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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Rum Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 286
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: olimpia84 on 10-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 115 | Reviews: 39
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Photo of ehammond1
3.91/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

(Aged for 1 year)

Black on black with a small espresso brown head. Spots of lacing left down the glass. Thick and rich looking. Nobody makes better looking imperial stouts than Cigar City.

The rum/barrel combo is front and center, perhaps more so than of all the variants. There's a woody sweetness that's dominant and overpowering, along with the base beer almost hidden in the background: roast, chocolate, and mild char. The chile elements from the base beer is all but gone, but I suppose that can be expected.

Very sweet and oak-forward flavor, along with mild roast, chocolate, and char. As with the aroma, the barrel and the spirit is very much the star of the show. Unfortunately, I don't like rum and/or rum barrel-aged beers nearly as much as I do bourbon/scotch/whiskey. Unbalanced and boozy, at least compared to the other variants.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Creamy, silky mouthfeel.

The weakest of the Hunahpu variants.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.5/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another mega whale brought by jh1982 to the March Madness tasting. The most disappointing one imho as well.

Pours all good, black to dark brown, the big black consistency I've seen with the big ol' Marshal Zhukov stout from these guys, decent 1/2" head that is a very dark tan. Looks impressive. Ugh, the aroma though, look I don't like rum, and this thing smelled mostly of rum and rubbing alcohol from my nose's perspective. Totally not a smell I enjoy, and drowned out my ability to perceive anything but those two things.

Taste, eee gad, more of the same, just really, really tasted like a rum boilermaker, but with 2-3 shots in the beer instead of just one. Any complexity or other flavors is completely lost on my palate at this point.

Must love rum to love this beer, I dunno. Liked the base version so much more.

Photo of jeonseh
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had an NWIBDU tasting. Thanks!

S - Peppers, chipotle, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, rum barrel, and dark fruit

T - Dark chocolate, fudge, tons of cinnamon and caramel. The rum comes through to add flavor and complexity with its light booze and spice presence

M - Thick and chewy with light astringency from the peppers

O - Amazing huna with a great rum presence.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big viscous oily black with a fluffy dark brown head with short retention. Nice lacing from the collar. 

Has the typical deep rich brownie and bold nose. Has some barrel oak character leaning towards the rum notes. A little caramel and molasses. 

Again big rich character of course. Interesting how the barrel character is still pronounced with the age. Big deep bitter chocolate brownie. 

Creamy and velvety mouth with low carb. 

An amazing beer. Tough to follow the apple brandy with, but still incredible. 

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.95/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joe for this one. 750ml waxed and capped 750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours pitch black with a dense, dark, .5 finger mocha colored head with poor retention. Thick, oily, impressive legs with spotty lace that doesn't stick around. As expected given the base beer.

Nose is boozy with aromas of chili peppers, chocolate, sweet soy sauce, brownie, and cocoa graininess. Very aromatic, robust, and deep. The chili peppers really work here. Very nice.

Opens chocolate and fudge with some chili spiciness in the back. A moderate amount of heat reveals the barrels towards the middle. Chocolate really gets accented by the rum barrels. Some fudge and brownie. End is some chili spice. Finishes sweet cocoa powder and dark chocolate. Aftertaste of dark chocolate fudge. Flavors are really well integrated here and the barrel aging works perfectly to accent the flavors present.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and filmy in the mouth and viscous and thick going down. Accented finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Slightly too much bubbles here.

This is significantly better than bottled regular Hunahpu's. The barrel aging works perfectly, the flavors are appreciatively complex, it looks good, and the aroma is incredible. The only knock is a touch of overcarbonation for the style. Still, very good.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a CCB snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - As always, it's the blackest of stouts. Small dark mocha head. Chocolate ring around the top of the beer. Stains the glass as I swirl it.

Smell - Chocolate, rum, coffee, barrel notes of wood and vanilla. Slight spice from the chilies. Awesome, even though I don't love rum barrels.

Taste - Sweet rum flavors up front and then the chilies. The chocolate and chilies blend perfectly. The barrel adds a hint of char, vanilla, molasses, and toffee. The sweeter flavors are kicked up just a bit in this variant.

Mouthfeel - Thick and chewy. Low carbonation. Tingly booze. Very slow drinking.

Overall - Extremely complex. Delicious, but over the top. Again, it's tough to compare. There's always something lost and something gained this these Hunahpu variations.

Photo of hdelavega
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a 750ml waxed bottle to a delirium snifter.
Pours a a thick oily black color that shot up about an inch of dark brown head that settled to a ring around the glass. No lacing.
Super rich nose. Lots of chocolate, malty sweetness, just a hint of booze with a bit of rum sweetness.
Taste is big on chocolate, I do get more alcohol and rum than in the nose. I am missing the chilies, there is a bit of a bite on the back of the tongue, it's coming out a little more as the beer warms up.
The mouthe feel is awesome, very creamy, a real full body,medium light carbonation, a bit sticky, really sits well on the pallet.
Overall I feel this guy has lived up to the hype, an awesome brew.

Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A massive thanks goes out to bross242 for bringing this one out during cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Served from bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, sugar, sweet alcohol, vanilla, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, and sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. Having this one directly after the Bourbon version helped to be able to pick out the differences in the barrels selected to age this brew. This version was a lot more sweet than the bourbon version. I have to say that this worked better for the brew to balance out the sweetness. A definite must try for any –bal fan out there.

Photo of isualum12
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at a boise imperial stout beer party that had at least 75 great imperial stouts on hand for tasting....This beer was great. easy top 5 beers.
Beer is black with a mocha frothy head Lots of lacing, very little activity.

Aroma is definitely woody, the rums comes through strongly.

Taste- cream and wood almost smoked.

Feel is smooth with low activity on the tounge.

Great beer overall

Photo of jsanford
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a CCB Snifter.

Pours a dark, inky black with a creamy mocha head that fades to a slight ring and swirls of haze. Amazing aromas of dark roasted malt, chocolate brownie batter, sugary Rum, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. This smells so ridiculously sweet and decadent. Taste is pretty close to the nose, lots of typical big, roasty Hunahpu's flavors of malt, chocolate, and coffee with spices and lots of sweet Rum goodness. Mouthfeel is big and creamy, with a full body and good carbonation. This was my favorite of all the variants (Rum>Whiskey>Virgin Oak>Bourbon), and easily the most memorable!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

black as night oil like liquid which had a huge tan head that really very slowly faded leaving behind lots of gooey sticky brown lace. Very frothy and pillow like head, lots of waves in it.

strong, main hints were of caramel, with some chocolate mixed in and a strong alcohol presence. Lots of wood, rum and alcohol notes and a smooth woodsy feeling. Lots of sweet vanilla and almost a mocha smell as well, very sweet overall.very very strong. It was smooth, with not alot of carbonation. Huge rum and whiskey type taste hit me right away as did the alcohol, this was not something to be messed with for sure. Very creamy thick feel and very strong alcohol presentation. Hints at french vanilla and a touch of chocolate rounded out the back side and added a bit of sweetness. Near perfection.

Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass.

A- Pours a black as black as a thousand midnights with a 1/4 inch dark brown head that retains minimally before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a tiny island of thin surface foam. Scattered, drippy lacing.

S- Sweet-smelling and booze-laden aroma with notes of dark chocolate, cookie dough and oak. Also some faint coffee and acetone.

T- Where to begin? Huge thrash of dark roast plus some smoke and chocolate. The rum is definitely there to lend a heavy alcohol presence but stays smoothed out somehow and is definitely not as hot as the aroma leads one to believe. Small note of soy sauce. Smokey honey barbecue flavor in the aftertaste.

M- Elegantly creamy with a high viscosity and certainly some heat that lingers on the tongue and throat. Low carbonation assists in this motor oil-esque feel.

O- So glad I waited a year for this to fully mature. Some say that beers already barrel-aged don't need to be aged in the bottle but I disagree. I had a Bourbon barrel Hunah that was purchased at the same release as this one and it wasn't as complex. If I were rich, I'd use this for making a rub to put on ribs.

Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by pokgye. Thanks, Jason. Typical Hunahpu's appearance: inky, oily black with a small but lingering dark brown crust. Big vanilla and cinnamon aroma, with chocolate and molasses coming from the huge malt foundation. Barrel is present but feels more integrated than the whiskey versions. It lends a brown sugar sweetness that makes this version of Hunahpu's feel even more rich than usual. Huge on the palate, heavy on dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla and cinnamon. The peppers have largely dropped off. The rum barrel lends a sugary sweetness with little in the way of oak. Chocolatey rich finish, very little bitterness or alcohol presence.

Photo of oline73
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was the second of the three BA Hunahpu versions during the tasting at finewinemike's place. Poured from the bottle into my Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours black as night and looks to be thick as motor oil. There is a layer of dark tan head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweeter smelling than the whiskey, makes sense. Dark fruit and some chocolate. The rum sweetness shows up a bit and mutes the smell of the chilies.

Taste: Sweet with dark fruit and milder chilies than the whiskey version. No coconut notes in this one. There is still the heat in the finish, but this is a much sweeter version than the others.

Mouthfeel: The body is quite thick with tingly carbonation. The finish is a bit dry with some head from the peppers in it.

Overall: Great beer. I enjoyed the whiskey more because the barrel accentuated the heat. The rum brings out the sweetness in the beer.

Photo of iadler
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Torgo for bringing this last night!

A- Pours a midnight black with a dark mocha head that leaves a few webs of lacing behind.

S- Rum soaked dark fruit, spice cake, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, oak, roasted malt and a hint of chilies.

T- Lots going on with sweet rum upfront followed by cinnamon, black cherry, fig, dark chocolate, molasses, burnt caramel, cocoa powder, chilies , oak and a hint of char.

M- Low carbonation with a smooth body that Finishes a tad of hot. The barrel aging seems to have thin this beer out a bit.

O- Really surprised how much chili presence this had, despite being over a year old as well as being in a barrel. The usage of the rum barrel was a nice addition as it did not overpower the base beer, but I'm not sure if I preferred this version over the regular Huna. Still a really tasty beer and something that I was very happy to try.

Photo of dboon
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Thanks to Cesar for sharing this bad boy. Joan Jett black pour with a chocolate head. Sweet fruity aromas. The rum is very deceptive ( I could only pick it up in the nose) and adds more booze/whiskey notes. This treatment had less of the traditional Hunahpu’s flavors than the others. It is still a world class stout, but side by side with the other treatments, it is my least favorite. That being said a couple of the other guys thought this was the best. ...

Photo of SauceBoss
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I shared a bottle with my buddy Wess for his 27th bday. Awesome!

Appearance: Very similar to the regular Hunahpu as it pours a midnight black with a viscosity slightly less than used motor oil. The cappuccino color head appeared after the pour was done and diminished, for the most part, after a few moments.

Smell: It had a rich smell that's for sure of chocolate, a mild spice and undertones of rum/wood that I would assume came from the barrel.

Taste: Smooth. It has the same chocolaty spiciness as the normal Hunahpu but you also get the rum booziness that pulls through. As it warms up this becomes more prevalent as does the malty sweetness that brings everything together to make it an enjoyable drink.

Mouthfeel: Way better as it warmed up. It drinks thick with a malty sweetness upfront and a boozy taste in the back that lingers but is enjoyable and not over powering.

Overall: This was a great drink. I have one bottle left that I am going to let age a few more months to see how things turn out over time.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted side-by-side with regular, Bourbon, Whiskey, and Virgin Oak. Thanks to everyone for making this happen. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a very deep brown color with a good light mocha head. Thin bits of lace and a nice collar on the way down. The nose carries a nice dose of rum and molasses plus strong Hunahpu's base characteristics coming through. Really great integration between the spirit and the chiles, vanilla, and cinnamon. Really complex, and that continues through the flavor. Very chewy and viscous with low-ish carbonation. Absolutely delicious. Boom.

Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another incredible bottle from the epic finewinemike event.

Like the whiskey version, the beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable brown, espresso color lacing. The nose is similar to the whiskey version as well, except the rum flavor seemed to deaden the chocolate and licorice flavor a bit. Still a very fine nose of rum, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee and licorice in this one. The flavor profile is more of the same, except there was nothing dull or dead about the amount of flavor I picked up in this beer. Mouthfeel is just like the whiskey version, with a long, soft, plush, seamless finish.

Not quite as excellent as the whiskey version, IMHO, but an absolutely outstanding beer all the same.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As is true with the base beer, the brew looks like an absolute beast. Perhaps the tar-brown head is less plentiful in this version; at any rate it is certainly shorter-lived. Where Hunahpu is flavored like a Mayan flourless chocolate cake or something, and Brandy Hunahpu tastes like, say, a decadent liqueur-filled chocolate truffle, this incarnation comes across like maybe akin to a Ben and Jerry's chocolate-coconut-cinammon-cayenne confection. Everything about the aroma and flavor are stunning; additional notes include vanilla, almond, (vague) anise, coffee, and dry tannic sugarcane (rum.) The feel is perfectly complementary: luscious and rich. Overall, this beer is phenomenal, top-to-bottom and start-to-finish (actually even better as it airs out/warms.)

Photo of ahalloin
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Hank for sharing this!

Pours a black viscous fluid with brown highlights. Dark tan head laces the beer.

Notes of rum, vanilla, and oak emanate from the beer. Slight hint of chilies and cinnamon. Nice balance between the rum and the original beer.

Strong rum and oak dominate flavor. Nice layered complexity but alcohol burn very present.

Full mouthfeel present like other variations.

Another very interesting variation of this beer.

Photo of brystmar
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red waxed bottle courtesy of Mr. Pendejo himself, the most serious ticker I know.

Pour somehow looks less viscous than the other Huna variants I've had. A mild tan ring forms at the surface. Boozy rum barrels and a deep roast dominate the aroma. Can barely smell the chiles in the background.

Rum barrels are front and center. Layers of oak and booze mask the vanilla/chocolate aftertaste that I love about the base beer. Instead, the rum-induced booze lingers after swallowing. Somehow tastes past its prime, even though regular '11 Hunahpu is still drinking quite well right now.

Quite inferior to both regular Hunahpu & the Apple Brandy BA variant.

Photo of scottfrie
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Jeff. Sampled next to the Regular, Whiskey, AB, and Bourbon.

A: Pours near black with a very thin light brown head that faded into a faint collar. Looks like the original.
S: The nose is dominated by almost nothing but rum. This beer is sweeter smelling than the other, which makes sense given the barrel. I might get a hint of chocolate and caramel from the base beer, but this beer is very rum forward.
T: Again, rum dominates, but I get some notes of cocoa and fudge. This beer tastes sweeter and more alcoholic than the other treatments. I’m not getting very much vanilla, and the barely pick up the cinnamon in the aftertaste. The chilies have been overpowered by the sweet rum. I do get flavors of marshmallows which I didn’t detect in the other versions.
M: Boozy, almost hot alcohol warms my mouth as I swallow. This beer is as thick as full bodied as the others, but the alcohol is distracting.
O: I thought this was a strange combination and almost rough to drink. Definitely my least favorite of the treatments I tasted.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours black with a nice dark chocolate colored wisp of a head that leaves no residual lacing.

S. The rum starts to really come out on the nose with some real booziness, some brown sugar sweetness. Spice really his in the back of the nose.

T. Brown sugar, cocoa, rum booziness - starts to get very sweet as it warms

M. Thick body with some ethanol on the tail. Thicker body than the other barrel aged versions.

D. This or the bourbon is my favorite so far, but this is a bit boozy.

Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11/25/2011

Bottle shared by Stawn, thanks! Snifter

A: Looks like motor oil as it glugs out of the bottle. Black as pitch with a finger of dark brown foam.

S: Cinnamon and aromatic peppers blend with vanilla and oak. Rum is well integrated. Chocolate is strong.

T: Fudge and strong booze notes with a moderate bitterness. Peppers are pronounced and they impart a light spiciness. Light wood with a little licorice. Booze waxes in the astringent bitter chocolate pepper rum finish. This seems sweeter than the bourbon version, with more alcohol and astringency.

M: Full in body with lower moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy, smooth, and sticky.

Overall: Good, but I definitely prefer the Bourbon. This is my least favorite of all the Hunahpu's iterations I've tried.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Rum Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.