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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel AgedHunahpu's Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
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432 Ratings
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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.32%


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

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-18-2013)
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was another big on my wants list, thanks to HanksBeard (reddit), shared at the CCB bottle share night.

pitch black color, stains the glass, long legs, no real head,

Nose awesome dark malt stout, choc, cocoa nibs, very mild chili note, big dark choc, vanilla, coffee, little nutty and roast, little brandy like fruity barrel note.

Taste is phenomenal, dark creamy melting choc, cocoa, buttery coconut oak, fruity brandy notes and little vanilla barrel, little earthy hop, mild peppery spicy note, so much melting cocoa, etc. Finish is more vanilla, barrel, long spicy pepper but not overpowering, little vanilla barrel note, mild fruity.

Mouth is fuller bod, creamy lush, thick, decent carb, mild warming booze and mild pepper.

Overall great, very good but just wish the brandy came through a bit more, it's hard to get through the huge awesome base beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 01:00:10 | More by jlindros
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice oily black with a thin mocha halo.

S - Aromas of coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, brandy, delicious.

T - Taste is just like the nose, coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, brandy, chocolate, light malts and smoke. Super tasty, really drinkable.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, nice drinking, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was much better than ba abraxas. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 21:17:26 | More by rudzud
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RCM505

Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Axic10 for opening this for my engagement. Poured into a 2012 Huna Day snifter

Appearance: A decadent opaque deep espresso brown with one finger of mocha head that eventually dissipates into a spotty ring. Very nice retention here. Nice dark coating on the glass reminiscent of the base beer

Aroma: Cinnamon and cocao dominant with light brandy sweetness; in no way overbearing.

Taste: Dark chocolate and roasted malts; brandy sweetness really brings out the vanilla and other base beer ingredients. Although unlike in the nose I do not detect any cinnamon. Lots of dry oaky goodness in the finish; charred oak. This is a very complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy with low to moderate carbonation and a very dry finish

Overall: Excellent. What you would expect from a Huna variant. Very complex flavor profile really brought out by the brandy

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 16:59:51 | More by RCM505
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jegross2

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the California Brandy Barrel Aged Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida.

Score: 93

2013 vintage bottle served in a Hunahpu's Day 2014 taster glass and enjoyed on 03/25/14.

Appearance: Pours that typical black bodied Hunahpu's color with a thin layer of espresso colored head that settles to a ring around the glass. Okay lacing, average retention -- less so than the Double Barrel Hunahpu's. Solid oily legs. 4/5

Smell: Brandy, chocolate and light peppers. Fresher (six-plus months ago), in some bottles of this beer we sampled, the pepper and spiced characters were more robust on the nose. Alas, at least in this bottle, with just under a year of age on it, the spiciness and spiced qualities are very muted on the nose. A little bit of cinnamon and some tobacco beyond the brandy/chocolate, oak too. 4/5

Taste: The spiciness factor is substantially greater on the palate than it was in the nose -- especially side-by-side with the Double Barrel Hunahpu's. Pepper spiciness, milk chocolate, vanilla and a hint of roast on the palate. A bit of dark fruit character towards the back half too. A kiss of cinnamon, which is not nearly as pronounced as it was in the 2013 vintage Hunahpu's or the Double Barrel Hunahpu's. The spiciness of the brew last throughout the taste and lingers a bit past the swallow (along with the milk chocolate flavor) with a nice tingle sensation from the pepper heat on the front-center of the tongue. There is a very mild underlying sweetness present. The brandy aging is quite muted relative to the nose. Everything here mixes nicely. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, spot on carbonation. Has a good balance with a slight sweetness. Slightly salivating mouthfeel, with a little bit of pepper liveliness. 4.75/5

Overall: A really nice barrel aged treatment of Hunahpu's that is put to shame by Double Barrel Hunahpu's side-by-side, though the comparison is not entirely fair since the California Brandy version is nearly a year aged at this point. I think this beer was better fresher, but it has held up well. There have been numerous reports of bottle variation with this beer, but the last three I have consumed had a nice degree of spiciness -- even with nearly a year of age. Although this brew is less complex and appetizingly flavorful than the Double Barrel Hunahpu's (in fairness, so many beers are), it is nonetheless pretty delicious in its own right. It is just not as tasty as what it takes to land one at this point.

Cost: $25 for a 750 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 06:12:09 | More by jegross2
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.39/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a viscous, motor oil black with a thin film of foamy, dark brown head. A few dots of lacing and average retention.

S: A wonderful mix of cinnamon, brandy (which imparts some bright red fruit), roast, vanilla bean and oak. Loads of delicious spice are the dominant aromas here.

T: Red fruit and brandy, some vanilla, with a bit of sweet red pepper spice, coffee/roast, and mouthwatering dark cocoa at the end. Slight residual sweetness. The brandy and stout flavors don’t *quite* meld together as well as they could, though that’s not surprising for a wine-barrel stout. Just a touch of alcohol is evident.

M: Velvety medium body and light carbonation.

O: Great stuff, an improvement over regular Huna. Highly drinkable given that this is a bigger BA stout. Flavors don’t meld together as well as they probably could, but excellent nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 02:02:39 | More by pmarlowe
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timc100

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours like a CCB stout - pitch black oil/melted brownie with a burnt mocha head, very minimal - some lacing sticks around - stains the glass brown when swirling in the glass. Not as dark as MZ but beautiful menacing stout none-the-less.

Aroma of muted Hunahpu spices, rich chocolate, and brandy. All integrated very beautifully - as it warms chili, cinnamon, and vanilla come through. Not a very aromatic beer, but very nice.

Tastes astounding - incredibly vibrant, rich, decadent, smooth, sticky, slick. The brandy adds a great element to the base beer with sweet fruits and apple skin, some heat as well. The chocolate explodes as it does in Huna and MZ, smooth vanilla and some spices. Just excellent.

Outstanding beer - not necessarily better than Huna or Zhukov, just another fantastic take on a great beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 13:47:37 | More by timc100
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Woah! Whale. This and/or the Baird apple brandy version have been long-time wants of mine. Thanx, as always, to Cam for sharing during another epic Stoutfest.

Typical Hunahpu's appearance. Thick and oily black pour, dark brown head, decent retention, legs on the glass.

The smell is absurdly decadent and interesting. Tons of fudgy chocolate desserts, granny smith apples, brandy, truffles, some dark fruits and roast. Light spiciness and vanilla presence. Awesome and potent, didn't want to stop sniffin' this one.

Taste, wow. Apple brandy and chili spice are definitely upped in the profile, still tons of chocolate vanilla dessert madness. Less roasty than the scent and the original Hunahpu's, but there is just enough of it to balance out the sweetness. Lingering spice in the aftertaste.

A little less hefty than the regular version but otherwise similar, oily texture with lowish carbonation. Brandy is prevalent but not much for booze.

Enlightening beer for me. Unique, complex, crazy stout - rich chocolate fudge, apple brandy, chili spice?? Quite drinkable somehow too. Very awesome.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 18:49:28 | More by Chico1985
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Sonny for the great brews you always send me. It was only appropriate to open this at Stoutfest III, CHEERS!

A- Poured to seven glasses with a superbly thick, pitch black motor oily body. A dark mocha brown head forms to about a finger with pretty good retention. Falls to a foamy, frothy ring after a few moments and lacing is spotty.

S- Holy brandy batman! Instantly recognize the barrels in comparison to the regular Hunahpu's. The brandy brings on a barrage of dark fruits and apples, like woah. The brandy doesn't overshadow but really puts one of the biggest stout bases to rest. Dark fudge truffle chocolate and intense roast malts beneath the fruit.

T- Follows the nose with the brandy aspect in a nice way. I've had a decent amount of brandy in my time but this one seems to blend in quite well with the Hunahpu's base. Bright dark fruits and apples swirl into the fudgey, dark cocoa and milk chocolate base malts. Lingering aftertaste of pure truffle madness, I would think I just ate a big fruit truffle. Man, brandy really shines, did I mention that? Slight pepper spiciness after many sips and some cinnamon with warmth.

MF- Massively thick, what I remember from both Hunahpu's and Zhukov (duh). Oily beast coats the palate with a nice moderate carbonation that really allows the fruit to shine on the palate. No alcohol heat for me, hidden almost insanely so.

The first really put me aback but it grew on me with warmth and time. I really enjoy the bright brandy character we got in this bottle (I have heard it varies quite a bit) as it turns it all into a dessert truffle more than a beer. Tons of melted chocolate and brandy deliciousness.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 04:02:13 | More by cbutova
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GrapesofWrath

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed alongside Amplitude and DB Hunahpu's- poured into a CCB snifter

Pours black with cascades of tan bubbles and a thick mocha head.

Smell is reminiscent of standard Hunahpu's with some toasted oak.

Taste falls kinda flat with a great base stout, yet muddied spice character and no detectable brandy.

Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy.

Overall, great stout, but could use some refining.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 17:16:58 | More by GrapesofWrath
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick and viscous black with minimal head. Oily appearance and a dark coating left on the glass. The nose starts with heavy dark chocolate followed by bright notes of cinnamon. The brandy adds some sweetness and seems to accentuate the cinnamon and vanilla notes. The taste is sweet up front with darkish chocolate and deep brandy notes which linger throughout. Notes of syrup, honey, vanilla, and wood come through in addition to the pepper and chocolate from the base beer. Mouthfeel is super heavy with light carbonation. Overall, fantastic beer with tons of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 08:26:12 | More by homebrew311
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I would honestly rather have a reg Huna

A- motor oil, very little carbonation, no lacing.

S- Muted form of Huna. I get some chocolate. The vanilla aroma has been torn off from this Brandy aging. Smells pretty good, but not reg Huna good.

T- Muted Huna again. Very little vanilla, not sure how much good the brandy aging did. I had a friend who is Catador who told me to not bother with trying to get this bottle, and he was right. I would rather have traded this for two Hunas.

M- No carbonation, the mouthfeel is actually made way thinner from the barrel aging.

O- I see a lot of people trying to trade for this bottle. I don't see why.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 00:17:53 | More by gueuzedreg
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mverity

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I got this bottle at the brewery from winning a raffle at Proof Brewing Co. I drove to and went with the guy who I'm sharing this bottle with.

Pours an oily, inky black. A healthy amount of thick, slightly creamy, dark chocolate colored head. Head lasted well, and faded into a 1/8 inch collar that has held really well.

I get a lot of vanilla in the aroma. Some sweet, earthy, woody brandy too. A nice backbone of roasted malt and dark chocolate.

Really creamy and thick boys, very low carbonation.

Taste is the sweet brandy up front, nice dark chocolate and vanilla in he aftertaste. The mid-palate is a touch of vegetal chile, and mostly the deep malt.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 08:11:59 | More by mverity
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I shared during our ugly sweater christmas party tasting.

A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film that dissolves into stillness after about five minutes. Leaves little to no lace on the glass.

S - Smells of warm chocolate, strong brandy, cinnamon, light chili heat, vanilla and oak. This is probably the best part of this beer as all the intended aromas are present and accounted for.

T - Starts off with a quick burst of sweetness, mainly vanilla and chocolate, quickly giving way to a combo of charred dark malt and strong brandy barrel. There is only a hint of the chilies and cinnamon from the nose. Finish has some char and light dryness, lingering for quite awhile. Good but missing some of the key parts.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Big, roasty feel with only a mild chili burn, wish it had more. Booze is again well hidden, only really coming forward at room temperature.

O - An enjoyable rift on the regular Hunahpu's. I just wish a bit more of the base beer came through, not sure if that is from the age or just how it is. I would never turn this down again but it just isn't as good as the apple brandy was.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 04:18:49 | More by orangesol
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.16/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black along with a small tan head which leaves a long lasting thin lace throughout. The nose picks up the usual Cigar City imperial stout trait, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, coconut cream, cocoa, caramel, marshmallow and nougat. The flavor was just amazing along with brandy notes, roasted malt, toast, mild acidity, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, wood, some dark fruit, raisin, and . It finished off earthy with some warmth towards the finish. Full body, good carbonation and oily mouthfeel. Again, so lucky to try this rare gem!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 05:02:23 | More by CuriousMonk
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from trade with BigBadBeerSnob. BIG THANKS! Poured into a Hunahpu snifter. Pours pitch black with a small half finger dark brown head on top that takes a while to form. Big chocolate brandy aroma, lots of sweet molasses, vanilla, booze, licorice. Flavor is big bittersweet chooclate, some light brandy booze, vanilla, anise, tobacco, very little spice left, sweet chocolate covered raisins, plums, other dark fruits. Slightly dry and ashy on the finish, which is unexpected. That's something I get from Zhukov, but not from the base Hunahpu. As this warms, some drier nuttiness comes out as well. Somewhat thick mouthfeel--though not as thick as the regular Hunahpu--with low carbonation. Very much reminds me of those liquor filled chocolates.

This was a very good brew, but the brandy barrels hid all that is awesome about the base beer: chocolate, vanilla, and light spice. A little bitterness added, strangely enough, and lots of big fruit flavors. Definitely an awesome beer, but I think I prefer the base beer on its own. I am more into chocolate and roast than chocolate and fruits. This ends up being a completely different beer.

I tried to have some Hershey Kisses with this, and that did not go well. Just brought out the booze. Let it warm a bit, and drink it on its own or with something not sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 23:57:23 | More by BMMillsy
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love Hunahpu's stout and all black beer from CCB. Very happy to give this one a shot, so a big cheers to jbeatty for sending this over the pond.

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled 9 May 2013
Drunk along side a regular Huna

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. Looks wonderful, just as the regular version does.

SMELL: Roasted malts, molasses, cacao powder, some vanilla and chilies for sure. A touch of brandy barrel, but not much really. The base beer is still the main actor here.

TASTE: A touch of brandy barrel up front, but then lots of base beer through the middle into the swallow. Roasted malts, molasses again, cacao, with cinnamon, vanilla and chilies linger over a roasted, chocolaty base. Some brandy barrel and alcohol provides a solid backdrop as well, but it is rather in the background. Solid beer, as the base stout is world class, but as a barrel aged beer, it could use a touch more in that department.

PALATE: Medium-full body, oily, with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a slightly oily and mouth-coating finish. Fantastic feel for the style, and just as menacing as the base beer.

OVERALL: This is another example that to be a world class beer, no matter the adjuncts or barrel aging, the base beer has to be world class in itself. You could probably do absolutely anything to Marshal Zhukov and it would turn out a winner. Hunahpu's stout is probably the best adjunct stout out there, and barrel aging it works so well. I will admit that I find the base Huna a better adjunct stout than this BA version is a barrel aged stout, but no matter. Enjoyed the heck out of this and would jump at the opportunity to drink it again. Thanks again jbeatty. Highly, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 18:28:45 | More by Jeffo
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Fux

France

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from a bottle generously shared at last Borefts. I originately wanted to try it side by side with my bottle of Laird's Apple Brandy Huna and missed the opportunity. Whatever, I guess I'll have others!
Pours dark, opaque, very thick.
The barrel ageing is obvious from the nose with more booze than the regular huna, some brandy and white fruits on top of the roasted malt and chocolate. Peppery finish.
The taste is less focused on the balance between chocolate and chili than the regular version, the chocolate isn't actually the dominant flavor, being mellowed in roasted malt and some coffee flavor. The complexity comes from the barrel treatment with some noticeable booze, hints of pear and apple and a vanilla sweetness. Finishes with spicies and chilies with a moderately hot aftertaste.
Thick and heavy mouthfeel, not sticky, but a bit too hot considering booze and chili.
The barrel ageing changes the base beer quite a lot, it brings more complexity but withdraw some of the delightful fudge and chili chocolate from the base beer. I'm now curious to see the effect of other barrel ageing on Huna.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 09:35:25 | More by Fux
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Culture

Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I got two of these bottles by winning a raffle at WOB Sarasota. I basically hit the PowerBall!

Smell- You get the smell of Cocoa, Brandy , Cinnamon, vanilla, and espresso.

Taste - You deff can taste the barrel flavor. There is also some espresso and peppers on the back of the pallet.

Mouth- Thick mouthfeel. You can drink it cold or room temp. Either way it is enjoyable.

Overall-Excellent ! You cannot go wrong with anything from CCB.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 12:38:11 | More by Culture
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GameFreac

Georgia

4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got this in an IP trade from Ben from Angry Chair. The best IP trade ever.

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with a half a finger of a brown head - almost identical to Zhukov. Blackest beers I've ever seen.

Smell: Smells of brandy, chocolate, dark chocolate mainly with some sweet milk chocolate hidden at the end. Cocoa, coffee, espresso, roast, cinnamon, sweet syrupy scent. A faint spicy heat from the peppers and vanilla.

Taste - Taste mirrors the nose with that barrel character coming out more in the taste followed by a hint of that heat from the peppers that slides down your throat and warms.

Mouthfeel: Almost no alcohol (until it warms a little - then it get a little boozy). Thick mouthfeel - feels oily.

Overall: Amazing amazing stuff. This is one of the best beers I've ever had and it's in the same league as regular Huna or Zhukov. They're all amazing.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 05:59:41 | More by GameFreac
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a very thick and dark brown. Settles into the glass as a black looking liquid with no head to speak of. Poured almost syrupy, so even with a vigorous pour there was no head.

S- Sweet sugary vanilla, caramel, hints of dark fruits and cinnamon, the brandy comes through as a sugary candy aroma. Very nice and not overpowering.

T- A big, rich stout with tons of roasted malts giving way to some cinnamon and vanilla, with lots of sugary sweetness. Lots of sweet liquor-like flavors in the middle, with the sweetness giving way to a hint of spicy pepper and cinnamon on the finish. Lots of interesting flavors come out and share the spotlight.

M- Thick, rich, syrupy, huge mouthfeel, one of the fullest stouts I have ever had. Carbonation is at a low level, which works nicely with the body.

O- This is a great beer that showcases lots of complex flavors, good use of a barrel and a great mouthfeel. Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 23:34:49 | More by stephenjmoore
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TheChef18

Florida

4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had at the hunahpu's vertical dinner.

A- same as regular. black as shoe polish

S- Chocolate, chile, vanilla, with the added layer of brandy sweetness

T- Very little "boozy" taste to it. The brandy compliments the notes already in Huna perfectly. best way to improve upon an already stellar beer

M- thick and sticky. very little to no carbonation

O- simply excellent. Can't wait to see what variation is done for this year's Hunahpu's

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 15:20:58 | More by TheChef18
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thebsmitty

Florida

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jbruner for a chance to get at this. Thin lacing, amber brown color. Dark black color. Smell cinnamon, vanilla, brandy, chocolate, caramel, cocoa, and hint of booze. Tastes is cherry, licorice, chili, chocolate, caramel, coffee, cinnamon, bourbon, and vanilla. Low carbonation, smooth finish, excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 15:38:00 | More by thebsmitty
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Viscous black. Dark mocha head. Medium collar and a few islands.

Smell - Tons of brandy. Peppers and chocolate. Dark chocolate and a green aroma from the peppers.

Taste - Rich chocolate. Brandy is less distinct than the nose, but still present. More chocolate. Peppers and some other spices.

Mouthfeel - Very thick. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I'm still not convinced that barrels improve on Hunahpu at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 02:23:38 | More by Alieniloquium
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room while waiting for El Catador Club sign-up. Served in a snifter glass.

A: Essentially jet black, opaque, with a thin tan head and no visible carbonation.

S: Dark fruit, liqueur, deep dark roasted malts, cacao, molasses, chiles, cinnamon, and spices with sweetness on top.

T: Follows the nose, with some light oak character as well. Not overly boozy - actually, almost not at all boozy - but that lets the cacao, pepper spices, vanilla and molasses show up better and compliment the barrel and light liqueur aspects.

M: Thick heavy body, sticky mouthfeel, restrained alcohol presence for style. Low carbonation sensation but never seems flat.

O: Very very good. Significantly better than last year's Apple Brandy variant in my opinion. The lighter barrel character adds depth while letting the flavors that make Hunahpu such a good beer come through.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 00:14:41 | More by macrosmatic
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Treebs

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml waxed bottle served in a Funky Buddha snifter. Thanks to Matt for the share.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick ring that has some splotchy lace.

S: Brandy sweetness and fruitiness upfront. Pretty boozy on the nose with a nice chocolate character. Dark fruit with some light acetone/nail polish on the finish.

T: Lots of chocolate and cinnamon notes with a light brandy sweetness. Mild fruitiness from the brandy, a little oak and some dark fruit as wel.

M: Thick bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Smooth finish.

O: Probably the worst of the Huna barrel treatments I've had. The brandy didn't compliment the base at all and it was far too fruity for my liking. Apple Brandy or GTFO.

Serving type: bottle

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