Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 684
Hads: 3,405
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.89%
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Florida, United States

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

Availability: Spring

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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 ejyoung
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a BIF and opened for a AZ BA tasting. 2010 vintage.

Pours super dark (basically black) with a chocolate colored head. Nice lacing and coating left behind in the glass. Looks thick.

Smelled of dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and a hint of chili. Intriguing.

This was a very unique tasting stout. Chocolate and roasted coffee are clearly present, but the additional ingredients really make this shine. Nice cinnamon and vanilla taste with a bite of chili heat in the finish.

Thick, full bodied stout that thoroughly coats the mouth. Nice amount of carbonation.

Really enjoyed getting to try this beer, but was glad to have friends to share it with. Definitely couldn't have put this down alone due to how full and intense it is. (753 characters)

Photo of klikger
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour served in a Bruery tulip

A - Black, large brown head & great lacing

S - Cinnamon, dried chili peppers, dark chocolate, and raisins

T - A spicy blend of dried cayenne, cinnamon, and dark fruits up front. Loads of coffee come next, with vanilla and dark chocolate joining the party as well. The end is bitter roasted espresso and piny hops. Amazingly complex, incredibly delicious stout. In my top 5 for the style for sure.

M - Ultra-smooth/creamy and pretty thick. Very good.

D - A sipper for sure. A brilliant sipper - I really wish I had more right now. (571 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle from PALMEJ1 (extra) - you, sir, are good people.

It was my intent to celler this once it showed up unannounced but that was not in the cards.

This beer pours very well. the CCB folks filled this one to the brim and there was a nice amount of carbonation in the pour with a dark tan head that stays.

Smell is beautiful, but largly dominated by the chocolate/malts. However, the aroma was so nice (and strong) that my wife noted how good it smelled. She then got a glass poured for her and 'enjoyed it'. She tried another stout at the same time and said it 'tasted like water' in comparison to this.

The taste is just good. It is so strongly dominated by the chocolate, and specifically that slightly acrid bite of dark chocolate, that even the malt was hidden underneath to a degree.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Though the pour suggests that it will by syrupy(sp?), this has a nicely full feel that is benifitted by good carbonation.

Despite this being, in my opinion, underaged (the chocolate really dominated the other flavors,) it was a rare brew that my wife and I both enjoyed and which I am hopefull to reacquire to age for a bit.

(8th) (1,157 characters)

Photo of dudecandle
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

8 oz pour into Chimay goblet at Rattle n Hum:

A: Black body, somewhat brownish in the light, with a dark dark brown head

S: Big chocolate, coffee, vanilla, salami smoke, and caramel.

T: Huge chocolate: dark, but not too dark. Coffee and sweeet caramel complement well, along with some nice touch of smoke. Rounding it out perfectly is a good dose of cardamom. Brilliant. Unlike some other big stouts with big flavors, everything here comes together perfectly. Right proportions, right balance. Wow.

M: Full, with layers upon layers of flavor, a slight alcohol burn, and a long-lasting finish.

D: This is the perfect stout. Huge flavors, subtle flavors, big body. The only knock is that it's so understated in its strength that it can really get ahead of you, if that's a knock. (782 characters)

Photo of KillerJigger
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent burnt brown head with good carbonation. Good bite with a sweet sweet cinnamin taste. Subtle cocao notes as well. Great beer to share and enjoy with a friend. (167 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled On: 03/30/2010
Sample Type: 750ml. Bottle
Vintage: 2010
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Acquired with the help of Zach(beeruser), thanks cuz! This brew poured like 10W-30 motor oil w/ a big two to three finger dark brown head. However, no pop when opening the bottle, I assume thats due to the bottle being almost filled to the top. Heavy lacing hangs on the glass and remains. Pretty awesome spectacle! The nose was of chocolate malts, molasses, peat, and oak. Tasted as you would expect from the nose, but with a finish of light vanilla bean, spices from the peppers, and a good hop backbone to balance. Extremely complex and became even more so as it warmed. The mouthfeel was perfectly viscous and chewy which is what I was looking for. This brew will tease you. Initially, you think you can drink alot of it, and really want to, but then soon realize that with the well masked ABV and thickness you cannot. This brew is really a meal in a bottle.

Overall, this is hands down, the best and most complete Imperial Stouts I have had to date. In my search for the Holy Grail of Imperial Stouts, this is as close as I have been. Fine job once again by Cigar City, this brew is worthy of the hype. If you have not sampled it you must seek it out! Thanks again Zach! (1,270 characters)

Photo of urwithdave
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into CCB snifter. Reviewing from notes (not that I'd need them for this one because it was soooo freaking good) taken on 3/12/10 at the release at CCB.

A- Pours used motor oil. Blacker than black. A good inch of head that has nice retention. Leaves nice lacing.

S- Just heavenly! Big chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and molasses.

T- If I wouldn't have had the apple brandy aged hunahpu I would tell you that Hunahpu is the BEST beer I have ever had. However, I have had the apple brandy hunahpu. Therefore, Hunahpu is the second best beer I have ever drank in my life. The nose isn't far off here. Chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. The flavors blend PERFECTLY! Just when you think it can't get any better, the chilies kick in and you get a hint of them on the way down!

M- SUPERB!! CREAMY as they get. Perfect amount of carbonation. Leaves me looking forward to the next drink.

D- I will drink this whenever I can. If you haven't had it find it and try it. The only thing I could knock on this one is the fact that I wouldn't be able to drink it all night/day/morning due to the higher abv. However, it is a BIG Stout...can I even really knock it for the ABV??? (1,181 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013. The long awaited Hunahpu.

This is a massively flavorful beer - incredible flavor depth and excellently balanced all around. Chocolate is the dominant flavor and aroma. Incredibly rich velvety mouth-coating milk chocolate, bittersweet dark chocolate covered oily espresso beans. The madagascar vanilla beans yield an amazing bourbon-vanilla sweetness - some toffee too. It's perfectly boozy at 11%. It's like a spirit coated decadent chocolate vanilla spice cake. The chillies and cinnamon blend incredibly well together and create a spicy and slightly vegetal pepper skin with a cinnamon kick. It has a wonderfully smooth, viscous, mouth-coating full body with very soft carbonation.

Incredible beer that stands out as one of the best in my memory. It's hard to imagine that a barrel aged version could make it better with so much going on, but I must try one after experiencing this. (893 characters)

Photo of mechamifune
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this one for a while. Got one as a wedding present for a friend and have been lucky enough to obtain a second bottle, so here we go.

Pours a pitch black with a motor oil complexion. Very very slight brown head. Looks the part of a big IS.

Smell is vanilla sweetness upfront, followed the smell of sweet malt and some cinnamon. The faintest hint of chili is also evident. A great, complex smell.

Taste is sweet upfront with immediate notes of cinnamon as well. Lots of vanilla comes forward midway through and chilis come on strong at the end of each drink. Certainly a spicy element here, but far from overwhelming. A great combination and blending of flavors.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style. Very full and smooth, but not quite to the point of being sticky like, say, Dark Lord.

Overall this is one hell of a beer, and one that demonstrates the ability to integrate some marginally out of the box flavors without making them feel gimmicky. No one note dominates and everything comes together fantastically. There are few things better in the beer world than when you find a beer that is both unique and rewarding, and this fits the bill. (1,173 characters)

Photo of rtaps
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012

Pour Motor oil black with the darkest brown head ive seen on a stout thats creamy and thick. looks very viscous with good lacing left around the glass

i had my nose in the glass for a good amount of time before taking my first sip. its a very complex nose and i couldn't get enough. mildly smokey pasilla pepper, cinnamon, dark chocolate from the cacao nibs, some fruits and a little coffee.

cacao nibs hit you first, with cinnamon and the smokey pasilla back end with some licorice.

full bodied super viscous medium carbonation

overall this was fantastic extremely complex not only on the nose but in the taste. i really want to get my hands on another bottle and see it age just a little bit (706 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013) to HFS sniffer

A:Dark dark brown like the color of black coffee it has a small tan head with a medium sized lacing around the top of the glass. It is completely opaque and there is no light get through its about as thick as you can get.

S: There is quite a wide range of scents in here the vanilla is defiantly the strongest, but you can definitely still smell the chilies and they blend interestingly. The cacao is present too in the background it is a very unique spicy scent that I can't really compare to anything else I've seen.

T: Ok so I am really glad I had this beer fresh as the chilies are present and prominent and mix in well with the vanilla flavor. There is so much depth to the flavor the chilies stay on the tonuge and start to blend with cacao nibs for one deep unique flavor I really can't describe it better but it is really good.

M: The feel is surprisingly thin for the style and abv but it does go down fairly smoothly the vanilla matches that well. There is no carbonation and with it not being thick it is kinda weird. This is pretty much the only aspect of the beer that does not blow me away.

O: Wow this is such unique beer it has some much different flavors and scents there is really nothing I can compare it too. It is also delicious I could drink this for days and drink it fresh the chilies really come out and mix in well. This is a hard to get but totally worth it get it if you can (1,436 characters)

Photo of bryang002
2.99/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Maybe I built this one up too much but I was greatly disappointed with 2013 Huna. The look and feel of this beer were amazing but for some reason all I could smell and taste was olives.

After a bit I finally got some vanilla undertones but this thing tasted like a olive bomb. No chocolate, no chilies, this thing was a mess. (326 characters)

Photo of tripelhops
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just tasted a 2010 bottle from a trade, poured into a tulip glass. Pours deep black with a wicked reddish brown head that fades quickly, but leave lacing everywhere it touched. I didn't pick up on the chile's, but the smell was otherwise dominated by dark chocolate, hints of vanilla, cinamonn, and a touch of oak. Lots going on in the smell, but the taste was more one dimensional, not bad, mind you, but not quite as complex as the aroma. It's definately up there as one of the best RIS's I've had. The alcohol is hidden well, and drinks very easily considering how thick and heavy the beer is. (596 characters)

Photo of chaz01
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the few beers I took notes on at Dark Lord Day. 22 ounce bottle served into a 4 oz tasting glass.

A: Dark black and opaque with a think brown head.

S: Malty coffee aroma

T: Chocolate malt balls with a bit of an orange and tangerine twang to it. Dark fruits like plums and raisins along with chocolate and vanilla notes.

M: Full bodied, but light and creamy on the tongue. Smooth, nice dry finish.

D: Certainly worth another taste -- would be a nice beer to have after dinner or with a rich chocolate dessert. (521 characters)

Photo of regspeir
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of Jefe73
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first had this beer at the 2010 Stogie's & Stouts party at the Dunedin Brewery in February.

Pours black with big thick dark tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, cocoa, and chocolate. Flavor is robust with thick dark malts, tons of chocolate, light cinnamon, light smoke, and very faint heat from chilis. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Not abrasive in any way. Flavors come together so well. This beer comes with tons of hype and it lived up to it. Just like the rest of the CCB brews I have had. (495 characters)

Photo of smokeypeat
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This thing pours 2am black into the glass with a nice thick "glug, glug". Nice sticky lacing from the head. Good legs on the glass. Definitely one of the best looking imperial stouts out there.

Smell on this is great. Nice dark roast, hints of the vanilla and cinnamon present. Morning blend coffee.

Taste is off the charts for me. Perfect blend of traditional RIS flavors (coffee, bakers chocolate), with great add-ons. The vanilla is a nice sweet note, with the cinnamon present but not overpowering. I really love how the chiles come in on the back end and create this pleasant warming note throughout. Probably the most balanced use of chiles in beer that I've come across.

Mouthfeel is perfect for a big beer like this. Smooth, creamy, goes down easy without being cloying.

After having this a third time on Thanksgiving night I can say this has become my favorite beers in the "one day a year" special release category. I think I'm going to have to make the effort to get down there next year for release day. (1,019 characters)

Photo of Graffy
3.26/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The issue comes down to taste with this beer. Huna, DBH just doesnt matter. It takes like im drinking a cinnamon sugar milkshake with some chilies thrown in. (157 characters)

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Good god this beer was delicious. Drank at a perfect cellar temperature, the vanilla comes right out and smacks you in the nose. The smell is sweet like a chili infused milkshake (hmmmm) and i have to say, this beer was about as viscous as a milkshake too.

The only thing that made it tough to knock down was that it was still a bit hot. Not that it was unexpected but it definitely made it a little less drinkable. I worked on my bottle over 3 days... I hope to try this beer with even a little bit of age on it... i think it will be unbelievable... (552 characters)

Photo of Mississipping
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with StayWhatYouAre2 during our annual rare beer tasting. Poured into a Bruery snifter.

A: Thick, syrupy, nearly black pour produces a medium one finger mocha head that makes the mouth water. Decent head retention with some of the most impressive lacing I've seen, and long legs. Couldn't get much better than this.

S: Smokey with bitter dark chocolate up front, along with vanilla, bacon, and slight anise, coffee, hops and booze. I don't pick up any peppers or chili, but am not disappointed what is present in the nose.

T: The taste matches the smell quite well. Starts with dark chocolate and toffee, greeted by a smokiness and slight hoppiness, finishing with a bits of coffee, hops, and a mild booze burn. Still no ancho or pasilla chilies, but a bit of a chili burn at the back of the throat the more you drink and the more it warms. Would have liked just a bit more of the chili bite, but the lack thereof doesn't negatively effect the quality.

M: Coating and chewy; probably as close to chocolate syrup as a beer could come. Very mild carbonation, which adds to the viscosity, yet keeps it slightly lively on the palate. Slight booze burn on the back end.

D: Mildly drinkable, at best. This is a tough one to put down. Although this bottle was shared, it wasn't finished in one evening. Maybe we're wimps, but this is a definite sipper and great for sharing with at least two people. Overall Hunahpu's really delivers ... in appearance, smell, taste, and mouthfeel. I loved it! (1,508 characters)

Photo of Shumista
3.96/5  rDev -12%
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. (1,405 characters)

Photo of schwaeh
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from 2011

A: This beer has one of the better heads you will get out of an imperial stout; I was worried after hearing so much about the base beer being flatter than hand soap. Poured ever so black into a goblet style glass with an impressive 1/2" mocha head.

S: The smell is where you first know this isn't some run-of-the-mill double stout. There is the typical bitter coffee and dark chocolates but right away you know this is spiced up. I'm sure the chilies stood out more when fresh but they were present in the background, standing behind the vanilla sweetness and brown sugar/cinnamon spice.

T: This really stands alone. I sort of feel that cigar city teamed up with Hershey;s and a seasoning company to make this guy. There is a dominating coffee character which I didn't expect in this beer. Ok, maybe not dominant, just the first big flavor in the party. Next you get the richness and creaminess that the vanilla and cacao nibs bring to the beer. The finish is where you notice Hunahpu's spiciness, which is apparent on the back of your tongue after each taste; Its nothing distracting but enough to give the beer character and set it apart. Alcohol is hidden very well in this big stout.

M: Thick, creamy, and coating. The carbonation was huge for the style.

O: I'm very pleased that I decided to seek out a few bottles of this. Huna is a great way for a brewery to make something different and memorable without throwing it in a bourbon barrel. (1,474 characters)

Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev -11.1%
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! (306 characters)

Photo of madnismo
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Huna Day at CCB 2014.
I never really cared for Huna, I always used it to trade but damn 2014 huna is amazing. Loads of chocolate, spice, chocolate, chocolate and spice on the nose. The flavor has loads of chocolate, spice, chocolate and spice with a hint of heat from the chilies. Its like drinking a chocolate gingerbread cookie that's been dipped in chocolate. Well done CCB on this years Huna. (396 characters)

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This could be one of the best beers I have had the pleasure of drinking. Really nice, really deep, really, really good. Thanks to Donn for picking this up for our outstanding tasting. There is some much depth and flavor in this beer, it is a great example of my favorite style of beer. The chiles, the cinnamon, the tastes and flavored are great. Pours a beautiful black with a nice brown dark head....overall..pure awesome! (424 characters)

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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