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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel - Cigar City Brewing

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy BarrelHunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel

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323 Ratings
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 847
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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Florida, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gtreid on 03-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 323 | Reviews: 103
Reviews by tarheels86:
Photo of tarheels86
3.46/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL gold wax #56/84 thanks to ygtbsm94. Ink SRM pour with towering, Martian red head. Huge formation. Nice retention. No lace. Sweet vanilla nose, quite subtle, roasted chilies, some green olive. Taste is super tangy and fruity with some unlikely acidity and quenching character. Lighter palate. Palate is very soft, muted booziness, some heavy dark chocolate with lemon acidity. No apple brandy character I can detect, and I just spent 10 days touring the calvados region of France. Palate gets quite chalky and powdery. I like the acidic lemon and very bitter cocoa powder and dark chocolate, but there’s no barrel character at all. 6/4/7/4/13=3.4

More User Reviews:
Photo of SkiBum22
4.83/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - As dark as a beer can get. Even the bubbles are the darkest I've ever seen. Pours a thick motor oil consistency. Lots of dark lacing around the glass. A very good looking stout.

S - You definitely get the apple brandy right off the bat. Oak, Vanllla, Chocolate, Maple Syrup with just a hint of peppers.

T - So big and boozy. The apple brandy stands out but in a good way. It definitely hides the peppers a little bit compared to regular Hunahpu but it's a nice added layer of complexity. Huge vanilla, chocolate and maple syrup notes. Also dark fruits and molasses. The apple brandy after taste if awesome.

M - Amazing feel. Creamy and velvety with a little carbonation.

O - This is one of those beers that I checked off that I'd never get to try. So glad to have the opportunity to have this and have it live up to the hype. One of the best beers I've ever had. I gave up a lot to get this but it was worth every penny.

Photo of Mora2000
4.53/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a black color with a huge brown head. The aroma has a ton of chocolate in it, as well as some roasted malt, oak and brandy. The flavor is similar. Upfront I get a ton of sweet apple brandy notes, with some chocolate and roasted malt coming through as well. I get a hint of spiciness and pepper, but the brandy and chocolate come through the strongest. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Awesome.

Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to urwithdave for sending me this extremely limited bottle. Bottle 36/84, opened at Stakem's on 4/2/11.

A: Black with hints of burgundy at the edges. A small one finger head. Very little lacing, but the beer stains the sides of the glass.

S: Apples, cinnamon, chocolate and hints of the chiles.

T: With the addition of the apple flavors that come from the time in the barrels mixed with the strong cinnamon flavors that Hunahpu's already carries. You end up with something like chocolate covered warm apple pie with chiles on top and a side of coffee. The flavors from the apple brandy really complement this beer well.

M: Thick and smooth, fully coating the mouth and throat. Pretty much the same as the regular version.

O: A great beer that I'm very grateful to have had the chance to try. Joey and Co. did a fantastic job with this one. I doubt I'll ever get to taste this one again. But, it was very good. Thanks again Dave.

Photo of ehammond1
4.83/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler

Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!

Black in color with a small dark brown head. As with most imperial stouts from Cigar City, this one is remarkably thick and viscous, as well as shiny. Nobody makes a better looking stout than Cigar City. This leaves dots of stick and an oily sheen on its way down.

A completely transformed aroma, most notably being the lack of chile character that is present in the base beer. That being said, nothing is actually missed, because this smells fantastic. Layers of rich brandy and chocolate stack atop one another, with nearly no unpleasant alcohol fumes. There's some vanilla and wood complementing, but the sweet brandy and chocolate notes combine together remarkably well.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, though more complex. Again, layers of chocolates and sweet, earthy, woody brandy play against one another remarkably well, along with some mild roast, and earth.

Full bodied, creamy, low carbonation. Decadent.

Superb. The best Cigar City beer I've ever had.

Photo of azorie
4.43/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had 2 on tap in a sniffer at the source.

I don't know about anyone else but reviewing A RIS is one of the hardest "beers" to review. at this level these are almost like brandy the name of the beer has because of where its aged.

A: Dark as night, did I say dark yes its black. I have seen motor oil less dark. Blacker than black.Yet up in the sunlight there are hints of orange, caramel etc It had a nice inch of head that has foam clinging to the glass for quite a while, brown lacing. What is funny most good RIS has these characters, and is hard for me to tell a difference, I guess I need a side by side, wait I did 1 here.

S: Well as in the name this beer is aged in apple brandy, so what hit you first is alcohol. as expected. Very nice smell to me. after you get past that, there are no hops detected of course, then you get burnt chocolate, cinnamon sweetness, Apple, vanilla, and molasses. of course it takes on the barrel

T: Well this is where this beer shines. Beautiful mix of alcohol, apple brandy is the main favor of course, but vanilla, and molasses, burnt coffee, chocolate, its very complex. no hops detected and its a ris so that burn is there.

M: not much carbonation, very smooth and not as creamy as some.

D: I struggled with this 1, RIS at 11% are not something even I can just down its a sipper, but I think that fits the style, so I debated the rating but heck its my review, so I give it a 4.
I had 2 of these and i loved it but I had to switch to the other aged one before it was gone.

its of the best I had in this aged barrel style.

cheers

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler thanks to DarthKostrizer
Pours like motor oil. Very oily and viscous. 

Nose is deep and rich of course. Huge. Quite different that regular Huna. Brownie, caramel, molasses and a little bit of fruit. 

Huge range of flavor? Extremely complex and deep. Changes throughout the drink. Rich brandy-like beginning with huge vanilla. Deep dark fruit, chocolate brownie, caramel and molasses. 

Mouthfeel is perfect. Creamy and velvety with little to no carb. 

Overall a completely different beer than Huna, which Is one of my favorite beers, but absolutely amazing. So complex. Amazing. 

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml gold waxed bottle. 4oz. sample poured into a Founders snifter. Reviewed from notes. Shared by capra12 at a tasting on 10/16/10.

A: Pours a thick, dark mocha head with very little retention that fades quickly into a thick ring of bubbles atop an opaque black beer. Lacing is spotty with no cling.

S: Slight soy sauce covered in booze. Chocolate, fudge, very subtle roasted malt in the back. Nose is complex but a bit muted and overwhelmed by the booze overall.

T: Apple brandy is surprisingly prominent upfront. Cocoa, brownie, and a good compliment to the chili. Hot (boozy). Bitter roasted malt at the middle and end with a sweet soy sauce flavor flowing in right before the finish. Finish is booze with an aftertaste of liquorice and roasted malt and cocoa powder.

M: Medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, oily, and smooth in the mouth. A bit hot and boozy at points. Finish is accented with an aftertaste that is sticky and lingers.

D: Apple brandy barrels is a near perfect compliment to the chilis present in the base Hunahpu's. That being said, I'm not that big a fan of the bottled version of the base beer. Worth a try but not if you have to jump through hoops or give up the half the cellar to get it.

Photo of dbossman
4.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, oily and black with almost no head and minimal lacing, but this is a big stout and for what it is, this beer looks spectacular

S: Holy crap, this smells amazing: boozy and syrupy with so much maple syrup, brandy, and oak; there is a touch of peppers and vanilla and apple and other dark fruits but mostly this is a syrupy, boozy, vinous glass of awesomeness

T: This beer is amazing; so much booze and what's with the maple syrup flavors? dark fruits, brandy, peppers, vanilla, oak, roasted malts; man oh man, this is a good beer

F: Absolutely perfect mouth feel: creamy, viscous, thick, amazing

O: God, this is good...enough said.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.55/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

thanks to Paul

pour was thick rich velvety black. little head.

nose was sweet chocolate and brandy, rich and full of dark fruit.

similar to nose, spices were a bit faint and hidden just beneath the smooth brandy. chocolate and light roasted malts really blended together to make this is way too smooth and easy. the brandy complimented this perfectly.

thick and full with a mild carbonation. sticky sweet finish.

overall. really good, would seek this out. kills the regular version.

Photo of nickd717
4.64/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade from tpd975, #47 (or 67) of 84. Thanks, Greg!

Pours pitch black with a tan head that fades to thick but spotty foam. Some legs - this is very thick.

Aroma is absolutely amazing. Rich chocolate, roast, caramel, oak, and brandy. Super intense.

Flavor is Hunahpu's and brandy. That doesn't sound great, but it was AWESOME! Roast, rich dark chocolate, toffee, coffee, oak, brandy, vanilla, cinnamon, and chili peppers. So much going on. One of the best and most complex RISes I've had, and that's saying something! It's my favorite style and I've ticked well over 100.

On the palate, wow, this is very heavy, like Guinness almost. ALMOST. Syrupy and slick with very full body. Mouthfeel is really the only place it fails. Otherwise it's incredible.

Oh, and drinkability I guess. I took down my 5oz or so with no problem, but may not want all that much more. But otherwise, damn dogg, this is legit! Probably top 10 among imperial stouts I've had up to this point.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.69/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

32 oz. screw-top growler graciously shared by Dave.

Appearance - Pours an incredibly flat inky black. Glass-staining, as always. Viscous, but no head. Bummer. Growler, maybe?

Smell - Brandy, booze, and, well, standard Hunahpu aromas. Chilies and chocolate. And more booze. The brandy aroma is a little on the sickly sweet side, though. Really detracts, I think.

Taste - Awfully sweet at the start. Brandy comes through, but it isn't an imposing flavor, except for the sweetness. Chocolate and chilies are still pretty potent in this treatment. Thick and sweet and syrupy, though. Every bit of sugar is amplified by the brandy.

Mouthfeel - Thick and boozy. Still has the wonderful viscosity of Hunahpu, though, but it tastes every bit of 11.5% and then some. The sugar doesn't help.

Overall - Not an impressive treatment. It's still a fascinating combination of flavors, but not something that improves upon the original beer.

Photo of thagr81us
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to Jefe73 for hooking me up with this one! Massive thanks for this one Jeff! Shared the same day of arrival with beeruser and funkydelic as well as the crew at The Trappe Door. Served from growler into a Cigar City Hunahpu snifter (proper!). Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, apple, acetone, sweet alcohol, vanilla, pepper, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, big brandy, vanilla, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, subtle spice, and Snickers. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation that was very thick and coated your palate completely. Overall this was a really great brew. I have to be honest and let everyone here know that I am a HUGE fan of Apple Brandy particularly from Laird’s, so this brew was right up my alley. And boy did it deliver! I really loved that I was able to pick up on the nice stinging acetone aroma on this brew that I have come to love from Laird’s usual offering. It really made me feel right at home. This brew really made me want to grab a nice cigar and sit down and sip on it just like a good brandy. The barrel absolutely transformed this brew to one of the best stouts I’ve had to date. And yes, you read that right in the flavor, it really tasted like a Snickers bar on the followthrough. Crazy! An absolute must try regardless of what/who you have to do/kill to get your hands on. You won’t regret it!

Photo of drowland
4.48/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had at the Hunahpu release party as a part of RBWG 2010. Pitch black pour with a small brown head that fades fast. The spiciness and the malt sweetness is still there, but there is an additional awesomeness of sweet brandy, wood, and apples... yummy!

Photo of akorsak
4.02/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Foofaa for this glass. @ OctoFFEJ.

A: After fishing an extraneous fly or two out of my glass, I settled in to enjoy the fruits of Foofaa's labors. The stout, bold and black, has a dark tan head that stands out most significantly on pour. As it settles, the head tames itself, eventually disappearing.

S: The nose is rich, the brandy barrel has eclisped all of the Meso-American mole aromas of the original. The brandy adds a fortified wooden scent, with vanilla and a grape-like intensity.

T: Incredible. The brandy has completely transferred the stout, minimizing the Mayan flavors. In their place, the barrel sings with an oaky intensity. More fortified grapes hang around, upping the intensity of the flavors. The ancho chiles hang around the end of the sip, waiting for the brandy to siddle away. The heat that the finish provides is a nice blast of flavor after the barrel. That heat is fleeting, strong before disappearing. Surprisingly, the ale offers little in the way of lasting flavors.

M: The brandy really takes hold of the ale. In fact, my last sip revealed an apple cinnamon flavor that I hadn't picked up on earlier. That is a nice twist that may be the best selling point of the stout.

D: The heat and excessive booze are a little much but the nuances, like the apple cinnamon, are divine. The brandy pushes out much of the heat, to the detriment of the ale.

Photo of philbe311
4.62/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...

A - Onyx black... Medium brown head and lacing... Viscous...

S - Roasted malts... Dark rich chocolate... Boozy... Hints of the cinnamon and chili are present and add to the overall complexity...

T - The apple brandy explodes on the palette... Certain tastes become much more noticeable in this version including the vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate... Other tastes take a much further backseat in this version including the chillies, coffee, and oak... Introduced is a touch of cherry and dark fruit...

M - Full bodied... Thick and rich... Exceedingly smooth... A subtle carbonation... Oily... Heavy and delicate at the same time...

D - Almost a completely different brew from standard Hunahpu's... Loses some of the layered complexity of the regular Hunahpu's but that is replaced by exploding flavors and a stellar feel... This is an epic offering that is worthy of it's lofty reputation...

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Douglas88 brought this one to a recent tasting... fucking amazing... I never NEVER thought I would have the chance to see this one, let along have many good pours... Thanks a ton Doug... Generous doesn't describe it.

29/84... too cool.

Great pour.... dark brown.. retention is off the charts... walk away and the brew is still waiting on you to take a sip.

Nose is deep cocoa... the brandy is there for sure but not heavy handed... hints of chili... calvados seems a stretch, but is certainly within the realm of conversation..

Cocoa and chili are up front.... the brandy sorta drags some wood into the picture... dark chocolate brownie batter is spiked with nice chili flavor.... the roast malt and minor char plays great with the chili... sweet cherry essence gives way with warmth and plays great with the chili and brandy notes. Warm Hersheys melts all the palate notes better than expected.

Body is better than expected and much better than the hype... thick and coating without ever being syrupy... carbonation is great for the style.

Apple brandy?? maybe... the "apple" is lost on me... but I get Brandy and love this one. I loved this bottle, but damn... alot is going on. Thanks Doug!!!

4.5/4.5/4.5/5/4

Photo of jegross2
4.69/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Apple Brandy-Aged Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing out of Florida. Hunahpu's is Cigar City's most famous stout and it is released at an event that is essentially similar to Dark Lord Day. We cracked this one, in addition to several other big name goodies, to celebrate the end of the Illinois bar exam, my birthday, and Robbie Moy's birthday.
Score: 97

Counter-pressurized growler is from the summer 2012 release. Served in a wine chalice, shared with friends and enjoyed on 07/28/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a nice layer of cappuccino-colored head that settles to a ring around the glass. Very oily, coating lacing with a solid cling factor. 4/5

Smell: What a delicious medley. Fudge and sweet dark chocolate impart a bittersweetness. Then brown sugar, a little dark fruit and vanilla, and a sweet rum-like aroma that must come from the apple brandy aging then tips the balance of the nose towards sweet. The oak, peppers and a hint of cinnamon then give the beer a nice spiced anchor to the sweetness. There's a touch of booziness as the beer warms up, but nothing powerful or off-putting or overwhelming in the least. This is a really excellent nose! 4.75/5

Taste: Chocolatey fudge, smooth vanilla and a sweet apple-and-watermelon-like rum flavor (almost like a smooth and less sugary Bacardi grand melon flavor that is nothing like the off-flavors being reported in some bottles of the 2012 vintage of Dark Lord) are my first impressions. There is a faint oakiness and chili pepper flavor at first on the sides of the tongue that modestly grows as the beer warms and layers on the tongue. The apple brandy aging seems to have mellowed out the pepper heat substantially in comparison to the base beer, but there's still a little bit of life left in the peppers and the smooth, subtle heat they give off on the sides of the tongue and the roof of the mouth give the beer a nice bold complexity that makes the bitterness from the chocolate/fudge flavors pop on the tongue. The chocolate and rum sweetness really soak the tongue in flavor and linger with the faint pepper heat. There's some mild dark fruit flavor and a hint of molasses as well, though the aroma has more of each present. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Rich, thick and viscous. Full bodied and very low carbonation. There's a faint pepper heat on the tongue. Slightly sweet, but not a "sweet" beer. 4.5/5

Overall: The balanced pepper kick is what made me really love Hunahpu's, but even though it is largely missing here the apple brandy aging imparts more than enough additional complexity and flavor to make up for it. I need to get some more.

Recommendation: Seek this beer out; even those who are not good at handling spiciness (I am looking at you, Scott) should be able to enjoy this one thoroughly.

Pairings: Fresh strawberries.

Cost: $25 for a 32 oz (counter-pressured) growler.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was thrilled to be able to finally try this one. I honestly did not think I was going to be able to get a hold of it, but lucked out. Served chilled and poured into a snifter.

The pour was dark as night, thick, viscous looking like motor oil with a light ring of tan around the edges that quickly faded and left behind no lacing to speak of. Just a thick, still, black liquid.

As I reach in for a sniff, warming comes through the air. Rich cocoa, light, very light hint of spice, oak, hints of vanilla and a light touch of tart fruit as it comes up to room temperature. Nicely done here. The depth of the profile seems to show no bounds. When compared to the regular Huna, this just seems to have less of the thick chocolate edge to it and more of the brandy shine through which is nice. As a side this also seems to have tempered the chili a touch as well. Really nicely done I have to say. Then the first sip rolls across the tongue with a gentleness that seems like I have longed for it forever. Really fine swirling vanilla and brandy notes are tucked away behind coffee and chocolate, I got a nice little boost of the chili on the palate at the end, nicely done again, and really brought it around full circle for me. Smooth, delicious, needed a bit fuller profile for me, but very well done.

Overall this was a great, great beer. For all the hype I was expecting a perfect beer, which this is not, but it is very, very good. Still dying to try the bourbon version, hopefully one day.

Photo of largadeer
4.94/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Edit: New batches are amazing. Scores changed to reflect the later growler batches.

Original rating: 3.6

Thanks for sharing this rarity, Nick.

Black as pitch and quite viscous, there isn't much of a head, but it does have nice legs.

It smells strangely muddled. Bittersweet dark chocolate, a touch of tart apple, some leathery oxidation. The barrel aging seems to have actually simplified the beer and covered up most of the pepper, vanilla and cinnamon. As it warms, it becomes dominated by heavily roasted, tarry, almost burnt malt and sweet brandy. Not bad, but haphazard.

The apple brandy flavor comes through pretty strongly on the palate. It hints at apple, but it's more of an indistinguishable fruity sweetness. There's a little vanilla and oak, lots and lots of bitter baking chocolate, barely perceptible chili pepper. This is a huge, chewy imperial stout, almost Dark Lord-esque in viscosity. The finish is mildly boozy with lingering flavors of bitter chocolate, licorice, earthy oxidation and faint chili pepper. Barrel aging seems to have covered up the boldness of the adjunct ingredients in this beer, transforming it into something that's enjoyable but ultimately muddled. Perhaps Hunahpu's wasn't the best beer to put in a barrel. Pretty good, I enjoyed my glass, but it's not outstanding. There are a number of better and less rare barrel aged imperial stouts out there.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to the incredibly generous Bill who went out, picked up a growler, came to TJ's, shared it with anyone who wanted it, and saved a glass for me. He even waited there til I arrived to make sure that I got it! Here's to lots of good beer karma for Bill.

Pours a nearly opaque deep brown that borders on black. Only the edges of the glass betray the black hole of this beer. The beer is flat as anything. Reminds me of BA Speedway. In that case, I am encouraged. The swirl produces only slight bubbles that subside quickly, though it does adorn the walls of the glass with a sticky wall that produces very sexy legs.

I give the glass another quick swirl before burying my nose in it. Not surprisingly, there is a gnarly aroma of brandy right off the bat. As I continue to swirl and smell, tobacco, toffee, oak, and some warm vanilla notes also manifest themselves nicely. The brandy doesn't seem to overshadow the beer at all. Instead, it is like a nice accompaniment to the guitar solo that is the beer.

Finally, it is time to take a sip. I gently tip my glass towards my lips and take some in. The brandy really sits back here and allows the beer to shine in all its glory. A nice light roastiness really brings out warm woody oak and vanilla notes. The tobacco is again a focal point, this time flanked by some light spices. Cinnamon is the main one that I can make out. For a big beer aged in barrels that begot booze, there are no alcohol flavors. The finish brings along dark fruits - dates and raisins, that really round this out. What a top-notch brew!

Incredibly smooth, which is probably obvious from the lack of carbonation. The finish has a nice creamy texture to it. The consistency is thick, almost Dark Lord-esque, but it all works together flawlessly. If not for how utterly unattainable this beer is, I could drink this every day. I really had to force myself not to drink it too quickly, knowing that I might never have another chance to try it.

Photo of Axic10
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Capone's for the Cigar City event during Philly Beer Week. Served in a 5.5oz "mini snifter".

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish/black with a thin layer of mocha head.

Smell: Brandy, espresso, chocolaty malt and a slight hint of pepper in the nose.

Taste: Brandy bite, smoked/roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso and a peppery bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and extremely smooth.

Drinkability: Very good beer. Not my first barrel aged stout, but my first brandy barrel aged stout. I could have easily drank at least 3-4 more of these while I was there, but they were limiting it so that everybody goto to try this amazing beer and I also wanted to try to regular Hunaphu as well as the other CC offerings. Would definitely seek out again.

Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours black as night with a finger of really dark brown head that leaves a ring around the pour.

Smell: Really sweet with dark chocolate and dark fruit notes. I'm getting the cinnamon, chillies, and vanilla. The brandy heat is there along with the sweetness.

Taste: Lots of brandy here. The malt and brandy combine to make this one very sweet. Tons of chocolate with pepper spice, mild vanilla, dark fruit, and some alcohol. The finish is peppery and sweet.

Mouthfeel: The body is very thick with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: I thought this beer was good, but I enjoy the regular version more. Quire complex and I would love to have it again.

Photo of iadler
4.52/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to supercolter to opening this last night. I had poor luck with getting an intact growler.

A- Pours a deep black with little carbonation.

S- The base beer is present with notes of dark chocolate, chili, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar and roasted malt. Caramelized apples and notes of brandy also present.

T- Taste follows suite with caramel dipped apples, dark chocolate, spicy chili's, cinnamon, vanilla beans, roasted malt, oak and a bit of heat from the brandy.

M- Practically no carbonation with a thick syrupy body. A small amount of heat from the chili's and abv at the end.

O- Was very impressed how the Apple Brandy barrels complimented the base beer. The best Cigar City offering I've had. Wish there was a bit of carbonation, but overall, a fantastic spiced stout and something I've been looking to try for a long time.

Thanks again, Jeff!

Photo of weeare138
4.57/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark brown nearing black with ruby edges when held to the light. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of oaky vanilla, black grapes, red wine, brandy, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a dry punch of cocoa powder
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, slick, and warming.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.