Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #2
ABV:
11%
Score:
100
Ranked #3
Avg:
4.79 | pDev: 7.72%
Reviews:
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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.
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Photo of doucmehu
4.9/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.74/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of Duncian
3.8/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of jhavs
4.26/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.6/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.01/5  rDev -16.3%
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

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Photo of Vidblain
4.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.55/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Rristow
4.68/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

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Photo of JuanFushashi
4.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Alequine
4.64/5  rDev -3.1%
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

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Photo of Jlabs
4.66/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.36/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.44/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.71/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Vivs85
4.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Photo of Treyliff
4.64/5  rDev -3.1%
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

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Photo of burns3y
3.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if I got it from someone who did not keep it well but I would say it's extremely overhyped. Way too smokey which overtook the cinnamon. Tasted like bad crab apples which came from the slight cinnamon and apple brandy.

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Photo of amano_h
4.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

B2

Not having tried the elusive first batch, I can't comment on whether the second batch is actually inferior compared to the original. Given the way it tastes, however, I'm willing to bet that the second batch isn't so much the shadow of its predecessor that people claim it to be, but its perceived mediocrity is a result of the evolution of the craft beer market and the trends that have changed since the original "DB Huna" graced this earth almost three years ago and shocked all those that were lucky enough to try it.
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Perhaps I'm becoming further and further estranged from my adopted American roots, but since trying the original Hunahpu on the Mexican Stout special and drinking the Double Barrel, I've come to wonder how a beer with such flagrant flavors and characteristics has achieved what seems to be universal acclaim among its drinkers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Whereas the mix of cinnamon, spicy vanilla, and dry chili spices seem to elicit an aroma familiarly recognizable as "oriental medicine" or "chinese liquorice," these flavors--correct me if I'm wrong--aren't a mix frequently found together in North American cuisine, yet oddly it seems that most that try it seem to be able to appreciate or even confess to liking it.
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Maybe it's the #whalezbro effect, or maybe it's because all those unique flavors have been expertly melded into a thick 11% ABV sludge, but there are bound to be those that find this brew repulsive due to a personal aversion of one of its many pungent and exotic flavors; case in point, almost nobody who claims that this brew smells or tastes like oriental medicine profess to be particularly fond of oriental medicine, yet everyone seems to agree that this is a phenomenal brew.

Occam's razor would probably dictate that the superior flavor integrity of the base beer, removed from all the added adjuncts, is the reason for this possible anomaly; or perhaps that the combination of the said adjuncts with the base is what makes the otherwise repugnant flavors desirable. Yet when people tend to point out what is or has been most memorable about beers like these, the credit almost always seems to be given to the adjuncts rather than the base. God I'd make a shitty philosopher.

A familiar confetti of "chaotic" aromas comprised of dark chocolate, cinnamon, chinese licorice, dried chili, and spicy vanilla flood the olfactory receptors, this time accompanied by a generally sweet, light werther's-like notes of rum, and a minutia of woody/musky apple toward the back.

The flavor on the palate is where the brew really starts to distinguish itself from the non-barrel variant. The same decadent flavors that captivated imaginations with the original Hunahpu's is clearly established in the brew, but whereas they were somewhat lacking a big overall picture in the non-barrel, this time they're all blended into sweet harmony by a smooth and delectably sweet rum flavor. The Mayan gods work in mysterious ways on the back and of the brew as a bitterness which resembles dark-roasted coffee start to form the final impression on the tongue, but is ever so slightly mellowed out by a subtle toffee apple-like flavor, accompanied by something that reminds me of the slow burn you get when sipping on brandy.

The body feels a little thicker than the regular, but the brew sports the same thick creamy mouthfeel with the gentle, simmering carbonation. There is a very negligible amount of heat toward the back, but this tastes so rich that you're hardly likely to notice it.

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Photo of eppie82
4.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle into Huna chalice.

Appearance was extremely dark with no foam head except for ring around edge of glass. Initially, smell was of brandy, some rum, along with chocolate and light cinnamon. Initial taste while cold was primarily brandy. Chcocolate and cocoa was most pronounced, with very little cinnamon. As it warmed, the chocolate stayed but rum barrel note really came out in a big way. This beer had tons of barrel character. Mouthfeel was medium for a BA stout.

Overall, a high end beer with tons of barrel character that changes the taste as it warmed. I am typically not a fan of regular Huna but this beer was tranformed by the barrel ageing into an exceptional brew.

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Photo of RNbeerfan
4.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review is of b1
Look: Almost a jet black, and pours thick as oil. Hugs the side of the glass. Has the thickest appearance of any beer I have had
Nose: Some heat with a sweet backbone. A slight smell of peppers with cinnamon more pronounced
Taste: So many waves of flavor. The apple brandy and rum work in perfect harmony. Almost no burn from the peppers is left. What is there is more the ancho than the pasilla. Super chocolatey and decadent.
F: Probably the thickest beer that I have had, even after a few years.
O: I'm not a huge fan of Huna, but this takes the beer to a whole new level. Easily one of the best beers I have ever had as everything seems to work together in perfect harmony. I never got to try this beer fresh, but it is holding up incredibly well. Although, I'm not sure it will improve much past where it is now.

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Photo of Danny1217
3.61/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Rating batch 2, because I don't think this beer belongs on the charts where it is. Batch 1 is still phenomenal.

A weird bell pepper almost pickle like flavor ruins this for me. The cinnamon and vanilla are muted compared to batch 1. There is definitely some nice barrel character and the full bodied base beer shows, but they are overpowered unfortunately.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1630 ratings