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

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316 Ratings
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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 843
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

starrdogg, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought out to do a side by side with the regular...Brandon you're the man.

The beer pours jet black with the same dominating viscosity and residual oil left on the inside of the glass while drinking. The nose has notes of buttery apple brandy, oak, and booze. The taste is sweet, rich, and boozy, but so balanced and smooth it's nuts. The apple isn't as prominent as expected, but there is a slightly tart, apple aftertaste that's an exceptional addition to one of my all time favorite stouts. Excellent beer that's completely worth the acquisition hassle (that I myself didn't have to do).

ThePorterSorter, Aug 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

wintbs379, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at capones, norristown pa. Thanks matt you rock.

A- black as night with hint of brown on the edges. A small cap of dark brown creamy head.

S- huge roasted malts and dark chocolate. Hints of the apple brandy and vanilla. The cinnamon and chillies really pick up with some warming.

T- cocoa powder and cinnamon with tons of dark roasted coffee. Sweet vanilla and brownie batter. The apple brandy and chillies begin to show with some warming and really play well of each other.

M- think and chewy with some syrup and slick. Low carb but with a barrel age brew of the stature I'm not surprised the carb does give the amount of lift needed for a good ride.

D- no hint of the abv and for a brew with this level of complexity its so easy to enjoy. I like the regular version better but this is no slouch.

oglmcdgl, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's on 6/5/10 during the Cigar City event for Philly Beer Week.

A - Appeared in my mini snifter as a raisin black liquid with royal purple tones and a very slim light brown head that reduced to a wispy ring of retention and traces of spotted lace around the edges of the glass.

S - Aroma is surprisingly somewhat muted overall. After I gave the liquid ample time to warm up, hints of apple brandy and barrel wood emerges as well as a hint of chocolate, cherries and vanilla.

T - Whoa! It took me a few seconds to really wrap my head around this one. The aftermath? This beer is freaking incredible! Sweet and dark fruit mingle with mild brandy and woody notes, while a hint of vanilla adds a bit of depth and more sweetness to the mix. Meanwhile, lots of dark bitter chocolate notes begin to emerge in the backend, followed by a dominant apple flavor that really expands into the finish, giving this beer such depth and complexity that it made my head spin. The alcohol never becomes overbearing, which allows the apple notes to really shine and blend nicely with the chocolate and woody attributes. Simply delicious!

M - Full bodied with an oily, viscous and somewhat sticky texture, yet all the while it retains quite a soft, creamy mouthfeel throughout. Finishes with a slight dryness on the palate in the midst of moderate alcohol and bitter notes.

D - While the aroma was a bit lacking, the flavor more than made up for it. Complex, delicious, amazing and decadent are some of the words needed to describe this fantastic creation from Cigar City. This 5 1/2oz. pour alone was worth the trip to Capone's.

ffejherb, Jun 07, 2010
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.

Mora2000, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of SDDanC
4.53/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle thanks to the great badboyrsl. The color from this one is a vivid, tantalizing...lavender brown ring. Hades looms beneath. Even as glassy as Poseidon's quaint. I can't get over how beautiful this is. Nose is sweet and fresh red apples, and milk chocolate. Tongue is great sweet chocolate, apple with a guilded crust. Very viscous and coats the mouth all around. The mouthfeel is relatively heavy but with an initial snap of carbonation. I can say this is one of the best stouts I have had in a very long time. This was such a treat

SDDanC, Oct 15, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

Pours an extremely viscous ink black with no head by the time it reached the table. Just some loose mocha bubbles around the edges. When swirled, the beer leaves a thin, oily coating on the inside of the glass. It's like motor oil.

The aroma is sweet and rich. A layer of apple skins on top of deep roast, booze, coffee, dark chocolate and a steady spice.

Hearty roasted coffee and dark chocolate with sweet apple and booze. A steady dose of spice throughout. Coffee and chocolate come back in the finish with a good amount of heat.

Smooth and creamy. The sweetness from the apple barrel really cut through and hurt the overall richness of the feel. Still full and creamy, but not nearly as lush as the regular Hunahpu.

This is a tasty stout and does a ton of things really well. An easy sipper that I really enjoyed.

ColForbinBC, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of regspeir
4.53/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at capones; Matt is THE MAN. Poured black with mocha edges to create a smallish head and good albeit surprisingly thin lacing. Nose is brandy, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa. Taste is a wonderful battle of the apple, brandy of the barrel and the chocolate, vanilla, pepper and especially the warming and booziness of the brew. The feel was creamy and almost chewy with a very nice level of carbonation to hold it up. Drinkability is also a battle between my desire and the abv. but price and availability probably push me over the edge. All-in-all a great imperial stout.

regspeir, Jun 07, 2010
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4.54/5  rDev -3.8%
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!

iadler, May 20, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank at our Epic Chicago Tasting on 7.31.10. Bottle #59/84.

A - A little bit bit flat, not as viscous as I would have thought, but still a pretty good, heavy looking beer. Head rose up about a finger, tan colored.

S - Vanilla, cocoa, not quite as roasty as I would have guessed. The chili is nicely present and cuts through some of the sweetness. Oak is present as well as a nice sweet, brandy smell.

T - Loved the regular Hunaphu, this one is great as well. While the barrel aging mutes a lot fo the original characteristics of the beer, I think it just makes them more subtle. Nice brandy sweetness and the chili/chocolate combo on this one is pretty much perfect. Vanilla and oak add to a myriad of flavors in this.

M - Full bodied, a little bit sticky.

D - Sad I had to split the bottle on this one. Fantasic beer I would love to drink all the time.

AgentZero, Sep 06, 2010
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4.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

hooliganlife, Jan 27, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 02, 2010
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4.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a snifter.

A: Black, opaque. Small brown head. No visible carbonation present.

S: Smells like brandy plus Hunahpu. I know - quite a surprise.

T: Amazing...beer & liquor. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, all with the brandy overtones.

M: Crazy thick, sticky. Sweet. Alcohol presence isn't exactly subtle, to say the least.

O: Truly a great beer, and I'm very glad to have had multiple occasions to try it. Subjectively, though, I prefer the base beer. The brandy-aging hides or overwhelms some of the amazing complexity that the base beer has, and I miss those.

EDIT: Just had an opportunity to drink this from a growler that was just over two weeks old. I think it was an improvement - the brandy character, while still strongly present, had faded enough to let the chocolate, molasses & spiciness come through more. I know the growlers say "Drink Fresh", but I think hanging on to it for a couple weeks helped.

macrosmatic, Jun 21, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Taste thanks to Jeremy.

A-pure black, completely opaque pour with a crazy looking dark brown head with deep red hues.

S-wood and sweet brandi right up front with light vanilla and some sugary alcohol. more vanilla with some cinnamon and spice, a fair bit of roasted malts and rich chocolate cake with a touch of plum behind.

T-roasted malts up front with notes of chocolate cake and a touch of wood. the brandi comes in behind as the strong malts move sweet. the spices of thanksgiving are underneath with the back end offering sweet dark plums and cherries.

M-full bodied and chewy, this is extremely thick, a real sipper. assertively carbonated to balance the robust body not losing anything from the barrel.

D-extremely well balanced with great complexity and fantastic flavors. i true sipper that provides full flavors that are well integrated and uniquely crafted. Best CC beer I've had and actually lives up to the hype.

cpetrone84, Mar 28, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

weeare138, Jun 09, 2010
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4.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

thagr81us, Jul 10, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 03/03/12 notes. Huge thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this one; thanks Brad! Finally getting to try this one as it didn't make it to the Hunahpu tasting last month. I believe it was bottle 61/84 but I forgot to write down the bottle number so someone at the tasting let me know if that's wrong. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one finger of fluffy dark tan head and light to moderate carbonation evident. Very thick, looks like the normal version, and like a great big stout.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, spice, light brandy, oak, light fruit, and light coffee. Really nice nose, with a ton of chocolate which I love. No sense of the chili peppers, just still awesome.

t - Tastes of sweet chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts, brandy, sweet apple and fruit, light spice and pepper, oak, coffee, toasted malts. Similiar to the nose but more fruit and brandy, and a tiny bit of pepper. Really amazing, better then the nose.

m - Full bodied stout and low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, this one is easy to drink and not hot at all at this point.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic stout; I think it's the best of all the Hunahpu variants. I think it's drinking perfect right now too; I'd say if you have one dirnk it now. Would love to have it again.

mdfb79, Mar 06, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared by who else but ygtbsm94. Wow man, thanks for sharing another one of my most highly coveted beers.

Bottle 61 / 84

The beer is black. The appearance is oily and viscous. Atop the beer rests an inch of dense, beige head that hangs out for the duration. Cigar City sure makes some good looking stouts.

The aroma offers less cinnamon and spice than the standard Hunahpu's. Beautiful dark roast and chocolate aromas, along with oak, vanilla, and a light boozy sweetness.

The flavor is fantastic. The brandy character gains momentum as the beer is allowed to warm. Well balanced, teeming with flavor, complex, unique. Yeah man. Another amazing stout from Cigar City. What a treat.

Huhzubendah, May 13, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #300!! Had on tap twice in 2 days(4 glasses total) during Philly Beer Week 2010 at both Capones and Hawthornes Cafe. Then had another glass from a growler a couple days after. Reviewing from notes and from on-tap at Hawthornes. Pours an extremely...infact completely pitch black. There is no beer darker in color. Old engine oil consistency. Super thick and super dark, I can't elaborate anymore than that! A very small dark brown head rises late and dissipates pretty quick...leaving only slight fizz laces. Even better than lacing, is the deep coffee like stains on the sides of the glass that form from the drinking and swirling!

Aroma is amazing! While the regular Hunahpu's is a great beer, and a great smelling beer...this one comes as advertized! Once you pick up the chocolate and chillies, maltiness and slight mollasses...the Apple Brandy is definitely present and is an awesome addition! It also compliments the regular Hunahpu's perfectly! At this point, so far...so good!

Could it get any better than this?!? Wow, all I can say over and over is WOW! The chocolates, the chillies, the mollasses and dark sugars, the thickness, the complexity, everything...and then add in the dull sweetness from the apple brandy than somewhat mutes the sharpness. A very warm burn slides down the throat from the booze, but is very much welcomed in my book! Super full body, extremely low carbonation, super complex...overall...a great RIS! A winner in my book!

ShadesOfGray, Jun 23, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

dbossman, Jul 18, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

nickd717, Jun 24, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev -1.5%
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...

philbe311, Jun 06, 2010
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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.

NittanyBeerFan, Jul 03, 2010
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.