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 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 Mojua
4.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -1.7%
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 +3%
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 -10.6%
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 tapperm
4.79/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +3.8%
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 +2.5%
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 rabbott2
4.9/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The sweetness to this is really nice. It certainly had less pepper than the base, which could be lost with age or just overpowered by the excellent sweetness of the apple brandy and rum barrels. I really enjoyed this one in a very unique way. Probably won't ever try it again, but certainly knocked off a white whale of mine. Not oily thich, but not too thin. Went down very easily with minimal booziness. Smell and taste were similar where the taste added a lot of complexities. Caramel, dark chocolate, sweet brandy are at the forefront. The wood in the barrel shows some nice presence too. Very nice beer and extremely glad I sought this out aggressively.

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

750ml bottle poured into a Portsmouth tulip

Look: Just a beautiful pour, very reminiscent of the regular version. Pitch black with a two finger head. After a few minutes, only a mocha ring is left behind.

Smell: After warming closer to room temp, you can smell this from a few feet away. Rich dark chocolate, fudge, cinammon, and a slight hint of pepper.

Taste: Incredibly complex. The dark chocolate and peppers take center stage but the vanilla and cinnamon are right behind. The barrel treatment is very subtle, but blends perfectly with the other flavors. I pick up on molasses, vanilla, slight oak and a slight sweetness from the apple brandy.

Feel: Motor oil thick, and almost chewy. No noticeable alcohol and the abv is really well hidden.

Overall: Absolutely worth the high ratings. I wish the barrel treatments were just slightly more pronounced, but that could easily be due to the age on it. It's incredible that they could use this many ingredients and not have it come across as a muddled mess, yet every one of them can be picked up on.

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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 cpetrone84
2.28/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pour is jet black with a dark mahogany and bubbly head. Nose is super green at first, burns off after opening up a little, some olive, sugary sweetness, hints of peppery spice, some notes of sweet rum, some dark berry sweetness. Flavor is so sweet, some chalky chocolate, sweet rum, sugar every where, faint peppery spice in back. Full bodied, nicely carbonated but a touch oily.

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

Nothing I can add that wont mimic what everyone has said below. This is a top 5 BA stout anywhere in the world. The apple brandy is what makes this beer. Outstanding

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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 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 ChrisP802
4.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazed I was able to try this along side it's little buddy (not double barrel aged)
Pour - jet black with almost no head. split between three people
Smell - cinnamon, chocolate, heaven
Taste - unreal, incredible blend of the barrel aged. you can taste both blends
Overall - if you ever get the chance, drink it. buy what you can and drink more

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Photo of Fargrow
4.43/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I cannot believe I got to try this beer. On tap at Bell's 30th Anniversary Funvitational.

Pitch black with basically no head. The smell is unbelievable. Like a cinnamon roll with raisins. Taste is much the same. I haven't ever tasted a beer like this before. Feels a bit thin for the ABV. I seriously beer-geeked-out when I was trying this whale. So cool. Great beer.

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Photo of d5001986
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into Tree House tulip.

Pitch black ink pour with less than a finger of mocha colored head. Some barrel on the nose, lots of molasses, vanilla, and spices (cinnamon). Taste has so much going on... First of all it's sweet and desert like. The cinnimon comes through perfectly, even more prominent than I recall from the base beer. Vanilla, fudge, smoke, and that sweet barrel booze. Not sure where those peppers are though. Mouthfeel is spot on... thick and velvet smooth. Overall, incredibly rich, complex and satisfying. The rum/brandy imparted by the barrels is just right. Perhaps a smidge too sweet though. Worth the hype.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate, fruit and wood aroma. Heavy toasted chocolate malt and complex alcohol flavor with a heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is another standout beer.

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

Big thanks to Pushkinwow for sharing the bottle!

Pours dark and black with a rich dark brown ephemeral head. The nose..ahh the nose...deep, rich grains, milk chocolate, boozy rum or bourbon...intense! The taste is full and round and also very intense with roasted grain, chocolate, molasses, boozy (bourbon or sweet rum), warming but not overpowering cinnamon and chilis at finish. Full, silky, round and heavy on the palate. A beautifully complex beer!

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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 Bugs318
4.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

in contrast to regular version, same in appearance except less head. Nose wafts a bit more vanilla forward, some wood, less of the olive note. Taste is a bit sweeter with different vanilla altered by a touch more vanilla and cinnamon over chocolate. The spice comes back a bit stronger with hints of whiskey and wood. Feel seems a touch less bodied. Carbonation is a touch more present oddly, but creamy silkiness remains if a touch less.

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Photo of jshusc
4.74/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wasn't expecting to ever try this one, but there it was. Really dark, almost black pour, with minimal head. May have lost a bit of carb, but not fatal to the beer. The beer smells incredible, with the apple brandy effects really complimenting the cinnamon and spice. Very complex taste, with everything on the bottle present and accounted for. Thick and viscous mouthfeel. Really a great beer.

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Photo of KaeF
4.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Benzai, huge thanks to you, man! Smells like apples, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, alcohol, taste is great, like apple pie with molasses and brandy. Awesome beer!

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