Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing
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4.78/5 rDev +4.6%
750mL bottle. Bottled 2012. Served in a pint glass.
Pours oil black with a quarter finger deep mocha head. Spotty lacing. Very nice.
Sweet cinnamon chocolate aromas are predominant. Excellent!
Big hit of cinamon and vanilla flavors hit first. The bittersweet chocolate is right there with it. A little burnt coffee in there. The mild chili pepper heat is almost just in the aftertaste. Bold, complex and delicious. The 11% abv is barely perceptable through all that goodness.
Nice smooth creamy thick feel with low carbonation. Sticky sweet coating on the tongue. Outstanding.
One of those rare few beers that actually lives up to the hype in my opinion. Really one of the best stouts I've had and totally worth the trip from Atlanta to Tampa for my birthday!
03-26-2012 00:36:57 | More by ThickNStout
4.65/5 rDev +1.8%
One of my favorite beers of all time. Most recently tried a 2012 bottle, but I've had the 2010 and 2011. The 2012, fresh, is outstanding. I felt like 2011 was a little hot, and 2010 I never had fresh. So... 2012 version here in this review.
A red ring of death looks welcome on top of this beer as it pours out chocolatey black and thick. It smells of roast, vanilla, and a bit of spice, but mostly sugar/burnt sugar. The taste leads with that, and it takes a few sips before the spice presents itself in the back of your throat. If it weren't such a clingy beer, that Mexican chocolate feel wouldn't develop, but the body is so richly thick that it does. It hangs on, it perpetuates, and it builds. Ounce after ounce of vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, alcohol, and chili pepper spice build and build in the palate.
It's honestly kind of crazy. As a dessert beer split by 4 people, threre's really nothing better. As a brew that you sit down at the bar and drink? I'd pass. But that's not what this beer is. It's a treat, a special occasion, and a gift. Thanks, Joey! Thanks, Cigar City!
03-23-2012 15:21:39 | More by afksports
3.6/5 rDev -21.2%
2012 version, not as good as 2011
A great bitter chocolate and ruby hue, inky darkness, low retention but great creamy collar. Low carbonation.
Smells... Cinnamon, bitter grain, super bright chiles... Light toasted grain. Just overwhelmed cinnamon and chiles.
Flavors... A light Belgian yeast sweetness, burning cinnamon, huge Chile. Fineshes with cinnamon spice, Chile heat, and smoke. Like charred paper. way too much Chile.
Huge creamy silky velvet character. Strong spicy burn that lingers. Sticky flavors. Amazing stout body but the test of this fails.
03-21-2012 01:52:33 | More by Khazadum
4.18/5 rDev -8.5%
2011 Vintage. Thanks for sharing, Chad! Pours a very thick black with small-medium dark tan head that diminishes quickly. Scent has a TON of cocoa to it. From first whiff, I was greeted with lovely cocoa and cinnamon. Some bitter-sweet chocolate with just a bit of chile aroma...I'm assuming there was more when this was fresh. Taste is spicy cinnamon at first, which immediately turns to sweet cinnamon. Some vanilla there as well. There sure is a lot of cinnamon flavor to this beer, which makes for a unique stout. A lot of cocoa and chocolate with just the slightest chile flavor. All these flavors mesh really well together. Wouldn't call it a complex beer per se, but definitely well-balanced. ABV hidden well. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is one tasty imperial stout. I'm crossing my fingers I will get to try one of the barrel-aged versions.
03-20-2012 06:34:05 | More by DovaliHops
4.85/5 rDev +6.1%
A - jet black with a ton of chocolate milk head
S - roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla
T - huge roasted taste, cinnamon, just a hint of spice, and then everything is mellowed out by the vanilla
M - lush, rich, incredibly smooth
O - an incredible beer, a complex mix of flavors that meld incredibly well
I reviewed the 2011 version with a year of aging. My only complaint with this beer is CCB does not make enough of it. I had to quit my job to get this as a going away gift, thanks PintOStout!
03-19-2012 23:02:26 | More by Vec2267
4.78/5 rDev +4.6%
Thanks to BastionShaw for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!
Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, chili, and cinnamon. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon sticks, and a slight chili flavor that warms the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a nice thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is an amazing beer with a very nice balance of the ingredients especially in the taste.
03-19-2012 00:47:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.48/5 rDev -2%
750ml bottle split with a friend, fresh 2012 vintage.
A: The blackest beer I could ever imagine. Opaque even while being poured with the absolute darkest brown head I have ever seen. Lots of foam forms with great retention. I would not change one thing about how this beer looks.
S: Tons and tons of roasted malt, stronger than I remember from last year. I do get a good amount of caramel sweetness to balance. Dark chocolate is also quite strong with a hint of cinnamon and spicy chili peppers. I don't get much sweetness from the vanilla, but it's not much needed.
T: This beer seemed to do a lot better after I let it sit for a bit, so I'll review it off of that. Intense dark chocolate and roasted malts with caramel and light vanilla sweetness to balance. Cinnamon and chili peppers come in after that, but the cinnamon is certainly stronger. I don't get much in the way of hops, but the beer seems fairly well balanced between sweetness and bitterness.
M: Extremely thick with great carbonation.
O: This beer is very complex and quite tasty. Very strong dark chocolate flavors mix well with strong roast and cinnamon flavors. There are a ton of strong flavors here, but they mix together quite well.
03-15-2012 18:51:31 | More by coreyfmcdonald
4.48/5 rDev -2%
Review from notes. Thanks to Jay for cracking this one.
A: Pours a very deep black with a tan colored head, about one finger in height upon pouring. Not a lot of retention with moderate lacing on the glass. Some lace formed when the beer hit the sides, but didn't last very long.
S: Dark and bitter chocolate, roasted malt, a little bit of caramel, and very faint peppers and vanilla. There is a little smoke as well, but plays a backseat to everything else.
T: Really nice dark chocolate flavors mixed with some vanilla and a little bit of roasted malt. The chilies come through stronger than the aroma indicated, much to my liking. A little bit of caramel and smoke as well.
M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden and there isn't any heat from the peppers really, they just show up as a nice addition to the flavor profile.
O: A big fan of this beer, very complex. On of the best chocolate/pepper beers I have had. Easy drinking for style/abv and very smooth.
03-14-2012 19:35:50 | More by mdaschaf
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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