Hunahpu's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings:
3,788
Avg:
4.51
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Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

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

Added by tpd975 on 01-03-2009

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Photo of Tim_S
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 750 ml vintage, served in a snifter

A) Extremely, extremely dark. Light does not escape this beer, and only a slight tinge of amber on the outside rim. Almost the appearance of a thick motor oil. How an imperial stout should look.

S) Front loaded with heavy scents of dark fruits, particularly plum. This is followed by less prominent smells of cocoa nibs, cinnamon, and chilis, in that order. Probably the most complex nose of any beer I've experienced.

T) The immediate thing I notice is the heavy dark fruit sweetness that I felt in the nose, almost immediately followed by thick dark malt, and the flavors of the chilis. The chili flavor only has a hint of heat, but it's a warmness that lingers long into the aftertaste. I don't immediately taste the cinnamon or vanilla, but detect both in the incredibly long aftertaste that lingers with this beer. My only real complaint is that the cocoa nibs lead to a bitterness that detracts a bit from the overall balance on this. The aftertaste is longer than almost anything I've had before, including even Islay or lowland malt scotches. Lasts for ages.

M) Thick, oily, amazing. The oiliness doesn't waterdown as it lingers on the tongue as some can. While well carbonated, you can barely detect it even when leaving on the tongue. Just an incredible feeling on this one.

O) Admittedly not quite what I expected, especially noting the strength of the fruit scents and taste. That said, I find little I can actually fault in this one. I wish the cinnamon and vanilla were a bit more prominent and the cocoa nibs were a bit less, but those are fairly minor complaints considering the overall complexity of this beer. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on one, do not pass up the chance. Well worth it.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very very good! Pours with no foam. Super dark chocolate brown. Smells of vanilla and a little coffee. The flavor is excellent. Almost everything is in balance: a little too much pepper, but cinnamon, vanilla, cacao just right. Gets even better as it warms. There's mild bourbon-like flavor. Vanilla? Then, there's a strong but not overwhelming pepper burn on the end.
Overall, a great beer. I want to drink this head to head with other non-BA pepper beers like Bomb!, and whatever else I have that is comparable.
Update:
Went head to head w/ Abraxas! Very close. Thicker almost viscous compared to Abraxas, more lingering pepper heat, more carbonation, more vanilla. Geez, this is too close to choose. Both are excellent.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black, bubbling up a great one finger dark brown head, lingers for a while until it turns to a thick sticky lacing.
Huge cocoa in the smell, lots of cinnamon and vanilla, milky and dark chocolate, fig, raisin, veggie chilli pepper, lower coffee notes, faint wood. The smell is incredible, with just a small hint of booze.
Roasty robust taste, huge with dark chocolate, riddled with dry plums and figs, spicy with a lot of woody cinnamon, rich vanilla, even faint licorice. Mellows down and gets a bit sweeter, with sticky molasses and toffee, only to be balanced perfectly in the end with some roasted coffee, dark malts and faint smoked woodiness. The chillies bring a nice warm prickle in the back of the throat, just enough so you know they're there. Taste really brings up all that's written on the label, amplified, rich and perfectly balanced.
Thick body, very smooth, with a very tiny bit of booze present, nowhere near disturbing. Full complex aftertaste, extra roasty.
A huge imperial stout, unique, worth any effort and future budget-hole to get again.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours extremely thick and pitch black in color. A head of deep brown color and incredible density forms and retains very well with a little less lacing. Looks so thick and dark in the glass that it almost appears as liquid chocolate.

S- Tons of chocolate andspicy pepper on the nose of the this one. Chocolate is right up front, with the pepper spiciness underlying it. Coffee tones come in after the chocolate and pepper and give the scent a darkness that transforms into a dark fruity flavor.

T- Starts off with a chocolate and vanilla blend of both dark and sweet flavors. Roasted coffee notes and burnt malt flavors come in next and provide a darkness and bitterness to the flavor. Spicy peppers kick in during the latter half of the drink, giving a little bite and burn to the dark malts.

M- This beer is the definition of a thick and creamy beer. Despite the carbonation being a little higher than one would expect, this feels almost like it came off of a cask. Dark flavors are the only factors that would inhibit the drinkability of this beer, as the alcohol is undetectable.

Overall, just a solid, imperial stout with some peppers. Chocolate and peppers in stouts are good compliments, and this is a good to great beer, but nothing extremely out of the ordinary.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage. 750-mL bottle served to snifter, shared. Have had the pleasure to sample 2010 aged, 2013 fresh, 2014 fresh. Time for a review of a larger pour.

A: very dark appearance, with zero light escaping from the body. there is a red tinge at the edges. for the alcohol, more head than I expected though this dissipates quickly. lots of cling on the side of the glass.

S: wave upon wave, in order, of milk chocolate, vanilla, then an herbal chile. I don't get much cinnamon when this one's fresh - understandably the chile overpowers

T: less intricate than the nose. the chile comes across most distinctly, but it's the taste of a well-charred green ancho instead of a tongue-scorching red. there is no "heat." dark roasted malts and vanilla as well. there's so much going on that I didn't notice much hop bite.

M: thick, viscous. the quality of the mouthfeel explains why I took plenty of time (gladly) to finish my half of the bottle.

huna > mc > bomb > abraxas . . . actually looking forward to aging this one a little

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Photo of d5001986
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into Spiegelau tulip.
2013 vintage.

A: Pours inky black with a finger of mocha-brown head.

S: Roasted coffee, molasses, vanilla, caramel, black licorice, and some booze.

T: Follows the nose. Roasted coffee, cinnamon, black licorice, molasses, vanilla, and a slight underlying tartness. Moderately sweet and smokey.

M: A nice thick, sticky body with almost no carbonation. Coats the mouth.

O: Nothing short of incredible. Could possibly be the best non-BA stout I've had. Great all around complexity and the sweetness is just perfect. The cinnamon is a nice addition, but I didn't notice any chile pepper. Overall very drinkable for a big stout.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

bottle poured into two Sam Adams perfect pint glasses
thanks to hollywood_15063 for the trade.
March 8, 2014 release written on the bottle.
some of the best head I have seen on a imperial stout. 3 fingers deep and thick oily look. dissolves into a still heavy frothy level of head prior to sipping.
a very bright LED flashlight does not shine through this beer. it's that dark.
carbonation seems good but cannot be seen.
nose is vanilla, cocoa and chocolate. it is very strong and apparent.
some booziness is noticeable as well on the sniff.
color is thick dark chocolate.
taste is amazing and reflective of the ingredients used. there are other imperial stouts that I like better. some smoke from the chile, slight but not overpowering vanilla and some cocoa.
I do not get chile spiciness in this merely the flavor of chile peppers, but I also am quite immune to spiciness as I eat tons of varieties of chiles almost daily in my diet.
the mouth-feel is smooth and medium. not super thick.
cocoa nibs dry out the tongue a little more than I would like on a beer in this style.
the residual cocoa nib flavor could be more subtle IMO.
the front end is dank chocolate and vanilla stouty goodness. SO SO good. back end leaves a little (but not much) to be desired.
highly recommended if you can get your hands on one.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle from the last true Hunahpu's day at the brewery, and poured into a belgian style globe glass after some warming time from fridge temp. The pour is as dark as night and offers up a brief cap of milk chocolate foam, likely the darkest cap I've ever seen on a big stout.

Aroma of light chocolate though more dry and with carob notes. Touch of alcohol when still and a good balance of roast/espresso notes, yet never towards char/smoke. Taste is sweet and spicy with some grainy texture and chile spice balancing the ABV and keeping it from being too much of a malt bomb.

Feel is quite smooth even with a bit of a lighter carbonation level than I would prefer(and had on another bottle actually). Offers a long and delicate spicy finish and easy drinkability, particularly with a lack of overbearing sweet/viscous quality. Overall pretty solid but excessive variation from bottle to bottle seems to be an issue. Taste and feel impress while smell/appearance need more carbonation to do so predictably.

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Photo of chinchill
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Originally rated from a small sample in 2013; revised with 2014 bottle on March 2015.
Chili still evident.
A touch too sweet.
Amazing complexity and delicious aroma.

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Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage poured into tulip glass. Many thanks to BA Dooshbagalow for the trade!

A: Deep, deep black, with really nice dark brown, cocoa colored head forming and sticking around the edge of the beer's surface. A quick swirl brings it back. Nice lacing around the outside of the glass.

S: Wonderful rotating bombast of sweet spiciness. Bitter dark chocolate, lots of cinnamon, a little vanilla. When cold they're present but muted; as the beer warms and breathes they ramp up.

T: Mmmm. Follows nose, bitter chocolate flavor is first present, with a blast of milk chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla following. This is a sweet, complex beer, but a hint of bitterness keeps it from being too much. On the very back the chilis present themselves, adding an interesting kick. Alcohol kept in check the whole time, though there is a definite warming sensation. Tastes like a dark mexican chocolate bar with a little booziness. Fantastic.

M: Smooth, think, coats the mouth with all of these wonderful flavors.

O: A really fantastic stout, the hype is certainly warranted. One of the better stouts or beers of any kind that I've had in a long while. Will definitely seek this one out in the future, and stockpile reserves to trade for the DB version.

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Photo of GJ40
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 750ml that I traded locally for a Fou Foune.

A - Deep dark black with a great tan head. Clings to the glass nicely. Looks wonderful.

S - So rich with a great base of typical IS notes but then so much more. The peppers provide incredible richness and complexity without dominating. The cinnamon starts slow but really picks up over time. And the vanilla is wonderful. Wow!

T - Again, amazing with many of the elements of the aroma working together in great unison where each stands out on its own without interfering with the others. The peppers, cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa all do their part. And at the end, you have a light perception of pepper spiciness remaining on your tongue. Mmmmm.

M - Creamy and chewy with a low carbonation. Fantastic.

O - It's not often a heavily hyped beer exceeds its reputation but this one did. I loved it.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a cigar city snifter. Acquired in a trade.

Appearance - Pours an inkjet, oily, slick black body with a generous dark brown head that reduces slowly to leave little lacing. Beautiful.

Smell - Subtle aromas on the nose of dark fruits, soy sauce, light chocolate, vanilla bean, lightly roasted coffee. Slight metallic aroma.

Taste - Upfront I get dark fruits, cocoa, slight cinnamon. The finish is SUPER roasty.. deep roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malt. I get slight chilies on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Thick, viscous, rich. Low carbonation. It will be hard to finish a 750ml of this.. it's literally a meal.

I can see why this is rated so high, this stout is packed with flavor and complexity. Definitely worth seeking out. Share this one!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bomber from 2013 release; opened up at just a bit above cellar temp at our regular tasting group today, 6.17.2013. Thanks to Raphael for sending this one my way.

Aroma: Incredibly delicious smelling. There's quite a bit of roasty malt backbone to this beer from the get-go; full and full of chocolate and brown sugar- like a chocolate cake. The vanilla and spicy peppers really comes out as it hits room temperature, the pepper more so than the vanilla. I don't get a whole lot of cinnamon at any point here though- it might have been lost in all that chocolate and sugar sweetness. (4.5)

Colour: Pretty typical imperial stout- pours black with a nice mocha coloured 2cm head that dissipates slowly into a fairly thick film, and eventually into nothingness. Nice and viscous beer that's evident on the pour.. and when I swirl it around, it actually stains the glass brown, like Marshal Zhukov. Not a whole lot of lacing. For the most part, it's a delicious black port-like beer that makes me think, "dessert".

Flavour: Same as the nose- straight up nice, thick chocolatey, coffee roast malt. But when the beer warms up over the next few minutes, it becomes a delicious combination of sweet chocolate, bitter coffee, vanilla, chili heat and small hints of spicy cinnamon.. though there isn't a whole lot of cinnamon here either. Incredibly tasty and the flavours come together really well.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied (but on thinner side), viscous and really smooth. The carbonation is just right- a good presence but not too much.. so its not too overwhelming. The aftertaste is mostly the spicy pepper with chocolate bitterness.. leaving a smooth, spicy finish. There is no indication of the 11% ABV.

Overall: Delicious beer, at least just as good as Abraxas if not slightly better. It's definitely got that sweet chocolate cake flavour, complemented by the chili peppers. Abraxas was more focused on the other ingredients- cinnamon and spicy peppers. Huna has got a great complexity, with lots of flavours that meld together quite well. I will definitely keep searching for this one in the future.

Edit: just opened up a bottle on 9/11/2013, and there is so much cinnamon in this one. I am honestly going to boost Hunahpu above Abraxas and Mexican Cake. It is just so rich, cinnamony and chocolatey. I love this beer!

Re-review: Opened up a 2014 vintage today 6/15/2014, served in a Cigar City snifter. Basically, it was drinking really well even more so than the 2013, which is why I feel this merited a re-review. The chocolate fudge is very strong here, but the peppers come across as a strong vegetal flavour without a ton of heat; the cinnamon is there in the nose and is more subtle, combining with the vanilla bean to add a lot of complexity to both the nose and the palate. The cinnamon isn't exactly Abraxas or Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but I personally find a bit more complexity in here than Abraxas and Mexican Cake; plus the base Zhukov's A and M kill everything else I've had. It's a true pleasure every time I drink this beer.

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Photo of frenchblood21
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into tulip. Date of review is 6/14/14.

Appearance- Pitch black with a half-finger dark tan head. Great lacing straight away. Little to no carbonation.

Smell- Peppers and cinnamon are the first two dominant scents. Following that, I detect brown sugar and vanilla. I imagine this is gonna be a sweeter stout. Just perfect in every aspect of scent.

Taste- Same exact flavors as scents, which is remarkable. The vanilla, cinnamon, peppers and cacao nibs all play their parts perfectly. So much hoppier than I had expected. A real treat to say the least.

Mouthfeel- Again, perfect in every way. Coats your mouth in a delicious stew of wonderful flavors and gives you the tingles in your throat. This beer has the perfect amount of peppers.

Overall- Almost a perfect beer. I will be seeking this beer out on every possible occasion. I will be trading for this, so I am ISO.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black like oil with some tan head. Chocolate, some grain, a little coffee, and some sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice roasted character. Very good, very complex stout.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 poured from bottle into a snifter.

A: Outstanding. Pours a deep, rich, black sludge color with one of the most interesting heads I've seen on a stout... almost milk chocolate in color, which eventually fades leaving a nice ring around the head of the meniscus.

S: Sweet, rich fudgy chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cofee, and a hint of spice at the heel. I've never smelled a beer quite like it.

T: Ho. Lee. Shit. This is over the top delicious. Rich cocoa and coffee first, immediately greeted by cinnamon and vanilla sweetness, with the chillies providing just a hint of heat on the back end as the cocoa notes linger. It's like drinking liquid chocolate pudding topped with cinnamon... simply outstanding!

M: Thick and smooth without being overly chewy. Coats the palette nicely, without overstaying its welcome.

O: Straight to the top of the list of stouts for me. In fact, Hunah makes me forget every other stout I've ever had... simply amazing and deserving of it's reputation.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a luscious depth of black. Small head full of rich caramel. The nose has cinnamon and chocolate. Once warmed you can pickup a little cocoa. The taste is a fantastic blend of waves featuring each additive, really impressive. The feel is a rich chocolate milk-like consistency. Overall I want more, lots more.

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark black color.

The aroma has chocolate, sweet cocoa, cinnamon spice, and pepper.

The flavor follows with a pop of spicy pepper in the front. It has medium spiciness. Nothing too much for most people. The beer then expands on a medium cinnamon flavor with the smooth flavor of vanilla and a huge huge chunky chocolate. The beer is reasonably sweet.

The mouthfeel is medium plus to full.

A world class brew and up there with the best spicy stouts. However, I am skeptical it deserves such a high rank on the Top 250.

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Photo of HoppySeb
4.78/5  rDev +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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Photo of JulioH
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is easily the best imperial stout out there. If you are not looking for the high ABV, and hence not that boozy taste of fortified wine, this beer will make you a fan.

This is a nice imperial stout. Pours a dark beer with some carbonation. Smells like coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is superb. It is not dry, it is like a sweet coffee drink, or liqueur. I literally could sip on this all day long. Mouthfeel is syrupy and sweet.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle into a snifter for my 30th birthday, acquired via trade (huge thanks to valrxman!). Poured at fridge temp, allowed ample time to warm.

Look: pretty spot-on used motor oil. There’s that hint of a golden color, but mostly just very dark brown sludge—absolutely delicious looking sludge, in this case.

Smell: maraschino cherries, cinnamon, a little pepper spice. As it warms, the chocolate and cinnamon really amplify.

Taste: the initial taste is a perfect fusion of cinnamon, chocolate, and chili pepper. Shortly, the flavor shifts much more heavily toward the pepper aspect, which I find a bit too vegetal for my preferences. The aftertaste is pure chocolatey stouty goodness.

Feel: decently thick, and pretty dry (probably the combined effect of the cinnamon and peppers).

Overall: this is a tasty stout, but I’m honestly surprised it’s anywhere near as highly touted as it is. Of course, for a non-BA offering, it’s hard to think of anything that’s substantially better. I’m hoping that a bit of age will mellow out some of the vegetal qualities in this one that keep it from being really great for my tastes.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle received in a trade with jgam115, thanks a bunch man, this was goddamn amazing. Shared with stillmatic2232.

Pours a deep dark opaque black, with a copper orange-ish brown head that looks like straight up cinnamon. Holy crap, coolest looking head ever. Unfortunately, it dissipates in less than a minute, which I could have expected given how big and chock full of crap this one is. Not much lacing.

Smells heavenly. Huge cinnamon aroma, with lots of fudgy chocolate, some vanilla, and a slight pepper aroma.

The taste is even more over the top delicious. Honestly tastes like a cinnamon roll studded with little pieces of pepper and drizzled with copious amounts of chocolate syrup and vanilla frosting. The flavors come together incredibly well, with cinnamon leading the way and dominating the conversation. There's a slight pepper twang at the end of each sip that builds up in the back of your throat, and leaves your lips a little tingly.

Honestly, probably the best mouthfeel on a beer I've ever had. Just the right amount of thickness in the body- viscous and chewy without being overbearing. Low carbonation, insanely creamy. No alcohol burn is present whatsoever.

This is next level. I can't believe a beer like this exists. If you haven't tried this, do everything you can to get your hands on some.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance - dark, tan head, viscous, nice lacing

smell - big notes of cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla, some spiciness/heat

taste - wow! very complex and interesting, so many flavors to take in, tastes like a well done imperial stout but with a nice balance of thick cocoa with a touch of vanilla and some body and heat from the chilis, but the chilis don't overwhelm (forget everything you know about chili beers)

mouthfeel - nice, full-bodied imperial stout, slight dry finish, solid mouthfeel, full

overall - such a unique and complex beer, i've been wanting to try this for years and a good friend brought a bottle around to share, i feel super lucky! it's worth the hype

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Photo of ACB
4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had a 2012 bottle.

Don't really do too many reviews on here, but I'd waited so long to try this one I figured I'd do a quick one.

Appearance - viscous like you wouldn't believe. Straight motor oil.

Smell - Smelled cold and didn't get much. As it warmed, got a good dose of chiles.

Taste - Very solid. Having said that, no trace at all of cinnamon and only very subtle vanilla. Chiles were very subtle and nice, and as it warmed they were brighter and nice. No hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Great for the style. Never know what to say in this category. Felt like a stout?

Overall. Gotta say, a little undewhelmed. Very solid, but I think the two years aging actually did a lot of harm. Would love to try this thing fresh. Bomb!, Mexican Cake...Those are beers I personally find to be best consumed fresh.

Again, we didn't get any cinnamon and only a vague hint of vanilla between five of us. Good but not great.

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Photo of mynie
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage. Pours very dark with a small chocolate covered head.

Smells strong and very smooth. The aroma is, first and foremost, that of very darkly roasted stout malt--no need for aggressive nodes of bourbon or bacon or Merlot or whatever other crap is currently in fashion. After a few more sniffs, some subtle nodes of cocoa, coffee, and all spice. Not the most variegated of aromas, but the striking smoothness makes up for any lack of excessive complexity.

Tastes like it smells--very smooth, medium complex, and nicely strong throughout. Burnt barley moves into coffee and chocolate, ending on pie spice with a small hint of capsicum that gives the back end a lightly fruit, lightly sweet feel and balances things together quite nicely. Practically no alcohol burn is present.

An excellent RIS, easily on a par with Dark Lord and Darkness, better than Parabola, but not quite as good as Bomb! or the Abyss.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.