Xbalanque
Cigar City Brewing

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From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 6.59%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
20
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 15, 2020
Added:
Mar 04, 2019
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  3
SCORE
95
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Notes: Cinnamon, vanilla, cacao nibs, and ancho, P\pasilla and guajillo chile peppers rested on amburana wood
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured a black body with minimal khaki head and lace. The aroma is basically cinnamon and chili peppers so it burns the nose ever so slightly (like a really good hot sauce). Medium to heavy body, sticky, vanilla bean sweetness and cinnamon spice. Moderate chili heat and a touch of boozy heat as well on finish. Beer has good balance and a slow sipper but still easy to drink with a good smoothness to boot.
Dec 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.49 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Nov 08, 2020
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Cinnamon & chocolate on the nose; chili pepper as it opens up. Rich, clean flavors, w/ a good bit of baking spices, oak, & vanilla. The roasty coffee on the tail finishes a tad bitter & boozy; overall there’s a great balance here.
Sep 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.78 by MJSFS from Florida

Sep 12, 2020
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Received from @doctorzombies. Very grateful because it’s excellent. Standard stout appearance. Minimal head and lacing. Purple edging. Smell is wood barrel over roasty stout. Taste is sweet, boozy, syrupy. Feel is lighter for a 11.5 abv than expected, but it’s goddamn boozy. Excellent beer.
Sep 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by BeerBeast from Florida

Aug 02, 2020
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
750 mL bottle. Inky black. Smells woody, sweet, almost maple-y, dark fruits, light spice and cinnamon. Tastes sweet and woody, cinnamon, fruity, a little spicy. Sweet and heavy. Fascinating wood flavor, but very sweet and boozy.
Mar 30, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by Kbrady10 from Maryland

Jan 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.3 by sd123 from Georgia

Jan 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.46 by GarrettBoots from Georgia

Oct 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.33 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Oct 05, 2019
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Thanks to Sabtos for feeding my unending & slightly warped need for all things Cigar City. If I ever become a serial killer, it will be for this brewery. 750ML bottle split with the wife.

Pours blackish. No head. The nose brings all the classic Huna poses plus plenty of raw, unprocessed wood. It adds.

Xbalanque tastes like getting down on all fours & licking that freshly hewn palm tree right on the forest floor. Holy wood, Asa. The taste is utterly unique: like a barrel, only with vague spicing that’s almost rye-like, searingly dry, like an exotic birdhouse bathed in cinnamon & allspice & fresh love. The chile peppers are subdued compared to the base Huna, which is smoothed out by the vanilla. Cocoa nibs are MIA. The finish, like the forebears, is pure wood. Smooth & spicy, this is a stout that should be sipped in front of a roaring bonfire while singing Freedy Johnston choruses.

As a Journalism Major (long, long, long ago) I am not used to being at a loss for words, but I’m struggling to find the right ones for this unique, beautiful beer, so I’ll go Germanic: einzigartig und wunderbar.
Sep 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.31 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Sep 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.69 by KensWorld from Florida

Aug 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.42 by HopBelT from Belgium

Aug 07, 2019
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Reviewed by cjgator3 from Florida

4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
750ml bottle into an El Catador Club snifter. 2019 vintage.

This is Hunahpu’s aged on Amburana Wood. As a result, you get a lot of the great flavors of the classic Hunahpu’s with a nice added character from the wood aging.
Jul 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.78 by hopkrid from Florida

Jul 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.09 by Stevedore from Oregon

Jun 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Jun 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.54 by Jason_cs from Florida

Jun 13, 2019
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Reviewed by kemoarps from Washington

4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Much love to @Roguer for giving me the chance to try this one!

Pour is an oily black with no head whatsoever.

Nose is deep dark roasts with classic notes of chocolate and coffee buried deeply under a perfumy wood that's almost reminiscient of chicory. I know nothing about Amburana, but I have no doubt that's what's giving it this character. Really interesting and fairly unique character coming off from that.

Flavour is similarly dominated by the wood. Sweet and woody with a touch of smokiness and some nutty character almost verging into husk. I've not had the base Huna (yet!), so I can't comment on comparison there, but this iteration is unique and quite tasty, though it is decidedly a sipper. The sweet perfuminess of the wood is best in small quantities at a time, per my opinion, but those small quantities are quite delicious.

Super smoothe and mostly flat, the high note on the finish carries through to a definite alcohol presence that's not harsh, but I've had bigger stouts that hid it better.

Overall this is fantastic and I'm glad to have gotten to try it. Thanks Andrew!
Jun 11, 2019
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Rated by Roguer from Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Still tons of cinnamon. The amburana wood adds a chicory-like savory woody note.
Jun 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.43 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Jun 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.49 by cd34 from Illinois

May 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Mar 22, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
The treatment to this version of Huna seems to have given it a little more body. It's big, full and round, and has an earthy woodiness with notes of marzipan and red licorice before a powder dry, slightly warming finish with a toasty cinnamon exhale.
Mar 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by IckyT2012 from Florida

Mar 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.56 by Beer21 from Florida

Mar 04, 2019
Xbalanque from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 28 ratings