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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout

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2,724 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,724
Reviews: 628
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 2,953
Gots: 730 | 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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3.43/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a review of the one released December 2011. My sister and brother-in-law brought it with them from Tampa.

Appearance: black and syrupy, low head formation, but dark tan/brown foam (never seen head this dark!)

Aroma: big notes of molasses, dark chocolate, soy sauce, rum, vanilla, and pipe tobacco

Flavor: full malty sweetness (almost cloying), but the burnt sugar, coffee, smokiness, rich roast, and cocoa notes do balance it out a little bit; laced with vanilla, tobacco, and cinnamon (in the background); finishes sweet with long-lingering caramel, roast, and molasses

Mouthfeel: full (almost syrupy) body, mild carbonation, some alcohol warmth, but most of the warming comes from the chili spice that slowly builds

Other comments: Woah. It is almost shocking how dark and thick this beer is when it emerges from the mouth of the bottle. I actually did a double-take. I have never seen a beer this dark. Drinks like a meal. I'm glad I tried it, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

GreenCard, Mar 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to cyrusthepup for this trade!!

Another review from notes:

Hunahpu!!

Dark black, viscous, and decent sized dark pumpkin orange colored head. Most interesting looking stout I've ever seen! I've never seen a head on beer that looked this orange in the light.

First thing in the nose is chocolate, followed by a solid roastiness, and a touch of green chili. Hard to pick up on cinnamon or vanilla in the aroma.

Wow!! Great taste. Huge, thick, creamy, chocolate and roast, lightly roasted coffee -> cinnamon and vanilla come in towards the middle, with a very light pepper finish. Just a touch of heat, but the chilis really don't stand out too much, wish there was more -> more integrated than anything. Sweet, sticky lips.

Huge body! On the level of BT and Ten FIDY. Almost chalky, dry finish though. No alcohol detected. YUM! Light carb is perfect. Fuck YEAH.

Gotta love transcribing notes word for word!

KeefD, May 13, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle cracked by the generous viggo - thanks man!

Pours a thick black with a finger of the darkest head I think I have ever seen, a black mocha darker than your average porter.

Nose reveals chocolate, coffee, earth, a hint of roast - solid but nothing beyond what I would expect from a top-notch RIS.

Quite an earthy quality to this one, dusty cocoa powder, espresso, wood, a herbal component, nice full roastiness, the chili is lightly noticeable in the beginning but builds as you drink until it provides a light warming which is quite pleasant - well integrated in to the beer. A hint of cinnamon especially as it warms, light alcohol heat in the finish. Slick, thick mouthfeel, very smooth, light hop drying in the finish.

This works well, especially considering all the wacky stuff that's in it. It's perhaps a bit brash yet but has all the hallmarks of a world-class beer. Thanks Eric, this was high on my wants!

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3.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle poured into Bruery snifter

A: Thick viscous mixture that is pitch black an a bright tan head that quickly is just lacing.

S: Heavy roast malt, bitterness from cocoa nibs, a slight hint of chile and some smoke.

T: Also a very heavy roast flavor just to Marshal Zhukov style unsurprisingly. A mixture of flavors, none of them overshadowing the roasted burnt ashy malt flavors. Some of the other flavors coming in are a sweet malt backbone, definite chile presence with a tiny bit of heat even coming through. The cocoa nibs are really hard to pick out among cinnamon and chile spices but they are there adding a little bit of bitterness. Some smokey notes are there as well, literally giving this a chipotle feel to the stout.

M: Thick, just as seen in the pour and a light carbonation.

O: I can definitely enjoy it, it has some sweetness mixing in with the smoke, chile peppers, cinnamon and cocoa nibs. This is literally a kitchen sink of beers with many things added. It is good and a beer worth seeking out, but not an all time favorite stout of mine.

alpinebryant, Jul 10, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from this year's release. The beer and the Cigar City snifter it was poured in are both courtesy of Whartonallboy. This one was allowed to warm from the fridge for about half an hour before being opened.

Hunahpu's pours the typical solid stout black, with at most a finger and a half of *dark* caramel foam topping it. Retention is decent, but lacing is barely there. The nose is a bit muted, but what is there is intoxicating. Rich chocolate is the centerpiece, and it's buoyed by notes of cinnamon and peppery spice. The aroma may have been a bit dull, but that wasn't the case once the beer hit my lips. What would have been a deep dark chocolate base is brought much closer to milk chocolate from the sweetness from the vanilla beans. Cinnamon acts as the transition to a spicy, almost smoky finish from the chiles. Everything is in perfect proportion as well, with the chocolaty notes forming the basis of the flavor profile, and then filtering down to cinnamon and then chiles. The body is perfectly rich and creamy, but the carbonation isn't quite up to the task of cutting through all that. Hunahpu's isn't quite elite in every facet, but it brings it where it counts (the flavor). I'll be doing my best to acquire some more in the future.

axeman9182, Apr 03, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

KJ2013, Dec 12, 2013
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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