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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 2,903
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 3,010
Gots: 752 | FT: 45
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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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5/5  rDev +9.4%

resistdefy, May 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

scubahood, May 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

funkel81, May 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Yabev15, May 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Brewsed, May 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Mahlik, May 20, 2012
Photo of SkiBum22
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours black with a finger of dark tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S - Incredibly complex, there is a ton of chocolate, caramel, chili peppers, cinnamon, molasses and brown sugar. A lot of coffee in here as well. Smells massively sweet and rich.

T - Complex taste, lots of chocolate all over this one and the slight burn from the chili is somewhat rather satisfying was very surprised. Taste is great.

M - Nice smooth creamy thick feel with low carbonation. Sticky sweet coating on the tongue. Outstanding

O - The best non-barrel aged stout in the world. I could drink this all day. What a genius move to use chili peppers in a chocolaty rich stout. Wish I had another bottle.

SkiBum22, May 18, 2012
Photo of rodkin
4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Alefish for setting me up.

This has got to be the darkest stout I have ever seen. Absolutely pitch black. Even the head is darker than I've ever seen before. Really, really, dark. Motor oil thick.

Vanilla and chocolate sweetness, with a tiny bit of heat from the chili and cinnamon. Maybe a hint of coffee bitterness? There's a lot going on, but it's fantastically balanced.

Vanilla and chocolate upfront, followed by some smokiness and a little bit of kick from the cinnamon and chili. Everything moves along really naturally, with the flavors being quite distinct in terms of when they hit the palate. Well balanced, really complex. Alcohol is completely hidden by the great flavors.

Mouthfeel is about what you hope for from a stout. Really thick, low carbonation. It coats your mouth.

This a great stout, unique and flavorful. If you can get a bottle, do yourself a favor and get it.

rodkin, May 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

hoppymcgee, May 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

Domingo, May 09, 2012
Photo of jethrodium
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle courtesy of RaffyS. Thanks. 2012 Vintage. Pours a pitch black with dark tan chocolate head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is rich decadent chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, light coffee, and a bit of chilies. Quite nice. The taste is sweet chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, a bit of coffee, and some smoked chilies. The finish has a light bitterness and leaves a little bit of lingering heat from the peppers and a bit of roastiness. Full, creamy body with low carbonation. Great beer. It's definitely on the sweet side, which I usually don't enjoy, but it works here. All the flavors come together quite nicely. It also might have one of the best mouthfeels out of any beer.
5/4.5/4.5/5/4.5

750 ml bottle courtesy of J2Brew2. Thanks Joe. 2011 release. Pours a pitch black with a dark tan head. Possibly the darkest beer I've ever seen. Barely any light gets through even at the edges. Also the darkest head that I have seen. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is huge vanilla and dark chocolate as well as a little bit of cinnamon. Phenomenal. The initial taste is sweet with vanilla, dark chocolate, and some cinnamon. A light smokiness and a hint of the pepper comes through in the mid palate. The finish is very smooth with little trace of the alcohol coming through. A bit of pepper heat comes through after swallowing. Quite pleasant. A big, full bodied beer. Creamy mouthfeel. Not syrupy a bit. Medium-low carbonation Pretty much everything I could ask for in a beer. This is certainly one of the best beers that I have had.
5/5/5/5/4.5

jethrodium, May 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

BdubleEdubleRUN, May 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

denimdemon, May 07, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.1/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an odd ball stout. It looks great. Dark and rich. Ruby tints

The first thing I got in the aroma was smoked green pepper, and it stayed. The thing with peppers is that they'll dominate taste and smell (at least the green ones and while cooking). No difference here. While cocoa, cinammon, and coffee exist, they are tainted.

taste is just a mess. The cedar, smoke, & peppers don't mesh well in this one. Cinammon adds something different other than musky stuff, but not enough save the tate. And the cocoa is muddle.

Not a good taste. Too bad

Mebuzzard, May 06, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the infamous Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing. Scott's eagle eye saw this beer was on tap within 10 minutes after arriving within the gates of Dark Lord Day gates. We threw down our Tocobaga Red and Blueberry Muffin Brown and dashed for the line just before everyone else did. It was totally worth it.
Score: 95

10 oz tap pour served in a plastic cup and enjoyed at Dark Lord Day (04/28/12) around 10:30 AM. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: The beer is a very deep brown, almost black color. There's some dark chocolaty brown highlights atop the glass when held up to light. Given the "glassware" this beer is served it, it was hard to determine lacing or retention. Basically, the beer looked like motor oil. I plan to crack a bottle of this in the future and will have to revise the score if the appearance is anything more impressive when served in proper glassware out of a bottle and not at a festival. At Dark Lord Day, perhaps because of early morning stout fatigue, this just looked like a pretty good stout (as opposed to something visually impressive). 4/5

Smell: Chocolate and cocoa, cherry, cinnamon, chili peppers and coffee. A little vanilla bean and tobacco. Hint of dark fruit. Nice aromatic medley of spice here. 4.25/5

Taste: Less heat on the tongue than Mexican Cake, but there is still plenty of spice and flavor. Chilli pepper, milk chocolate and a little coffee. Only light heat prickle on the midpalate and back of tongue. Muted vanilla. Plenty of cinnamon throughout. Sweet fig upfront. Layering chilli heat prickliness on the palate. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. Slightly sweet and creamy mouthfeel. 4.5/5

Overall: Absolutely outstanding imperial stout to have the pleasure to sip and enjoy in line for the Three Floyds' Brewpub. There is a real nice spice and chocolate flavor, and I can see why this beer is so sought after. Hunahpu is much better than Mexican Cake. We also got a glass of the Apple Brandy Zhukov right after the Hunahpu kicked, and that beer absolutely blows this one out of the water.

Recommendation: Seek this beer out unless you are chilli flavor averse. There is less heat than there was with Mexican Cake, but more flavor, synergy and balance.

Pairings: Gingerbread cookies

Cost: $25 for a 750 ml bottle or $10 for a 10 oz pour at Dark Lord Day.

jegross2, May 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

1Adam12, May 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

pschul4, May 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

infi, May 02, 2012
Photo of claaark13
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mtunnell hooked me up big. 2012 bottle opened at 52 degrees. Poured into a HF tulip.

A - Pours black as can be with a slow rising tan head, which dissipates slowly into thin lacing. The legs on this are incredible.

S - Lots of cocoa, a little heat, the vanilla adds a little bit of smoothness, then the cinnamon adds a very light sensation to the nose. I can't tell if there is really any chili in the aroma or if it is dominated by the cinnamon.

T - The chilies are present in the in the background from start to finish. There is a slight heat the entire time, like biting into a fresh but lower-medium heat pepper. Cocoa really dominates while the heat isn't. The cinnamon is certainly evident towards the middle and then end of the flavor. It works well with the cocoa. I think the smoothing of the flavors and what keeps the heat in check is the vanilla. The vanilla itself doesn't seem dominating whatsoever. The chili didn't come out nearly as much when I had it on draft this past weekend at DLD'12. Some roast comes out in the finish with the chilies. After a few sips, the roast is more noticeable in the background and finish. As this happens, the chilies somewhat fade on the tongue and the cocoa becomes smoother.

M - Oil-like. Coats the palate. There are so many beers in the imperial stout category that would seem like water if consumed after this one. This still is able to feel silky.

O - I'm having a tough time thinking of a better non-BA stout. I love spicy food, but I don't really want it at all in my beer. For me, the flavor would be at a peak if the chilies were gone and the vanilla was a little more noticeable. Appearance and mouthfeel are perfect.

claaark13, May 02, 2012
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4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes. 2010 edition, poured from bomber into a snifter.

A: Pours black and opaque. Small, dark tan head. No visible carbonation.

S: Coffee, spicy aroma. Has overtones of soy sauce, although this fades as the beer warms and vanilla aroma begins to be present.

T: The complexity of this beer is amazing. Chocolate/cacao, coffee, soy sauce, molasses. More dried chili flavor than I remember on tap. Following the aroma, the soy sauce fades & vanilla comes through as the beer warms up some.

M: Smooth, thick mouthfeel, not much carbonation. Sweet finish/molasses flavor with chocolate aftertaste. Moderate alcohol presence.

O: I really like this beer and I think, love it or not, everyone owes it to themselves to try it. I've had it several times on tap (both the '11 & '12 version) but this is the first 2010 I've had, and the first bottle I've had. There was more chili flavor here than I recall from previous and the "soy sauce" aroma & flavor was new. Unfortunately, I don't have any way to know whether those were the production batch or the result of aging. Perhaps I'll open the '12 bottle in 2014 & compare.

EDIT for the 2014 edition: Huge cinnamon flavors present in this year's batch that plays well with the vanilla and cacao nib flavors. Some spicy pepper flavor just near the swallow, but minimal after burn. No "soy sauce" character present in this year's edition. 2014 truly the best base Hunahpu thus far.

macrosmatic, Apr 30, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #500! I brought this one to stakem's fish fry. One of my personal favorites, this particular bottle was from the original release.

A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall tan head leaving small, thin trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of chocolate, chill spice, dark roasted malt, coffee grounds, tobacco and a tiny bit of vanilla. This one has muted quite a bit from when it came out but it is still pretty good.

T - Starts off with a ton of dark roast quickly giving way to a mix of dulled chocolaty sweetness, day old coffee grounds, light chili spice and some wet tobacco. Not as muted down as the nose is, still very nice. A touch of booze comes in at the finish, combining with some of the dark roast to linger on the pallet for some time.

M - This is definitely a big beer. It has lost some of its trademark spice over the years in the bottle but it still has a nice thick body and bold flavors with a good amount of carbonation.

O - This one was definitely showing its age. When fresh, this beer is nearly impossible to beat. I will never turn down a glass of this beer. It is truly one of the best stouts out there.

orangesol, Apr 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

Canesfan22, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

stxSS07, Apr 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

elizago, Apr 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 2,903 ratings.