Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 686
Hads: 3,413
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 sliverX
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle like used motor oil, black as night. a very thick 2 finger head of coffee colored head hung around like crazy.
Smell is roasted malt, dark fruits, dark chocolate, slightly boozy.
Taste is smokey was the first impression, reminds me of salami. The chillies definitely make a presence, huge dark chocolate. There's just a ton of flavors going on with this one and is not like anything I've ever tried.
Mouthfeel is like a thin milkshake, chewy is definitely in line with this, it was actually surprising how full bodied this was.
This is a wonderfully complex brew works well as a dessert type deal, but anything more than like 6-8 ozs would be overkill.
Glad I have another to age for a while to see how this changes. (740 characters)

Photo of branimal9
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle shared at Upstate BA Gathering - 6/9/2010.

Thick, dark mahogany in color, with a tiny bubbled tan head. Aroma includes milk chocolate, vanilla bean and slightly pungent pepper. Flavor bursts forth with chocolate, roasty chicory and cinnamony goodness. Finish hits with the spicy heat of the peppers included in the recipe. Deeply satifying and the best sweet/hot combination-style brews I've yet to try. Awesome. (434 characters)

Photo of Adamdc
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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! (678 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (1,655 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 thequeen711
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Imperial Stout has a vanilla nose, hints of cocoa. Pour is chocolate black, taste is sweet vanilla, cocoa, malty, nice medium-heavy mouthfeel. I don't detect much of the cinammon, or spicy peppers, until an aftertaste of slight peppers. A worthy Imperial Stout, I would probably have another offering! (306 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: black in color with a wispy head that breaks down to a clean surface quickly.

Smell: loads of alcohol, pepper, vanilla, and roasted malt tones are easily detectable.

Taste: big flavor as roasted malt is accentuated by some pepper spice, cinammon, vanilla, coffee, and a hint licorice. Alcohol is a bit overwhelming in the beer's flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: a bit thinner than expected for the style. Smooth at the start, smooth and a bit syrupy late. Long lasting alcohol, spice, and roasted tones linger around in the mouth a while.

Drinkability: this is a one glass per session beer. I found this to be a bit hot from the alcohol and spice for me. (665 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a pitch black with a small tan he'd that quickly fades out into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of molasses, herbal tea, chalk, black grapes, spicy balck and dried red pepper.
Taste is of the aromas with vanilla yogurt, cinnamon, pasilla peppers, and red grapes.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, spiced, a bit of chile heat lingering with cinnamon and cumin. A bit of abv noticed in this. (454 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Capone's. The stout was tapped on Saturday and lasted until today! Just my luck.

A: The stout is pitch black, dark as the darkest mole, darker even. A reddish-brown head stands out against the black ale.

S: The nose is dark and rich, plenty of chocolate, both powdery and semi-sweet, abounds, along with cinnamon spice. I was hoping for a hint of smoky ancho heat but didn't come across anything. The dark malts create a a richly sweet body that has me anticipating the first sip.

T: The 11% strength of the ale hits you square on in the first sip. Mixing with the booze is plenty of chocolate, cocoa powdery and sweet, along with more spices, cinnamon and vanilla, although neither is dominant. The richness, and this ale is rich, is remarkable, sweet and filling. I was disappointed that the ancho chiles never made their way into the ale; I think that a touch of heat would be welcome amongst the decadent chocolate malts. A good, scratch that, very good stout.

M: I'm pleased to have a Cigar City stout that lives up to the hype (thanks for nothin' 110K + OT). The semi-sweet, powdery chocolate is reminicent of a sweet mole sauce.

D: I was not expecting to see this on tap, what a surprise. I was pleasantly surprised from the first sip, a crazy rich, warming, strong stout. (1,307 characters)

Photo of regspeir
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this side-by-side at Capone's with the Apple Brandy Barrel, which probably influenced this review. Sample was 5.5 oz. into a snifter. Poured a thick, black with a one-finger rich, thick, creamy head. Both the head and great lacing had great retention. Nose was chocolate, malts, toffee and vanilla. Taste was very heavy on the chocolate, but notes of the vanilla, some spice and a bit of the roasted malts. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy with a good level of carbonation. All-in-all, for me this was VERY sweet and I could only drink this at specific times. Great imperial stout but I much preferred the brandy barrel. (622 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Philly beer week on-tap at Capone's (the next day)

Poured into a snifter. Pours an opague black with an extremely thick chocolate colored heading. Lacing is all over the plce. Left ring's down to the last drop. So alive looking for a RIS.

The nose is simply amazing. The main aroma is of the cocoa nibs the used. Quickly followed up cinnamon and a just an all out assault in the nose of coffee.

Taste again heavy in chocolate and coffee. A bite of warm booziness. There is another subtle bite to this beer which I originally thought was the the alcohol content but it was actually the peppers I was tasting all along . Simply amazing.

Mouth is full bodied and the most alive feeling on the palate I have ever felt for an RIS. Some diacytl is slippery on the palate as well.

Uhmm what can I say ? The best Russian Imperial Stout I have ever had. (849 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Capone's for Beer Week 2010, I love this city and da burbs.

Regular hunna off the tap looks black like most other stouts. A big black liquid with thickness syrup like consistancy and a kinda thick film left on the glass going down. The head is deep dark mocha coffee brown. Nice looking beer.

Well there it is, hunna smells like a treat with black rich coffee, that chocolate thang but oh so much more. The chillies were put to good use because they actually show up in the scent unlike some other attempts. Cocco mixed with some vanilla sweetness and some sprinkled cinnamon barely. Some slight booze, nothing major.

What is major though is the taste on hunna, this shit is redic. I did not like this much first time around, but I've come to understand, it's a stout with character and offers more than your general big stout tastes. Besides your normal chocolate, coffee, vanilla, which is all present mind you, the cinnamon and chilli addition just work. With some underlining cocco, it just comes off as big and good. Semi sweet, roasty and different.

A big body on this one, a thick and coating beer with just a touch of heat on the mouth but not fresh barleywine out the vat hot, it's quite tame for it's strength. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbon sense. Not syrupy but this is awful close. A big bodied stout, but not the biggest, I've had way thicker, this goes down pretty easy all things considered.

Well, it's the summertime, it's a bit past 2:00pm and Im ordering another one of these, it's just that good. Im totally out on stouts presently, but not this one, this one is kinda a keeper. Great job Cigar City. (1,645 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's...

A - Onyx black... Medium brown head and lacing of the same... Viscous...

S - Sweet chocolate... Cocoa... Chillies... Vanilla... Cinnamon... A touch of booziness...

T - Some roasted malt... Touches of espresso... Chillies... Cinnamon... Sweet chocolate... Vanilla... Some oak notes... Even a hint of maple syrup... The interplay of cinnamon and chillies makes for a wonderful complexity... A touch of the chillies lingers...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Slightly sleek... Slightly syrupy... Subtle but assertive carbonation... The finish is slightly chalky...

D - A unique and complex offering... An exercise in complexity in all facets... Layers upon layers of aromas and flavors... A standout offering worthy of seeking out and trying... (784 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark black with a cap of tan head leaving some lacing. Smell is of sweet chocolate, light roasted coffee, touches of vanilla, cinnamon, spice and dark cherry. Taste is a touch more aggressive then scent with a more roasty and boozy quality, the pepper comes through and leaves a touch of lingering flavor on the toungue. Full bodied, thick and semi-syrupy yet smooth. A very nice big stout that didnt quite blow me away like the Apple brandy version. (464 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this in growler and bottle form and now twice on draft. This review is for the draft version served at Capone's.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger frothy mocha colored head that has excllent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Th glass is left coated with chunks of mocha lacing. Looks amazing!

Silky chocolate malt aroma with subtle roastiness. This is balanced by the sweet chocolate notes and subtle spicy cinnamon and peppers. The peppers aren't as prominent in the nose.

Chewy full body with lots of luscious chocolate malt sweetness which is balanced out by faint roasty byes and a strog spicy/peppery finish. Hints of chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, cffee bean and lactic creaminess balanced by a delicious peppermint, cinnamon spiciness in the finish as well as some slight spicy heat from the ancho chili peppers. Amazingly complex, full bodied and dangerously drinkable at such a high ABV. Highly recommended! (966 characters)

Photo of waltonc
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of Shumista
3.96/5  rDev -12%
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. (1,405 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,073 characters)

Photo of liquidcraft
3.58/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.68/5  rDev +4%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.96/5  rDev -12%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of rudylaw
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
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! (691 characters)

Photo of Cedromar
2.92/5  rDev -35.1%
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? (969 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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... (1,217 characters)

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
99 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.