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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 2,481
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,847
Gots: 684 | FT: 37
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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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alcstradamus

Washington

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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MattSweatshirt

Texas

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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johntfox

Florida

5/5  rDev +9.4%

03-11-2013 16:05:35 | More by johntfox
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MisterClean

California

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

07-07-2010 05:07:37 | More by MisterClean
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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

11-10-2013 22:45:26 | More by LotsofLupulin
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e30todamax

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

04-24-2013 23:16:11 | More by e30todamax
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moonknight31

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-02-2013 03:09:46 | More by moonknight31
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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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yamar68

Minnesota

4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 20:52:31 | More by yamar68
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

06-29-2013 02:35:28 | More by gillagorilla
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-30-2012 19:55:54 | More by TheRuss9585
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

5/5  rDev +9.4%

03-11-2014 02:37:15 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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Chingringo

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-30-2013 01:37:19 | More by Chingringo
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-17-2014 17:23:17 | More by PappyVans
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hopkrid

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-08-2013 02:23:44 | More by hopkrid
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rbrefbeerman

California

4.25/5  rDev -7%

08-05-2012 14:32:05 | More by rbrefbeerman
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Rempo

Indiana

4/5  rDev -12.5%

11-20-2011 19:57:58 | More by Rempo
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mtbdonn

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

02-15-2013 20:33:06 | More by mtbdonn
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dense....really dense. This thing is thick and one of the blackest beers I've ever seen. Rich brown head lingers to make it even prettier.
Smell is tons of cinnamon, chocolate, milky coffee and just a bare hint of spice.
Taste is exactly as labeled. Spicy cinnamon up front with nice chocolate notes. One of the best chocolate beers I've ever had. The chiles are barely noticeable, I really wish they had been a little more up front. The chocolate lingers quite a while, probably because the beer is so dense.
This is a fantastic spiced stout, one I'd love to have regular access to.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:56:35 | More by kirok1999
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M1A2

Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-03-2012 16:38:00 | More by M1A2
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adam42381

Florida

5/5  rDev +9.4%

03-10-2014 00:44:45 | More by adam42381
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: (2011 Vintage) Poured into my SN bubble glass, this stout pours as dark as deep space with a tasty looking chocolate milk colored head that appears as thick a viscous as the stout below it.

S: The aroma is lacking a bit in complexity. Dark chocolate is present and up front. The aroma is very similar to its base beer, Marshal Z, the complexity of the additions that make this brew "Hunahpu Worthy" have faded. Notes of vanilla beans are and the peppers are faint.

T: The flavor profile still is solid. This brew is rich in chocolate and roasted malt, without being too sweet or heavy. The chillies at first have disappointingly faded, but as the beer warms they spice up the back of your pallet and add a whole new dimension to this beer. The cinnamon is present in the slightest touch, an is opening up more with warmer temperature.

MF: the mouthfeel is full, rich, creamy, and the best carbonation CCB can produce! ;)

Overall, I love having this beer fresh, and I'm going to love attending Hunahpu day every year. Excellent beer, a must have fresh and aged.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 00:55:07 | More by TKEbeerman
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marine1975

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

01-25-2014 23:02:46 | More by marine1975
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BillHilly

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -7%

08-07-2012 13:24:46 | More by BillHilly
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pjs234

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-06-2014 22:02:48 | More by pjs234
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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