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

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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.32%
Wants: 520
Gots: 90 | FT: 7
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-18-2013)
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Reviews by Fux:
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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

3.79/5  rDev -17.1%

Thanks to Josh for this one. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into a snifter. Reviewed at a tasting from notes.

Pours pitch black with minimal lacing and minimal head. Oily legs legs that don't really stick around. Decent.

Nose is sweet fruit, chocolate, fudge, and cocoa. I don't really get a big chili presence here. Moderately aromatic . Solid but nothing out of the ordinary.

Opens chocolate, chili, cocoa and roasted malt. Some cocoa and roasted malt bitterness in the middle with a chili and dark chocolate end. Finishes is sweet and chili heat with a hot, sweet, and slightly salty aftertaste. As always, unique but the barrel doesn't add much to the base beer in this case.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Prickly, slick and heavy in the mouth and goes down hot and boozy. Messy finish with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Pretty good.

This isn't much different from Hunahpu's. Spicy, boozy, balanced and complex. However, the barrel really doesn't add much in this case. A solid beer overall but not one to get crazy over.

06-23-2013 02:56:53 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Big thanks to Tommy for again hitting another big want of mine. Brandy Hunahpu's pours inky, oily, and black, as it sits like used up 5w-20 sitting still inside of my glass. Swirling the glass reveals the highly viscous body of the beer. There's absolutely no head, and the few bubbles that reach the surface quickly scatter to the edge of the glass to form the thinnest tan collar I've ever seen.

I have to go back about five or six times before I can even begin to pick out specifics in the aroma. Just so many things going on at once, it's difficult to wrap your senses around it. Plentiful baker's chocolate, roasted malts, sweet and smooth brandy warmth, cinnamon sticks, and a touch of back end chile. On paper, it looks overwhelming, but everything meshes together so incredibly well.

Minutes later, I still haven't even taken a sip yet, but I sit there, pretty content with just admiring the aroma. The copious amounts of sweet cocoa, the lovely vanilla finish, the perfect addition of cinnamon spice, the smooth integration of warm brandy and wood, and the unobtrusive nature of the chile peppers. The harmonious complexity is really a masterpiece.

I finally take a sip, and I'm not surprised to find it loaded with tons of sweet baker's chocolate and waves of roasted malts. I even pick up an initial hint of coffee beans - perhaps ol' Zhukov is gently peaking his head through all of the bustle? Vanilla is heavier in the flavor, as is the cinnamon, but they are both very welcomed amplifications, and they're treating my palate right.

Brandy is laden throughout the beer, but never dominates or obstructs the other mirage of flavors taking place. Warm brandy, even a touch sweet, with lots of oak in the finish. The chiles are mild all the way through, and only tickle the back of my tongue every so often. Though I like the fact they're not burning my senses silly, I wouldn't mind it if they were just a *little* more potent. It seems the barrel aging has swallowed them up.

Cigar City has a knack for big, thick, oily, viscous mouth feels, and California Brady Hunahpu's is certainly no exception to that rule. It feels like 2% chocolate milk, so rich and thick, each sip just exploding with flavor. Carbonation was understandably low, but it didn't harm the mouth feel any. Really, this was such a wonderful, enjoyable, and unique stout, and I'm really glad I finally had the chance to try it.

07-29-2013 01:16:57 | More by tectactoe
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

04-13-2014 12:58:14 | More by Schlais
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4.88/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

01-08-2014 08:11:59 | More by mverity
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-08-2013 23:44:21 | More by codysjb
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-29-2014 20:23:02 | More by standardcherry
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-08-2014 00:21:57 | More by Cynic-ale
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

07-24-2013 20:05:05 | More by jokermanboy
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

04-13-2014 01:33:02 | More by TKEbeerman
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4.74/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

09-24-2013 12:38:11 | More by Culture
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-02-2013 15:49:08 | More by mondegreen
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West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-04-2014 02:44:55 | More by williamjbauer
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-01-2013 20:12:00 | More by stereosforgeeks
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4.8/5  rDev +5%

A - Dark chocolate brown with light brown head to it

S - Sweet vanilla, chocolate, light marshmallow and a brandy sweetness. The brandy coming through also gives it a slightly booze

T - Mexican chocolate, light pepper, sweet vanilla, caramel, dark fudge to it. The brandy comes through that gives it a light alcohol kick and a great sweetness. The brandy really adds a nice complexion to it the beer. Cinnamon comes through more as it warms up

MF - Thick creamy body with a light spice from the pepper. Not much booziness that comes through.

O - Really an amazing beer where the California Brandy adds some subtlety and complexity to regular Huna.

06-16-2013 04:10:41 | More by jeonseh
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

02-24-2014 17:25:39 | More by striker2160
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-10-2013 14:13:40 | More by johnyb
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -12.5%

08-25-2013 19:42:40 | More by acurtis
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4.8/5  rDev +5%

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.

02-28-2014 13:47:37 | More by timc100
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

06-09-2014 21:41:10 | More by weonfire
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

06-22-2013 19:15:28 | More by Beerontwowheels
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

10-31-2013 15:38:27 | More by azorie
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

10-04-2013 07:51:02 | More by ChrisMetcalfe
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

03-21-2014 14:55:43 | More by mdaschaf
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

06-28-2013 20:03:04 | More by cacostaj
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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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