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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 701
Hads: 3,500
Avg: 4.51
pDev: 20.18%
Wants: 3,541
Gots: 979 | FT: 73
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 01-03-2009

In Mayan myth, Hunahpu gave cocoa to the Mayans. An Imperial Stout Aged On Cacao Nibs, Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Ancho Chilis, Pasilla Chilis and Cinnamon.

80 IBU
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Photo of khiasmus
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The sound of the lamplight and of crickets chirping... Shadows cast on the familiar empire create the unearthly, the sordid, as one's thoughts tend toward despair.
The loss of one so dear, and so young, and so beautiful... the sorrow beats in your soul along with the rhythmic chirping of insects... why me? Why must this happen to me? But you are not the first, and probably far from the last, in this God-loved and seemingly God-forsaken habitat.
The night is oil-black, viscous and earthy as it pours over you with all of it's whiles and inhumanities... there is a head, as it were, of thick tan, the only semblance of normalcy, of the idea that the earth is still spinning, despite your wishes, despite your feeling that it should have long since given up it's megalomaniacal drift through nothing.
There existed sweeter times once, next to her, times of laughter and cordial cherries, chili peppers with coffee and cream, but all gone now, and only the beating of your desolate heart as it sings the melody of long forgotten times when happiness was a part of you.
And you sit and sip your beer in desolate remembrance, its qualities seeming a mockery of the reality into which you are plunged... the insolent complexity, defying you to pick apart beyond its coffee (as you so often enjoyed with her), dense roasted grain (as she watched in rapt admiration) and pepper spice that you so used to deeply enjoy, as now it all deems you desire to purge...
The chewy, viscous dream of this only serves to remind your tearful eyes of her skin at your lips, supple and soft, the physical consisting so much of your brand of love....
And you realize that for the rest of your timid, miserable existence you will wall off your heart and present it to no one for the rending, screaming abscess that now exists there where her love should rightly be, where she should be against you as you slumber.
You will instead derive what enjoyment still remains in life by destroying pint after pint of this nectar, though it does little to fill the deep chasm in your soul.

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Photo of Luk13
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, thanks to mikesgroove!(!!) Very,very black pour, so thick and syrupy it looks like it pours slowly. A thick dark brown head sits on top. I really pick up the cocoa on the aroma with the chilis mostly. I was actually expecting something more volatile as an aroma but this is good. Taste is quite complex, lots of vanilla, cocoa and cinnamon. Palate has a good carbonation, which makes the mouthfeel a bit short but not syrupy, quite drinkable. Creamy but not sticky. A very well done imperial stout considering it doesn't benefit from barrel aging.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes written on 06-20-2010.

Appearance - Pours into a Bruery Tulip with just an amazing dark viscosity. No light dare try to make it through this beer. Less than a finger of mocha colored head that dissipates relatively fast leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Heavy sweet vanilla, chocolate, and spices. I could smell this all night. On the tail end, molasses and just a hint of tobacco.

Taste - Wow, a very unique taste. One can taste the cacao nibs right up front with the vanilla melding into it nicely, but it is the pasilla chiles that give this thing its unique flavor kick. A very interesting take and one that works.

Mouthfeel - Heavy bodied, low carbonation, chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - As with other big stouts, this is best shared. However, a very good beer indeed. The flavors meld together in an utterly unique yet totally balanced manner. I am glad I was able to try this, thanks to alexd3891.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a strikingly dark, lush head that, for the style at least, hangs around for a long time. Can't really ask for more in this department.

A few whiffs gives you a complex blend of cherries, peanut butter, salted carmel and vanilla bean. Just a bit of alcohol in the background. Overall, a very nice mix.

Mouthfeel is very full, approaching the syrupy quality of some vintages of Dark Lord. Not necessarily a turn-off for me, but you are forewarned: this is a tremendously thick beer.

The beer starts with a sugar rush that is as strong as any beer I've tried, but just when I'm worried that this will be a one-note diabetes inducing mess, the complexity promised by the nose develops... Earthy vanilla bean gives way to tobacco and leather flavors. The finish is where this beer shines: the earthy flavors build into a pleasant coffee char and a bit of chilli spice makes an appearance that strengthens with repeated sips. In a sea of impys, this beer has its own unique flavor signature that is well worth a try. Although I haven't tried the barrel aged version, I wonder if the process risks overshadowing some of the subtleties of the finish.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to florida9 for grabbing this elusive beer for me.

Opaque and black, with a short but tightly packed dark tan head that's the color of wet sand. It dissipates w/in 2 minutes and leaves a ring of foam around the edge for the remainder of the drink.

Nose is cocoa, cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla. Heavy on the roast.

The complexities pick up much more in the taste than in the smell. Cocoa is the base of all the flavor, but it's intermingled with an earthy spice that's presumably from the chiles. They are very subtle and without already knowing they were in there I would have never picked them out. The vanilla dances around for brief showing and it finishes right where it started, with the cocoa.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. There's little carbonation, as it should be.

Good drinkability for a stout. ABV and heavy body makes it somewhat restricting to have more than a couple, but it's damn good.

This is a beer that lives up to the hype and I wish I had easier access to it.

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Photo of jdense
4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Slaintemehor animal call tastefest 7.23.2010.

One finger dark tan head, medium dissipation with some lacing. Dark brown body, opaque, no visible carbonation. One of the most difficult to deconstruct noses in a beer I've ever had, the chiles were so nuanced compared to most chile beers that you really need to concentrate to appreciate in the nose, with the cocoa nibs providing some spicy, not sweet, nuances, and a big noble pine hop hit on the back end. One great smelling beer. Taste mirror the nose's complexity and character, the interaction between the chiles and the cocoa nibs is superlative, and this is a surprisingly smooth beer, not sticky at all, and you'd never guess this is an 11% ABV beer. I haven't been a fan of the Cigar City hype, but this beer is certainly worth the hype. One of the best Imperial Stouts I've had, would certainly seek this out again. Thanks to the awesome hannont for providing this gem. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4oz pour into a Perfect Pint glass...very happy to share this with everyone at a recent tasting, but after I had some, damn...wish I had more!

The body is dark black to the point of almost mirror like. A thick single finger of (what looked like) melted chocolate formed on top of the body. The head lasted and clung all over the glass.

The nose is amazing...lots of rich chocolate, deep coffee notes, roasted malts and a hint of spice. Some lighter aromas in the background include vanilla and malted cream.

Wow...the flavor sticks right with the nose...a hefty blast of creamy cocoa hits the palate first. This slides away for the roasted malts and freshly ground coffee flavors. The finish finds the spicy/pepper notes detected in the nose. Very complex and well balanced.

The mouth feel is rich and full, creamy as all hell with mild carbonation.

From the small serving, I could not detect any of the ABV, making this extremely drinkable. The highlight of the night (against some monster competition). A wonderful beer that is worth any effort to acquire!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black with one of the darkest mocha heads I have ever seen. Leaves very slow. Thick. Yowza. Some cling lace.

S - First hit is cocoa followed by coffee. Milk chocolate in there too. Candy bar.

T - Milk chocolate, chocolate chip cookies up front, yum. Some small tart note at finish.

M - Creamy, smooth, good balance and carb.

D - Big, can't take too much. Very nice though.

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Photo of chalsk
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome treat during a tasting session at Damico's place. Pours a dark black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of vanilla and pepper. Sweet start. Then notes of pepper and vanilla, that mix with the cinnamon, to give it a wood flavor. An awesome cocoa finish with notes of cimmamon. What makes this beer so special is the perfect medium mouthfeel and the quality flavor of the cocoa. Cannot wait to get my hands on another one. Many thanks to Damico for tasting of this top IS.

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Photo of Axic10
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown/blackish with a thin layer of dark mocha foam.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, roasted coffee, peppery spice.

Taste: Dark chocolate malt, smoky malt, hints of peppery spice. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very very smooth.

Drinkability: This was a 5.5 oz glass, but I had three more. Very enjoyable stout and I look forward to hopefully trying it again.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.11/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Abel for sharing at his tasting:

A - Pours jet black with about 2 fingers of mocha head. Dissipates moderately leaves some nice lacing. Great job.

S - Melanoidins, chiles, milk chocolate and some light roasted coffee. The melanoidins have almost reached a soy sauce phase and the chiles came as a bit of a surprise. Some alcohol flavors, which are to be expected with a heavyweight.

T - Starts with some malt roastiness and heavy melanoidins, which are a bit cloyingly sweet. Followed by chocolate, vanilla, and a moderate dose of alcohol warmth. Light bittering hops finish the taste.

M - Malt dominated, with a medium to full body. Lots of carbonation and a cloying creaminess. There is quite a kick of alcohol warmth.

D - My expectations were let down by this beer. The alcohol warmth is a bit much and the beer is too cloying. It is almost as if the yeast were unhealthy. This beer could use some heavy aging as well.

In general, I think most BAs are quick to hype imperial stouts and poo-poo the lagers. There are some well crafted imp stouts like Abyss, Old Rasputin, Kate the Great, and Dark lord, but this isn't one of them.

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Photo of Rbald42
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split this with my man Garchooga during his recent visit.

A- Pitch black, viscous, and heavy as hell. No light penetrates this one. 2 finger chocolatey head. Very Immense looking

S- Just incredible, loads of sweet chocolate followed by dark sweet fruit and hints of pepper spice.Detect some vanilla and caramel, dark licorice, and malted milkballs.

T- Very complex, initial bitter and sweet chocolate flavors, roasted malt and toast, followed by more sweetness and pepper-heat as the beer warms

M- Thick, Thick, Thick, and coats all the way down. A bit syrupy for my taste, but delicious.

D- Split this with a few friends, I woke up on the couch where I drank this one. After this and a few homebrews I was fucked up! It became a bit difficult to finish as we delved deeper into the bottle and the beer warmed up. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for this one Grant!

Poured this into a tulip. Pours thick and black and leaves about of inch of dark mocha colored head. This head is beautiful, this really looks fantastic. I'm very attracted to this beer. I love the sticky lacing. The smell is complex, possibly a little to much. A lot of different scents going on and a little tough to focus on just one. Cocoa and roasted malts are very apparent. Hints of dark fruits, tobacco, and molasses linger in the background. Mild spiciness in the nostrils also, probably due to the chiles and cinnamon. I can smell the alcohol in this. The more I smell this, the more I'm put off by the smell. As I hoped, the taste is outstanding. Delicious and roasty. I can taste cocoa and rich malts. The cocoa is slightly perfect for me, just there enough in the finish to be perfect. A little spiciness, but not quite what I was hoping for from the presence of the chiles and the cinnamon, but none the less, this is mostly on point. The richness of the cocoa and the vanilla make for a nostalgic feeling of comforting hot chocolate. The mouth feel is great. The subtle carbonation is great for all the complex flavors in this. Thick and delicious, just what I expected from this Imperial Stout. Good drinkability for everything going on in this beer. A bit heavy and slightly boozy, but I want this to be a sipper anyhow.

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Photo of abecall98
2.5/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Shared a 750 ml bottle 5 ways.

A - pours thick, a Beautiful inch thick head covers the motor oil stout. Looking into the glass you notice the head has colored of tan and red, and they swirll together to marbalize a great looking beer.

S - ok, this beer starts to go downhill here. The aroma is of soy sauce and chilies. Really offputting for my stout preferences. The aroma jumps around to slight coffee roast, but the bad smell of the chilies overpowers and ruins it for me.

T - this beer is different. The first sip hits with a slight coffee and chocolate blend, some slight vanilla, then hits you with a cloying sweetness, then some offputting chilies, finished by a slight hot alcoholic finish with cocoa, and it could not have finished much worse. The beer was all over the place and the flavors did not blend well at all. It felt like they just through in a million good ingredients and figured they would all be great together, and simply, it doesn't work well together.

M - very carbonated, creamy, and smooth. This is how I enjoy my stouts. The carbonation could be toned down a bit, but the mouthfeel is still amazing.

D - this beer was a tough one to drink. All 5 of us said it was a rough beer, and hard to enjoy. The messy flavors ruin the beer I was expecting to enjoy. The heat from the alcohol is noticable, and offputting. I didn't want anymore of this beer, so the drinkability suffers.

O - this was one of the biggest beer dissapointments IMO. The flavor was all over the place, cloying sweetness, chilies, and alcohol ruin what could have been a good beer. It was close to unanimous that this beer was far from good. I really went into this unique beer with an open mind, but was still just dissapointed in the end. Not worth the hassle to get and try this messy beer.

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

This beer is simply amazing. I have been letdown by hype many times, but this stout exceeds its reputation. The pour was the most beautiful pouring experience I have seen. The crown appeared to be powdered hot chocolate, whipped cream which glistened in the light. This beer was blinging! The smell hit me as soon as the cap was popped. There is the aroma of roasted chocolate and vanilla malt. Definitely some spice in the nose with a hint of toffee Heath Bar. This beer's taste is bold-very demanding, and warming. This beer is thick, yet as smooth as satin. For such a big beer it is drinking wonderfully. This is one of my favorite beers-ever.

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Photo of sliverX
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of branimal9
4.87/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Adamdc
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev -11.3%
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!

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Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of regspeir
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.