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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 2,784
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 2,970
Gots: 745 | FT: 42
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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5/5  rDev +9.4%

emottram, Mar 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

VonZipper, Mar 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Retail1LO, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle. 2010 vintage. Big thanks to alefish for hooking this up!

Appearance- The Darth Vader of stouts. The blackest of the black with a dark dense head that slowly dissipates. Liquid is muddy rather than shiny. Leggy enough that it leaves no lacing at all. It all gets dragged back into the tar...Very commanding presence once decanted.

Smell- Strong dark chocolate, dense, earthy cinnamon notes, dried dark fruits, and smoky pepper. The nose suits this one well.

Taste- Salty caramel followed by cinnamony chicory coffee. Big creamy chocolate notes followed by a big, blunt, pure dark chocolate hit. Bitters out a bit before finishing smooth and chocolatey. Peppercorn zest and espresso take turns hanging out on the tongue in the aftertaste. Not boozy at all for an imperial, there's just way too much else going on here that masks it. Very complex, unique, and distinct. One of the best.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, dense and creamy start to finish. Like a milkshake that melted a bit at room temperature. Par for the course considering the style.

Overall- I've waited a while to get one of these, and I am extremely fortunate to have gotten one with some age on it. Very happy with it. I love the style, and this is by far one of the best. I have another cellaring, and look forward to another in the future. A must have for all beer enthusiasts.


SaisonRichBiere, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

fredmugs, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

rjknyy, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

griffeyb, Mar 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Adam_D_R, Mar 30, 2013
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BAsbill, Mar 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Coldsnack, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

IdrinkGas, Mar 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

jeg518, Mar 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

BGsWo22, Mar 29, 2013
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4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hand bottle via neighbor who hooked it up literally at 10:30pm PST Thx Art S.

Pours pitch black and pretty viscous with a creamy tan head that has some large bubbles.

Amazing aroma - chocolate, spices, roast, smoke, and mild chili peppers burnt sugars.

Flavor is incredible and moves through several phases as it warms up. Starts with semi-sweet chocolate then roast and coffee, followed by some smoke, vanilla, then chili peppers, cinnamon, wood and bitter cocoa and hops on the finish. The complexity is pretty cerebral.

Medium full on the palate with a bitter cocoa chalkiness. Bitterness really sticks with you, and I feel like it's more from the cocoa than the hops.

Drinkability is semi-smooth at chilled level once it warms up its chalky , but I think this works very well as a sipper. Smell is amazing intense chilly mild vanilla. AMAZING BEER glad to try twice in one week.

Uncleserg, Mar 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

CADMixes, Mar 29, 2013
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4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The head sneaks up on you. Dark tan head on a midnight black pour into a tulip glass, increasing as you pour. Extremely complex nose, different notes every time you smell, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla. Almost medicinal on the nose.

Taste is extremely complex, sweet up front with toasted malt and heat on the finish. Soooo easy drinking for 11%, this beer could be dangerous.

The question is, good enough to be worth the round trip plane tickets to get me down to the release and back...ABSOLUTELY! Cheers

VeganUndead, Mar 29, 2013
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imperiallibations, Mar 27, 2013
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imfrommichigan, Mar 27, 2013
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Jesstyr, Mar 26, 2013
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4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to LiquidDegenerate for this long-time want. 2013 vintage split with mnphish. From notes:

As dark as they come... an incredibly stubborn finger of creamy khaki awesomeness forms drapes and drapes of oily lace. Honestly, this is an absolutely perfect looking beer.

Like sticking my nose into a tub of cinnamon ice cream. Homeboy Evan says it "smells like a Cinnabon factory." I don't disagree. Milk chocolate, very faint chile contribution, a mellow suggestion of coffee on the tail end of things. Very dynamic... I'm glad I chose to drink this fresh.

Wow. Like nothing else I can think of... cinnamon and spice, vanilla bean, bitter coffee/chocolate, dry chile aspect... every ingredient plays a roll in a delicious way. Entirely unique. I wish there was some more attainable substitute. Fuckin... yum.

Forever ISO.

yamar68, Mar 25, 2013
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throwback, Mar 25, 2013
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2.95/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Maybe I built this one up too much but I was greatly disappointed with 2013 Huna. The look and feel of this beer were amazing but for some reason all I could smell and taste was olives.

After a bit I finally got some vanilla undertones but this thing tasted like a olive bomb. No chocolate, no chilies, this thing was a mess.

bryang002, Mar 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

MatthewPlus, Mar 25, 2013
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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