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

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 230
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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 10-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by dboon:
Photo of dboon
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle, shared at the Coffee District. Joan Jett black pour with a chocolate head. Aromas of roasted malts and booze. OUTSTANDING... This is my favorite of all the treatments. The chocolate, vanilla, and caramel flavors are more pronounced and blend superbly with the booze, roasted malts, cinnamon, and peppers. Simply Amazing....

More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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

750ml bottle poured into a CCB snifter.

Pours a dark, inky black with a thin mocha head that fades to a slight ring and swirl of haze. Amazing aromas of chocolate, coffee, brownie batter, vanilla, caramel, and oak. So smooth, loving this already! Taste is a complex melange of dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, spices, ad chili peppers with a TON of caramel, oak, and vanilla from the Whiskey barrel. Not as much chili pepper as the Virgin Oak or Rum, but getting a lot of vanilla bean and cinnamon. Incredibly smooth, easily the most drinkable of the variants! Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a full body and good carbonation. Overall a great variant, second only to the Rum (Rum>Whiskey>Virgin Oak>Bourbon)!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

chocolate tan colored head, maybe about half an inch high at the most, and even this quickly dropped back to just a thin veil of bubbles across the top after just a few minutes. Looked thick, syrup or oil like sitting in the glass with just a bare black liquid staring up at me. The color was a very deep dark chocolate brown,

The first thing I noticed was a tremendous amount of whiskey and oak in the smell. It was coming across very hot at first, deep resonant smell of roasted coffee then followed, mixed in with what almost seemed to be to be like some kind rich burnt tobacco smell, quite unique aThere was some bit of sweetness in there, albeit small; however, it was there and gave off a caramelized sugar note of some sort, bitter dark chocolate mingling in now and really staring to battle it out with the whiskey. Notes of oak now hitting the stage, really giving it that earthy tone I was looking for, and being sweetened up just a little bit b a hint of vanilla floating around in there. Rich dark chocolate notes were swirling around in here, mingling with everything that came there way, including a touch of sweet lactose, which tried to drag some light in here, again, that rich smoked tobacco that I picked up in the smell, not really sure what that is, but it adds great depth to it and really providing and interesting little hint.

Photo of largadeer
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.

Photo of spicelab
4.21/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of baconsausage
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well I just don't know what to think about this brew. Pours a sticky dark oily black that sticks to the glass with minimal head or lacing. Sticky black, resinous rasin wiskey booze that sticks to the palate and coats the mouth. A small bit of pepper remains on both the mouth and the nose. Licorice and cold irish coffee dominate. Over all a good rare treat, but still unsure what to make of it.

Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Colossus goblet. We opened this at the epic tasting at finewinemike's place this past weekend.

Appearance: Pours black as night and thick as motor oil. There is a layer of dark tan head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass. Great looking beer.

Smell: Sweet roasty malt with chilies, oak and some whiskey, and I'm picking up a bunch of coconut. There is a creamy cocoa characteristic along with some dark fruit.

Taste: Sweet and malty, lots of smooth roast and cocoa along with the heat from the chilies. Lots of coconut here too. The whiskey and oak go really well with the other flavors from the base beer. Exquisite.

Mouthfeel: Thick with tingly carbonation. You can feel the heat in the end of each sip. The finish is a bit dry.

Overall: The way everything mixes together in this beer is unbelievable. The coconut notes from the barrel along with the spices and heat were perfect. Awesome!

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of mulder1010
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eddie for this bottle.

Almost black in color with a small tan head. Rich whiskey aroma and tons of vanilla. There is a ton of sweet milk chocolate aroma to it as well. Mildly roasty too. The flavor is intense in all facets. Lots of whiskey, vanilla, and chocolate. Very rich and decadent. A really, really good beer.

Photo of John_M
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the incredible finewinemike RIS tasting.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and sticky lacing. The head on this beer is rich, brown, espresso color. The nose on this beer is just gorgeous, as I get considerable whiskey, licorice, dark chocolate, malt balls and vanilla, The flavor profile replicates the nose very closely, and is just amazing. There is also something of a lighty, fruit aspect to this beer, which seems to help counter the rich dark chocolate, coffee and light licorice I'm picking up. Mouthfeel is very full in this excellent beer, and the low carbonation seemed to only enhance the soft, plush, smooth finish. The beer is slightly boozy, but that's to be expected in a beer with this kind of barrel aging and abv., and I thought it detracted not at all from the excellence of this beer.

Excellent stuff and an absolute treat to sample side by side with the rum and bourbon versions.

Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1488th Review on BA
Bottle to FW Snifter

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.

Photo of ahalloin
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of MarkIntihar
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into hayesez's Portsmouth snifter. Generously provided for ridglens' pre-wedding tasting by racens.

A - Pours jet black with a thin ring of mocha tan head. Dark as night and super thick, pours like motor oil. Yum.

S - Heavy on the whiskey up front, but not so much as to totally ruin it for me. The whiskey is backed up strongly by chili peppers and milk chocolate. A very nice blend between the three dominant characteristics.

T - Definitely whiskey heavy up front, but the base beer really carries this through the finish. Wow. An absolutely incredible blend of harsh whiskey and perfectly blended cocoa and chiles.

M - Though the whiskey comes through on the nose and in the taste, this beer is surprisingly pleasant on the tongue. Very little alcohol burn and completely coats the mouth with a syrupy film.

O - Overall an excellent treatment to the base beer. Definitely worth seeking out if you have the opportunity.

Photo of olimpia84
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a CCB Snifter. The blue label indicates this is the Whiskey barrel aged version of the beer.

A: just like the other two versions this beer pours a jet black oil color with a very little coffee colored head with literally no lacing.

S: the whiskey is definitely there and provides a predominant boozy smell along with tones of roasted malts, vanilla beans, dark fruits, cocoa and dark chocolate.

T: sweet malts, spicyness with notes of cinammon, dark coffee and a predominant whiskey boozy taste that is a bit on the high side.

M: smooth and very creamy; full body and low carbonation.

O: this is my least favorite of all the three barrel aged offerings. The whiskey aroma and taste was a bit on the strong side but nevertheless this is an excellent imperial stout.

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
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!

Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
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.

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