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

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 117
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 292
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 117
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
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.)

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of SauceBoss
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 brings a slightly sweet booze quality, though it's hard to pin it down as rum. Oak comes through as well. The aroma is more complex and well balanced than either the whiskey or bourbon variants.

Really nice flavor. Oh yeah, I like this one. Just an ever so slightly sweetness, with lingering rum and oak flavors. Fantastic.

Similar feel as the other variants: fairly low carbonation, silky smooth.

Overall, outstanding. My favorite of the Hunahpu's variants. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jsanford
4.72/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of brew3crew
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the epic hunaphu's tasting in Cincinnati

A-dark body with a tan head that quickly disapates. Just like the rest of them

S-sweet rum mixed with chilies. Yum

T-perfect balance. So smooth. Wow. Just wow.

M-medium body and smooth

O-this is a phenominal brew. Would like to have more

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Photo of hdelavega
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle.

Pours viscous and dark black with chocolate edges. Dark mocha head, fades to a collar, with some legs. Awesome intense aroma of both the rum barrel and cinnamon and vanilla from Hunahpu. Again the flavor of the rum is an excellent compliment to Hunahpu. Cinnamon and vanilla is still mild, but the strongest of the variations. No harsh or bitter flavors, my favorite of the variations next to Apple Brandy.

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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter from 750mL bottle.

Appearance: Black with finger-thick, brown head. Good lacing that hugs the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smells great. I smell toffee, coffee, molasses, slight notes of milk chocolate, rum, woody notes, and some vanilla.

Taste: There's slight taste of molasses. It's somewhat sweet, chocolately, with a slight bitter finish. Smooth alcohol taste from the rum.

Mouthfeel: Thick as motor oil. A definite sipper. Low to moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: Great variation of Hunahpu. I still prefer the original Hunahpu, but I loved this beer as well. Look forward to trying the other Hunahpu's as well.

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Photo of olimpia84
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served this on a CCB Snifter from the 750ml bottle.

A: pours a viscous black jet oil color with a very small coffee head, literally no lacing present.

S: sweet roasted malts, peppery scents, sweet coffee smell with touches of cinammon. Spiced rum is definitely present. Very well balanced.

T: this one had a strong bitter liquory and boozy feel at the beginning that was never offensive. Roasted malts, dark coffee, spiced cinnamon, peppermint, some dark chocolate. Ends with a nice alcohol kick in the throat.

M: smooth, creamy, viscous composition, full bodied with balanced carbonation.

O: my second favorite out of the three different barrel aged versions released in 2011 by CCB, this is a phenomenal imperial stout that packs a formidable taste and smell with a one of a kind feel. Worth waiting and 'fighting' in line for this brew at release day.

. bitter liquory roasted malts dark coffee leaves a liquory aftertaste and the abv definitely kicks yiu inthe throat mf is excellent smooth creamy soft full body. score 4.5 4.5 4.0 5.0 4.5

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a recent tasting. Thanks to atxdelivery for breaking this one out! 750ml waxed bottle into a Jester King snifter.

As a side note, this bottle was opened in the midst of a fairly epic tasting, directly on the heels of '11 and '12 Hunahpu's. The Rum version pours with a thick, viscous oily blackness. A wispy, mocha head forms on top. The aroma is heavenly: rum, rum, and more rum, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, and then some more rum. The sweetness is evident, but balanced nicely by the dark malts and cinnamon spices. Chili heat is all but hidden in the nose at this point.

The flavor packs a sharp rum booziness on the front of the palate that is balanced beautifully by decadent chocolate fudge. Cinnamon and a hint of chili spice linger in the background after each sip. Mouthfeel is creamy, with a thick body that borders on heavy. The alcohol heat in the finish is a little sharp, but not enough to distract from the richness this beer brings. Overall, an excellent rendition of one of my top 10 beers.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/14/12 notes. Tried side by side with MZ, Hunahpu, and the other variants. I liked this one second best, slightly better than the whiskey version. 750ml bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks like the others.

s - Smells of alcohol, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, spices, coffee. A lot more roasty than the bourbon version, and more spice.

t - Tastes of of alcohol, sweet dark fruits, oak, roasted malts, bakers chocolate, spices, and light vanilla.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Thick and creamy, great body.

o - Overall another awesome variation of a great beer. I'd list this in between the whiskey and bourbon versions. I thought the whiskey version was hotter than this one, and this one had more roasted characteristics. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served side-by-side with all of the other variants, thanks for everyone that made this a reality. Served in a Cigar City snifter because. This was my second favorite one of the night.

Beer is black with a mocha frothy head of tiny bubbles, almost looks like nitrogen bubbles. Lots of lacing, low carbonation, low retention looks awesome.

Aroma is definitely woody, the rums comes through strongly, a very nice beer, good aggressive aroma.

Beer is medium in body, pretty sweet and the liquor comes through strong, finishing a little dry and mild oakiness in the finish. One of the best beers I've had in a long time.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the generosity of a few people we were able to line up the 2011 base beer along side the Rum, Whisky and Bourbon variants a couple weeks back. Hunahpu is one of my favorite beers, so I was stoked to give these a try. Cheers to everyone who made this beer day possible.

From a 750 into a snifter
We opened the Rum, Whisky and then the Bourbon.

APPEARANCE: A thick, dense, black pour produces a two finger, tight, dark mocha colored head after a wonderful cascading effect that looks stunning. Head retains really well and slowly fades to a good full cap. Jet black body and minimal carbonation evident. A fuller wisp and ring remain, showing some beautiful swirl patters after each sip, and leaves some falling dots of lace down the glass. The same wonderful look as the base beer.

SMELL: Much like the 2011 base beer. All the adjuncts are still there, with a nice roasted malt, molasses base. Cocoa chocolate, vanilla, and nice bit of chili peppers and cinnamon as well. A touch of rum from the barrels as well, but the base holds strong here. Would expect a little more barrel to come through, but the nose is still wonderful.

TASTE: Definitely hotter than the base beer, and the barrels seem to have brought out a greater spice component, somehow accentuating the chili peppers. Rum barrel and lots of pepper and cinnamon up front. Some roasted malts and molasses are still there, but the spicy notes and alcohol are more prevalent. A bold and persistent aftertaste is boozy with all the spicy notes, cinnamon, some raisins, and a touch of dark chocolate as well. Very good stuff for sure.

PALATE: Medium body, oily, with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a slightly oily and mouth-coating finish. Very nice again, though a touch lighter than the base beer.

OVERALL: This was really nice for sure. The barrel doesn't dominate, though it adds a nice touch of flavor and booze to the mix. Perhaps the rum barrel helped the spicy elements come to life a bit more as well, as this was definitely the spiciest of the three barrel treatments. While I absolutely loved this beer and my scores show it, unfathomably this was my least favorite of the three. The other barrel treatments added a touch more complexity in flavor to the beer, while this one seemed to add a bit more booziness first and foremost. Regardless, this was a great time and I'm glad the crew could come over and hang out for an afternoon. Cheers again for a great beer day everyone.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
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. 

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Photo of oline73
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of isualum12
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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

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Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of dboon
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
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. ...

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