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

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 568
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 2.23%
Wants: 544
Gots: 93 | FT: 2
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Florida, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (1,319 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (2,094 characters)

Photo of Fux
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of Culture
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of GameFreac
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of TheChef18
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
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 (439 characters)

Photo of thebsmitty
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.42/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My friend Andy was fortunate enough to get this in a trade with someone.
Andy has now privileged us with trying this, and a 2012 Huna the other day.
We poured this into small sample glasses, among four of us.

I really loved this beer.

Pours a dark dark brown, like one of those stouts that looks like straight motor oil. Hold this up to the brightest of lights, and you will still not see through it. No sign of head (if so, very little).

The smell! Oh my god the smell. It's a pleasant scrumptious, graham cracker, mixed with peppers, and the best malt smells you can get from a stout.

This has to be my favorite stout I have ever had at my young age of 23.
But I have a hard time believing anything will rival it anytime soon.
It brings all the wonderful roasted chocolaty malts from Huna, along with the perfect balance of peppery spices. Like one of those REAL chocolate bars with peppers in them.
SUCH A pleasant mouthfeel, so smooth, no hotness, the lingering tastes are just exactly what I would want from any stout. (1,032 characters)

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into Hunahpu snifter. Huge thanks to dachshunddude86 for the bottle.

A - Pours a very deep, murky black. Minimal dark brown head rises as it settles. Looks as though you're staring into the abyss... and I'm not talking about the beer.

S - I don't find this aspect overly pleasant like some others do. Smells of roasted malts, burnt dark chocolate, and cinnamon. A bit like an over-cooked mexican chocolate cake. I am surprised at the lack of barrel smell. Where's the vanilla?

T - Much better then the smell. Starts off with rich chocolate dominating. Followed up by a menagerie of different flavors. Cinnamon, roast, a hint of sweet vanilla and charred pepper, and oak. Not much of the brandy to be found though. Still, this is one of the most complex beers I've ever had.

M - Thick and viscous. Coats every pore in your mouth and begs you to go slow with this. The glass retains a brown hue after swirling. This beer begs you to share it with 2-4 people. The flavors hang around for a good 5-10 minutes after each sip. I'm doming it though, so to press on I'm sipping a glass of water with it. For 12.5%, the alcohol is no where to be found, and I mean NO WHERE.

O - I'm really glad I got to try this. I'm also looking forward to seeing what CCB does with this beer in the future. I would like to try one though that has a strong barrel presence, but perhaps that wasn't the point with this beer. The bit of oak plays well with the base Hunahpu and is just an explosion of taste. Well done, CCB. (1,517 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. (2,414 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Shane!

Pours black as night, inky, opaque, with a fingers of super dark brown frothy head. The aroma has plenty wood notes, brandy, heat from the peppers, and loss of sticky chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, mild pepper heat, very faint cinnamon (which is fine cuz Im not a cinnamon fan lol), light boozy woody notes. Full bodied, not quite as thick feeling as it looks, but still chewy nonetheless. Drinks well, alcohol isn't too potent on the taste.

There's so much chocolate and pepper that the brandy barrel isn't as potent as you'd think, but its still quite a stellar imperial stout! (597 characters)

Photo of 4amepiphany
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Trent Steel for the share!

Pours like darkness, very little head. Prominent Cinnamon, but no heat from spices. Chocolate. Did I mention cinnamon? Reminiscent of my unicorn Abraxas, but I feel Abraxas finishes better. A little thin, but definitely not thin at all. Almost feel bad for guzzling mine, but at least I smacked my lips a lot to get the full flavor across my palate. I've been waiting to try Hunahpu for quite some time since I had the revelation that I love my chili stouts. This did not disappoint. A great whale to share. (545 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with the yellow wax at a bottle share. Poured into a BCBS snifter 7/13/2013.

This beer is really something. The nose reminds me of an even sweeter Hunahpu- lots of dark chocolate sweetness complemented by a subtle sweet syrupy brandy flavour. When it warms up a bit, you can get some of the chili, but I never really get much cinammon or vanilla here.

A typical dark black imperial stout that is pretty much viscous motor oil, very opaque. Thin brown head that dissipates quickly. The beer ends up looking very placid. A little bit of lacing here and there, nothing sticks.

As I drink this beer, my first thought is that it is very sweet. Chocolatey with a good bit of brandy flavour that is more detectable than in the nose. Some chili comes up, and I convinced myself I had a little vanilla as well. Not a whole lot of cinammon. Altogether it is a complex, delicious, decadent combination. Double chocolate cake with brandy frosting and chili sprinkled on top.

Thick as hell. Full bodied beer that is viscous and smooth. The aftertaste is mostly the chocolate and chili which is much like the regular Hunahpu. Very smooth but not too dry, not a ton of heat either.

Overall this is a slight improvement on the original Hunahpu. If you aren't able to get this on the cheap, the regular Hunahpu still gives you everything you could ever want and more. This beer held up great against an all-star lineup of BCS variants and VBDL so that should tell you something about how solid this one is, at the very least. (1,528 characters)

Photo of Skrypt
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with Dan (netdigger2) after tasting the set of barrel-aged Mexican Cake variants.

A: Pours a viscous, pitch black with minimal head. Leaves behind oily legs between sips.

S: Wonderfully sweet brandy and chocolate notes with hint of pepper and a decent amount of alcohol.

T: There is a complex sweetness that comes up, but evolves quickly into a bitter dark chocolate. There is a ton of smooth, roasty malt flavors in here with hints of vanilla and toffee. Decent amount of pepper, too. The after taste is a bitterness similar to a good dark chocolate.

M: Very thick and lightly carbonated. Leaves behind a dry finish similar to a good, dry wine.

Overall: Absolutely delicious brew. I mean, it's a Hunahpu so of course it's good, but the brandy barrels don't really seem to play a big role here. Not sure the hype on this is merited. (858 characters)

Photo of Juuroumaru
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a Midnight black almost like motor oil with a lovely dark Brown Head.
S- the smell of Brandy barrels is all over this one with a nice lovely hint of cacao.
T- tastes of Brandy with a nice Chocolate background working together.
M- thick almost like syrupy oil.
O- this thing is amazing and im so thankful that i was able to try a bottle of this. thanks Jonathan for hooking it up. (388 characters)

Photo of Tone2467
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a wax sealed bottle in a snifter.

A: Just how I like my Imperial Stouts. It pours almost pitch black with the tiniest blood red tint. A small head that disperses quickly leaving a mirror like surface staring back a you. Reminds me of a lake on a moonless night.

S: The first whiff is of strong chocolate with some sweetness hiding in there. No signs of Brandy at my first pour. As it warms though the sweet smell dirs of a bit giving way to the same strong Choclate aroma but, now their are hints of chili and just a little Brandy aroma comes peaking through. I got no signs of Vanilla or Cinnamon from my nose but I'm not complaining.

T: Similar to the aroma at first. Strong tastes of Chocolate and a burnt sweetness settle on my tounge. The breath out reveals some vanilla and definitely some Brandy in there. As it warmed the Chili and Cinnamon step up to the plate as well as a more pronounced Brandy flavor. Throughout the entire experience the slighty burnt flavor plays on the toungue. A complex beer on the palate for sure.

M: She's a thick one. A full bodied Stout with low carbonation. Slides right off the tounge and down the throat. There's some spiciness and heat that follow. I almost want to call it a lingering silky or oily feeling. Perfect for a Stout.

O: If you get the opportunity this is definitely one to try. A deep complexity with a great smoothness. Definitely on my list of great beers to watch for. (1,443 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Wine tasting snifter. Tasted side by side after regular Huna same vintage 2013.

Motor oil black off the pour, carbon copy of regular Huna. Dark walnut black, fleeting mocha dark head and small collar. Impressive and aggressive.

Berry fruit forward on first whiff. Hints at raspberry with lingering classic dark bitter chocolate. Dominant, taking over any sense of any hints of oak, vanilla, or even chili pepper sensations compared to regular Huna. Doesn't smell like a brandy.

First sip brings the berry fruit action, but an interesting tangy sour note slightly which is playful. Large bodied and full. Classic dark bitter chocolate angle, but a nice berry fruit forward somewhere between dark berries and raspberry. Roast character slightly complimenting, but no chili heat or sense that peppers were added.

It's a very well crafted brew, but I am not feeling the strong specialty that the brandy barrel brought to this otherwise great beer. No complaints though, very tasty. (1,011 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.76/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (1,035 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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. (652 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (1,306 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into HF sherry glass. Thanks JD for brining this to our tasting, consumed right after Mexican Cake.

A- Pours a pitch black, decent carbonation, slight mocha brown head that dissipates to a flat top with just a slight brown ring around the glass.

S- Aromas of brandy, oak, dark chocolate, hint of coffee and vanilla, some light peppers hiding in the background. Incredibly well balanced, pleasant smelling, nice barrel presence.

T- Creamy chocolate, light well balanced peppers/spices, a hint of vanilla and slight coffee, subtle brandy that lends a nice sweetness, slight oak, finishes with more creamy chocolate, brandy, and subtle spices.

M- Medium bodied, goes down very easy, nice light carbonation perfect for a stout.

O- This was a fantastic barrel-aged stout that retains all the great flavors of the base beer but adds a nice well balanced complexity. I definitely recommend checking this out. (927 characters)

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