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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 707
Hads: 3,552
Avg: 4.51
pDev: 20.18%
Wants: 3,595
Gots: 991 | FT: 68
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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 gcamparone
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a cigar city snifter. Acquired in a trade.

Appearance - Pours an inkjet, oily, slick black body with a generous dark brown head that reduces slowly to leave little lacing. Beautiful.

Smell - Subtle aromas on the nose of dark fruits, soy sauce, light chocolate, vanilla bean, lightly roasted coffee. Slight metallic aroma.

Taste - Upfront I get dark fruits, cocoa, slight cinnamon. The finish is SUPER roasty.. deep roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malt. I get slight chilies on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Thick, viscous, rich. Low carbonation. It will be hard to finish a 750ml of this.. it's literally a meal.

I can see why this is rated so high, this stout is packed with flavor and complexity. Definitely worth seeking out. Share this one!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bomber from 2013 release; opened up at just a bit above cellar temp at our regular tasting group today, 6.17.2013. Thanks to Raphael for sending this one my way.

Aroma: Incredibly delicious smelling. There's quite a bit of roasty malt backbone to this beer from the get-go; full and full of chocolate and brown sugar- like a chocolate cake. The vanilla and spicy peppers really comes out as it hits room temperature, the pepper more so than the vanilla. I don't get a whole lot of cinnamon at any point here though- it might have been lost in all that chocolate and sugar sweetness. (4.5)

Colour: Pretty typical imperial stout- pours black with a nice mocha coloured 2cm head that dissipates slowly into a fairly thick film, and eventually into nothingness. Nice and viscous beer that's evident on the pour.. and when I swirl it around, it actually stains the glass brown, like Marshal Zhukov. Not a whole lot of lacing. For the most part, it's a delicious black port-like beer that makes me think, "dessert".

Flavour: Same as the nose- straight up nice, thick chocolatey, coffee roast malt. But when the beer warms up over the next few minutes, it becomes a delicious combination of sweet chocolate, bitter coffee, vanilla, chili heat and small hints of spicy cinnamon.. though there isn't a whole lot of cinnamon here either. Incredibly tasty and the flavours come together really well.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied (but on thinner side), viscous and really smooth. The carbonation is just right- a good presence but not too much.. so its not too overwhelming. The aftertaste is mostly the spicy pepper with chocolate bitterness.. leaving a smooth, spicy finish. There is no indication of the 11% ABV.

Overall: Delicious beer, at least just as good as Abraxas if not slightly better. It's definitely got that sweet chocolate cake flavour, complemented by the chili peppers. Abraxas was more focused on the other ingredients- cinnamon and spicy peppers. Huna has got a great complexity, with lots of flavours that meld together quite well. I will definitely keep searching for this one in the future.

Edit: just opened up a bottle on 9/11/2013, and there is so much cinnamon in this one. I am honestly going to boost Hunahpu above Abraxas and Mexican Cake. It is just so rich, cinnamony and chocolatey. I love this beer!

Re-review: Opened up a 2014 vintage today 6/15/2014, served in a Cigar City snifter. Basically, it was drinking really well even more so than the 2013, which is why I feel this merited a re-review. The chocolate fudge is very strong here, but the peppers come across as a strong vegetal flavour without a ton of heat; the cinnamon is there in the nose and is more subtle, combining with the vanilla bean to add a lot of complexity to both the nose and the palate. The cinnamon isn't exactly Abraxas or Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but I personally find a bit more complexity in here than Abraxas and Mexican Cake; plus the base Zhukov's A and M kill everything else I've had. It's a true pleasure every time I drink this beer.

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Photo of frenchblood21
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black like oil with some tan head. Chocolate, some grain, a little coffee, and some sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice roasted character. Very good, very complex stout.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 poured from bottle into a snifter.

A: Outstanding. Pours a deep, rich, black sludge color with one of the most interesting heads I've seen on a stout... almost milk chocolate in color, which eventually fades leaving a nice ring around the head of the meniscus.

S: Sweet, rich fudgy chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cofee, and a hint of spice at the heel. I've never smelled a beer quite like it.

T: Ho. Lee. Shit. This is over the top delicious. Rich cocoa and coffee first, immediately greeted by cinnamon and vanilla sweetness, with the chillies providing just a hint of heat on the back end as the cocoa notes linger. It's like drinking liquid chocolate pudding topped with cinnamon... simply outstanding!

M: Thick and smooth without being overly chewy. Coats the palette nicely, without overstaying its welcome.

O: Straight to the top of the list of stouts for me. In fact, Hunah makes me forget every other stout I've ever had... simply amazing and deserving of it's reputation.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a luscious depth of black. Small head full of rich caramel. The nose has cinnamon and chocolate. Once warmed you can pickup a little cocoa. The taste is a fantastic blend of waves featuring each additive, really impressive. The feel is a rich chocolate milk-like consistency. Overall I want more, lots more.

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark black color.

The aroma has chocolate, sweet cocoa, cinnamon spice, and pepper.

The flavor follows with a pop of spicy pepper in the front. It has medium spiciness. Nothing too much for most people. The beer then expands on a medium cinnamon flavor with the smooth flavor of vanilla and a huge huge chunky chocolate. The beer is reasonably sweet.

The mouthfeel is medium plus to full.

A world class brew and up there with the best spicy stouts. However, I am skeptical it deserves such a high rank on the Top 250.

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Photo of HoppySeb
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured vertically from a 750ml cellared then refrigerated bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. As the beer flows into the glass, it forms a foamy and creamy head that demands attention – its glorious. Bubbles are so thin and the foam so thick it almost resembles a nitro. Aromas of cinnamon and chocolate invade the air around the beer, inviting you to try it. After a minute or so, the foam settles into a thin bed the covers the glass, ultimately sinking into the thick, dark and viscous beer below forming a beautiful ring around the glass.

Its nose is a medley of sweet and spicy aromas, very inviting. Predominant notes are cinnamon, chocolate, chile ancho and vanilla. The taste is quite similar to its nose – as the beer warms and opens up, stronger chocolate flavors take center stage. Very unique brew for sure, and you need to know what you’re getting into prior to trying it – this is not your typical Imperial Stout. The only other beer Huna reminds me of is Luchador en Fuego by Clown Shoes.

Hunahpu’s mouthfeel is probably the best I’ve had. It’s so thick and creamy that it almost feels like drinking melted dark Belgian chocolate. It’s perfect for your palate to fully appreciate the broad spectrum of flavors this beer proudly carries. Carbonation is almost inexistent.

Overall, I must say it does live up to the hype – it’s a work of art.

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

This is easily the best imperial stout out there. If you are not looking for the high ABV, and hence not that boozy taste of fortified wine, this beer will make you a fan.

This is a nice imperial stout. Pours a dark beer with some carbonation. Smells like coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is superb. It is not dry, it is like a sweet coffee drink, or liqueur. I literally could sip on this all day long. Mouthfeel is syrupy and sweet.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle into a snifter for my 30th birthday, acquired via trade (huge thanks to valrxman!). Poured at fridge temp, allowed ample time to warm.

Look: pretty spot-on used motor oil. There’s that hint of a golden color, but mostly just very dark brown sludge—absolutely delicious looking sludge, in this case.

Smell: maraschino cherries, cinnamon, a little pepper spice. As it warms, the chocolate and cinnamon really amplify.

Taste: the initial taste is a perfect fusion of cinnamon, chocolate, and chili pepper. Shortly, the flavor shifts much more heavily toward the pepper aspect, which I find a bit too vegetal for my preferences. The aftertaste is pure chocolatey stouty goodness.

Feel: decently thick, and pretty dry (probably the combined effect of the cinnamon and peppers).

Overall: this is a tasty stout, but I’m honestly surprised it’s anywhere near as highly touted as it is. Of course, for a non-BA offering, it’s hard to think of anything that’s substantially better. I’m hoping that a bit of age will mellow out some of the vegetal qualities in this one that keep it from being really great for my tastes.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle received in a trade with jgam115, thanks a bunch man, this was goddamn amazing. Shared with stillmatic2232.

Pours a deep dark opaque black, with a copper orange-ish brown head that looks like straight up cinnamon. Holy crap, coolest looking head ever. Unfortunately, it dissipates in less than a minute, which I could have expected given how big and chock full of crap this one is. Not much lacing.

Smells heavenly. Huge cinnamon aroma, with lots of fudgy chocolate, some vanilla, and a slight pepper aroma.

The taste is even more over the top delicious. Honestly tastes like a cinnamon roll studded with little pieces of pepper and drizzled with copious amounts of chocolate syrup and vanilla frosting. The flavors come together incredibly well, with cinnamon leading the way and dominating the conversation. There's a slight pepper twang at the end of each sip that builds up in the back of your throat, and leaves your lips a little tingly.

Honestly, probably the best mouthfeel on a beer I've ever had. Just the right amount of thickness in the body- viscous and chewy without being overbearing. Low carbonation, insanely creamy. No alcohol burn is present whatsoever.

This is next level. I can't believe a beer like this exists. If you haven't tried this, do everything you can to get your hands on some.

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

appearance - dark, tan head, viscous, nice lacing

smell - big notes of cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla, some spiciness/heat

taste - wow! very complex and interesting, so many flavors to take in, tastes like a well done imperial stout but with a nice balance of thick cocoa with a touch of vanilla and some body and heat from the chilis, but the chilis don't overwhelm (forget everything you know about chili beers)

mouthfeel - nice, full-bodied imperial stout, slight dry finish, solid mouthfeel, full

overall - such a unique and complex beer, i've been wanting to try this for years and a good friend brought a bottle around to share, i feel super lucky! it's worth the hype

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Photo of ACB
4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had a 2012 bottle.

Don't really do too many reviews on here, but I'd waited so long to try this one I figured I'd do a quick one.

Appearance - viscous like you wouldn't believe. Straight motor oil.

Smell - Smelled cold and didn't get much. As it warmed, got a good dose of chiles.

Taste - Very solid. Having said that, no trace at all of cinnamon and only very subtle vanilla. Chiles were very subtle and nice, and as it warmed they were brighter and nice. No hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Great for the style. Never know what to say in this category. Felt like a stout?

Overall. Gotta say, a little undewhelmed. Very solid, but I think the two years aging actually did a lot of harm. Would love to try this thing fresh. Bomb!, Mexican Cake...Those are beers I personally find to be best consumed fresh.

Again, we didn't get any cinnamon and only a vague hint of vanilla between five of us. Good but not great.

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Photo of mynie
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage. Pours very dark with a small chocolate covered head.

Smells strong and very smooth. The aroma is, first and foremost, that of very darkly roasted stout malt--no need for aggressive nodes of bourbon or bacon or Merlot or whatever other crap is currently in fashion. After a few more sniffs, some subtle nodes of cocoa, coffee, and all spice. Not the most variegated of aromas, but the striking smoothness makes up for any lack of excessive complexity.

Tastes like it smells--very smooth, medium complex, and nicely strong throughout. Burnt barley moves into coffee and chocolate, ending on pie spice with a small hint of capsicum that gives the back end a lightly fruit, lightly sweet feel and balances things together quite nicely. Practically no alcohol burn is present.

An excellent RIS, easily on a par with Dark Lord and Darkness, better than Parabola, but not quite as good as Bomb! or the Abyss.

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Photo of veinless
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 Hunahpu, reviewed from notes taken back in December 2013.

A: Looks like black. Head slowly formed, the way a nitro beer would after the pour. Head was dark brown and laced the glass.

S: Dark chocolate up front, with coffee hints (which are slightly acidic). Fruity aroma is mainly pomegranate.

T: Sweet, with bitter chocolate, moving cleanly into a slightly coffee flavor mixed with a slightly chile skin type stunted vegetal taste. Smoothly spicy aftertaste, mixed with chocolate and sour coffee taste to end.

M: Creamy but not too thick. Flows easily without getting too overwhelming. Slightly acrid, but has a great smooth finish.

O: Excellent in all aspects, especially mouthfeel. Was easy to drink and had enough tastes to keep each sip fresh.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a half inch head, no lace.

The smell starts with chocolate, graham cracker and cinnamon, sugar at the finish. Very intriguing smell.

Talk about a flavor explosion! Spicy cinnamon and graham cracker and bittersweet chocolate start this. There is a bit of earthy goodness and vanilla in the middle, straight spicy chili pepper finish! Goes down thick and a bit boozy.

Believe the hype! A very well crafted imperial stout! I hope I can get one to cellar!

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Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage

Black, motor oil viscous pour with tan head reducing to some light lacing. Aroma is highlighted by chiles, vanilla and sweet, roasty malt. Taste is sweet, heavy on the cinnamon, with highlights of vanilla, cocoa, marshmallow and finishes with spicy chilies. Not very spicy but builds as you drink and is a nice complement to the sweetness. The mouthfeel is chewy and viscous with light carbonation. Wow is this beer intense and challenging to drink. A great beer but it's a bit too much. A little too sweet, a little too much cinnamon and a little too thick. Great complexity, nice level of spiciness and an overall interesting experience I would like to revisit at some point.

Revisited 2014 Huna - the cinnamon and the chilies have subdued somewhat and the flavors have melded a bit more. I like this beer more with a little age on it (I didn't care for the cinnamon) but I still rate it a 4.25 overall. Outstanding, but this is a heavy beer best shared with 3-4 people.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle acquired in a trade with Danwho. Tasted side-by-side with Bomb!

A- Possibly the blackest, thickest, meanest looking beer I have ever seen. It just slides into the glass like chocolate syrup. Stains the glass.

S- Ancho chilies, chocolate, caramel, and surprisingly, teriyaki

T- Sweet and smooth. Caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, and spice on the back end. My only complaint is that it is so sweet it's almost cloying. I can seriously feel my blood sugar levels rising.

M- Wow. Thick as can be without literally chewing to get it down. Very sweet and sticky. Alcohol there, but no burn.

O- Expectations were set pretty high, and it lived up to them for the most part. This thing was delicious, but I was glad to have a couple people to share it with as it was a little too sweet for me to handle a full bottle alone. Tasted side-by-side with Bomb, it was clear that Bomb is quite better.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 edition; obtained by Shannon before the shit hit the fan. Bless you,sir.
Poured into a snifter.

A: blackish brown. A short, foamy, half finger tan head that didn't hang around. Thick. Light lacing.

S: Chocolate, dark fruit, featuring dates and raisins, vanilla, cinnamon. Light chiles.

T: Comes in with a little heat, then dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Fruity, sweet. Syrupy; candied sugar. A tangy finish. Decadent. Delightful. Chiles pop up as it warms. Flavors go crazy!

M: Medium to heavy with low carbonation.

O: One of the finest beers I've had the pleasure of trying. Now I see what all the Hunahpu is about. Really sad about the melee at Cigar City. Maybe more folks can get access to it in the future.

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Photo of N_Schleret
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a pitch black with a half finger chocolate head that dissipates to a sudsy top and lacing.
S: Cinnamon with sudle chocolate, molasses, and a light pepper burn on the nose.
T: This is very tasty. sweet chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon really balance well. A light chile burn, almost not even there though.
M: Silky smooth. Full body and heavy on the palate.
O: I love how everything blends perfectly together.

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Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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!

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Photo of Perderick
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.