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

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 536
Gots: 88 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Florida, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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