeti, and it was a grainy. Overall the beer is spectacular and worthy of the hype.

J

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 22:54:39 | More by Jmoore50
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kevin for sharing this!

A- Body is thick and solid motor oil black. Pours with a 1 finger foamy dark brown head that has good retention and some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- The highlight is spiciness-hot pepper and a hint of cinnamon. This is really in balance with rich bittersweet dark chocolate, anise and licorice.

T- Upfront is an accent of spiciness over prominent roasted malt and rich dark chocolate. Some anise is in the background. The finish is quite smooth and adds a hint of vanilla sweetness. A slight alcohol heat lingers.

M- Medium carbonation with a smooth, syrupy, and exceptionally smooth and creamy body.

D- I am very impressed with this brew. Has to be one of my top stouts. I love the addition of cinnamon and hot pepper and think it compliments the stout qualities very well. Would love to have this one again!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 20:41:02 | More by PittBeerGirl
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zoolzoo

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to gford217

A: Pours "pitch black like an oil slick blah blah". Actually Hunahpu scores high marks in appearance because of its massive milk chocolate colored head. I cant chalk it up to my Duvel tulip because Ive been seeing plenty of impys pour into this glass with no head lately. This black liquid actually appears to be staining my glass brown as I swish it around.

S: Chocolate, coffee, some spice. Is that heat from the chili peppers or sharpness from booze? Hunahpu smells pretty good, but not terribly complex.

T: Opens with sweetness/dark fruit bordering on cloying, which mellows to reveal chocolate, vanilla, and a bitterness akin to fresh roasted coffee beans.

Theres definitely spice on the back end but I wish it developed just a little bit more. I found some cinnamon toward the end of the palate, but then again I was looking for it. The chili's become most apparent during Hunahpu's aftertaste, when you notice a bit of heat left to mingle on the palate. Overall the flavors are just huge, palatable, and pretty complex. High marks for taste, but I was hoping for a bit more defining character and less subtleness in regards to the spice.

M: Thoroughly thick and coating.... might stain your teeth. Low carb.

D: Another huge stout suitable for a 6-8oz serving in my opinion. Drinkability suffers due to sweetness, ABV, and general palate assault. For what it is, a great beer that I am glad to have tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 16:22:54 | More by zoolzoo
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womencantsail

California

4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thank you to Kevin for cracking this one open at the Bruery 2nd Anniversary party.

A: Quite an ominous pour from the bottle. Viscous and black, creating a sturdy mocha head in the glass.

S: I was worried that the chili peppers would overwhelm the beer, but they provide only a subtle spice to the beer which works nicely with the sweet components. Chocolate and vanilla, along with caramel and roasted malts complete the nose.

T: A much more balanced flavor than the BA version offers. An inviting sweetness up-front of chocolate and vanilla, followed by a touch of bitterness and spice (chili and cinnamon) on the back end.

M: A very thick and chewy feel on the tongue. The carbonation is minimal, as it should be and just helps to enhance the creaminess.

D: The alcohol is nowhere to be found, but this one does pack quite the punch. A fantastic stout and one of the first CCB beers I've been really impressed by.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 03:33:12 | More by womencantsail
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-a dark little head on a black as night beer

s- chocolate, coffee, tobacco, hops, charred wood.

t- cocao, pine, dry wood that has been lightly charred, tobacco and coffee and alc warmth at the end.

md- Silky smooth and very drinkable closer to a medium bodied porter the way it felt. I could drink a bit more and found it to be very drinkable considering it's weight.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 20:31:43 | More by thepeter
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a viscous jet black color with a dark mohagony colored dense head. huge thick velvety lace

S-the nose brings something different every time I swirl it. the chilies and pepper notes will show through on one. the cocoa nibs on another, a good bit of roasted malts throughout with a touch of vanilla. anise and molasses in the back with a touch of dark fruits. hints of fusel alcohol in the back but still solid.

T-the pepper spice is right up front, roasted malts, dark chocolate and vanilla behind. the cinnamon comes in towards the back with a fair bit of dark fruity sweetness to close the deal. lots going on here and it works fairly well together.

M-this is very smooth on the palate, full bodied and slightly dry in the back. so soft in my mouth. just enough carb to allow this to fall softly down the throat.

D-this has some interesting stuff going on, the sweetness is very nice in the back to balance the peppery spice up front. it is a well done contrast with a nice balance to it. not something I can drink a ton of but still a tasty brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 22:08:51 | More by cpetrone84
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Avagadro

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: The bottle is saturated with adjectives, so it must be good, right? Hunahpu's is extremely thick and equally dark. A single drop is enough to completely hide a white surface. Carbonation is nearly non-existant, and a head is hard to coax out of this thick liquid. Swirling the glass results in a viscous black film that never really settles, but simply clings there, like paint on a wall.

S: Bouquet is well presented. Chocolate and molasses dominate, with little else perceptable through their strength.

T: Flavor begins with a mountain of chocolate supported by smooth vanilla and finished with a delightful touch of chile heat. It is quite sweet, but not cloying. The chile adds a great counter to the aggressively sweet nature of this brew.

M: Thick, creamy, sticky. This reminds me of a milk shake.

D: I had to try this after seeing it rise so quickly to the #9 spot. I can definitely say that it deserves the attention, as it is both innovative and delightful. Many thanks to Jconhead1 for splitting this one with me.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 17:34:19 | More by Avagadro
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 11.5% abv. Pours a great looking pitch black color with a tan head. Very good retention. Head moves to a fat ring, leaving no lace.

Dark chocolate, cocoa, a bit of roasty malt. Some dark fruit comes out. A bit of vanilla. A bit of cinnamon at the end.

Smoother dark chocolate blends well with some peppery flavors. A hint of vanilla and dark fruit. A bit of cinnamon in the finish. Dry at the end.

Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Lower carbonation. A fair amount of heat. Very nice beer here.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 22:05:49 | More by Bierguy5
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mcallister

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic looking beer. Jet black with an amazing dark mocha head of an inch that fades into a nice crown topper.

Thick roasted aromas with fudge and chocolate cake batter aromas. Hints of vanilla and some hints of cayeene.more peppery aromas come through as it sits in my glass.

Man what a rich complex yet delicate treasure. Fudgey as hell with dark chocolate galore, the pepper flavors compliment the chocolate very well. Hints of vanilla and cocoa tannins on the finish. Nice roasty malts.cinnamon in the moderate finish as well.

Thick creamy and delicious. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 21:58:35 | More by mcallister
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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