Hunahpu's Imperial Stout
Cigar City Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #16
Ranked #42
4.62 | pDev: 8.23%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
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
Reviews: 858 | Ratings: 4,428 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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
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Eddieeight from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -18.8%
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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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev -6.1%
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
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Craftbeerfan666 from Norway

4.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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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beergoot from Colorado

4.62/5  rDev 0%
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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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev -1.7%
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
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Dfeinman1 from Florida

4.26/5  rDev -7.8%
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
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OfficerKramitz from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -10.8%
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
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 20 oz giant tulip glass bottled 3/13/2020. Pours midnight black in the dead of a cloudy Winters evening, with a massive 2 plus finger mocha head that leaves a few thin streaks of lace, as it slowly settles into a thin layer of mocha bubbles. 4.75.

Smell is deep dark fudge, vanilla beans, roasty coffee grounds, cinnamon, and some oaked bourbon. 4.75

Taste follows dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cinnamon, and a little bourbon lingers sip after glorious sip. 4.75

Mouthfeel is BIG, a tad dry, gentle carbonation, and at 10.2% it drinks bigger, but extremely approachable and complex. 4.75

Overall this is one I have always wanted to sip and thanks Ocalafox for sharing. A very impressive brew. 4.75

Aug 16, 2020
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer which is topped by a dense and slightly rocky two fingers of dark tan head which retains well and leaves minimal lacing
S: Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, hints of peppers, and some vanilla.
T: Taste is sweet vanilla up front with cinnamon, pepper heat, chocolate, and coffee. Nice roasted malts as well, hint of charred wood and burnt sugar too. On the swallow there's more sweet vanilla, cinnamon, peppers, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and charred wood.
M: This beer is thick and velvety on the palate. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish due to the ABV.
O: Overall this beer is fantastic. Great flavors and a killer amount of complexity make this a very enjoyable beer to drink. I've been sitting on this one for a bit but it doesn't seem to have fallen off at all. Really nice balance of flavors and very well integrated. This is definitely a beer you need to try if you like heavily adjuncted stouts that aren't straight diabetes in a bottle.

Jul 12, 2020
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shawver74 from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing diverse stout. Was able to get some of the original and variants last April during Hunahpu event. Excellent beer. Going to Tampa 6/26 and will get some more!

Jun 23, 2020
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DEZ01301960 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased 3 bottles online. Typical stout with peppers. Good but not all that. Not sure if I would pay as much as I did in order to store some in the cellar

Feb 15, 2020
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.18/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019 version on draft at Cigar City. Poured a black body with minimal khaki head and this tiny khaki lace ring that stuck around. The aroma comes across as spicy, the cinnamon and chilies grabbing the nose, with minor chocolate sweetness underneath the spice. Smooth, silky, has some sticky sweetness despite how easy it is to drink. Chili and cinnamon balance with chocolate and vanilla, just enough booze for a complementary finish, and even mild notes of dark fruits like figs (not so much plum). Just a bit of everything in this beer and it is flavorful and so easy to drink.

Feb 14, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 Bomber. Thanks Adam and Jay! Had a great time and a great trade.

Inky black from the bottle and into the Carpe Brew Em snifter. A thick brown ring forms and then recedes to about 1/2 finger, then to nothing. Slight legs streaking down the glass.

Aromas of rich dark chocolate, tobacco, quite a bit of soy sauce though it's not off-putting, molasses, fig, and a bit of dark fruit as well.

That soy sauce comes through on the flavor, with a little wet paper, could be the age, but beyond that I get tons of dried dark fruit, dried apricot, and then tobacco, molasses, black olives, caramel sauce, and dark chocolate.

Feel is heavy, thick, mean, but never oversaturated with alcohol; just the right amount of heat falling down onto the tongue and warming the throat.

Overall an incredible beer. I can't wait to try the BA variant.

Dec 09, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. 2017 edition

L: Inky black pour... comes out like oil with 2 fingers of foamy tannish head. Modest lacint.

S: Rich and roasty... cinnamon and spice, cocoa, and espresso.

T.F: Just like it smells... rich with burned sugars and roast. Some sweetness up front... strong spice flavors, with cinnamon and vanilla... the chilis are also there giving some smokiness in the background. Strong cocoa... lighter coffee. Complex and lush with a ton going on. Creamy and thick bodied... warming, and it gets better as it warms.

O: An elite stout... a big huge beer... great to relax with for an evening. Worthy of the hype.

Jul 05, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of caramel-colored foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is roasty and dark, with cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, cocoa nibs, toffee and molasses creating the bulk of the nose. Roasty and toasty malts are supportive and abundant. Flavor profile is huge, hitting notes of cinnamon, cardoman, nutmeg, molasses, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate and cocoa nibs. Big sugary notes, but they are balanced out by roasty and toasty malts. Mouth feel is thick and full, with a modest level of graininess. Overall, deep and expressive with loads of flavor. Lovely stout!

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 750mL bottle. 10th anniversary bottle.

Jul 04, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.35/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly overrated IMO. This stout is on the high end of the cinnamon war, so if that's your thing - you must try it. No too sweet, I'll give it that. Otherwise I've found many more balanced brews in the category, such as Coffee Cinnamon Bourbon Abominable by Fremont. Hunahpu is worthy of a try and of forming your own opinion, but you may also not find it up to the hype.

Apr 18, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage (released 3/12/16); drank 5/21/16 @ Yuss Haus Mach II.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big, noisy dark khaki head; nice lace.

Orange citrus & milk chocolate notes in the nose; Black IPA vibes!!

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Orange citrus & rich milk chocolate flavors up front; cinnamon notes on the finish. Booze heat notes emerged as this warmed.

Unique, complex & tasty. Nice!

Apr 15, 2019
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Ottoj55 from Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Everything great in an imperial stout, deep brown to black, creamy tan foam. And a subtle hint of spices and chili peppers. A great example of how to add a lot of flavor and spice to a beer and not ruin it.

Mar 15, 2019
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Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Would I buy this again? Yes, but only one bottle cellared at a time. Do t see any reason to cellar for extended period of time or collect for verticle.

Mar 02, 2019
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Sandis from Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2-1-19: 2017 version from bottle at home. The heat with this one is mild. I can definitely taste the cinnamon. This seems a bit thin. For me the hype doesn't quite match the taste. Maybe I need to try this fresher.

Feb 28, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I finally got to try this whale after a trade. I thought it was similar to Abraxas. I had a 2017, and may have bunkered it too long with the flavors becoming much more mild than other reviewers indicate.

Honestly, I've had plenty of other better beers within this category that are not on the Top 250 list such as Prison Barrel Aged Wham Whams or some of the Evil Twin or J Wakefield Stouts.

Beer pours black with a caramel color head. Smell of pepper and vanilla, but very subtle. I was expecting a much stronger nose.

Good solid thick mouthfeel similar to chocholate fudge, but no tingling from the peppers. I wanted something stronger and more flavorful.

Feb 24, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I finally landed this whale. I have wanted to drink this beer for the last five years. I am looking forward to this review. I popped the top off and a hiss emitted. The beer is 52 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The beer just glugged out of the bottle as I poured it into the glass. This thick beer produced a two finger dark brown head. The retention on the head is phenomenal. The head dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 38 nearly black. The beer is opaque.

The initial aroma I got from the beer is dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. Next, I smell vanilla, molasses, chili, raisins, bready, char, and leather. The beer has this earthy garden aroma that I get on the backend.

Holy Moly! The flavors in the beer are dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, chilis, vanilla, molasses, raisins, anise, char, leather, earthiness, smokiness, char, bready, and a vegetal note.

The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy and dry.

The body of the beer is full, low carbonation, and a full finish.

What an incredible beer. Knowing this beer being is not barreled aged is utterly amazing. The harmony in the beer is like a fine-tuned instrument. Beers like this are why I love Imperial Stouts.

Feb 18, 2019
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Preston from Florida

4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fascinating and very complex beer! The chilis come through, but are not overpowering. This is a sipping beer, and I'm glad I had a small pour at the brewery. Great stuff--I've been to Cigar City a number of times, but this is the first time I've seen Hunahpu's on tap. Hooray!

Feb 18, 2019
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soze47 from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very pretty looking. Pitch brown in all the right ways. Love the little lacing patches that linger after each drink. Lots of cinnamon on the nose to go with dark almost leathery chocolate. Mexican heat heat too - brightens up the same notes from the nose and adds some notes of chiles.

Feb 17, 2019
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 4428 ratings