Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing
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4.53/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2014 23:07:45 | More by Stevedore
4.7/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2014 21:33:04 | More by frenchblood21
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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