Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Rum Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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4.47/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
01-18-2012 23:28:24 | More by Thorpe429
4.85/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
11-21-2011 02:52:48 | More by mikesgroove
4.36/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
02-14-2013 00:46:32 | More by largadeer
4.28/5 rDev -4.5%
Thanks to dvelich for supplying this Hunahpu's variant. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.
A - Looks like all the other barrel-aged versions, with head volume somewhere between the base beer and the Virgin Oak growler.
S - The rum is quite present, although it's actually well-integrated unlike many other rum barrel aged beers I've had. I appreciate that the chiles are still perceptible, and the cinnamon from the base beer works in tandem with the spiced rum flavors. A hefty dose of rich chocolate fudge serves as a backdrop, and there's not a ton of oak or vanilla present - guessing the rum barrels are reused a few times before ending up at Cigar City.
T - The taste is solid, but not quite as nice as the aroma. There's a bit too much char and scorched malts, and the rum contributes a more spicy and boozy flavor than the sugary flavor found in the aroma. Bitter and slightly harsh flavors have become too present here for maximum enjoyment, diminishing the rich chocolate and chile pepper flavors.
M - Surprisingly active carbonation for a Hunahpu's variant - hope that isn't a sign of something untoward going on. Chewy and viscous full body, but with a bit more barrel tannin presence and dryness than the base beer.
D - A very enjoyable take on Hunahpu's, but not the slam dunk I was expecting base on the concept (and the early reviews). Still, a successful experiment and one I hope they repeat, after thoroughly sanitizing their equipment, of course.
12-20-2011 08:41:59 | More by MasterSki
4.5/5 rDev +0.4%
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.
01-15-2012 20:42:09 | More by drabmuh
4.47/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
12-19-2011 17:02:14 | More by oline73
4.5/5 rDev +0.4%
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.
01-19-2012 00:05:30 | More by mdfb79
District of Columbia
4.6/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
01-14-2012 23:02:06 | More by yourefragile
District of Columbia
4.75/5 rDev +6%
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.
01-14-2012 22:20:45 | More by Huhzubendah
4.43/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
12-20-2011 21:36:00 | More by John_M
2.5/5 rDev -44.2%
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.
04-12-2012 22:57:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
11-26-2011 16:56:21 | More by HopHead84
4.53/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
07-05-2012 16:45:40 | More by Alieniloquium
4.5/5 rDev +0.4%
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.
05-31-2012 12:13:16 | More by thagr81us
4.15/5 rDev -7.4%
Part of our Hunahpu's vertical/horizontal tasting. Growler poured into tasting glass.
A - Looks like Hunahpu's. Black, tan-colored head, thin ring, wisps.
S - The rum is right up front, nice smooth booze, chocolate, a touch of vanilla. No real sign of the chili notes of the base beer, but I didn't think it would be able to stand up to the rum.
T - I can pick out the chili notes a bit more in on the palate, nice smooth booze/rum notes, chocolate, creamy vanilla. A nice level of roast, burnt sugars, and oak in there too. The rum is a great addition to the base beer and is pretty enjoyable.
M - Full body, rich and smooth, viscous, creamy finish.
O - A really nice beer we have here. The rum compliments the base beer and doesn't take away from it all that much. Even relatively fresh, the booze is smooth and very full and delicious. Would have again and would seek out, for sure.
12-19-2011 16:15:33 | More by Sean9689
3.88/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
10-01-2012 01:31:31 | More by ehammond1
3.5/5 rDev -21.9%
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.
01-18-2012 01:22:19 | More by scottfrie
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Rum Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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