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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 2,413
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
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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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Auracom

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of my stout tasting on October 22nd, 2011. 2-3 oz. into snifter. Stoked to try this one.

A – Intensely thick and oily pour yields the darkest mocha-colored head I have seen yet on a stout. Similar to Marshal Zhukov’s, this brew coats the glass with a filmy, brownish-yellow residue. Lots and lots of legs clinging to the sides. Intense appearance here.

S – Definite roasted almonds and vanilla up front. A lot of depth underneath those two primary flavors - slight pepper spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, tobacco, leather, a variety of chocolate, and coffee. Beyond that, and I must be imagining this, but I get the sense of oak barrel as well. No alcohol.

T – Dark chocolate, espresso, roasted nuts, and cinnamon transition into a blend of vanilla extract and pepper near the back of the drink. The flavors are very layered but don’t quite fully integrate. Finishes slowly with a sweet chocolate finish contrasted with a touch of pepper burn and bitterness from hops.

M – Adequate in this category in every way. Smooth, heavy, rich.

D – Mole in a glass? Not quite but it’s damn-near complex enough. Takes the base beer and improves on it in a variety of ways. Will pursue more.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 03:43:01 | More by Auracom
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brewdan

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much like motor oil with a gorgeous tan foamy head that quickly dissapears.

Smells a lot like cacao. Also roasted grains and bittersweet chocolate. I don't get much of the chillies in the nose.

Tastes a LOT like it smells. Rich bitter dark chocolate and dark roasted grains. There is a little spiciness mid-palate. On the back end there is a little bitter pine flavor.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Some carbonation manages to cut through the thick liquid which is nice.

Overall, great stuff here. I didn't think this would live up to the hype for me but it is really really good and I am a fan of well-done imperial stouts. I just wish it wasn't in such a big expensive bottle.

C'mon CCB, put this in 12oz bottles!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 20:22:23 | More by brewdan
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Adamdc

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 02:45:21 | More by Adamdc
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mdfb79

New York

4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 3/27 notes. Got to share with some other BA's thanks to a great trade with bobby8405... thanks Bob! Poured from 750ML bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep, dark black color with one finger of brown head and a little bit of carbonation evident. Great rentention on the head.

s - Smell is a mixture of cocoa, chile, chocolate, and vanilla. The chili was very interesting and gave it an almost fig/dark fruit taste. Very interesting mix, but enjoyable.

t - Tastes of chile, cocoa, and vanilla. Also some roasted malts. As the beer warmed up a bit, I got some cinnamon and some more of the chile. A very interesting mix.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Very thick.

d - I thought this was very interesting. It was probably the best beer using chile that I've ever had, and had a load of interesting smells and tastes that worked well together. Quite complex. All that being said, it's not my favorite stout. Don't get me wrong, this was a very good beer and I would love to try it again, but I felt, as did some of the others who tried this with me, that it did not live up to the hype surrounding it.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 01:50:37 | More by mdfb79
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of tasting this one the day of the release after I grabbed my ticket.
Was poured into a nice CC snifter glass.
Dark as can be with a slight very dark tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, and some sort of spice. The first taste is very different than any other Imperial Stout I have ever had. The taste is the usual IS bittersweet chocolate and coffee but then proceed with a spice taste. Also has a nice hop profile to it.
Medium heavy mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation.
Overall, this is an excellent beer that I could drink anytime!
Curious to see what some time on a bottle will do for it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 22:31:58 | More by kbutler1
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billab914

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured pitch black in color with a very thick looking body to it. The head foamed up and nearly filled the top inch and half of the glass. The head was a very nice looking deep brown, almost chocolaty in color. It stuck around too and left some very nice lacing. The head definitely gives this some bonus points on appearance, I loved the color if it.

The chili peppers are the first thing that stand out to me in the aroma. They give it a very flavorful roasted pepper like quality to it without becoming hot or spicy. The sweeter chocolate and mild vanilla seem to smooth it out pretty nicely. It has a good amount of bitter, roasted malt, coffee flavors to it as well.

The taste really shows the roasted pepper like flavor to it, which give it just a bit of spice. It has lots of chocolate coming through as well. The vanilla is there but isn't a strong presence. Towards the finish more of the roasted malt, coffee, bitter flavors come through. Very nice range of flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side with carbonation being on the lower side. Drinkability is pretty good, I liked the flavors a lot actually. It felt pretty well balanced between sweet and roasty flavors and the peppers and vanilla definitely added some nice depth. Very flavorful and good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 03:06:48 | More by billab914
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City takes NYC event at Rumble 'N' Hum, on tap. Had this the next day. Big peppers, great dinkability and edge. Very dark brown with brown lace. Cigar wood and chocolate, but the pepper is paramount.
Extraordinary beer, that I would seek out again, and I do not say that too often.
Had this again in bottle about 2 years later and it is very tasty stuff. Sour edge .

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 19:07:10 | More by Sammy
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Gmann

New York

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black as midnight color with a small chocolate brown head. This sucker has got some weight to it.

The vanilla bean aroma stands out and along with the cacao nibs, it brings a tootsie roll scent. There is some zesty-ness from the spices but nothing very strong. A very rich dessert aroma.

The taste is of a roasted malt base with some strong ground coffee notes. This is followed by caramel, cacao, and the vanilla. There is a lemony acid twang to keep the sweet in balance. Very light spice from the chiles, they seem to add a different layer of sweetness and a slight metallic note. I don't pick up much from the cinnamon but that might get blended in with the chile spice. A lot going on.

The feel is very thick with soft carbonation that give the beer a silky feel. Very sweet to start but finishes with a roasty bitterness. Quite sticky on the finish. There is some burn from the chiles, perhaps the alcohol as well.

A very tasty beer with lots of complex flavors. Its a big beer and better enjoyed in smaller samples. Great dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 01:53:22 | More by Gmann
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 01:02:16 | More by akorsak
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 03:12:01 | More by philbe311
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 14:11:48 | More by ritzkiss
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Talk about complex...

Had out of a growler and bottle at the Rosso Batch 2 release. Thanks to whomever brought these.

Pour was jet black with very little mocha head, no lace.

Aroma was incredible coffee and cedar aroma, hints of chocolate.

Flavor had an incredibly complex array of currants, plum, tobacco, pepper, and wine flavors. Overall, relatively sweet but this was balanced well.

Very thick imperial stout that drinks very well for the ABV. A fantastic beer that I'd love to get my hands on again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 20:42:02 | More by ChrisPro
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schwaeh

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from 2011

A: This beer has one of the better heads you will get out of an imperial stout; I was worried after hearing so much about the base beer being flatter than hand soap. Poured ever so black into a goblet style glass with an impressive 1/2" mocha head.

S: The smell is where you first know this isn't some run-of-the-mill double stout. There is the typical bitter coffee and dark chocolates but right away you know this is spiced up. I'm sure the chilies stood out more when fresh but they were present in the background, standing behind the vanilla sweetness and brown sugar/cinnamon spice.

T: This really stands alone. I sort of feel that cigar city teamed up with Hershey;s and a seasoning company to make this guy. There is a dominating coffee character which I didn't expect in this beer. Ok, maybe not dominant, just the first big flavor in the party. Next you get the richness and creaminess that the vanilla and cacao nibs bring to the beer. The finish is where you notice Hunahpu's spiciness, which is apparent on the back of your tongue after each taste; Its nothing distracting but enough to give the beer character and set it apart. Alcohol is hidden very well in this big stout.

M: Thick, creamy, and coating. The carbonation was huge for the style.

O: I'm very pleased that I decided to seek out a few bottles of this. Huna is a great way for a brewery to make something different and memorable without throwing it in a bourbon barrel.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 22:36:07 | More by schwaeh
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrallen34 for popping this open during a tasting.

A - Jet black, very big stout looking. Very small brown head that dissipated quicly, not leaving much lacing, but a nice ring of brown bubbles on the edges.

S - Very subtle scents. Was expecting a stronger aroma from this, but it's pretty subdued. Nice roasted malts, hints of vanilla, and nice sweet cocoa. As it warms up, it becomes much more brownie like, very pleasant.

T - Little bit of burn on something, must be the chilis, although i'm not actually picking up that actual taste. Nice chocolaty malts, impressive vanilla notes, this is all nicely subtle and complex. Exceptionally smooth, with all flavors blending together well.

M - Very smooth, full bodied. Nicely thick.

D - I'll give it a very drinkable for a 11.5%. Don't get any alcohol, and none of the flavors are overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 01:52:15 | More by AgentZero
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kels

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers, pwoods. Thanks for sharing this bottle with me.

The beer pours exceptionally dark brown, practically black. It is fully opaque, and it's so dark that the head is even dark - a deep chocolate milk brown with a ruby tinge. It starts as a tight, 1/2 finger skim, and it fades to a light ring around the walls of the glass, leaving slippery lace sliding down back into the liquid quickly. The receding lace reveals a wash of alcohol in its wake.

The first hit is a whiff of cherry Robitussin. It fades softly into a nice blend of dry, crunchy, roasty coffee and warm, sweet vanilla bean.

Forward flavors of roasted coffee and cacao dominate across the palate. It takes some warming and repeat sips to start revealing the other flavors in this bold beer. I definitely get the sweetness of the vanilla, but the chiles don't come across as anything much more than an aftertaste. There's a persistent cherry-like sweet-tartness. The feel overall is really nice. The carbonation is strong enough to really distribute the flavors, and it finishes with a great, chewy creaminess, leaving a sticky palate-coating film behind.

Moderately drinkable at best. A tasty style with a twist.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:44:10 | More by kels
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DCon

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 10oz pour from a 1 Pint 9.4 FL.OZ. Bottle in a tasting w/ other Darkness Day friends in front of the Vintage Lot (#2) @ Surly Brewing Company in Brooklyn Center, MN. Poured from the bright yellow, sun blinding bottle w/ the Hunahphu Pharoah on the front into my Schlafly Tulip Glass. Does not have a freshness date but for this style, wasn’t a problem.

Aroma- VERY strong chocolate and roasted aroma from the beginning! Awesome to see this in this stout. Has the best Cigar City aroma punch like all their brews do. Chili Peppers are very light in here and can’t find in the nose. All around, perfect.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head thats dark brown stays for a minute. Has an extremely viscous body with a dark brown/coffee color and opaque. Leaves a bit of sudsy lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Has a ton of chocolate (bittersweet) upfront and then bit of spiciness at the finish. Has a weird sourness also in the ending... Not sure if this should be an attribute I should have picked up or not. Very strong roastiness and light, european coffee flavors all the way through. Not much bitterness, just alot to drink!

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied but goes down thin and smooth, Low Carbonation, Creamy, but has this unfavorable note of sourness... Tons of roastiness and chocolate is left on the palate.

Overall Impression- I’ve been very interested in enjoying this one since having other brews from Cigar City. A real nice chocolate, roasty, and bit of spiced brew but not sure about this sour note I caught... I’m going to ignore this in the overall because the Hanahphu was awesome! Enjoy this if you can (I had to split 2 Schlafly Reserve 750’s to just get a 10oz pour!).

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 21:15:58 | More by DCon
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brystmar

Texas

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barcade Brooklyn! One of my all-time favs :D

Black, syrupy pour. Tons of lace, great retention. Spicy aroma isn't as strong as I'd like; peppers come through with chocolate but not much more.

Huge surge of chocolate up front followed by the signature vanilla chile finish. Booze warms my throat as I swallow, brings more heat as it warms up. Massive body, as usual. Reinforces my belief that Huna is the best yearly RIS made in America.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2012 20:53:07 | More by brystmar
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Zach136

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 poured into a CCB snifter. Reviewed side by side with Prairie Bomb!. Consumed 3/28/14 - reviewed from notes.

A - Pitch black no head.

S - Apple cinnamon oatmeal overwhelms the nose, some chocolate and roast poke through with the slightest hint of pepper.

T - Pepper and Roast come out much more and balance the cinnamon, though it's still the forward flavor.

M - Viscous and velvety. So much sugar my lips feel like I just ate a plate of baby back ribs, I need a wet wipe. There's also some lingering heat on the inside of my mouth from the peppers.

O - An amazing use of all those adjunct harmoniously. Bomb! is a great beer in it's own right, but Huna blew it out of the water IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 04:19:28 | More by Zach136
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srandycarter

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 03:38:49 | More by srandycarter
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

As we popped the cap on this treat there was a generous amount of carbonation gasses that hissed from the neck of the bottle. On the pour this is black as midnight with a two finger thick dark chocolate colored head that floated gracefully on top of the syrupy liquid. When I hold my glass up to the light there is absolutly nothing shining through and no haze or yeast chunks. As I give a quick swirl I notice that this is very very thick and seems to "stain" the walls a deep blood red and creep very slowly.

Smell:

Loads of charred fiery ash, meaty BBQ sauce, pipe tobacco, roast and coffee. Slight undertones of vanilla and plums round of the middle. There is some hop presence but not much because its faded out by all the intense dark flavors going on here.

Taste:

Very delicious! Like a cold cup of espresso and smoking a fine cigar. (no pun intended) This is very full in body with some underlying spiciness like pepper that I am really enjoying. Chocolate, heat alcohol, and thick molasses make it all come together.

Drinkability:

Another slow sipper RIS, but it needs to be because there is a lot of complexity going on. One of CCB finest beers in my opinion and for the 11% ABV drinks very smooth. It will be fun to see how this develops over the years.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 14:54:17 | More by Bmoyer0301
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 08:05:01 | More by MasterSki
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Florida9

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle

A: Deep, dark black in color. Fully opaque. Forms a nice finger or so of very dark brown head that has some decent retention, but leaves no lacing.

S: The wonderful aroma of sweet dark roasted malts and the complex raisiny spiciness that comes from the dried peppers.

T: An interesting and complex blend of flavors. Dark malts with a light sweetness in the background. Flavors of ancho pepper, cocoa, and raisin. Coffee to a less extent. There is a very faint heat from the peppers that reminds me of a Mexican hot chocolate.

M: Heavy with a lower carbonation level leaves this one feeling smooth and pleasantly viscous in the mouth.

D: A very complex sipper of an Imperial stout. Took this to a tasting and only had a glass of it for myself, but that was more than enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 03:01:28 | More by Florida9
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gory4d

New York

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
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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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Bruery tulip, courtesy the ever-generous Greg (tpd975). Huge thanks, Greg!

Pours absolutely pitch black, ridiculously dense and thick, with a gorgeous, dense 1.5 finger mocha head. The head slowly settles down into a thin but dense cap, with excellent stickage and fantastic walls of lacing.

Nose is roasty, light notes of smooth espresso and dark cocoa, bit of tobacco, and a mix of dark fruits and licorice. Nice nose, but far from exceptional.

The taste, however, lives up to the expectations. Huge, deep chocolate and beautiful roastiness up front segue into big dark fruit, blackstrap molasses, more chocolate, and a nice smokiness. Alcohol emerges with a bit of booziness right before the finish, smoky pepper heat, and a firm, sharp, roasty bitterness that carries hints of burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel is thick and full-bodied, decadent, with a firm underlying carbonation and a subtle heat from the peppers in the back of the throat. Long, full finish.

Drinkability is, surprisingly, pretty nice. Aside from a bit of alcohol heat, the flavor is massive, but I was wishing for more after my half of the bottle. A really beautifully done beer.

Serving type: bottle

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