Hunahpu's Imperial Stout
Cigar City Brewing

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #15
Ranked #41
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.

80 IBU
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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

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DEZ01301960 from Illinois, Feb 15, 2020
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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.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Feb 14, 2020
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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.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Dec 09, 2019
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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.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Jul 05, 2019
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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.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Jul 04, 2019
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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.

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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington, Apr 18, 2019
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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!

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Apr 15, 2019
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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.

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Ottoj55 from Wisconsin, Mar 15, 2019
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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.

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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.

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Sandis from Minnesota, Feb 28, 2019
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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.

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npolachek from New York, Feb 24, 2019
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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.

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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!

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Preston from Florida, Feb 18, 2019
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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.

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soze47 from Massachusetts, Feb 17, 2019
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4.01/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Did this blindly with Abraxas & Mexican Cake.

This beer is pitch black with no highlights whatsoever. Along with the ring of caramel colored crown attached to the glass, it has islands in the middle. Looks great. 4.75

The smell has peppers, but they are more green pepper like more than anything. Vanilla mixing in there as well. This one is the most underwhelming smell of three. But still prefer it to #2. (Mexican Cake) 3.75

The taste brings a sweetness mixing with a soy like presence. Still more green pepper like to me than spicy peppers. 3.75

The mouthfeel is thick and full bodied. Coats the mouth nicely and fudge like before turning dry quickly. No burn or tingling whatsoever from the peppers, leaving me wanting more of that aspect but still very solid on the other elements. 4

Overall, I like the thick fudge like body this beer brought and how it coats the mouth, but it wasn’t something that blew me out of the water. And when I drink stouts with peppers, I want them to at least provide a tingle, if not a little burn and this one just didn’t bring that. 3.75

Update finishing the bottle. This beer still looks great. Pitch black and forms a pinky width of tight dark mocha colored crown. 4.75

In the taste I’m getting more of a sweetness like vanilla cake batter and brownies with less soy influence. Bumping up to 4.

Gonna bump the mouthfeel up to 4.25. It seems a lot thicker with a clean palate.

Because of these bumps, I’m bumping the overall to 4.

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

Reviewed from notes from an early November share.
Poured black with a finger of dark brown head.
Smells of dark roasty malts, peppers, cinnamon.
Taste follows, roasty, charred malts, cocoa, peppers(not terribly spicy), cinnamon, and vanilla.
Full bodied smooth.
Overall a great stout that is hypeworthy.

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

2014 bottle poured in November 2018.
Pours nearly jet black with very low levels of khaki head.
Aromas are lots of roasted malt, some peppery heat and coffee.
Flavors are perfectly balanced deep roast, coffee, chocolate and peppers.
Mouthfeel good but a bit thin.
Overall...very nicely crafted.

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4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours onyx black with the darkest brown head I’ve ever seen on a beer. The nose has the chilies up front, but there’s a mother lode of other aromas - cocoa, cinnamon, char, vanilla, literally a plethora of notes that blend perfectly.

And they blend better on the taste, if that’s possible. I get the chilies first, probably because I love spicy flavors, and the spice has some bite, but the cocoa and vanilla flavors balance the heat, and then the cinnamon lends a churro quality to this that elevates it to the top of the world-class quadrant. Simply magnificent, IMHO.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Oct 29, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

04/2014 - Amazing nose of cinnamon, vanilla, wee cocoa, some spice; velvety mouthfeel, chilies hit hard and remain on the palate; sweet, spicy, vanilla on the finish.

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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts, Sep 26, 2018
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4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark, thick beer with darkest, thickest head I've ever seen. Aromas include coffee, chocolate, molasses, dark malt and done fruitiness which is reminiscent of raspberries or cherries. The taste is all that but amplified. There is cinnamon in the flavor I did not detect in aroma. This is a thick, chewy, decadent beer. Really amazing.

Just wish it had a little more spiciness.

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FriedSlug from North Carolina, Jul 20, 2018
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4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

In a snifter, at nearly room temperature, the beer was black with a one-finger cinnamon colored head.
Aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, and pepper.
The taste is where this beer shines. Intense dark chocolate. Cinnamon. The chilis are very noticeable, but are complementary and not intrusive.
This is a wonderful big, bold beer. It more than lives up to its hype.

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lordofthewiens from New Mexico, Jul 15, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle at share. What a way to wash that previous stout out of my mouth. This is was truly excellent all the way around. Silky black pour with small ring of beige head. Roasty, woody aroma. Taste brings in some sweet roastiness, a nice mellow bitterness, and a lovely creamy texture. Thought this would be the evening's winner, but there was a better one out there....

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stevoj from Idaho, Jun 20, 2018
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4.56/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at brewery May 2018

Lots of hype, but wow did it live up to it. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, slightly buttery, super smooth finish. Dangerous delicious beer.

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4.64/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 2018
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Behold, the legend. Let's see if it's as good as I remember it.

It's dark, and I've seen what appears to bee darker, but I spilled a few drops, and I couldn't see any light through the 1/16in of liquid. Extremely dark head that basically matches the liquid. Relatively heady for the type. Surprising amount of lacing.

So much cinnamon in the nose. Sweet, dark chocolate that I'd like to eat. Slight cola. Fresh vanilla. This smells like an amazingly delicious dessert. Overall, it's rich, but pleasantly so, not amping up one thing to the detriment of the whole. My mouth is watering, so...

Molasses and coffee. The cinnamon goes to the background, but it does have a bit of spiciness. The chocolate recedes to cocoa powder, with a small amount of lactose. From moment to moment, the molasses can veer toward smoky malts and back. I wish there was a rum like this. As it warms up, some of the things in the scent return, like the cinnamon and dark chocolate. Bitterness level is moderate.

Aftertaste is bitter chocolate and lactose. Echoes of crushed red pepper. It's still heavy. Foamy carbonation. Well hidden alcohol, but the initial taste should tell you it's a sipper, anyways.

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Zythophile from District of Columbia, May 28, 2018
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4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So many well blended flavors, it's a journey of a drink. Enjoy it. Marinate on it. If only it was a bit thicker, but I'm splitting hairs here, simply delicious.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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