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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 2,789
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 2,969
Gots: 745 | FT: 42
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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:
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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Photo of emmasdad
4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a tasting glass; Deep, rich black, with a medium dark brown head on top. Huge aromas--milk chocolate, molasses, cinnamon. On the palate, a very complex blend of the above, with a little wood, molasses, alcohol, and finally, fittingly, as it warms I get chilis. An exceptionally balanced, and beautifully drinkable beer.

emmasdad, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of EliteDigger
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opened in honor of opening day of the Packer football season. This beer pours like a black hole...the deepest darkest, richest black you can imagine with a dark brown molasses head. You'd swear it's sucking in the light around it as absolute zero light shows through..even on the edges. Gorgeous. Hints of chocolate, cinnamon...and the vaguest hints of vanilla in the aroma. Tastes like more of the same. Bitter chocolate, smoke, cinnamon, leather, tobacco, molasses, fig, burnt sugar and vanilla give it a super complex taste. Mouthfeel is superb...a good carbonated coating that feels good in the mouth and great going down the throat. Haven't picked up on the chili's a whole lot, but there is a vague heat in my throat. Haven't decided if it's the warming effect of the alcohol or the chili's making their presence felt in a subtle way. Drinkability would perfect if not for the ABV. I could drink this all day...get trashed....sleep....get up and drink it some more.
Glad I was able to trade for this one...well worth it. Excellent job Cigar City.

EliteDigger, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a mini snifter. Head is tudor brown in color with a black body. Lacing is oily and resinous. Aroma is of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate malt, maybe some spiciness and some alcohol aroma. Taste is dominated by coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Not picking up too much vanilla or chili, I assume those flavors are in the background, balancing everything out. Mouth is coated with flavor, maybe a touch chalky. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink for 11.5%, silly. Pretty amazing in the Florida summer, can't wait to have one in the winter.

KickbacksSteve, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of glazeman
3.3/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with airohead2001. Poured into a snifter.

A: This beer has the darkest head I have seen. I would describe the head as dirt brown. Nice retention and nice lacing. The beer itself is black.

S: I thought this smelled like a candy cane dipped in salsa, plus a little bit of ethanol. Not exactly what I consider pleasant.

T: Some sourness up front and then a lot of the chile at the finish. Some cinnamon and chocolate in there as well, but not as noticeable. I recently had the bourbon county stout with ancho chiles and thought that it had a similar profile to this beer, but found the bourbon county to be much more rounded, and interesting.

M: Nice viscosity, but a bit overcarbonated for my liking.

D. Fine. I enjoyed trying this beer, but would not search it out again.

glazeman, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, big thanks to my boy tpd975 for the hookup, SNIIITCH!

Pours a dark and opaque black, no light gets through, medium sized dark brown head forms, one of the darkest heads I've ever seen, settles down to a medium size ring, lots of lace chunks stick, with some spots.

Smell is neat, big chocolate and vanilla notes, brown sugar, peppery spice, caramel, toast, coffee, oaky, some alcohol, cinnamon comes through, really nice.

Taste is similar, super super roasty up front, fresh coffee beans, cocoa nib chocolate character, toffee, cinnamon and sugar, lightly peppery, vanillla, pretty intense flavours going on in this one, caramelized sugar in the finish, almost burnt, neat, with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, a bit of warmth and some spice going down, but very drinkable. A nice beer and kickass idea! I've been inspired. Thanks Greg!!

Viggo, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Yesac
4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Solid jet oil black pour, small tan cascading brown head.

S- dark fruits, slight vanilla bean, chocolate malt some java.. and alcohol.

T- Right along with smell, dark fruits on the nose.. rich dark chocolate, vanilla bean, slight cinnimon spice. Alcohol very well hidden. Delicious.

M- Rich full body, low carbonation, great taste all around on the palate.

D- Complex flavors, great mouthfeel, well hidden ABV makes this one an easy drinking brew.

Yesac, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of Tabni
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought it at Cervezas in South Miami for the Release Party. World's best american double imperial stout! 35 bucks and 11.5 alcohol! Oh boy, Peruvian Cacao Nibs, Ancho and Pasilla Chiles. Cinnamon and Madagascar Vanilla Beans. What else can I ask for? This is the Champagne of beers.

Tabni, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of CooperEllis
4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle from PALMEJ1 (extra) - you, sir, are good people.

It was my intent to celler this once it showed up unannounced but that was not in the cards.

This beer pours very well. the CCB folks filled this one to the brim and there was a nice amount of carbonation in the pour with a dark tan head that stays.

Smell is beautiful, but largly dominated by the chocolate/malts. However, the aroma was so nice (and strong) that my wife noted how good it smelled. She then got a glass poured for her and 'enjoyed it'. She tried another stout at the same time and said it 'tasted like water' in comparison to this.

The taste is just good. It is so strongly dominated by the chocolate, and specifically that slightly acrid bite of dark chocolate, that even the malt was hidden underneath to a degree.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Though the pour suggests that it will by syrupy(sp?), this has a nicely full feel that is benifitted by good carbonation.

Despite this being, in my opinion, underaged (the chocolate really dominated the other flavors,) it was a rare brew that my wife and I both enjoyed and which I am hopefull to reacquire to age for a bit.

(8th)

CooperEllis, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

700th review! Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. No dating info but this is from the release earlier this year so a bit of age on it. Was jet black in color even against the light. I gave it a good pour to stir up the aroma so it had a large dark brown head that slowly whittled down to a good collar and thin film fed by the etching. Thick sheeting the quickly at first then slowly slides back into the glass leaving some spots.

The aroma is of many different aromas and excellent. Alongside the typical stout aromas are a big dose of chiles and cinnamon along with cacao and chocolate. Also get a good dose of vanilla and alcohol. Only complaint was that the alcohol and vanilla was a bit too prevalent and distracted from the other great aromas. The taste was also excellent and had plenty of dark fruit sweet balanced with the cacao, chiles and vanilla. Again, the only flaw was the amount alcohol and vanilla in the taste. Still very good and one of the best stouts I've had. Mouthfeel was rich and chewy with good carbonation and aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent stout that is worthy of the praise. Highly recommend if you can find this rare gem. Great for sharing. My first, and won't be last, Cigar City beer. Can't wait to visit it next spring during my FL trip. Not avail here so acquired thru a trade. Rotation - considering how hard it was to get this one, I doubt I've ever really have another but I'd grab one in a heartbeat if I could. [O;Y]

TexIndy, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks go out to tpd975 for hooking eric and i up with this in a recent trade. thanks greg!

750ml bottle. sampled aug 10/2010.

pours black and opaque with the darkest brown head i've ever seen. the small very fine head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is great. dark and milk chocolate. light cinnamon spice. a nice deep smell gives you just a hint of prickly heat on the back end. hint of alcohol. whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of citrusy west coast hops.

taste is good. dark and bittersweet chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. cinnamon. rich cacao. lightly warming chili character. hint of coffee. light alcohol. whole wheat bread and biscuit. the vanilla character stays mostly hidden until the end.

mouthfeel is great. medium-large body. just under medium carbonation level. very smooth.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. great extra depth. all the elements - cacao, chili, cinnamon - come through and compliment well. great stuff. i think the chili heat came through more in the small sample that i had back in april, but that may have been the intense case of heartburn talking...

grub, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle cracked by the generous viggo - thanks man!

Pours a thick black with a finger of the darkest head I think I have ever seen, a black mocha darker than your average porter.

Nose reveals chocolate, coffee, earth, a hint of roast - solid but nothing beyond what I would expect from a top-notch RIS.

Quite an earthy quality to this one, dusty cocoa powder, espresso, wood, a herbal component, nice full roastiness, the chili is lightly noticeable in the beginning but builds as you drink until it provides a light warming which is quite pleasant - well integrated in to the beer. A hint of cinnamon especially as it warms, light alcohol heat in the finish. Slick, thick mouthfeel, very smooth, light hop drying in the finish.

This works well, especially considering all the wacky stuff that's in it. It's perhaps a bit brash yet but has all the hallmarks of a world-class beer. Thanks Eric, this was high on my wants!

ritzkiss, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of nkersten
3.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick black with reddish brown head. Smell of chocolate malts, some alcohol. Sweet malty chocolate flavor up front with a strong chile taste following. Not spicy, not too smokey, the anchos are front and center for this one. Finish has a slight bitterness that doesnt quite balance out the sweet/smokey flavors... somehow this beer still works. Mouthfeel is syrupy and coating, for me it is spot on for an imperial stout. Although I think this is a great twist on the imperial stout, by the end of my glass I was done with the chile flavors. I would be happy to drink this one again but there is no way I could do more then 8oz. That being said, I definitley recommend trying this.

nkersten, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Motor oil black pour that's coats the glass like it really is crude oil. Small brown head. The aroma is soy sauce, dark fruit, some slight chillies, big bitter dark chocolate and lots of background smokiness. The flavor adds in a big espresso body with a hint of cinnamon. Viscous, oily, full body with low carbonation.

punkrkr27, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of khiasmus
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The sound of the lamplight and of crickets chirping... Shadows cast on the familiar empire create the unearthly, the sordid, as one's thoughts tend toward despair.
The loss of one so dear, and so young, and so beautiful... the sorrow beats in your soul along with the rhythmic chirping of insects... why me? Why must this happen to me? But you are not the first, and probably far from the last, in this God-loved and seemingly God-forsaken habitat.
The night is oil-black, viscous and earthy as it pours over you with all of it's whiles and inhumanities... there is a head, as it were, of thick tan, the only semblance of normalcy, of the idea that the earth is still spinning, despite your wishes, despite your feeling that it should have long since given up it's megalomaniacal drift through nothing.
There existed sweeter times once, next to her, times of laughter and cordial cherries, chili peppers with coffee and cream, but all gone now, and only the beating of your desolate heart as it sings the melody of long forgotten times when happiness was a part of you.
And you sit and sip your beer in desolate remembrance, its qualities seeming a mockery of the reality into which you are plunged... the insolent complexity, defying you to pick apart beyond its coffee (as you so often enjoyed with her), dense roasted grain (as she watched in rapt admiration) and pepper spice that you so used to deeply enjoy, as now it all deems you desire to purge...
The chewy, viscous dream of this only serves to remind your tearful eyes of her skin at your lips, supple and soft, the physical consisting so much of your brand of love....
And you realize that for the rest of your timid, miserable existence you will wall off your heart and present it to no one for the rending, screaming abscess that now exists there where her love should rightly be, where she should be against you as you slumber.
You will instead derive what enjoyment still remains in life by destroying pint after pint of this nectar, though it does little to fill the deep chasm in your soul.

khiasmus, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Luk13
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, thanks to mikesgroove!(!!) Very,very black pour, so thick and syrupy it looks like it pours slowly. A thick dark brown head sits on top. I really pick up the cocoa on the aroma with the chilis mostly. I was actually expecting something more volatile as an aroma but this is good. Taste is quite complex, lots of vanilla, cocoa and cinnamon. Palate has a good carbonation, which makes the mouthfeel a bit short but not syrupy, quite drinkable. Creamy but not sticky. A very well done imperial stout considering it doesn't benefit from barrel aging.

Luk13, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes written on 06-20-2010.

Appearance - Pours into a Bruery Tulip with just an amazing dark viscosity. No light dare try to make it through this beer. Less than a finger of mocha colored head that dissipates relatively fast leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Heavy sweet vanilla, chocolate, and spices. I could smell this all night. On the tail end, molasses and just a hint of tobacco.

Taste - Wow, a very unique taste. One can taste the cacao nibs right up front with the vanilla melding into it nicely, but it is the pasilla chiles that give this thing its unique flavor kick. A very interesting take and one that works.

Mouthfeel - Heavy bodied, low carbonation, chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - As with other big stouts, this is best shared. However, a very good beer indeed. The flavors meld together in an utterly unique yet totally balanced manner. I am glad I was able to try this, thanks to alexd3891.

SpdKilz, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of chicagobeerriot
4/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a strikingly dark, lush head that, for the style at least, hangs around for a long time. Can't really ask for more in this department.

A few whiffs gives you a complex blend of cherries, peanut butter, salted carmel and vanilla bean. Just a bit of alcohol in the background. Overall, a very nice mix.

Mouthfeel is very full, approaching the syrupy quality of some vintages of Dark Lord. Not necessarily a turn-off for me, but you are forewarned: this is a tremendously thick beer.

The beer starts with a sugar rush that is as strong as any beer I've tried, but just when I'm worried that this will be a one-note diabetes inducing mess, the complexity promised by the nose develops... Earthy vanilla bean gives way to tobacco and leather flavors. The finish is where this beer shines: the earthy flavors build into a pleasant coffee char and a bit of chilli spice makes an appearance that strengthens with repeated sips. In a sea of impys, this beer has its own unique flavor signature that is well worth a try. Although I haven't tried the barrel aged version, I wonder if the process risks overshadowing some of the subtleties of the finish.

chicagobeerriot, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to florida9 for grabbing this elusive beer for me.

Opaque and black, with a short but tightly packed dark tan head that's the color of wet sand. It dissipates w/in 2 minutes and leaves a ring of foam around the edge for the remainder of the drink.

Nose is cocoa, cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla. Heavy on the roast.

The complexities pick up much more in the taste than in the smell. Cocoa is the base of all the flavor, but it's intermingled with an earthy spice that's presumably from the chiles. They are very subtle and without already knowing they were in there I would have never picked them out. The vanilla dances around for brief showing and it finishes right where it started, with the cocoa.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. There's little carbonation, as it should be.

Good drinkability for a stout. ABV and heavy body makes it somewhat restricting to have more than a couple, but it's damn good.

This is a beer that lives up to the hype and I wish I had easier access to it.

Vonerichs, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of jdense
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Slaintemehor animal call tastefest 7.23.2010.

One finger dark tan head, medium dissipation with some lacing. Dark brown body, opaque, no visible carbonation. One of the most difficult to deconstruct noses in a beer I've ever had, the chiles were so nuanced compared to most chile beers that you really need to concentrate to appreciate in the nose, with the cocoa nibs providing some spicy, not sweet, nuances, and a big noble pine hop hit on the back end. One great smelling beer. Taste mirror the nose's complexity and character, the interaction between the chiles and the cocoa nibs is superlative, and this is a surprisingly smooth beer, not sticky at all, and you'd never guess this is an 11% ABV beer. I haven't been a fan of the Cigar City hype, but this beer is certainly worth the hype. One of the best Imperial Stouts I've had, would certainly seek this out again. Thanks to the awesome hannont for providing this gem. Highly recommended.

jdense, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4oz pour into a Perfect Pint glass...very happy to share this with everyone at a recent tasting, but after I had some, damn...wish I had more!

The body is dark black to the point of almost mirror like. A thick single finger of (what looked like) melted chocolate formed on top of the body. The head lasted and clung all over the glass.

The nose is amazing...lots of rich chocolate, deep coffee notes, roasted malts and a hint of spice. Some lighter aromas in the background include vanilla and malted cream.

Wow...the flavor sticks right with the nose...a hefty blast of creamy cocoa hits the palate first. This slides away for the roasted malts and freshly ground coffee flavors. The finish finds the spicy/pepper notes detected in the nose. Very complex and well balanced.

The mouth feel is rich and full, creamy as all hell with mild carbonation.

From the small serving, I could not detect any of the ABV, making this extremely drinkable. The highlight of the night (against some monster competition). A wonderful beer that is worth any effort to acquire!

mgbickel, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black with one of the darkest mocha heads I have ever seen. Leaves very slow. Thick. Yowza. Some cling lace.

S - First hit is cocoa followed by coffee. Milk chocolate in there too. Candy bar.

T - Milk chocolate, chocolate chip cookies up front, yum. Some small tart note at finish.

M - Creamy, smooth, good balance and carb.

D - Big, can't take too much. Very nice though.

srandycarter, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of chalsk
4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome treat during a tasting session at Damico's place. Pours a dark black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of vanilla and pepper. Sweet start. Then notes of pepper and vanilla, that mix with the cinnamon, to give it a wood flavor. An awesome cocoa finish with notes of cimmamon. What makes this beer so special is the perfect medium mouthfeel and the quality flavor of the cocoa. Cannot wait to get my hands on another one. Many thanks to Damico for tasting of this top IS.

chalsk, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown/blackish with a thin layer of dark mocha foam.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, roasted coffee, peppery spice.

Taste: Dark chocolate malt, smoky malt, hints of peppery spice. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very very smooth.

Drinkability: This was a 5.5 oz glass, but I had three more. Very enjoyable stout and I look forward to hopefully trying it again.

Axic10, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of MisterClean
3.08/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Abel for sharing at his tasting:

A - Pours jet black with about 2 fingers of mocha head. Dissipates moderately leaves some nice lacing. Great job.

S - Melanoidins, chiles, milk chocolate and some light roasted coffee. The melanoidins have almost reached a soy sauce phase and the chiles came as a bit of a surprise. Some alcohol flavors, which are to be expected with a heavyweight.

T - Starts with some malt roastiness and heavy melanoidins, which are a bit cloyingly sweet. Followed by chocolate, vanilla, and a moderate dose of alcohol warmth. Light bittering hops finish the taste.

M - Malt dominated, with a medium to full body. Lots of carbonation and a cloying creaminess. There is quite a kick of alcohol warmth.

D - My expectations were let down by this beer. The alcohol warmth is a bit much and the beer is too cloying. It is almost as if the yeast were unhealthy. This beer could use some heavy aging as well.

In general, I think most BAs are quick to hype imperial stouts and poo-poo the lagers. There are some well crafted imp stouts like Abyss, Old Rasputin, Kate the Great, and Dark lord, but this isn't one of them.

MisterClean, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Rbald42
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split this with my man Garchooga during his recent visit.

A- Pitch black, viscous, and heavy as hell. No light penetrates this one. 2 finger chocolatey head. Very Immense looking

S- Just incredible, loads of sweet chocolate followed by dark sweet fruit and hints of pepper spice.Detect some vanilla and caramel, dark licorice, and malted milkballs.

T- Very complex, initial bitter and sweet chocolate flavors, roasted malt and toast, followed by more sweetness and pepper-heat as the beer warms

M- Thick, Thick, Thick, and coats all the way down. A bit syrupy for my taste, but delicious.

D- Split this with a few friends, I woke up on the couch where I drank this one. After this and a few homebrews I was fucked up! It became a bit difficult to finish as we delved deeper into the bottle and the beer warmed up. Glad I got to try this one.

Rbald42, Jul 01, 2010
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 2,789 ratings.