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

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel AgedHunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by GatorLCA on 01-16-2014

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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 1,328
Photo of unclejazz
4.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smells and looks amazing, mouthfeel is rich and even has legs like a wine. It is unbalanced flavorwise in that it has way to much sweetness. If it were a bit less sweet and more toasty it would be hype worthy.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a thick, jet black with a thin dark brown head. Has an excellent aroma of chocolate and chiles and well balanced by the apple brandy and rum aroma. Tastes just how it smells with a perfect balance of the barrels. Has a nice thick feel that complements the taste. Overall...Amazing.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours pitch black with a film of very dark head.
S: big pepper, barrel sweetness, slight chocolate.
T: still big pepper, but not quite as peppery as the nose. The barrel shines through and adds some sweetness. There are still the fudge flavors from regular huna, but more pepper and nice barrel
F: super thick and coating. The flavors linger for days...
O: great beer for sure, but I hope the pepper mellows with time as I have 3 left.

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Photo of KevSal
4.87/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

wow, Doc hooked me up with this to celebrate my twin boys. i really wanted this on to celebrate my hero twins haha.

just finished a day at disneyland, time to finish the night right, boys are 7 months today.

batch 2 poured into a hunah snifter and cigar city snifter, split with my wife. drank side by side with hunah 15

look is perfect, one thing cigar city does well is the look of there stouts, 'motor oil even in the pour. small thin head

nose is incredible, the spiced stout is there, right behind apply brandy and rum. incredible on how all the layer of elements are there.

taste improves on the nose, i get the nice spicy stout up front, after the initial attack the apple brandy waves in first followed by the rum. lingering taste of vanilla and cinnomen with some heat at the end. very well done

mouthfeel as cigar city usual hits all the marks. this follows their norm. huge and sticky, coats the mouth and makes the flavor last. carb is nice, heat is kept well in check

overall this has lived up to my expectations. i hope this beer is made 21 years from now haha. this is something i'd like to share with my boys in the future.

Doc thanks for making this one a reality

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Photo of gcamparone
4.71/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 2016. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a cigar city snifter. Opened for my 1st anniversary in Hinesburg, VT. Allowed to warm over a couple hours while drinking it; this review was done about an hour in.

Pours a motor oil, viscous inkjet black body with a one finger super dark brown head - the head on this beer is as dark as the body of some stouts I've had. This may be the thickest, most "stouty" looking beer I've ever seen!

On the nose lots going on here but predominately barrel character on the nose - brandy sticks out, maybe from vanilla from the rum barrels, cocoa, dark fruits, chocolate, and a tad bit of soy.

On the palate - where do I get started?! Initially it starts a bit sweet, liquid fudge followed by a rush of spices, cinnamon dominates, definitely getting peppers and a light spicyness from the peppers on the follow through. After that is sweet vanilla bourbon (brandy + rum barrels?), finished by a decadent dark chocolate roastyness that lingers on the tongue for ages.

Mouthfeel is extravagent - rich, thick, viscous, velvety. Very heavy body, low carbonation.

One of the best stouts I've tasted (well, more than just tasted, I finished the whole bottle ;)). This beer is highlighted by two attributes - it's amazingly thick body and its complex flavor profile.

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Photo of danh53
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's hard for a beer to live up to the high expectations, but this one delivers and then some. How do they combine all these adjuncts and barrel flavors? The cinnamon is bold. The peppers are potent. The vanilla adds sweetness and smooths everything out. The Apple brandy barrel adds fruit. Rum barrels compliment the cinnamon and spice. Mouth feel is intense. This is a dynamic beer, the standard for barrel aged adjunct stouts.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.56/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is obviously a ridiculously good beer. I had the 2016 batch fresh at the Rare Beer Tasting in Denver last weekend. I loved the beer, but the double barrel aging was a little different this year. I preferred 2015, but this was still really great and bursting with spices.

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Photo of Ericshain
4.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer!

L- Thick and dark with a thin tan head
S- Good spice smell, a lot of cinnamon. I could smell this all day
T- Delicious balance of the various flavors and spices. Got a lot of chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon, with some chile in the finish
F- thick and heavy.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.61/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

4oz From 750ml bottle, not sure of vintage 2014 maybe?
At Zwanze Day 2016, Green Bench Brewery, St Petersburg, Fla. epic bottle share. Thanks to whom ever brought it.
Just tried this after 2014 vintage Hunahpu's and fuck this is extream! I mean this Stout is so heavy and full bodied, it makes most every other Imperial stout taste like Guinness. Right off the bat it smells of Hazel Nuts big time, almost too much. Has a strong Pepper burn then a refined Hunahpu's flavor. This is a crazy good beer but will probably need a few of you to finish bottle.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Holding up well after two years - extremely rich flavor, silky smooth thick mouthfeel. The barrel is very well integrated into the base beer. Would like to try the 2016 vintage fresh!

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was AMAZING! Have been saving this one in my cellar. Batch 1 bottle and I broke it out to share with friends while celebrating a friends birthday and another friends 10 year anniversary....Just the right amount of chili here and the barrel blends of the Rum and Apple Brandy were unreal together! Lots of chocolate as usual....just downright amazing!

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imbibed '14 at a GABF pre party in Colorado from Snifter.

So I'm on this mission to tick BA's Top 250. Enjoyed DB Huna as it sat at #8 on the list.
Tasted DB Huna next to a dozen other ba stouts. DB Huna deserves all the hype/recognition it receives. Really incredible!!

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Photo of lemmy187
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Even after 2 years, this beer remains perfect. Look is onyx black with no head. Nose is full of chocolate, cinnamon, apple, and rum barrel. Taste is out of this world.....cacao, cinnamon, a perfect blend of barrels, and the chiles add flavor but not a lot of heat. Feel is immaculate....no carbs, medium thick, and zohan silky smooth. Amazing stout...can't imagine improving on any element.

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Photo of cultclassic89
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally had on 7/3/2016. Over 2 years old and apparently hasn't fallen off at all.

Look is perfect, super thick and viscous like TG and BA Dark Lords.

Nose is chocolate fudge, barrel and plenty of cinnamon, though not overwhelming like this year's Huna. The vanilla blends in with the apple brandy and rum, which are very well blended themselves and form this wonderful scent that is hard to describe.

Taste is very much the same. Chocolate fudge, intensely smooth brandy and rum with hints of vanilla, and cinnamon that isn't aggressive, but prominent and blended well. I thought the cinnamon would have fallen off at this point but I couldn't believe how much of it was there. I just can't believe how rich this beer is. I guess the only thing that I don't get are the peppers, which may have been the only thing that has fallen off, but that's perfectly fine with me as I'd rather not have peppers in beer anyway.

Feel is perfect, as expected from the appearance.

Overall one of the best beers I've ever had, right behind KBBS and BVDL for me. Others at the share who had it fresh said it's still kicking and hasn't fallen off at all, so don't feel apprehensive about seeking one out!

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Photo of RubbleRubble
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm guessing I waited too long to get to this one, but I'm happy to finally open it. I gave my first bottle away a long time ago to @brian29 because I'm just that kind of guy. He told me way back then that it was just OK and said I should probably let him hold my other bottle (Then I saw on here he gave it a 4.9). He cellared it for me in his vast Montresor-like beer cellar. He invited me into the cellar, but fearing my life, I requested he retrieve the bottle himself. Once opened, I found that the barrels are a great addition to the original complex beer. Still a top-notch drink and so smooth and tasty. Drink em if you got em!

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Photo of jjdc
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is hands down one of the all-time greats. The execution is perfect from the first whiff to the substantial and lingering flavors on the tongue. There's a lot to praise here from the superbly balanced interplay of the adjuncts to the richly complex barrel treatment. Do anything to get a bottle (or 3).

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Photo of sposter4
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Jet black with no head. Pours like oil. Smell of cinnamon, chocolate, apple and vanilla dominate. Drinks like syrup. Very think. Cinnamon vanilla and cholate blend seamlessly with the barrels. The base beer is phenomenal and the barrels take it to the next level. This is truly an elite beer.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a big fan of the regular version of this beer and the DB version added to the experience. So much complexity going on in this beer the words are difficult to find. A definite experience for Huna fans.

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Photo of Mojua
4.66/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A special and extraordinary beer. Black and viscous, complex, yet mellow....I never got to have it super fresh, but it was still an amazing treat. One of the best mouth feels of any stout I've had...up there with TG stuff.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Its so complex, its a bit to much. Didn't think I would ever say that. Before drinking this beer it needs to introduced by something else. Say a regular Hunahpu's or so.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark black body with a minimal sandy/cinnamon colored head and ample lacing
S: Rum, cinnamon, and chilies
T: Mocha, habanero peppers, dark chocolate, cinnamon, and subtle vanilla notes that is abruptly met by nuanced bourbon and overt apple brandy flavors
F: Pours thick as motor oil and lingers on the palate
O: Hunahpu's Stout is exceptional as-is, but this beer takes it to the next level entirely. First the beer pours thick and the nose is outstanding. The taste truly separates this stout from the crowded pack of BA beers. DBH starts with a very typical Hunaphu's Stout heat replete with cinnamon, chilies, and high ABV, but is immediately mitigated by the smoothness of the rum barrels and complex flavor of the apple brandy barrels. Overall, like many of you reading this I've had numerous BA stouts, but the depth and complex nature of this flavor profile is untouchable. This is a special beer and one to be savored.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A mixture of brown and black patent malts in the appearance, somewhat murky, nothing special here, small 1/5" tan head. Aroma was a nice sweet blend of stuff. I wouldn't say complex, there's just a lot there, chocolate, sugar, cinnamon, rum.

Apple brandy seems to be the most prominent taste wise, a very sweet beer, does its rarity keep people from sayin' "beetus" for this beer? Either way, it is the best Hunahpu I've had, some of the other versions (rum, bourbon, base) were always kind of grossly overrated for me, this one at least brings something different to the table and is actually "enjoyable". Caramel, vanilla, cocoa and toffee notes in the mouthfeel. They really adjunct this beer up. Chile not really noticeable this is so sweet.

Good beer. A little dummied up for my tastes, I think the best part are the brandy aspects of it.

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Photo of tapperm
4.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark chocolaty
S: chocolate and cinnamon that carries through
T: Apple, chocolate, cinnamon, maybe some dark fruits
F: very think with good carb
O: I honestly liked the regular Huna Better. Found it to be a little more balanced. This was amazing though. Worth trading for and worthy of Superwhale status

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Photo of MyakkaRiver
4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This ended up being everything I expected it to be. January 2014 bottle opened February 2016.

A: Jet black with thick oily veins in the glass. Very minimal but dark chocolate head.
S: Sweet, with raisins, vanilla and rum coming through on the nose.
T: Apple brandy and rum come through very nicely with a slight cinnamon and pepper spice that is more subdued because of the barrels and probably age. Vanilla is slight, as well as raisins.
M: Thick as motor oil and silky.
O: This is the reason I drink beer. Paired very well with a maduro cigar to bring out some leathery notes as well. Very glad I got to enjoy this once in a lifetime beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.84/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

3,000th review!

Jan 2014 bottle, opened Feb 2016 in celebration of the birth of my second daughter.

A - Stunnigly dark with thick molasses legs. Great retention and ok lace on a dark chocolate head.

S - Stellar nose. French toast, caramel apple, sweet sticky rum, almond biscotti, wet oak, poblano peppers, touch of vanilla, and rum raisin cake.

T - Soft molasses, silky caramel, baked apples, rich chocolate ganache, cherry cordial, vanilla beans, fortified port, chewy ginger bread, and a hint of warm ancho chilies.

M - Wonderfully thick and silky smooth.

O - A fantastic beer. Exceptional complexity, balance, and power - the hallmarks of beer at the pinnacle of this style.

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