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

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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.

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Photo of timc100
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Very complicated beer regarding it's recipe, aging and blending. It's astounding how well it comes together.

Gorgeous beer - actually pours pitch black with oil-like consistency. Incredible aroma of sweet booze - brandy primarily. The rich chocolate comes through, very fudgy. Some rum coconut, and some vanilla sweetness. The cinnamon is prominent, very slight vegetal note from the peppers. Everything is in great balance. When it warms great barrel aromas come out - cigar box, tobacco, char, and more of the apple brandy.

Tastes vibrant and lush - very slick and full mouthfeel, though a little thinner than reg huna and zhukov. The flavors keep hitting - wave after wave, huge finish. Great brandy booziness and heat. All the aforementioned flavors from the aroma shine through on the palate with more vanilla.

It is over-the-top in it's intensity but so well balanced. This juice is from another planet.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 TWStandley
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Truly lucky to try this guy.

Poured into my Sam Adams taster.

Appeared a jet black color with a light brown half finger head. Dark.

Smelled delicious - chocolate, cinnamon, slight heat, roasted malts, dark fruits. Very complex.

Taste is absolutely insane. So much going on here. Cinnamon definetely present, followed by chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, apple-pie. Unreal. Peppers not easily detected.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.

Overall this was absolutely delicious. Very complex. Awesome. Perhaps my favorite stout to date. Brilliant.

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Photo of mlhyatt
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml into tulip glass.

A- motor oil black with a brown head that dissipates quickly into an outside lace.

S- the first thing that hits is the apple brandy. Its sweet and sticky smelling. Then the rum sits in behind it. There's a ton of cinnamon and pepper in the nose as well. Ot smells spicy sweet and chocolately.

T- the cinnamon hits first. Heavy with a hint of chocolate. Then the barrels taste like they are swirling in my mouth. Then the peppers. They are hot but with a sweet smoothness from the other ingredients. The peppers sit in the back of your mouth and keep it hot.

M- thick and chewy. I feel like i'm chewing on a stout candy bar. Its so silky and feels amazing in my mouth.

O- am amazing beer. So many complex flavors and smells. I wish this glass would never stop filling up. Can't wait to age one of these and see how it changes.

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Photo of jegross2
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Double Barrel Aged Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida. This beer is a blend of Hunahpu's Imperial Stout aged in rum and apple brandy barrels.

Score: 100

2014 vintage bottle served in a Hunahpu's Day snifter and enjoyed on 03/25/14.

Appearance: Pours an inky black color with a half finger of espresso colored head that settles to a thick ring around the glass and island of head floating in the center. Okay head, but unreal retention. Nice oily legs, and serious browning of the glass from the swirl. 5/5

Smell: Big cinnamon and burnt sugar/molasses on the nose. Apple brandy, chocolate, mild licorice, dark fruit and vanilla too -- everything in a perfectly, syrupy balance. A kiss of leather too as it warms. 5/5

Taste: A little touch of spiciness upfront, followed by a huge cinnamon kick, chocolate, burnt sugar/molasses, dark fruit and vanilla. Such a great balance of flavor. Minimal licorice on the palate, if any. As it warms, the rum character comes through more. The apple brandy, which was somewhat prominent on the nose, is overshadowed and without much trace in the taste -- not that it matters much since this beer is delicious regardless. A kiss of tobacco comes through as it warms. Lingering milk chocolate with cinnamon. Damn delicious. The pepper liveliness picks up a touch as it warms up, but it never arises to the level of the California Brandy Aged Hunahpu's. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, good carbonation. Just a touch pepper liveliness. Good bittersweet balance, creamy mouthfeel. 5/5

Overall: Pretty much a perfect stout. Better than Apple Brandy Aged Hunahpu's -- and that's a bold statement. So much complexity going on here, all near-perfect alignment. This bottle was much better than the first one that I consumed about a month ago.

Cost: $25 for a 750 ml bottle

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Photo of RubbleRubble
5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 JonathanC
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow (8oz pour)

Pours- A neat motor oil, coffee with dark lacing

Smelled interesting spices and apple, was very intense.

Taste- Impeccable, The apple literally binds to your palette after a rum, vanilla coffee ride. Amazingly smooth, spices with vanilla hit like an explosion and then it becomes an apple chocolate spice train.

Overall- The best beer I have tried, I beg Cigar City to re-brew this.

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Photo of macher0
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I confidently declare this is the best beer I have ever had. This is the only beer I give 5/5, thus my favorite beer. Bottle to tulip.

A. Jet black, very thick, tan-fine bubble head that slowly retreats to a similar rim. A viscous tan film layers the glass when swirled. This stuff could lubricate a combustion engine. Silky.

S. Very pronounced vanilla upfront, then waves of notes including coffee, dark chocolate, and oak soaked with apple brandy and cognac.

T. The taste is mind-blowing. Extremely complex with the notes coming through in waves. This changes as it warms, but not necessary best at a certain temperature, so it is best enjoyed at a slow pace to reveal the different notes that become apparent through the process. Some of the waves that I got: coco, vanilla, spicy peppers, brandy-soaked oak, rum-soaked oak, tobacco, and spiced rum spices. Nothing is overpowering and everything melds to perfection.

M. Way too smooth for a beer that should be slowly enjoyed. Very full body, moderate to low carbonation. Silky and creamy.

O. As previously stated, this is the best beer I have ever had. This is a masterpiece. Barrel-aged stouts are my favorite and this takes the cake. Let's be honest, there are a ton of big-time BA stouts out there and this is at the top (IMO). CCB knows their stuff, extremely well crafted.

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Photo of zookerman182
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance is motor oil black with no head.
Aroma is so complex. Cinnamon apples, vanilla, chocolate.
Flavor is mind blowing. Rum soaked brownies, iced cinnamon rolls, chocolate and coffee are there, the apple brandy really comes through as it warms. The whole beer changes with every degree. I've never had anything so complex.
Mouthfeel is chewy and thick.
Overall this is the best beer I've ever had and its absurd how much complexity is packed into this stuff.

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Photo of cardsfan
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great beer! Feel really lucky to have had this one. Appearance is just like reg huna with maybe a little red hue in the light. Smell is apple brandy all the way with a little cinnamon. Taste is amazing...reg huna with Apple brandy mellowed out by the rum (which adds a great sweetness) and close out with a pepper burn. Feel is great, thick but not overwhelming. DBH is just spectacular! Was worried about the rum barrel but it really compliments the beer and makes this the best beer I have ever had!

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Photo of WesMantooth
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy shit! I should just leave it at that.

Poured into a 5 oz. glass, so not much foaming/head, but it is a solid jet black. Pretty viscous, with a khaki colored rim.

Smells of chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, rum, a little spice, and sweet fruit.

Tastes like everything listed on the label. Amazing. The cinnamon really comes through, but is balanced perfectly with a little heat from the chili peppers. I usually dont care for spiced beers, but this one works well. Very subtle. The brandy and rum are both distinguishable. Also a brownie like chocolate toned down a bit by vanilla. Nice creamy texture. Leaves a wonderful aftertaste.

I am giving it a perfect score based on the combining of so many ingredients that balance and compliment each other so perfectly.

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Photo of Gameover170
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Glad I got to try this beast of a beer. Part of a package of beers I received for my '14 BVDL from Joromiller, thanks man!

Appearance: Dark with a tan mocha head. Can tell by the appearance how dense the beer is going to be.

Smell: If I could make this smell into an air freshener, I would hang that shit everywhere. Cinnamon hits the nose first, followed by chocolate, spiced rum, roast, oak, vanilla, all of the smells blend together so well, getting you ready for what's inevitably going to be a fantastic beer.

Taste: Wow, I mean I knew this was going to be good, but wow. Had this side-by-side with a '14 BVDL and, while they are two completely different flavored stouts, this one was every bit as big of a beast as the DL. Same as the nose, cinnamon dominates but doesn't overpower. Chilis and chocolate blend together so well, with oak and vanilla in there. So many flavors stand out, yet blend together so perfectly. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: A perfect consistency, not thin at all, chewy but totally drinkable. Could easily finish this 750 by myself.

Overall: World class, about as perfect of a BA stout as you can come by. Glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of RocketCityVol
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the most complex beer I have drank at this point. The smell is of bourbon, chocolate, chilies and toffee. The taste is unbelievable. It tastes like chocolate brownies and bourbon, with a tingle of chilies on the back end. The flavors get even better as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and stays for a long time. Overall this beer is definitely worth the hype.

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Photo of sposter4
5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 GameFreac
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Ben from Angry Chair for this one.

Appearance: Pours a midnight black - darkest beer I've ever seen - just like Zhukov and regular Huna.

Smell: Smells amazing. The most dominant flavor is the cinnamon, followed by the peppers, then vanilla, then the rest. Chocolate, malts, cacao, dark fruits, no hops, no bitterness, very sweet. The barrel character comes through in the nose through the sweetness.

Taste - The taste is absolutely fantastic. Follows the nose with more of the rum barrel and the apple brandy barrel coming through more in the flavor. Just enough pepper flavor (not overpowering) and no heat or alcohol burn/flavor whatsoever. No aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick viscous mouthfeel.

Overall: One of the best beers I've ever had, bar none.

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A supreme barrel-aged stout that blows away almost all others in this category. The intense chocolate followed by the cinnamon and spices in pure harmony with the rum and apple brandy barrels is a tasting experience I will never forget. Thick, smooth, legendary.

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Photo of lemmy187
5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 carbs, medium thick, and zohan silky smooth. Amazing stout...can't imagine improving on any element.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Bottle 1 of 2 from El Catador Club.

Appearance: Pours black, as expected with a quarter finger of prominently light brown head that collars quickly. You can tell this is Huna by how sluggishly it glugs into the glass. I think regular Huna/Zhukov might very well be the thickest beers I’ve ever drank, and this is certainly no exception.

Smell: Cocoa, cinnamon, coconut, vanilla, faint rum, apple brandy, dark fruit and let’s not forget a spicy pepper/heat element from the chiles. No bullshit, it’s all there. Honestly, this smells as advertised and radiates a formidable stench like that of no other beer prior.

Taste: There is so much going on here, describing this will certainly be no easy task. As it begins, cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla dance with each other leading into a subtle coconut that acts as a brief intermission before your palate is, get ready…PUNCHED IN THE FACE with apple brandy! Wow!! It’s impossible to miss! As the brandy subsides, spicy rum creeps in and is complemented perfectly by the subtle heat of the chiles. A unique adventure of a beer, if there ever was one.

Mouthfeel: Regular Huna gives BCBS a run for its money in the viscosity department and may even surpass it. However, I feel that the double barrel treatment may have unfathomably thinned this beer out a bit somehow, but it doesn't detract from anything...just makes it more drinkable, while still being plenty viscous. It’s just creamy and perfectly thick all at the same time

Overall: I’m not one to give 5s out, but if a brewery takes an epic beer that is already fairly complex and significantly improves upon it, I have no choice. This beer kicks ass, and is amazingly unique…I don’t like many rum beers, but it plays off the chiles perfectly to make it the best (at least partially) rum barrel aged beer I’ve ever had, and also one of the best beers ever. Don’t spend $200 on Rare…get this.

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Photo of jjdc
5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 danh53
5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 cultclassic89
5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 JefferyLaGrow
5/5  rDev +5.9%

A: Motor oil. Thick and black. I dipped my finger in my second glass and it coated it and almost appeared to stain it. It was viscous.

S: Brandy, spice, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel.

T: Wow. All of the chocolate, and brandy, with an after taste lingering into the cinnamon and rum, then the vanilla, and finished with the heat from the peppers. Ridiculously balanced, and the flavors excited every part of my palate. Very sweet, and dessert like.

M: Thick, and silky. Soft, and very little carbonation after the dark brown head settled in my glass.

O: To date, the is the best beer I have ever tried...

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Photo of Fieldzy27
5/5  rDev +5.9%

poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter

Appearance: Pours the darkest thing I have ever seen, this is darker than the abyss. The head lasted only a second and deflated quickly. The ring of foam is clay brown and is the most colorful head I have ever seen. World Class.

Aroma: Smells massively of dark fruit, dates and raisins, then comes vanilla and clove. Second wave is spice and chocolate wrapped fig. The wood makes a strong appearance as it warms some spice and molasses as well as more vanilla. I have never smelled a beer as complex and explosively aromatic as this. World Class again.

Taste: The flavors here are border line indescribable but ill try, dark fruit, candied raisin, clove, vanilla and milk chocolate, hints of cayenne and chili. More dark chocolate combined with dates and strong fig notes. After swallow gives a hint of candied apple and slightly tart fig with a spiced finish of chili. Another World Class.

Mouthfeel: Extremely viscous yet smooth and silky with light full carbonation. Slight tingle from the peppers.

Overall: If you know nothing about this beer educate yourself. It may be the best beer I have ever had to date. So much in fact that i'm not writing anymore and i'm going to continue drinking.

Big thanks for Aarondrinks for sharing!

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