Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel - Cigar City Brewing
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4.72/5 rDev 0%
A huge thanks to ArthurPendragon for flying out to FL, getting this growler filled, flying to Chicago, and meeting Alex at Midway just for us to sample this beer! You da man!
I was told the keg blew about 80% into the fill on this growler, so we did get pretty lucky! From a smallish (not sure the ounces) Cigar City Growler into a mini-snifter.
A - Pours black, super-oily resin along the sides of the glass, motor oil to the maximum. Some bubbles, but mostly, just a black. The sticky look of this beer looks cool, no doubt about it.
S - A perfect mix of sweet apples, brandy, and the base Hunahpu's beer. The Laird's complements the Hunahpu's so well, it's hard to describe how good this beer really is. I enjoyed the base beer so much alone, this was even better. You get the chili notes mixed in there as well, very complex.
T - Everything I got from the nose, I also got on the palate. I would say it's even more complex on the palate. I can really taste all the different things going on with this beer. As complex as the base beer is, this is even moreso. Apple Brandy, chilis, molasses, toffee, burnt sugars, etc.
M - Full bodied, slight carbonation, rich and smooth.
D - I had a decently-sized sample that I really enjoyed. I wanted more, but alas, there wasn't enough after everyone got their pour. Who knows if I'll ever try this again, probably not. This was an epic beer!
EDIT: To date, this is my highest rated Imperial Stout and 2nd highest of my entire drinking career. Like I said, an epic beer!
03-22-2010 15:29:00 | More by Sean9689
4.5/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
06-23-2012 03:15:24 | More by Florida9
4.85/5 rDev +2.8%
Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!
Black in color with a small dark brown head. As with most imperial stouts from Cigar City, this one is remarkably thick and viscous, as well as shiny. Nobody makes a better looking stout than Cigar City. This leaves dots of stick and an oily sheen on its way down.
A completely transformed aroma, most notably being the lack of chile character that is present in the base beer. That being said, nothing is actually missed, because this smells fantastic. Layers of rich brandy and chocolate stack atop one another, with nearly no unpleasant alcohol fumes. There's some vanilla and wood complementing, but the sweet brandy and chocolate notes combine together remarkably well.
The flavor is similar to the aroma, though more complex. Again, layers of chocolates and sweet, earthy, woody brandy play against one another remarkably well, along with some mild roast, and earth.
Full bodied, creamy, low carbonation. Decadent.
Superb. The best Cigar City beer I've ever had.
08-27-2012 17:59:41 | More by ehammond1
4.79/5 rDev +1.5%
Thanks so much to djmichaelk for sending me this long time want.
Appearance is basically motor oil. Thick and black as fuck, with the darkest colored head I think I've ever seen on a beer. Damn.
Jesus, smells like calories. Crazy intense sweet dark malt, chocolate and vanilla, hints of cinnamon.
Tastes like a laundry lists of great imperial stout flavors: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, whiskey, chili. This is amazing.
Insanely thick. Just insanely thick. And yet I can't stop drinking it.
This is awesome...
03-10-2013 00:56:17 | More by AlexFields
4.38/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
01-18-2012 01:53:35 | More by scottfrie
4.95/5 rDev +4.9%
HUMONGOUS thanks to justing for sharing this. who would've guessed that i'd get to taste it again the next day (thanks dave)!!! Enjoyed on 7/27 at Top Hops at a mini tasting with some awesome BAs. Hell of a night and kicked off a wonderful weekend of beer tasting! Ticked from a 2oz pour and then adjusted my thoughts the next day from a larger pour.
a - Has that Hunah look. Coats the glass with a single swirl. No head, but just a gorgeous beer.
s - Smells like Hunah but with a strong raisin and fig. Some booze and some brandy. Basically Hunah with some fruitiness a la sangria.
t - OH WOW! Hunah extreme!!! Figs with apple brandy. You get the peppers on the finish but the fruitiness of the brandy just pushes this amazing beer to the next level. Truly amazing.
m - Smooth and creamy. Wonderful like a milkshake of amazing beer.
o - Wow, what can I say? This beer is simply amazing. On Friday when I sampled it, I said I would do dirty things for this beer...and then the next day, I traveled 2 hours to another tasting (which was before a third tasting in 2 days) and this was a pleasant surprise at the 2nd tasting. I guess the dirty things means dealing with NYC transit in horrendous heat and downpours and then having to leave one of the most epic tastings to go to another tasting. What a weekend!!! Not sure how long these growlers will hold out, but drink them up...as of a few days ago, this was the nectar of the gods.
08-01-2012 03:42:34 | More by cosmicevan
4.2/5 rDev -11%
Had this one on tap at Capone's (6.5.10) during the CCB event they had. As always Matt throws an amazing event with killer offerings.
Let me note that there has been lots of talk on the boards (and in this beers reviews) about this batch tasting different from another batch served at Hawthorne's. I didn't attend the Hawthorne's event so I can't say for sure, but about 10 people sitting on the corner end of the bar were pretty unanimous in being let down by this one. I have also heard that the base beer Hunahpu's has lots of variation as well. Some say that some bottles are chocolatey and muddled while other bottles have loads of chili spice. I've had one bottle of it in the past and it had no really detectable spice notes for me.
Appearance: Pours dark brown to black with faint crimson red slivers and a 1 finger khaki crown. Retention and lace were were both moderate in the tulip.
Smell: Deep roast malt, a touch of coffee, minimal brandy note, and a whisper of chilies (or maybe that was my imagination as it was that faint).
Taste: Same as the nose but not as pungent. Good flavors here but I'm not enjoying the execution of there integration.
Mouthfeel: Thin body with decent carbonation but a bit lack luster in my opinion.
Drinkability: Light body and no really challenging flavors so its pretty drinkable.
I'd like to try the Bourbon Barrel and would probably give this Brandy Barrel version another chance considering all the consistent reports about the offering at Capone's being substandard.
06-14-2010 00:14:15 | More by koopa
4.93/5 rDev +4.4%
Thanks bulbman for the hookup
Look: Black with red circles around the top of the beer. Very little tan head and leaves the glass with a great coating
Smell: The nose of this beer like pretty much everything is just amazing. There is so many layers to the nose I am not sure where to start. The brandy really shines through with some dark chocolate brownies behind that. Traces of vanilla pass by the nose as well as a touch of chili peppers
Taste: Holy fucking bananas batman this is amazing. The beer has this wonderful chocolate covered cherry character brought forth by the brandy and right when you think the beer can't get any better it totally changes bringing forth lots of vanilla and fudge. Then a third wave takes over and you get a nice amount of chili pepper and molasses that just works perfectly together. But wait there's more. The beer finishes with that same chocolate covered cherry flavor.
Mouthfeel: Thick as hell and low to no carbonation(could be more) Oily as hell and you can just feel it coating your insides
Overall: This is the perfect dessert beer and is definitely in my top 3 beers of all time. I am glad that another growler just arrived at my doorstep. Holy hell this beer is almost perfect and I honestly can't see a beer being much better
07-25-2012 01:06:30 | More by DarthKostrizer
4.43/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
06-27-2012 04:21:44 | More by birchstick
4.33/5 rDev -8.3%
Thanks to Ffahp for the brew!
Pours dark black with a slight brown crust. Looks black.
Smells faintly of brandy, with some alcohol heat, some chocolate, some roastiness, and a ton of dark fruit. Pureed raisins/prunes come to mind. The brandy is uber faint.
Taste has no brandy that I could detect. Some alcohol heat, a muddled spicy alcohol backing, some chocolate and a boatload of dark fruits. MAybe that's the brandy influence. Not sure.
THick, syrupy. Sweeter than I recall the base ber being.
06-17-2010 05:31:52 | More by Overlord
4.65/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
06-24-2010 07:07:11 | More by nickd717
3.63/5 rDev -23.1%
Bottle brought by Fux to the Moeder Lambic tasting a few weeks ago. Great time gents! Thanks heaps for sharing this one man.
From a 750 into a tasting glass.
Drunk next to a 2010 base beer.
APPEARANCE: A thick, dense, black pour produces a smaller, looser looking, dark mocha colored head that immediately disappears. Fades to a slight ring. Jet black body with no carbonation at all. A slight ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Thick, black tar for sure, but the head is a little lack luster at this point.
SMELL: Some brandy here, with touches of vanilla and oak. Notes of cinnamon, chilies and light vanilla as well, though the adjuncts have definitely faded. The brandy barrel is a little mute as well, meaning this is a little less impressive than the regular 2010, as well as the other barreled variants I've sampled.
TASTE: Even less adjunct than the nose had showcased. Some mild brandy, oak and vanilla up front with some chilies and cinnamon at the swallow as well. Things are there, but not very convincingly. Flavor comes out more after the swallow with a lingering finish of brandy, some vanilla, milk chocolate, chilies and spicy cinnamon. Touches of roasted malt make an appearance as well. Nice, but the barrel is rather mellow at this point and adjuncts are perhaps not as forthcoming as they once were. Still very tasty, but not bold enough to be really impressive.
PALATE: Good feel here, just like the 2010 base beer. Medium-full body, oily, with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a slightly oily and mouth-coating finish. Solid stuff.
OVERALL: Really happy to have tried this one, though I will say that it has probably seen better days. I never had the chance to have it fresh, but at this point, the barrel is rather mellow and the adjuncts are not as forthcoming as the regular 2010 base beer right now. This is still tasty and enjoyable, but probably not as impressive as it once was. If you have one, it's probably time to do something with it, as more time will not be kind. Thanks again Fux! This was a lot of fun.
05-10-2014 12:05:12 | More by Jeffo
4.43/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
10-27-2011 01:33:10 | More by seeswo
3.25/5 rDev -31.1%
It's rare to attend a tasting and find nickd717 raving about a rare, barrel-aged imperial stout while I am a little more reserved. Oh wait.
Just the same, thanks for sharing this, Nick. I enjoyed the base beer and trying the barrel version was a treat.
A: Pours a pitch black body. It looks more viscous and heavy than the base beer, with moderate legs when I swirl the glass. The head is thin and short-lived, as I'd expect.
S: I didn't get nearly the complexity that Nick did out of the aroma. The beer was noticeably leathery, with a touch of smoke and tobacco to it. Dark chocolate, roast, and a light fruitiness (green apple, as well as others I can't really place), some oak. I didn't pick up any vanilla, spices, or pepper.
T: It's tasty. Unlike the base beer, which is intensely chocolate-dominated, the barrel has introduced a charred, smoky presence that combats the sugars. Oxidation produces a leathery flavor; I'd argue it's actually too strong, because it covers up the complexity of the base beer. I don't taste nearly as much green apple as I smelled, though there is a fruitiness to the beer that is very tantalizing. I pick up a peppery heat, tannins, anise, and more oxidation in the finish.
M: Very chewy and thick body. There's a mild heat in the finish, but I attribute that to chilis, and not booze. Low carbonation. Good mouthfeel overall.
D: I liked the beer, but I'll just be frank: the base version is better. Unlike other barrel-aged beers, the base version has lost complexity and been overwhelmed by the barrel character and aging process. I enjoyed having it, but it wasn't that impressive.
06-24-2010 16:51:46 | More by Arbitrator
4.97/5 rDev +5.3%
On-tap at the Hunahpu's release party.
It is hard ranking the different versions of Hunahpu and Zhukov because they are all so damn good.
A - Black as the Labrea Tar Pits. It looks like a seething lake of crude.
S - The apple brandy gives it a strongly sweet and pungent pickled aroma. Chocolate is still available in the nose, and the vanilla fuses with the apple notes quite pleasantly. The smell formerly imparted by the spicy chilies is no longer apparent, but the nose is nearly overloaded anyway.
T - The taste is ridiculously good. The base Hunahpu exists as layers of cake, if you will, and the apple brandy barrel is the layers of icing for said cake. That is as good as I can describe it.
M - Blood-thick, oil-slick.
D - If you are so lucky... consider it a very good day.
04-16-2010 01:52:33 | More by ktrillionaire
4.5/5 rDev -4.7%
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).
08-04-2012 02:11:22 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.5/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
06-05-2010 15:41:47 | More by oglmcdgl
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Cigar City Brewing
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