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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:
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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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Reviews: 104 | Hads: 328
Photo of dbossman
4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.97/5  rDev +8.3%
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. 

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Photo of brystmar
4.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of tewaris
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of s1ckboy
5/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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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 birchstick
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 32oz swing top with a black color and a thin mocha colored head. Nose is chocolates with hints of apple and charred boozy vanilla. Taste starts off with chocolates that move to a nice cinnamon dry flavor. These move to a really nice apple pie cinnamon flavor and some really sweet chocolate and soy. Really awesome flavor profile. MOuth is full bodied and ends a little dry. Overall, this is a really solid barrel aged offering and would highly recommend it.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.89/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black and viscous pouring with a visible and audible glug. Forms a minimal, creamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to just a faint ring around the edge. No lacing. Amazingly, this beer coats the glass as it pours.

S: strong and potent aroma. Predominantly chocolate , then chiles, brandy, alcohol, dark malts, a mild sugary sweetness, and a hint of apple.

T: very interesting taste: sweet, with lots of dried chile, then deep, dark chocolate, mild oak, and some vanilla on the finish. A bit of alcohol on the end.

M: heavy, thick, and viscous. Silky. Lower carbonation. Very mild chile spice.

O: this is a great beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of slynke
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 32oz swing-top growler into a Duvel tulip
Filled: 6/18/12
Poured: 6/19/12

A - Dark black, deep brown 1 finger head with very aggressive pour.
S - Lots of Brandy right off the bat. Lots of chocolate and vanilla.
T - Sweet citrusy brandy! The most chocolate of any Hunahpu, lots of vanilla, and burnt caramel. The chilis and cinnamon are almost hidden behind the Brandy.
M - Super thick sludge! Syrupy, sticky, gets all over your lips and glass! Definitely the thickest Hunahpu of them all. Almost as thick as the freshest of Zhukov's. If you love sludge, this is for you.
O - Amazing! I've had all the Hunahpu treatments, and this is by far the best. Not as spicy, lot's more cocoa, and the brandy really sets it off. Drink at all costs!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What just happened? Thanks Brad for this share, completing my Huhaphus journey. Beer served in a cervoise.

Beer is black with a nice tan head, small bubbles, lacing, low carbonation, decent retention.

Aroma is hunahpu's base, chocolate, sweet, mild spice, with this incredibly layered liquor, this smells perfect.

I'm cautioning myself from giving this a perfect 5 but it is damn close. Nice body, medium, creamy, coats the mouth almost completely, mildly roasty, sweet liquor up front, mild fruitiness, chocolate and fudge on the palate. An awesome beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of drowland
4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had at the Hunahpu release party as a part of RBWG 2010. Pitch black pour with a small brown head that fades fast. The spiciness and the malt sweetness is still there, but there is an additional awesomeness of sweet brandy, wood, and apples... yummy!

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Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing, Chad. Sampled next to the Regular, Whiskey, Rum, and Bourbon.

A: Pours near black with a very thin light brown head that faded into a faint collar. Looks like the original.
S: Smells like the original with a little bit more of an alcohol presence. It’s also sweeter smelling, a bit smoky and vinous, and a touch fruity. This smells very smooth.
T: This is definitely the most integrated of the treatments, and very smooth. I get notes of chocolate, light brandy, no spices, and less vanilla than the original. The brandy is sweet and hardly boozy at all. I get a vague fruitiness from the apple.
M: The most creamy, softest carb, and full bodied of this all. This is one very thick and smooth beer.
O: My favorite of all the treatments I’ve had and an amazing stout on its own. Thank a ton for opening this one, Chad.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is awesome to try, but I think that the bottles are old, they dont seem to have the elements that original Huna has when it is fresh and the barrel doesn't do too much IMHO. Still awesome and thanks to Jon-beerzebub for bringing this super rare beer, 2010.

A: Amazing look, that all Huna variations have--jet black, super dark brown head (amazing), super viscous and just great.

S: Has a very brandy fruity smell with some great dark chocolate malt and cinnamon, maybe a little chile but not much. Very nice stout aroma, roasty and just a little bit sweet, subtle brandy barrel.

T: Not bad, but I wish more barrel came through in the taste, it's quite subtle. Some small amounts of chile, nice hot chocolate creaminess, a little cinnamon, and an overall roastiness. Still delicious, but I tried this right next to 2011 Huna and I'd take the fresh regular Huna anyday.

M: Super creamy and amazing.

Overall, very good but I like the regular so far. Would like to try the Bourbon one again, I only had that at the first release on tap alongside other beers, and would love to try it in a controlled tasting setting.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of seeswo
4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was enjoyed alongside all of the rest of the versions and with each of the spirits.

Pours the characteristic black with little head and thin brown-gold edges. The smell is of the huge chocolate and roasted malts and apple brandy. Taking a sniff of the whatever brand apple brandy (I didn't buy it), its recognizable. Letting it warm and trying the spirit really brings the flavor out. The taste is the characteristic Huna flavors, with still strong chili flavors and big cocoa but with a fairly nice mellow flavor of apple brandy. This had more chili than the newer bottles, which is shocking. The apple brandy sit nicely underneath and really came out when warmed. Mouthfeel is huge as you would expect. Overall, this was the best of the BA Hunas which went: Apple Brandy > Rum >> Whiskey > Bourbon >> Virgin Oak. Super glad to have tried it, and this version makes it clear that this beer can be in barrels if they don't kill the chilis. Yum.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours black with amber edges with little carbonation.

S. As it warms the barrel really starts to come out.

T. A bit of the brandy with lots of dark chocolate that comes out. Not getting the spice with it warm.

M. Seems a bit thinner than expected, but good.

D. Gets better a it warms.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
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

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Photo of brew3crew
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the epic hunaphu's tasting in Cincinnati

S-little bit of brandy, more so chili like the regularhupu

a-dark body with a tan head that sits around the edges

T-not too spicy and not too much brandy. Nice balance.

M-medium body and smooth

O-far better than the virgin oak. Very nice

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Photo of SDDanC
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.