Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Virgin Oak Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
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
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
From 01/14/12 notes. Tried side by side with MZ, Hunahpu, and all the other variants. This one was my least favorite.
a - Pours a pitch black color with 1 inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like the others.
s - Smells of oak, pine, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, toasted malts, and light cinnamon. Less spice and of the base beer here, and a ton of piney/oak in the nose. Nice, but no where near the others.
t - Tastes of oak, wood, burnt malts, pine, ashy, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, light spices. Again, a ton of piney oak.
m - Thick, full bodied stout and low carbonation. Very nice and creamy.
o - Overall this one is least like the others, and the only one I didn't like better than the MZ and normal Hunahpu. Don't get me wrong, this is still a good beer, but might not be worth seeking out due to the rarity.
01-19-2012 00:21:43 | More by mdfb79
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
4/5 rDev -6.5%
32 ounce growler served along side three other version of this beer.
Beer is black, with a nice dark brwon head, some lacing, low carbonation, decent retention.
Aroma is oaky, sweet, roasty / ashy. Smells nice.
Beer is medium to full in body, the chilies and spice are subdued but there is a mild vannillic / tannic feel to the beer, out of the four variants we had this was my least favorite but still a good beer.
01-15-2012 18:06:08 | More by drabmuh
District of Columbia
4.15/5 rDev -3%
Barrel-Aged Hunahpu's tasting! Thanks to all the guys in the tasting group who helped make this happen.
The beer is, like all of the Hunahpu's variants, profoundly dark. Ominous black with a thick, oily beige head. An awesome appearance for an imperial stout. Lacing stains the glass.
The aroma offers oak, cinnamon, booze, subtle chocolate, vanilla.
A lot of wood in the flavor. Cinnamon shines through as well. Some sweet spice and vanilla.
Good feel. I appreciate the bold oak character.
Another solid stout from Cigar City. Very glad to have tried this.
01-14-2012 22:33:34 | More by Huhzubendah
District of Columbia
3.45/5 rDev -19.4%
32 oz growler.
Pours viscous and dark black with chocolate edges. Mocha head (lighter than regular Hunahpu), fades to a collar, with some legs. Woodsy oak dominates the nose with roast malt and char with strong alcohol; actually basically tastes like wood and booze, not terribly appealing. Char, tannins and wood dominate flavor, with strong cinnamon and vanilla in the finish providing an interesting contrast between bitter oak and sweet spice. A little harsh and abrasive throughout with a slightly watery finish. Easily not the best of the Hunahpu versions.
01-14-2012 22:12:57 | More by yourefragile
3.68/5 rDev -14%
Thanks to Sean for contributing this to our Hunahpu's showdown. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.
A - Looks like Hunahpu's, but with a disappointingly small amount of foam.
S - Booze, vanilla, oak, smoke, chocolate cake, more vanilla, and roasted malts. Don't really get much in the way of chile or spices here.
T - Very weird. Tastes a bit like bacon - there's a campfire and hickory smoke type of flavor, mingling with oak, char, and tar. Finish is very bitter and slightly astringent. Takes the elements I like least about regular Hunahpu's, and them amps them up.
M - The body and carbonation are fairly typical of the base beer, but there's moisture-obliterating tannic dryness in the finish instead of standard chewy and sticky Hunahpu's feel.
D - The finish is unpleasant, and for some reason there feels like there's more alcohol in here, even though there was no spirit added through the barrel-aging. Not a totally unenjoyable beer, just a unsuccessful experiment that unfortunately diminished and arguably wasted an excellent one. I'm hoping Cigar City chooses NOT to revisit this treatment.
12-20-2011 08:29:36 | More by MasterSki
3.58/5 rDev -16.4%
Part of our Hunahpu's vertical/horizontal tasting. Growler poured into tasting glass.
A - Looks like Hunahpu's. Black, mocha-colored head, thin ring, some spotty lace, wisps on top.
S - Smells like apples, chocolate, oak, some roast, char. The apples are what I pick up most and I'm guessing that has to do with the virgin oak. The base beer is really no where to be found in all this.
T - Really oak-forward, some char, roast. Even after it warmed, the oak was still really too much for me and overwhelmed the rest of the beer. I would have never guessed this was Hunahpu's, if tasted blind.
M - Full body, rich and smooth, viscous, creamy finish.
O - My least favorite Hunahpu's variant. The oak was just too much for me and really took away from the rest of the beer. Maybe in time, the oak will die down a bit and we can see where it goes from there. Would have again, if offered, but would not seek out.
12-19-2011 16:08:09 | More by Sean9689
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Virgin Oak Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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