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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 2052
Reviews: 594
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 9.23%


Brewed by:
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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smakawhat

Maryland

4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a wine snifter glass. Vintage 2013. Much thanks to the DC bottle share and Jeff?

Out of the bottle it pours like motor oil, a fleeting super dark mocha cocoa head, with a jet black presented body, with a thick appearance.

Bouquet is a bit hot strangely, coming off like bitter hot chocolate, real piping almost. Super dark bitter chocolate notes, only a little bit of slight pepper, red heat chili. Some warmth brings out a little bit of tobacco.

Palate is incredibly easy drinking. Mellow dark bitter chocolate, with faint fruity undertones. Toasty finish and roasting malts almost charcoal. Warmth brings out a big earthy chocolate more so with leafy tobacco hinted on the nose. Mouthfeel comes with a big to moderate slick coating without a syrupy feel. Pepper angle gets lost after numerous sips, but doesn't ruin the enjoyment.

Overall a real fun brew, but some of the bouquet is buried in the mix. It does turn out a fun experience though upon taste. Hope to have this again some day.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 22:22:27 | More by smakawhat
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage...

A: Pours pitch black with a half a finger of dark khaki colored head. The foam settles fairly quickly, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass. This beer has serious legs, as it clings and coats the glass. Looks wonderful.

S: The nose is excellent. Sweet vanilla, raisin, chocolate, cinnamon, spice, and mild roast.

T: The taste of this beer follows the nose. It hits the palate sweet and syrupy with malt, raisins, vanilla, and milk chocolate. As it moves to the middle, the cinnamon and peppers make themselves known. The spices dance on the palate adding to the complexity of this brew. The finish is more chocolate and vanilla as the spices fade. Delicious.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet and coating, wet and syrupy, and refuses to leave the palate once the beer is gone. Typically I'm not a huge fan of uber-lingering beers, but with a beer this good, it's hard to complain about the lasting flavors.

O: Excellent. I've had this beer a number of times and it never disappoints. The flavors are wonderful, the nose is great, and the mouthfeel is cloying and smooth. I could drink this all day everyday.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 15:29:56 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bomber from 2013 release; opened up at just a bit above cellar temp at our regular tasting group today, 6.17.2013. Thanks to Raphael for sending this one my way.

Aroma: Incredibly delicious smelling. There's quite a bit of roasty malt backbone to this beer from the get-go; full and full of chocolate and brown sugar- like a chocolate cake. The vanilla and spicy peppers really comes out as it hits room temperature, the pepper more so than the vanilla. I don't get a whole lot of cinnamon at any point here though- it might have been lost in all that chocolate and sugar sweetness. (4.5)

Colour: Pretty typical imperial stout- pours black with a nice mocha coloured 2cm head that dissipates slowly into a fairly thick film, and eventually into nothingness. Nice and viscous beer that's evident on the pour.. and when I swirl it around, it actually stains the glass brown, like Marshal Zhukov. Not a whole lot of lacing. For the most part, it's a delicious black port-like beer that makes me think, "dessert".

Flavour: Same as the nose- straight up nice, thick chocolatey, coffee roast malt. But when the beer warms up over the next few minutes, it becomes a delicious combination of sweet chocolate, bitter coffee, vanilla, chili heat and small hints of spicy cinnamon.. though there isn't a whole lot of cinnamon here either. Incredibly tasty and the flavours come together really well.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied (but on thinner side), viscous and really smooth. The carbonation is just right- a good presence but not too much.. so its not too overwhelming. The aftertaste is mostly the spicy pepper with chocolate bitterness.. leaving a smooth, spicy finish. There is no indication of the 11% ABV.

Overall: Delicious beer, at least just as good as Abraxas if not slightly better. It's definitely got that sweet chocolate cake flavour, complemented by the chili peppers. Abraxas was more focused on the other ingredients- cinnamon and spicy peppers. Huna has got a great complexity, with lots of flavours that meld together quite well. I will definitely keep searching for this one in the future.

Edit: just opened up a bottle on 9/11/2013, and there is so much cinnamon in this one. I am honestly going to boost Hunahpu above Abraxas and Mexican Cake. It is just so rich, cinnamony and chocolatey. I love this beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 13:49:26 | More by Stevedore
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed an aged 2011 bottle with some buddies @Black Lab Bistro in Phoenixville, PA (BYOB)

Wow...WOW...WOW !!!
First time trying this wonderful brew from the Cigar City guys.

Looks great, some light carbonation, some lacing, dark motor oil with classic tannish head after pour then a flat black lake, no fizz. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but creamy and complex. Smell had some sweetness of bourbon and after warming a lot of the cinnamon (love it).
Taste is soooo, sooo very complex. Like one very versed taster said "this is the most complex beer in terms of flavors I've ever had!"--he's had 100's of beers.
I am a malt bomb guy. Love stouts and bourbon. This one has all that but the little bit of edge from the chillis and the cinnamon and vanilla beans really move this to a different level. It is truely unique and should be sought out. The high (over $100) price I've seen on some of the beer selling sites (ALWAYS TRY TO TRADE, not just buy) seems justified. It is worth it however you get your hands on it.
2 thumbs way up !

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 14:03:42 | More by SHerninko
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. This is the March 9th, 2013 release.

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep abyss-black and leaves about a finger of brilliant dark tan head with some real nice texture which lingers around a while before fading to leave the beer surface black with a brown rim of bubbles. Beautiful stout.

Smell: Chocolate, hot pepper, some light tart cherry, vanilla. A very interesting and mouth-watering combination. Unique smell that I've never experienced until now.

Taste: Chocolate and *pow* hot pepper right up front. Vanilla, roasted malts, plums, a touch of cherry, figs. A delicious combination. The peppers add more to this then I expected, there is a flash of spice, which fades immediately but really makes this one interesting. Plenty of dark chocolate and vanilla in this one as well as some cinnamon. Finishes with a touch of bitter. ABV is masterfully hidden beneath the intricate flavors. Wonderful.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation and a medium to heavy, creamy body. The texture matches the flavor profile very well. This one goes down exceptionally smooth.

Overall: A fantastic and unique imperial stout. The chilis and cinnamon make for a very interesting and delicious flavor profile. The chocolate and vanilla also comes out very nicely. The beer's creamy texture really helps keep this one masterful. This is an expertly crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 21:35:31 | More by Resuin
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RhyminBelmont

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to WankelEngine for the pour.

Bottle into GI Matilda glass

A- literally looks like motor oil on the pour. Bubbles to modest millimeter head of light brown/dark cream, which then fades to film. Black coffee shade of brown, opaque.

S- tobasco sauce, booze prominent. Cinnamon spice and light chocolate beneath.

T- chocolate and deep, deep malt roast. Like eating a burnt s'more on a piece of toast, to chase a shot of hard liquor with a few drops of hot sauce.

M- reminds me of a thicker plead the fifth. Slick, velvety, warming, slightly sticky

O- Excellent, a shame it's so rare. Happily taking note that all the complex flavors/ingredients are mostly balanced. Not sure what to make of the peppers. I like them a lot, but i should try more brews with this additive.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 00:36:59 | More by RhyminBelmont
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 2013 Vintage (big thanks to LiquidDegenerate & dachshunddude86)

Appearance: Rich dark brown and some rusty red visible on the sides of the glass. A nice initial head of about an 1/2" that quickly recedes to a thin cap.

Smell: Roasted malt coffee with a spicy nose, a combination of spice with cinnamon becoming more and more prominent as it warms.

Taste: Very rich bitter chocolate and coffee all warmed by the cinnamon spice characteristics. Another beer that continues to transform as it is allowed to warm. When colder the coffee, chocolate, and some vanilla are stronger, as it warms the cinnamon and spice flavors move to the front and really take over. The only question is whether the heat comes from the chilies or the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Nicely smooth with a little heat on the finish.

Overall: Really a unique stout, a stand alone example of a barrel aged imperial stout. Very glad I've had the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 13:20:04 | More by BobZ
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mahak213

New York

4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle from LiquidDegenerate, thanks so much!

Appearance- The end-all, be-all of imperial stouts as far as appearance goes. As dark as physically possible, viscous with a very dark brown head. Head recedes to a dark ring around the edges of the glass

Smell- Heavy roast, cocoa, and mild vanilla are the most forward for me. A touch of alcohol and some coffee notes are around as well. No real cinnamon presence on the nose, which would have been nice, but overall, it smells great.

Taste- Big, dark cocoa up front that mixes with coffee and a touch of vanilla. Cinnamon is tough to pick up, but it is perceptible. A twinge of pepper heat mixes with sweet alcohol and gives it an intriguing finish.

Mouthfeel- Wonderfully full, rich, and coating. Finishes sweet and sticky.

Overall- Much more drinkable for a huge stout than I was expecting, and it's really enjoyable. Really glad I got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 23:25:12 | More by mahak213
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huntermop

South Carolina

4.91/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Really thick, really black, nice brown head, and again really thick

S - Smells amazing! Choc, cinn, and especially vanilla. A hint of chilies

T - Best thing I've ever put into my mouth! I got chilies right away along with the incredible chocolate/vanilla. Little bit of cinnamon, not much. Malty and rich. Damn good

M - Creamy, roasty, malty goodness. Slight/perfect heat.

O - So lucky to try this 2011 Huna. Like I said, best thing I've ever drank! Just a perfect beer in my mind. Only thing that might be better is the BB Huna!!! Need one. can't wait for my first Hunahpu Day next year.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 18:12:26 | More by huntermop
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received in trade from cpetrone84, thanks for the opportunity Chris.
Pours a thick solid black color with a decent sized long lasting dark cocoa head. Smells of chocolate and roast up front with lots of anise and dark sugars supporting. Light cinnamon as well as earthy hops provide a bit of balance. Thick chocolate syrup, dark chocolate, licorice, nutmeg and cinnamon flavors come out up front. Lingering chocolate covered pitted fruits, licorice and roast coats the digestive track long after every sip. Thick body with a creamy syrupy mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. This is a big thick sweet chewy stout, just the way I like them, bring on the diabetes.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 21:37:25 | More by johnnnniee
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

God bless the kind soul that shared his bottle with me on Dark Lord Day 2013. It was a highlight of the day, experiencing the best non-barrel aged stout I have ever had.

Poured into my trusty travel snifter, the stout was a deep black color with a mocha head. The beer did not appear to be as thick as I would have expected. In the aroma, one gets chocolate, a slight hoppiness, and a certain spice. One also gets a malt backbone on a lesser scale. In the initial taste, there was so much going on, it was amazing. One the detectable notes are chocolate, citrus, pineapple, cinnamon, spice, and burnt malts. What is most amazing is that these notes co-exist rather than clash. In the aftertaste, the citrus is most apparent while linger on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is a hair too thin, as I find myself wishing this one would last a lot longer.

Hunahpu goes to close to the front of the line in terms of the beers I have had in my life. I need to find more.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 22:16:34 | More by JohnnyHopps
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BrownNut

Florida

4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.5 - Pours a thick, viscous black, like crude oil. Aggressive pour yields tons of thick mocha head that persists. Note - a gentle pour gets you nothing but an aggressive one gets you way too much. Go gentle and then finish off with some high pour. The enduring head wins it points over, say, BCBS or other big stouts that just don't give you much.

S - 4.5 - Smells a bit like Golden Grahams cereal (and/or maybe some kind of malty dark brown raisin bread loaf) crossed with a hint of chili pepper. I aslo get something like coconutty suntan lotion. I get something akin to fresh pork bbq with a sweetish sauce. Smells like good food! All in all it's a very clean and comforting smell - not really what I was expecting.

T - 4.25 - Milder than expected for an imperial. Overall I think that holds it back a bit. Nicely composed and subtle. Leans sweeter. There's almost a liquor to it, or a liqueur. It's a rich, concentrated flavor like a very dark chocolate liqueur. There's almost a fruit something but I couldn't say what it is. As with the aroma, there's something almost like that nostalgic suntan lotion you remember from childhood beach trips, but in a totally palatable way. Maybe that's the vanilla. I don't think I'm getting any of the advertised cinnamon. After a while, the aftertaste is surprisingly of char, a char that was lacking in the main body, and missed. But if you've ever had cacao nibs, it's also similar to that earthy bitter taste. I'm left with a nice mild chili burn in the throat. There's a hint of chili burn/sting on the tongue, but not much. It's just enough that you like it and no more. That afterburn really adds to the savor and, along with the ABV, makes this one ideal as a nice long slow sipper.

M - 4.5 - Silky smooth but surprisingly less viscous than it looked when pouring. I'd call it medium bodied,leaning medium-heavy. Was expecting super heavy.

O - 4.5 - Certainly a winner and pleasantly unique. It definitely has a distinct identity, and in a good way. It's very well balanced. It's more delicate than I expected. Compare to Zhukov, which really grabs you by the balls and blasts you. I'd go about 4.4 overall if we could score freeform.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 01:25:14 | More by BrownNut
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a medium size deep brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep velvet chocolate notes with light spicy notes and some light vanilla and cinnamon can also be detected. Taste is a mix between some deep chocolate notes with light cinnamon and vanilla a with some residual sugar notes with dry bitter notes subtle finish. Body is full with limited filtration and with a smooth texture with almost motor oil-like consistency. Extremely complex while retaining a good level of drinkability. I found it very hard to do justice to this beer as I am missing work to explain how good it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 16:06:14 | More by Phyl21ca
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jdprmd

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2013 release, served in snifter

A - Black, creamy dark brown head, finger length... not much lacing

S - Milk chocolate

T - tastes like an imperial milk stout

M - Rich and creamy

O - Very disappointed, I would have much preferred the 4 KBS I traded for this... the beer is very one dimensional to me. I served the beer at 55 degrees and over an hour drank this beer and let it warm to room temp. It smells like carbonation was rushed if that makes sense to home brewers. I did not get any of the spice or vanilla... it just tastes like a creamy chocolate milk stout... not that that is bad, I just expected a lot more from this... I think this is the first beer where I gave the highest rating due to the appearance... due to it's price/rarity and what it is trading for I would give the beer a 2 out of 5.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 05:19:47 | More by jdprmd
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine glass

A - Pours super thick and jet black. Like motor oil. Probably one of the darkest, most viscous beers I've poured.

S - Smells of sweet chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of peppery spice. Maybe some cinnamon.

T - I don't know why, but I was expecting this to be boozy and maybe a little bitter - but it was not at all. Very sweet, creamy, and complex. Sweet chocolate up front, followed by some chocolate, and finishes with a spicy touch.

M - Liquid fudge. Very creamy and delicious.

O - I was very happy to have gotten a chance to try this. I think I actually like Abraxas from Perennial a little bit better, but if you are a fan of big, complex, sweet stouts - seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 14:13:01 | More by cnbrown313
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage - bottle shared by shuntstout, you the man

A - inky oily black. Super thick. Minimal tan, brown head.

S - heaps of coffee, then chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. Smells like an amazing dessert.

T - holy s***. It tastes like an amazing ice cream. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon. Just enough sweetness and just enough bitterness. Just an absolutely amazing flavor profile.

M - super thick, rich, low low carb. Exactly what you think a stout should feel like.

O - definitely in my top rung of stouts. Probably the best non-BA stout I've had. So much flavor and all of them play very very well together. A+.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 02:07:32 | More by Beerandboards
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BgThang

Texas

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the stout all others should be judged by. I definitely compare all others to this beer. vintages 2011 and 2013 are the best years to get.
it pours as black as dark lord but in a whole nother category. the nose is that of vanilla, cinnamon, tabacco, chillies. Smells like a liquified swisher sweet cigar.

The mouthfeel is heavy and coats very well. the glass takes three rinses to clean.
just a bad ass beer period!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 20:40:22 | More by BgThang
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mechamifune

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this one for a while. Got one as a wedding present for a friend and have been lucky enough to obtain a second bottle, so here we go.

Pours a pitch black with a motor oil complexion. Very very slight brown head. Looks the part of a big IS.

Smell is vanilla sweetness upfront, followed the smell of sweet malt and some cinnamon. The faintest hint of chili is also evident. A great, complex smell.

Taste is sweet upfront with immediate notes of cinnamon as well. Lots of vanilla comes forward midway through and chilis come on strong at the end of each drink. Certainly a spicy element here, but far from overwhelming. A great combination and blending of flavors.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style. Very full and smooth, but not quite to the point of being sticky like, say, Dark Lord.

Overall this is one hell of a beer, and one that demonstrates the ability to integrate some marginally out of the box flavors without making them feel gimmicky. No one note dominates and everything comes together fantastically. There are few things better in the beer world than when you find a beer that is both unique and rewarding, and this fits the bill.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 14:58:17 | More by mechamifune
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013) to HFS sniffer

A:Dark dark brown like the color of black coffee it has a small tan head with a medium sized lacing around the top of the glass. It is completely opaque and there is no light get through its about as thick as you can get.

S: There is quite a wide range of scents in here the vanilla is defiantly the strongest, but you can definitely still smell the chilies and they blend interestingly. The cacao is present too in the background it is a very unique spicy scent that I can't really compare to anything else I've seen.

T: Ok so I am really glad I had this beer fresh as the chilies are present and prominent and mix in well with the vanilla flavor. There is so much depth to the flavor the chilies stay on the tonuge and start to blend with cacao nibs for one deep unique flavor I really can't describe it better but it is really good.

M: The feel is surprisingly thin for the style and abv but it does go down fairly smoothly the vanilla matches that well. There is no carbonation and with it not being thick it is kinda weird. This is pretty much the only aspect of the beer that does not blow me away.

O: Wow this is such unique beer it has some much different flavors and scents there is really nothing I can compare it too. It is also delicious I could drink this for days and drink it fresh the chilies really come out and mix in well. This is a hard to get but totally worth it get it if you can

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 00:34:02 | More by Pinknuggets
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MCain04

Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this bad boy from a trade with Dimenhetfield, thanks bro. 2013 vintage split with BostonRyan, poured into snifter glasses, reviewed from tasting notes.

A: Pitch black body with a dark head of 1-2 fingers with awesome retention and lacing.

S: Complex smell, a lot going on. The chilli is strong on the nose. The cacao is also strong and quite bitter. There's a good amount of spice, cinnamon is present, and a little vanilla but not too much. No alcohol on the nose.

T: Again, very complex, but different from the nose. The cacao mellows out with the sweetness from the vanilla. Unlike other chilli beers, the chilli is present throughout and works really well. Cinnamon is not as present as it was in the nose, a little overwhelmed by the chilli. A lot of flavors going on, but a really solid malt backbone is a great foundation with roasty characters and the overall medley leaves little to no alcohol burn.

M: Just the epitome of the style. Creamy and full, rich and thick, a little dryness from the pepper but wet otherwise.

O: I loved this beer. Definitely worth the hype. A delicate balance that plays very well. It may not be for everyone, and I may have enjoyed this a bit more than my compadre, but it is really world class, and definitely the best non-barrel aged stout out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 00:02:31 | More by MCain04
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a rich deep black color with a creamy looking brown head on top. The retention fades over time with a light lacing. The smell of the beer is a little boozy, there is molasses on the nose, deep roasted malts and some sweet cocoa. The taste of the beer is pretty complex, the spices come through pretty strong, the vanilla is very subtle in the finish. The flavors are very rich. The mouthfeel is thick, oily and heavy. The carbonation is minimal. Overall I was hyping this up in my mind to be much better than what I felt it turned out to be. You win some, you lose some. I enjoye trying it but I don't feel the need to get it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 23:32:56 | More by Knapp85
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Bottle from Hunahpu Day poured a month later in an official Hunahpu glass. Pours like thick black syrup with a late forming dark brown head. Smells of chocolate, chiles, and more roasty chocolate then some hints of vanilla. Silky chocolate milk up front with a tiny hint of the chiles. Thickest beer i have ever tried. Very little carbonation. Finishes bittersweet, keeping it far from cloying. Chiles help too. But in any case it is dessert on its own.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 03:06:30 | More by BMMillsy
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Deep black motor oil-eqsue. One finger deep brown head that leaves behind some lacing, not much carbonation.

S-Roasted malt, coffee, pepper, chocolate, vanilla, some burnt notes.

T-Amazing balance. Roasted malt, lots of pepper, vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Mild bitterness, come burnt notes. As it warms the vanilla takes over and the peppers die down a little.

M-Heavy, thick, and creamy. Some carbonation.

O-Wow. What a beer. Easily the best non BA stout I've hand. Absolutely wonderful. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 21:55:07 | More by rlee1390
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davey101

Connecticut

4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage into a Teku glass. Thanks so much LiquidDegenerate!

A - Pours a pitch black body with two finger's of dark mocha foam. Settles down quickly and sits still after a few minutes. Moderate lacing with weak retention. Swirling does coat the glass in a thin brownish yellow film.

S - Starts off with roasted char and just a phenomenal chili aroma. It doesn't smell spicy or burnt or over the top, just delicious chili peppers sans the heat. Sweet vanilla, chocolate and earthy cinnamon really work to balance things out on the end. Has a sort of "faux-cinnamon flavored coffee flavored drink" thing going on, but in a good way. Really complex with a lot of different elements working seamlessly together.

T - Very roast dominant, and reminiscent of Founders RIS in the beginning. However things start to get complicated when the vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate take over. On the very end is some subtle roasted chili flavor and even further back is a slight burn of the tongue. For some reason I was expecting something spicier, not the case as this is beyond approachable. All the flavors are present and just meld together. Medium bodied and creamy. Alcohol is very well hidden.

O - I absolutely love this beer. Completely lived up to the hype for me. The ingredient lists reads off like a most wanted lists for the perfect stout, just fucking fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 04:48:31 | More by davey101
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally am having this fresh and I am certainly in for a treat. The por is a jet black with no head and no lacing. The smell belies cocoa, vanilla & coffee this is one of the best smetting beers I have had. Yeah I know kind of weird. Taste, is there a lot going on here! Vanilla, coffee, chocolate, cinnamon but the kicker is the nice spiciness of the ancho chiles everything melds so well. To try this at the day of release would be a treat. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

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