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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

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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125
Ratings:
1,328
Avg:
4.73
pDev:
7.61%
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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Photo of Jeffo
4.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whomever brought this one to the Moeder Lambic tasting a couple weeks ago. Fantastic beer.

From a 750 into a tasting glass.
Huna aged in Apple Brandy and Rum barrels then blended back together.

APPEARANCE: A thick, dense, black pour produces a nice, 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: Chilies, cinnamon and cocoa nibs on the nose, with some nice brandy, oak, vanilla, raisins and rum as well. Light roasted and chocolate aromas as well. Very nice and plenty bold enough. Great.

TASTE: Very flavorful and well balanced all around. Brandy, vanilla and coconut up front, with roasted flavors, some bitter chocolate, chilies and cinnamon at the swallow. Big, bold and lingering finish of brandy, oak, chilies and cinnamon, raisins, some rum, as well as some bitter dark chocolate and roasted notes. Not boozy at all. Very tasty and extremely well balanced. Lovely.

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 was excellent. Lots of base beer and wonderfully balanced adjuncts under a blend of complimenting and delicious brandy and rum barrels. The execution of this barrel aging project is great and the base beer is world class anyways. Loved this one and would be very happy to drink some more at some point. Thanks again guys! This was great.

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Photo of maximum12
4.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

God bless the El Cat Club: long live El Cat! The most anticipated bottle of the lot, since I am engaged in an illicit relationship with Huna the Regular (good thing I'm small). 750ML bottle that is just beautiful. Split with my wife. My suggestion that I get a bigger pour for all the work securing this gorgeous creature went over like a foul tip to the crotch. Did that last week. No fun. God bless nut protectors, while we're at it.

But I digress, as usual. The pour is black as the north country at night, with almost as much carbonation: only a hard pour brings flecks of head. Primary smell is Huna, with the barrel coming on as an afterthought: deep roasted malts, spices/cinnamon, chiles, only then does the wood come through & finally, the barrel. Not sure I could pick out the rum or apple brandy individually, but the booze is there. Purty.

Hunahpu's - Double Barrel should be made into a lip balm that I could lick off my lips all day. The Huna base certainly isn't hiding: the chiles have been lifting, & threaten to give me a natch of heartburn to bring to bed. Chocolate & vanilla bring more, non-chile warmth before the barrel arrives. The rum is evident as a distant additional sweetness, but the apple brandy comes on strong in the middle of the beer & dances with the chile heat on the ending. And already half gone. Already feeling the sad face. I'd give this a 6 for drinkability given the option.

This elicits the same response as the first time I tasted Hunahpu's: wow. I'm not sure the barrels can possibly add much to an already near-perfect brew, but damn, they do try. An elite, top-shelf beer - but really, if you can't procure one, get a regular Hunahpu's & pretend it's a double-barrel, because there ain't much fall off.

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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 wethorseblanket
4.76/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled shared by Jacob - thanks.

A: Pours an oily black with a 1/2" dark mocha head which fades slowly to the rim leaving spots of lace.

N: Dark cocoa, earthy, roast, rum and and a hint of sweet brandy.

T: Apple brandy and rum integrates very well, chilies and cocoa are also well balanced. The cinnamon is a little strong - minor issue and not a flaw.

N: Full body and light carbonation. Smooth , rich and luscious. Dark chocolate cake with peppery spice drizzled with rum and apple brandy icing.

O: Amazing. Just fantastic.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes from 7/24/14

A- Pours incredibly thick and viscous, midnight black, with a medium sized dark mocha head that slowly recedes leaving some lacing. Some nice alcohol legs appear when swirled.

S- The aromas don't explode from the glass, but when explored it is full of complex subtleties. Dry cocoa and bitter dark chocolate are followed by sweet vanilla. The chilies' sweetness and slight spiciness meshes amazingly well with the apple brandy. The spiced rum and cinnamon blend fantastically as well. Some fudgy chocolate and booze round it out.

T- The flavor follows the nose incredibly closely. Bitter chocolate, roast and smooth vanilla meets a counter-point of cinnamon and chilies. The rum and apple brandy barrels impart such wonderful complexities! As it warms the fudgy chocolate really comes out to counter-balance the chili heat. As in the nose the rum and cinnamon play off each other as do the chilies and apple brandy. This is extraordinarily complex and at the same time perfectly balanced!

M- Thick and viscous, drying, good carbonation, and only slightly boozy.

O- This beer just comes together so perfectly with flavors that compliment and play off each other so well! It's delicious, complex, and greater than the sum of it's parts!

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Photo of dboon
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Bottle shared by Darkguardian. Joan Jett black pour with a chocolate head. Mild chili and cinnamon aromas. A little thinner in the body than previous treatments I believe, but still fantastic with a beautiful oily sheen. Outstanding with big chili, pronounced cinnamon, vanilla, coconut, and dark roasted malt highlights. Mellow brandy, rum, and oak lowlights. Absolutely fabulous. Excellent mouthfeel.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

thanks to TATURBO & egrace84 for sharing this beer with me!

poured into TG snifter.

Appearance: The color of the beer is as black as black can be with 1 full finger of dark brown head that drops down to a ring around the glass. heavy booze legs and heavy glass staining is noted.

Smell: lots of cinnamon and chocolate cake. sweet and rich rum. smells slightly boozy. dark fruit and tobacco. hint of the peppers too. complex nose! it smells great!

Taste: first thing that I taste is cinnamon rolls with a rum icing and a flourless chocolate cake very chocolately. brown sugar and tobacco notes. this beer is really sweet and rich; that umami is really prominent. earthy peppers adding a nice level of heat that melds with the slight boozy kick perfectly! hint of marshmellow fluff as well. this beer has a deep complexity and layered flavors that is very decadent. the rum and apple brandy are both present in just the right proportions so that the adjunts are tasted and nothing is missed from the barrels either.

Mouthfeel: full bodied with low carbonation. motor oil that coats your palate. rich and fairly smooth with appropriate booziness.

Overall: You can taste all the adjunts and both the barrels. this is a top tier stout from florida. its my first barrel aged huna and its was fantastic. all that said...I am not a huge fan of cinnamon, but its pretty solid in this beer.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade (BB Flora was essentially what it cost me). Split with great company over an intense weekend of tastings

A- My god...the thickest of thick. Multiple people dropped their jaw at the sight of this one as it slipped into the glass. Motor oil. Glass may be permanently stained. Little to no head

S- Love the brandy and rum mix. Chocolate donuts and milk chocolate.

T- Rich, sweet, malty goodness. Cocoa. Faint spice layered in with the rum. The rum seems to be picked up more than the brandy. Still a little bit of the teryaki notes that I got from the base beer.

M- Creamy, chewy. Oh so rich. Hefty booze, but not distracting. Maybe the best feel of any barrel aged beer i have had

O- Very complex. Intensely sweet. The base is present, but certainly takes it up a number of notches. Let it warm up and enjoy

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Photo of Phillip380
4.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours thick like warmed car oil. With a boozy smell that that hints a syrup and rum. It's sweet, and the chocolate and Chilies are apparent. Better share this with a couple buddy's cause it BIG.

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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 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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Photo of Stevedore
4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter today, 4/23/2014.

Review #550.

A- Silky motor oil pitch black body. One finger dark mocha head, very good retention, good lacing. It's got a ton of legs throughout. It's a beautiful stout period.

S- Tart green apple (presumably from the apple brandy barrels), dark chocolate cake, fudge, cinnamon and caramel glaze. This smells fantastic, and there is also a slight vegetal presence that becomes hot chili peppers as the beer gets closer to room temperature. Milk chocolate, bitter vanilla presence, everything is here in the nose.

F- Even better than it tastes. Phenomenal. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, fudge, cocoa, cinnamon, chili pepper heat, caramel, vanilla, a touch of oak, everything. This is one of the most complex and interesting beers I've ever had.

M- True to the Marshal Zhukov base stout, this is full bodied, silky smooth with relatively low carbonation. Thick, oily and very delicious. The backend is a potpourri of all the adjuncts that make up this beer, including the individual barrels.

O- I have to confess that going into this bottle, I thought that there is no way this beer deserved a 4.79 rAvg at the time of writing. However, to my pleased chagrin, this is one of the best beers I've ever had. And that's saying a lot given that I've had a ton of great beers in the past year. This is probably the best barrel-aged Mexican-style stout I'll ever have, although I reserve the right to change this if I ever get a full pour of Barrel-Aged Abraxas out of the bottle. As far as beers go though, this is a clean-cut winner that shouldn't take a ton of beer to obtain, at least not in comparison to how good it is.

Re-review: I opened up another bottle again last Saturday 6/21/2014, poured into a FFF/DMC snifter. Essentially, I just wanted to indicate that everything in the review of the previous pour is replicated here in the second pour- such that it's not a fluke. We opened up a BA Abraxas b2 right after the DB Huna, and I found that DB Huna offered greater complexity, though less cinnamon in comparison to BA Abraxas. The rum and apple brandy barrels are still very much present after 5 months in the bottle; plus the base Hunahpu is still very much identifiable behind the Double Barrels. It is a phenomenal, complex and thick stout that satisfies pretty much anything you'd want in a barrel-aged Mexican-style stout. The only significant differences that BA Abraxas has in comparison are: more cinnamon, and the fact that it is whiskey barrel aged rather than aged in the rum and apple brandy. I far prefer DB Huna's complexity and mouthfeel to BA Abraxas, and would recommend going for DB Huna if you only had the choice of one of the two.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Prairie Teku glass. Bottle courtesy of solo103, and shared with Abbbp, who teamed up with me to snag this whale.

Appearance: The beer pours a pitch black motor oil, with a tiny but persistent head the color of pennies. Not much in the way of lacing. I've never seen a darker head than this one, it's as copper as they come. Gorgeous.

Smell: Strong alcohol, but loads of apples and cinnamon, on top of chocolate and chiles. If there are hints of vanilla, they mix in with the cinnamon. Like an apple pie and then some, really.

Taste: Definitely a lot of alcohol again, which is fine because what lies beneath it is so amazing. Lots of cinnamon, the apple brandy is strong here too. Chiles contribute a vague heat but more of the actual chile flavor, which of course plays very nicely with all other components involved, such as the cacao nibs and the vanilla. The only knock I have against this is the booziness.

Mouthfeel: Motor oil. Thick and sticky. Seals my mouth shut. A perfect amount of carbonation on this, which is to say it's relatively low. Just enough to keep the beer nice and full-bodied.

Overall: Yeah, this lived up to the hype.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

like no other. the base hunahpu is elite level stuff, truly dynamite, but this double barrel edition is a total game changer, bringing it from magnificent to one of the best beers to ever grace my palate. its everything the base beer is, but the texture, oh god the texture. its like beer jelly, spreadable, but so smooth for how thick it is, coating the palate but not rotting the teeth or guts, it just glides down, really heavenly in feel, unrivaled really, perfect, for real. the taste too is ramped up in this one. its got a hint of calvados in the nose, with that sweet apple fruity cider thing, which is a perfect pair for the dark grain. the rum aspect is a little less obvious, but there is a sweet vanilla spice there which amplifies both the vanilla and the chili peppers. its a genius dual fusion process at work, and it gives further credence to the idea that bourbon barrels are not the ultimate evolution of wood ageing beer. the oak mellows the alcohol that was never even hot in the first place to the level of dangerously easy. it drinks like a cognac though, aromatic and improving always as it warms. again the mouthfeel of this is as good as any beer ive ever sipped. its truly worth the hype, an unforgettable beer and the best i could imagine.

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

Rum filled chocolate Christmas candy. Insane.

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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 pmarlowe
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 release. Tulip glass.

A: Pours viscous, jet black, with a fine dark brown, espresso-like ring of head. Minimal lacing but the collar is very persistent.

S: A very light aroma which doesn't open up much until hitting near room temp. Some cinnamon and dark roast coffee, tobacco, dark fruit, and a touch of oak/vanilla. The apple spirits and spiced rum character show up as it warms, but overall the barrel aspect is minimal.

T: Huge dark cocoa, almost fudge brownie-like, dark coffee and malt, a touch of vanilla carries through most of the sip and adds nice support, lots of delicious cinnamon, a touch of spiced rum sweetness and apple, and a touch of chile on the long finish. Mild sweetness.

M: Thick, creamy hot chocolate-like body, and light carbonation.

O: Tasty, smooths out the corners of regular Huna, and improves what is already a superb beer. Laudable complexity. But overall, I'm having a hard time reaching the conclusion that it's an exceedingly impressive beer (much less that it's worth what it trades for). You've really got to search to find the barrel treatment; I think a little heavier hand would have made an excellent beer phenomenal.

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4.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black, black, black & oily as fuck, topped with a velvety, fine mocha cream that lasts exceedingly long for a stout.

This beer is a bowl Cinnamon Toast Crunch & Teddy Grahams covered in vanilla drizzle, fudge, & sweet Apple Brandy sauce. Chocolate, roast, sweet brandy, vanilla, cinnamon, mild coffee, graham cracker.... Only thing I don’t get is the chili peppers, I’m guessing the barrels have swallowed them whole. I don’t mind, though, because they might interfere with the decadence of this brew.

Thick, chewy, creamy; this is a very big beer on the palate. A dessert beer to the max, fantastic all around.

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

Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of cjn40277
4.84/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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