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 tarheels86
3.56/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750mL green wax 2011 release. Pours an expected used motoroil jet black with Martian red bubbles ascending into quite the thick, black looking head. Decent retention. Looks hilarious but the same as almost all Zhukov interpretations. Tawny, cellary nose with cinnamon apple and baked apples. Pretty obvious acetaldehyde like the Virgin Oak Hunahpu. Taste is woody, very bitter, rich, earthy, acidic coffee, very muted peppers. Great oily mouthfeel- wildly thick. Rich and tart in the finish with a lot of bitterness to back. Pretty good. 10/11/2011 6/4/7/5/14=3.6

Photo of seeswo
3.59/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was enjoyed alongside all of the rest of the versions and with each of the spirits.

Pours the characteristic black with little head and thin brown-gold edges. The smell is of the huge chocolate and roasted malts and an amazing flavor of vanilla, bourbon and oak sweetness. This was the best smelling of all of the varieties and the only thing getting a 5 in any category. I smelled this beer for a while. The taste is the characteristic Huna flavors, with very subdued chili flavors and big cocoa but with just an unpleasant integration of the bourbon. The vanilla, bourbon and oak from the nose don't seem to happen correctly in the taste. Makes you wish it wasn't aged in that barrel. Mouthfeel is huge as you would expect. Overall, this was near the bottom of the BA Hunas which went: Apple Brandy > Rum >> Whiskey > Bourbon >> Virgin Oak. Super glad to have tried it, but it's not entirely clear to me that these beers should be in barrels. The whiskey tasted better until the finish, whereas this was a mess for taste all the way through. This beer did smell delicious though.

Photo of jwjon1
3.63/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bourbon BA Hunahpu--what's not to love? Actually, was too over the top for me. The subtle notes of the base beer just get lost in the muddle of bourbon. The bourbon really overwhelms, and takes an extremely complex beer and makes it almost one dimensional and very hard to drink even one glass for those of us who would rather drink beer than booze. Don't get me wrong: it's still good. I just prefer the "simpler" Hunahpu. Actually prefer the brandy version over the bourbon as well.

Photo of scottfrie
3.77/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Jeff. Sampled next to the Regular, Whiskey, AB, and Rum.

A: Pours near black with a very thin light brown head that faded into a faint collar. Looks like the original.
S: Huge notes of bourbon. I’m getting less oak than the other treatments but the vanilla comes through very strongly as well. The alcohol on this one is volatile and definitely reeks of Four Roses.
T: The most boozy of the treatments aside from the Rum. Bourbon dominates the palate until the finish where huge notes of vanilla come through. Chocolate brings up the aftertaste but the chilies are overpowered.
M: The carbonation was lower in this one than the original and the whiskey which gives it the illusion of a thicker mouthfeel. The alcohol warms my throat after every swallow.
O: This treatment was more unbalanced than the whiskey or AB. Bourbon is very forward but it’s still a good beer. However, this was my second least favorite the treatments.

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 PaulStoneAnchor
3.85/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted side by side with Whiskey Hunahpu

Pours a very dark brown with almost no head whatsoever. This beer also leaves no lacing as well.

A huge aroma of sweet bourbon, coffee, and dark chocolate, as well as some notes of vanilla.

Lots of bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, and some light notes of vanilla.

There was a light carbonation as well a very creamy mouthfeel.

This beer was very good. I really enjoyed how the sweet bourbon mixed with the dark chocolate and coffee notes from the Hunahpu. I was really excited to try this and I was not disappointed. This was definitely a great beer.

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 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 womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to Joe for sharing this one at Oakquinox.

A: The pour is black as night with a substantial mocha colored head.

S: What should I expect from a bourbon barrel chili imperial stout--chilies, chocolate, and vanilla. And that's exactly what I got. I really nice spiciness goes well with the vanilla and chocolate notes along with just a touch of bourbon.

T: The spiciness is a bit more pronounced than I would have expected and it really has staying power. The bourbon flavor is somewhat minimal, but the oak and vanilla from the barrel is nice. The chocolate and roasted flavors help to keep everything together.

M: A medium body on this one with a bit of a low, rolling carbonation and a lingering spice.

D: You certainly have to like the chili flavor to enjoy this beer. I found it to be nice in a small dose, but I don't know how much of this I could drink at once.

Photo of urwithdave
4.06/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into CCB snifter. Reviewing from notes taken on 3/12/10 at the release at CCB.

A- Pours used motor oil. Blacker than black. A good inch of head that has nice retention. Leaves nice lacing.

S- Unlike tha apple brandy, and regular base version, I'm not getting a whole lot here other than the bourbon. There are hints of chocolate present, however, the bourbon really overpowers the other aromas.

T- Not nearly as impressed with this version of the beer. IMHO the bourbon overpowers the flavors that are present in the other two versions. I don't get the chilies either in this, the bourbon is simply to overwhelming.

M- Still nice and creamy. However, there is a burn from the bourbon. No chilies present, the bourbon runs the show.

D- Def not as good as the base version or the apple brandy version. With that being said, take into consideration I gave the regular Hunahpu all 5s with only one 4.5. The apple brandy version was str8 5s across the board. This was still an excellent beer, just not as good as the other versions.

Photo of brew3crew
4.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the epic hunaphu's tasting in Cincinnati

A-black body with tan around tthe edges

S-wow. That's 4 roses bourbon for ya. Very sweet, but all you can get is the bourbon

T-more chocolate than bourbonshould be 3.75. Grows on me the more it warms up

M-medium body and smooth. Low to balance out taste

O-drop from nose to taste

Photo of Gtreid
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Hunahpu release. Poured into a CCB snifter.

A: Opaque. Black, just like the original. Fluffy mocha head, but no lacing to this one.

A: Burbon shoots out of the nose. I think this actually takes away from the score, the regular Hunahpu's nose is sweet chocolate and vanilla, and even though I get those aromas, the burbon masks them.

T: I get the burbon straight away, followed by the chocolate and vanilla. Again, I think the barrel inhibits the brew rather then making it something better. Finishes very smooth.

M: Full body, quite a bit of carbonation for the style. But still very creamy.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is a little lower for me. I just can't get past the big burbon. Overall, I really liked this beer, but I don't think it lived up to the original. This is still a damn good brew. Skal.

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 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 Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks once again, to ArthurPendragon for the flip-top bottle poured from the tap at CCB. Split several ways with friends into tasting glasses.

A - Pours back, motor oil viscosity, some brown hue sticks to the sides of the glass. Mocha-colored head that disipitates down to a few bubbles here and there. Very sticky...chocolate syrup on steroids.

S - Lots of oak/barrel notes, possible a little over-barreled, but not terrible by any means. I get the base beer, chilies, bourbon, oak. I think the oak and bourbon over-power the base beer for the worse, but I'm a huge fan of the regular stuff.

T - Oak, bourbon, burnt sugars, chilies, chocolate. All very well done but I think I would like less oak and bourbon and more of the base beer to shine here. A little too much oak/barrel, like I said earlier. A nice sweet finish with a touch of bourbon.

M - Medium to full bodied, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

D - Very very good but the Laird's Brandy version and the regular Hunahpu's are better, IMO. Glad I got the chance to try this one and I look forward to giving another review when I get the chance to try it again. Great job, CCB.

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 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 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 yourefragile
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle.

Pours viscous and dark black with chocolate edges. Dark mocha head, fades to a collar, with some legs. Bourbon, vanilla, light oak, chocolate and cinnamon but generally more mild than the other variations. Flavor is very smooth and starts with balanced blend of chocolate and bourbon with the base Hunahpu moving to the background until the finish when some chili spice kicks up. Low carbonated, full body, silky throughout. A little boring overall, but very nice and well integrated.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours thick black with brown edges and a nice bit of brown on the edges.

S. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, and cocoa

T. Bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, but not as much spice a the other variants.

M. Thick body with a bit of booziness

D. Very drinkable. My favorite smell so far of the barrel aged ones, but I love bourbon.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish brown. Very very dark. Nice reddish brown head. Looks really pretty. Smells phenomenal. Lote of nice oak and bourbon on the nose. Chocolate roastiness coming through. Smells phenomenal. Taste is a bit lacking. Nice bourbony oakiness dominates. Spicy pepper coming through. There is a roasty bitterness that is a bit off-putting. Well carbonated and overall Really enjoyable.

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 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 John_M
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent RIS from the finewinemike event.

After sampling the rum and whiskey version of this great beer, the bourbon version was simply more of the same, but this time with a lovely bourbon flavor. As before, the beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable, espresso color lacing. The nose had everything I've come to now expect in this beer (dark chocolate, vanilla, licorice and bourbon), except this beer seemed to have more of roasty component, and I picked up less coffee and malt balls. On the palate it was just more of the same, except this time with some nice bourbon (that I did not think was overdone) interwoven around the dark chocolate, light vanilla and coffee. Mouthfeel was full, plush, soft and very long, with the alcohol very nicely integrated into the flavor profile. Just an all around excellent beer.

Frankly, I have not been all that big of fan of Cigar City, but the three barrel aged Hunaphpu beers have given me a whole new understanding and appreciation of this brewery.

Photo of Anthony1
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours super dark and thick, nice creamy mocha head. great smell of bourbon, roasty, rich, oaky mocha. really stong alcohol taste, a little to hot, but still good. nice balance between bitter and alcohol, hide each other a bit, but still hot. low carbonation with a think, creamy feel.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
99 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.