Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel - Cigar City Brewing
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4.65/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
07-18-2012 01:53:41 | More by dbossman
4.98/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
07-17-2012 03:10:14 | More by MrVonzipper
4.75/5 rDev +0.6%
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!
07-16-2012 02:05:12 | More by brystmar
4.63/5 rDev -1.9%
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!
07-10-2012 11:02:42 | More by thagr81us
4.28/5 rDev -9.3%
Huge thanks to Alpar for sharing this rarity, I am pretty sure there's no way I would have been able to land this!
Looks dark, thick and still. Impressive legs upon swirling. Aroma is a blast of vanilla, fruit and some tartness. The roast has managed to stay alive in the taste! There are layers of coconut, vanilla and fruit and this is a very complex and very very smooth beer. I can't help but notice the similarities with Matt, that I remember liking a tad better. But this is pretty f'in good as well.
I think I will have to track down a bottle of the brandy those barrels make assuming it is not too costly!
07-06-2012 01:37:29 | More by tewaris
4.53/5 rDev -4%
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.
07-04-2012 18:35:02 | More by Mora2000
5/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
07-02-2012 23:14:59 | More by s1ckboy
3.73/5 rDev -21%
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.
06-30-2012 03:46:48 | More by Alieniloquium
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Cigar City Brewing
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