Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,367 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 3,367
Reviews: 715
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 3,418
Gots: 949 | FT: 71
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:
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 3,367 | Reviews: 715
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on 2/18/2010, updated 4/10/2010. Growler from Big Z Beverage. Pours black with a small but long-lasting dark tan/reddish head. Super pretty head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, lots of cocoa, tons of graham cracker (including some cinnamon), roasted malt, toffee, vanilla, oak. Flavor is quite chocolatey up front with a definite peppery spice note and a chalky, chocolatey finish. Graham cracker still present but less so. As I continue to drink, the pepper/chile spiciness really starts to heat up my mouth. This is one of the most chocolatey beers I've ever had. One of the most unique and well crafted imperial stouts out there. I'm proud to award this beer my first ever 5.0.

Photo of zeff80
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, reddish brown head of foam. It had great retention and left soapy rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of tobacco, coffee and chocolate. Interesting and nice.

T - Simply amazing. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and tobacco. One of the most complex and unique flavored stouts that I've ever had.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A medium bodied stout with a dry finish.

D - This is a really great imperial stout. I'd love to get my hands on some more.

Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this bottle with tenderbranson courtesy of weeare138 -thanks for the chance to taste this beauty, Mike! poured cellar temp into a tulip.

A deep fudge brown color with creamy tan cap, no light passes through. The retention is good and lace sticks well, very small bead. This is an attractive beer to say the least. The smell is multidimensional, lots of creamy malt, caramel, cocoa and spice which adds a mild vanilla bean note with hints of alcohol in the aroma. The feel is light spice, full body with moderately carbonated presence, the spice notes come forward in the middle and the finish is semi-sweet.

The taste of this is broad, lots of complex spice and malt qualities at play here. The taste of the dark malt is slightly cococa enhanced and seems nutty,but that my just be the earthy vanilla presence. The slight spice distracts from the alcohol in the flavor and gives a nice complimentary accent to the caramel malt flavor and roasted notes round out the big stout. The spicing really adds to this beer, it feels like one I would want to enjoy in the winter or the holidays, lots of festive flavors in the mix which work so well with the base stout. The pepper is mild but this adds to the drinkability for me with the nutty earthy and cinnamon quality making for a unique brew and highly drinkable stout.

Photo of billab914
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of treyrab
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to get caught up on my "Top Beers" this morning. My first and only encounter with Hunahpu's came at the Captain Lawrence Rosso e Marrone release. That day I almost died from the cold. But the beer warmed me and saved our lives.

As I shivered around the tasting table I poured some Hunahpu's into my tasting glass.

A: Pours a thick, viscous dark black. Black as tar. Black as Dark Lord. Nice brown mocha head. This is the thickest RIS I have seen in a while. Second only to Dark Lord.

S: Nice bitter molasses, bitter bakers chocolate, burnt roast, and burnt chocolate covered raisins. More heavy on the roast and chocolate qualities than the fruit, however. Very roasty with tons of burnt elements. Some burnt firewood as well.

T: Thick, creamy, and delicious. Tons of burnt ash, burnt bakers chocolate, chocolate covered raisins and cherry, burnt toffee. If you like very roasty stouts, this is for you.

M: Incredibly thick and syrupy. Second thickest beer I have had second only to Dark Lord. The low carbonation augments the thickness.

Overall, a solid RIS. Not as well balanced as Abyss or BA Blackout, but still a very solid offering.

Photo of airohead2001
2.23/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

This one is from notes.

A - One finger dark head overlying a black as night brew. Great head retention and lacing. There are multiple shades of brown that layer on top of each other within the head itself. Very nice.

S - Pickled jalapeno peppers, stale vinegar, and cinnamon. This is literally the worst smelling beer I have ever smelled. Gross.

T - Better than the smell, but still really bizarre and poorly melded together. Bitter roasts and dark chocolate up front, with harsh chiles and sourness in the finish.

M - Very nice. Rich and thick - just as a heavy, high ABV stout should be. Not much carbonation, nearly perfect to my liking.

D - Not a whole lot here. The overpowering aroma and taste of the jalepenos/chiles leaves a lot to be desired in this beer. And it's a shame too - without the addition of such random, poorly chosen ingredients, such as the chiles, this would make a truly excellent stout. If this were available on tap at the Map Room or any other Chicago beer bar, I would certainly not order it, nor would I ever seek out another bottle.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as a trade gift from digita7693, thanks again Don! My wife and I have been saving this one for a special occasion so we opened it with 6 friends after a Thai dinner outing for her birthday. This was an excellent night cap, and it was enjoyed by all, even a few skeptics.

Appearance is dark expresso brown/black with a full bodied pour and dark frothy chocolate milk colored cap.
Smells of dark malts, bold expresso, chili spice and a nice solid waft of booze.
Taste is complex and impressive, all the ingredients are evident and respectably balanced. Roasty malts, expresso notes, chili spice reminds me of red hots and fine dark chocolate. The abv is evident but works to keep your pace sipping to slowly appreciatte this complex brew.
Mouthfeel is full body as it should be.

Photo of xlr8r
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of trying this beer at the 2009 Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting, where it won 1st Place even.

This beer was very dark with about a finger of dark head. It had a smoky smell & taste but also a hint of the peppers with each sip as well as dark chocolate lacing on the side of my glass. You can definitely tell that you're drinking beer with this one. I can see drinking 2-3 of these and calling it a night.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass mug.

Huge thanks to Gtreid for this whale carcass!

'Twas indeed a tragic prelude to the brewing, when this bottle flung itself from the table, shattering its world, leaving an expanding sea of dark, roasty blood. We salvaged what we could from the wreckage, and the impression gotten therefrom is below. Full disclosure, home slices.

It pours a straight deathly dark brown topped by what seems to be a finger of brown foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, blackened pretzels, molasses, maple syrup, oak, vanilla, cocoa, and whiskey. The taste holds notes of heavy roasted malts, molasses, chocolate, sweet peppers, soy sauce, vanilla, and brown sugar. The body is a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a kinda syrupy feel. Overall, this seemed a bit of a disappointment. A lot of dark, sweet, and spicy tones, but they don't really seem to truly mesh together properly. Honestly, though, because of the circumstances, this guy held up fairly well. I plan on trying to acquire a new bottle, though, so that we can determine how this ought to be. Until then, though, these were my impressions: take them as you wish.

Update (2/26/11):
Thanks to the generosity of florida9, I've been able to give this giant another chance. The taste comes up much cleaner, tastier, with the soy sauce now thankfully gone and the peppers coming in nice and subtly near the end. Everything comes through nicely this time, much more well-blended and neat. I'm glad I was able to try this as it was intended to be consumed, as it is definitely better than the literal wreck that the above bottle was. The scores have thus been appropriately adjusted.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tasting glass due to the horror that was the Hunahpu distruction.

Thanks to TMoney2591 for getting and destroying the bottle

This beer pours a a very viscous dark matter with a brown foam on the surface. The smell is very much a bourbon, coffee and soy sauce smell. Some serious chocolate smell as well. The taste is rather nice and complex. The flavors are smoke, oak, bourbon, bit of salt and rum. This is odd on the tongue, hard to explain. Not bad. The drinkability is very nice. Overall pleasant and a shame most of it hit the floor.

I was able to re-review this beer with the assistance of Florida9
2/26/11
Many of the same flavors came though, but when there was actually carbonation there was actually a greater depth to all of the flavors. There was ancho chiles in the background of the flavor and it was a damn fine beer. The sweet peppery flavor was really nice. So I'm bumping up the rating accordingly to compensate for what I now believe is a fair shake of this beer.

Photo of TulipSnifter
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's dark as hell. As my husband was pouring, I thought it looked like oil going into my Portsmouth Snifter. The head looks deceptively like chocolate mousse. When my husband poured the last few drops, I swear it looked like chocolate syrup on chocolate mousse.
Smell: This surprisingly didn't sizzle my nose hairs with a strong alcohol smell like I had expected. I smell chocolate and vanilla.
Taste: I taste chili and chocolate.
Mouthfeel: This feels a little thick.
Drinkability: I think this is a great beer to sip and to be enjoyed... Very slowly.

Photo of BTPete
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with a BA buddy.

A: Dark black with a very viscous look. A bigger head than I am used to with some of the big cigar city stouts. Nice 1 cm dirty dark brown head.

S: Smells really strongly of spice and strong dark malt. There is a hint of booze in the nose.

T: Really surprised at the flavor of this one. Really robust. I gather dark burnt flavor up front with some cocoa and coffee hints. The middle and end remind me of vanilla and I got the spiciness at the end. I'm going to guess that was the cinnamon. It wasn't as spicy as I was thinking it would be from the chiles.

M: Like I had said, more carbonation than I was used to but it was really good full bodied beer.

D: A sipper and glad it was shared. On top of being 11.5%, the robustness of the flavor could get overwhelming but an excellent beer regardless, I just would try drinking a ton of it.

Photo of bernardus1212
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been savin this bad boy since the first week it came out. Opened today 10/26/10. Poured this into my favorite Westmalle chalice. The bottle poured out a thick creamy consistent black brew with a light choclate head that lingered for a few minutes. I could smell the beer as it sat in my glass, awaking itself from its hibernation. The smell was of the best chocolate you have smelled in your enitre life, but! it was balanced with some bright bitterness and spice like none other. The flavor was tantilizing. My mouth salavated after the first sip. I went right back in for a second. Beer porn at its finest. The flavor was of chocolate molten lava cake with spices and heat from the ancho chilis. I was in heaven. ITs too bad they didn't brew more of this. This is easily the best beer on the market, and it would be the #1 rated beer on BA too. My suggestions, drop black tuesday and come down to Florida for the release of this champion.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I recieved this beer from a couple BA's. Mike and Kevin are both top notch guys in my book. Thanks so much for this epic brew.

Poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip.

A: Straight out of the bottle I knew this one was special. Thick black used motor oil would be the best description I can give. God damn it's thick! Two fingers of dark chocolate head cascade for a brief moment then set up. Slowly fading away to leave tiny fleck of lace around the glass.

S: Spicy chocolate mixed with coffee, cinnamon, molasses, smoked malt and a slightly bitter hop profile. No booze to be found. Smells like a winner.

T: Wow there is a lot going on in my first sip. The heat of the peppers is felt right away but not to hot. Then the cinnamon comes in with vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate and camp fire to follow. I've had a taste of this from another bottle and it had nowhere near the complexity of this one. Thankfully my bottle was balanced. I detect almost zero alcohol burn at all.

M: Duh! Full thick chewy body. Clings to the glass like heavy cutting oil. You could drink this beer with a spoon.

D: Overall a wonderful Double stout. Super complex yet approachable. The viscosity would be the only thing that might hinder it's drinkability in my opinion.

Photo of sweemzander
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Huge thanks to Beerwolf77 for cracking open this one!

(A)- Pours like motor oil thick. Pitch black color that produced a great brown head with good retention. Some minimal lacing. Not bad for a 11.5% ABV; was expecting no foam at all.

(S)- Some heat to it. Bits of chili pepper, but very subtle. Supplemented well with dark cocoa and a hint of cinnamon-like spice. Good roasted qualities with a light creamy vanilla at the end.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Very rich with a good roastedness. Chocolate and creamy vanilla with an interesting cinnamon spice. Turns more caramel-like as it warms.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very rich, but smoother than expected. Really rather decadent. There is some boozy warmth on this, but it works. Minimal bitterness. Has a rather nice mouthfeel despite its strength, ABV, and ridiculous thickness.

(D)- Despite its already mentioned richness/strength/ABV, this is really quite nice. Its a sipper no doubt, but one that I can see myself enjoying over the course of a few hours if I had a bottle to myself. Enjoyed every sip. This could age indefinitely probably.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 11.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for cracking open another top 100!

A - This is probably the darkest beer I've ever poured. It's got absolutely no highlights in it at all. A tall chocolate-brown head is dense and firm after a little beautiful cascading. No lace but a swirl coats the glass in this motor-oil brew.

S - Dry cocoa powder and a mild but present chili powder in the nose right off the bat. It reminds me of some chili chocolate I had not too long ago actually. Tons of bittersweet chocolate with a rich chocolate roasted malt. Vanilla is very, very mild. Interesting, different, good.

T - Rich chocolate roasted malts and notes of cold coffee with cinnamon and chili mixing together. Lots of dry cocoa in there, it's a full-flavored beer that's a little all over the place but good regardless.

M - This is as full-bodied as they come, Hunahpu's is thick and smooth with a heavily roasted finish but a well-balanced sweet and acrid bitter feel. A teeny hint of warm alcohol creeps up on the finish.

D - Despite this beer's viscosity, it's actually quite drinkable. It's a bottle to be split without question, but still a great double stout!

Photo of GoGriz
4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerlando for this gem.

Pours a ridiculously nice, super dark brown and topped with a red tinted mocha head. Smells of subltey sweet chocolate and malt. Flavor is dynamic. Starts with a sweet subtle cinnamon and then moves toward milk chocolate. Finish is dark chocolate and bitter in a good way. Mouthfeel is lusciously smooth and creamy. An altogether phenomenal beer that embodies everything I want in a stout. WOW!

EDIT: Had again last night (since this review have had most highly regarded stouts out there) and it is so f'ing phenomenal I had to give it a better review.

Photo of klikger
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour served in a Bruery tulip

A - Black, large brown head & great lacing

S - Cinnamon, dried chili peppers, dark chocolate, and raisins

T - A spicy blend of dried cayenne, cinnamon, and dark fruits up front. Loads of coffee come next, with vanilla and dark chocolate joining the party as well. The end is bitter roasted espresso and piny hops. Amazingly complex, incredibly delicious stout. In my top 5 for the style for sure.

M - Ultra-smooth/creamy and pretty thick. Very good.

D - A sipper for sure. A brilliant sipper - I really wish I had more right now.

Photo of hophead247
4.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color that pours like motor oil. Nice dark brown head that lasted a few seconds and disappeared, but left some nice lacing behind. Aroma of loads of roasted malts, chocolate, sweet vanilla, light cinnamon, more spiciness. Flavor is sweet, vanilla upfront, hard roasted malts, lots of bitter chocolate and milk chocolate, a hint of cinnamon, slight peppery burn on the tongue, roasted bitter finish. Full bodied, prickly but smooth and fat mouthfeel. One of the most unique Imperial stouts I've ever tried.

Photo of kk73
4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - This pours out about as thick and black as I've ever seen. A thick 2 plus finger dark mocha head forms and slowly settles into a layer of mocha foam and lots of lacing.

S - This smells interesting, a subtle smokiness, cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts, and spicy chiles. Smells of a stout.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Starts with a bit a sweet chocolaty goodness, into a bitter roasted malt/coffee backed by some vanilla and cinnamon notes, and finishes with a touch of spicy chiles.

M - This feels medium bodied but really creamy and smooth, slightly hot from the chiles. Carbonation is low which compliments the beer nicely.

D - A sipper for sure. This is a heavy stout with many different layers. But very good, and worth seeking out multiple bottles for cellaring.

Photo of Kegatron
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Jw347 for this in a recent trade.

Pours as black as an oil slick out of the bottle, topped with a rigid finger of rich chocolate colored head that also has some burnt reddish hues going on with it as well. This retains with a creamy ¼ finger, with each sip of this leaving back rich lacing and brown gooey oils that slowly ooze back down the sides of the glass. The aroma is just LUSH in the nose, with notes of chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, burnt roast, dark fruit, and a spicy mix of cinnamon and chilies, which add an extra zesty layer of complexity in the nose. Underlying alcohol warmth gives this a nice full thickness in the nostrils. Not much more I can say about this guy. This is complex as hell. Lots going on...

The taste equally full and complex, with chocolate roast, toffee, and vanilla flavors all spreading out and drenching the mouth with a tangy and dark sweetness. The spiciness of the cinnamon hangs on the edges and pulls together in the back, where it lingers with just the slightest sense of those spicy chilies. The finish is just drenched with a mix of sweetness, earthy dark fruit, roast, bitterness, and those aforementioned leftover spices. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a creamy thickness and rich viscosity to the carbonation, which keeps this silky across the palate. Beyond the beefiness of the body, the only sense of the ABV that I'm getting is some light warmth in the finish. The alcohol is just beautifully hidden here.

Wow. To say that there is a lot going on here would be an understatement but none of the flavors ran over each and other and all seemed to wait their turn to shine as you work your way through the profile. That's mostly probably a compliment to the well balanced base of the Marshall Zhukov being able to broadcast itself while still supporting all of the extra flavors that were added here. Just impeccable drinkibility for a Stout this size as well, as despite the onslaught of different characters being at work and the high ABV, I never felt palate fatigue in the slightest as I worked through the bottle. This one lived up the hype. Just a tremendously complex, interesting, and drinkable Imperial Stout.

Photo of Jeffo
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The mighty Hunahpu has brewed up an Imperial Stout. Despite chronology and historical sense, Hunahpu has drawn from Marshal Zhukov's battle plans. A big thanks goes out to belgbeerdrinker and Masterski for letting me research how the Hun has modified the great Soviet general's strategy.

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter.
Vintage: 2010

APPEARANCE: A thick, dense, black pour produces a two finger, tight, dark mocha colored head after a wonderful cascading effect that looks stunning. Head retains really well and slowly fades to a good full cap. Jet black body and minimal carbonation evident. A fuller wisp and ring remain, showing some beautiful swirl patters after each sip, and leaves some falling dots of lace down the glass. Looks wonderful.

SMELL: Roasted malts, molasses, dark pure chocolate and burnt espresso. Hints of vanilla make its way through, as do the chilies, with a good dose of cinnamon as well. A wonderful nose, but needs to be slightly bolder for a perfect score.

TASTE: Roasted malts, molasses again, and dark, pure chocolate up front. Some toffee sweetness through the middle into a bitter coffee, espresso and chocolate finish with a slight touch of vanilla for good measure. A nice underscore of spicy chilies ride the whole way from start to finish, as does a dose of cinnamon flavor as well. Very well put together. A big, bold aftertaste full of bitter coffee and chocolate, as well as sweet toffee and molasses, cinnamon and some spicy chilies. Bold flavors and very well balanced all around. Just great.

PALATE: Medium-full body, oily, with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a slightly oily and mouth-coating finish. Nice here as well, though I think I'd prefer somewhere between the Hun and the Marshal in terms of carbonation levels for an Imperial Stout.

OVERALL: Just awesome and well worth the hype. It is obvious that the Marshal is the driving force behind the offensive, but the Hun has definitely added his twist to the battle plans. The addition of vanilla and chilies works great on top of the Marshal's foundation, blending unbelievably well with the base flavors. I'm very glad I was able to try this highly acclaimed brew, and it was even more special to be able to try it with the Marshal so fresh in my mind. This is one I hope to have again sometime in the future. Thanks for the trade gents. Highly recommended.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ditmier brought out this big ole 750 a short while back.. very cool.. thanks Eric!!

Pours with a dark deep brown head.. the brew is the expected black with good retention and lace... thick on later pours.

Aromas are all over the place with dark chocolate and lite vanilla.. bits of char and some background chili aroma.

Flavor begins with chili spiked melted dark Hersheys.. espresso and black malts.. something that I can only derive as cinnamon (minor).. dark dried fruits and leather.. some tobacco shows with the sweet warmth... The chilis are about right for me.. I could even stand and enjoy some more.. Digging this one for sure... Pretty thick body and a lighter than expected carbonation... Very nice.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4

Thanks Eric... just another amazing brew from a better BA.

Photo of brewdan
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
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!

Photo of MYSTIKPIZZA
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First up, many thanks to ScorseseZoe for sharing yet another coveted brewski

A: Poured the consistency of motor oil, jet black body with dark brownish-red head, nicely carbonated

S: Tons of coca nibs on the nose, followed by vanilla and ending with hints of cherry

T: Like drinking a melted 98% cacao choclate bar. Lots of chocolate through out, with spikes of cinnamon and ending with coffee. I was hoping for more heat from the ancho and pasilla peppers, but possibly do to aging, most of the heat had faded.

MF: The chocolate bar analogy continues, super thick and chewy, had the feel of melted chocolate.

D: Hides the ABV very well, a truly solid stout

Serving type: bottle

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 3,367 ratings.