Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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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
4.75/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
03-14-2010 12:46:35 | More by Thorpe429
4.83/5 rDev +6.6%
Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an espresso black color and a nice little head that leaves splashy lace around the sides of the glass
Smell: The oak barrel is evident in the aroma, even before the glass is held to the nose; plenty of coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla as well
Taste: Chocolate fudge and coffee, up front, but the chiles make their grand appearance by mid-palate, even though they were not detectable in the aroma; after the swallow, the effects of the barrel aging joined the profile, taking the chocolate and coffee to a new level; at the end, it is the vanilla and bourbon that linger
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A fascinating combination - sweet, hot, bouorbon boozy, chocalatey - a panoply of flavor
02-20-2010 02:13:45 | More by brentk56
4.6/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
03-22-2011 02:44:47 | More by mikesgroove
4.03/5 rDev -11%
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.
04-21-2010 17:15:53 | More by womencantsail
4.45/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
01-15-2012 20:15:24 | More by largadeer
4.4/5 rDev -2.9%
On-tap at the Hunahpu's release party. Served in a snifter.
A - Looks like Hunahpu's - inky black body that is impervious to light, a finger of dark, dark, mocha foam that dissipates slowly to a ring and some haze and leaves a few spots of lace. For a beer that must be pushing 12-13% (11% is for regular Hunahpu's) it looks excellent.
S - Wet barrels, earthy bourbon whiskey, vanilla, and so on. The bourbon barrels used by Cigar City have a very distinct taste, and this reminds me a little of Capricho Oscuro #2. What I thought was Big Sound in that beer is actually some sort of barrel-aging characteristic imparted on both brews. There's not a lot of the base beer left at this point - mostly chocolate, and negligible chili pepper or cinnamon. Still, it smells like an excellent barrel-aged stout.
T - Again, tons of barrel presence, with wet wood, sharp bourbon, and vanilla present. There's a bit more of ol' Hunahpu kicking around here - some dark chocolate cake, and a bit of chili heat that builds over the course of the glass. Finish is intensely tannic, with some roasty, dark chocolate bitterness as well.
M - Very smooth, sticky, full body, that is chewy and viscous. Lowish carbonation, with a dry tannic finish and only light residual stickiness. Spot on for the style, and highly satisfying.
D - This one is a slow sipper, and one snifter was sufficient. I'd definitely have it again though! The only real inhibitors are richness of flavor and high ABV, which is as it should be. Highly recommended.
03-13-2010 14:28:05 | More by MasterSki
4.83/5 rDev +6.6%
Served along side the other variants, this was my favorite of the night by a long shot. Served in a Cigar City snifter because I can.
Beer is black with a one finger tight brown head of tiny bubbles, frothy, lots of lacing, low carbonation, looks good.
Aroma is very bourbon forward, roast, mild ash, some woodiness come through, mild chili in the background.
Beer is medium to full in body that cuts out in the second half of the palate. The bourbon is all over this beer. The base finds places to pop up and say "HEY YOU ARE DRINKING A HUNAHPUS HERE", mild cinamon and mild chili, overall an excellent beer. My favorite.
01-15-2012 20:48:14 | More by drabmuh
4.38/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
12-19-2011 17:11:12 | More by oline73
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
4.58/5 rDev +1.1%
From 01/14/12 notes. Tried side by side with MZ, Hunahpu, and all the other variants. This one was my favorite. 750ml bottle into a tulip.
a - Pours a pitch black color with 1 inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty awesome, and like the others.
s - Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and light cinnamon and spice. Bourbon is pretty awesome here, and you still get a lot of the base Hunahpu as well.
t - Tastes of bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee, light spices, and some sweet dark fruits. Bourbon in the forefront again, though the taste is much sweeter than the nose with the fruit.
m - Thick, full bodied stout and low carbonation. Very easy to drink for 11.5% ABV. Perfect for a big stout.
o - Overall I thought this was an awesome stout, and I thought it was the best beer of the bunch. Awesome nose (almost a 5 for me) and a nice sweet taste, but the bourbon is still there. Would love to get this one again.
01-18-2012 23:56:48 | More by mdfb79
4.47/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the faintest hint of lighter color when held to a light source. Two finger frothy dark chocolate mocha head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.
Sweet bourbon aroma that isn't overpowering allowing the roasted malt, sweet chocolate and cinnamon spicy chilli peppers. There's also some earthy oak and vanilla notes.
Flavor similar to aroma with a lot more pepper spice than the nose leads on. Lots of silky sweet chocolate malts, slightly roasted coffee and spicy cinnamon peppers. Like the nose, there is a nice earthy oak and vanilla flavor that balances things out nicely. This beer is perhaps to balanced and the bourbon takes away from the spicy chili notes from the base beer. This flavor does become more prominent as it warms. Deceivably drinkable.
03-15-2010 04:28:59 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
4.3/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
01-14-2012 22:28:03 | More by yourefragile
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev -2.2%
Barrel-Aged Hunahpu's tasting! Thanks to all the guys in the tasting group who helped make this happen.
The beer is, like all of the Hunahpu's variants, profoundly dark. Ominous black with a thick, oily beige head. An awesome appearance for an imperial stout. Lacing stains the glass.
The aroma brings a heavy dose of bourbon, with mild hints of roast and chocolate. Smells good, but is less aggressive than I was expecting.
The flavor is predominantly bourbon, with light chocolate and roast.
Silky smooth feel with fairly low carbonation.
Overall, another delicious stout from Cigar City. Not the best bourbon barrel stout i have had, but still quite tasty. Very glad to have tried this.
01-14-2012 22:01:01 | More by Huhzubendah
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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