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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 2,492
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,858
Gots: 689 | FT: 40
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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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mdvatab

Indiana

4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml bottle (2011 vintage) into snifter at cosmonick's tasting.
Trying this one at long last!

Aroma: You know that feeling you get when you know you're about to drink a great one? That's what I got when I smelled this one. Sweet molasses, powdered hot cocoa mix, coffee, and vanilla in the background. Nothing but good stuff!

Appearance: Thin, tan head disappears quickly to a mirror-like black surface. Body is pitch black. Legs, rather than lacing wash down the sides of the snifer as I swirl the beer around.

Flavor: Wow. This one gets progressively better from start to finish. Aroma components also come through in the flavor. Milk chocolate, vanilla, and delicious coconut. A great amount of complexity to ponder with each sip. And there's the pepper, which comes through toward the end, and provides a subtle, but definitely noticeable, prickly heat. The pepper works very well in this one, and is the highlight in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation. Alcohol and pepper provide enjoyable heat in mouth and throat.

Overall: Definitely one of the best I've had--easily in the top 5 (maybe 3). Due to the high alcohol, and limited availability, it's recommended that this one be shared w/ one or more fellow BA's. I will definitely be seeking this one out again! You've gotta try it!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 02:37:02 | More by mdvatab
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cosmo4u

New York

4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had on tap at lazyboy saloon 9/24/11

Opal colored pour with a massive chocolate mousse brown head; absolutely gorgeous. Aroma is way better than the Zhukov we just tasted; the chili pepper, cocoa nib and cinnamon are all prevalent, adding to the base of roasted malt, coffee, and burnt wood. Flavor is otherworldy; has every awesome aspect of your typical imperial stout, but the pepper and cinnamon just add a whole other dimension. The spicy notes do override some of the roast and chocolate a bit, but it’s welcome, and those characteristics are still discernible, not entirely masked. The palate is viscous, thick, and full flavored throughout. Absolutely top notch.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 01:12:41 | More by cosmo4u
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LethalChickens

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage bottle was split with Maniacal82. I also had the 2010 Vintage last year. Both were quite consistent in its look, smell and taste.
Cigar City knows how to make Imperial Stouts. Hunahpu's pours like motor oil. Big thick meaty body to this stout. The head is one of the darkest I have seen on a RIS. It is an awesome beer and even though the ingredients seem funky they work very well together. This is definitely one of my favorite Beers. Oh Barrel-Aged version why are you so elusive?

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 15:13:52 | More by LethalChickens
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DaveJanssen

Germany

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 split two ways. Poured into red wine glasses. Reviewed 13 April 2011.

Ar: Rich and dark, dry dark chocolate, sweet rich dark caramel, strong cinnamon, woody spicyness, mild pepper, very strong chocolate, vanilla hints, mild roast, mild dark fruit

Ap: Black/dark black, dark tan head, like Marshall Zhukov's

T: Spicy cinnamon, dry dark chocolate, spice, cocoa, beautiful, nice roast, spice becomes stronger with warmth, the spicing is strong but it works well with the beer and spices work well together, rich and very strong chocolate, nice chili end

M: Creamy body, rich and full, thick medium carbonation, spicy warmth at end

O: Aggressive spicing but delicious, i really like the cinnamon, excellent body/appearance, rich and full, epically delicious

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 16:38:25 | More by DaveJanssen
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fo5s

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL served in a duvel glass (denis meyers edition). 2011 Vintage. Thanks to AgentZero for hooking me up with this. Split with Shumania, but we developed our initial opinions separately.

A- pours a deep black, with a dark brown, 1-finger head.

S- dry cocoa, a lot of cherry

T- cherry, a montage of spices throughout, dry cocoa. Chili spice on the back end, but a touch subtle. More cherry. Vanilla is there but is tough to find.

M- cherry lingers...sweet, coats the mouth. Creamy.

O- an excellent beer. Had this without any food, but I suspect this would fare well with a pairing...perhaps some form of spicy chocolate, or a rare steak.

edit: as it warms, getting a lot more chocolate and spice, much less cherry.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 04:39:16 | More by fo5s
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Shumania

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 split as a night cap. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

a: black as night and no light is getting through this beer. Good one finger head that lasts for awhile.

s: Sweet on the smell with dark fruits showing up first with cherry and figs. Slight vanilla deep in the smell.

t: The cacao comes though at the beginning of the taste along with the cherry in the smell. Very interesting spiciness from the chiles that is unique to an imperial stout.

m: Nice creaminess to this one. This is definitely a beer to sip and enjoy.

I am really glad I got to try this beer. The spiciness makes this beer very unique and adds a lot of complexity. This is blended together well where all the components come to together well and one aspect is not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 04:05:55 | More by Shumania
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jamescain

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer, big thanks to jwjon1 for sending me this one.

Appearance: Deep opaque black with a dark brown head about a finger thick that fades to a thin ring and clings to the side of the glass. I felt I needed to scrub my glass out after drinking it.

Aroma: Chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, subtle spices, coffee, roasted grains, blended very well.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, molasses, vanilla, and chili spices. I think the highlight for me is the spicy finish and mouthfeel. Incredibly complex and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy with low carbonation and a nice tingling finish from the spices that linger and slowly build up sip after sip.

Overall: This beer is so complex it's hard to imagine improving upon it with barrel aging. I had looked forward to this one for a while and I'm glad I finally got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 16:39:00 | More by jamescain
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Cheesemoose

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on draft at Kickbacks into a 8oz Unibroue snifter/sampler glass. 6oz pour.

Blacker than your ex's heart is this beer. No light anywhere near this beast is getting through. Dark mocha head, similar to a chocolate mousse, only darker. Lacing is spotty. A finger of head on the pour. Even when just moving the beer in the glass, the sticky nature of this beer takes over, leaving its mark throughout. Viscous just isn't enough to describe this beer. At rest, this is a nice rim of mocha head sitting at the cusp where the beer meets the glass. Lovely.

Nose is dominated mostly by the chocolate base that is Zhukov. Having had this fresh, it has lost most of its profound nose. Notes of sweetness from the vanilla, and a mild chili presense. Much more of a "chocolate" beer nose than anythign else. Alcohol noted, though has to be sought after. It has lost much, so I am rated it higher knowing what it once was. Fresh is better in this regard.

The taste experience is something found in no other beer I've had. The chocolate base of Zhukov is found through out, accententuated by the cocoa nibs. Off of this base comes the flavors in order. Vanilla, then cinnamon and then a fine note of the chilis. All are well done, none dominated and still an imperial stout. So much more than a chocolate beer at this point. So, damn, amazing. It may lose a bit since it was kegged in terms of fresh flavors, but it has gained a balanced quality.

So bloody viscous. Sticky in the mouth. It requires plenty of time to enjoy. It is impossible to merely drink this one, as it something to be savored. Requires a good hour just to drink.

SO intense, so powerful, so unapologetic, and so brasen in the approach, yet well done. Hard to bring another "flavored" stout that has this much intensity yet it is so enjoyable to drink. Very, very, very well done.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 22:44:31 | More by Cheesemoose
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richalexander78

Florida

4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft, 6oz pour. This was something I've been looking forward to. It was worth the wait. Very dark with a think foamy head. Nice coffee chocolate aroma. Drank with a very smooth medium body. You can definitely taste the cocoa and vanilla while the coffee took a back seat view. I would Def recommend this as one of cigar cities best.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 22:03:27 | More by richalexander78
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle brought over for a tasting by Mike. Split between three of us and paired with chile chocolate and 70% cocoa chocolate. Poured into three globe glasses.

A: Extremely deep black body with a seriously rich, frothy and bubbly dark mocha colored head. It settled rather quickly into a thin film covering with some minor lacing but nice legs from the alcohol. Not bad but I think the higher ABV contributed to lack of lacing and brought on more legs.

S: Roasted caramel malts, bittersweet chocolate, chile flesh, vanilla beans and a slight smoked flavor. I'm not sure if wood was used in any way during the brewing but apart from the roasted malts there's a distinct smokey element. The chocolate seems to dominate the aroma for me with a touch of chile skin/flesh at the end. Seriously complex and wonderful.

T: Dark chocolate (slightly bitter) comes through first, followed by the roasted malt base. Vanilla shines through big towards mid-palate and the chiles, caramel and smoke come through towards the finish. The chiles don't seem to impart any heat even in the linger; instead give the beer an additional depth of flavor. So many things are going on in this beer and they all work incredibly well together.

M: Not as full-bodied and chewy as I would have liked but there's nothing thin about this. It has a decent level of carbonation giving this a fuller medium body with nothing dry in the finish. It's smooth and flavorful without any alcohol detection - dangerously drinkable.

I have to say, this might be one of the most unique and delicious Imperial Stouts to date. The complexity of adding so many different ingredients to this beer and having them work so well together shows the outstanding craftsmanship from the brewers at Cigar City. Pushing the envelope while retaining such quality is seriously impressive. A wonderful beer that everyone should try to taste once in their life.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 14:47:09 | More by ShanePB
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The last three times I have had this beer, I have been blown away. If I could have but one stout in my cellar, this is the one.

The beer appears black as night. The void. Quite possibly the darkest beer I have ever seen. The head is beige and thick, coating the glass in lacing.

The aroma brings a potent dose of roasted malt, alcohol, chiles, cocoa, vanilla. Wow, this beer smells fantastic.

Unbelievably well-balanced and teeming with flavor. Simply amazing. The chiles have a big presence in the beer, but don't put out an overabundance of heat or spice. Masterfully done there. Cinnamon, vanilla, and oak meld beautifully with a full-bodied, roasty stout.

Perfect carbonation level. Every sip leaves a thick coating of rich stout on the palate. The feel is just perfect.

Overall, one of the best beers, and certainly among the finest imperial stouts I have ever had. My highest recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 04:04:35 | More by Huhzubendah
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socon67

New York

4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this with CTSparky and another buddy during a tasting get together.

A - Poured into a snifter, this guy is thick, syrupy and has the consistency of used motor oil. You'd swear it would clog an artery. Black, reflective, and settles with a hint of a foam on top.

S - Smells intense with cocoa. Rivals FBS in that regard. Has an aroma of fresh baked chocolate cookiescake. Other scents of cinnamon and vanilla are present.

T - Clearly unique. The flavors of dark, rich, chocolate give to a mellow cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla taste. And that's when the heat kicks in. This bottle was a 2011 bought in March and 5+ months later the chilies are still there and in full effect. The phenols make an acidic burn that feels like spicy tex-mex food. Wow! Not sure how much I enjoy it as I finish the glass but it is incredible.

M - Extremely heavy, thick, and the chile flavor is constant. Can't have more than a snifter's worth because of how dominant. In fact, I would have this as the last beer of the night. Your taste buds are overloaded.

O - Great experience and for those Imp Stout lovers it is a must try. But not really a beer you have often. Perfect to share, and kudos to CCB for making this.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 13:16:42 | More by socon67
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review #150
Thanks a million to Ljkeats for this smooth trade that landed my hands down biggest want.

A- pours pitch black from the bottle into my snifter and sits "black as a oil spill" as Eddie Murphy once said. Nice 2 finger chocolate mocha colored head with grwat retention that turns foamy. thick heavy lacing is left around the glass as the head recedes. many bubbles are left on the glass but not jetting up. Looks like black gold.

S- Chocolate and alcohol booze scents are prominent followed by some earthy spice and vanilla. very nice

T- Heavy cocoa and chocolate are the first thing i notice followed by some light spice like cinnamon or nutmeg. The vanilla is there but hiding behind those flavors. Roasty coffee beans and some heat from hot peppers are there but hidden behind the cocoa and spice. Spicy heat begins to become more prominent as I drink more. Unbeleivable complexity and flavor. This lives up to the hype and surpassed my expectations without a doubt.

M- Heavier mouthfeel wth low carbonation. This is smooth and rich, almost velvety.

O- This beer is unbeleivable. The complex and odd flavors are beauitiful. Every sip is different and awesome, unlike any beer I've ever had. I need more of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 23:24:11 | More by Gushue3
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into an imperial pint glass.

Hunahpu's is obsidian bee-lack. An aggressive pour will put 1-2 finger head on this beer. Head is fine and dark camel colored. Lacing is very fine when present.

Aroma is a burnt offering of sorts with casdades of black coffee, sweet dark malts, dark chocolate, and licorice.

Flavor is is a knockout - espresso, dark chocolate, burnt malt, toasted almonds, some grassy hops, finishing with some caramel and vanilla followed by some spicey chile shades at the sides of the tongue. The chile flavor does not make camp here, just a brief appearance. Can't say that the cinnamon was detectable amidst all the other flavors. A crazy whirlwind of flavors. Alcohol is very well masked.

Hunahpu's is very silky, chewy, and super dry due to the 11.5% abv.

Overall this one gets a firm attaboy along side some of the best imperial stouts. A real winner this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 03:04:42 | More by DelMontiac
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shand

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a CCB snifter. 2011 release.

This brew pours an absolutely oppressive black color capped with a tiny, brown head. Looks good, but having had the 2011 Zhukov over the past few nights, the appearance here doesn't quite stack up. The aroma has full espresso and malt roastiness, dark chocolate, vanilla, along with a nice chili pepper kick. Very great smelling. The taste is very nice, it starts out with an absolutely rock-solid RIS base that's as good as any you'd ever want. Tons of roastiness, along with plenty of vanilla and dark chocolate. The things that really put Hunahpu's a step above the others is the chili and cinnamon aspects. The chilis here add a whole new dimension to the RIS, providing a bit of a kick on the way down the throat. As it warms, the chilis become all the more prevalent. All around superb.

The mouthfeel is amazing. It goes down silky-smooth, and the little hint of chili pepper burn on the back of the throat just really keeps things interesting. It's a bit undercarbed though, a little more liveliness would do it well. The drinkability is superb, this drinks way easier than the ABV would dictate. Overall, this is easily one of the best beers I've ever had, and the best imperial stout, right ahead of it's little brother Zhukov. Now, I can't say I've had many "whales", but if they're all this delicious I can see why people go nuts over them!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 01:30:06 | More by shand
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Jet black in colour with moderate carbonation and an odd coloured (beige with a hint of red) head. Aromas are of roasted malt, spicy pepper, raw chocolate, vanilla, and Mexican coffee. Sort of like a fancy spicy peppery hot chocolate in the mouth, along with more vanilla, red bean, and medium roast coffee. Heavy bodied, with the peppery heat providing some interesting balance on the palate. Amazing stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 18:48:46 | More by fisherman34
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mulder1010

Australia

4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML poured into a Bruery Tulip
Thanks to readbaron for the bottle 2011 version
Thanks to Nicks6217 for sharing the 2010 version in Los Angeles

A-- Poured dark, thick, oily and ominious black. Gorgeous reverse cascading dark leather head that was one finger in height. Looked like a dark mocha. No lacing but left dark residue all through the glass. Beautiful!!

S-- Mexican chocolate, bakers chocolate marshmallow, cinnamon, and vanilla. No hints of the ABV in the nose.

T-- Chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and marshmallow. Sweet but dry.

M-- Lack of Chile's was disappointing. Got faint Chilie's in the 2010 version but none in the 2011 version. This was dry and left me thinking this was a Mexican smore.

O-- Impressive. Easy to drink and savor. Excellent hidden ABV. Prefered the 2010 version as the Chile gave a very nice twist to it. The 2011 tasted more like Zhukov with more character. One of the best beers I have had this year.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 15:12:34 | More by mulder1010
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danieelol

Australia

4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ticking this one from memory at tonight's tasting. Massive thank you to mulder1010 for the opportunity to try this.

A: lovely pour with loads of head

S: definitely get the Mexican hot chocolate spicing coming through. Cinnamon is detectable in the nose. Chocolatey in general. Perhaps there's some organic fruity chilli smells.

T: There's more of a Mexican hot chocolate character. Quite dry and extremely smooth with very little alcohol detectable. Chillies aren't very prominent in taste or mouthfeel.

M: Thick and viscous

O: This was the pick of the night against such offerings as Black Tuesday, Black Albert and Abstrakt 04. This was supremely drinkable and delicious and imo even a non-beer geek could handle this with ease. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 12:10:03 | More by danieelol
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maniacal82

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 2011 bottle with lethalchickens and my wife (she loves RISs and DIPAs - good egg).

A: All imperial stouts need to look like this! Completely opaque black with dark brown head. I don't think I've come across a beer with a better appearance. I certainly know that appearance isn't everything, but this sure looks tasty. Leaves a brown tint to the snifter when you swirl or take a sip.

S: The normal roasty smells you'd expect from an imperial stout are present. Don't really notice the chiles in the nose.

T: The taste is awesome. With the addition of chiles, cinnamon, vanilla and cacao nibs, I didn't expect this to taste like any other imperial stout. And it doesn't. We poured this beer at normal fridge temperature (~38°) and savored it as it warmed. While still fairly cool, the cinnamon dominated. As it warmed, the chiles became more noticeable. I couldn't really notice any of the vanilla. Overall, it tasted pretty much like what you'd expect from a top notch RIS, with strong cinnamon and chile flavors in addition.

M: Super thick body. Really good carbonation - not too much, not too little. Nothing to complain about here.

D: My wife ended up giving me her third of the bottle (her loss). So, I ended up drinking 2/3 of the 750mL. I easily could have drank the whole thing myself. Possibly even a second. It's definitely not a beer to drink all day in the sun, but it's not hard to down a bottle solo.

Overall, this is a beer you should definitely seek out if you are a fan of imperial stouts. If only Cigar City made this a year round offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 00:06:12 | More by maniacal82
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed live! Big thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 for sending me this one in a past trade! 2011 vintage! Served from bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Pours pitch black with a one finger brown head that rises from the ashes and subsides to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, chiles, vanilla, and subtle cinnamon. The flavor is of sweet malt, roasted malt, deep dark chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet alcohol, wood, and chile heat on the followthrough. It has a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this is an excellent brew! The flavors and aromas on this one are really complex and excellent. For the ABV this one is really smooth and quite drinkable. I am a big lover of spicy food and the followthrough on this one really appeals to me. Really glad I am getting to try this one as I never have before. A definite must try for sure... Thanks again Jeff!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 22:11:35 | More by thagr81us
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BigDub

Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well this is a tough customer to come by in my neck of the woods. 2010 bottle

A: Poured from bottle into 2 Speiglau beer Tulips. Pours a nice dark , dark brown almost black with a really small head in a dark rust color.The head did fade but left lacing everywhere.

S: Wow, there is a lot going on here. Malt, chocolate, espresso , vanilla and cinnamon. I was in for a treat.

T: This is what I am talking about. A balanced flavor that had you disect it as you went . Hits with a nice espresso taste and then all of the other flavors came to the party, a nice vanilla note , cinnamon (It sounds odd but really captivated you and made you process it more) . A bare hint of the chili peppers but was hidden nicely in the back ground. made you smile. This is an exceptional IRS!!! Swirling this in the glass woke the head up again and brought more of the flavors out

M: Low carbonation , does not feel heavy solid medium body

O: This ranks for me in the top of what I have been exposed to. Just a blossom of flavors that form a truly exceptional Imperial Russian Stout. hats off to the brewers on this one an exceptional balance of flavors that would make even the biggest beer snob smile and be left wanting more.

M:

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 13:05:48 | More by BigDub
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polisanl

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at CCB during the 2011 release.

Pitch black, literally just like motor oil. The head is a dark tan and it fades to a ring around the glass/ swirl in the middle. The nose is mainly of dark chocolate and espressso type coffee. Taste is big on roasted/burnt malts, coffee, and dark chocolate as expected. Mild chilli peppers and a vanilla flavor on the finish. Thick and full bodied. Carbonation fades toward the end. This is a huge beer to say least. Lots going on but it comes together nicely in my opinion. Worth searching.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 19:54:02 | More by polisanl
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark, small brown head that dissipated into some small bubbles around edges

S - Chocolate mostly, slight cinnamon.

T - Initially a lot of chocolate, as I drank more I got a ton of the chillies and a good amount of cinnamon. Couldn't really pick up on the vanilla, it was overpowered by everything else.

M - Very thick, coats your mouth.

O - Amazing, wish I had another to age for a bit. I will definitely seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 02:06:30 | More by s1ckboy
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FosterJM

California

3.88/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

682nd Review on BA
Bottle to Flute
750 ML

App- A nearly black stout with a thin capped head. A little bit of cling, little bit of webbing.

Smell- This smelled absoutely amazing in the glass. A lot of aromatics, malty, spicy, sweet, oaky, vanilla. Just WOW!

Taste- Really drops off on the taste. Im sensitive to vanilla so I pick that out, but seems a bit muddled with the spice competing with the chocolate and the vanilla. Still tasty but not as good as I thought it would be.

Mouth- Very slick and medium bodied. Same goes for the carbonation on this one.

Drink- A nice beer with a lot going on for me. Too much in fact. A good stout, but probably wont trade for this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 02:17:14 | More by FosterJM
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tripelhops

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just tasted a 2010 bottle from a trade, poured into a tulip glass. Pours deep black with a wicked reddish brown head that fades quickly, but leave lacing everywhere it touched. I didn't pick up on the chile's, but the smell was otherwise dominated by dark chocolate, hints of vanilla, cinamonn, and a touch of oak. Lots going on in the smell, but the taste was more one dimensional, not bad, mind you, but not quite as complex as the aroma. It's definately up there as one of the best RIS's I've had. The alcohol is hidden well, and drinks very easily considering how thick and heavy the beer is.

Serving type: bottle

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