Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 742
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 12-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of drowland
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

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.

Photo of mondegreen
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jeonseh
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of nickd717
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of heliosphann
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of hdelavega
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a CCB snifter.

Pours a dark, inky black with a very slight mocha ring. Nice aromas of chocolate and dark malt with Bourbon notes of caramel, oak, and vanilla. Not getting a ton of the chili/cinnamon character in this version. Bit more character in the taste, lots of Bourbon, chocolate brownie batter, vanilla, oak, and spices. Getting a bit of heat from the chili peppers, but not as much as the other variants. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a full mouthfeel and good carbonation. Overall a really nice beer, but surprisingly ranked fourth out of the variants (Rum>Whiskey>Virgin Oak>Bourbon)!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

reviewed from notes. i simply cannot thank the kind ba who sent this to me any more. i had lost all hope of trying this one, and one day last fall it showed up on my doorstep, forever grateful. poured into a snifter.

a thick dark black pour. sludge like with such a thick and viscous consistency it was down right scary, really just a tremendous look here and not a single shot of light passing through here at all. the aroma started with deep, boozy bourbon, hot until it starts to come up to room temp and really start to blossom.

wonderful notes of vanilla and oak. peat, leather, hints of tobacco leaves are all very well represented here for sure. caramel an brown sugar, toffee, deep chocolate notes and a slight bitterness in the finish. very smooth and easy to drink the flavors seemed to be be neverending

overall just an outstanding beer. another reason ccb has the success it does.

Photo of largadeer
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dsgolovin for sharing this one last night.

Apperance: Typical oily black Hunahpu's appearance, with little carbonation or head formation.

Smell: Spicy, charred nose, a lot of dark chocolate and pepper. Molasses, tar and mellow bourbon barrel and very slight heat. The pepper comes through pretty nicely.

Taste & mouthfeel: Chocolate and chili up front. Really nice blend of spiciness, bourbon, dark chocolate, faint soy sauce. Full bodied, very viscous but not too sweet. Cinnamon, chili and chocolate finish with integrated bourbon, mild heat. Really good stuff, I'm impressed.

Photo of dmsohyea
4.09/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bdige for bringing this one out. 750ml from the recent release - green wax.

Pours like oil with low carbonation. The head is very dark brown. Huge legs on the glass.

Smells like a tasty dark chocolate bar and a bunch of vanilla. Some bourbon is in the back, but it's not very boozy.

Taste is substantially different than the normal Hunahpu's. Instead of a strong cayenne flavor, the heat is almost completely faded and only exists in a very small tingling under the other flavors. The beer is extremely chocolaty and thick. Vanilla is very pronounced and the bourbon is decently integrated, but it's not exactly layered with flavor.

Mouthfeel is super thick with low carbonation.

Overall tasty and I think I like it a bit better than regular Hunahpu's due to the lack of heat.

Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the third variation we opened up at finewinemike's tasting. Poured from a bottle into my Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours dark as night and extremely thick. There is a layer of dark tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet with some dark fruit, cocoa, and some heat from the whiskey and the chilies. I'm picking up a faint caramel smell from the bourbon barrels.

Taste: Roasty with lots of dark chocolate and chilies. Definitely some heat from the bourbon barrels. Vanilla and some wood with a roasty, hot finish.

Mouthfeel: This version was a bit thinner than the others. The carbonation is tingly and the finish is a bit dry.

Overall: This one was less full, so that was a bit of a let down. Still amazing and I would love to have it again.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL, green wax dipped bottle to CBS snifter on 1/25/12
*From notes

-- Muchos, muchos gracias to my three amigos who afforded me the opportunity to tick this big-time want --

*This is CCB's Hunahpu aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels

A: The pits of hell aren't this dark. Black as Buffalo Bill's basement and when generously poured, I get a robust .5 finger head. It takes a while for it to fade, and the lacing, though minor, is impressive. A creamy collar rims the glass.

S: Smoked bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate and a Mexian spice bill that tingles the nostrils ever so slightly.

T: Huge. Epic. Beyond words, really. Hunahpu is my favorite non-BA ADIS, so to have it out of Four Roses bourbon barrels is like a dream come true. The whiskey hits right away, and leads to a thick layer of subdued cinnamon, spice and mounds of dark cocoa powder. The back end features a good amount of coconut and vanilla bean.

M: Much like it's base counterpart, this is a massive, brooding beer that feels like the satin sheets covering the king-sized bed in the Rain Man suite. Luxurious beyond most any comparison.

O: Finally.

This is one I've been hunting for months, and just when I thought I'd never get around to it, there it was. I really can't thank John, Eric and Bill enough for supplying the goods, and it was a pleasure to bring my Double Barrel Zhukov to the table as a worthy companion.

Everything you've heard and read about this beer are true. Sorry - it really is that good. When I die, cremate me and put my ashes into the empty bottle, as I can't imagine heaven being much better.

Photo of Maltzilla
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this elixir of the Mayan kings at NoHo beer/food pairing dinner.

Appearance: The liquid oozes out from the carafe it was being served from. So viscous it is almost like being served old motor oil. Black and dense! The head is a dark cappuccino color; nice and creamy and retains (after pouring) for a bit before it dissipates into a slightly thinner layering atop this bourboned concoction.

Smell: Wow. Straight up bitter chocolate, followed bu cinnamon, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Very warm and inviting

Taste: HAHAHA! if the smell was "inviting" the taste is exponentially irresistible. This has pretty much surpassed all my expectations. Some sweet and warm bourbon up front, followed by chocolate, cinnamon . . . and there's the chile. Chile lingers just a bit after the drink, but its the perfect finish to the sweetness of the chocolate and the warmth of the bourbon.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Outstanding! This beer is thick and brawny enough to stand up to a cigar and flavorful and balanced enough to go with a mayan chocolate cookie (thanks to the folks @ NoHo for that one as well!) Easily one of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure to try.

Photo of kfsv034
4.26/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Hunahpu release

A - pours jet black with a quarter inch creamy head

S - smells of strong bourba and
mild vanilla

T - lots of bourban, again mild vanilla with a nice pepper spice left in the back of the throat

M - full bodied very rich

D - very strong I can definatly taste the alcohol

This beer is dang good if it's available try it, I prefer the regular version

Photo of dboon
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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...

Photo of Thorpe429
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the CCB Hunahpu's release.

A: Poured a dark, deep black with a deep tan head and some decent lacing for a beer of this magnitude.

S: Bourbon comes through in the initial nose, and serves wonderfully to complement the spicier notes in the original from the cinnamon and chili peppers. Beautiful all around.

T: Very, very enjoyable. Not a perfect 5.0, as while the bourbon does go quite well with all of the flavors in the original version, I though it masked some of the finer touches in the original version. Maybe it was just the bourbon, or maybe the additional heat from the barrel-aging, but I didn't find it quite as outstanding as the original.

M: Very full bodied and creamy with only a little bit of heat, which went well with what this was going after.

D: Again, superb. Slightly different from the brandy and the regular, but they all packed something a bit different, and each one was in the top echelon of stouts that I've had. Marvelous job by Joey, Wayne, and the rest of the CCB crew.

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank as part of the Hunahpu Voltron. Don't remember who brought it specifically, but cheers for the group effort.

A - A black bodied beer with tan on the edges and a bit of a fine mocha head.

S - There's a lot of bourbon on this one. It masks the peppers a little bit but it's still there. Chocolate is present also. Smells nice, but the bourbon doesn't integrate quite as nicely with the beer as some of the variants.

T - The most boozy of the bunch, there's a lot of bourbon on this one. It's decently sweet, with the chili and cocoa nibs coming through pretty nicely. Good, but not great.

M - Big beer, pretty full bodied, softer carbonation.

O - Good beer, my least favorite of the variants, but this is a solid beer that I'd drink again.

Photo of Jw347
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a tan head. Smells of chocolate, bits of chilies, cinnamon, and of course wonderful bourbon. The flavor is incredible chocolate, bourbon and oak, some vanilla with that great hit of chilies on the back end. Amazing, just amazing I need this on tap at my house like everyday :)

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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