Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 2,947
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 9.19%
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Gots: 759 | FT: 41
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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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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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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.

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

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.68/5  rDev +2.4%

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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.

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4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
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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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured vertically from a 750ml cellared then refrigerated bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. As the beer flows into the glass, it forms a foamy and creamy head that demands attention – its glorious. Bubbles are so thin and the foam so thick it almost resembles a nitro. Aromas of cinnamon and chocolate invade the air around the beer, inviting you to try it. After a minute or so, the foam settles into a thin bed the covers the glass, ultimately sinking into the thick, dark and viscous beer below forming a beautiful ring around the glass.

Its nose is a medley of sweet and spicy aromas, very inviting. Predominant notes are cinnamon, chocolate, chile ancho and vanilla. The taste is quite similar to its nose – as the beer warms and opens up, stronger chocolate flavors take center stage. Very unique brew for sure, and you need to know what you’re getting into prior to trying it – this is not your typical Imperial Stout. The only other beer Huna reminds me of is Luchador en Fuego by Clown Shoes.

Hunahpu’s mouthfeel is probably the best I’ve had. It’s so thick and creamy that it almost feels like drinking melted dark Belgian chocolate. It’s perfect for your palate to fully appreciate the broad spectrum of flavors this beer proudly carries. Carbonation is almost inexistent.

Overall, I must say it does live up to the hype – it’s a work of art.

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5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at at Hunahpu day 2011.

A: Black! Similar the other Zhukov's. Small, dark brown head, that fades rather quickly.

S: Notes of alcohol, with some coffee and chocolate. Wow was the first impression!

T: You get hit with the roasted malt, coffee and a hint of chocolate. Finishes with a hint of vanilla and a slight heat from the pepper.

M: Thick, heavy body. Good carbonation.

Overall impression: Had this along with the 4 Roses and Brandy aged Zhurkov at Hunahpu Day. This is definitely a great imperial stout.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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