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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 3,164
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.95%
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Gots: 846 | FT: 55
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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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Ratings: 3,164 | Reviews: 682
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ditmier brought out this big ole 750 a short while back.. very cool.. thanks Eric!!

Pours with a dark deep brown head.. the brew is the expected black with good retention and lace... thick on later pours.

Aromas are all over the place with dark chocolate and lite vanilla.. bits of char and some background chili aroma.

Flavor begins with chili spiked melted dark Hersheys.. espresso and black malts.. something that I can only derive as cinnamon (minor).. dark dried fruits and leather.. some tobacco shows with the sweet warmth... The chilis are about right for me.. I could even stand and enjoy some more.. Digging this one for sure... Pretty thick body and a lighter than expected carbonation... Very nice.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4

Thanks Eric... just another amazing brew from a better BA.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. Huge thanks to hoppypocket for this one. Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Poured ink black; one of the darkest pours I've seen. Half a finger of medium to dark brown head formed and receded to a thin layer.

S - A big hit of semi-sweet chocolate up front followed by roast, chili peppers, a touch of sweet vanilla and a hint of cinnamon.

T - Big sweet chocolate flavour up front along with the chillies, which provide great flavour without a big spiciness. The roast enters in the middle with a touch of sweet vanilla. Cinnamon doesn't show up until the aftertaste, and adds another layer to the complexity of this beer. The flavours are very well integrated.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of tobelerone
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was everything I’d hoped for and more, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Thick and viscous, sludgy black pour with a rocky tanned head that has excellent retention, good lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasty and sweet, with lots of chocolate and coffee, plus a subtler hit of earthy, spicy chilies and faint cinnamon.

Flavor packs all of that; nicely rounded sweetness compliments the bitterness of the roast malt; there are prominent chocolate fudge and espresso notes, some dark fruit, and moderate chili heat that mainly emerges in the finish. Nothing too fiery or over the top but enough to let you know it’s there. Cinnamon is fairly subtle. A perfect blend of sweet and bitter. Booze is there but it’s not overly hot or in your face.

Big bodied, thick and chewy, just the way I like it. Medium low carbonation, creamy and sticky, perfect mouthfeel overall. Lingers after the swallow, sweet and somewhat hot and tingly from the chilis. Exceptional. I was reminded both of Marshall Zhukov’s, the base beer, and of Alesmith’s Speedway Stout with chipotle and morita peppers. So glad I got to try this one finally!

Photo of IPAchris
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, big thanks to my boy tpd975 for the hookup, SNIIITCH!

Pours a dark and opaque black, no light gets through, medium sized dark brown head forms, one of the darkest heads I've ever seen, settles down to a medium size ring, lots of lace chunks stick, with some spots.

Smell is neat, big chocolate and vanilla notes, brown sugar, peppery spice, caramel, toast, coffee, oaky, some alcohol, cinnamon comes through, really nice.

Taste is similar, super super roasty up front, fresh coffee beans, cocoa nib chocolate character, toffee, cinnamon and sugar, lightly peppery, vanillla, pretty intense flavours going on in this one, caramelized sugar in the finish, almost burnt, neat, with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, a bit of warmth and some spice going down, but very drinkable. A nice beer and kickass idea! I've been inspired. Thanks Greg!!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.47/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a flat looking crude black and brown, almost no head on it, nothing to provide lace or retention. Aroma, didn't pull any chile or cinnamon out of this one, just smelled like a lot of two row and roasting, which is fine.

Taste, muted chile flavors, nowhere near what a good chili beer should have. Solid roast flavor, chocolate was mild. Thickness of the beer was substantial, but for all the discussion about how complex this beer is, I found it to be extremely run of the mill and straightforward. Some chocolate malt, some minor bland chili additions, I don't know where the notion of cinnamon comes, maybe you just have to drink these uber fresh. Unfortunately, I didn't pull any of those flavors out of the fresh rum barrel one either. Didn't really see what the big difference between this and Marshall Zhukov was, other than that one is even more sludge like.

Just flat out, one of the more disappointing top 100 beers I've ever come across. Not a bad beer, but really not a great one either. Take a standard giant stout, make it limited, blam.

No wonder so many of these are on ebay vs. drinking them yourself.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.78/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

25.4oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A - Deep Chocolatey brown with a deep brown head consisting of large bubbles.

S - Chocolate, chiles, and some coffee.

T - Strong Chiles, Chocolate, and Tobacco- like a old wet, used up cigar.

D - Mild Carbonation, oily in the mouth.

O - I was really looking forward to this one, but I was dissapointed. The ingredients are clearly present, but not in an appealing way. The wet tobacco flavor was just too much for me. The chile flavor was also present, but it didn't seem to fit.

Photo of vfgccp
4.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2011 bottle, opened in 2011.

A – Black body with the one of the darkest heads I’ve ever seen. The head has super-fine bubbles and holds up well with nice retention and lace. The beer is incredibly viscous with better legs than most red wines.

S – Dark brown sugar, cinnamon, espresso, ancho chilies, light booze.

T – This beer is what a billionaire's milk chocolate should taste like. Chocolate covered espresso beans, delicious raisiny ancho chilies, cinnamon, soft pepper heat, toffee, and vanilla. The flavors are soft, complex, well balanced and prominent. An absolutely beautiful flavor profile.

M – Stunningly smooth, medium/full body. Great sweet vanilla / spicy chili / bitter cocoa finish with a touch of warm booze.

O – Fantastic balance and flavor. It’s rare that a brewer posts an ingredient bill as complex as this on the bottle and everything comes through. It's even rarer that those flavors come through so clean and incredibly well integrated. Tip of the hat to CCB, job well done.

Photo of Duff27
4.19/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3/10/12 bottling

Thin deep deep mocha head on a black beer. "Is this ever going to stop dripping??" Alcohol legs damn near stain the snifter. Good collar, head retention, and lacing for a stout with this magnitude of an ABV. One of the thickest beers I've ever had.

Very present chile aroma, deep chocolate aromas.

All stated secondary flavors well represented...chiles, vanilla, cacao...cinnamon really comes though at the end, unexpectedly. Tastes bounce of each other and from what I gather the order is vanilla>chocolate>chile>cinnamon.

Thick mouthfeel. Lower end of carbonation, fits.

Complex for sure. Glad I split this between four guys because I don't think I could, or would want to, drink this to myself. Started to become muddled acter the palate got a little fatigued. Thanks Elliott.

Photo of kscaldef
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The definition of a motor oil pour. I was mildly shocked to see the single layer of mocha bubbles that did rise at the end, not to last for even as long as it took to walk with my glass to a chair.

S: Lots of chocolate, backed by a mix of green and dried chilis. Cinnamon takes a distant back seat.

T: Wow... like dark drinking chocolate with a shot of strong espresso added. Chili comes in, but just faintly. Vanilla is also present, but without much sweetness it stays in the background.

M: Low carbonation. Full-bodied, but not as thick as the appearance would suggest. Lingers very nicely, but the residual sweetness is low enough to keep it from becoming cloying.

O: I've had a couple bad experiences with aged versions of this beer (unpleasant green pepper aromas), but this one redeems it completely in my eyes. An extravagant beers, but not so overwhelming that I couldn't easily drink the whole bottle. I do think this experience puts this beer firmly in the "drink fresh" category for me, though. (This bottle has been in my refrigerator since my buddy brought it home from Hunahpu Day.)

Photo of aasher
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Avagadro for this 2011 bottle, thanks Aaron! This one pours a very dark dark brown in color on the verge of being black. It's very viscous and coats the glass. It has a nice creamy chocolate brown head that sticks to sides. The aromas consist of sweet chocolates, cinnamon, spices, with light peppers. It's almost dessert like. The flavors feature a nice array of chocolates, roasted malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, other spice with light ancho peppers. It's very, very good and coats your palate. The body is perfect and it drinks really soft. Overall this is near perfect. I'm glad I finally opened one.

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of wordemupg
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2013 bottle poured into tulip 14/12/13, REVIEW # 2000!!!! I hope this ones worthy of such a milestone, big Cheers to the most awesome Rutager for the bottle

A black liquid right out of the bottle, just a thumbnail of cola for an edge when held to the light, shes dark alright, even the foams dark, three fingers worth falls after a few sips leaving no lace much to my surprise, second pours no different with nothing sticking

S bakers chocolate, coco, a little char, chilli peppers, cinnamon sticks, peppermint, molasses, faint vanilla, a little espresso, smells a little woody but I as far as I know this isn't barreled, just a hint of booze and plenty more chocolate

T some unburnt cigarette tobacco, (yes I've actually tasted a ciggy...don't ask questions!) strange fruity notes I can't quite place, and everything I smell, rich as all hell and the booze is gone, terrific stuff!!

M faint heat builds but never really accumulates to much, thick liquid, mellow carbonation stops short of creamy, peppers and chocolate syrup just keep going on the finish, and my lips almost stick together

O before this hit my glass I was impressed, the second I cracked the bottle I could smell the chocolate and I could see the darkness before the stream out of the bottle hit my glass, sexy at every turn

I almost feel guilty drinking this one by myself, "almost" being the operative word, quite worthy of the 2000 milestone. The warming chilli works great with this Alberta Winter evening but I couldn't imagine drinking this in the hot humidity of Florida

Photo of Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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...

Photo of glid02
4.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler shared by HOPSHUNTER - thanks!

Pours black with a one-finger dark brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells amazing. Vanilla and smooth chocolate notes meet up with deep and dark malt flavors with just a hint of underlying heat. Tying everything together are hints of cinnamon. What really seals the deal for me in the aroma department is not what is included but in what levels it's included. Everything present plays off of each other perfectly.

Tastes great. Roasted malt flavors and robust dark chocolate kick things off and are joined shortly by mild hints of vanilla. The vanilla serves to sweeten things up a bit until near the end of the sip when an earthy heat that builds on itself enters into things and carries through to a mildly bitter ending. The cinnamon doesn't make nearly as much impact as it does on the nose.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass absurdly quickly and could easily have five more trying to dissect everything going on in this beer.

Overall this is one of the most well done and interesting beers I can remember having. I look forward to trying this again someday and hoping that it's as good as I remember it being. Do yourself a favor and make it a point to try this beer.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first of 2 bottles from a trade with Dstructo. 750mL bottle filled to the cap line, literally < 5mm of space between liquid and cap.

The beer pours out dark brown and opaque with a foam that is at first reddish-tan color, fading to mocha color. Thick thick head, leaving a layer of foam that never dissipates to the liquid line. The beer smells outstanding, an obvious perfect score. Dark roasted malts and chocolate, some vanilla and other unknown spice, probably cinnamon based on the label. Really loved the nose.

The taste is nearly as good as the aroma. It starts with chocolate and sweet malts roasted to the edge of burning. Behind that you get the vanilla/cinnamon flavors, and finally some pepper burn in the aftertaste. Ancho and pasilla chiles to be exact.

Thick bodied, just as it should be, matching the huge flavors with a huge mouthfeel. Overall an excellent stout, I loved the addition of the chiles and cacao nibs.

Photo of dcmchew
4.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black, bubbling up a great one finger dark brown head, lingers for a while until it turns to a thick sticky lacing.
Huge cocoa in the smell, lots of cinnamon and vanilla, milky and dark chocolate, fig, raisin, veggie chilli pepper, lower coffee notes, faint wood. The smell is incredible, with just a small hint of booze.
Roasty robust taste, huge with dark chocolate, riddled with dry plums and figs, spicy with a lot of woody cinnamon, rich vanilla, even faint licorice. Mellows down and gets a bit sweeter, with sticky molasses and toffee, only to be balanced perfectly in the end with some roasted coffee, dark malts and faint smoked woodiness. The chillies bring a nice warm prickle in the back of the throat, just enough so you know they're there. Taste really brings up all that's written on the label, amplified, rich and perfectly balanced.
Thick body, very smooth, with a very tiny bit of booze present, nowhere near disturbing. Full complex aftertaste, extra roasty.
A huge imperial stout, unique, worth any effort and future budget-hole to get again.

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4.48/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of THECPJ
4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to BeerThursdays for th bottle share.

appearance: dark brown black with minimal mocha head

smell: chocolate, vanilla, sweet, malts,

taste: chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: probably the best Cigar City beer I've had to date. So glad to finally try this elusive beer.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, half acre goblet

HUNA

Beyond thick - lumpy ebony body. There's a heck of a lot going on here - I definitely still got a lot of cacao and fudgy chocolate goo. The chilies play well in the mix and provide a nice contrast without being offensive. As they should be, cinnamon and vanilla were in the background and contributed nice compliments.

This has a nice recipe that could have been botched by playing any of the ingredients too much - instead, this is a nice harmonious RIS that was nice to finally consume.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jrallen34
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours super dark black, hardly any brown highlights in the light. The head is also a very dark brown, however, sadly it only rises about half a inch and is gone right away. Light lacing.

The aroma is on the lighter side but its vey complex, wish it was a little more robust. There is so much going on here, on the front roasted malts, almost smokey, then small notes of vanilla, and cocoa. The smoke might also be presenting as light ancho chiles.

The taste is pretty good, lots going on as well. Lots of roasted malts on the front, cocoa nibs that are incredibly sweet with a hint of the chiles, very nice and unique. The finish is super sweet. Great to have a stout that isn't dominated by coffee, there's no coffee at all and its refreshing.

The feel is nice and coating.

Oveall, this is really good, a taste that keeps you guessing. Its really hard to get an exact point of something, keeps you guessing.

Photo of cjgator3
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. This is one thick beer as it is poured into the glass. It is pitch black with a tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is fantastic and becomes more and more complex as the beer warms in the glass. The first two things that come to mind in the aroma are chocolate and cinnamon with dark roasted malts, smoke and a faint presence from the chilis.

T- Wow! The taste is insane! Dark roasted malts up front with bittersweet chocolate and fresh strong espresso lingering into the finish. There is a lot of lingering bitterness as well from the hops. Finally, this beer has quite a bit of warmth in the finish from the alcohol. This beer seems like it is going to age wonderfully and should get better and better with age.

M- The mouthfeel is unlike any other beer I have had. It is a full, thick, smooth and very moderately carbonated beer.

O- Overall, Hunahpus lives up to it's mythical, legendary hype. Great job Cigar City!

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 3,164 ratings.