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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 2071
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pDev: 9.21%


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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xlr8r

Kentucky

4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of trying this beer at the 2009 Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting, where it won 1st Place even.

This beer was very dark with about a finger of dark head. It had a smoky smell & taste but also a hint of the peppers with each sip as well as dark chocolate lacing on the side of my glass. You can definitely tell that you're drinking beer with this one. I can see drinking 2-3 of these and calling it a night.

Serving type: cask

12-06-2010 17:39:47 | More by xlr8r
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Anthony1

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours absolutely pitch black, ridiculously dense and thick, with a gorgeous mocha head. The head slowly settles down into a thin but dense cap, with excellent stickage and fantastic walls of lacing. Nose is roasty, light notes of smooth espresso and dark cocoa, bit of tobacco, and a mix of dark fruits and licorice. The taste, however, lives up to the expectations. Huge, deep chocolate and beautiful roastiness up front segue into big dark fruit, blackstrap molasses, more chocolate, and a nice smokiness. Alcohol emerges with a bit of booziness right before the finish, smoky pepper heat, and a firm, sharp, roasty bitterness that carries hints of burnt sugar. Mouthfeel is thick and full-bodied, decadent, with a firm underlying carbonation.

Serving type: cask

04-18-2010 13:42:50 | More by Anthony1
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Cask at Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting - Pours opaque black with almost no head and extremely light lacing. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee, heavy roasted and burnt malts. Flavor is coffee and chocolate - moderately sweet and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but very under carbonated. This puppy is easy to drink and easy to love. The BJCP Judges' winner...and rightly so.

Serving type: cask

02-02-2009 23:52:30 | More by ATLbeerDog
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, turbid body with a thin, bubbly, dark tan head.

Smell: Highly roasty nose with full notes of dark chocolate, black coffee, spices, a big pinch of Captain Black tobacco (white blend, natch), and a sharp, vegetal note from the chilies contained within.

Taste: A heady mixture of roasted maltiness, chocolate, and vanilla give you a sip of Kahlua garnished with a sprinkling of cinnamon. Before long the heat and spice from the peppers kick in, but it's very well-integrated and complimentary to the overall flavor. A few careful drops of prune juice. More tobacco, which really is all too appropriate coming from a joint called Cigar city. Earthy hops with a modest amount of bitterness. Packed with flavor to the very end, there's even a bit of persistent heat beyond the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very nice. Beers with peppers have come a long, long way since the infamous Cave Creek Chili Beer, haven't they? Without a doubt, I'm sure Crazy Ed is smiling down from heaven at Hunahpu's Imperial Stout.

Serving type: cask

02-02-2009 19:26:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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madvermin

California

4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 08:34:26 | More by madvermin
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 04:49:06 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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brianmandell

New York

4.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 02:58:57 | More by brianmandell
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 03:01:17 | More by Bosoxfan20
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 18:40:10 | More by brewskifan55
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N_Schleret

Minnesota

4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 01:19:59 | More by N_Schleret
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 23:12:27 | More by rudzud
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Perderick

Indiana

4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 03:53:23 | More by Perderick
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Zach136

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 04:19:28 | More by Zach136
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #600
2014 vintage, poured into a snifter

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 20:40:56 | More by Treyliff
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mlhyatt

Georgia

4.76/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 03:45:37 | More by mlhyatt
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earljones199

New Hampshire

4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2/4/14

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 17:58:38 | More by earljones199
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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 17:37:27 | More by Mikeypnh
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 04:05:13 | More by MattSweatshirt
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOTAL - 42/50

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 01:38:34 | More by MNishCT77
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 16:09:10 | More by mtomlins
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pushkinwow for this - 2013 edition

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 15:54:52 | More by spinrsx
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drmcleod10

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Opened on Christmas and split between 4 people

A - Dark as night with small mocha foam head

S - Chocolate, oak, vanilla, carmel and on the back end comes those chili's, very pleasant on the nose

T - Extremely balanced between the chili, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla. This is much more balanced than I found Abraxas to be as that was a cinnamon bomb. The finish was where the spice came from.

M - Very thick full bodied mouthfeel with a creamy finish

O - This is my second favorite chili stout as of now. Just behind bomb! and ahead of Abraxas

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 22:54:47 | More by drmcleod10
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anteater

Oregon

4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle

A: Super black, really nice dark brown head.

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 06:01:39 | More by anteater
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Spider889

Ohio

4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 01:56:25 | More by Spider889
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NeedBeerHere

Minnesota

4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 04:34:11 | More by NeedBeerHere
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