Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged
Cigar City Brewing

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel AgedHunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2
ABV:
11%
Score:
100
Ranked #3
Avg:
4.78 | pDev: 7.74%
Reviews:
169
Ratings:
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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel AgedHunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged
Notes: Stout aged on Peruvian cacao nibs, ancho and pasilla chiles, cinnamon and Madagascar vanilla beans aged in apple brandy and rum barrels before being blended together.
Reviews: 169 | Ratings: 1,650 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Dfeinman1 from Florida

4.75/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This amazing beer combines tobacco, peppers, vanilla, and what tastes like brandy into the quintessential barrel aged beer that pours perfectly and combines amazing mouthfeel, carb and taste

Mar 03, 2021
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Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 Vintage - Drank 02/24/21

Smell -pleasant with notes of tobacco and chocolate

Taste - The tobacco over powers this one in the beginning. And then as it warms, the peppers take over. Very unique taste, and I think it’s the brandy barrel influence.

Feel - thin, and I expected more

Overall - for being the #4 overall beer on BA, I expected more, much more. The feel was thin, and notes of pepper overpowered this. Yet it was not completely unenjoyable, just not even close to the 4th best beer in the world. Regardless, glad I gut to try it as it’s always nice to see what the hype is about. This one just didn’t live up to it

Feb 25, 2021
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brokensail from California

4.29/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle @ 10K + OT. Thanks, Jake. Black in color without much/any head. Crazy marshmallow and graham cracker nose. Lots of cinnamon, chocolate, and vanilla. Light spice, slight fruity brandy, and some caramel. Tastes like smores and cinnamon toast crunch. Crazy marshmallow, chocolate, and cinnamon. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and a subtle chile spiciness. Really solid.

Feb 05, 2021
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GRG1313 from California

4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this double barrel aged multiple times for multiple years. This is an excellent stout that I welcome drinking just about any time I'd like a stout. However, this is simply not a 100 point beer. I'm convinced that the score for this beer is the result of scoring by locals employing local hype. But, very good beer none the less.

Jul 22, 2020
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doucmehu from Oregon

4.9/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

After 500+ stouts, this one is easily top 5. A bar to measure all other BA adjunct stouts (for me). Everything is spot on. Sweet-but-not-too-sweet, super balanced adjuncts, barrel-but-not-too-much-barrel, thick-but-not-THICC, etc.

May 01, 2020
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Kdouble from Tennessee

4.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to my new friends at the Cycle Barrel Aged Day bottle shared.

Look- A smooth black with a thin tannish head which faded quickly.

Smell- A mix of barrel, booze, and sweetness of chocolate. Interesting mix that really works.

Taste- Chocolate, barrel, coconut, and just a hint of cinnamon. Nothing like the Hunahpus that I had tried before. There was more sweetness but the barrel gave it a nice sharp flavor. I think the brandy really gave the flavors an awesome boost.

Mouthfeel- A nice thick coating which lingers. Full bodied and little carbonation.

Overall- A fantastic brew from Cigar City. This is definitely a one of a kind brew.

Mar 14, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like heavy roast, pepper spice, rum spice, cocoa powder, oak, dark fruit, smoke, and espresso.

Both barrels don't necessarily come through here - it's more smokey rum than anything else. I'm not sure I actually get any apple brandy. There's a decent amount of pepper, and a touch of cinnamon, and a definite big helping of chocolate. There's some tobacco and smoke too, as is kind of common with this brewery. There's a touch of molasses syrup on the back end, too.

This is medium bodied, with a decent creaminess, and no real booziness, with a slightly bitter/syrupy finish.

This isn't anywhere near the height of the hype it (used to) get, but it's still enjoyable in a vacuum.

Nov 10, 2019
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Duncian from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours motor-oil black with minimal head. Nose is seriously off, like a cross between an ashtray and burnt sesame candy. Booze is there, too, but largely overpowered. Taste is extremely muddled. Peppery spice, smokiness, minimal barrel presence, with a lot less sweetness than expected from the rum/apple brandy combo. Flavors blend much more pleasantly in the taste than the smell, the mouthfeel is pleasantly thick, but overall this was a real letdown.

Jul 30, 2019
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jhavs from New York

4.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

B2, shared amongst friends.

Black, opaque, mocha froth head.

Aroma has booze, spicy cinnamon, vanilla and roasted malts.

Flavor has a lot of fudgy chocolate with an increasing cinnamon presence as it warms. Moderate pepper heat, light vanilla in the background. The apple brandy barrel comes out as it gets close to room temperature.

Moderate carbonation, syrupy, Above medium body.

A tasty brew, silky, sweet. Heat is there but not overpowering.

Jul 25, 2019
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a silky black color with a dark mocha colored head.

Smell - The nose was the of a sweet barrel aged stout. The booze and cinnamon are noted, but not the heat.

Taste - At the front, my first impression was black licorice. It was not nasty black licorice, since it was balanced by chocolate syrup, coconut, and dry green apple. My disappointment was that the pepper spice of the base beer was gone. There was a hint of cinnamon, but little heat. The barrel notes become more pronouned as it warms, particularly the apple brandy.

Mouthfeel - The beer was big bodied, just hovering on the tongue and allowing the test profile to develop.

Overall - The beer was great, but I missed the spice of the base beer.

Dec 02, 2018
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VeganUndead from Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is such a big beer and there is so much going on, it is great, but you can only consume about 4 oz before you're done or you get diabetes. Let's calm down on the ratings a little bit

Aug 15, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 batch (#2) reviewed.

Hunahpu's is one of those beers that I loved the very first time I tried it, and I've been chasing that dragon ever since... unsuccessfully, as it turns out.

I've been lucky enough to try Barrel-aged Huna twice now - once at Great American Beer Fest, and for a second time when I won a bottle in a charity raffle. As it turns out, I drank my BA Huna alongside of Double Barrel Huna, expecting that I would be blown away by the Double Barrel... in fact, it was the exact opposite experience.

And perhaps I should have expected that, given the barrels used in DB Huna - Rum and Apple Brandy barrels don't often tend to impart much thickness to a beer, and in combination, they definitely made the beer seem a bit thin. Additionally, where the bourbon barrels in BA Huna add depth, richness, sweetness, and complexity, it seems that Double Barrel just took on thinness and acidity. It's also quite charred in taste - it reminded me quite a bit of my gripes with 2018 Huna. Sadly, all of that cinnamon and vanilla that I love seemed to be entirely absent. It's still a sweet beer, but it's greatly overshadowed by the barrel notes and char and acidity.

In the end, I honestly think I've found myself preferring non-barrel-aged Huna as my go-to. It's certainly easier to get, and something about it is just a much more pleasant experience for me. Yes, I have a sweet tooth, so that's probably a big part of it. Or perhaps Cigar City's aging methods just aren't to my liking. Maybe the barrels? Tough to say - more experimentation required!

Aug 06, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black color with dark mocha head. Aroma is really spice forward with lots of cinnamon, rum and booze. Taste is desserty with fudge, chili, cinnamon and some heat on the finish. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Quite nice but not such a huge step ahead of the regular.

Jul 06, 2018
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Rristow from Ohio

4.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from bottle. Pours black with beige head. Tasted against regular 16 Huna and 17 Bourbon BA Huna. Aroma of cinnamon, rum, almost a little nutty, some fruity notes and apple. Moderate to heavily sweet with mild bitterness. Lots of cinnamon, caramel, toffee, some chocolate and finishes with a moderate chili burn. You do get some rum barrel sweetness and just a hint of brandy. More intense and complex than the Huna and Bourbon Huna. Excellent!

Apr 11, 2018
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JuanFushashi from Maine

4.99/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a jet engine oil dark body with a mocha-hued head. The cacao and spice come aromas are strong, along with the booziness from the brandy and rum barrels. The taste is like no other stout I've had. Brandy and rum blend together nicely to add some complexity to the richness of the nibs. The chiles and cinnamon are very noticeable as well, but are balanced out by the chocolate and alcohol so it's never too overpowering. The chocolate and vanilla thicken this beer, and the heat of the chiles and brandy/rum leave a nice heat. Phenomenal beer that deserves the praise it's received.

Feb 19, 2018
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours one shade shy of black with not head, just a tight band around the shoulders. Nose reveals chocolate, peanut butter and a hit of cinnamon. Taste follows nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild, even carbonation, a hit of heat and a kiss of acidity. All and all a nice beer but I don't get too much of the barrel.

Jan 28, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, oily pitch black coloration with a small, creamy head. The beer downright sticks to the glass as you swirl it, leaving a short-lived film of dark beer and white lace. Smell is somewwhat subdued, pretty underwheming compared to the taste. Cinnamon is most noticeable, with a sort of odd earthy, musty, woody aroma being pretty dominant as well. Perhaps a hint of coconut there. Taste is quite complex, lots of chocolate and rum noticeable at first, with a decent bit of cinnamon and vanilla coming through as well. The chili really grows as you drink and the beer warms. Quite noticeable in the aftertaste in a really pleasant way. Quite a bit of warm boozyness there as well, but very smooth and mellow at the same time. Mouthfeel really is fantastic, very thick, sticky, almost oily and very smooth. I was considering waiting for CBS for my 100th review, but I think this one will do nicely. The barrel-aging really did wonders to the quite overrated Hunapuh here, adding a certain complexity from the brandy and rum notes along with making the chili stand out more and generally mellowing out the beer, creating a richer harmony. Still smells really weird though.

Jan 21, 2018
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Alequine from Delaware

4.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very Dark brown with a tan head. It appeared to be less thick on the pour particularly compared to Man Bear Pig which we had drank before this beer.
Boozy on the nose but not over powering which is just the way it finishes. Malt chocolate, slightly spicy, sweet molasses but not overly sweet. I liked the balance in flavors.

T- Kind of weird (not saying that's bad). It's mostly chocolate (mix of milk and dark like the smell) with some chili heat on the finish. Every now and then, I get hints of dark sugars and a bit of green apple. 

F- Medium feel. A little booze burn. Could be thicker and richer. 

O- It's good, but I wouldn't put it near it's ranking. It makes me wonder how awesome batch 1 was, not that I'm ever going to get to try it. It's definitely worth a try if you're into pepper stout

Dec 02, 2017
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Jlabs from New York

4.66/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass via bottle (2016 Edition)

color is a mocha brown with tan foam

smell is rum, cinnamon, Chilies and chocolate

taste is rum soaked chocolate up front , kinda sweet, followed by the apple brandy and chocolate with the spice of the chili heat at the end..lots of flavor here!

carbonation is low, and the mouthfeel is thick and creamy

top notch stuff!

Oct 27, 2017
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Zoomslowik from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This review is for batch 2.

L- Similar to most stouts. Dark brown to black with a mocha head. Started around a finger on the initial pour, faded to a thin ring that lingered. Medium-thin pour.

S- Blend of dark and milk chocolate. Some molasses and chili. Every now and then, I get a little bit of green apple from the brandy.

T- Kind of weird (not saying that's bad). It's mostly chocolate (mix of milk and dark like the smell) with some chili heat on the finish. Every now and then, I get hints of dark sugars and a bit of green apple.

F- Medium feel. A little booze burn. Could be thicker and richer.

O- It's good, but I wouldn't put it near it's ranking. It makes me wonder how awesome batch 1 was, not that I'm ever going to get to try it. It's definitely worth a try if you're into pepper stouts.

Oct 08, 2017
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With so much talk about this being a disappointment This beer was fantastic. Has a slight chili smell. This is some chili up front followed by nice barrel flavor.some spice comes through and had a rich body. Overall really delicious.

Sep 10, 2017
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putonyourwalkingshoes from California

4.71/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks much to chicagopubcrawler for making this one happen.

Was worried about the b2 releases. This one in my opinion doesn't follow the poorer reviews.

A beautiful stout. Not a big pop off the cap but the pour has a nice thick lacing. Smell is perfect chocolate. No spice just perfect refined chocolate.

Taste is a blend of crazy flavors: apple, chocolate, hard Mexican spice. Love the integration of rum and apple brandy. The spice/heat comes in at the back end as is intense. Mouth is dense and I wish more stouts could be just like this. A little harsh with the peppers. Gladly shared this with friends and definitely two people would be too much for the intensity of the heat.

Overall this is an experience. I generally don't go for this style and have had both good and bad bottles of regular huna. I'm sure this was a good bottle.

Aug 27, 2017
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Vivs85 from New York

4.73/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2, snifter, shared with my brother

L: black, oil, quarter inch brown head that sticks around for a minute or so
S: molasses, Brandy, RUM, cocoa, really hits the nose nice
T: Cocoa and vanilla hit, quickly followed by the barrel character. There's a nice combination of the rum and the Brandy character. Definitely booze, but I think it's drinking Really well right now. The Finish is very much chili's which stay with you as you take more sips. Absolutely delicious
M: medium mouth feel, would have loved a little more thickness, but only a small knock here
O: absolutely world class, the smell continues to carry through, and as the beer warms you really get very nice barrel character, black strap molasses, vanilla/cocoa, and all the chili's on the end.
World Class, and drinking great

Aug 25, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

4.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a very prominent and pleasant cinnamon and vanilla. Taste is also a prominent cinnamon and pleasant vanilla accent and prominent chili burn.

Aug 21, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage
750ml bottle poured into a balloon glass

A- pours pitch black in color with a thin head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- aroma opens with roasted coffee that gives out lots of green bell pepper notes, as well as some earthy notes. The barrel notes are prominent, with apple brandy popping through and providing notes of green apple peel. The rum gives aromas of brown sugar and molasses. Undertones of cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa and chilies

T- barrel notes are dominant up front with apple brandy taking the lead and giving notes of green apple & sweet brandy. The rum barrel provides some sweetness and notes of black strap molasses and brown sugar. The finish brings out the cinnamon and cocoa nibs, as well as sweet vanilla. The finish gives more of the barrel notes, and lingers of chili with a strong burn lingering

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a viscous, warming finish

O- the double barrel treatment adds a whole new complexity to the base beer, with the apple brandy leaving the way, outstanding

Aug 20, 2017
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1650 ratings