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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 695
Hads: 3,449
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 4%
Wants: 3,500
Gots: 979 | FT: 71
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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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Reviews: 695 | Hads: 3,449
Photo of mgbickel
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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! (1,063 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of chalsk
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of Axic10
4.5/5  rDev 0%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
3.11/5  rDev -30.9%
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. (1,151 characters)

Photo of Rbald42
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for this one Grant!

Poured this into a tulip. Pours thick and black and leaves about of inch of dark mocha colored head. This head is beautiful, this really looks fantastic. I'm very attracted to this beer. I love the sticky lacing. The smell is complex, possibly a little to much. A lot of different scents going on and a little tough to focus on just one. Cocoa and roasted malts are very apparent. Hints of dark fruits, tobacco, and molasses linger in the background. Mild spiciness in the nostrils also, probably due to the chiles and cinnamon. I can smell the alcohol in this. The more I smell this, the more I'm put off by the smell. As I hoped, the taste is outstanding. Delicious and roasty. I can taste cocoa and rich malts. The cocoa is slightly perfect for me, just there enough in the finish to be perfect. A little spiciness, but not quite what I was hoping for from the presence of the chiles and the cinnamon, but none the less, this is mostly on point. The richness of the cocoa and the vanilla make for a nostalgic feeling of comforting hot chocolate. The mouth feel is great. The subtle carbonation is great for all the complex flavors in this. Thick and delicious, just what I expected from this Imperial Stout. Good drinkability for everything going on in this beer. A bit heavy and slightly boozy, but I want this to be a sipper anyhow. (1,366 characters)

Photo of abecall98
2.5/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Shared a 750 ml bottle 5 ways.

A - pours thick, a Beautiful inch thick head covers the motor oil stout. Looking into the glass you notice the head has colored of tan and red, and they swirll together to marbalize a great looking beer.

S - ok, this beer starts to go downhill here. The aroma is of soy sauce and chilies. Really offputting for my stout preferences. The aroma jumps around to slight coffee roast, but the bad smell of the chilies overpowers and ruins it for me.

T - this beer is different. The first sip hits with a slight coffee and chocolate blend, some slight vanilla, then hits you with a cloying sweetness, then some offputting chilies, finished by a slight hot alcoholic finish with cocoa, and it could not have finished much worse. The beer was all over the place and the flavors did not blend well at all. It felt like they just through in a million good ingredients and figured they would all be great together, and simply, it doesn't work well together.

M - very carbonated, creamy, and smooth. This is how I enjoy my stouts. The carbonation could be toned down a bit, but the mouthfeel is still amazing.

D - this beer was a tough one to drink. All 5 of us said it was a rough beer, and hard to enjoy. The messy flavors ruin the beer I was expecting to enjoy. The heat from the alcohol is noticable, and offputting. I didn't want anymore of this beer, so the drinkability suffers.

O - this was one of the biggest beer dissapointments IMO. The flavor was all over the place, cloying sweetness, chilies, and alcohol ruin what could have been a good beer. It was close to unanimous that this beer was far from good. I really went into this unique beer with an open mind, but was still just dissapointed in the end. Not worth the hassle to get and try this messy beer. (1,794 characters)

Photo of JosephLondon
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is simply amazing. I have been letdown by hype many times, but this stout exceeds its reputation. The pour was the most beautiful pouring experience I have seen. The crown appeared to be powdered hot chocolate, whipped cream which glistened in the light. This beer was blinging! The smell hit me as soon as the cap was popped. There is the aroma of roasted chocolate and vanilla malt. Definitely some spice in the nose with a hint of toffee Heath Bar. This beer's taste is bold-very demanding, and warming. This beer is thick, yet as smooth as satin. For such a big beer it is drinking wonderfully. This is one of my favorite beers-ever. (647 characters)

Photo of sliverX
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle like used motor oil, black as night. a very thick 2 finger head of coffee colored head hung around like crazy.
Smell is roasted malt, dark fruits, dark chocolate, slightly boozy.
Taste is smokey was the first impression, reminds me of salami. The chillies definitely make a presence, huge dark chocolate. There's just a ton of flavors going on with this one and is not like anything I've ever tried.
Mouthfeel is like a thin milkshake, chewy is definitely in line with this, it was actually surprising how full bodied this was.
This is a wonderfully complex brew works well as a dessert type deal, but anything more than like 6-8 ozs would be overkill.
Glad I have another to age for a while to see how this changes. (740 characters)

Photo of branimal9
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle shared at Upstate BA Gathering - 6/9/2010.

Thick, dark mahogany in color, with a tiny bubbled tan head. Aroma includes milk chocolate, vanilla bean and slightly pungent pepper. Flavor bursts forth with chocolate, roasty chicory and cinnamony goodness. Finish hits with the spicy heat of the peppers included in the recipe. Deeply satifying and the best sweet/hot combination-style brews I've yet to try. Awesome. (434 characters)

Photo of Adamdc
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass. Must note that this is one of those bottles that leaked slightly during shipping. Apparently this was quite common for this batch of Hunahpu's.

A: Absolute black body topped by billowing dark tan head--almost 2 inches worth.

S: Chocolate, coffee and molasses with some tobacco and leather.

T: Taste follows aroma very well. There's also dark fruit and a slight hoppy bitterness in the finish.

M: Nice and thick, almost syrupy.

D: The lingering bitterness after a couple of glasses is a little much but that's not going to stop me from drinking this whole bottle by myself.

My first CC brew and we're off to a great start. A very solid stout! (678 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to paulv for sending out this awesome brew!

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Big, black and opaque in the body with a thin, dark tan, mocha colored head that mostly fades into a thin film that collects around the edges of the glass. This has got to be on of the darkest colored heads I have ever seen. Very impressive. Small patches of lacing left behind.

Chocolate malts, roasted dark malts with a faint coffee aspect make up most of the nose. Some crushed vanilla bean and a bit of hot pepper linger. Touch of alcohol. Aroma seems seems a bit muted, but still well rounded.

Tipping back the glass reveals raw chocolate cocoa with a bit of warming pepper heat. The chillies are at the perfect level for this beer. Noticeable, but not overdone. Vanilla is light, but evens out the darker malt bitterness. Slight touch of woodiness and some alcohol. Decently complex. Sweetness and bitterness play off each other well.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, silky, with warming peppers and alcohol. Nice body, almost perfect.

For an 11.5% ABV stout, this beer goes down pretty easy. All this ingredients are very well balanced. It seems that 22oz is about the perfect size for two people, even though tackling an entire bottle by yourself would probably not be too difficult. You can feel the ABV, but it is decently masked from the taste, making this a pleasure to drink.

Overall, this is a pretty awesome beer. Lots of flavor and a great body. I the love the chillies and cocoa nibs. Definitely wish I had another in the cellar. It will be interesting to see how this beer ages. Hopefully I can pick up some other Cigar City brews in the future. (1,655 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a tulip

A viscous, ink black body with a one finger mocha head. The head was firm and creamy and fell to a small layer and left some lines of lace here and there.

Heavy roast, coffee grounds, cocoa nibs, spicy peppers and a touch of molasses and licorice. This is a broad and rich aroma, heavy roast. Full and robust.

Deep roasted coffee and dark chocolate up front, with coffee grounds adding a bitter middle. Vanilla and spicy peppers with another heavy flood of roast in the finish. This is a mean, full and robust beer. The finish of heavy roast and a speck of vanilla sweetness lingers on forever.

Smooth, creamy and luscious. The mouthfeel here is perfect. Smooth up front and lush and creamy through the middle.

For the style, this is about as drinkable as it gets. The roast is really heavy and lingers long, which might be the only detriment, but even then, it's not a bad thing. Full, rich and robust with loads of flavor. (956 characters)

Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Imperial Stout has a vanilla nose, hints of cocoa. Pour is chocolate black, taste is sweet vanilla, cocoa, malty, nice medium-heavy mouthfeel. I don't detect much of the cinammon, or spicy peppers, until an aftertaste of slight peppers. A worthy Imperial Stout, I would probably have another offering! (306 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: black in color with a wispy head that breaks down to a clean surface quickly.

Smell: loads of alcohol, pepper, vanilla, and roasted malt tones are easily detectable.

Taste: big flavor as roasted malt is accentuated by some pepper spice, cinammon, vanilla, coffee, and a hint licorice. Alcohol is a bit overwhelming in the beer's flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: a bit thinner than expected for the style. Smooth at the start, smooth and a bit syrupy late. Long lasting alcohol, spice, and roasted tones linger around in the mouth a while.

Drinkability: this is a one glass per session beer. I found this to be a bit hot from the alcohol and spice for me. (665 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a pitch black with a small tan he'd that quickly fades out into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of molasses, herbal tea, chalk, black grapes, spicy balck and dried red pepper.
Taste is of the aromas with vanilla yogurt, cinnamon, pasilla peppers, and red grapes.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, spiced, a bit of chile heat lingering with cinnamon and cumin. A bit of abv noticed in this. (454 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Capone's. The stout was tapped on Saturday and lasted until today! Just my luck.

A: The stout is pitch black, dark as the darkest mole, darker even. A reddish-brown head stands out against the black ale.

S: The nose is dark and rich, plenty of chocolate, both powdery and semi-sweet, abounds, along with cinnamon spice. I was hoping for a hint of smoky ancho heat but didn't come across anything. The dark malts create a a richly sweet body that has me anticipating the first sip.

T: The 11% strength of the ale hits you square on in the first sip. Mixing with the booze is plenty of chocolate, cocoa powdery and sweet, along with more spices, cinnamon and vanilla, although neither is dominant. The richness, and this ale is rich, is remarkable, sweet and filling. I was disappointed that the ancho chiles never made their way into the ale; I think that a touch of heat would be welcome amongst the decadent chocolate malts. A good, scratch that, very good stout.

M: I'm pleased to have a Cigar City stout that lives up to the hype (thanks for nothin' 110K + OT). The semi-sweet, powdery chocolate is reminicent of a sweet mole sauce.

D: I was not expecting to see this on tap, what a surprise. I was pleasantly surprised from the first sip, a crazy rich, warming, strong stout. (1,307 characters)

Photo of regspeir
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this side-by-side at Capone's with the Apple Brandy Barrel, which probably influenced this review. Sample was 5.5 oz. into a snifter. Poured a thick, black with a one-finger rich, thick, creamy head. Both the head and great lacing had great retention. Nose was chocolate, malts, toffee and vanilla. Taste was very heavy on the chocolate, but notes of the vanilla, some spice and a bit of the roasted malts. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy with a good level of carbonation. All-in-all, for me this was VERY sweet and I could only drink this at specific times. Great imperial stout but I much preferred the brandy barrel. (622 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Philly beer week on-tap at Capone's (the next day)

Poured into a snifter. Pours an opague black with an extremely thick chocolate colored heading. Lacing is all over the plce. Left ring's down to the last drop. So alive looking for a RIS.

The nose is simply amazing. The main aroma is of the cocoa nibs the used. Quickly followed up cinnamon and a just an all out assault in the nose of coffee.

Taste again heavy in chocolate and coffee. A bite of warm booziness. There is another subtle bite to this beer which I originally thought was the the alcohol content but it was actually the peppers I was tasting all along . Simply amazing.

Mouth is full bodied and the most alive feeling on the palate I have ever felt for an RIS. Some diacytl is slippery on the palate as well.

Uhmm what can I say ? The best Russian Imperial Stout I have ever had. (849 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Capone's for Beer Week 2010, I love this city and da burbs.

Regular hunna off the tap looks black like most other stouts. A big black liquid with thickness syrup like consistancy and a kinda thick film left on the glass going down. The head is deep dark mocha coffee brown. Nice looking beer.

Well there it is, hunna smells like a treat with black rich coffee, that chocolate thang but oh so much more. The chillies were put to good use because they actually show up in the scent unlike some other attempts. Cocco mixed with some vanilla sweetness and some sprinkled cinnamon barely. Some slight booze, nothing major.

What is major though is the taste on hunna, this shit is redic. I did not like this much first time around, but I've come to understand, it's a stout with character and offers more than your general big stout tastes. Besides your normal chocolate, coffee, vanilla, which is all present mind you, the cinnamon and chilli addition just work. With some underlining cocco, it just comes off as big and good. Semi sweet, roasty and different.

A big body on this one, a thick and coating beer with just a touch of heat on the mouth but not fresh barleywine out the vat hot, it's quite tame for it's strength. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbon sense. Not syrupy but this is awful close. A big bodied stout, but not the biggest, I've had way thicker, this goes down pretty easy all things considered.

Well, it's the summertime, it's a bit past 2:00pm and Im ordering another one of these, it's just that good. Im totally out on stouts presently, but not this one, this one is kinda a keeper. Great job Cigar City. (1,645 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's...

A - Onyx black... Medium brown head and lacing of the same... Viscous...

S - Sweet chocolate... Cocoa... Chillies... Vanilla... Cinnamon... A touch of booziness...

T - Some roasted malt... Touches of espresso... Chillies... Cinnamon... Sweet chocolate... Vanilla... Some oak notes... Even a hint of maple syrup... The interplay of cinnamon and chillies makes for a wonderful complexity... A touch of the chillies lingers...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Slightly sleek... Slightly syrupy... Subtle but assertive carbonation... The finish is slightly chalky...

D - A unique and complex offering... An exercise in complexity in all facets... Layers upon layers of aromas and flavors... A standout offering worthy of seeking out and trying... (784 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark black with a cap of tan head leaving some lacing. Smell is of sweet chocolate, light roasted coffee, touches of vanilla, cinnamon, spice and dark cherry. Taste is a touch more aggressive then scent with a more roasty and boozy quality, the pepper comes through and leaves a touch of lingering flavor on the toungue. Full bodied, thick and semi-syrupy yet smooth. A very nice big stout that didnt quite blow me away like the Apple brandy version. (464 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this in growler and bottle form and now twice on draft. This review is for the draft version served at Capone's.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger frothy mocha colored head that has excllent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Th glass is left coated with chunks of mocha lacing. Looks amazing!

Silky chocolate malt aroma with subtle roastiness. This is balanced by the sweet chocolate notes and subtle spicy cinnamon and peppers. The peppers aren't as prominent in the nose.

Chewy full body with lots of luscious chocolate malt sweetness which is balanced out by faint roasty byes and a strog spicy/peppery finish. Hints of chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, cffee bean and lactic creaminess balanced by a delicious peppermint, cinnamon spiciness in the finish as well as some slight spicy heat from the ancho chili peppers. Amazingly complex, full bodied and dangerously drinkable at such a high ABV. Highly recommended! (966 characters)

Photo of waltonc
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark brown with a creamy brown head. A promising appearance that suggests this is a seriously thick, creamy stout. Smells of cocoa, vanilla, and crazy roasted malt. Flavor is amazing - chocolate, vanilla, coconut, very light spice from the chiles, and dried dark fruits. In spite of the ABV, there's no heat to this. Body is extremely thick, one of the thickest beers I've had. But not syrupy in the least. Carbonation is medium. Highly drinkable for such a thick high ABV beverage. I'm still working and having trouble resisting just chugging this. (560 characters)

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
99 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.