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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 2,678
Reviews: 624
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.17%
Wants: 2,940
Gots: 728 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

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

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
In Mayan myth, Hunahpu gave cocoa to the Mayans. An Imperial Stout Aged On Cacao Nibs, Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Ancho Chilis, Pasilla Chilis and Cinnamon.

80 IBU

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 01-03-2009)
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

jtladner, Nov 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

meatyard, Jun 26, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev -2.4%

Huge thanks to cyrusthepup for this trade!!

Another review from notes:


Dark black, viscous, and decent sized dark pumpkin orange colored head. Most interesting looking stout I've ever seen! I've never seen a head on beer that looked this orange in the light.

First thing in the nose is chocolate, followed by a solid roastiness, and a touch of green chili. Hard to pick up on cinnamon or vanilla in the aroma.

Wow!! Great taste. Huge, thick, creamy, chocolate and roast, lightly roasted coffee -> cinnamon and vanilla come in towards the middle, with a very light pepper finish. Just a touch of heat, but the chilis really don't stand out too much, wish there was more -> more integrated than anything. Sweet, sticky lips.

Huge body! On the level of BT and Ten FIDY. Almost chalky, dry finish though. No alcohol detected. YUM! Light carb is perfect. Fuck YEAH.

Gotta love transcribing notes word for word!

KeefD, May 13, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

millelacsmark, Nov 06, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev -5.5%

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!

ritzkiss, Aug 13, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

elkinbrown, Aug 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

scotv, Sep 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Magery, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

brycevolk, Apr 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

carteravebrew, Jun 18, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -14.8%

2011 bottle poured into Bruery snifter

A: Thick viscous mixture that is pitch black an a bright tan head that quickly is just lacing.

S: Heavy roast malt, bitterness from cocoa nibs, a slight hint of chile and some smoke.

T: Also a very heavy roast flavor just to Marshal Zhukov style unsurprisingly. A mixture of flavors, none of them overshadowing the roasted burnt ashy malt flavors. Some of the other flavors coming in are a sweet malt backbone, definite chile presence with a tiny bit of heat even coming through. The cocoa nibs are really hard to pick out among cinnamon and chile spices but they are there adding a little bit of bitterness. Some smokey notes are there as well, literally giving this a chipotle feel to the stout.

M: Thick, just as seen in the pour and a light carbonation.

O: I can definitely enjoy it, it has some sweetness mixing in with the smoke, chile peppers, cinnamon and cocoa nibs. This is literally a kitchen sink of beers with many things added. It is good and a beer worth seeking out, but not an all time favorite stout of mine.

alpinebryant, Jul 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

ortie, Sep 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

BlissJunkie, Jul 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

WesM63, Jun 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

zrab11, Apr 09, 2012
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4.78/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured vertically from a 750ml cellared then refrigerated bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. As the beer flows into the glass, it forms a foamy and creamy head that demands attention – its glorious. Bubbles are so thin and the foam so thick it almost resembles a nitro. Aromas of cinnamon and chocolate invade the air around the beer, inviting you to try it. After a minute or so, the foam settles into a thin bed the covers the glass, ultimately sinking into the thick, dark and viscous beer below forming a beautiful ring around the glass.

Its nose is a medley of sweet and spicy aromas, very inviting. Predominant notes are cinnamon, chocolate, chile ancho and vanilla. The taste is quite similar to its nose – as the beer warms and opens up, stronger chocolate flavors take center stage. Very unique brew for sure, and you need to know what you’re getting into prior to trying it – this is not your typical Imperial Stout. The only other beer Huna reminds me of is Luchador en Fuego by Clown Shoes.

Hunahpu’s mouthfeel is probably the best I’ve had. It’s so thick and creamy that it almost feels like drinking melted dark Belgian chocolate. It’s perfect for your palate to fully appreciate the broad spectrum of flavors this beer proudly carries. Carbonation is almost inexistent.

Overall, I must say it does live up to the hype – it’s a work of art.

HoppySeb, May 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

thampel09, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

750mL bottle from this year's release. The beer and the Cigar City snifter it was poured in are both courtesy of Whartonallboy. This one was allowed to warm from the fridge for about half an hour before being opened.

Hunahpu's pours the typical solid stout black, with at most a finger and a half of *dark* caramel foam topping it. Retention is decent, but lacing is barely there. The nose is a bit muted, but what is there is intoxicating. Rich chocolate is the centerpiece, and it's buoyed by notes of cinnamon and peppery spice. The aroma may have been a bit dull, but that wasn't the case once the beer hit my lips. What would have been a deep dark chocolate base is brought much closer to milk chocolate from the sweetness from the vanilla beans. Cinnamon acts as the transition to a spicy, almost smoky finish from the chiles. Everything is in perfect proportion as well, with the chocolaty notes forming the basis of the flavor profile, and then filtering down to cinnamon and then chiles. The body is perfectly rich and creamy, but the carbonation isn't quite up to the task of cutting through all that. Hunahpu's isn't quite elite in every facet, but it brings it where it counts (the flavor). I'll be doing my best to acquire some more in the future.

axeman9182, Apr 03, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Yeti1979, Jul 22, 2014
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Eighty, Dec 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Erik-P, Aug 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

KJ2013, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.7%

CaptainNomihodai, Feb 25, 2013
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HumanParaquat, Jun 19, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev -3.3%

Got this bottle in a trade with kfsv034, thanks Karl...

A: The deepest darkest stout I have ever seen! Awesome thick 2 inch deep chocolate colored head that slowly fades. Darkest head I've ever seen. Perfect!

S: Oaky raisin upfront blended perfectly booze. I get chilis, cocao, vanilla, and chocolate blended in the middle with deep earthy roastiness on the backend. So good!

T: Roasty, raisiny, booze blended upfront. Bitter chocolate chili in the middle with bitter hoppy vanilla on the backend. Sheesh, this is comparable to KTG with a unique twist, from the chilis, that I've never had in a beer before. It can definitely hold it's own to the greats of the stout world, WOW!

M: Super thick. Leaves sticky flavors bouncing around your entire palate. Very good.

D: It's definitely unique at first and the hoppy booze makes this one a little harder to get down at first. Good.

All in all, I am so glad I hunted this one down. This is essentially Kate The Great with a unique twist. The chilis bring some new flavors to the table for beer. This is definitely the darkest stout I have ever had and one of the best for sure, hands down! If you cannot get your hands on a Kate, then this is the second one I recommend you hunt down. Awesome!

steve8robin, May 08, 2010
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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