Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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4.46/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, brandy, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla and cinnamon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate and an alcohol kick with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some awesome aromas and flavors.
Serving type: on-tap
06-03-2013 00:51:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.38/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottle shared by lansman at Northdown. Thanks dude! Served in a snifter.
A - Looks like Hunahpu's, with that distinguishing glass-coating film to it. Tan foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and specks of lace. Black body, although it doesn't seem quite as oily as previous variants.
S - Loads of brandy here, with a sweet and vinous quality pervading; almost cognac-esque. The barrel and spirit flavors are supported by the expected cocoa, with noticeable traces of cinnamon and chile surviving the the aging process. Well-hidden booze and excellent integration of flavors.
T - The taste isn't quite as excellent as the aroma, but it's still solid enough. There's a bit more char, biscuit, and perhaps a hint of dark fruit oxidation amid the cinnamon, molasses, and dark chocolate flavors. Less overt oak and spirit, and more nebulous sweetness. Finish reveals a bit of Zhukov's scorched earth and tar bitterness.
D - Dry, tannic, and roasty. Full bodied, with lower carbonation, and some mild chile heat and spice that lingers.
D - This is quite different from the Apple Brandy version and seems less barrel-forward than the other variants that have been released. Enjoyable on the whole, although I wish the taste had been as compelling as the aroma. Lives up to the hype for the most part though.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2013 21:35:58 | More by MasterSki
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
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
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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