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

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Whiskey Barrel AgedHunahpu's Imperial Stout - Whiskey Barrel Aged

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 10.71%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: olimpia84 on 10-13-2011)
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Brian for knocking off this long time want. 750ml waxed bottle into Drie Fonteinen stemware. Reviewed from notes at a tasting.

Pours big, viscous, deep and pitch black. Huge legs with a dark mocha head that sticks around. Spotty lace with good cling. Menacing!

Nose is chocolate, molasses, fudge, cocoa and lightly tart fruit. Very robust and appetizing.

Opens cocoa, fudge, sweet pepper, chocolate, molasses, and booze. More chocolate and a touch of roast and more sweet peppers in the middle. End is molasses, leather and dark fruit. Cocoa powder and dark chocolate in the aftertaste. Delicious!

Full bodied with minimal carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down warm and smooth with a messy finish and a sticky, slightly lingering aftertaste. Exactly what I want from a beer with this intensity and flavor.

A shockingly good beer that really hasn't lost much with time. This is still worth going after and is certainly one of the better beers in the horizontal.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 00:37:29 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Florida9

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled shared at the Brass Tap bottle share...

Beer itself is super viscous and pours with a visible "glug." Forms a very minimal head that barely sticks around for a few seconds. On second thought, it just looks flat. Color is black; it is fully opaque. Aroma is sweet and syrupy with notes of chocolate. There is a faint whiskey aroma as well, but it does not dominate. Taste is similar. Moderate sweetness, molasses, chocolate, and some very mild ancho spice. Not getting much whiskey in the flavor at all. Full bodied; there is no confusion on this one - its a heavy beer, slightly spicy mouthfeel. Very low carbonation, not quite flat, but pretty close to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 18:13:32 | More by Florida9
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle, another very generous share at the Peg's bottle share on 3/8/13.

A- Pours black and thick with a quickly dissipating mocha head, leaves little lacing.

S- Incredible aroma, lots of whiskey barrel, oak and vanilla, the whiskey flavors are rich and sweet. The barrel aromas mix with a really nice dark chocolate cake aroma,

T- Just as good as the aroma, lots of rich dark chocolate, roasted malt, whiskey/vanilla/oak, and a very mild chili and cinnamon flavor. The spices have faded but I think they're at just the right level to work with the barrel flavors really well.

M- Full-bodied, low carbonation with a smooth, rich, thick feel.

O- Another excellent beer, all of the BA Hunas have been amazing so far. This is a very delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 00:18:10 | More by WillCarrera
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by nasty31 at NWI tasting group meeting

A - Dark chocolate brown with a thick fudgy body. No carbonation or head on this

S - Lots of bourbon on this one in the nose with lots of whiskey, vanilla, chocolate. Slight alcohol in the nose. This is a strong and complex nose that is great to smell. It makes you want to come back for more and each time the experience is slightly different

T - There is chocolate, dark slightly smoky fudge, a good amount of oak, slight vanilla, and light roasted coffee initially. The finish there is smoke, slight heat from the peppers, light bitter roasted malt and dark chocolate, bourbon, fudge and oak. The dark chocolate from the fudge lingers on in the finish. Really a flavorful and complex beer

MF - Slight syrupy and thick, yet silky smooth, body. The finish has lots of oak and a slight astringency results from that.

O - This is really an amazing beer which I liked much more than regular Huna. There is more chocolate and fudge, tons of vanilla and a strong whiskey nose. The great thing about the BA with this one is that the whiskey makes itself known and has a strong presence but yet you never feel like it is overpowering anything.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 04:34:18 | More by jeonseh
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser and funkydelic for sharing this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, sweet alcohol, and milk chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, wood, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and chilies. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I have to give credit where it is due and Cigar deserves it for the barrel aging program with this beer. I have yet to have a bad version of it. There is so much complexity going on in this one that it is rather crazy. The milk chocolate aspect going on is very delightful and adds a very nice touch to an already solid brew. The whiskey barrel, while present isn’t very invasive. An absolute must try for any craft beer enthusiast out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 11:52:12 | More by thagr81us
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largadeer

California

4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by jrallen, I think? Thanks, maybe.

Looks very Hunahpu's-like. Inky, oily black body that's completely opaque. Carbonation is low and there's little head formation. The nose is excellent, surprisingly cinnamon forward with a huge fudge-y chocolate malt backbone. There's a good amount of sweet whiskey and vanilla, too, and the faintest trace of peppers. As with other Hunahpu's variants, this is full and silky on the palate, oily even, with big cocoa and vanilla flavors backed by cinnamon, burnt sugar and plenty of sweet barrel notes. The peppers have really dropped out in this version, but the cinnamon seems more prominent. It works nicely in any case, and stands out from the other BA variants of this beer. Really nice stuff, I enjoyed a few pours over the course of a couple hours.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 22:19:38 | More by largadeer
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Gobzilla

California

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

A: poured a dark as night black in color with a thin dark brown head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

s: tons of chocolate coming out on the nose with quite a bit of whiskey boozy barrel character, slight spice to it, hints of brown sugar and a little roastiness as well.

T: the chocolate flavor is exceptional, its like biting into a brownie or something. The whiskey barrel boozy character was more apparent on the palate alongside some spice, brown sugar molasses notes, vanilla accents and a bit of roastiness

M: the brew was full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, whiskey barrel boozy, mild spice, roasty and thick chewy finish.

O: great tasting beer with tons of chocolate. definitely would have more for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 00:16:17 | More by Gobzilla
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kevanb

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle shared with good friends at Eagle Rock Brewery

The beer pours a thinner than expected, murky deep brown, nearly black color, extremely opaque with a smaller, yet tightly packed head with a nice mocha color. Disappointing retention, no lacing to speak of, but for a higher ABV stout, this isn't uncommon. The aromas are pleasant, a bit muddled, chocolate, whiskey, charred wood, big tingly heat from both the alcohol and peppers. The peppers do add a bit of vegetal tones that hinder the richness and smoothness and steers it down a bit earthier path. The flavors are really well done, much less vegetal presence but the peppers give a great warming and heat that pairs so well with the chocolate and cinnamon flavors. Charred wood, vanilla, oak and whiskey and bourbon notes are greatly integrated as well. The body is somewhat thin compared to what I was expecting and what I've experienced from other similar BA stouts in the same ABV range. It's definitely sticky, but still feels a bit thin, great smoothness however.

Verdict: This is a really well done stout, great complex flavors and characteristics, however the muddled aroma and thinner body prevents me from really singing the praises. If this was easier to find, I'd be happy to drink it over and over, but I still prefer the Apple Brandy variant to this.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 20:35:37 | More by kevanb
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FosterJM

California

4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1488th Review on BA
Bottle to FW Snifter
750ml

2012 Blue Wax Vintage
Thanks to Schmoopsbeer for sharing
Shared with JealousChalice, KevanB & SchmoopsBeer

App- Pours like the base beer and many other BA stouts. Its thick, oily and thick. I get the heaviness but the head and stick is lacking from a quality stout.

Smell- Its a fine smelling beer. The base beer shines through with a bit of chocolate, pepper and smoke. Add the whiskey in with a bit of the boozy and the creme to it.

Taste- I enjoyed this beer. This was another where the sum is better than the singular parts. The base beer isnt really my wheelhouse with the chilis but the treatment from the barrels adds a good depth of flavor.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a solid medium cabonation. A bit of the heat from the chilis remains with a bit of whiskey burn to it.

Drink- Tickers gonna tick. This was a nice beer. A small bottle count with a good amount of flavor. Seems like a BA RIS with a bit of spice. Not really something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 02:35:02 | More by FosterJM
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illidurit

California

3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting. Black as night with a brown head. Aroma is rather mild with boozy notes, a stark letdown compared with the brandy version just a little bit earlier. Flavor is better, with massive roasty notes and plenty of dark chocolate. The whiskey seems to thin it out and kill the flavor somehow.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 05:43:25 | More by illidurit
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spicelab

Australia

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to mulder1010 for honey-badgering. Reviewed from dodgy notes.

Motor oil black with an unnervingly, dark tan head that falls to a minor ring. Serious viscosity on swirling.

Minimal whisky character at first. Roast is the order of the day, with baked liquorice, toffee, burnt toast, assorted dark fruits, scorched choc-fudge, char and ash. The whisky imparts a mild sweetness, but that's about it.

Taste is much better. Whisky notes come through nicely and merge seamlessly with the chilli and chocolate into a whisky-choc-fudge behemoth. Not a complex profile, just beefy and tatsy.

Dense, rich, and intense, drying out a little at the finish thanks to the whisky.

Very satisfying, if not the manifestation of genius one hopes for in a barrel-aged experiment. Doesn't really rise above regular Hunahpu for mine, although that would always be a tall order. More time in the barrel might have altered this conclusion.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 11:49:55 | More by spicelab
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mulder1010

Australia

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

Thanks to Mikesgroove for the bottle. Much appreciated.
After the mess that was Czar Jack I thought something better was in order.
Shared with Spicelab and Mrkennedy and poured into a tulip.

A-- Pours like Hunahpu does. Thick, sludgy, oily, and black. Just huge. Beautiful reverse cascading head. Went from black leather to a dark mocha colored head. Two finger head that settled to a thick film. Just gorgeous looking. Big oily residue of ABV legs and sediment. Good spotty lacing.

S-- Yikes. Chocolate fudge, marshmallow, cinnamon,an nutmeg. Barrel notes were soft but did get vanilla, oak, and carmel. Really thought the base beer somewhat overshadowed the barrel. Not complaining though.

T-- Thick and rich. Massive array of flavors. Vanilla, chocolate fudge, marshmallow, cinnamon, oak, vanilla and carmel. Like drinking a thick milkshake.

M-- Thick and oily. Big but not overly big or sweet at all. Quite smooth really and still chewable at the same time. Low carbonation. What was really memorable was the chillies really made an impact in this. As in the heat in the mid an back palate. Had heartburn the next day from it. Nice touch.

O-- Outstanding beer in every respect. Would have liked more of the barrel but in this beer it is more about the spices and what it adds. Yeah, I am a Stranahan homer and like the barrel treatments from them. Was quite fun to drink and would love to try again.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 15:14:20 | More by mulder1010
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 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: Definite whisky. Vanilla, milk chocolate and oak, all coming from the whisky barrel. Some roasted malts, molasses and a touch of dark chocolate from the base beer, which balance really nicely with the bolder barrel treatment. A better balance between barrel and base beer than the rum version.

TASTE: Oddly enough, there is more base beer that the nose had led on. Roasted malts, molasses, and all the adjuncts are there. Vanilla, cinnamon and peppers make an appearance for sure. Whisky comes out at the swallow, with oak and milk chocolate flavors, and some booze hits the palate too. A bold and lingering aftertaste is peppery and spicy, with vanilla, dark chocolate and cinnamon. Some good whisky notes in the aftertaste but they don't overpower. This is stellar, and balance is great.

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 phenomenal. The barrel came though a little more in the nose, which is something I thought was lacking in the rum treatment, but the flavor still showed an increadible balancing act between the base beer and the barrel notes. Everything was there, including all the base beer and adjuncts, as well as the barrel treatment. Just stellar. Thanks again for making this beer day happen everyone, and thanks for haning out boys. Let's do it again real soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 18:43:38 | More by Jeffo
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance - Jet black with a chocolate head. Retention isn't as good as regular Hunahpu, but I'm guessing that's the norm for these barrel treatments. Inky and glass staining as always.

Smell - Whiskey is very dominant. All the flavors of whiskey, chocolate, and peppers come through in one whiff. They blend seamlessly into a great nose.

Taste - Whiskey up front, as the aroma would indicate. It's a different aroma from Bourbon, which I didn't quite expect. I thought I wouldn't be able to discern a Whiskey barrel from a Bourbon barrel in a big beer like this. It's less intense than a Bourbon barrel and allows the beer to come through. Chocolate and peppers not as well blended as in the aroma. The whiskey flavor is very sharp, especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very thick. Seems to have retained its body better than Virgin Oak did. Very heavy and tough to drink. A sipper, I suppose.

Overall - Wonderful flavors, but it's so big. The complexities of Hunahpu are a little lost from the barrel, but the barrel does well to accommodate.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 15:41:20 | More by Alieniloquium
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Draft at Cigar City during Hunahpu Day 2012.

Pours pitch black with a dark mocha head that quickly settle into a thick, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of lace left behind.

Strong barrel character in the aroma aroma with a prominent whiskey presence. Subtle toasted oak with sweet and roasted malt notes underneath.  Hints of chocolate, toffee, hazelnut and coffee.  Subtle vanilla and peppers.  Peppers seem to be muted by this treatment.

Thick bodied and viscous with a strong barrel presence that gives off lots of whiskey and toasted oak that dominates the flavor.  Some vanilla and toasted coconut as well.   The strong barrel flavors are followed by sweet and roasted malts that become more prominent as it warms.  Lots of chocolate with a mix of sweet and roasted notes along with some coffee bean, caramel and toffee.  The cinnamon and peppery heat show up toward the finish but again are slightly muted by the strong whiskey flavor.  Decent amount of heat but abv is nicely masked.  Another solid Hunahpu treatment.  Viscous and complex yet still pretty easy to drink.  The barrel presence is a bit strong for my liking but it doesn't hurt the flavor too much.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 20:20:26 | More by corby112
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ehammond1


4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for flying 3,000 miles and sharing this one, 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.

Rich, bittersweet aroma of chocolate and molasses, along with earthy vanilla, and rich barrel character. This is a dessert lover's aroma for sure. There's chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and bourbon in copious amounts here.

The flavor is just a spectacular combination of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, pie crust, and barrel. This is a transformed beer, and doesn't particularly resemble Hunaphu's. This is even more rich, more decadent, simply more delicious. I could drink this forever.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Creamy, silky mouthfeel.

This one ranks.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 21:53:36 | More by ehammond1
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Huge thanks to Ryan for sharing this one!

Pours a dark tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: Regular huna meets a mellowing whiskey flavor. Peppers, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolate. Oaky.

Taste: Tons of vanilla with cinnamon and caramel. Cocoa and spices. Whiskey flavors and oak. Chile flavors, but not as defiant as in the regular version.

Mouthfeel: Silky and smooth. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean with peppers and cocoa.

Overall, this was a great beer. Not as good as the apple brandy, but still a very fine beer. Very impressed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 23:15:30 | More by mothman
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PaulStoneAnchor

California

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 Bourbon Hunahpu

Pours very dark brown with a nice tan head on it. After the head had dissipated it leaves almost no lacing.

The aroma has a lot of chile spice from the peppers, deep dark chocolate, and some notes of cinnamon. The whiskey was light on the nose, but not in the taste.

In the taste, the cinnamon, dark chocolate, whiskey, and coffee all mixed very well.

This beer also had a very thick mouthfeel, with also some nice carbonation.

Overall, this was fantastic! The spiciness of the whiskey went very well with the chilies and dark chocolate, and along with the sweetness of the beer. A very fantastic beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 23:19:11 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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mdfb79

New York

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/14/12 notes. Tried side by side with MZ, Hunahpu, and all the other variants. This one was third to me, behind the bourbon and rum versions, but ahead of the normal verison. 750ml bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a pitch black color with 1 inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like the others.

s - Smells of whiskey, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and light cinnamon and spice. Whiskey is a bit hot here, moreso than the bourbno version was, and not as sweet. Still very nice.

t - Tastes of whiskey, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee, light spices, and some sweet dark fruits. Again, a bit hot and not as sweet. A step down from the nose and the bourbon version, though I still like it a lot.

m - Thick, full bodied stout and low carbonation. Very easy to drink for 11.5% ABV. Perfect for a big stout.

o - Overall I thought this was still a great stout, and an improvement on the base beer, though I'd seek out the bourbon version again first as it wasn't quite as hot, and was a tiny bit sweeter. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 00:13:03 | More by mdfb79
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Pours a deep brown color with a thin light mocha head. Small cap and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some faint whiskey along with backing chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and chiles. The base beer is much more prominent here than in the Rum and Bourbon versions. The flavor has a good whiskey backing plus chocolate, roast, and some nice spicing. Medium body with good carbonation. Quite tasty, but not quite at the level of the other barrel-aged blends. Boom.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 23:30:59 | More by Thorpe429
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scottfrie

California

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

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

A: Pours near black with a very thin light brown head that faded into a faint collar. Looks like the original.
S: More vanilla than the original. Vanilla, oak, and whiskey dominate. Chocolate is lighter than original.
T: Whiskey comes through pretty strongly in a great way. The chocolate backbone is still there, although the cinnamon and chili only comes through in the finish now. I get notes of tobacco in the aftertaste.
M: Very thick body, low soft carbonation with a smooth and heavy mouthfeel. The whisky barrel adds a moderate amount of alcohol warmth to the beer.
O: I thought this one was better than the original. The barrel treatment wasn’t overwhelming, but it added another layer to an already complex brew. Thanks again for cracking this one, Jeff.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 01:15:37 | More by scottfrie
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served side by side with a few other of the variants served in a Cigar City snifter because I can.

Beer is black with a thin brown head with some lacing, decent retention, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, oaky, strong liquor aroma, definitely bourbon / whiskey in the nose, quite strong.

This beer has a mild bite to it, strong, thinner than the virgin oak, boozier too, the whiskey and oak flavors sit on top of the backbone of the beer, interesting. The liquor is almost an after thought in this one, my third favorite of the night.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 18:11:47 | More by drabmuh
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ahalloin

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brad for sharing this at an epic tasting of all the Hunahpu's variants.

Pours super black with dark brown highlights. Super viscous but no head present.

The aroma shows a heavy influence of burning alcohol from the whiskey. The herbal quality for the peppers still exists with slight hints of vanilla.

Super complex flavor with whiskey influenced chocolate and roasty qualities. A slight burn exists from the alcohol and perhaps the chiles.

Mouthfeel is nice and full like the standard Hunahpu's.

Overall a great variation that shows some great complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 22:43:48 | More by ahalloin
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | 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. Aroma is my favorite of the variations sampled; strong robust blend of whiskey, vanilla, oak, malt backbone and light chili in the finish. Barrel is very subtle in the flavor with the base coming through stronger than the Virgin Oak or Bourbon versions. Chocolate and roast malt support all the other fun Hunahpu flavors with the addition of smooth whiskey in the finish. Complex and smooth, with a pleasant booze heat; very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 22:36:00 | More by yourefragile
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | 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 offers some whiskey/booze, roast. Again, not a grandiose aroma, but what's there smells attractive.

The flavor is a bit more forward than the bourbon version, with a slight whiskey kick in the finish. Delicious.

Full bodied with moderately low carbonation. Smooth on the palate with alcohol pretty tame.

Overall, very good beer. Very glad for the opportunity to sample this.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 22:13:46 | More by Huhzubendah
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