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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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315 Ratings
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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 852
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gtreid on 03-13-2010)
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jampics2

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -10%

01-09-2013 00:29:45 | More by jampics2
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 15:41:47 | More by oglmcdgl
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

01-07-2013 03:43:39 | More by MinorThreat
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macrosmatic

Florida

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2012 04:56:25 | More by macrosmatic
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

01-23-2013 04:38:23 | More by beergorrilla
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

01-13-2013 01:36:21 | More by AleWatcher
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.73/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony,

smell: I could tell that this would be a strong barrel aged affect on the beer. huge apple brandy aromas

taste: like I thought. I have never had regular hunapahpu but this was a really nice stout but a little dominated by the barrel aging.

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, high carbonation for stout

drinkability: In all this is still onw of the best beers I've have.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 16:11:11 | More by CampusCrew
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-19-2013 01:14:25 | More by Photekut
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SpeedwayJim

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 02:55:59 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.25/5  rDev -10%

07-27-2012 13:48:15 | More by Rollzroyce21
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shand

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

09-10-2012 21:41:36 | More by shand
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brystmar

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Josh, you are the MAN! A personal whale of mine for the longest time.

Gloops from the bottle as any Zhukov-based brew should. Tremendous roast in the nose with brandy and caramely notes. Lots of complexity here, though I wish it were more pungent.

Taste is marvelously complex with brandy, booze, vanilla, spice, and plenty more that end up dancing atop the delicious stout base. Chiles are mild, where they belong. The trademark Hunahpu's chocolate, vanilla, and chile aftertaste gets a boost from the brandy as it tickles the back of my throat upon swallowing. Ultra-viscous body, as expected, and just amazing.

Ranks among the best stouts I've tasted. I could drink the whole growler!

Serving type: growler

07-16-2012 02:05:12 | More by brystmar
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

05-07-2013 23:38:04 | More by cadaugherty
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle. This thing pours a very, very thick black/brown color wtih minimal head. Coats the glass and almost leaves legs running down. Whoa! Brandy, brandy, and more brandy are in the nose along with dark, raosted malts, vanilla, and some spice but for sure the brandy takes center stage. The flavor is extremely intense and complex at the same time. The brandy again is the first flavor you are hit with followed by the roast, vanilla, and spice. Heavy mouthfeel. Some tobacco and leather in the taste as well. A very intense sipper that is pretty well done. Tough to drink a ton of it for me due to the intense brandy taste, I wish the brandy was just a little dialed down.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 18:57:23 | More by kbutler1
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trxxpaxxs

New York

5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-20-2012 11:35:22 | More by trxxpaxxs
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hooliganlife

Missouri

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.

Serving type: growler

01-27-2013 00:10:21 | More by hooliganlife
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

06-29-2012 04:07:23 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Steve for providing this for our tasting

Pours dark dark brown with a reddish tint. Thick and oily. Vry viscous. Not much head but maybe a bit of dark brown head around the edges. Smells peppery and some nice sweet fruitiness on the nose. Tastes sweet and malty. The brandy comes through nice and tame. Light fruits, the chilli is pretty potent. I really like the balance. A bit low on the carbonation levels. Overall great.

Improves as it warms. Really enjoyable at room temp

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 23:15:22 | More by Urbancaver
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DCon

Missouri

5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-14-2013 16:04:43 | More by DCon
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kawilliams81

Illinois

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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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

03-07-2014 04:36:49 | More by WillCarrera
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AltBock

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This fine beer was on tap at Cigar City on July 9th through July 11th. I took down notes at that time, but it's so hard to forget a beer this good! The brewery served this beer to me in a Cigar City snifter.

This beer was thick and black that the beer coming out of the tap looked like the tap was pouring used motor oil out of an old car. Luckily there isn't a mechanic next door so I knew this beer instead of oil. No highlights in this beer whatsoever. Not any light source that can be found on this world would have the power to shine through this beer. I could have taken the beer outside of the tasting room and held it up into the bright Tampa sun and not one streak of light would penetrate this beer. Surprisingly, there was a nice head of foam on this beer. The initial head of foam was about 1/4 of an inch in height and dark mocha in color. It had Good renetion that left behind a few spots around the edge of the beer and some tiny blots of lace around the glass.

The aroma was just as thick as the appearance. Up front it was super sweet with the rich scent of caramel, vanilla, molasses, and candy sugar. It was so sweet that I thought I was going to get a cavity just smelling this beer. After the sweets had enough, in comes some roasted malt, a sprinkle of roasted coffee, a drop of dark chocolate, a whiff of oak, and a touch of apple brandy at the finish line. I liked how there was plenty of aromas to keep my nose busy, but I especially liked how every aroma had their equal time in the spotlight.

As you could probably tell already, the taste was just as thick as the appearance and the aroma. The taste was sweet, but it wasn't as sweet as the aroma. The taste was thick with caramel, molasses, a drop of dark chocolate, vanilla, dark roasted malt, a gentle touch of roasted coffee beans, a little oak, a taste that combined apple brandy and caramel, and then this beer finishes up with an expected gentle splash of chili pepper. I knew this beer is brewed with some chili, but I really wasn't expecting the chili to show up at all. Great surprise!

For a high ABV% thick barrel aged Imperial Stout, this beer masks its high ABV%. There was so much going on in this beer that my body couldn't pick up on the high ABV%. The aftertaste was just as thick as everything else. The aftertaste was filled with roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, oak, caramel, molasses, and more of that gentle chili pepper.

There's no doubt about it! This is truly one of the greatest beers in the world. If you ever see this beer on tap at Cigar City, consider yourself lucky and get about 2 glasses of it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 18:25:00 | More by AltBock
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bauermj

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

10-19-2012 23:17:43 | More by bauermj
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -10%

01-09-2013 00:14:42 | More by FLBeerGuy
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Score is based upon my re-review. The 8oz pour I had at Hawthornes (6/6/2010) was significantly different from my original review of my pour at Capone's (6/5/2010)... it was like I had two different beers. I am going to give Cigar City the benefit of doubt and review the Hawthornes sample

On tap at hawthornes. 8oz pour in tulip glass.
A: Pitch black. No head, no skim, no lacing. Just a thick motor oil look alike.

S: Light apple brandy lays atop the profile from start to finish. Underneath are spicy chili peppers, cinnamon, roasted malt, cocoa and traces of vanilla and oak.

T: Like the nose, its clear right away that the beer was treated with some time in apple brandy barrels. It isn;t overwhelming however and complements the rich spicy flavors of the base beer well. Chili peppers pop out on the tongue and are rounded out with sweet cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla and a bit of caramel.

M: Thick and smooth. Lightly carbonated (in a good way). A bit of warming heat, but not overpoweringly boozy.

D: I plowed through this beer fairly quickly (unintentionally). It just went down real well despite its massive body and substantial flavoring. As noted above this was much better than the pour I got the day before at Capones. Its amazing how different they were. Capones was almost all brandy, killing off the peppers and cinnamon. The Hawthorne's sample really was like Hunahpus + Apple Brandy... which was nice to get. Cigar City guys... do you guys know what happened to the Capone's keg???
(4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5)

On tap at capones. 5.5oz snifter tried head to head with a snifter of regular Hunahpu.
A: Pitch black body with a thin brown cap (appropriate considering the snifter glass). A nice skim lasted for quite some time before eventually dieing out. A good looking stout.

S: At first the aroma is dominated by the apple brandy. As the beer warms the chili peppers and cocoa nibs start to come out. The brandy has completely muted the aroma profile as compared to the regular Hunahpu where the chilis and cinnamon really pop out.

T: Again, this a much different beer. Apple brandy, cocoa, and a bit of chili pepper are the most noticeable notes here.

M: Medium bodied with patches of thinness here and there. Nice, low (but appropriate) carbonation throughout. Well hidden abv. No lingering booziness.

D: At the end of the glass this was an enjoyable, solid effort. That said it is not the regular Hunahpu. It is not as complex and layered. It is not simply Hunahpu plus apple brandy notes. I think people might just be deluding themselves into believing this a great beer because of the pedigree and its rarity. That said, I am still glad Matt and the Cigar City crew shared this with us Philly beer nerds.
(4.5/4/4/4/4.5)

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 02:51:11 | More by callmemickey
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.