Hunahpu's Imperial Stout
Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #23
Ranked #73
4.57 | pDev: 8.32%
Nov 06, 2022
Jan 03, 2009
Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout
Notes: In Mayan mythology, Hun Hunahpu was the father of the Mayan hero twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque. Hun Hunahpu, along with his brother Vucub Hunahpu, was tricked by the Dark Lords of the underworld and slain. Hun Hunahpu’s corpse morphed into a cacao tree, his head becoming a cacao pod, which in typically awesome mythology fashion, spit upon the hand of a young maiden named Xiquic who promptly became pregnant with the hero twins. The twins would ultimately grow up to avenge their father and uncle and defeat the Dark Lords and ascend the heavens to become the moon and sun. We brew Hunahpu's Imperial Stout once a year and release it only at the brewery on the second weekend in March. We will continue to do so until the end of the cycle.

Dark chocolate, mocha, cinnamon and molasses aromas all compete for attention on the nose, with a soft alcohol spiciness and dark fruit notes complimenting. Imposing and assertive on the palate, this imperial stout immediately presents espresso, baker’s chocolate and plum flavors that give way to cinnamon, toffee and an earthy hop quality. Scoville heat slowly builds with each sip, while a soft bitterness and moderate carbonation provide counterpoint to this viscous, complex creation.

80 IBU
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Rated: 4.49 by Hendry from Vermont

Nov 06, 2022
Rated: 3.68 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Oct 15, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by dontknojack from Louisiana

Sep 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2018 vintage

We’re nearing the end of the BIF beers I got from @Eziel back in February, and this one is a heavy hitter. This has been a big want for me for a while, so it’s awesome to finally be able to try it. Let’s see what this famoud spicy Stout is really all about

Pours nearly pitch black with 2 fingers of reddish brown head that fades to a ring and leaves minimal lacing

This is highly complex in the nose, not too peppery and balanced in its sweetness. I’m picking up on aromas of cacao nibs, vanilla bean, chili pepper, spicy whiskey, burnt coffee, sweet toffee, brown sugar, and light charred oak

This is a bit restrained in taste, perhaps due to the age but I still really enjoy it. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting dark chocolate, roasty coffee, chipotle pepper, vanilla bean, spicy whiskey, toasted oak, cinnamon, and toffee. The swallow brings notes of milk chocolate, chipotle pepper, vanilla bean, caramel, toasted oak, earthy whiskey, and burnt coffee

A full body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a smooth and earthy beer. Finishes mostly dry with a lingering heat

While I enjoyed this, I’d hardly put it on legendary status. Again, maybe it’s the age so I’d love to try it fresh, but even still
Sep 03, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Gkruszewski from New York

Aug 25, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by bret27 from California

May 09, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by Affinity from Missouri

May 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2020 "Amalie Arena" edition...large capped bottle.

Pours very dark with no light shining through, next to no cap or lacing.

Dark chocolate and fudge brownies on the sniff.

Super smooth, nice complexity exhibited by the notes of more chocolate/brownies/cinnamon/dark malts.

Delicious creation, no doubt aided by a few years in the bottle....get some of this fine nectar, if ya have the opportunity.
Apr 16, 2022
Rated: 4.56 by DOCRW from Washington

Mar 30, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Mar 28, 2022
Rated: 5 by BeerDreadz from Florida

Mar 19, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 19, 2022
Rated: 3.6 by Gtwreck45 from Missouri

Jan 06, 2022
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Jan 02, 2022
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Rated by jb_4226 from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
#96, yummy!
Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by kramacam from Kentucky

Dec 09, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by JonB25 from Delaware

Nov 21, 2021
Rated: 5 by kblomseth from California

Aug 19, 2021
Rated: 4.66 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Aug 13, 2021
Rated: 4.77 by WormGod from New York

Aug 02, 2021
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
2018 Vintage

750ml bottle - poured into a balloon stem at 50°F. Huge thanks to DonnieT79 for this longtime want!

Pours an unbelievable slick jet black colour - absorbing every photon of light, with the single darkest head on a beer that I've ever seen, forming - like a grade school volcano, it foams up - fine and sudsy, with the colour of light coffee beans, and then receding to a huge, persistent coarse bubbly collar that lasts forever. 4.75

Nose: Incredibly rich. Almost like a concentrate. Deep, bold roasted malts with a particularly Russian-style accord lend bitter baker's chocolate, cacao, Peruvian coffee, black treacle, toffee, caramel, marzipan, and vanilla. A slight, dense fruity thread lends a deep raisiny PX sherry note, with a hint of fig, blueberry, and dried cherry. I'm failing to pick up any chilies or cinnamon, but there is a unique warm spice element, lending a hint of earthiness. Not very Mexican, but it smells delicious. 4.25

Palate: The legendary Hunahpu greets the palate with an expertly dialed-in balance between malt sweetness and roast. Immediately, it lets you know that it is not trying to be a Mexican wedding cake - this is a Russian imperial stout, with a bold, heavy roast, deep, dark, bitter complexion, and leaning drier on the sweetness scale. Roasty is the main theme here. Bitter cocoa, charred malts, burned sugar, and burned vanilla lead the way, with an underpinning of marzipan and malty sweetness. The pepper is there if you really squint, but rather than lending a chili heat, it's more of an earthy, dry spice. Spice as in spices, not heat. I'm not picking up on cinnamon, perhaps due to its age, but there's definitely some type of spice character that's lending an earthy aromatic quality. It grows drier, nudging out any sweetness, and the charred malt takes hold, upping the dry, bitter factor. The faintest little glow of pepper warmth emerges, and the stout concludes with deep, bitter roast, cacao, and an almost tannic bite to it, which lingers, resurfacing with an espresso- like aftertaste. 4.0

Mouthfeel/Body: Despite its foreboding motor oil appearance, Hunahpu is quite drinkable. A bold, rich, heavy brew, but he's quite fluid, with a medium-full body, and very minimal viscosity. There's some fine, subtle fizzy effervescence, but it's relegated to the background, and only just contributes enough. The chilies warm only the gums, and it concludes with a drying, tannic roasty squeeze. 4.25

Overall: This is a tricky one for me. I know this is revered as a legend, and was once highly sought-after, and perhaps the age didn't treat this one the best, but I have a hard time falling in love with it. It's a bit roasty and bitter for my taste, and feel it trends more in the classic Russian style than anything else. It's a great RIS, especially if you like them bitter and roasty, and the hint of pepper is a nice twist, but I keep,wishing that it were just a touch sweeter, less roasty, with more caramel/toffee/vanilla/malt, and less cacao/char/blackened bite. I can certainly see how the right person would adore this though. I just find the roast a bit overbearing.  3.75
Jul 09, 2021
Rated: 4 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by ackeeper from Illinois

Jun 15, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by GFK from Michigan

Jun 15, 2021
Rated: 4.98 by Bennick218 from Ohio

Jun 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Eddieeight from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Well my wife thinks this beer is too big for me to finish in one sitting. She's upset this is 25 oz and she thinks i should only be drinking a bomber a night, which is 22 oz. So this experience begins with stress and tension. And a couple eye rolls. I purchased this from a private seller for $40, which is probably way too much to pay but i can't get this around here in Ohio, and I'd heard so much about this beer i had to try it. So every whale has its price i suppose. Glad to be trying a beer from Tampa as I've been watching some interviews toady with Shock G, AKA Humpty Hump, about the history of hip hop, and he's from Tampa. Poured up deep dark brown with a darkly tan one inch head, a shade darker than khaki. It quickly dissipated into a floating ring around the glass. To be honest, this smells like wet metal, iron, blood. And a little chocolate, dark berry, and thick dark sugary things like molasses. I'm actually getting a lot of plum from this taste, plum and raisin and dates. More plum than "Plum Tuckered out" by Hoppin Frog. Very sweet, heavy and dark. A little burned tasting. Slight cinnamon, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of vanilla on the back end. Although the description says there's some Scoville units on this one, I can't detect any spiciness whatsoever. Mouthfeel is medium thick with moderate effervescence. Overall, it is very good, but i am not as thoroughly impressed as i expected to be. This is rated 100 on this website, and i think it tastes really good, but I'm not going to be that generous, as i don't think there's anything particularly unique about the brew. Maybe i'm just sullied by my wife's remarks and hope she just goes in and smokes a big bowl so she can get high and forget about the fact i'm drinking this whole thing tonight. So much for $40. Maybe better luck next time.
May 09, 2021
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look - fantastic black and thick with a great lasting tan head and rimming
Smell - you can really smell it all. First notes of smell is the cinnamon and roasted malts with a slight chili pepper followed by cocoa and vanilla
Taste - cinnamon and pepper with a slight sweet vanilla and a little cocoa
Feel - medium body light carb with a slight cream
Overall - tasty Mexican stout
Apr 25, 2021
Rated: 4.52 by mmoore9363 from Arizona

Apr 25, 2021
Rated: 4.74 by RichD from Rhode Island

Apr 23, 2021
Rated: 4.56 by beefbucket from Missouri

Apr 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Craftbeerfan666 from Norway

4.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had this in August, then the 2016 version, + have tasted a few vintages before. Incredible solid imperial stout from the Floridian masters here! Super RIS
Apr 20, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Abyss black body; fizzy carbonation percolating up through the depths; initial decent head yet it quickly dissipates to a thin fizzy ring dancing around the circumference of the glass. Outstanding aroma; tropical fruit sweetness with a rich bitter chocolate element; chili peppers. The taste multiplies the smell sensations; chili pepper spiciness with cinnamon overtones; cocoa and bitter chocolate; star anise. Heavy body; slick and oily on the palate; warm with chili heat and boozy warmth; sticky residual sugars coat the palate and offset the warmth notes with a sweet mouthfeel quality.

2020 edition, unknown ABV (the 2021 version is 11.8% ABV). This beer was made available to me out of the blue, and what treat this is. Many chili and high ABV beers suffer in the head retention department, and that seems to be the case hear, but everything climbs to a high degree afterwards in the sensory appeal department. This is one awesome imperial stout augmented with a devilish chili pepper kick.
Apr 18, 2021
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2020 release. Received from @roguer. Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. It pours almost jet black with a creamy, medium mocha-colored head and lacing that dissipated quickly. Its nose features roasted malt, caramel, cocoa, cinnamon, freshly-brewed coffee, tobacco smoke, dark fruit, peppers, and subtle but distinct bourbon. The flavor is ridiculous! It opens with cocoa and coffee, along with mellow peppers, black cherry, and cinnamon. All the flavors are delicate and they blend beautifully. The bourbon notes are subtle and enhance the other flavors. It's so easy to drink. The mouth feel is creamy and remarkably lite for 10.2% . Overall, Hunahpu's is everything I thought it would be - and more. It's delicious and perfect either to pair with a hearty meal or for casual drinking. I'm grateful to finally drink this white whale.
Apr 11, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by goleeoh from Michigan

Mar 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Dfeinman1 from Florida

4.26/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
To me this will always be the beer that started it all. Delicious, dark cherry and cinnamon taste. Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel. Tried it with some older folks who never had a craft beer before and they were sold!
Mar 02, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 4.43 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Jan 31, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by GaryM6 from New York

Jan 28, 2021
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Reviewed by OfficerKramitz from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: Pours a brown-black with a perfect deep mahogany head which does not dissipate too quickly.

A: slight oak and cocoa overpowered by cinnamon and a spiciness

T: Fudgy up front followed by a perfect spicy chocolateness and really a great mole character which I what I think is their goal. Almost taste like a cinnamon graham cracker in the beginning.

M: Slightly thin for a beer of this stature, but the medium body is welcome with the spice complexity.

O: Finally glad I got to enjoy this one I’ve been seeking for years. It’s a well crafted beer and one of the best spiced beers I’ve had.
Jan 25, 2021
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 4446 ratings