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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 2,428
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,821
Gots: 664 | FT: 39
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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Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

FRE$H 2011 Batch

Appearance -- Pours like motor oil, jet black with faint ruby about the edges and a slim dark chocolate-hued head. It's hard to knock this view. Wish the head had more staying power, but still quite photogenic.

Smell -- Aside from the semisweet roast malt aromas, chile and cocoa are most apparent, with spicy chile heat being most dominant. Vanilla, and finally cinnamon, make themselves known after multiple whiffs. The chile heat nearly singes the hair on your nose - very sharp. Certainly interesting, but not the inviting aroma I was hoping for.

Taste -- Charred malt, molasses sweetness, smoked chiles in chocolate, and in the distance, vanilla and cinnamon. The chili is well-done, lending some rich smokey flavor mid-palate and a nice spicy finish. Lasting flavors of cocoa, red pepper flake, and roast malt that mimics coffee.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied and viscous with mild/moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel flirts with under-carbonation, but is still successful.

Overall -- This was a very nice treat. I appreciate the cocoa and chile additions, but The whole time I drank this I couldn't help but wish that the mouthfeel of the Zhukov's I had recently was this good. Some of the additions, like vanilla and cinnamon, seem to cover up some of the malt complexity of Zhukov's.

Glad I finally got to try this one in its prime, but I'd take a properly carbonated Marshall Zhukov's all the same.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 03:07:54 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of dcloeren


4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you Josh for sharing this amazing bottle.

Review from notes...

Poured out looking like Texas Tea, straight oil with 2 fingers of creamy mocha colored head. Excellent retention.

The aroma on this stout was simply amazing. Huge notes of chocolate followed by roasted malt, spicy chiles, vanilla and getting some cinnamon on the back end. All of the notes are in sync with one another to make a very delicious aroma.

An explosion of flavors filled my mouth with each sip. Decadent chocolate, chewy fudge, roasted malts, vanilla bean, cinnamon and very earthy chiles with some heat backing them up. Very complex and it only gets better as it warms.

Thick, chewy but extremely smooth. Low carbonation but it's the perfect amount for this stout.

This beer was insane. Extremely complex, smooth and delicious. This one definitely backs up all of the hype that goes along with it. Can't wait to get another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 22:01:14 | More by dcloeren
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

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4.13/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I enjoyed them, I haven't been particularly blown away by either of the other Cigar City stouts that I have tried (110k+OT and Marshall Zhukov). Nonetheless, I have been impatiently waiting for months to get a chance to try this one, and that day is finally here.

This one pours a thick, black nightmare with a towering cascading head that is as dark and menacing as any you will ever see. Awesome. Be sure to be careful with your pouring here, or you will end up with a countertop soaked in Hunahpu overflow like I did.

The aroma starts out light up front, mostly a dusting of cocoa and some bright fruity/metallic notes. As the head dies down, the metallic element thankful disappears as well. Whew...had me worried there for a second. What appears is a nice mix of milk chocolate, faint peppery spiciness, and floral hops.

The taste big, bold, and roasty. A hefty dose of bitter dark chocolate on the front palate with a coffee bean finish. I'm not picking up very much of the peppers initially, but they leave their mark as a lingering aftertaste. Most of the flavor here is the enormous roasted malt profile.

The body here is full and there is sufficient carbonation yet not so much that it destroys the creaminess. Drinkability is OK, but this is such a huge bitter beer that splitting the bottle would be in your best interests.

Overall, I definitely really enjoyed this one. It was not as complex as I would have expected based on the treatments that the based beer received, but in the end that is OK because it is still extremely flavorful. The closest comparison I can make would be a fresh Bell's Expedition. If the Hunahpu's ages as gracefully as that beer, then it could be something quite special down the road.

UPDATE 4/27: I had a chance to try another sample of this beer and it was NOTHING like the bottle I opened. It was far more deep and complex, with big notes of cinnamon and chile pepper that were just phenomenal. There must be a lot of bottle variation in this batch, perhaps the bottles were pulled from different barrels and not blended???? Anyways...I would have rated it probably a 4.7 or higher, but until I get a bottle of my own that tastes like that I'm leaving it how it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 21:58:13 | More by alcstradamus
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3.08/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Abel for sharing at his tasting:

A - Pours jet black with about 2 fingers of mocha head. Dissipates moderately leaves some nice lacing. Great job.

S - Melanoidins, chiles, milk chocolate and some light roasted coffee. The melanoidins have almost reached a soy sauce phase and the chiles came as a bit of a surprise. Some alcohol flavors, which are to be expected with a heavyweight.

T - Starts with some malt roastiness and heavy melanoidins, which are a bit cloyingly sweet. Followed by chocolate, vanilla, and a moderate dose of alcohol warmth. Light bittering hops finish the taste.

M - Malt dominated, with a medium to full body. Lots of carbonation and a cloying creaminess. There is quite a kick of alcohol warmth.

D - My expectations were let down by this beer. The alcohol warmth is a bit much and the beer is too cloying. It is almost as if the yeast were unhealthy. This beer could use some heavy aging as well.

In general, I think most BAs are quick to hype imperial stouts and poo-poo the lagers. There are some well crafted imp stouts like Abyss, Old Rasputin, Kate the Great, and Dark lord, but this isn't one of them.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Heatwave33 is a god in my book. Thanks man!

This thing poured thicker than motor oil. Thickest beer ive ever seen. Half inch head that looks like malted milk.

The smell is just wow. simply wow. Loads and Loads of chocolate. Sweet base beer underneath, and a hint of those peppers.

Powdery chocolate upfront, dry oaky notes, bit of cinnamon, and those peppers again. They all come, and in that order. Chocolate feels powdered, but only bittersweet. The spices kind of come in to accent the super sweet chocolate and base beer. Theres a slight hint of heat from the peppers way late on the backend. I like it, it just adds another layer of complexity. As it warms, the cinnamon comes out to play.

This beer drinks as thick as it looks, but not because of the base beer. Its so rich, deep, and complex that you cant drink too much too fast. Itd be like overload.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 20:21:12 | More by VncentLIFE
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HUGE thanks to LiquidDegenerate for this long-time want. 2013 vintage split with mnphish. From notes:

As dark as they come... an incredibly stubborn finger of creamy khaki awesomeness forms drapes and drapes of oily lace. Honestly, this is an absolutely perfect looking beer.

Like sticking my nose into a tub of cinnamon ice cream. Homeboy Evan says it "smells like a Cinnabon factory." I don't disagree. Milk chocolate, very faint chile contribution, a mellow suggestion of coffee on the tail end of things. Very dynamic... I'm glad I chose to drink this fresh.

Wow. Like nothing else I can think of... cinnamon and spice, vanilla bean, bitter coffee/chocolate, dry chile aspect... every ingredient plays a roll in a delicious way. Entirely unique. I wish there was some more attainable substitute. Fuckin... yum.

Forever ISO.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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