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

Brewed by:
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.

Added by GatorLCA on 01-16-2014

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Photo of cd34
4.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jstonerock24
4.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Paintballswimguy
4.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Vivs85
4.73/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Radcpa
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MTKATL
4.81/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Treyliff
4.64/5  rDev -2.1%
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 mattsmith413
4.18/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fredmugs
4.25/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PeterOSU
4.58/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of burns3y
3.96/5  rDev -16.5%
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 BartS
4.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kreg02
4.81/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of amano_h
4.4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.
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. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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.
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 CraigMack61
4.54/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MorpheusIPA
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delightful. Slight heat, big cinnamon and vanilla. Love the barrel on this. Need more!

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4.46/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MatthewGrapeHead
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TPiwaron
4.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thampel09
4.75/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eppie82
4.53/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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 +4.2%
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 JoeMarinello
4.67/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wolvesinthetaproom
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.74 out of 5 with 1,531 ratings
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