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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 2,886
Reviews: 637
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 3,009
Gots: 751 | FT: 45
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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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RochefortChris, Jun 22, 2014
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fthegiants, Apr 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Chingringo, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of CGMLS3
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.

CGMLS3, Mar 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

TonyTalon, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of younger35
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from ihaveyourkids and thought I better open sooner than later since there was a bit leaking around the cap. I've been pumped to try this one since I heard that it contained chilies and vanilla. Boner. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Literally glugs an intensely dark black, perhaps the blackest and thickest looking beer I've ever had the pleasure of looking at. A beautiful one finger dark brownish red head forms atop the beer maintaining a ridiculously awesome cap and collar along with a bit of random spotty lacing.
Smell- The smell is a lot like Marshal Zhukov's as the beer is insanely roasted with tons of big malty char. Loads of chocolate and caramel spew out of the beer and are accentuated by a big bouquet of earthy vanilla bean. Not quite as hoppy as the regular version (maybe the chocolate and/or vanilla tone it down a bit) but I still get a nice herbally/pine sort of hoppiness. Maybe a touch of smoky pepper in the nose but nothing extreme.
Taste- Starts with an intensely charred roasted bitterness that is somewhere between harsh and earthy but still really good. The chocolate is very raw and earthy and mixes well with the vanilla bean. Speaking of, the vanilla is fairly light and sort of just does its own thing. I definitely don't get any cinnamon and the chilies are very light on the tongue in the aftertaste. The beer is plenty sweet though as it MAYBE gets a touch cloying at times. The finish is full of caramel with a fleeting glimpse of some sort of mocha coffee thing.
Mouthfeel- Big and thick and rich with an extremely creamy feel that is velvety and lush. The carbonation is light and spot on... Thankfully the slight cap slip didn't harm the beer's feel one bit.
Drinkability- Really tasty beer that is right in my wheelhouse of flavors. The only thing I wish about this beer is that the chilies were kicked up quite a bit. I want more of that heat on the back of my throat. Other than that, not much else to complain about. Really enjoyed this beer and thanks to Joe for sending it my way!

younger35, Apr 20, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -12.5%

lillitnn92, Jul 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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doucmehu, Oct 02, 2012
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4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #600
2014 vintage, poured into a snifter

A- pours a thick motor oil black color with a small dark tan head that has decent retention and short lasting lace as it settles

S- very reminiscent of a winter warmer style beer. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, a hint of spicy pepper on the nose, sweet vanilla, sandle wood, cherry cordial, cranberry spice

T- sweet fig and prune mix with vanilla and cinnamon, sweet toffee with tart notes of cherry and cranberry , very subtle heat kicks in near the finish, with a linger of dark fruit and graham cracker

M- thick and viscous body with low carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, just a hint of alcohol warmth

O- this should be released at Christmas, as it's loaded with traditional Christmas flavors and aromas. Mouthfeel was nearly perfect the chili complimented nicely

Treyliff, Mar 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

jkball01, Jun 02, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -7%

tfsimpkins, May 26, 2013
Photo of Dreadnaught33
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazing beer.

A: Awesome black with huge lacing and dark brown head!

S: Amazing. Oh wow, the charred malt base mizes so well with sweet and savory notes of chile, caramel, cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla bean and dark dried fruits. So awesome holy cow.

T: Follows the smell with big burnt malt notes, hickory BBQ, cocoa, chile spice, vanilla bean, cinnamon bun, and fudge. Again, wicked roasty. Sweet man not too sweet, savory as well. Outstanding, theres hardly the words to describe.

M: Nice feel, smooth as all get out and completely coating, everything a big stout should be.

D: OUSTANDING beer, man it's incredibly easy to put back being so big. Ever time I get to try this, I am consistently blown away.

Dreadnaught33, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Bruery tulip, courtesy the ever-generous Greg (tpd975). Huge thanks, Greg!

Pours absolutely pitch black, ridiculously dense and thick, with a gorgeous, dense 1.5 finger mocha head. The head slowly settles down into a thin but dense cap, with excellent stickage and fantastic walls of lacing.

Nose is roasty, light notes of smooth espresso and dark cocoa, bit of tobacco, and a mix of dark fruits and licorice. Nice nose, but far from exceptional.

The taste, however, lives up to the expectations. Huge, deep chocolate and beautiful roastiness up front segue into big dark fruit, blackstrap molasses, more chocolate, and a nice smokiness. Alcohol emerges with a bit of booziness right before the finish, smoky pepper heat, and a firm, sharp, roasty bitterness that carries hints of burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel is thick and full-bodied, decadent, with a firm underlying carbonation and a subtle heat from the peppers in the back of the throat. Long, full finish.

Drinkability is, surprisingly, pretty nice. Aside from a bit of alcohol heat, the flavor is massive, but I was wishing for more after my half of the bottle. A really beautifully done beer.

JohnQVegas, Mar 30, 2010
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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