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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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136
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Avg:
4.72
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jet black color with chocolate brown foam head that didn't last very long. Aroma of bourbon, rum, chocolate icing, vanilla. Flavor follows similarly with the right amount of booze. It's not too sweet, the spice is more mild as expected from the base. Very complex. Incredibly smooth. Worth the wait and the hype.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the members of El Catador Club for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, cookie dough, spice, rum, apple brandy, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, chile, and apple brandy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but the aromas on this one are much better in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.69/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Knapp85
4.84/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! This pours out jet black with a beautiful oily look. The smell is a ton of Apple cinnamon on the nose. The taste has plenty of cinnamon and barrel age spice and sweetness. The mouthfeel is thick, it lingers perfectly and hangs with insane amounts of flavor. Overall it's sweet and spicy but incredibly balanced. Love this beer! Get it and drink it!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.9/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maturity, power, grace. Savory, succulent, robust. These are the repetitive words that's going to be used as there are few flavor descriptors that can fully explain this transcendent ale. Its simply in a class all to its own.

The most gentle and rolling pour coats the glass like black ink. Leaving its indelible dye on the glass, a slow and simmering release of creme creeps to the surface looking much more like viscous espresso than of stout. With no meaningful retention or lace, the beer simply doesn't need it- its own imposing darkness and denseness speaks for itself.

Double Barrel Hunaphu's Imperial Stout releases a decadent aroma matrix that seduces the nose with dark chocolate, espresso, fudge, brownie batter, port wine, rum, bourbon, vanilla and caramel- speaking to only the high notes, the mere whiff brings about mouth-whetting and meat-sweats conviction.

Its taste is even more lavish as its silky and marshmallowy sweetness is laces with full bodied espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and all the fudgy, brownie, nutty and oaken richness that the nose saw so profound. Its vinous middle ground is of savory sherry, port wine, oaked merlot, spiced rum and bourbon-sweet vanilla, char and wood spice. Its long and villainous finish wraps around the mouth with a dessert-like coat that's never wavering.

Silky smooth and velvety throughout- its milkshake-like consistency gropes each and ever taste bud and slathers on its decadent richness. Even the most supple sip coats the mouth with its creamy cocoon and is slow to release- a definite sipper meant for the most profound of celebrations.

As its spicy warmth trails, notions of liqueur-laced choclate desserts come to mind yet this is an ale with utmost complexity and satisfaction sure to top every craft beer enthusiasts wish list

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Photo of jlindros
4.59/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting on this one for a long time, big thanks to Andy C.

No head but super black thick syrupy beer.

Nose brings sweet syrupy malts, heavy dark choc, cocoa and chocolate char, caramel fudge, vanilla barrel, plenty of vanilla barrel, light raisin dark fruit, brandy like fruity slight booze, touch of barrel coconut, and a little cinnamon note.

Taste is semi sweet, syrupy thick malts, charred cocoa, dark choc, nice coconut, toasty vanilla barrel and mild fruity brandy, little booze warmth, caramel toffee, sweety nutty, some dark fruits faint raisin, touch of pepper heat and cinnamon, chewy fudge, etc.

Mouth thick heavy, little syrupy, decent carb, faint booze warmth.

Awesome, very very good, just missing a bit more of the pepper and cinnamon, maybe a bit more barrel but nice barrel, booze hidden well, very tasty.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Rifugium
3.09/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Much thanks to whoever brought this out at the Philly-Pittsburgh share!

Thick oily pour, dark black, with a small collar of head that eventually receded; greasy legs on the glass. Aroma very muted, pretty much a roasty stout. As with regular Huna, this had a very weak flavor profile. Typical stouty dark malt roast, tobacco, vegetal green pepper and pickle, anise, some sweetness. Very little pepper burn, and practically no cinnamon. The barreling didn't really contribute much, though it did improve the body a bit, which I find very thin in regular Huna. This was quite viscous and full-bodied, which I've never experienced in any of this beer's variants.

Much like regular Hunahpu, I was not impressed by this beer. For all that goes into it, it just isn't executed well, and frankly just simply does not taste good. It was nice to try it, but I would never go out of my way to try it again.

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Photo of orangesol
4.6/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with us tonight. Happy birthday buddy!!

A - Pours jet black with a small film of tan head, quickly dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace at all on the glass. Pretty much dead flat almost instantly.

S - Smells of milk chocolate, chili spices, vanilla beans, cinnamon, oak, spicy rum and fruity brandy warmth. Everything that should be present is there and shining brightly.

T - Starts off with a mix of cinnamon and chili spices quickly being joined by the milk chocolate, vanilla and toffee sweetness. The spicy rum and fruity brandy match perfectly with the base flavors. Finish is spicy sweet with some mild booze burn, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate to low carbonation. Slick, spicy feel with a bit of heat at the end of each sip. Just needs more carbonation and it would be amazing.

O - This is a pretty incredible beer. The two barrels blend very well together and complement the base flavors amazingly well. I would still take the Apple Brandy version over this one but it is closer than any of the other variants I have had to date.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.84/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Huhzubendah
4.85/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Rustico in Arlington. I very excite! The beer appears pitch black with a thin, oily beige cap. The aroma brings a grandiose helping of cinnamon, roast, brandy. What a flavor! Ample cinnamon at first followed by a perfect compliment of chilis. Silly smooth brandy notes with a delicate sweetness from the rum barrels. A lovely concoction. Wonderfully smooth on the palate. World class.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Stains the glass. Mocha head. Thick collar,

Smell - Brandy fruitiness. Graham cracker and cinnamon. Some coconut. Chocolate. Vanilla. Some rum, but it's not that prevalent.

Taste - More rum here. Brandy sweetness. Chocolate, graham cracker. The coconut comes through also. Much more peppery. Lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very heavy. Pretty sweet, too. Medium low carbonation and very boozy.

Overall - This is outstanding. The sweetness and booze are the only aspects I don't love.

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Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into a matching CCB Hunahpu snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark mocha head that fades pretty fast and is difficult to revive.

This smells oaky with vanilla, chocolate and some solvent booze blending to slightly vinous with leather and anise becoming more noticeable with earthen peppery appeal also across the back.

This tastes sweet with chocolate, caramel and vanilla fading to bitter bakers cocoa, espresso, coconut and mild vinous appeal with toasted marshmallow. The aftertaste had cinnamon bark and mild peppery warmth and earthen peppery flavors that are quite enjoyable.

This is full bodied with low carbonation. An awesome, flavorful sipper where surprisingly the barrels dont dominate but instead accent an already fantastic brew. Sadly, without reading the label, you would never guess this was "double" barrel aged and neither of the individual barrels lend enough character to be recognized by themselves. It would be awesome to see CCB actually to a real double barrel hunahpu instead of just a blend of 2 different barrels. Regardless, id drink the shit out of this if I had easy access to more.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery.
Solid inky black color with a creamy dark mocha head that slowly dissipates to wisps on top. My God that aroma is heavenly! Rich chocolate caramel and molasses with a spiced rum cake kind of feel to it. Moderate amount of cinnamon, light wood and vinous fruity notes. The flavor is rich chocolate spiced cake with hints of rum and molasses. The alcohol shows a bit of warming but is never harsh. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a slick syrupy sticky mouthfeel. Damn that is a great beer! Even the non beer geeks I shared this with enjoyed it. Wish I had more!

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Photo of Duff27
4.59/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mocha collar, no head really. Body is dark brown borderline black. Small speckles of lacing after each sip.

Chocolate booze. Apple brandy is most prominent.

Rum and apple brandy notes are blended perfectly. Cinnamon lends almost a cherry flavor as well.

For some reason I would have thought this would have been a touch thicker but even still, no complaints. Low carbonation.

Decandent to say the least. Thanks for going on in on a trade for this egrace84 and fdkayti.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.8/5  rDev +1.7%
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 dar482
4.94/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma his of fudge, chocolate, sweet barrel character, pepper skin, cinnamon

The beer is chewy, yet slick. Up front, a combination of sweet liqueur frm the barrels. It moves onto a theme of sweet fudge, vanilla and chocolate dessert, chocolate, ice cream, brownie. There's cinnamon with a touch of pepper skin and a kick of heat in the back. The finish is sweet, yet clean.

This beer certainly elevates the base beer by adding a dimension to the base beer's chocolate notes and cleaning up the beer on the finish with the barrels.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best BA spiced stout. This is 1a or 1b with BA Abraxas. Take normal huna, make it ridiculously smooth and balance everything out, and you have this perfect beer.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So, wow.. This beer is super intense. It pours like thick black ink. Crazy color and viscosity. This is going to be a chore. The smell is very sweet. The residual sweetness imparted from the liquor barrels is really strong in the aroma. Taste is more of the same. Very sweet, but it seems to be battling with the bitterness of the cacao nibs. It's very good, but seems like the flavors are really battling for superiority and no one is winning. Mouthfeel is like drinking a milkshake. It's so thick and sorta slimy. While a really delicious and wildly impressive beer, it was rough for 2 people to finish a 750 ml. This would have been much better if it was shared between 3-4. And it may sound weird, but I wish it was really cold.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Holy shit. Pours very black. Looks great. Swirling it around the glass and it's clinging to the sides. Thick. Most notable flavor is cinnamon, bit of chili pepper skin, and maybe a hint of twang from the AB barrels. I wonder if I'm not getting one particular flavor because everything is so well balanced or not. The Rum and AB barrels just work awesomely with this base. Some warming alcohol presence in chest. Just outstanding.

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Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for Andy for sharing this beer during a little cellar cleaning party. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip an oily black hue with just enormous legs.

S - Aromas of brandy, apples, rum, vanilla, light booze, chocolate. Really really nice.

T - Taste is just like the nose. Loads of rum, apple brandy, chocolate, malts, caramel, toffee apples, dark chocolate. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden perfectly.

O - Overall this beer was just delicious. Really glad Andy was able to bring this one.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of sweemzander
4.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours pitch black with minimal tan/brown froth.

(S)- Obvious cinnamon meets loads of rich raisin, cocoa, and molasses. Very dessert-like with a decadent barrel character in the background.

(T)- One of the most interesting stout combos I have ever come across: Cinnamon meets apple brandy barrel. Subtle tobacco and cocoa with the slightest hint of the chili pepper. The mexican chocolate meets rum and apple brandy. Sexy as hell. Rich as hell.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level meets a very complex and dynamic beer. The apple brandy and rum combo is the icing on the cake with this. The base beer is already fantastic, but the added complexity and depth the duo of barrels adds is top notch. Super rich and decadent, but its so good, you keep going in for another sip.

(O)- A masterfully crafted barrel aged imperial stout. Complex, well integrated, and thankfully, not too overly rich or boozy.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.22/5  rDev -10.6%
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 Stevedore
4.88/5  rDev +3.4%
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 TX-Badger
4.85/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black like oil with tan head. Cinnamon, chocolate, roast, oak, vanilla, and rum on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some brandy raisin flavors. Extemely complex, delicious.

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