Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Hunahpu's Imperial Stout
Cigar City Brewing

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #176
ABV:
15.4%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,300
Avg:
4.63 | pDev: 5.83%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
33
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Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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SCORE
96
World-Class
Notes: The “mother of all Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout” treatments, this one-of-a-kind barrel-aged Imperial Stout is a maple syrup bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout with vanilla, cacao nibs, cinnamon and ancho, pasilla and guajillo chile peppers.

Think “white chocolate chip pancakes eaten with a white-oak fork after dusting some chile powder over the plate”.
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spersichilli from Florida

4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle poured into a teku

Appearance
: pitch black with a bit of head

Smell
: maple is present on the nose right after pouring, followed by cinnamon and chocolate. Not as much of the peppers or vanilla, although the lack of peppers could be due to the age of the bottle.

Taste
: Very maple forward, with maple/cinnamon/chocolate fighting for the front seat. Bourbon character is minimal, I think this could also benefit from a bit more pepper heat to balance it (which probably was there when this was fresher). Besides that, extremely tasty. Boozier than the base huna but it a good way, you can tell that this is amped up compared to the standard version

Mouthfeel: medium-full, not overly heavy


Overall: Great beer that punches above its value. Would love to see Cigar City do more stuff like this.

Oct 07, 2019
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LloydDobler from Indiana

4.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into snifter

Shared this with some good buddies. Absolute maple BOMB! The barrel characteristics meld well with the base and maple additions. Dark malts with traditional Huna spice. Mild heat, and super slick. You would never be able to tell that this is 15%+. It really IS the “mother of all Huna treatments”. I rated regular BA Huna higher than this, but I had this next to equally impressive brews which might have adjusted the bell curve. Still, I’m happy to have the chance to try any beer with a 500 bottle count.

Jun 29, 2018
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WhaleSlayer85 from Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mother of All Huna Treatments

Pours a mocha brown stream into the glass. Black, no light comes through once in the glass. Quarter finger brown khaki head that dissipates quickly. Swirl leaves brown alcohol legs. Stingy peppery nose, dark chocolate, waft of maple comes across your nose. Cinnamon is there but resides in the background. Not getting a lot of Barrel on the nose, but there is some woody, Oak character. Taste is coffee, cinnamon, vanilla frosting, chocolate chips, maple smothered waffles, charred wood, smoke. There’s a little sting in the back of your throat letting you know the peppers are there. Sweet, but not cloying. Medium to full bodied, not chewy, but smooth. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Takes a great stout, and gives it the ultimate breakfast treatment. Only knock is Barrel is not big on this beer, but it does give this a smoky, wood character that seems to balance the maple. Well done!

May 03, 2018
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Lapalou from Florida

4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers to come out of Ccb in a while. Lives up to the hype by providing a balance between the Huna flavors and the maple bourbon notes. The body holds everything together and the maple washes out some of the cinnamon, that has been problematic in allowing the base Huna to be inconsistent over the years.

Great beer

Apr 28, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mesmerizingly slick and shiny intense black with less of a head than regular Huna--it still maintains that ultra vibrant, dark mocha hue, but mostly in collar form.

The smell is surprisingly smooth and chocolatey for the most part, which I don't normally get from Huna. This is paired with a hint of deep dark maple.

I'm going to have to do a side-by-side with this and Mornin' Delight, because they've done something few breweries besides Toppling Goliath have done, and that's attain a deeply smoky yet distinctly maple character that's just divine yet naturally balanced. I'm also getting more bourbon here than many of the other BA Huna treatments, as well as some raisiny molasses, cinnamon and a chili pepper sting that gives way to red fruit.

Numbing, complex and delicious, while eschewing pastry-grade stout territory. It's not heavy, and is quite drinkable. Had I not shared this bottle, I would have been happy downing the whole thing myself.

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On Black Friday 2019, I killed off my second and final bottle of this Mother of all Hunahpu's treatment, and found the experience to be only more impressive, especially considering the passage of time with such a heavily flavored stout. I can only revere this beer even more now.

I noticed that in addition to all the above dreamily mind blowing flavors, I'm getting crispy bruleed brown sugar oatmeal over a KBBS base--it's weird how minimally present the Huna spices are, either the cinnamon or pepper, considering how potent they can be in the base. The nose is what exhibits the majority of the Huna characteristics overall. But no, seriously though, I swear they just had Toppling Goliath swing by with a barrel of KBBS and let them bottle it with this generic CCB label during Hunahpu's Day 2018. That 1pp tho amirite?!

For the sake of specificity, a tight fine carbonation still delivers decadently dark chocolate via a drinkably medium body that features tons of amazingly natural smoky maple. It's not cloying or sticky, but just right, and very reminiscent of the best of TG--better than MD, and head to head with KBBS. The maple is even right up there with fresh, authentic Northern Vermont or Canadian syrup.

Mar 30, 2018
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark roast coffee hues with a light sandy head and minimal retention
S: Explosive maple out of the bottle with a subtle oak and cinnamon
T: Complex melange of challah bread French toast smothered in Grade B maple syrup and fudge with brown sugar-candied bacon topped with red pepper flakes
F: Pours slightly thin, but the richness of the flavor profile fills out the mouthfeel that lingers on the palate
O: Admittedly I’m a homer for Huna, but this exceeded my expectations. Each sip is a decadent bite of gourmet pancakes washed down with maple candies, a hint of Sriracha, vanilla beans, and a smooth 12 year old splash of bourbon. For me, this evokes memories of Westbrook’s Reserva - very enjoyable.

Mar 30, 2018
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This pours black with a minimal one finger head that quickly dissipates. It smells of deep rich chocolate and maple. Tastes really maple up front with the midpalate chocolate taste and a small lingering back end alcohol burn. Really well balanced and one of the best beers I have had from CCB.

Mar 15, 2018
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JamieDuncan from Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cigar City's explanation, my rating.

The “mother of all Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout” treatments, this one-of-a-kind barrel-aged Imperial Stout is a maple syrup bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout with vanilla, cacao nibs, cinnamon and ancho, pasilla and guajillo chile peppers.

Think “white chocolate chip pancakes eaten with a white-oak fork after dusting some chile powder over the plate”.

Mar 11, 2018
Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 33 ratings