Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Virgin Oak Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by dboon:
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
On tap at the Funky Buddha. Joan Jett black pour with a beautiful dark brown head. The aromas are very similar to regular Huhahpu’s deep roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and peppers. The oak makes a huge statement and while it doesn’t overwhelm the fantastic base beer, it does sort of mask the coco nibs, cinnamon, & vanilla undercurrents I love. That being said you still get a little heat from the chiles in the finish....
10-19-2011 15:12:42 | More by dboon
More User Reviews:
4.53/5 rDev +5.8%
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing a 1L growler of this beer.
The beer pours a pitch black color with a brown head. The beer looks like squid ink with no light coming through the glass, even at the very edges of the beer.
The aroma is very heavy on the chocolate, with some pretty sweet roasted malt mixed in. There is also a very strong oak character in the beer, one of the heaviest oaked aromas I have smelled.
The flavor is very similar. The dominant flavor is the sweet chocolate, but I also get some heavily roasted malt and chocolate. Once again the oak is very heavy in the flavor. There is quite a bit of bitterness from the chocolate and roasted malt. There is also a little bit of pepper flavor in the beer, though not as much as in the regular Hunahpu's.
Thick, creamy, chewy moutfeel and low carbonation. A very nice stout, glad I got to try it.
10-18-2011 04:41:24 | More by Mora2000
4.93/5 rDev +15.2%
Poured from a Cigar City Growler into a Dogfish Head Shaped Pint.
Color: Black with a great dark brown head.
Smell: Chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, vanilla and oak.
Taste: Same as the smell but with the chili coming thru slightly on the end.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium dryness and smooth.
Overall: Opened this bad boy on Thanksgiving. Shared it with two of my friends and my brother. So delicious and complex. Nice and heavy brew that is so damn tastey! Very well balanced with so many ingredients. Cheers!
12-04-2011 14:16:01 | More by Heatwave33
3.78/5 rDev -11.7%
On tap at BA Hunahpu Day. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a CCB snifter.
Appearance - Pitch black with a small dark chocolate head. The retention on regular Hunahpu is something to marvel. This isn't as good. Dies down rather quickly.
Smell - Oak all over, peppery spice and a lot of chocolate. The oak is dominant in this. Fresh and woody smelling.
Taste - The oak comes through before any other flavor. The peppers and chocolate are diminished. The peppers are almost completely gone compared to regular Hunahpu. Bitter and oaky finish. Astringent from the woods. Tannins.
Mouthfeel - It's heavy, but not as viscous. Not as chewy as regular. The oak is too much in the finish.
Overall - Virgin oak barrel did nothing for this. In fact, I think it made it worse. Still a quality stout. The wording of my review is probably more biting than the numerical rating a give it, simply because I was disappointed it didn't live up.
06-26-2012 15:31:43 | More by Alieniloquium
4.83/5 rDev +12.9%
Tasted and reviewed on the BA release 09/24/11 in the tap room.
This brew poured black with a tan head which disappeared almost as fast as the whisky aged bottles.
Nose has a lot of big chocolate aromas there is a nice woody presents with hints of dark malts and coffee.
Taste follows the nose, lots of chocolate with sweet roasted malt, oak flavors, and a bit of coffee bitterness in the finish.
Mouth feel is silky smooth, nice big round body, slightly bitter finish that ends in a nice warming of the throat.
I wish I had been able to get a growler of this, I look forward to tasting my bourbon BA bottle I did manage to grab.
09-26-2011 19:52:13 | More by hdelavega
4.08/5 rDev -4.7%
32oz growler poured into a CCB snifter.
Pours a dark, inky black with a creamy mocha head that fades to a soapy ring and wispy haze. Big aromas of dark malt, oak, vanilla, and TONS of cinnamon and spices. Very spice-forward, even more noticeable then the oak (at least in the nose). Taste is...OK there's the oak! Reminds me of the sawdust in a workshop, along with a good amount of chili pepper/cayenne. After the oak and chili pepper the dark roasted malt, chocolate, and cinnamon come out to play. Mouthfeel is big and creamy with a full mouthfeel and solid carbonation. Overall a great take on Hunahpu's, and an excellent way to start our tasting of the Barrel-Aged versions!
12-05-2011 00:29:52 | More by jsanford
4.45/5 rDev +4%
cracked open for stout day and enjoyed throughout the night. Poured into a tulip.
dark as night with a small cap of tan that appeared right on the top, settling down slowly it leaves a touch of side lacing and a nice bit of foam around the edges. Ten minutes in the top is bare though and only some light lacing on the sides remains. Aroma is sweet, licorice and brown sugar, hints of chocolate and touches of pepper and light wood coming together nicely, Smooth, creamy and full bodied it started to grow on me as the session wore on. lots of wood, chocolate, coffee, hints of something else, fruit, maybe light spice. Hard to place but there is something else there providing another flavor of some sort that is hard to discern. Dry finish with a light alcohol warmth to it
such a great beer and just a wonderful chance to drink this.
11-04-2011 02:11:18 | More by mikesgroove
4.58/5 rDev +7%
I was lucky enough to get to try this at a tasting hosted by finewinemike. Thanks so much to Arenbeer for opening this up with us.
Appearance: Pours super thick and black as night with a dark tan head that goes away completely.
Smell: Just awesome! Dark chocolate with some oak, vanilla, cinnamon and spice.
Taste: Not as spicy as regular Hunahpu's. The oak is very easy to pick up, but it mixes quite well with all the other flavors. Sweet and roasty with dark fruit, mild alcohol, cinnamon, and mild alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Uber thick body, super viscous and smooth. Mild tingly carbonation and a slick finish.
Overall: Really nice. I'm not sure that I like it better than the original version, but it was still very good. The only negative for me was the muted spice, but it was still fantastic.
10-22-2011 18:10:28 | More by oline73
5/5 rDev +16.8%
Growler into a Tulip glass
Huge HUGE! Thanks to RomaniIteDomum for getting this for me in all the craziness. Your the man!!!
A- Pours a thick solid black like motor oil with a dark yellowish brown head.
S- Up front tons of oak and vanilla that completely dominate with notes of chocolate, spices, cinnamon, and slight alcohol.
T- Bitter sweet chocolate coats the mouth first then fills up with an epic amount of fresh oak and vanilla that just overtakes any other flavor. Slight hints of coffee and spices. The chili is there in the back end slightly at first but the more you drink it and it warms it fades quickly.
M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice mouth coating wet finish with a slight spiciness.
11-12-2011 03:35:08 | More by Arenbeer
4.15/5 rDev -3%
Growler courtesy of muskabeatz, thanks Evan! This one pours a lifeless, still, oily Darkness of the night black with no life. It smells of big milk chocolate, oak, and coffee with cream. The chiles are gone but its soft and nice. The flavors are smooth chocolates and coffee. It really is liked an iced coffee, because of the lack of Chile. It is silky smooth and thick. Overall this is a fine beer, but not as good as the regular, just not as complex.
10-22-2011 05:31:05 | More by aasher
4.15/5 rDev -3%
Tasted side-by-side with regular, Bourbon, Rum, and Whiskey versions. Thanks to everyone for making this happen. Served in a Cigar City snifter.
Pours near black with a good light mocha head. Thin collar throughout. The nose is pretty heavy on the oak with some vanilla, chocolate, and stout behind that. Base beer is a bit hidden in the flavor as the oak comes more forward. Still some spice, vanilla, and chocolate. Body is medium with a nice oakiness plus a good dosage of vanilla. Slight tannins. Really tasty. Boom.
01-18-2012 23:37:16 | More by Thorpe429
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Virgin Oak Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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