Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Rum Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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4.35/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
11-26-2012 00:29:46 | More by iadler
4.45/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
11-08-2012 01:25:38 | More by Immortale25
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
4.13/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
08-20-2012 21:40:20 | More by brystmar
4.03/5 rDev -10%
750 ml waxed bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Huge thanks to Andrew (nasty31) for the share. I prefer fresh Huna to aged Huna, but that being said I thought the Bourbon barrel aged version was stupendous so I had high hopes for this one as well.
A: Pours a dark black with a viscous body. A dark mocha head forms on the pour and recedes to a thick, bubbly ring. Sticky sheets of lace are left behind.
S: Fruity rum booziness up front with dark and sweet milk chocolate flavors. Slight figs and roasted malts as well.
T: Oaky body with roasted malts. The rum is barely noticeable, just some faint hints of it. Nice light chocolate presence as well.
M: Meidum carbonation with smooth and creamy medium to heavy body. The finish is malty and sweet.
O: While this was good I was struggling to pick out some of the bolder barrel notes in the taste. It seems the base has swallowed up most the discernable Rum barrel flavorings. I would gladly take a fresh Huna or the Bourbon Barrel version of this any day.
08-15-2012 21:22:06 | More by Treebs
4.48/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-17-2012 03:53:03 | More by MrVonzipper
4.48/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-09-2012 18:30:38 | More by Jeffo
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
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
4.53/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
03-26-2012 05:40:27 | More by wagenvolks
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Rum Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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