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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: 2,413
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,817
Gots: 661 | FT: 40
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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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

01-25-2014 23:02:46 | More by marine1975
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

02-15-2013 20:33:06 | More by mtbdonn
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

08-07-2012 13:24:46 | More by BillHilly
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-20-2013 17:04:53 | More by gpawned
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

08-26-2013 11:26:00 | More by BuckTuckian
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

06-29-2013 02:35:28 | More by gillagorilla
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

08-05-2012 14:32:05 | More by rbrefbeerman
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-09-2013 05:36:29 | More by WesM63
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New York

4.16/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Despite the AMAZING reviews this beer gets, I simply just didnt 'get' it. I found it to be tasty, but more than my 8oz glass started to become a chore.

The aroma is amazing with a lot of little nuances making up the collective body of scents. It's the flavor that gets me; it's SO fucking sweet. I don't do malty IPAs and sweet stouts are of course hard for me to fall in love with. With all the flavor jam-packed into the bottle, I found the drinkability very low and overwhelmed by the sweet fudge-like flavors.

Still a wonderful experience and even though I wasn't IN LOVE, I will still give it a good grade for the sheer complexity of this beer.


Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 05:59:15 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

11-06-2013 06:31:23 | More by millelacsmark
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4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine glass

A - Pours super thick and jet black. Like motor oil. Probably one of the darkest, most viscous beers I've poured.

S - Smells of sweet chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of peppery spice. Maybe some cinnamon.

T - I don't know why, but I was expecting this to be boozy and maybe a little bitter - but it was not at all. Very sweet, creamy, and complex. Sweet chocolate up front, followed by some chocolate, and finishes with a spicy touch.

M - Liquid fudge. Very creamy and delicious.

O - I was very happy to have gotten a chance to try this. I think I actually like Abraxas from Perennial a little bit better, but if you are a fan of big, complex, sweet stouts - seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 14:13:01 | More by cnbrown313
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

07-28-2013 06:55:40 | More by BrownAleMale
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

06-25-2014 02:53:33 | More by chefduff2
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4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML poured into a Bruery Tulip
Thanks to readbaron for the bottle 2011 version
Thanks to Nicks6217 for sharing the 2010 version in Los Angeles

A-- Poured dark, thick, oily and ominious black. Gorgeous reverse cascading dark leather head that was one finger in height. Looked like a dark mocha. No lacing but left dark residue all through the glass. Beautiful!!

S-- Mexican chocolate, bakers chocolate marshmallow, cinnamon, and vanilla. No hints of the ABV in the nose.

T-- Chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and marshmallow. Sweet but dry.

M-- Lack of Chile's was disappointing. Got faint Chilie's in the 2010 version but none in the 2011 version. This was dry and left me thinking this was a Mexican smore.

O-- Impressive. Easy to drink and savor. Excellent hidden ABV. Prefered the 2010 version as the Chile gave a very nice twist to it. The 2011 tasted more like Zhukov with more character. One of the best beers I have had this year.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 15:12:34 | More by mulder1010
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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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4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle. Bottled 2012. Served in a pint glass. 

Pours oil black with a quarter finger deep mocha head. Spotty lacing. Very nice. 

Sweet cinnamon chocolate aromas are predominant. Excellent!

Big hit of cinamon and vanilla flavors hit first. The bittersweet chocolate is right there with it. A little burnt coffee in there. The mild chili pepper heat is almost just in the aftertaste. Bold, complex and delicious. The 11% abv is barely perceptable through all that goodness. 

Nice smooth creamy thick feel with low carbonation. Sticky sweet coating on the tongue. Outstanding. 

One of those rare few beers that actually lives up to the hype in my opinion. Really one of the best stouts I've had and totally worth the trip from Atlanta to Tampa for my birthday!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 00:36:57 | More by ThickNStout
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4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Chris @ Freshbeer for opening this one during a recent outing.

We poured a small but decent measure into a snifter. It looked thick as all get-out, with some lazy foam.

Not as sweet and alcoholic-smelling as I remembered when I had it from a fresh growler. It's taken on more of that signature Cigar City cigar-box aroma, along with the requisite big chocolate and coffee aromas.

Again, I get big bitter chocolate and coffee. Chilies are still there, but somewhat less strong than I noted when I first had this. It seems less hoppy too, but I think I prefer it this way, with that deep dark chocolate taste and cured tobacco, with just hints of chile and hops.

Once again, we're dealing with a thick, oily mouthfeel.

Oddly enough, it seems somehow more potent than it did before, even though I smell and taste less alcohol. My modest portion (though I admit, I had a second modest portion) hit me like a jackhammer. Drinkable within this context, but I could in no way drain the entire bottle. Excellent for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 20:39:42 | More by Patrick999
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4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ticking this one from memory at tonight's tasting. Massive thank you to mulder1010 for the opportunity to try this.

A: lovely pour with loads of head

S: definitely get the Mexican hot chocolate spicing coming through. Cinnamon is detectable in the nose. Chocolatey in general. Perhaps there's some organic fruity chilli smells.

T: There's more of a Mexican hot chocolate character. Quite dry and extremely smooth with very little alcohol detectable. Chillies aren't very prominent in taste or mouthfeel.

M: Thick and viscous

O: This was the pick of the night against such offerings as Black Tuesday, Black Albert and Abstrakt 04. This was supremely drinkable and delicious and imo even a non-beer geek could handle this with ease. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 12:10:03 | More by danieelol
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

03-10-2014 00:44:45 | More by adam42381
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4.51/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage into a Teku glass. Thanks so much LiquidDegenerate!

A - Pours a pitch black body with two finger's of dark mocha foam. Settles down quickly and sits still after a few minutes. Moderate lacing with weak retention. Swirling does coat the glass in a thin brownish yellow film.

S - Starts off with roasted char and just a phenomenal chili aroma. It doesn't smell spicy or burnt or over the top, just delicious chili peppers sans the heat. Sweet vanilla, chocolate and earthy cinnamon really work to balance things out on the end. Has a sort of "faux-cinnamon flavored coffee flavored drink" thing going on, but in a good way. Really complex with a lot of different elements working seamlessly together.

T - Very roast dominant, and reminiscent of Founders RIS in the beginning. However things start to get complicated when the vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate take over. On the very end is some subtle roasted chili flavor and even further back is a slight burn of the tongue. For some reason I was expecting something spicier, not the case as this is beyond approachable. All the flavors are present and just meld together. Medium bodied and creamy. Alcohol is very well hidden.

O - I absolutely love this beer. Completely lived up to the hype for me. The ingredient lists reads off like a most wanted lists for the perfect stout, just fucking fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 04:48:31 | More by davey101
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -12.5%

06-24-2013 02:23:45 | More by alysmith4
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

12-11-2011 00:05:52 | More by marct
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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