Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by dboon:
4.68/5 rDev +3.3%
Bottle. Thanks to Matlzilla for sharing this one. Boozy/bourbon nose. Joan Jett black pour with a chocolate head. Thick, chewy, robust, lots of mellow bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, dark roasted malts, and heat from the peppers. Fan-freakin-tastic...
10-19-2011 15:19:08 | More by dboon
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4.22/5 rDev -6.8%
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, chocolate and pepper. The flavor is strong oak, chocolate and pepper, with the pepper being a little overpowering and giving a light burning sensation in the mouth. Thick mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.
04-15-2010 01:41:06 | More by Mora2000
4.48/5 rDev -1.1%
Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!
(Aged for 1 year)
Black on black with a small espresso brown head. Spots of lacing left down the glass. Thick and rich looking. Nobody makes better looking imperial stouts than Cigar City.
Earthy and bittersweet aroma of chocolate and char, along with vanilla and rich barrel character. There's perhaps a touch of a vegetable aroma.
The flavor is just a spectacular combination of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, char, and barrel. This is a transformed beer, and doesn't particularly resemble Hunahpu's.
Full bodied with low carbonation. Creamy, silky mouthfeel.
Very, very good, though the apple brandy and whiskey variations are better.
08-28-2012 21:26:11 | More by ehammond1
4.8/5 rDev +6%
10oz. Pour into a CCB Snifter
Pours pitch black with a fluffy dark tan head. Big toasty nose with a big bourbon presence. Taste is dark chocolate with a touch of heat from the peppers and a wonderful bourbon overtone. This beer took to the barrel wonderfully. Great marriage of flavors. Mouthfeel is big and creamy. Would have loved another pour, but at $10 for 10oz. I'll have to move on. Glad I tried it though, would definitely revisit if I had the chance.
04-11-2010 00:23:44 | More by mondegreen
4.36/5 rDev -3.8%
Drank at NWIBDU tasting. Thanks!
S - Bourbon, vanilla, light pepper and cinnamon 4.25
T - Caramel, dark fudge, light bourbon sweetness, cinnamon spice but not as much as the cinnamon. Light astringency in the finish where the booze is more prominent than normal 4.5
M - Thick and creamy with light astringency from the whiskey.
O - Good beer with more complexity that the normal Huna. Not as good as the whiskey but the bourbon adds some nice sweetness
07-17-2013 02:38:32 | More by jeonseh
3.9/5 rDev -13.9%
Cigar City Takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. A great start. Aroma of pepper and bourbon come through. This is black with no head, understated carbonation. Above average mouthfeel. The peppers come through giving the whole RIS an interesting and complex taste.
Had this in bottle two years later and it was very good, though not as good as the non-BBA.
02-21-2010 05:40:17 | More by Sammy
4.47/5 rDev -1.3%
Had this one on tap side-by-side with the regular version at the Cigar City Brings Everything event at Rattle n Hum 2/17. Served out of a wine glass because they ran out of glassware.
A: Served with a slight wisp of chocolatiness floating at the top of dark abyss of a beer. Lacing is stringy with near no cling, emanating from the brew like some kind of disfigured rag puppet.
S: Bourbon hits hard upfront and this provides an outstanding background to the sweet and bitter cocoa powder and chocolatiness that come afterwards. A weird spiciness is apparent somewhere in there but is hard to make out over the bourbon.
T: Bourbon aging produces a profound overwhleming taste that covers what is otherwise an incredibly complex brew. Can you tell that I think this is one of the only beers that DOESN'T benefit from barrel-aging? Cocoa and chocolate are noticeable beneath along with a sweet spiciness towards the finish. Bourbon lingers towards the end though and never really fades out, dominating the other delicate flavors. Finish is more of the same, though thankfully, does not linger on the palate.
M: Medium to full bodied with very little carbonation and very very smooth. However, bourbon barrel aging makes this one just a bit around the edges and I'm docking .5 for this. Oily in the mouth with a surprisingly clean finish that leaves little stickiness or aftertaste at all.
D: As I've stated before, this is one of those beers that does NOT benefit from barrel-aging in my opinion. The regular version is far superior because of an unmasked complexity and knowing that that is out there, I can only give this a 4.5 as good as it is. Still, one of the most enjoyable RISs that I've ever had because of its smoothness and unique combination of cocoa, chocolate, and chili spices.
02-18-2010 04:01:59 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.72/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours black with a chocolate head that dissipates to next to nothing.
I may sound crazy, but I smell tangerines mixed in with the bourbon and chiles. It is interesting what flavors and smells come out after the barrel gets a hold of it.
Tastes of bourbon and chili. Unfortunately most of the subtleties are lost. Lots of chili burn in the finish.
This is a little lighter than usual. I overheard some carbonation problems, but it is still creamy.
Pretty drinkable. Definitely a sipper.
04-27-2010 16:09:41 | More by RomaniIteDomum
4.68/5 rDev +3.3%
Growler shared at a tasting - huge thanks to illidurit for this awesome rarity. Well, this beer is currently at #5 on "the other site," and I can't say I disagree too strongly. Joey and Wayne at CCB really do fulfill beer geeks' wildest dreams. Met those guys at GABF '09, and surprisingly, they seemed like normal guys and not all-powerful deities floating on clouds or anything like that. Who knew? Anyway, the beer may not have held up too well by the time it got to me, so my suggestion to CCB is to arrange to send me a better representation of this beer, and hell, maybe I'll find it worthy of my first perfect 5.0. Definitely has that potential.
This beer pours black with not much head at all, just a bubble or two. Could be a result of the storage conditions for sure.
Aroma is absolutely incredible. Rich chocolate, cherry, vanilla, cedar and other wood, bourbon, cinnamon, tobacco, and chili peppers. Even with a small pour in less than ideal condition, it really jumps out at you. Wow.
Flavor not quite as impressive but still amazing. Roast and smoke, coffee, bitter cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, tobacco, vanilla, coconut, and nice chili heat. Really a lot going on with this one. Bourbon is very well-balanced and not at all overwhelming like it can be in some beers from such barrels.
Full and smooth on the palate with very low carbonation, not surprisingly.
Drinkability is incredibly high for a beer like this. Even though I gave this beer a very positive review, I don't feel like this really got a fair shake, so stay tuned for a future update. It's hard to imagine how awesome this might be on tap.
01-11-2010 17:37:34 | More by nickd717
4.11/5 rDev -9.3%
750 mL bottle poured into a tumbler.
Appearance - Viscous inky black. Stains the glass. Nice mocha head.
Smell - Still surpringly peppery. Not distinct pepperiness. Chocolate. Light bourbon. Vanilla. Not a ton of barrel.
Taste - Chocolate and then immediately peppery. Alcoholic. Some cinnamon. Lots of chocolate. The bourbon is faint. Some oak in the back.
Mouthfeel - Absurbly thick. Dry and oaky in the finish. Boozy. Extremely slow drinking.
Overall - Gets much more oaky as it warms. No sweetness. Some of the more abrasive characteristics have come out, but all of the complexity of Hunahpu is still there.
05-25-2013 05:22:50 | More by Alieniloquium
4.5/5 rDev -0.7%
Two day old 12oz swing-top bottom filled straight from a keg. Much love to the amazing BA that hooked me up with this. Fittingly poured in a Cigar City snifter.
A: Aggressive pour yields a finger of rich mocha head. Fades fairly fast, leaving a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Sits blacker than black in the glass. No light is getting through this beer. Leaves some oily residue in it's wake.
S: There is quite a bit of bourbon up front, but even more dirty oak from the barrels. There's almost a slight sweetness coming from the oak. Some chocolate, vanilla round out things, but everything else is overwhelmed.
T: Once again the bourbon and earthy wood flavors are in full effect here. In fact it's really dominant, almost too much unfortunately. You still get a nice dose of the base Hunahpu which delivers luscious spicy chilies, cinnamon, cocoa and vanilla/caramel. Still I would have liked to see a little less barrel in this case.
M: Big bodied, but slightly thinner than the regular version. Very smooth, creamy and pretty viscous. Low carbonation, but that's expected and fits with the style. I think the barrel aging adds and detracts overall in this area.
D: This one is a sipper for sure. The 11% ABV is hidden quite well, but the bourbon certainly is noticeable. Also the chili's still come through and give a nice burn on the aftertaste.
CCB delivers another unique variation once again. Definitely some crazy things going on from the barrel aging. Overall I enjoyed the regular Hunahpu more, but this was still very enjoyable.
04-22-2010 21:02:53 | More by heliosphann
4.75/5 rDev +4.9%
Pours a big rich thick black with a super dark brown head.
Nose is big and sweet hitting hitting me with cocoa up front then a little bourbon and wood.
First sip I'm hit with the big cocoa and a warm bourbon center, there is some nice oaky notes, I get some vanilla in there and some nice heat at the end from the chilles. As the beer warms up lots more bourbon is coming out.
The mouthfeel is big, thick, rich, with medium mouthfeel and a big full body.
This beer is great, tons of flavor blended together in a beautiful way.
11-23-2011 02:19:41 | More by hdelavega
4.23/5 rDev -6.6%
A massive thanks goes out to bross242 for bringing this one out during cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Served from bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, sweet alcohol, spice, vanilla, and cinnamon. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, vanilla, sweet alcohol, spice, and peppers. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Finally, I got the chance to try this one… The base beer definitely shined through on this one, but the barrel made the vanilla and alcohol a little more evident throughout. This was definitely welcomed. I’ve seen these things trade for crazy stuff and now I understand why. Definitely worth seeking out.
05-31-2012 12:13:14 | More by thagr81us
4.7/5 rDev +3.8%
12/17/10. 22oz bottle. Solid black appearance with a small brown head that’s gone instantly. Huge boozey aroma with char, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and more. Amazing sweet chocolate and vanilla flavor with a tiny bit of roast. This reminds me of cream soda and coconut as well.
02-05-2012 21:57:25 | More by drowland
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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