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

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 172
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 4.93%
Wants: 737
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Florida, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tpd975 on 12-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev -13.7%
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)! (636 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/25/2011

Bottle shared by Stawn, thanks! Snifter.

A: Looks like motor oil as it glugs out of the bottle. Black as pitch with a finger of dark brown foam.

S: Cinnamon with a big bourbon presence. Peppers are restrained and vanilla is pronounced. The nose gives the impression of caramel drizzled dark chocolate cake.

T: Cinnamon is stronger in the flavor, as are the chilies and they impart light spicy notes. Bourbon is pronounced and it blends with cocoa nibs, vanilla, and oak. Malt it moderately roasted. Booze is evident but not inappropriate. There's a moderate bitterness throughout.

M: Full in body with lower moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy, smooth, and sticky.

Overall: Really good. The bourbon works really well with Hunahpu's. (758 characters)

Photo of hdelavega
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of jgagne
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Black as night body with thick dark brown head. Really great look.

S-Wonderful array of smells that include bourbon, dark chocolate and smoked wood.

T-At first taste you expect to get a strong bourbon flavor but instead you taste a wonderful deep chocolate flavor with only hints of bourbon. My favorite part of this beer is the ending. As you finish the sip you get a unique smoky flavor. It is completely unexpected but it is welcoming flavor.

M-A very heavy creamy beer. Mild carbonation

O-My favorite beer ever? Idk maybe. Would like to have other Bourbon Barreled Stouts like KBS to try along side of it. But never the less, it is truly a wonderful beer from hands down favorite brewery. (699 characters)

Photo of dmsohyea
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.59/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (1,111 characters)

Photo of dboon
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
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... (258 characters)

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.07/5  rDev -8.7%
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 (333 characters)

Photo of olimpia84
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on a CCB snifter from the 750ml bottle. This is from the second release of the beer done in September of 2011. The green color in the label indicates that is the bourbon barrel aged version.

A: overwhelming jet black oil pour with a smaller coffee colored head than the rum version. Small lacing was present, this time around better than the rum barrel aged version.

S: clean liquorish and slight fruity boozy smell with tones of sweet roasted malts, vanilla beans, dark chocolate and some herbal with oak hints.

T: strong bourbon presence felt along with sweet malts, hints of vanilla, dark fruits, cocoa and brown sugar. I liked the fact that the boozy feeling in the palate wasn't as pronounced as the rum and whiskey versions.Very well balanced and tasty, this beer definitely delivers superiority in its taste.

M: incredibly smooth, creamy and sticky. Full body with low carbonation.

O: my favorite version of all three barrel aged offerings. This is the prime example of a world class imperial stout. I liked the fact that this version was lighter on the boozy feel and was able to offer a very well balanced, yet pronounced, combination of flavors that made up for a unique experience. Well worth lining up to get this beer on release day! (1,260 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found my review of this beer from the Hunahpu's release last March at Cigar City. What an awesome beer this was.

A: Jet Black, Nice tan head, excellent lacing, viscous.

S: Sugary fruit, high alcohol sweetness and malt, full bodied charred malt, woody bourbon, excellent aromas.

T: Brown sugar, heavy bourbon influence that is very tasty. Awesome full bodied malt bomb with notes of the chiles and cocoa nibs coming through behind the bourbon sweetness and savory flavors. What a huge taste and an awesome one at that.

M: Exactly what you'd want in a big imperial stout on draft, I'll let you imagine the viscous coating feel you'd like here.

D: Very, very tasty. No 5 because I just couldn't order another since it was so heavy. Maybe I should have though... (765 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of heliosphann
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (1,558 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of Anthony1
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap.

Pours black as night with a big thick mocha head that recedes leisurely to a hefty collar and swirl of mocha cream in the middle. The head perks up with every swirl and leaves sticky bubbles sliding down the sides. I've seen very few beers that look this good.

The aroma has all kinds of things going on, starting with a sweet vanilla and bourbon whiff initially. It's joined by the underlying bakers chocolate and heavily roasted malts. The pepper is present, though I think it's a tad less prevalent than in the non-BA version.

The taste is one of the most complex I've ever encountered, just an explosion of different flavors. This is a bourbon shock up front but mellowed with some wood and the vanilla sweetness. The backbone is black malts and dark chocolate, with a roasted character throughout. The finish is wonderful and interesting with the pepper really coming out and does battle with the bourbon for who will linger longer.

The body is insanely creamy and full bodied but the light bubbly carbonation keeps it from sitting too heavily on the palate.

This is a stunning beer. The base beer is complex enough, but I think the bourbon barrel is used perfectly here as it doesn't dominate the flavor. I'm always amazed when brewers can put so many things into a beer and still have it come together so seamlessly. World class. (1,349 characters)

Photo of mondegreen
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of tasting this one the day of the release after I grabbed my ticket.
Was poured into a nice CC snifter glass.
Dark as can be with a slight very dark tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, and some sort of spice. This bourbon version really hits you in the face with the bourbon smell! The first taste is a mouthfull of bourbon but then slowly goes back to normal versions flavor profile. The taste is the usual IS bittersweet chocolate and coffee but then proceed with a spice taste. Also has a nice hop profile to it.
Medium heavy mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation.
The BA version is extremely tasty but a tad too "bourbony" for my liking. (672 characters)

Photo of urwithdave
4.06/5  rDev -9%
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. (1,048 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was possessed by this Satanic brew at the Hunahpu release party. Two-fisting 'em for a hot minute.

A – It pours a demonic crude with a nearly black head that recedes to a clingy ring and big coffee stain lacing

S – It smells of the apple in the garden of Eden. The caramel apple of Eden, apparently. The barrel has transformed the nose a bit; it sweetened it and fused some of the previously separate nuances.

T – The taste is fairly straightforward: Hunahpu + Bourbon. It is basically bordering on overkill, but not due to anything specifically negative, instead owing to the truly overwhelming abundance of desirable, delicious and discernible elements. The flavors are dialed up to a mega volume, and they go as such: bitter cocoa, rich chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, coffee, chipotle, bourbon, and not necessarily in that order.

M – Very insanely thick. If the standard Hunahpu = 25w50, then BBH = 30w60.

D – Very drinkable, but not necessarily any better than standard Hunahpu. And of all the barrel aged CCB Stouts, I prefer Brandy Zhukov; this one is not far behind though. (1,123 characters)

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