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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 2,893
Reviews: 637
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 3,012
Gots: 753 | FT: 45
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of DovaliHops
4.18/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Thanks for sharing, Chad! Pours a very thick black with small-medium dark tan head that diminishes quickly. Scent has a TON of cocoa to it. From first whiff, I was greeted with lovely cocoa and cinnamon. Some bitter-sweet chocolate with just a bit of chile aroma...I'm assuming there was more when this was fresh. Taste is spicy cinnamon at first, which immediately turns to sweet cinnamon. Some vanilla there as well. There sure is a lot of cinnamon flavor to this beer, which makes for a unique stout. A lot of cocoa and chocolate with just the slightest chile flavor. All these flavors mesh really well together. Wouldn't call it a complex beer per se, but definitely well-balanced. ABV hidden well. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is one tasty imperial stout. I'm crossing my fingers I will get to try one of the barrel-aged versions.

DovaliHops, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of vkv822
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.
2010 vintage.

Pours black with a beautiful, thick and frothy dark brown head.

The aroma is quite complex, but rich cocoa, chocolate and vanilla stand out the most. I'm picking up only hints of the chili and cinnamon, though I probably wouldn't be able to identify it is such had I not known what it was. There are also some faint dark fruit notes.

The taste is of chocolate and light vanilla, followed up by some cinnamon heat and faint, almost smoky, chili notes. Very enjoyable. I really enjoy the chili and cinnamon notes, as it adds enough burn to let you know it's there, but doesn't become over-whelming.

The mouthfeel is just wonderful. An incredibly thick body, with just enough carb to keep it from becoming too heavy.

I really enjoyed this stout very much and I definitely now understand the love for it, though I probably won't actively seek any more of it.

vkv822, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of starrdogg
4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jwjon1 for this bottle. This is one I've been wanting to try for a while.

A: Poured jet black and looked like motor oil coming out of the bottle (my girlfriend was terrified), and yet it somehow still had great carbonation and a thick dark brown head.

S: Wow, this beer smells really incredible! Dark chocolate and roasted malt and some other spices that I can't quite put my finger on. I just want to smell this forever.

T: Damn, it tastes good, but I wanted it to be so much better. It's chocolatey and sweet, but I had hoped that the chilies and cinnamon would come through more in the taste. It didn't taste THAT much different than its baby brother base beer, Marshall Zhukov's. Once it warmed up a little, the chilies came through more, but I thought it could've used more of that flavor.

M: Very smooth, but the stickiness of it got to me after a while.

O: Hunahpu's is a damn good beer, but I wanted it to be amazing, and it wasn't quite what I had hoped for. Maybe it's just because I'm a big fan of spicy food, but I wanted more of that flavor in the beer than just the hints it offered, because what was there was great. Still, this is a very nice, unique beer.

Edit: Opened a second bottle and it was much more what I had hoped Hunahpu's to be. The cinnamon and chilis really shined this time around and made it a fantastic beer. I'm not sure what was wrong with the first bottle I had, but the second one was considerably better - I'm upping taste and overall ratings from 4 to 4.5.

starrdogg, Jul 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

djtomain, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Rado
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Rado, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of SFC21
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

SFC21, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Jamison85
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Jamison85, Jul 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

derkfromwi, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of _morandi_
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

_morandi_, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of callmemickey
4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep black with only the slightest hints of light poking through the edges. Not too impressive of a head... tiny khaki cap, with modest retention. Dissolves to a tight ring around the edges. An occasional wisp of lacing left on the glass.

S: Roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a bit of vanilla. Nothing unusual and certainly not a fair indication of the flavor just around the bend.

T: Bam... one of the most unexpected flavor profiles based on the nose... large blasts of bitter dark chocolate, cacao, roasted malts, and vanilla... supplemented with an earthy smoked-woodyness... a little bit of cola... and of course the spicy chilies! Reminded me of Black Tuesday in the sheer monstrosity and complexity of the flavor layering ... not quite as enjoyable though.

M: Heavy... dense... with some carbonation to balance out... nice prolonged finish

D: I have had this both fresh and with some age... I'd drink this on the younger side of things. One of the few cigar city beers that have been worth trying.

callmemickey, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of Soneast
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Soneast, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of claytong
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - black on black crime. mocha head that dissipates slowly to some lacing off very controlled pour.

smell - chocolate brownies, vanilla, toffee... didnt get any peppers, but im happy with that, cause it was incredible.

taste - chocolate brownies that are out of this world good. everything else was minor... vanilla, earth, caramel and heat.

mouthfeel - thick and good, carbonation is amazing for how heavy it is. coats the mouth wonderfully

lives up to its rep

claytong, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of gillagorilla
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

gillagorilla, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of AdamBear
4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BigBlacke for getting this one for me!

A-rich dark brown with a thick dark brown head that thins. i've personally never seen a head the dark before!

S-smells like thick dark chocolate syrup. there is definitely a little spice in there. smells very earthy. its not a strong scent, though i notice as i let the glass warm, it starts to become more aromatic. i'm even starting to smell some of the vanilla.

T-first of all..this is a long experience with multiple levels. comes in with good thick cocoa beans (sometimes i get some cinnamon). it then transforms in to a fairly hefty bitterness followed by a taste of dark cocoa. the cocoa bean flavor lasts in to a long lasting after-taste and it is eventually paired by a chile spiciness. i really like this spiciness. it adds something to this stout that is rarely seen in big beers. this is definitely a good and complex stout.

M-very thick with a medium to low carbonation and a dry finish

O-overall, this is one of the best stouts i've had. i feel like it'd be a lot better with out the bitterness, but i do know that there are a lot of people out there that value that. i know its brewed with cinnamon and vanilla, but i'm having a hard time finding it, they're probably meddled in with all of the other intense flavors going on. truth be told, i'm going to be very sad when this bottle is empty. this is a world class stout.

AdamBear, May 15, 2011
Photo of MaseFace
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

MaseFace, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of monitorpop
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

monitorpop, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
4.25/5  rDev -7%
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.

Vonerichs, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of gratefulbeerhead
5/5  rDev +9.4%

gratefulbeerhead, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Mikecap
4/5  rDev -12.5%

Mikecap, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Bartos
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Bartos, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to bilco for the bottle. Shared with angrybabboon.

2011 vintage

Appearance: Thick, dark and heavy. Pours heavy and still. Head is a dark brown. Thin cap disappears almost immediately and leaves the beer looking like a still black pool.

Smell: Roasted malts and a huge cocoa note. Tiny hint of cinnamon on the back of the nose. Vanilla and milk chocolate coupled with hints of leather. Burnt malts with a touch of char. Coffee beans and fresh tobacco leaves.

Taste: Rich chocolate and the taste of fresh coffee beans wrapped in dark chocolate. Mild spiciness builds after a few sips. Vanilla and cocoa in good measure. Huge roasted component runs toward burnt with a nice undercurrent of char. So much malt. Tobacco and baker's chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Nice full body with minimal carbonation. Syrupy and thick. Slick and chewy.

Overall: Huge stout and then some. Tons of malt depth. The added flavors make the base beer something entirely new and enjoyable. Great depth and ages well. Nicely played.

Goblinmunkey7, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle of the 2010 vintage shared with steepH20 while watching the Mavs smack down the Heat. Oh, sweet, sweet justice.

Evil black sludge with a rich cinnamon head that rises and fades likes the summer sun. A nice looking beer. A slick coating lays waste to the snifter sip after sip.

For a year old bottle, this shines brightly with the adjuncts on display: cinammon, chiles, and dark chocolate. Unlike any stout I've had.

Rich baker's chocolate and bitters segues into cinammon and spice from the chiles. Full, thick, and hot. Alcohol peppery heat from the chiles and high abv make for a big drinking stout. As individual flavors, this shows its uniqueness. As a some of its parts, it doesn't really shine in its cohesiveness.

Low carbonation and heavy, thick mouthfeel makes this a long, slow sipper.

I appreciate the uniqueness of this beer and am thankful for the opportunity. While a nice experience, I'm not sure that this should demand the pull this beer seems to require.

BarrytheBear, Jun 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

ralerwen, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of kell50
4.25/5  rDev -7%

kell50, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of leftoverburrito
4.25/5  rDev -7%

leftoverburrito, Jun 25, 2014
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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