Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Virgin Oak Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
4.58/5 rDev +7%
32 oz growler courtesy of MikeLuke23. Thanks Mike. Pours a dark black, about as dark as a beer can be, with a small very dark tan head that leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is heavenly. Big vanilla, cinnamon, some fudge, light coffee, a bunch of oak, a bit of pepper grassiness, and some light alcohol. The taste is sweet with fudge, decent vanilla, some cinnamon, possibly a bit of pepper, and some oak. The finish has a light bitterness as well as a lingering cinnamon flavor. A lingering pepper heat remains. Full, creamy mouthfeel that is slick, not syrupy. Relatively low carbonation. Certainly one of the best beers that I have had. It was drank side by side with a 2010 Hunahpu's. The aroma was significantly better, but I feel most of that was the age on the 2010 rather than the oak improving the base beer. The 2010 tasted great, but the Virgin Oak was still better. Compared to a fresh Hunahpu's I feel like the oak may have been a slight improvement on an already great beer.
10-25-2011 23:54:07 | More by jethrodium
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
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
4.2/5 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
3.9/5 rDev -8.9%
Pours a dark dark brown. Thick am lot black oily brew. Just a touch of light brown head. Looks pretty. Smells great. Lots of sweet apply aromas. Pepper comes through, a touch of woody oakiness. The beer leaves something to be desired. I like regular hunahpus and Zhukov's better. The mouthfeel is good but overall not what i had hoped!
10-18-2011 22:35:36 | More by Urbancaver
3.68/5 rDev -14%
Part of the epic hunaphu's tasting in Cincinnati
A-maroonish brown head that quickly disapates
S-sweet oak. I didn't know oak could be described as sweet, but this one is.
T-maybe I don't like drinking trees? But this is just OK.gets a little better as it warms, but not much
M-medium body and smooth
O-eh at best. Nice try, but no thanks
10-18-2011 22:28:18 | More by brew3crew
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
4.68/5 rDev +9.3%
32 oz Swing Top growler (Courtesy of marine1975 via Sendsilk) poured into a Green Man snifter.
A- Pours black as night with a deep brown, half finger head. Great looking beer.
S- Huge chocolate roast and oak aroma. A nice slight vanilla aroma hits on the back end of this.
T-Up front there is a nice Oak-chocolatey flavor with a hint of vanilla and on the back end a nice roast coffee taste. This is a fantastic beer. The Virgin Oak barrels hide the pepper flavors of the regular Hunahpu but still great flavors.
M- Wow this beer is thick. About is thick and chewy of a beer as I have consumed. Carbonation seems just right.
D- The oak and chocolate sweetness seem to hide the alcohol in this one and it's impossible to tell this is an 11.5% abv beer.
Overall this beer was fantastic. If regular Hunahpu didn't exist, this beer would be one of the best beers out. That being said, I wish the peppery flavors remained but its still good. Thanks again to Shane and sendsilk for providing this beer.
10-11-2011 23:28:31 | More by GehenHerzog
4.72/5 rDev +10.3%
I was able to try this thanks to a very generous friend who traded for a growler of this delight!
A: Not trying to be harsh here, just honest. I tried this beer after it had been in the growler for a while and a bit after it had been opened so it appeared to be pretty flat. Dark dark dark with pretty much no head. .
S: Yum. Big roasty, oaky, vanilla-y goodness. Bourbon barrels certainly have their charm, but it was fun to try this beer on new oak.
T: No ill effects for the time in growler here. This beer was rockin'. Vanilla, dark fruits and rich coffee. Not much pepper is noticable though. Maybe the spice from the oak was masking it? I bet it pops up in the regular (if you can call any iteration of this beer regular) version.
M: The flatness here kinda took away from what, I'm sure, is an even more amazing beer under optimal circumstances. Still no sign of a burn.
O: I want more. Add this beer to your wants.
10-09-2011 00:01:13 | More by mystikyle71
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
4.47/5 rDev +4.4%
Had this one on tap in CCB's tasting room at the Hunahpu release event on Sept. 24 2011. Served on a snifter.
A: jet oil black with a dark brown head that was less than a finger but remained there for quite a while. Literally no lacing present.
S: strong wood and oak smell coupled with roasted malts and slight hints of coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruits.
T: heavy roasted malty flavor with notes of dark chocolate, woody flavors and coffee. Mild spiciness in the middle and a good disguising of the alcohol kick.
M: smooth and sticky; this is a full bodied stout. Light to medium carbonation.
O: a very good imperial stout that shines for its well implemented complexity.
09-25-2011 16:04:22 | More by olimpia84
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Virgin Oak Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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