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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout
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Ratings: 3,084
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 3,243
Gots: 819 | FT: 49
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 01-03-2009

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
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4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this bad boy from a trade with Dimenhetfield, thanks bro. 2013 vintage split with BostonRyan, poured into snifter glasses, reviewed from tasting notes.

A: Pitch black body with a dark head of 1-2 fingers with awesome retention and lacing.

S: Complex smell, a lot going on. The chilli is strong on the nose. The cacao is also strong and quite bitter. There's a good amount of spice, cinnamon is present, and a little vanilla but not too much. No alcohol on the nose.

T: Again, very complex, but different from the nose. The cacao mellows out with the sweetness from the vanilla. Unlike other chilli beers, the chilli is present throughout and works really well. Cinnamon is not as present as it was in the nose, a little overwhelmed by the chilli. A lot of flavors going on, but a really solid malt backbone is a great foundation with roasty characters and the overall medley leaves little to no alcohol burn.

M: Just the epitome of the style. Creamy and full, rich and thick, a little dryness from the pepper but wet otherwise.

O: I loved this beer. Definitely worth the hype. A delicate balance that plays very well. It may not be for everyone, and I may have enjoyed this a bit more than my compadre, but it is really world class, and definitely the best non-barrel aged stout out there.

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4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a rich deep black color with a creamy looking brown head on top. The retention fades over time with a light lacing. The smell of the beer is a little boozy, there is molasses on the nose, deep roasted malts and some sweet cocoa. The taste of the beer is pretty complex, the spices come through pretty strong, the vanilla is very subtle in the finish. The flavors are very rich. The mouthfeel is thick, oily and heavy. The carbonation is minimal. Overall I was hyping this up in my mind to be much better than what I felt it turned out to be. You win some, you lose some. I enjoye trying it but I don't feel the need to get it again.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Bottle from Hunahpu Day poured a month later in an official Hunahpu glass. Pours like thick black syrup with a late forming dark brown head. Smells of chocolate, chiles, and more roasty chocolate then some hints of vanilla. Silky chocolate milk up front with a tiny hint of the chiles. Thickest beer i have ever tried. Very little carbonation. Finishes bittersweet, keeping it far from cloying. Chiles help too. But in any case it is dessert on its own.

Got a chance to try the 2014 version from a generous sharer in line at the Swamp Head Bottle Drop. Thanks! Pours as before, but this years really has more cinnamon, vanilla, and chile notes than the 2013. I noted this in the DB Huna as well. Beautiful aroma and taste of cinnamon filled chocolate, still just only a slight hint of vanilla, and chiles that give this a clean finish and balance the sweet just right. Freaking awesome.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Deep black motor oil-eqsue. One finger deep brown head that leaves behind some lacing, not much carbonation.

S-Roasted malt, coffee, pepper, chocolate, vanilla, some burnt notes.

T-Amazing balance. Roasted malt, lots of pepper, vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Mild bitterness, come burnt notes. As it warms the vanilla takes over and the peppers die down a little.

M-Heavy, thick, and creamy. Some carbonation.

O-Wow. What a beer. Easily the best non BA stout I've hand. Absolutely wonderful. A must try.

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4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage into a Teku glass. Thanks so much LiquidDegenerate!

A - Pours a pitch black body with two finger's of dark mocha foam. Settles down quickly and sits still after a few minutes. Moderate lacing with weak retention. Swirling does coat the glass in a thin brownish yellow film.

S - Starts off with roasted char and just a phenomenal chili aroma. It doesn't smell spicy or burnt or over the top, just delicious chili peppers sans the heat. Sweet vanilla, chocolate and earthy cinnamon really work to balance things out on the end. Has a sort of "faux-cinnamon flavored coffee flavored drink" thing going on, but in a good way. Really complex with a lot of different elements working seamlessly together.

T - Very roast dominant, and reminiscent of Founders RIS in the beginning. However things start to get complicated when the vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate take over. On the very end is some subtle roasted chili flavor and even further back is a slight burn of the tongue. For some reason I was expecting something spicier, not the case as this is beyond approachable. All the flavors are present and just meld together. Medium bodied and creamy. Alcohol is very well hidden.

O - I absolutely love this beer. Completely lived up to the hype for me. The ingredient lists reads off like a most wanted lists for the perfect stout, just fucking fantastic!

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 3,084 ratings.