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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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317 Ratings
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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 842
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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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -15.3%

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

chcfan, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

whartontallboy, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -15.3%

inflatablechair, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

freduardo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4.43/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

seeswo, Oct 27, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

BeerAndBourbon, Oct 19, 2011
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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

Urbancaver, Oct 19, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev -5.3%
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

brew3crew, Oct 19, 2011
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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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4/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Sean at DLD 2011, both during and after. Although after DLD I was pretty much just nursing the glass, way too many beers consumed to finish out the event with a bruiser.

The beer was on the uncarbonated side, possibly due to the growler format and the little bit of age it had. Big apple brandy aroma, overcoming all stout qualities, it just smells like apple brandy. And it tastes like sweet apples soaked in brandy as well, overpoweringly sweet and a little spicy. I don't remember peppers giving much of a bite, but then my palate was well challenged on DLD.

Thick mouthfeel, owing partially to low carbonation but also the syrupy viscosity. I was really appreciative for the chance to try this, but once is probably enough.

TurdFurgison, Sep 04, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle #74. Joan Jett pour with a chocolate head. My nose is stuffy and I can’t pick up much. The age on this bottle has really muted the heat from the peppers. The flavors have tightened and seem to have blended very nicely. Chocolate, roasted malt, muted peppers, apple spicewood flavors. Just another world class beer from Joey and Wayne...

dboon, Jul 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at cigar city/tbc takeover at coffee district a month or 2 ago.

This was by far the highlight of the nite, seeing that this keg was tapped right before 6 pm and was gone by 7:10 pm.

Poured that wonderful jet black and murky color that a good imperial stout should be. What a nose on this beer, you could smell the apple brandy so much as it permeated the beer. Taste was smooth and fantastic, although you knew u were drinking a 11.5% beer the whole time. I'm just glad i had 2 before the keg blew, next time they make this brew at cigar city i will be driving to tampa to get my hands on some!

calcio360jrd, Jun 28, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to urwithdave for sending me this extremely limited bottle. Bottle 36/84, opened at Stakem's on 4/2/11.

A: Black with hints of burgundy at the edges. A small one finger head. Very little lacing, but the beer stains the sides of the glass.

S: Apples, cinnamon, chocolate and hints of the chiles.

T: With the addition of the apple flavors that come from the time in the barrels mixed with the strong cinnamon flavors that Hunahpu's already carries. You end up with something like chocolate covered warm apple pie with chiles on top and a side of coffee. The flavors from the apple brandy really complement this beer well.

M: Thick and smooth, fully coating the mouth and throat. Pretty much the same as the regular version.

O: A great beer that I'm very grateful to have had the chance to try. Joey and Co. did a fantastic job with this one. I doubt I'll ever get to taste this one again. But, it was very good. Thanks again Dave.

CaptinRedBeard, May 09, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to CaptinRedBeard for sharing this on 4/2/11. Normal Hunahpu packaging but dipped in gold wax and a sticker on the neck: bottle 36/84. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears nearly black in color with a dark brown head about a finger strong. Spotty lace sticks to the glass. A light swirl revives the cap.

The aroma of this brew is lightly citrus-like from the hot pepper inclusion in the brew mingled lightly with hops. Lots of fresh chocolate scents that seem to be more cocoa than malty. The apple inclusion is sweet smelling almost caramelized along with a spicy tingle to the back of the nose partially from the abv and pepper's contribution.

The taste of the brew is strong with cocoa and coffee. There is a strong candy apple sweetness upfront that blends into chocolate flavors that are somewhat reminiscent of brownie batter. There is a citrus component throughout from the inclusion of peppers and a spicy warmth in the back of the throat. The spiced aspect meshes perfectly with the warmth of the alcohol and the roastiness of the malt.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is lightly prickly on the tongue and quite warming with alcohol and spices. This brew is easy drinking and deeply complex. There is such a deep amount of flavors in this brew and none of them are over-powering. I wouldn't change anything about this brew, I love it and it's one of the best I ever had. I honestly hope Cigar City considers remaking this on a larger scale because more people need to have the chance to try it or at the very least I would love to have it again! Thank you again for sharing Corey.

stakem, Apr 12, 2011
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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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4.73/5  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.

CampusCrew, Jan 21, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you very much to Henry for bringing this beer to the tasting.

A: The pour is almost black with a nice viscosity and almost no head.

S: There's a slightly metallic note at first, but it seems to diminish as the beer sits in the glass. I get a lot of chocolate to begin with. The chili note is there, too, but is sort of overwhelmed by the oak, brandy, roast, and coffee.

T: Surprisingly oaky at the first sip. There's some nice brandy flavor here and the barrel provides some spicy notes and tannins. Quite a bit of milk chocolate and a nice chili flavor in the background.

M: The body is medium to full with a low, but smooth carbonation.

D: I think I actually still like the regular Hunahpu's the best, but this was quite good. I wouldn't turn down another glass of this.

womencantsail, Jan 13, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Douglas88 brought this one to a recent tasting... fucking amazing... I never NEVER thought I would have the chance to see this one, let along have many good pours... Thanks a ton Doug... Generous doesn't describe it.

29/84... too cool.

Great pour.... dark brown.. retention is off the charts... walk away and the brew is still waiting on you to take a sip.

Nose is deep cocoa... the brandy is there for sure but not heavy handed... hints of chili... calvados seems a stretch, but is certainly within the realm of conversation..

Cocoa and chili are up front.... the brandy sorta drags some wood into the picture... dark chocolate brownie batter is spiked with nice chili flavor.... the roast malt and minor char plays great with the chili... sweet cherry essence gives way with warmth and plays great with the chili and brandy notes. Warm Hersheys melts all the palate notes better than expected.

Body is better than expected and much better than the hype... thick and coating without ever being syrupy... carbonation is great for the style.

Apple brandy?? maybe... the "apple" is lost on me... but I get Brandy and love this one. I loved this bottle, but damn... alot is going on. Thanks Doug!!!

4.5/4.5/4.5/5/4

JohnGalt1, Jan 10, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, almost black. Completely opaque allowing no highlights. Head is a dense reddish-tan ring.

Aroma is smokey charred dark grain. There is an underlying oatmeal sweetness. Bourbon soaked dark fruit, hints of oak, and smoked meat.

Taste is rich and bold. Sweet with hot alcohol up front. The bourbon soaked dark fruit comes on strong. Then an unusual aromatic spice takes over. Bitter dark chocolate matched with a peppery sting. Rich, chewy tobacco that just lingers forever. Finishes with a woody cedar aspect that is very dry.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Dense and viscous, but not oily.

A very flavorful and intense imperial stout. There are many subtle flavors in every sip. A must try.

Blakaeris, Dec 28, 2010
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4.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MEAT at Mr. Beery's Sarasota for pouring samples of bottle 32/84.

My first review, and I find it fitting since it's one of the best imp stouts I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Thick as mud and little head when poured.

On the nose, obviously brandy, and that's a good thing. Spices and chocolate follow but they are definitely in the background.

Taste was ridiculous, the brandy came through immediately and lingered as the chili, charred wood and roasted characteristics came through. The booze was very present, lightly masked and hot, which I happen to enjoy... this could be a turnoff for some.

Overall I wish I could get my hands on more of this brew, it's a shame there are so few, but I'm glad there are people willing to share it.

DeltaFoxtrot, Dec 09, 2010
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4.8/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the first beer I ever took notes on...and still one of the best beers I have ever had...Served on-tap into a mini snifter at Capone's during the Cigar City party for Philly Beer Week 2010...wow that was a lot of words...

A - Pours absolutely pitch black with a small dark brown head that leaves sticky brown lacing down most of the glass.

S - A bit on the sweet side with a strong aroma of brandy. A bit of chocolate and some sort of spices? Could that be the chillies from the non-BA version? I might need another glass to determine if it is...

T - Starts out with some mild sweetness from the apple brandy slowly developing into an amazing line-up of cinnamon, chocolate, and some faint spices. Most of the things I don't like about the normal version of hunahpu's are all cleared up with the barrel aging. Absolutely one of the best stouts I have ever had. I can only hope to have it again in the future.

M - Heavy body and flavor with good carbonation. It has a very full body but it is very well rounded. The brandy flavor is strong but not too overpowering.

D - I could drink this all day. While I really like the normal version I drank this one next to a draft of the normal version and it was like drinking a totally different beer. This one was so much more complex and smooth. Absolutely amazing. So glad I got to try this one.

orangesol, Dec 03, 2010
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.