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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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Reviews: 104
Hads: 328
Avg: 4.59
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 853
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Gtreid on 03-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.69/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.63/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle brought by Fux to the Moeder Lambic tasting a few weeks ago. Great time gents! Thanks heaps for sharing this one man.

From a 750 into a tasting glass.
Vintage: 2010
Drunk next to a 2010 base beer.

APPEARANCE: A thick, dense, black pour produces a smaller, looser looking, dark mocha colored head that immediately disappears. Fades to a slight ring. Jet black body with no carbonation at all. A slight ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Thick, black tar for sure, but the head is a little lack luster at this point.

SMELL: Some brandy here, with touches of vanilla and oak. Notes of cinnamon, chilies and light vanilla as well, though the adjuncts have definitely faded. The brandy barrel is a little mute as well, meaning this is a little less impressive than the regular 2010, as well as the other barreled variants I've sampled.

TASTE: Even less adjunct than the nose had showcased. Some mild brandy, oak and vanilla up front with some chilies and cinnamon at the swallow as well. Things are there, but not very convincingly. Flavor comes out more after the swallow with a lingering finish of brandy, some vanilla, milk chocolate, chilies and spicy cinnamon. Touches of roasted malt make an appearance as well. Nice, but the barrel is rather mellow at this point and adjuncts are perhaps not as forthcoming as they once were. Still very tasty, but not bold enough to be really impressive.

PALATE: Good feel here, just like the 2010 base beer. Medium-full body, oily, with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a slightly oily and mouth-coating finish. Solid stuff.

OVERALL: Really happy to have tried this one, though I will say that it has probably seen better days. I never had the chance to have it fresh, but at this point, the barrel is rather mellow and the adjuncts are not as forthcoming as the regular 2010 base beer right now. This is still tasty and enjoyable, but probably not as impressive as it once was. If you have one, it's probably time to do something with it, as more time will not be kind. Thanks again Fux! This was a lot of fun.

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Photo of tarheels86
3.46/5  rDev -24.6%
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

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.23/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It's rare to attend a tasting and find nickd717 raving about a rare, barrel-aged imperial stout while I am a little more reserved. Oh wait.

Just the same, thanks for sharing this, Nick. I enjoyed the base beer and trying the barrel version was a treat.

A: Pours a pitch black body. It looks more viscous and heavy than the base beer, with moderate legs when I swirl the glass. The head is thin and short-lived, as I'd expect.

S: I didn't get nearly the complexity that Nick did out of the aroma. The beer was noticeably leathery, with a touch of smoke and tobacco to it. Dark chocolate, roast, and a light fruitiness (green apple, as well as others I can't really place), some oak. I didn't pick up any vanilla, spices, or pepper.

T: It's tasty. Unlike the base beer, which is intensely chocolate-dominated, the barrel has introduced a charred, smoky presence that combats the sugars. Oxidation produces a leathery flavor; I'd argue it's actually too strong, because it covers up the complexity of the base beer. I don't taste nearly as much green apple as I smelled, though there is a fruitiness to the beer that is very tantalizing. I pick up a peppery heat, tannins, anise, and more oxidation in the finish.

M: Very chewy and thick body. There's a mild heat in the finish, but I attribute that to chilis, and not booze. Low carbonation. Good mouthfeel overall.

D: I liked the beer, but I'll just be frank: the base version is better. Unlike other barrel-aged beers, the base version has lost complexity and been overwhelmed by the barrel character and aging process. I enjoyed having it, but it wasn't that impressive.

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