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

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 118
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 17.85%
Wants: 295
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

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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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
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 thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +3%
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 Beerandraiderfan
2.5/5  rDev -42.8%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
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 isualum12
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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 mdfb79
4.5/5  rDev +3%
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 Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
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 scottfrie
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +3%
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 ahalloin
4.5/5  rDev +3%
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 yourefragile
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Huhzubendah
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
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 John_M
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
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 nmbr0ne
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
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 MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of oline73
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Sean9689
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
4.72/5  rDev +8%
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 SauceBoss
4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
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 HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
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 hdelavega
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
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 seeswo
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was enjoyed alongside all of the rest of the versions and with each of the spirits.

Pours the characteristic black with little head and thin brown-gold edges. The smell is of the huge chocolate and roasted malts and a nice light rum sweetness flowing underneath. Taking a sniff of the Flor de Cana (or whatever it was called), its recognizable. Low key, but the spirit brings the flavor out. Good integration for sure. The taste is the characteristic Huna flavors, with very subdued chili flavors and big cocoa but with a really nice, underlying sweet rum and almost nutty flavor. Comes together quite nicely and actually represents an improvement on regular Huna other than the loss of the chilis. Mouthfeel is huge as you would expect. Overall, this was the best of this years BA Huna's (but not better than Apple Brandy) which went: Apple Brandy > Rum >> Whiskey > Bourbon >> Virgin Oak. Super glad to have tried it, and feel like this was the only one from this time that should have been in barrels. As compared with Apple Brandy, I wonder if they put chilis in the AB barrel as well, but not in the Rum. Next time, I would make sure to keep up the stuff that makes Huna so fun in the barrel so there isn't an increase in barrel flavor but a loss in spices, cocoa, chilis, etc. This had the best integration of flavor and really did a good job elevating the beer.

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Photo of dboon
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
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. ...

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