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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: 2,489
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,856
Gots: 687 | 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 ChrisPro


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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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-22-2014 17:16:29 | More by RochefortChris
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

06-01-2014 15:52:21 | More by Nolen12
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-07-2012 07:48:48 | More by standardcherry
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-25-2013 08:18:05 | More by RobertColianni
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

07-22-2014 23:00:33 | More by Yeti1979
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a half inch head, no lace.

The smell starts with chocolate, graham cracker and cinnamon, sugar at the finish. Very intriguing smell.

Talk about a flavor explosion! Spicy cinnamon and graham cracker and bittersweet chocolate start this. There is a bit of earthy goodness and vanilla in the middle, straight spicy chili pepper finish! Goes down thick and a bit boozy.

Believe the hype! A very well crafted imperial stout! I hope I can get one to cellar!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 04:49:06 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-22-2013 21:53:29 | More by dkw0063
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

11-16-2012 08:43:22 | More by Anonymous1
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North Dakota

4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared on 14 April among a couple of friends; 750mL bottle.

Poured up absolutely black and thick with a dark brown head. Looked simply *stunning* in my chalice leaving a brown, oily film on the sides of the glass as I gently swirled it around.
Smell was whiskey, vanilla, chocolate, chile peppers, and loads of other things I couldn't readily identify; quite a lot going on!
Taste was immensely chocolate with spent coffee grounds, spicy chile peppers, chocolate covered cherries (wasn't expecting this), finishing with a lovely warming sensation attributable to both the easily detectable cinnamon and chile peppers. Very complex and absolutely incredible!
Mouthfeel was very heavy, but silky smooth leaving a nearly oily coating in the mouth.
I found this to be exceptionally well crafted, a real privilege to enjoy, and the first 'elusive' beer to actually live up to all the hype! Very, very well done!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 02:12:11 | More by SilentSabre
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4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Such a dark beer. Imposing at its finest. It fills the glass with blackness and tops off the body with a thick milk chocolate head that lasts and leaves lacing.

Rich chocolate and vanilla sweetness, cinnamon, and peppers. All the adjuncts work nicely to make an inviting aroma. Everything is big and prevalent.

Tons of chocolate everywhere. Cinnamon and pepper come mid-palate. More pepper flavor than heat. Coffee and dark fruit stout notes. Fairly big sweetness.

The thickness of the beer is what caught me off guard at first sip. It is so smooth as well with light carbonation. Perfect.

Such a crazy beer. Almost over the top with all the additions. Makes for a good dessert sipper to relax with.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 04:05:13 | More by MattSweatshirt
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

06-29-2013 02:35:28 | More by gillagorilla
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

08-26-2013 11:26:00 | More by BuckTuckian
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle poured into my new Cigar City snifter. Big thanks to Cheesemoose for both. 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Marshall Zhukov and its variations have to be some of the deepest, pitch black beers I've seen. Count Hunahpu's among that group for sure. Completely pitch black in color with a one finger dark brown head and average retention.

Aroma: Fudge, smokey ancho chiles, espresso, and some herbal/leathery notes really stand out. A lot going on here. The chiles are definitely more noticable than I expected and contribute, not only a little heat, but a nice smokey char flavor. I do get a little caramel and vanilla in the background as well but its not as prominent as the other notes.

Taste: The dark chocolate and cacao nib notes are far more prominent here than in the aroma. The vanilla provides a nice backing and really smooths out the bitterness with some sweet notes. The leather and herbal flavors really make their way toward the palate after the initial chocolate burst. They provide a much more rustic feel to what might seem like a chocolte bomb at first. Definitely some espresso and char in the finish with a touch of heat at the end to bring it all together. The chiles are not as big as the aroma, but they work well with to give a touch of heat and a good deal of smoke.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy. No carbonation problems here.

Overall, a well done and unique stout. At times the chocolate can be a bit much, but the rest id incredibly well balanced and interesting. If I had to pick a flaw it would be drinkability. Was a struggle to finish the last couple ounces in my glass. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 15:02:05 | More by Gosox8787
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

04-10-2013 02:04:11 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

05-14-2013 16:34:21 | More by Jordy777
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-14-2011 20:38:06 | More by IpeeA
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-09-2013 05:36:29 | More by WesM63
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District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -56.2%

11-10-2013 18:44:47 | More by jtladner
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
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

04-22-2014 12:20:33 | More by jayhunter357
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

07-15-2014 21:13:54 | More by danwho
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

08-12-2013 23:44:36 | More by DanGeo
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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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New York

4.25/5  rDev -7%

10-18-2013 15:53:34 | More by POTABLE83
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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