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

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

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311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 7.63%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gtreid on 03-13-2010)
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Gtreid

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Hunahpu's release party. Poured into a CCB snifter.

A: Black as black can get. Big mocha head appears then quickley fades to a thin rim. Very nice looking, just like the original Hunahpu.

A: All of the scents from the Hunahpu, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and spice, plus a nice healthy dose of the Apple Brandy. Supurb!

T: I have been drinking beer for quite some time, and have tried many beers. Many more then what I have reviewed here. And I have never had a holy shit moment...until this beer hit my lips. The brandy barrels play perfectly with the chocolate spice from the Hunahpu. The sweet chocolate and vanilla just tantalize every taste bud. And the Apple brandy helps the brew to finish clean, sweet, and just plain awsome.

M: Again, perfect! Creamy, smooth, and viscous. Heavy body, decent amount of carbonation.

D and overall impression: Even though this rings in at 11%, I could drink this all night. Overall, I never did beleive in giving perfect 5's, I thought how can you rate a brew perfect if you haven't had everything in that style. Well, my mind has been changed. This is perfect! I just can't see how anything could ever be better than this. The best beer I have ever had, hands down! Skal.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 13:07:40 | More by Gtreid
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tpd975

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Hunahpus release.

A: Pours black dark and evil, like all CCB Stouts. Very dark head, excellent retention and a crazy amount of lace.

S: Loads of barrel, woody, with a huge blast of brandy. The roast, earth, chocolate, and spice of the base Hunahpu's remains as well. It is hard to describe.

T: Pure flavor explosion in your mouth. I really didn't think you can improve on the base beer but they have. The brandy barrel just puts this one in another class. Huge brandy barrel without being over the top. Tons of charred malt, earthy chocolate, light chili's and hints of vanilla. Rich chocolate, light molasses, and a dash of unicorn horn.

M: Very full in body, bold, rich, perfect.

D: Not really nor is it made to be. One I could sip on for days though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 14:06:19 | More by tpd975
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urwithdave

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from tap into CCB snifter. Reviewing from notes (not that I'd need them for this one because it was soooo freaking good even better than regular Huanahpu) taken on 3/12/10 at the release at CCB.

A- Just like the regular version, pours used motor oil. Blacker than black. A good inch of head that has nice retention. Leaves nice lacing.

S- Again, just heavenly! Big chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and molasses. Only this time, a big nose full of brandy to get things going.

T- Simply put....the BEST.... I repeat, the BEST beer I have ever had! Just like the base, the nose isn't far off here. Chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. Then BAM...apple brandy jumps up in the mix and just blows you away. You still get the chilie effect, the brandy doesn't overpower the complex flavours in this beer.

M- SUPERB!! CREAMY as they get. Perfect amount of carbonation. Leaves me looking forward to the next drink.

D- If I had to pick one beer to drink for the rest of eternity....this would be my choice HANDS DOWN!

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 07:10:06 | More by urwithdave
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mrstevens

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

consumed at the cajun cafe beer fest.

P: Just like the regular hunahpu, pitch black and wicked looking, nice amber color head with good lacing.

The nose on this was unbeleivable. Not only do you get the sweetness from the chocolate, vanilla and cocoa, mixed in with the smell of brandy then to smell the slight heat of the peppers it was amazing.

So I really dont know how to sum this up properly I couldnt beleive all the great tastes I had in my mouth at once, chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, sweetness of the brandy followed by the slight bite of the peppers nirvana in my mouth.

The mouthfeel was great, perfectly carbonated just a slice of heaven in your mouth.

Drinkability, I would drink as much of this beer as often as i possibly could.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2010 00:51:28 | More by mrstevens
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calcio360jrd

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at cigar city/tbc takeover at coffee district a month or 2 ago.

This was by far the highlight of the nite, seeing that this keg was tapped right before 6 pm and was gone by 7:10 pm.

Poured that wonderful jet black and murky color that a good imperial stout should be. What a nose on this beer, you could smell the apple brandy so much as it permeated the beer. Taste was smooth and fantastic, although you knew u were drinking a 11.5% beer the whole time. I'm just glad i had 2 before the keg blew, next time they make this brew at cigar city i will be driving to tampa to get my hands on some!

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 17:01:03 | More by calcio360jrd
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 swing top growlier filled a little over a week ago.

A - Black body, 1/2 finger of dark brown head that forms slowly.

S - Chocolate, dark fruits, a bit of booze.

T - Chocolate, dark fruits, some pepper spice, brandy, hint of apple, cinnamon, wood/oak.

M - Very thick. Low carbonation, very smooth.

This beer is amazing. I've had the bourbon aged version as well, not sure which is better. They're like boozy milkshakes.

Serving type: growler

07-02-2012 23:14:59 | More by s1ckboy
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Franch

New York

5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite beer, hands down.

It came out of a growler and poured sticky and motor oil thick - jet black with a tiny bit of dark brown head. Smells super boozy and brandy heavy. The taste doesn't have any of this heat. Starts out with the chocolate up front with a twinge of brandy, fades into the vanilla and BIGGER chocolate, then wave 3 and 4 come up from the back - HUGE apple brandy followed by just a tiny bit of spicy pepper. as it gets towards room temperature the cinnamon/cayenne comes out, as does the apple note in the brandy.

Thick as hell with just enough carbonation.

Thanks Josh/jbuddle for this trade. ISO: Apple Brandy Huna FT: EVERYTHING

Serving type: growler

07-26-2012 06:12:16 | More by Franch
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AnotherImperial

Arizona

5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap out of a snifter, courtesy of the kind dudes at Cigar City who provided a barrel to Falling Rock Tap House during The Great American Beer Festival (10/12/12, to be exact).

A - Very unique. Appears almost as an imperial stout blended with red wine. Swirl it, and you'll see what I mean.

S - Apple. And brandy. Apple. And brandy. There's a stout in here somewhere. This stuff is incredibly unique.

T - So, did I mentioned the word "unique" in the Smell description indicating this was a "unique" beer?? That doesn't do it justice. I've never had anything remotely close to the taste of this brew. It tastes like what it is: a fantastic imperial stout aged in apple brandy barrels. But, you really have to taste this to have a full understanding and appreciation of how good it is. This is the first beer I've ever tried that left me without an explanation for how fantastic and UNIQUE it is. Honestly, if you'd told me a delicious imperial stout would be IMPROVED by aging it in an apple brandy barrel, I'd have been very skeptical (or called you crazy).

M: Thicker than I'd guessed, despite how thick it looked. But, it's not even close to being too thick. It has the "chewiness"of a great red wine. That word "unique" is coming to mind...again.

O - So, I assumed I'd go for many years without the opportunity to try this beer. Thank you, Cigar City guys, for the opportunity to try your most incredible product (it has to be), the opportunity to compliment your dedication to great beer, and the sweet key key chain. I told you I'd follow up with a phenomenal review on BA, so here it is. Anyway, for those of you who love imperial stouts and want to try a variation that will change your possibilities on the style, get this. If you find a way to get some, it's going to be worth it. I might end up going to Tampa solely based on this beer. And, I have no other reason to go there. Again, thanks Cigar City guys!

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2012 04:39:41 | More by AnotherImperial
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MrVonzipper

California

4.98/5  rDev +5.5%
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. 

Serving type: growler

07-17-2012 03:10:14 | More by MrVonzipper
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ktrillionaire

Florida

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

On-tap at the Hunahpu's release party.

It is hard ranking the different versions of Hunahpu and Zhukov because they are all so damn good.

A - Black as the Labrea Tar Pits. It looks like a seething lake of crude.

S - The apple brandy gives it a strongly sweet and pungent pickled aroma. Chocolate is still available in the nose, and the vanilla fuses with the apple notes quite pleasantly. The smell formerly imparted by the spicy chilies is no longer apparent, but the nose is nearly overloaded anyway.

T - The taste is ridiculously good. The base Hunahpu exists as layers of cake, if you will, and the apple brandy barrel is the layers of icing for said cake. That is as good as I can describe it.

M - Blood-thick, oil-slick.

D - If you are so lucky... consider it a very good day.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 01:52:33 | More by ktrillionaire
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even a trace of lighter color when held to a light source with a half finger dark chocolate mocha head that quickly fades into a thick lasting ring.

Amazingly complex aroma with a huge chocolate malt presence which is only slightly roasty with hints of toffee and caramel. Sweet brandy alcohol heat that adds amazing complexity. Subtle oak and vanilla blending in with the vinous dark fruit notes.

Chewy viscous body with lots of silky chocolate maltiness that is balanced out by the vinous apple brandy barrel notes. Slightly earthy oak that is very vinous with hints of dark fruit and vanilla balancing out the chilli and roasted malt perfectly. The spicy cinnamon chilli flavor is prominent in the dry finish. Excellent! I don't see any way in which it could he improved with the exception of head retention.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2010 04:41:55 | More by corby112
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largadeer

California

4.95/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 16:37:52 | More by largadeer
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cosmicevan

New York

4.95/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HUMONGOUS thanks to justing for sharing this. who would've guessed that i'd get to taste it again the next day (thanks dave)!!! Enjoyed on 7/27 at Top Hops at a mini tasting with some awesome BAs. Hell of a night and kicked off a wonderful weekend of beer tasting! Ticked from a 2oz pour and then adjusted my thoughts the next day from a larger pour.

a - Has that Hunah look. Coats the glass with a single swirl. No head, but just a gorgeous beer.

s - Smells like Hunah but with a strong raisin and fig. Some booze and some brandy. Basically Hunah with some fruitiness a la sangria.

t - OH WOW! Hunah extreme!!! Figs with apple brandy. You get the peppers on the finish but the fruitiness of the brandy just pushes this amazing beer to the next level. Truly amazing.

m - Smooth and creamy. Wonderful like a milkshake of amazing beer.

o - Wow, what can I say? This beer is simply amazing. On Friday when I sampled it, I said I would do dirty things for this beer...and then the next day, I traveled 2 hours to another tasting (which was before a third tasting in 2 days) and this was a pleasant surprise at the 2nd tasting. I guess the dirty things means dealing with NYC transit in horrendous heat and downpours and then having to leave one of the most epic tastings to go to another tasting. What a weekend!!! Not sure how long these growlers will hold out, but drink them up...as of a few days ago, this was the nectar of the gods.

Serving type: growler

08-01-2012 03:42:34 | More by cosmicevan
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.93/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks bulbman for the hookup

Look: Black with red circles around the top of the beer. Very little tan head and leaves the glass with a great coating

Smell: The nose of this beer like pretty much everything is just amazing. There is so many layers to the nose I am not sure where to start. The brandy really shines through with some dark chocolate brownies behind that. Traces of vanilla pass by the nose as well as a touch of chili peppers

Taste: Holy fucking bananas batman this is amazing. The beer has this wonderful chocolate covered cherry character brought forth by the brandy and right when you think the beer can't get any better it totally changes bringing forth lots of vanilla and fudge. Then a third wave takes over and you get a nice amount of chili pepper and molasses that just works perfectly together. But wait there's more. The beer finishes with that same chocolate covered cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick as hell and low to no carbonation(could be more) Oily as hell and you can just feel it coating your insides

Overall: This is the perfect dessert beer and is definitely in my top 3 beers of all time. I am glad that another growler just arrived at my doorstep. Holy hell this beer is almost perfect and I honestly can't see a beer being much better

Serving type: growler

07-25-2012 01:06:30 | More by DarthKostrizer
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kfsv034

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Hunahpu release party

A - pours black with a quarter inch burnt cream head

S - definate brandy smell, lots of sweet candy apple, some coffee/chocolate

T - very similar to the noise, slammed with a sweet apple brandy that mixes very well with the base Hunahpu flavors of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, cinnimon and chilies. Suprised that I like this slightly better than the bourban aged version.

M - mouth feel as with all Cigar City beers is thick and full bodied, this one in paticular is quite viscous.

D - the alcohol is present but in a good way this is definitly a sipper

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2010 02:34:14 | More by kfsv034
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.9/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 32 oz swing top growler into a Surly Darkness snifter.

A- pours black with a 2 finger dark cola head. Small trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- chocolate, cinnamon, brandy, chocolate and some oak.

T- wow! This beer blends together so well. Brandy sweetness with chocolate, cinnamon, some vanilla, and other spices tastes amazing.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Thick beer but drinks very well.

O- world class beer for sure. Thanks to cosamich for sharing this amazing beer. Just wish I could take a growler home to share.

Serving type: growler

06-26-2012 01:47:26 | More by kawilliams81
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 oz. growler into a snifter.

Like the regular Hunahpu's, the Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Hunahpu's pours a viscous dark black chocolate color with a barely noticeable tan head around the ring of the glass.

The aroma is full, complex, and somehow elevated beyond the greatness the original Hunahpu's achieves. The brandy is noticeable and seems to gently overlay the other aromas, which are consistent with the regular Hunahpu's: dark chocolate, a bit of espresso, vanilla, with a bit of pepper and a slightly fruity apple presence.

Each sip is nearly perfect. The dark chocolate fudge, roasted malt, and creamy espresso notes all blend amazingly well with a brandy flavor. The middle of the sip contains the zenith of its complexity, with the apple coming through, mixing with oak and vanilla from the barrel, and a bit of residual chocolate flavor. The end of the sip wraps the treat up nicely, leaving a nice brandy flavor in my mouth.

The brandy mellows out the sticky sweetness that the base beer contains, and the barrel definitely lightens up the carbonation a little bit as well. It is creamy and smooth, with the brandy cutting through the thickness of Hunahpu's as well. This beer really just has the perfect body, carbonation, and smoothness that I am looking for.

After tasting Hunahpu's for the first time I did not think there was any way to improve on it, but after having the whiskey and the brandy, I have changed my opinion. This is such an incredible beer.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2012 01:07:22 | More by KickInTheChalice
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SkiBum22

New York

4.85/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2012 14:45:58 | More by SkiBum22
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

32 oz growler courtesy of Matt. What a kind and generous gesture. Thank you very much, buddy. Split with steepH20 and milwaukeeclassic prior to the pre-Great Taste festivities.

Pours a molten fudgey black forest cake with a fiery crimson ring atop. This beer just looks like it wants to whomp your ass. Left our tasting glasses stained and abused with an oily sheen.

Apple brandy is supple on the nose. Barrel is massive and evident and takes the snap out of some of the pepper of the base. Cinnamon still rides hard along the dark chocolate and vanilla.

Dear god, this is delicious. I was not the biggest fan of Hunahpu's, but this treatment takes the beer to a whole different level. Vanilla ice cream, brandy, fresh taffy apple, fudge, cinnamon, and a beautiful clashing of peppery heat that plays tug-of-war with the barrel imparted flavors. Just a decadent, rich, delicious bomb of flavors that plunders the palate and leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel is so smooth and slightly chewy. Carbonation helps keep it lively and saves it from becoming a meaty and sludgy.

Not sure how many times I've truly wanted a 32 oz growler of 11.5% beer all to myself, but this certainly fits the bill. When steep said "this will likely be the best beer I have all weekend" the day before the Great Taste, well that's about all you need to know. Thank you again, Matt!

Serving type: growler

08-11-2012 13:10:51 | More by BarrytheBear
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ehammond1


4.85/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-27-2012 17:59:41 | More by ehammond1
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

On-tap at the Hunahpu's release party. Served in a snifter.

A - (Copied from my Bourbon Barrel Hunahpu's review) 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 - Unlike the bourbon barrel edition, the brandy presence is not overpowering. It is instead well-integrated into the the incredible depth of the base beer. Rich chocolate cake, vanilla, a touch of peppery spice, earthy woodiness, and apple brandy. The combination is incredibly unique and utterly sublime.

T - Again, it's a wonderful combination of apple brandy, chocolate truffle, vanilla, and touches of cinnamon and chili peppers. Very woody finish, although it's hard to be totally objective as I had a ton of barrel-aged beers and the tannic aftertaste started to persist despite numerous glasses of water. Still, this was the best of all the Hunahpu's variants - the barrel wasn't overpowering like the bourbon version, yet it was enhanced with a complementary flavor of tart apples.

M - (Copied from my other Hunahpu's reviews) 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 - It's like having a rich dessert in beer format, but without the heaviness and extreme palate fatigue. Still, this beer has the same inhibitors as all variants of Hunahpu's - the richness of flavor and high ABV would keep me from downing this all night. Still, I was far more motivated to have multiple glasses of this one than the bourbon version. It was too bad the keg kicked so quickly. One of the best beers I've ever had - can't wait for the next batch.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 04:48:27 | More by MasterSki
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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

Pours a rich, dark black color with minimal head and lacing. Scent is of brownie like chocolate, vanilla, apple brandy, cinnamon, oak, a touch of chili pepper and dark chocolate cherry cordials. The taste is bakers chocolate with a solid baclground of vanilla, apple brandy and cinnamon. Once again the chili is there, but not overly aggressive and dark cherry flavor rounds it out. Thick and syrupy but very smooth, no lingering boozyness. An excellent, amazing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 23:00:44 | More by rfgetz
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Huge thanks to tytoanderso for sharing this one!

Poured into ccb snifter (how appropriate)

Pours a small tan head. This beer is motor oil black. Very thick. A swirl around the glass and it coats it with beer.

Aroma: There is so much going on with this beer. Deep roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, chipotle peppers, caramel, vanilla. It is sweet. The brandy adds an awesome layer of complexity to this beer. Oak shows as well.

Taste: Right up front is the chipotle peppers. Then some vanilla and caramel with cocoa and roasted malts. Coffee flavors hit with some brandy and oak next. Then a mix of dark fruits (dried apples), and molasses hit. Very rich.

Mouthfeel: Rich, sweet, warm. Full bodied with a decent amount if carbonation. Ends very roasted, leather like.

Overall, this beer is legit. Tons of awesome flavors. Great amount of brandy. One of the best BA stouts I have had. SO much awesomeness. CCB has brewed magic here. I wish I had more of this to drink.

Thanks Ty for sharing this gem!

Serving type: growler

09-22-2010 02:21:17 | More by mothman
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

Big thanks to CaptinRedBeard for sharing this on 4/2/11. Normal Hunahpu packaging but dipped in gold wax and a sticker on the neck: bottle 36/84. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears nearly black in color with a dark brown head about a finger strong. Spotty lace sticks to the glass. A light swirl revives the cap.

The aroma of this brew is lightly citrus-like from the hot pepper inclusion in the brew mingled lightly with hops. Lots of fresh chocolate scents that seem to be more cocoa than malty. The apple inclusion is sweet smelling almost caramelized along with a spicy tingle to the back of the nose partially from the abv and pepper's contribution.

The taste of the brew is strong with cocoa and coffee. There is a strong candy apple sweetness upfront that blends into chocolate flavors that are somewhat reminiscent of brownie batter. There is a citrus component throughout from the inclusion of peppers and a spicy warmth in the back of the throat. The spiced aspect meshes perfectly with the warmth of the alcohol and the roastiness of the malt.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is lightly prickly on the tongue and quite warming with alcohol and spices. This brew is easy drinking and deeply complex. There is such a deep amount of flavors in this brew and none of them are over-powering. I wouldn't change anything about this brew, I love it and it's one of the best I ever had. I honestly hope Cigar City considers remaking this on a larger scale because more people need to have the chance to try it or at the very least I would love to have it again! Thank you again for sharing Corey.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 14:08:03 | More by stakem
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4.83/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle 81 shared by Jon. Served in a wine glass alongside Hunah 11.

Pours a viscous dark chocolate with ruby tinges and a surprisingly large dark mocha head. Fades to a thin collar with minimal lacing. Smooth blend of barrel and light spice and vanilla. Aroma is similar to the fresh Hunahpu (which I find too strong and unappealing) with a smooth balancing presence from the brandy. Flavor is mildly sweet, with apple brandy spirit throughout but never dominating or hot. Surprising amount of chilis present since they always seem like the first thing to fall out with age. Slick, medium thick body with low carbonation. Viscous and coats the palate with a long, persistent finish. Wow, this was amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 03:34:34 | More by yourefragile
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100 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.