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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 3,164
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 3,292
Gots: 846 | FT: 55
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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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2011 Hunahpu's, thanks to BRoss242 for the trade.

A- pours jet black, just like motor oil...small tan head with a reddish accent to it, other than that though pretty basic and typical for a stout of this caliber

S- there are a lot of things you can pick-up, especially knowing what's in the beer already. it's mostly dark chocolate, with some bourbon on the end of it, possibly some chili in there but again I was looking for it...some dark coffee notes, pretty sweet but yet bitter at the same time

T- lots and lots of dark chocolate...it has a bitterness to it but there are no hops present, it's a bitter chocolate taste and especially aftertaste, and that's where some of that chili taste comes in...definitely has some bourbon to it as well which I wasn't expecting. This has a bite to it, much more than Zhukov's but it's more complex...even though there is a consistent bite it gets better as it warms up like a good stout should

M- thick...just the right amount of carbonation

O- this was much different than I thought it would be...I'd preferably like to let one sit for a few years and see how it is. It has bitter characteristics to it but overall I think it's a little too sweet...it also has more of a bite than I was expecting. Overall a very solid offering from CC, but I've had a few stouts that I'd put a notch above this.

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Thanks to someone (Chris?) for opening this at the Hunahpu's showdown. I've had this beer numerous times, but never gotten around to reviewing it. 2011 vintage reviewed, but 2010 sampled at the same time. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Looks like all the barrel-aged Hunahpu's we had, but with more foam. Angry dark red foam that settles to a thick collar, leaving spotty lace as well as a glass-staining brownish film. Pitch black body.

S - This is the first time I've sampled the new 2011 vintage, and I'm shocked how present the cinnamon is, as it's a flavor I never really picked up from the 2010. Plenty of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts, as well as some vegetal chile notes - you can tell these aren't the super-spicy varieties. Alcohol is well-hidden, even as the beer warms up, and there's great complexity and richness.

T - The taste is similar, but there's less of the sweet and cacao and vanilla and more of the charry, roasted malts of Zhukov. Chocolate flavors veer towards the dark and bitter side of things, and the finish is slightly tarry. Still, these are only minor quibbles, and on the whole the flavor is delicious. Less chile pepper and spice presence here as well.

M - The massive body, chewy and viscous, has always been one of Hunahpu's main strengths, and the carbonation is low but sufficiently present to support it. Creamy, thick, mouth-coating, and with shockingly little alcohol presence.

D - An instant classic in the US craft beer scene, and a beer that holds up extremely formidably with its barrel-aged brethren. I'd actually prefer to drink this over the Virgin Oak version, and probably the bottled Bourbon edition as well (Four Roses I think?).

Unfortunately the 2010 vintage is not holding up so well - the adjuncts seem to be fading at non-linear rates resulting in unpredictable and strangely unbalanced flavor combinations. I don't recommend holding onto this beer for more than 12 months.

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