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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 2071
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%

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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4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the re-grand opening event on 1/15/10.

A- Pour a thick black with a light dark brown head.

S-Vanilla and light chocolate hit the nose first then some roasted malts.

T-Again big vanilla. Then roasted malts come in with some chocalate (not dark, but not milk either). No bitterness present. Great flavor. You cant really taste the chili peppers at all. No heat either.

M-Very creamy, and kinda hot. I didnt taste the peppers, but about 1/3 done witht he beer and you start to feel a slight burn, a good burn down your throat. Not an alcohol burn tho, a hot pepeper burn.

D-For and 11.5% beer, you cant taste the alcohol at all. If I were to guess, I would have said 7%. This is one great beer, I could have a ton of these, until I started to stagger across the room. Best beer I have had to date. PERIOD.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 16:20:08 | More by drink1121
Photo of Shaw


4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to trying this beer at the Cock & Bull Pub's Cigar City night.

It's black, of course, with a foamy dark brown head.

It smells of chocolate and coffee.

The taste is very chocolaty. With the creamy body it's very much like a beer-chocolate milkshake. But that's not all. There is also a nice chili spice. It's not hot; instead the beer has just a twang of heat. Very good. There is no hint of the high alcohol level, so beware.

The body is super-creamy. It's the creamiest beer I can remember.

An excellent beer. It's one of Cigar City's best, and that's saying a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2009 04:33:32 | More by Shaw
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4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared by wetherel on 12/13/2009. Thanks! The beer is black with a small light brown head and good retention.

The nose is very interesting. It was a bit muddled at first when too cold, but when allowed to adequately warm it became very complex. I noticed cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, coconut, and a distinct spiciness borrowed from the ancho and pasillo peppers. The amalgamation of these various oddities is surprisingly alluring.

The flavor is as delicious as the aroma, if not better. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, aromatic cinnamon, and chile peppers combine beautifully. Andrew commented on coconut, and I must say that I get a dash of that. The spiciness is subtle at first but becomes more apparent with warming. The accretion makes for a pleasantly spicy finish to add to the vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon. A whisper of alcohol is apparent at the end. Carbonation is at a low moderate level, and the mouthfeel is full, smooth, and slightly sticky.

This is excellent stuff, and definitely the best I've had from Cigar City. I've upped mouthfeel to a 5 to reflect what I believe to be a more accurate overall score.

Serving type: growler

12-16-2009 07:52:52 | More by HopHead84
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New York

4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes

The look is a light weight of motor oil. A light brown head diminishes to a persistent skim atop this opaque beauty. Just the look for a big stout, nice.

The smell is a medium aroma of all the different burnt and bitter flavors one expects in a stout, but more of them, joined here with spicy notes, maybe clove or cinnamon, and behind it all, not at all overpoweringly, is the chile. It is a marvelous bouquet, complex, somehow balanced, full of the darker side of wonderful flavor.

The sip is an immediate jolt of taste, sharp, creamy, rich, bitter, smoky, all at once. It starts full of these blackest roast flavors, burnt sugar, bitter chocolate, darkest roast coffee, pure herbal bitter into a finish that finally crescendoes on notes of spice and hot pepper. Crazy complexity here. Each sip gets better, the coffee and bitter chocolate grow, the spice blends, the peaks in the sip ascend. I feel like I am drinking flavors I've never tasted. The chile doesn't overpower, making this flavor, this finish, bold, clean, dark, lasting, and mind blowing. Incredibly good.

Mouthfeel is not the thickest of this style, but holds its own. Carbonation is tastefully low, but lasts through the glass, and compliments well. Very pleasant feel here, not artificial at all, supporting the flavor profile quite well. Nice.

Drinkability rating for a stout strikes me as somewhat moot, always has, but this stout is a sipper of cautionary proportion in every way possible.

Impression: Complex and dark and delicious. This is a must try.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2009 23:56:12 | More by cavedave
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4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Mini-growler shared by nickd717 at a recent Cigar City tasting. Thanks for sharing this rarity, Nick.

The pour was black, tar-like and completely opaque, topped by a head that was a shade or two lighter than black. The color made me dread that this was going to be another burnt, acrid Cigar City imperial stout.

The aroma alleviated my fears somewhat as a huge bouquet of chocolate and cinnamon wafted up from the glass. Hot pepper and alcohol stung my nostrils, while vanilla brought a balancing sweetness. Beneath it all was the signature of Cigar City - burnt things, tar pit and fresh asphalt.

The taste, sweet and chocolatey up-front, spicy both from cinnamon and hot peppers - truly like drinking a blend of stout and xocolatl. Despite the almost excessive use of adjuncts, the base beer shines through with its heavily roasted, nearly burnt malt character. Sweetness from the chocolate and vanilla balance the bitterness with surprising finesse, never quite becoming cloying despite its richness. The finish reveals flavors of French roast coffee and burnt toast, and just when you think it's done the heat from the peppers coat the palate, leading into an aftertaste of cinnamon and chiles.

Well, they finally did it. That's right; Cigar City made a good beer. I know, I'm surprised too. This is good stuff, I might even track down a bottle when they come out next year.

Edit: Had this from a bottle, not as good, though still solid.

Serving type: growler

11-30-2009 22:31:53 | More by largadeer
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz growler. Blacker than night pour into my Darkness snifter. Slow, cascading head with a head of espresso dark brown. A solid finger of head with some little fizzy bubbles up top. Good retention with some occasional lacing left on the sides.

Aromatic woody whiffs of cedar & oak with sweet tobacco and cold pressed french roast. Noticeable vanilla

I get the wood and caramel on the nose, but I am also getting a puzzling fruit flavor. The only way I can describe it is the taste of a whiskey soaked cherry- not sweet-sweet but a very complex sweet with something on top. However, I don't detect any other whiskey in the glass. Big coffee flavor up front also, bitter cocoa nibs. Complex chocolate going on, somewhat spicy. Rich and oily mouthfeel. Finishes bitter, woody with big roasted graininess. Cinnamon & ancho (really?) also detected on the palate. Wow...this is something else unlike I have yet to taste in a big stout. With all of this going on, this one is very drinkable.

Serving type: growler

11-22-2009 21:21:18 | More by RustyDiamond
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4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hand bottle via trade, big thanks to Gillard for this rarity. Shared it at a tasting.

Pours pitch black and pretty viscous with a creamy tan head that has some large bubbles.

Amazing aroma - chocolate, spices, roast, smoke, and mild chili peppers. Really awesome.

Flavor is incredible and moves through several phases. Starts with semi-sweet chocolate then roast and coffee, followed by some smoke, vanilla, then chili peppers, cinnamon, wood and bitter cocoa and hops on the finish. The complexity is pretty crazy.

Medium full on the palate with a bitter cocoa chalkiness. Bitterness really sticks with you, and I feel like it's more from the cocoa than the hops.

Drinkability is not great, but I think this works very well as a sipper. This is pretty much the best cigar beer ever.

Serving type: growler

11-21-2009 22:04:25 | More by nickd717
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5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served at Redlight Redlight in Orlando, FL. The owner had it on C02 and decided to experiment with it and put it on nitro, WOW!!!! So he kept it that way.

A-Dark as night with a beautiful two finger creamy brown head. It reminded me of chocolate mousse.

S-Chocolate right off the top with hints of coffee, ancho chilies, and spices.

T-Dark chocolate, followed by spices and alittle vanilla. Finished slightly warm from the ancho chillies.

M-Very nice, creamy. The nitro put a nice feel to it. Felt sliky and velvety.

D-Fantabulous!!! Very smooth and warm. One of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had. Cigar City is surprising me everytime I have one of their exceptional beers. Keep it up!!!

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-19-2009 16:35:25 | More by rramis
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North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with an espresso color and a dark head that drops to a ringlet but leaves quite a few dots and dashes of lace

Smell: Dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, tobacco, black cherry, and cinnamon red hots

Taste: Dark fruit and chocolate, up front, with a growing red hot cinnamon flavor that brings in a smoked chili aspect by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tobacco enters the profile and the heat builds; the chocolate and dark fruit flavors underneath refuse to fold and stand up into the finish with an underlying cherry sweetness; the hops also make an appearance, late, and add a bitter element

Mouthfeel: Full body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Incredibly complex, with layers of flavor that seem to change with each sip; the heat limits the drinkability but adds a very interesting dimension

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2009 01:23:29 | More by brentk56
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New York

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-oz. bomber fill from Bierkraft -- kicked the keg about 16 oz. up and got it dirt cheap. Shared it with the wife tonight. We used snifters.

Pours an opaque dark brown clear and bright at the edges. No head to speak of, just a thin tan skein of bubbles that retreats to the circumference of the glass. The smell is something sweet like cherry juice, flowers, sulfured molasses, cayenne, and alcohol burn. The taste is complex: roasted malts, coffee, molasses, cocoa, graham cracker, a burn from the chilies at the end, especially with a big mouthful. It's full in the mouth, quite viscous, mildly carbonated. Rich and heavy, it's a sipper for sure.

Serving type: growler

11-16-2009 05:39:00 | More by gory4d
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4.97/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So, for my 100th review I thought I'd review a special beer.

The beer is awesomely black. No head. Mysterious.

In the nose you get chocolate, chili, some cinnamon, and a few other smells I can't identify. The smell adds to the mystery.

Only in your mouth can you truly appreciate the complexity of this beer. The layers of flavor are nothing short of astonishing. So much going on that every sip is a new experience. Wow.

In the mouth it is a smooth, creamy, well-balanced treat. Almost velvety.

This is one of the most drinkable beers I've had, much less one with such a high ABV. I just wish they made this one more often.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 15:55:54 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My second re-rate: After having this again, I had to make it a perfect 5. This beer is outrageous.

Thanks to Joey for the taste. I would rate this higher than a 10 on flavor, if I could. The chocolate flavor in this beer is over the top delicious. It is strong, creamy and decadent with vanilla and cinnamon spices added in. The peppers are sitting in the back, providing just a slight burn to let you know they are there. The mouthfeel is thick and oily. Swirling the beer around the glass leaves a light brown oil slick on the sides. I simply cannot wait until this hits the market. The chocolate flavor is a desert of its own. Fabulous flavor. Great job!
RE-RATE: After the Cigar City Kickoff party, I had to bump my rate even higher. This beer is amazing. Was told the ABV was kicked up higher, to the 13%-14% range, but it doesn't show. The flavors seem even more intense and the alcohol is hidden very well. The chocolate in this beer tastes like the best gourmet chocolate I've ever had in a beer. No corners have been cut. If I could drink on thing for the rest of my life, it would be this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2009 22:02:00 | More by chemmie
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4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the BBA Bolita release party at CCB. Poured into a mini-gobblet.

A: Pitch black, opaque in color. A small wet sand color head appears and leaves no lace. As a side note, as I consume the beer, a light brown coating appears on the glass and sticks around. At the end the rements of the beer leave legs, like a fine wine.

A: Huge chocolate. It smells like brownie batter. I get some spice from the ancho chilis, coffee, molasses, and a little roastiness.

T: Out of this world. Chocolate and spice, but not over the top. Just a hint of heat shows up at the back o the throat. Molasses is thick, but the chocoate is where this one shines.

M: Heavy body, creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation makes for an excellent mouthfeel.

D and overall impression: Just a huge American Double Stout, the ABV will limit the drinkability, but this one goes down smooth. Overall this beer is just amazing! One of the best I've had to date.. I know this is sounding redundant coming from me lately, but Wayne and Joey at CCB are brewing some of the best beer in the world right now. A must have! Skal.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 02:44:32 | More by Gtreid
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4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only the second time I've had this one. And I was very excited to say the least.On draft at the Bourbon Barrel Bolita release at the brewery. Poured into CCB stemware.

Inky black and totally opaque, this one coats the glass like used motor oil. Mocha colored head quickly dissipates to leave scattered lace. As I turn the glass, it clings to the side like a full-bodied red wine . Rich chocolate malt up front followed by vanilla and cinnamon on the nose. The chiles come in a bit at the end with some spice. Sweet chocolate up front followed by vanilla, before the cinnamon kicks in and brings it all together. After a few sips the pepper spice hits the back of my throat. Everything opens up as it warms. This is truly a joy. Coats my palate and finishes dry with a bit of alcohol warmth and an aftertaste that I hope doesn't go away. My favorite stout by far.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2009 22:49:02 | More by McDiddyPop
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4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another one of the CCB treats I had at The Brass Tap. Poured jet black into a tulip, with a dark brown head that looks very dense. This beer certainly does not look like it is messing around. Amazingly complex aroma, the coffee hits you up front, but a parade of roasted malt, chocolate, and that firey chili follows closely behind. This complexity comes through in the taste, as well, as the dominant chocolate malt backbone is supported by many other flavors. There are some hints of tobacco in the background, and that chili adds some spicey fireworks in your mouth towards the end. Not surprisingly, a rather dense beers that weighs heavy in the mouth. As I have stated all along, a ton things going on in this beer, a very enjoyable stout, but not one you can have too much of.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2009 12:30:05 | More by bhalter8
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4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. When you look up complex in the beer dictionary, this beer should be the first entry. Holy moly, where to begin. Pours black with a thin dark head. Aroma is cocoa, some peppers, cinnamon, earth, alcohol, malt, chocolate, coffee, and spice. Flavor does not disappoint, either: cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, cocoa, tobacco, peppery chilies, vanilla, spice, and complexity. Lots of yellow lace swirls around this teeming dervish of flavor. Deep, complex, earthy, and robust. Liquid awesome in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 22:33:01 | More by markwise
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4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Cask at Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting - Pours opaque black with almost no head and extremely light lacing. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee, heavy roasted and burnt malts. Flavor is coffee and chocolate - moderately sweet and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but very under carbonated. This puppy is easy to drink and easy to love. The BJCP Judges' winner...and rightly so.

Serving type: cask

02-02-2009 23:52:30 | More by ATLbeerDog
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4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, turbid body with a thin, bubbly, dark tan head.

Smell: Highly roasty nose with full notes of dark chocolate, black coffee, spices, a big pinch of Captain Black tobacco (white blend, natch), and a sharp, vegetal note from the chilies contained within.

Taste: A heady mixture of roasted maltiness, chocolate, and vanilla give you a sip of Kahlua garnished with a sprinkling of cinnamon. Before long the heat and spice from the peppers kick in, but it's very well-integrated and complimentary to the overall flavor. A few careful drops of prune juice. More tobacco, which really is all too appropriate coming from a joint called Cigar city. Earthy hops with a modest amount of bitterness. Packed with flavor to the very end, there's even a bit of persistent heat beyond the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very nice. Beers with peppers have come a long, long way since the infamous Cave Creek Chili Beer, haven't they? Without a doubt, I'm sure Crazy Ed is smiling down from heaven at Hunahpu's Imperial Stout.

Serving type: cask

02-02-2009 19:26:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of JRedner in November, 2008. Pours a murky dark black color with a thick tan head that settles slowly. Aroma is strongly of dark chocolate, cocoa, peppers, dark ripe fruit, some hints of coffee, roasted malt and toffee. Flavor is amazingly complex with notes of dark ripe fruit, dark chocolate, roasted malts, chilis, coffee, toffee, pepper, caramel. There is a lot going on in this beer. Full body with a lingering sweet malty toffee finish. The acclaim is well deserved as this is an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 23:53:56 | More by Kiefdog
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5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Cigar City

This beer is the standard Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout kicked up a bit. Some chili were added along with a bit of vanilla and cocoa nibs.

A: Like all Cigar City stout's this one is evil looking in the glass. As dark as night with a huge creamy brownish black head. The beer clings to the glass as if it is laced with oil. The head hangs around nice, and leaves big chunks of that dark brown goodness.

S: To say the aromas are bold would be an understatement. Huge charred malt aromas with strong notes of bitter chocolate. Light hints of roasted chili's can be detected as well. The vanilla hides beneath all these bold aromas along with a bit of dark fruit and tobacco.

T: The roasted malt is the first thing you detect here. Coffee come next along wtih a blast of bitter chocolate and tobacco. A touch of vanilla can be picked up and then the chilis create a touch of warmth on the back of the tongue. Very complex and very unique.

M: Very full bodied, smooth, creamy with the chili's creating a real depth.

D: Not as drinkable as some of the other Cigar City stouts, but it sure is tasty. A one of a kind treat.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2009 16:10:27 | More by tpd975
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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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