Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 3,371
Reviews: 716
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.95%
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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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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Photo of errantnight
4.26/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A truly impressive brew. Thanks, Mikesgroove, for this one.

Inky black with a gorgeous, creamy, coffee colored head which sticks and stays. Impressions of cherry (from the cinnamon and chocolate notes) and oak (from the vanilla and pepper tannins) blossom, the warm spice of the cinnamon and vanilla coming through most in the end. The body is as lush, soft, and full as any I've ever found, the beer hampered only by a ragged, lengthy, puckering bitterness. The roasted grains, aggressive hopping, and adjuncts add up to an overly bitter brew, even for my tastes. Despite this somewhat harsh and unpleasant finish, the lush body and intriguing complexities make this a superior brew. Hopefully they tone down the roasted barley and hops a touch to bring it fully into balance. A great beer just shy of transcendent.

Photo of woosterbill
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 of the 2010 vintage into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Gigantic thanks to Dan for sharing this one.

A: Looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle, and not just any motor oil - super thick, super black, super viscous motor oil. Even small splashes from the pour stain the sides of the glass a deep crimson, and once things settle out the beer is topped with a finger of the darkest red-brown head I've ever seen in my life. Incredibly intimidating, and absolutely gorgeous. I'd give this a 6 if I could - it's hands-down the most amazing-looking beer I've ever beheld.

S: Spicy chili pepper is up front, with a veritable olfactory assault of piquancy. Dark chocolate and vanilla bean back it up, but the chili really stands out - surprising considering that this is almost a year old. Excellent.

T: Less spicy than the nose, and thankfully so. The chocolate and vanilla are joined here by coffee and toffee, creating a melange of spicy, sweet, and bitter deliciousness. Tons of cacao, coffee, and craziness. I'm in stout heaven.

M: Viscous, syrupy, and well carbonated. Intense and wonderful.

D: The sheer hugeness of flavors, coupled with the high ABV, make this a struggle - but what an amazing struggle!

Notes: I'd only had small tastes of this beer before, and each time it blew me away. I wasn't prepared, though, for how truly spectacular this one was going to be. The appearance alone was worth the price of admission, and the flavors were simply to die for. I'll definitely be trading for a bottle or two of the next release. Otherworldly.

Cheers!

Photo of francisweizen
2.76/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one didn't really do it for me. It poured a dark cola brown/black with a decent white/mocha head. However the aroma was VERY sweet, like sugar and coffee and dark malts dipped in sugar and than encased in a shell of sugar. Taste was very sweet. It seems like their is a good beer under the sweetness but it really is hard to tell. Mouth feel is slick and sweet. Drink-ability is altered by the sweetness. Why the hell is this so sweet?

Photo of Jwale73
3.99/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Thirstybird for breaking this one out for our tasting. I've been wanting to try this beer for some time. This is by far, the best looking big stout I've ever seen. Pours an inky black with a dense, dark mocha-colored head tinged with a reddish-brown hue. Cap is so thick and dense that it is only pierced by tiny pinpricks. Thick sheets of lacing slide down the walls of the glass following each tilt. Nose reveals chocolate, spice and booze - it's all a bit much in my opinion and any subtlety is lost here. Taste is rich and chocolatey on a bold malty backbone. Spicy and sweet intermingles nicely, but gets to be a bit cloying after continued consumption. Finish is slightly burnt and bitter, which helps to cut the sweetness, but only marginally. Mouthfeel is exceptional - medium/heavy in consistency with a light carbonation and a pleasant creamy texture. I'm never quite sure of what to expect from a "spiced" stout; however, Hunahpu's makes it work. This is perhaps the biggest Stout I've had to date in terms of body, feel and complexity. That being said, a little goes a long way. It's extremely rich and the complex flavors get to be a little tough to handle over time. Personally, I think this beer would be better served in a 12oz. bottle rather than a 750ml.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a CC snifter, this one is as black as it gets with a surprisingly dark cocoa head.

S: Rich cocoa, roasted malt, cinnamon, and a little vanilla. After it warms up I get a little honey and anise. At times it smells like a fudge brownie.

T: Again, truckloads of rich dark chocolate. Quite a bit of sweetness, but it's nicely countered by huge roasted and slightly smoky flavors. The chocolate's complimented by vanilla and a light woodyness, I would assume from cinnamon. Pepper adds more flavor than heat, but the spice does start to build for me after the first 4 oz. There's also a distinctive earthyness to this beer. The best comparison I can make for the flavor of Hunahpu's is dense chocolate cake with xocolatl bar melted over the top. Intense.

M: Body is very thick with low to medium carbonation. Overall, it has a very full mouthfeel, but the carbonation isn't as dialed in as some of the best examples of the style, which are more velvety. This is good, but a little more syrupy.

Hunahpu's is a huge, roasted cocoa beast. Really a fantastic beer with many layers and a great option for comparing flavor profiles at various temperatures.

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

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: loaded coffee, and sublte chocolate aromas

taste: probably one fo the best imp stouts Ive had. Love the pepper sensation. not taste, just feeling. Loads of dry chocolate flavors.

mouthfeel: full bodied stout

drinkability: we had a rare sout party is this was one of the selectons. The best of the night. A perfect beer.

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

Had as part of the mini Whale Stout tasting back in mid December. Thanks a ton to Chris aka FluffyMcTingle for sharing this.

A super dark black creamy head fades slowly with a thick syrupy heavy beer that coats the glass and has nice legs.

Nose is loaded with dark malts, roasty, dark chocolate, strong vanilla beans with a bit of a chili pepper under, some coffee, lots of dark chocolate, caramel, oatmeal, dark bitter scortched malts, just a ton of dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

Taste brings lots of vanilla at first, light spices like a cinnamon, chili pepper, lots of chocolate, baker's choc, dark choc, creamy milk choc, vanilla again, dark malts, chewy oats, a nice mouth coating that sticks everywhere, with some nice bitter tastes, a slight fluffy and earthy hop character. All the flavors are blended well despite so many peaks of various flavors.

Mouth is super thick and luscious, creamy, with decent carbonation and touch of warming booze.

Drink is good, not much of a booze feel for being 11.5% and how heavy it is, it still drinks decent, a big mouth coating that never fades takes away slightly, but for the style of beer that's what it should be.

Photo of TK5150
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle.

A- Pours absolutely black with a one and a half finger dark brown/reddish hued head. The head is made up of nice, tightly knit, tiny bubbles. This beer literally stains the glass when swirled it is so dark. Excellent lacing and alcohol legs. Easily the darkest beer and darkest head I have ever seen. The best looking beer I have ever seen, as a matter of fact. For those of you who did not give this a 5 for appearance, I have no idea what you're thinking.

S- Brown sugar, molasses, some vanilla, cinnamon, and spiciness from the chiles and alcohol. Dark malts take a back seat. No astonishingly apparent chocolate smell here. Smells nice.

T- Cocoa nibs dominate this beer with an excellent chocolate flavor. The chiles are also apparent, but are kept in check. The chiles also bring a little tartness to the table. Not really picking up much of the other boat-load of ingredients in this beer though. The chocolate added to this beer is done in a very classy way, and is very enjoyable, unlike some beers I've had (cough, southern tier choklat, cough, southern tier mokah, cough, cough).

M- The thickest beer I have had in a long time, maybe the thickest ever. Literally like drinking a milkshake. Very heavy. The light tartness makes this feel slightly thinner on the back-end and during the swallow. Light carbonation, but just enough. Outstanding mouthfeel - easily one of the best I have ever had.

D- This beer has so much weight to it that splitting this with a friend is the way to go. I drank about 2/3's of the bottle and that was plenty even though this was an outstanding beer.

Overall, one of the best beers I've had in a while. Would have liked to see more complexity in the taste, though. Still, great stuff that I will definitely trade for again.

Photo of oline73
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to cheezdawg for trading me this one. 2010 poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a dark brown head. The head goes away almost immediately and leaves some lacing. The beer is super viscous and clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: Initially I smell very sweet roast with hints of dark chocolate and dark fruit. After that I pick up the peppers as well as some alcohol.

Taste: Very sweet roast hits the tongue first. This is followed by dark chocolate, some chili pepper spice, cinnamon, and some dark fruit notes. The finish is roasty and sweet, the flavors blend together well.

Mouthfeel: This one just coats your mouth. Very thick and viscous with just the right amount of carbonation (mild). The finish is mildly dry.

Drinkability: I would have this one again and again. I'm super excited that I got to try this! I thought it was very well balanced. The only negative in my mind is that I didn't pick up much vanilla. That's just nitpicking and this is a phenomenal beer.

Photo of wrightro07
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is dark as can be. And with a slight head of tan is a welcome.
S: Overall the smell is what is expected of RIS, but with a little spin of spice, this is the reason I give it a higher grade in smell great innovation on spice combined with a competitive brew standard.
T: This beer has an alright taste by far a great brew but not up to the standards of czar jack from town hall brewery.
M: The mouthfeel is average. Not bad for a RIS but not the silkiest I have felt in this category.
D: The drinkability is good. I would say if you are a stout fan try this brew but it is by far not the best RIS I have tried. If you are able to get some Czar Jack from Town Hall and rejoice!!!
Cheers

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours out jet black viscous liquid.

Smell: Dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, a dark blend of smoothly roasted malts, and chocolate malt are all present.

Taste: I really enjoyed trying this in the same sitting as the Marshal Zhukov's. The flavors in each beer are so smooth and complex, it is no wonder that Cigar City has a great reputation. Dark chocolate blends with dark roasted malt and a bit of espresso to start the sip. More chocolate continuously comes through as the sip progresses, with a darker and more bitter roasted malt to accompany it. A touch of chile and heat come through right at the end. The aftertaste is somewhat bitter and chocolaty.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely velvety smooth, with great depth of flavor. The body is extremely full, with lots of creamy carbonation. Lightly sticky sweet, but not overly so.

Drinkability: This is pretty awesome, it definitely lived up to my expectations. Since we were drinking the 2010, the flavors and aromas had really blended together nicely. This created a very smooth transition between the different aspects of the flavor, but it also made some of them difficult to isolate or taste. I only got a very mild heat from the chiles, and I could not get any hint of cinnamon. Definitely looking forward to this year's release.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazing beer.

A: Awesome black with huge lacing and dark brown head!

S: Amazing. Oh wow, the charred malt base mizes so well with sweet and savory notes of chile, caramel, cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla bean and dark dried fruits. So awesome holy cow.

T: Follows the smell with big burnt malt notes, hickory BBQ, cocoa, chile spice, vanilla bean, cinnamon bun, and fudge. Again, wicked roasty. Sweet man not too sweet, savory as well. Outstanding, theres hardly the words to describe.

M: Nice feel, smooth as all get out and completely coating, everything a big stout should be.

D: OUSTANDING beer, man it's incredibly easy to put back being so big. Ever time I get to try this, I am consistently blown away.

Photo of hippityhops85
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Super excited to pop this bottle open. Had it for the first time last year during Philly Beer Week and was blown away. Bottle acquired via trade.

Pour is awesome: Pours a jet black with a deep tan head that sticks around for the whole ride. Excitement.

The nose is fantastic. Complex spice flavors meld with the vanilla and chocolate notes. Exactly what I remembered.

The taste follows suit. The taste is initially cinnamon, then I can actually taste the chilies used in the beer, followed by the spiciness of the chilies and then finishing out with a bittersweet chocolate tone.

Mouthfeel is fantastic too. Silky, thick and viscous. So good.

After about 4 oz I am finished with this beer just because it is so immense. The hype is well deserved.

Photo of Jefe73
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first had this beer at the 2010 Stogie's & Stouts party at the Dunedin Brewery in February.

Pours black with big thick dark tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, cocoa, and chocolate. Flavor is robust with thick dark malts, tons of chocolate, light cinnamon, light smoke, and very faint heat from chilis. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Not abrasive in any way. Flavors come together so well. This beer comes with tons of hype and it lived up to it. Just like the rest of the CCB brews I have had.

Photo of Phelps
3.93/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed during a tasting with tlay10 right after we tried Marshall Zhukov's, the base beer. If you didn't know, Hunahpu's is Zhukov's aged on Peruvian cocoa nibs, Ancho and Pasillo chiles, cinnamon and Madagascar vanilla beans. Poured from a bottle filled to the absolute brim into a snifter.

Above creamy, inky blackness, a creamy one-finger head, mahogany-colored and the texture of pancake batter, recedes very slowly but steadily, becoming a thin yet lingering ring and a spatter of film, leaving jagged streaks of lace.

More hoppiness in this nose than Zhukov. Along with cedar, the spicy peppers add an interesting vegetal character. Black molasses, light vanilla, oak and cinnamon, in that order.

All the stuff it's aged on adds a different aspect to the flavor: you get some vegetal notes and a tiny bit of heat from the peppers, sweetness from the vanilla and increased chocolate tang from the cocoa nibs. Dark chocolate flavors and a bit of espresso linger amidst the mildly bittersweet finish. Sweet vanilla emerges more as it warms. Wonderfully complex -- every time I sip, something new emerges. This last sip I got cinnamon, the time before it was vanilla. It reminds me almost of dulce le leche.

The mouthfeel is very similar to Zhukov's, though just a shade thinner. Medium, lightly fizzy carbonation in an incredibly creamy and smooth body, and again, absolutely no noticeable alcohol.

I like the complexity here. In small quantities, Hunahpu is great. Zhukov's is more drinkable, however.

Photo of KAP1356
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade from javi458, HUGE thanks! Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a snifter...

A - Pours a black, tar like color. Heavy, viscous pour that forms a rich, dark brown head about 1 finger thick. Absolutely incredible color ont his head; hot chocolate like in color. The head slowly recedes to a collar ofthe same color. This might be the best pour from a big stout I've ever come across.

S - Wow. Big roasted malts and extremely high quality dark cacao up front. Some slight coffee notes as well as the spices start to come out. The chilies and cinnamon mix extremely well and are very very well integrated.

T - The cacao takes the stage here along with the roasted malts and the chilies. The chilies and cinnamon are so wel integrated that it adds so nicely to the overall profile. Reminds me of the Oaxaca Exotic Candy Bar from Vosges melted down with alcohol added. Some sweet vanilla notes come at the end of the profile. Spices and chilies become more apparent as it warms. EXTREMELY complex and tasty flavors.

M - Thick, silky, velvet, all the adjectives I could want to describe the mouthfeel of an RIS. Very slight carbonation and just a touch of alcohol on the end. Really exceptional.

D - For such a big thick stout with a ton of very bold flavors and a high ABV, this one was incredibly easy to drink. No cloying sweetness and no overwhelming chilie presence. Very, very nicely done!

Photo of ahalloin
4.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a tasting by Dreadnaught33. Thanks man!

Very Black, viscous fluid poured into a small snifter. No light permeates this. The simple head that formed was very dark tan. The color of the head is interesting to me as it can very wildly on beers that are seeming similar in fluid color. Hunahpu's has one of the darker caps I have ever seen.

The aroma is quite impressive and complex. I get a combination of big roasty notes, vanilla, citrus peel, and some spiciness against a slightly caramel malt character.

A sip reveals even more complexity with varying layers of malty flavor. Slight caramel, big dark chocolate, and some roast all present themselves cleanly in the flavor. Notes of vanilla creep through as well. A slight back-throat burning occurs with the swallow; kind of as a signature or brand to let you know you are drinking something special. Amazing beer. Medium dry finish makes this beer a pleasure to drink.

The mouthfeel is adequately dextrinous making for full-bodied but with an effervescent carbonation that keeps it from being heavy. I really love that chili burning sensation in the back end!

The drinkability is great as the beer displays great levels of flavor without cloying sweetness. Medium dry finish keeps you wanting more. This is a great sipping beer and would work well by the fire on a cold night as a digestif or paired with a dark chocolate torte.

This is one of THE best big stouts I've ever had and compares favorably with Darkness, Dark Lord, and KtG. It has it's own signature about it, but very interesting nonetheless.

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

Big thanks to Sentz for being kind and generous enough to part with a bottle. After cellaring for 5 months discovered cap was slightly lifted and there was stickiness running down the side. But welcome hiss when popped - beer so thick it must have sealed again. Poured into a wine glass, enjoyed chilled on a winter porch and let it warm throughout the evening.

(A) Dark, pitch black. Pours thick as rich hot chocolate - color too. Rich deep reddish-brown head. Keep thinking gourmet hot chocolate.

(S) Dark chocolate, coffee nose. Wisp of fresh, spicy chili pepper.

(T) Wow wow wow. Rich, high quality, high % cacao. Spice more prevalent as warms. Coffee again. Slight cinnamon.

(M) Thick, silky, pure indulgence. Coats mouth and tongue. Like letting piece of chocolate melt on your tongue with a spicy kick. But not cloying, and still slightly prickly carbonation on tongue.

(D) Tremendous dessert beer to be split with a friend or brother-in-law, but when he doesn't show up even better as an all night sipper.

Photo of Mississipping
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with StayWhatYouAre2 during our annual rare beer tasting. Poured into a Bruery snifter.

A: Thick, syrupy, nearly black pour produces a medium one finger mocha head that makes the mouth water. Decent head retention with some of the most impressive lacing I've seen, and long legs. Couldn't get much better than this.

S: Smokey with bitter dark chocolate up front, along with vanilla, bacon, and slight anise, coffee, hops and booze. I don't pick up any peppers or chili, but am not disappointed what is present in the nose.

T: The taste matches the smell quite well. Starts with dark chocolate and toffee, greeted by a smokiness and slight hoppiness, finishing with a bits of coffee, hops, and a mild booze burn. Still no ancho or pasilla chilies, but a bit of a chili burn at the back of the throat the more you drink and the more it warms. Would have liked just a bit more of the chili bite, but the lack thereof doesn't negatively effect the quality.

M: Coating and chewy; probably as close to chocolate syrup as a beer could come. Very mild carbonation, which adds to the viscosity, yet keeps it slightly lively on the palate. Slight booze burn on the back end.

D: Mildly drinkable, at best. This is a tough one to put down. Although this bottle was shared, it wasn't finished in one evening. Maybe we're wimps, but this is a definite sipper and great for sharing with at least two people. Overall Hunahpu's really delivers ... in appearance, smell, taste, and mouthfeel. I loved it!

Photo of Spica66
4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in trade from FutureCowboy. Thanks, Timmons!

2010 bottle shared with gwuilliums as our first beer of 2011.

A: Black, slightly viscous pour. Good head formation and decent retention. Good legs and decent lacing as well.

S: Very dark and roasty smells. Some slight sourness like I have experienced with many RIS.

T: Very dark roast coffee with some chili pepper notes.

M: Very smooth and round. The alcohol is nearly completely hidden.

D: Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Photo of bonbini26
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2nd attempt to drink this beer. The 1st time, i was down at the brewery in Tampa, bought a bottle but the bottle broke before I was able to get it home and did not have time to return to the brewery. 4 months later I was back in Florida on business and was at Tryst in Delray beach and they had it on the menu

Poured a Black, turbid body with a thin, bubbly, dark tan head, beautiful. Its nose was a roasted, dark chocolate with spices in the front. Taste was of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and then finished with a spicy aftertaste from the chili's that hit you in the back of the throat. Great mouthfeel, carbonation was right and went down smooth. Pretty easy drinking despite the heat from the chili's. Overall a wordclass beer, that must be had.

Photo of kels
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Blakaeris
4.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, almost black. Completely opaque allowing no highlights. Head is a dense reddish-tan ring.

Aroma is smokey charred dark grain. There is an underlying oatmeal sweetness. Bourbon soaked dark fruit, hints of oak, and smoked meat.

Taste is rich and bold. Sweet with hot alcohol up front. The bourbon soaked dark fruit comes on strong. Then an unusual aromatic spice takes over. Bitter dark chocolate matched with a peppery sting. Rich, chewy tobacco that just lingers forever. Finishes with a woody cedar aspect that is very dry.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Dense and viscous, but not oily.

A very flavorful and intense imperial stout. There are many subtle flavors in every sip. A must try.

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

Poured the darkest shade of black with a strange bright orange and creamy lingering head.

The smell is thick and complex, definitely get the cinnamon, vanilla, and cocoa along with a dark burnt malts.

Wow the flavor is huge and complex. Big dark chocolaty malts along with tons of spices and burnt blackness. there is a pretty nice mixture between the dark chocolate, a nice bitterness and the spices, just a hint of the chili's are evident in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a long sticky tongue coating and a bit of warmth.

A long enjoyable sipper, definitely world class in its uniqueness and quality.

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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