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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 707
Hads: 3,553
Avg: 4.51
pDev: 20.18%
Wants: 3,600
Gots: 990 | 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 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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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
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...

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Photo of rfgetz
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.51/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of waltonc
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Shumista
3.96/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of liquidcraft
3.58/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of koopa
3.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not sold on the hype just yet.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

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Photo of Cedromar
2.92/5  rDev -35.3%
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?

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
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...

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Photo of pdoran10
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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