Hunahpu's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

4,155 Ratings
Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
In Mayan myth, Hunahpu gave cocoa to the Mayans. An Imperial Stout Aged On Cacao Nibs, Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Ancho Chilis, Pasilla Chilis and Cinnamon.

80 IBU

Added by tpd975 on 01-03-2009

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Photo of Rristow
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a thick beige head. Awesome aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and spices. Taste is equally impressive. Very complex. Flavors of chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, caramel, chiles, dark fruits, toffee. Moderate to heavily sweet with mild bitterness. Syrupy mouthfeel. I'd put it up with Three Floyds Dark Lord as one of the best imperial stouts in the world.

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Photo of madelf66
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wanderingpints
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of xyz_entropy
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WesMantooth
4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A 2017 750ml bottle

It is a viscous pour, with a thick, frothy beige head.

It smells like liquid Cocoa Puffs with vanilla and cinnamon. There is a bit of cayenne like pepper too.

It is a wonderful blend of flavors. Although vanilla is the most prominent and it combines with the layers of chocolate to make it taste pretty sweet, there is still plenty of roasted barley and bitterness on the back side and a nice pepper spice compliment.

The body is full and velvety smooth without being more chewy like Zhukov.

The flavors are really well balanced and this is an outstanding tasting beer, but I don't think the flavors pop or stand out as much as they do in the Double Barrel or with some other cinnamon and pepper beers like Jackie O's Oro Negro and Xocoveza. A little less vanilla and a little more pepper would be phenomenal

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Photo of beermanben
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brittanylicious
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heysuz
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tampalocal5577
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 batch on tap. Lives up to the hype but doesn't exceed it. Another year of aging may take it to another level. All the elements show up and the chili pepper heat flares up on the back end.

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Photo of StormAles
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of codytwo
4.17/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of newbrewer_zb
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phineasco
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pitch black with khaki head.
Smell: Cinnamon, vanilla, raisins, and chocolate.
Taste: Cinnamon, sugar cookies, vanilla, raisins, and chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and complex.
Overall: Amazing stout from Cigar City.

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Photo of Nace4
4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BJB13
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a snifter at a bottle share.

Oily black and crowned with a ring reddish brown micro-bubbles, it leaves thin sheets of glistening lacing and viscous brown residue sliding down the glass with every tilt.

The moderate strength nose hits me with cinnamon first on every sniff before opening up a bit to sweet syrupy and rotated malt along with coffee and dark fruit at the end. All of these notes are present in the taste with additions of cocoa and a hint of vanilla. The cinnamon comes across a little less in the flavor than the nose. The bitter and sweet are well balanced as it moves toward a long but not cloying finish that leaves a sweet tangy aftertaste. The soft full body is absolutely amazing, the oily suspension like fluid surrounds my tongue like an eldritch healing elixir.

This is one of the best beers I have had and certainly has the best mouth feel I have ever experienced.

Unfortunately due to the social aspect of the bottle share I didn't get more in depth notes but the conversation about this one while sipping it was a fun and rewarding experience.

Jump at the chance if you get it!

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My god what a beer. Expectations are already set due to the score/massive sample size...but this beer still delivered. It's fucking outrageously good. There's a plethora of great reviews in here already (including the bros) so I'll keep it brief:

-Motor oil-black with a thin brown film that swirls and pocks and looks like a concentrated dusting of cinnamon
-Aroma, which I thought was going to be all over the place, was more dark fruit and charred grains that anything too sweet or cloying
-Taste is roasted grains, French roast coffee, fig, raisin, chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. The peppers make themselves known in the feel...
-Mouthfeel is like beer-lotion. Smooth, thick, creamy, soft. Unreal. Kiss of heat on the back-end warms the mouth and mingles with the cinnamon and vanilla.

A ton of flavors but it all comes together in a cohesive and, ultimately, unbelievably excellent beer.

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Photo of Nate2034
4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of countrypeddler8
4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of amano_h
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A dark chaotic concoction of dark chocolate, cinnamon, black licorice, dried chili, spicy vanilla, coffee are the initial elements which intoxicate the aromatic senses. I try to avoid using the word “complex” whenever I describe beer as I consider it to be the cop-out of all cop-out adjectives, but there are so many elements in play here that I can't pick them all out individually with 100% accuracy. I'm really fascinated with the way the bitter aromas from the cacao meld so harmoniously with the spices from the chili and the vanilla, while not taking away from the woody wintry notes from the cinnamon; in one word, this brew is pure chaos on the nose.

Similar sensations ensue on the taste buds: the bitterness from the tag team of cacao and coffee lay the foundation for some of the more ornate and flashy flavors ranging from spicy, woody, pungent, and even a little bit of sweet at the end to run amok on the senses. Some of my fellow tasters commented that the range of flavors contained within the brew is comparable to a witch's cauldron or even holistic oriental medicine, but likewise with the nose, the individual factors are very expressive yet careful not to completely engulf one another. Black magic.

Medium, teetering towards medium-light bodied. Gentle, simmering carbonation. The rich, thick creamy initial mouthfeel stays without you throughout the drinking experience, while leaving all the heat from the alcohol behind; this is definitely one to be shared and savored among friends and good company.

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4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of holmesmi
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


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Photo of djgustafson
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikey2333
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of themathguy
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding beer with a huge array of flavor (vanilla, cinnamon and bittersweet chocolate), with a little mild heat on the back end from the chilies and booze. Excellent sipping beer. Thanks Dave from Union Beer Store in Miami for sharing this one with us!

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