Hunahpu's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

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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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Reviews: 787 | Ratings: 4,089
Photo of jtkenoyn
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A stout to compare all others too. delicious spice, cinnamon...the 2016 I had first was like a roasted ginger bread cookie. superb mouth feel and smell.

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Photo of Mbo108
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Couldn't get past the cinnamon. Dang. This was a 2014 we poured tonight. Didn't get it wrong n the niswith but in the taste it was all cinnamon. Could barely finish it. Sort of a let down after so much hype.

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Photo of LAp
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So excited to finally try this one - thanks Marc! Served in a FFF tasting glass. The nose is cocoa with the faintest hint of spice kick on the backend. The palate is straight up Taza Stone Ground Chocolate (the smooth cocoa is identical, as is the spice-profile). The interplay of cocoa and spice works beautifully, but is a touch sweeter than I'd like (a little more bitterness would be better I feel). Outstanding nonetheless.

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Photo of MFMB
4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep brown to almost jet black. A nice sizable frothy deep brown head. The nose is cinnamon up front followed by chocolate and a small bit of heat presumably from the chiles. The taste? It is decadent and layered with complexity. So much going on here! First you get a great deal of cinnamon almost too much, I knocked big bad Baptista for a overpowering cinnamon taste but Hunahpu's overpowering cinnamon quickly gives way to the many other flavors present unlike BBBAPTISTA. Rich creamy chocolate, roasted malts, Smooth silky vanilla, light coffee and yes those chiles all make bold appearances. It finishes with light heat from the chiles, a light caramel raisiny rum kick. Very smooth, rich and creamy mouthfeel. This beer is truly a thing of beauty! To say Hunahpu has a lot going on would be a understatement but the beauty of this stout is that each flavor holds its own a fits perfectly with the flow of this beer.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.91/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one of those bucket-list beers everyone ought to try, and I must thank my friend Ian for hooking me up with one bottle after his trip to Hunahpu Day trip.

This jawn pours heady and smells like Mexican chorizo, cinnamon and black olive puree plus teriyaki sauce. Looks amazing indeed, great head and retention.

The taste is all bitter chocolate and dessert flavors... good but not terribly enticing. I lost interest about halfway through the bottle, even though I was sharing with a friend.

Too sweet, too chocolaty, too chili-y... not my cup of (beer) tea.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Jet black, coco head
S- Chocolate, pepper, cinnamon
T- Tons of dark chocolate in the 17. Once you get used to that there is a nice spice note from the pepper and cinnamon, but not too much.
O- Like a dark chocolate milkshake

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

Had this in 2014 at GABF -- enjoyed it then and enjoy it know! Bottle poured into snifter. Dark rich black in color with little carbonation. Cinnamon, chocolate and spices are apparent. Full bodied, peppery, spicey notes balanced with chocolate (coco nibs). Keep bottling!

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Photo of shareallthebeer
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed the vertical of all Huna through 2016 bottling at a share in Denver.

2014 was the hands down favorite... years before that were beginning to fade, while years after were hot and needed some time.

I have had different bottles at different times and Huna is a treat beer. While I could down a bottle of, say, a Barrel-Aged Abraxas in one setting, Huna tends to be overwhelming sweet to me. It's a great beer, find a recent bottle... give it about two years in a cellar... and share with friends.

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Photo of Roguer
4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully dark brew, with a modest dark brown head, quickly fading to an oily sheen atop the brew.

The aroma is enticing: huge molasses and licorice notes, cleaving through robust char and strong earthy hops.

Flavor isn't quite as sweet as the nose implied, nor do I get half of the ingredients promised. There's a distinctly vegetal note likely from the chilies, but little-to-no heat. Vanilla and chocolate get lost in the overall mix, and the cinnamon is nowhere to be found.

Body is full, thick, and creamy.

It's quite muddled overall, but it's also very, very tasty. At the end of the day, it's a big, strong, roasty, and bitter imperial stout. If I'm in the mood for a beer that represents the base ingredients better, I'm favoring Bomb! every time, especially for the hype and rarity surrounding this beer. But if I happen to have a glass of this on hand? I won't be complaining.

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Photo of gatornation
3.87/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thick dark black color with very little head, smells great chocolate fudge with vanilla,cinnamon cocoa nibs. Taste is very bitter with the chocolate fudge tasting like a dark bitter bakers chocolate , little bit of heat (pepper's) and cinnamon offset this . mouth feel is bitter with spices and adjuncts hard to detect. Very underwhelmed by this stout both in taste and texture , Prairie Clown Shoes & Stone are better , would not trade for it again considering what it goes for.

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Photo of senglish7
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a complex beer. I get raisiny sweetness on the nose with a little vanilla. Taste- cinnamon and some chili pepper stand out with a bitter finish. I prefer a little sweeter but this is a legendary beer.

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Photo of Tommo
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really dont see the hype here. Compared to Mexican cake or abraxas this is slops. Very little spice on this at all. Decent stout body without alot of nice flavors to go with it. Flavor of the stout isnt even that nice, kind of bitter for my taste. Tasting this, i would no longer be interested in attending Hunapoo dau

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Photo of SayBoom
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huna 2015 vintage vs Bitches' Bank 2016
L: Huna=BB. A beautiful black thing.
S: Huna=BB. Rich dark fruit (especially cherry jam) notes, coffee and just a touch of cinnamon.
T: Huna>BB. There's cinnamon, chili, chocolate, spice. None are overpowering.
F: Huna>BB. Thick, rich, velvety.
O: Huna>BB. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2015 bottle poured into a snifter

A: A beautiful rich black body with a dark mocha creamy looking head.

S: Deep rich fudge and roasty malts and a little cinnamon.

T: Lots of the chocolate and a ton of licorice

M: Absolutely perfect rich creamy viscous thick absolutely coats the tongue and lingers.

O: The nose on this beer and the mouthfeel are out of this world. The taste is an absolute disappointment no cinnamon, no peppers, no vanilla just tons of licorice from being aged and a lot of chocolate. Hell there isn't even any heat from the chillis. Would love to try this fresh.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage, a bit underwhelming - faded cinnamon and chilis. Would like to try a fresher bottle, but doubt trade value is worth the hassle. I'll stick to Oro Negro and Xocoveza for my cinnamon spiced stouts.

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Photo of skiking70
4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Been wanting to try this beer for some time, it was good but not mind blowing. I had a 2016 and it was in the bottle for approximately a year, so some of the adjuncts have faded significantly. The beer has a wonderful mouth feel, butci had a hard time detecting the cinnamon and vanilla. Will definitely try to get my hands on a fresher bottle this year.

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Photo of wellsnb
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2016 vintage poured on 12/10/16. Thick mouthfeel. The smoked chilis add a depth of flavor that is really nice. I think that is what separates this from other mole beers.

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Photo of Buck89
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. A rich dark brown color with a thick tan head. Nice retention. Big chocolate aroma with roasted malt, and coffee. Huge chocolately taste. Nice balance with roasted bread, coffee, and cherries. Vanilla intermingled throughout. Full-bodied and smooth -- just a world-class RIS. Great beer.

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

Cinnamon wasn't as prominent as I hoped it would be. Also didn't taste as complex when I compare it to other beers of a similar style. Very good but not as great as I had hoped.

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Photo of iridius
3.36/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm sad because I had wanted to try this for some time, but it was nasty. Best way I heard it described was that it tastes like molé and smoky, I will vouch for its uniqueness. It had a smokiness to it as well that I have yet to taste in any other beer, but it just didn't taste good to me. My favorite stouts are founders breakfast and evils biscotti Imperial stout in case that gives you a frame of reference. Still, I was grateful to get to finally try it.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours jet black with a thin dark brown-khaki head that dissipates quickly.
Smell is a tad sweet and a bit underwhelming.
The taste is phenomenal -burnt expresso, dark chocolate with a very mild sweetness, rich dark fruit notes followed by just a touch of pepper more sweet paprika than jalapeno.
Mouth is near instantly coated. With mild agitation turns to velvet.
Overall really fantastic stuff, worth the hype

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Photo of KensWorld
4.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

two 3oz pours From 750ml bottle 2014 vintage.
At Zwanze Day 2016, Green Bench Brewery, St Petersburg, Fla. epic bottle share.
Finally got a change to try this. After hours of Cantillon and Saisons my pallet exploded with this. I knew it was one of the best flavored Stouts out there but wow it was even better then i ever imagined. Again probably helped by all the Sours i've been drinking all day. Come on CCB please brew more of this!

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A 2016 bottle courtesy of @smanson56
A: Pours dark and thick with a finger's width of light brown head.
S: Cinnamon and cocoa
T: Plenty of bitter chocolate and toasty coffee. The cinamon hovers. In the background throughout. The chillin become more pronounced as it warms. There are hints of tobacco that seem to come and go. There is some vanilla but it gets displaced by the heat. There is a taste of prune throughout.
MF: thick and chewy. The cinamon and peppers leaves lingering burn. Tobacco tastes lingers as if one was smoking a fine cigar.
O: fantastic beer. A great toasty stout that has a plethora of flavors competing for your taste buds. So we'll done.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is nearly jet black, viscosity off the charts. Very thick and oily. Hits my snifter with a small ring of khaki head, very little lacing. Smell is initially a very rich chocolate. As it warms, getting a burst of cinnamon and an interesting green apple aroma. Hints of raw pepper heat, raisins and other various dark fruit. Following the nose well, a creamy lacto decadent chocolate comes through with subtle hints of pepper and a touch a vanilla. Mouthfeel is super palate coating and thick. Sticks around for a good while.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Smell: lots of chocolate dark coffee vanilla cinamon green apple some dark fruit and a good amount of heat.
Taste: yeah upfront lots of dark chocolate and dark roast coffee middle of the mouth bitersweet chocolate vanilla cinamon green apple skin a hint of dark fruit finishes with some chille heat that sticks in the throat roast bitterness more dark chocolate and a slight hint of green pepper.
Feel: super thick and chewy it's a huge beer a definite siper.
Overall: this beer is a lot of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee with just enough heat from the chillies. Best part of this beer is the mouthfeel it's as perfect as it gets for an imperial stout. This is a really complex beer. Every sip I'm tasting something new. This is a beer worth seeking out and trading for!

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