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
4.88/5 rDev +7.7%
Drank on-tap at Rattle 'N' Hum, New York, NY
Served in a stemmed wine glass
The beer poured super rich and thick, like used motor oil. Pitch black in appearance with no head but only a stiff ring of cocoa colored froth.
The aroma was rather restrained initially. Roasty and chocolately with mild hints of bourbon. As the beer warmed, things really opened up. Sweet Madegascar vanilla beans came through strong. The bourbon element was huge, but not overaly alcoholic. Dark chocolate was also apparent, as were the rich brown sugar notes. Impressive.
The taste simply blew me away from the very start. Huge roast and bourbon flavors right up front. Espressso dominated. Rich and smooth in the middle with some bakers chocolate notes. Lots of brown sugar and maple syrup as well. The finish was ridiculously big. Uber roasty and oaky with (what I presumed was) a big alcohol kick. I later discovered that this heat was likely from the addition of Pasillo and Ancho peppers. Super smoky. Tannic and dry. Simply mesmerizing.
The mouthfeel was one of the biggest I have ever encountered in a beer. Ultra thick and creamy with a fine, silky, tongue blanketing effervescence.
Drinkability was amazing. For such an intense, alcohol rich brew, this went down so remarkably easily.
All in all, this was one of the most flavorful and well rounded beers I have yet to try. It definitely earns a spot in a my top ten list.
02-20-2010 07:22:53 | More by Damian
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
4.53/5 rDev 0%
On tap into wine glass at RNH Cigar City Night:
A: Black as night, with no head on it, quite murky
S: Huge smell of roasted chocolate, coffee, smoke, and vanilla
T: The bourbon really powers through, which was a surprise at first, since I actually ordered the non-bourbon version and got this instead. No complaints, though, as the bourbon gives the powerful smokey chocolate a nice and smooth bourbon-vanilla complement. Coffee rounds it out quite well.
M: Full and smooth, not too heavy on the alcohol punch
D: Big, yet somehow the bourbon actually tames this beast. Like the way some oaked beers will dull out big flavors with some vanilla, the bourbon does the same. It's still excellent, but frankly, I prefer the unadulterated non-bourbon version.
02-18-2010 18:53:38 | More by dudecandle
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
5/5 rDev +10.4%
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 :)
02-10-2010 22:20:56 | More by Jw347
4.55/5 rDev +0.4%
Handbottle. A huge thanks to David (illidurit) for hooking this up at our last tasting for my 1500th rate. Black with a small brown head. Holy crap is there a lot going on in the aroma, but it all works. Spicy chillis, oak, vanilla, bourbon, caramel sweetness, dark fudgey chocolate, all very smooth and harmonious. The flavor is just as good, with lots of rich and creamy chocolate malt flavors under vanilla, bourbon, and spicy peppers lingering through the finish. Full bodied and chewy with obviously low carbonation. A fantastic beer. Both this and Humidor Zhukov's showed us two very creative takes on the imperial stout from cigar city, but this was by far the clear winner. I'm definitely looking forward to the regular version as well. As a post-edit, I have to add that hearing "Invaders" by Iron Maiden as I entered this rating was a very fitting tribute.
01-12-2010 05:08:34 | More by bulletrain76
4.75/5 rDev +4.9%
2.8oz bottle courtesy of illidurit
S: Mostly chocolate. Vanilla, oakiness, cinnamon. Little bourbon, little of the chiles.
A; Very dark brown, no head
T: Very well melded and complex with an onslaught of many different flavors. Everything in the nose +... The chiles are more noticable, in a good way. (wasn't sure if it would be a gross flavor) Chocolate is more bitter than sweet. Coconut shows up. Bourbon flavors are melded in and mostly just warming effects.
M: Smooth and drinkable. Very minimal carbonation.
D: Darn good for the overall ingredients and abv.
Overall: So delicious. I will definitely be searching out more.
01-11-2010 19:45:15 | More by bret27
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
4.8/5 rDev +6%
Rating #900! Handbottle from a growler courtesy gunhaver. Pours a very dark brown but not black with a thin froth of bubbles that reassure me that there's some carbonation left. Aroma is deep dark and milk chocolates with some roastiness and cinnamon. The chilies are noticeable and interesting, and the bourbon is mild. Flavor hits with the chilies up front causing an appreciable warmth. Then roasted coffee and dark chocolate follow, well-integrated with the coconut and bourbon flavors. Very well-balanced, unique, and interesting. Body is solid and smooth, easy to drink. Hopefully I'll have the pleasure of drinking this super fresh someday.
01-09-2010 21:52:32 | More by illidurit
5/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
12-22-2009 05:55:33 | More by Maltzilla
5/5 rDev +10.4%
Served at NoHo Bistro Cigar City Beer dinner.
A: Pours black as night, not a drop of light can penetrate this one. Wonderful tall evil cinnamon colored head nice retention and excellent lace.
S: Wonderful aromas on this beer. Lots of roast with strong chocolate notes. The cinnamon is there with subtle vanilla. Hints of earthy peppers seem to mix well with the oak and booze.
T: Wow this beer is stupid good. I can not begin to explain the depth on this beer. I thought Hunahpu's was mind blowing, add barrel and WOW! As it crosses the tongue it is like liquid fudge in your mouth. Full, rich, fine chocolate. The spices then begin to dance in your mouth with the cinnamon leading the way. The oak and vanilla somehow push their way through the flavor explosion. Notes of very light booze and the spice of peppers finish this one off.
M: Very full in body, rich, smooth, a real beer experience.
D: I could sit back and sip this beer for the rest of my life.
12-09-2009 13:25:40 | More by tpd975
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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