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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 3,179
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.95%
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Gots: 848 | FT: 56
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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: 3,179 | Reviews: 685
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4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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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3.94/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large capped bottle brought straight from the brewery by stoutsnipas, thanks!

Tried two different bottles, and unfortunately, some quality control problems seem somewhat obvious.
The dark brown, but not quite black color shows a very faint head, quite different than the gusher a friend had described. Little to no head is formed.
Aroma is quite pleasant, bittersweet chocolate abound, with some coffee, molasses, spices, a hint of bourbon.
The mouthfeel suffers from the underwhelming carbonation, but still feels velvety.
Flavors of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, some spices. Good, but the limited carbonation, unfortunately suggestive of some quality control issues does limit the overall enjoyment.

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4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split with a friend, fresh 2012 vintage.

A: The blackest beer I could ever imagine. Opaque even while being poured with the absolute darkest brown head I have ever seen. Lots of foam forms with great retention. I would not change one thing about how this beer looks.

S: Tons and tons of roasted malt, stronger than I remember from last year. I do get a good amount of caramel sweetness to balance. Dark chocolate is also quite strong with a hint of cinnamon and spicy chili peppers. I don't get much sweetness from the vanilla, but it's not much needed.

T: This beer seemed to do a lot better after I let it sit for a bit, so I'll review it off of that. Intense dark chocolate and roasted malts with caramel and light vanilla sweetness to balance. Cinnamon and chili peppers come in after that, but the cinnamon is certainly stronger. I don't get much in the way of hops, but the beer seems fairly well balanced between sweetness and bitterness.

M: Extremely thick with great carbonation.

O: This beer is very complex and quite tasty. Very strong dark chocolate flavors mix well with strong roast and cinnamon flavors. There are a ton of strong flavors here, but they mix together quite well.

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4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured an intense black with a small finger of dark mocha head. Big chocolate aroma with hints of vanilla and cinnamon/chili.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Huge dark cocoa flavor up front with some hints of fruity esters, almost like a chocolate-covered cherry. Cinnamon and subtle chili on the tail end complement some really nice vanilla notes that emerge as the beer warms.

In the running for my favorite stout; wish I could get it on the West Coast. Perfect balance of roast, sweetness, and spice--absolutely top notch.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle

Pours pitch black. A bit of dark brown head. Vry thick. I can smell the peppery goodness right away off the pour. Smells so very very peppery. Tastes sweet and dry at the same time. A good amount of cocoa on the tongue. The pepper melds nicely with the cocoa and roasted malts. The spice is a bit heavy on the nose but blends well on the tongue. Leaves my mouth a bit dry but fairly drinkable for the percentage. A definitely unique and interest brew

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4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 10oz pour from a 1 Pint 9.4 FL.OZ. Bottle in a tasting w/ other Darkness Day friends in front of the Vintage Lot (#2) @ Surly Brewing Company in Brooklyn Center, MN. Poured from the bright yellow, sun blinding bottle w/ the Hunahphu Pharoah on the front into my Schlafly Tulip Glass. Does not have a freshness date but for this style, wasn’t a problem.

Aroma- VERY strong chocolate and roasted aroma from the beginning! Awesome to see this in this stout. Has the best Cigar City aroma punch like all their brews do. Chili Peppers are very light in here and can’t find in the nose. All around, perfect.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head thats dark brown stays for a minute. Has an extremely viscous body with a dark brown/coffee color and opaque. Leaves a bit of sudsy lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Has a ton of chocolate (bittersweet) upfront and then bit of spiciness at the finish. Has a weird sourness also in the ending... Not sure if this should be an attribute I should have picked up or not. Very strong roastiness and light, european coffee flavors all the way through. Not much bitterness, just alot to drink!

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied but goes down thin and smooth, Low Carbonation, Creamy, but has this unfavorable note of sourness... Tons of roastiness and chocolate is left on the palate.

Overall Impression- I’ve been very interested in enjoying this one since having other brews from Cigar City. A real nice chocolate, roasty, and bit of spiced brew but not sure about this sour note I caught... I’m going to ignore this in the overall because the Hanahphu was awesome! Enjoy this if you can (I had to split 2 Schlafly Reserve 750’s to just get a 10oz pour!).

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed 04-01-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass, thanks to Shango42 for sharing, let sit a bit for closer to room temp

A - Poured black with a dark brown head, little signs of carbonation but couldn't really tell

S - Coffee, vanilla, dark chocolates, no real hop presence in this brew

T - WOW, dry roasted coffee taste followed up with dark chocolate, vanilla and a smoke after taste

M/D - A big thanks to Shango42 for cracking this open, a great brew to have had, my first Cigar City brew and man I would love to have another. Sorry I couldn't pick out the chili like everyone else but the balanced flavors in this brew can speak for itself. A must for anyone to try, if you're a fan of this style then you gotta get your hands on this. A full bodied brew with that can be enjoyed over and over.

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4.17/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cold from the bottle black to a plastic cup at FFF XV party with a finger sized mocha head with minimal retention.

aroma of dark fruit, cocoa and peppers.

cocoa and peppers up front. dark fruit and perhaps a bit of smoke.

creamy smooth, low carbonation, sweet, no bitter.

overall: cocoa, smooth, yum.

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4.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
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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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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