Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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3.58/5 rDev -21%
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
09-06-2012 20:34:36 | More by tarheels86
4.48/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
08-28-2012 21:26:11 | More by ehammond1
4.85/5 rDev +7.1%
Thanks to the generosity of a few people we were able to line up the 2011 base beer along side the Rum, Whisky and Bourbon variants a couple weeks back. Hunahpu is one of my favorite beers, so I was stoked to give these a try. Cheers to everyone who made this beer day possible.
From a 750 into a snifter
We opened the Rum, Whisky and then the Bourbon.
APPEARANCE: A thick, dense, black pour produces a two finger, tight, dark mocha colored head after a wonderful cascading effect that looks stunning. Head retains really well and slowly fades to a good full cap. Jet black body and minimal carbonation evident. A fuller wisp and ring remain, showing some beautiful swirl patters after each sip, and leaves some falling dots of lace down the glass. The same wonderful look as the base beer.
SMELL: This is a big, barrel forward nose for sure. Where the rum was slightly mute and the whisky was still quite balanced, this is full of bourbon, oak and vanilla from the barrel. A touch of roasted notes and dark chocolate, but no sign of the adjuncts any more. I wish there was just a touch more balance, but this is still top class.
TASTE: This is where it's at. The bourbon is not nearly as dominant in the flavor as it is in the nose, but it lends the perfect complexity to the base beer while still allowing the adjuncts to come out in a bold and flavorful way. Lots of base beer, with roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, as well as cinnamon and chili peppers. The aftertaste is great with lots of base beer and adjuncts, bourbon, oak, and some well measured booze notes. Everything is there and in excellent balance, but in slightly bolder form than the whisky treatment. This is as good as it gets people.
PALATE: Medium-full body, oily, with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a slightly oily and mouth-coating finish. This is probably the fullest of the three variants, esentially being the same as the base beer before the barrel treatments.
OVERALL: This was probably my favorite. The nose made me think this was going to be a bourbon bomb, but the flavors were actually perfectly balanced between base beer, adjuncts and barrel treatment, while at the same time being the boldest of the three treatments. Piles of flavor all over the place. It also had a slightly heavier and fuller mouthfeel, which is something I always appreciate in a stout. Again, this set of beers was other-worldly, and another huge cheers goes out to everyone who made it possible. Thanks for hanging out for the day as well fellas.
07-09-2012 18:56:49 | More by Jeffo
4.23/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
05-31-2012 12:13:14 | More by thagr81us
4.7/5 rDev +3.8%
750 ml waxed bottle courtesy of Andrew (nasty31). Huge thanks and props go to him!!
A: Pours just like the regular Hunahpu. Dark black body, thick in nature, with a thin khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes to a nice ring that follow down the glass leaving some splotchy lace here and there.
S: Smooth bourbon right away in the nose. Mild oak, some dark fruits and unsweetened chocolate are meshing well with the bourbon. I'm not really getting any of the spices, but there is a mild touch chilies.
T: Those nose was so balanced that I knew how good this was going to be even before it hit my lips. I was not disappointed. The bourbon is upfront but quickly smooths out some light roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of oak. The dark fruit flavor is back as well and is combined with the hint of chili spice to give the beer another layer of complexity. The finish is a sweet, decadent caramel and vanilla.
M: Thick and delicious. It's very silky and smooth. The carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum, but it works great with this beer.
O: Incredibly smooth and delicious. The base beer really stood up to the barrel and it didn't lose that typical thickness that comes with regular Hunahpu. Very complex and delicious. Huge thanks again to Nasty31 for the share.
04-29-2012 13:40:45 | More by Treebs
5/5 rDev +10.4%
A - Black body, 1 finger of dark brown and slightly reddish head.
S - Oak, bourbon, dark fruits.
T - A bit of bourbon/oak at first that quickly transitions into spicy chillies and cinnamon. Dark fruits. A bit of chocolate in the finish.
M - Thick though not as much as the non BA version. Perfect carbonation for the style.
Fantastic beer. Better than regular Huna.
04-28-2012 23:52:18 | More by s1ckboy
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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