Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by Fux:
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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3.48/5 rDev -23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
This beer has fallen off. Had it last month with a good friend, it's nothing but Brandy now.
In fact we all preferred a 2012 Black Tuesday over this beer. It's got an awesome aroma if you like Brandy, I do, but the taste itself is just too damn harsh. Compared to when these were first release this beer is a pale ghost of it's former greatness.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 17:33:45 | More by jivex5k
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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