Hunahpu's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

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Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
763
Ratings:
3,919
Avg:
4.51
pDev:
8.87%
 
 
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Reviews by khiasmus:
Photo of khiasmus
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The sound of the lamplight and of crickets chirping... Shadows cast on the familiar empire create the unearthly, the sordid, as one's thoughts tend toward despair.
The loss of one so dear, and so young, and so beautiful... the sorrow beats in your soul along with the rhythmic chirping of insects... why me? Why must this happen to me? But you are not the first, and probably far from the last, in this God-loved and seemingly God-forsaken habitat.
The night is oil-black, viscous and earthy as it pours over you with all of it's whiles and inhumanities... there is a head, as it were, of thick tan, the only semblance of normalcy, of the idea that the earth is still spinning, despite your wishes, despite your feeling that it should have long since given up it's megalomaniacal drift through nothing.
There existed sweeter times once, next to her, times of laughter and cordial cherries, chili peppers with coffee and cream, but all gone now, and only the beating of your desolate heart as it sings the melody of long forgotten times when happiness was a part of you.
And you sit and sip your beer in desolate remembrance, its qualities seeming a mockery of the reality into which you are plunged... the insolent complexity, defying you to pick apart beyond its coffee (as you so often enjoyed with her), dense roasted grain (as she watched in rapt admiration) and pepper spice that you so used to deeply enjoy, as now it all deems you desire to purge...
The chewy, viscous dream of this only serves to remind your tearful eyes of her skin at your lips, supple and soft, the physical consisting so much of your brand of love....
And you realize that for the rest of your timid, miserable existence you will wall off your heart and present it to no one for the rending, screaming abscess that now exists there where her love should rightly be, where she should be against you as you slumber.
You will instead derive what enjoyment still remains in life by destroying pint after pint of this nectar, though it does little to fill the deep chasm in your soul.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MrMonotone69
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you don't like this, stop drinking beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.85/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOTTLE: Acquired in a trade. March 14th, 2015 vintage. 750ml (I think). Classy label design. Branded pry-off crown cap.

Expectations are sky-high given how much I loved Marshal Zhukov's. Served lightly chilled into stemware. Reviewed live as an imperial stout per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 1-1.5 inches wide. Gorgeous tan colour. Creamy and full, with a gorgeous soft consistency and a good complexion. Retention is excellent for the high ABV - about 5 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid black colour. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's a good looking imperial stout, but it's not unique or special looking.

AROMA: Attractive genuine vanilla beans (with no artificiality at all), faint cacao nibs, very restrained chilis (to the extent that I don't know I'd pick up on them if I had this in a blind tasting), dark malts lending the perfect amount of sweetness, subtle cinnamon, and maybe some chocolate malt.

It's not as expressive or deep an aroma as I hoped, but its subtlety is impressive and I find the chilis emerging more and more as it warms. Cocoa powder also emerges.

Aromatic intensity is below average.

No overt hops, yeast, off-notes, or booze are/is detectable.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The mouthfeel is near perfect, boasting a silky softness and an almost velvety presence on the palate that allows the subtle heat of the chilis (which is maybe a 2/10 in terms of intensity) to mount. Slightly powdery and tingly, bringing out the lightly coarse cinnamon spice. Cream.

The smoothness and wetness of the beer is ideal. Dark malts bring the perfect amount of sweetness. This is neither slick on the palate nor cloying. Carbonation is perfect. Aptly medium to full-bodied. I love that it's not a dessert beer, and that it's not too ashen or charred. Caramelization isn't too high.

The build is intricate, with intriguing notes of cacao nibs, vanilla beans, chilis, and cinnamon. Very balanced. As much as I like it, the depth of flavour isn't as impressive as it could be, and I hoped for a more expressive beer.

Blakelive784 suggests an oily mouthfeel, and I concur. He also notes that the roasted barley covers the acrid bitterness a bit, which dries out the mouthfeel, but I don't notice much roasted barley myself, and I find the hints of dryness in the mouthfeel well-tailored to the style and flavour profile. The thickness and heft on the palate is right on the money, though. The texture doesn't elevate the beer as a whole, but it complements it well.

There's not quite a marriage of texture and taste, but the mouthfeel is clearly designed well - and tailored to the flavour profile. Lighty chewy and somewhat viscous without being syrupy.

Constructively, the vanilla bean - nice as it is - is a bit too reticent.

OVERALL: A great sipper, but not a beer I'd want to drink a whole bottle of (even though it isn't too dessert-like or filling). The subtlety of the chili heat is a highlight, and it's incredibly well built for an imperial stout, but in terms of this niche I might prefer a beer like Copper Kettle's Mexican Chocolate Stout. Absolutely well worth trying, and another treat from Cigar City, but in terms of their straight imperial stout offerings, I prefer Marshal Zhukov's.

B+

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was worth the wait. I had a very worthwhile review my wife made me take down. This is my scrubbed review. I like it. I like my wife. I like my dog. I think Jinx is a great show. Good beer. I hate snow. Go Britta Truskey

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Photo of Smokesnotes
4.99/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really enjoyed this.

Poured thick, black, oily, very little head. Great aroma, subtle chile spice. First sips while still cold were all chocolate. As it warmed up a lot more complexity came through, no heat but some chile flavor, not much cinnamon, just good balance.

Easy to see why this was so highly rated. More please...

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Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown bottle, sample sent from the brewery.

Dark crude oil color, brown head slowly dissipates to a thin but sticky lacing. Aromas of over-caramelized cinnamon buns, chocolate, mild dark fruit, and a roasty maltiness. Sweet throughout but there is so much going on here it simply is the perfect and complex Imperial Stout base. Cinnamon and chilies really pop, cocoa nibs and a fine layer of chocolate and meld well with the sweetness, vanilla adds some depth, and the alcohol really round this brew out with floral and dark fruit undertones. Clearly a sipper, a fun one at that. Its quite obvious this is one of those bucket list beers. Well worth hunting a bottle of few down.

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Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

This tastes like charcoal. High quality charcoal, but still charcoal.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Stuff is fucking magic
Pours like motor oil from a 750 ml bottle. Thick viscous and syrup scent of fudge brownies and cinnamon wafts from the snifter could this actually be above the hype...
Taste is decadent brownies with cinnamon and spice just the right amount on everything and mixed together the way you wish you had a Mexican grandma to make brownies for you
Feel is nice and mouth covering don't want to stop drinking this
Overall near perfect stout and the spice just makes everything so sinfully delicious and decadent. Like I just had my way with a brownie that fell into a can of Mexican spiced chocolates.

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Photo of BillDon
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

March 8, 2014 bottle. Dark as oil almost no head. Has chili nose and cinnamon taste but not the chocolate nibs. Like to compare with bomb!

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.94/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. I'll start it off by saying get your hands on this now.

Most stouts are described as pouring like motor oil, but this thing is legit. It's so thick and creamy with just a touch of carbonation and head lacing. The spices are strong in the smell and leads you to think it'll be a spice bomb with overt sweetness. However, the taste is phenomenal and extremely well balanced. There's cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee; none are overpowering. There's just a touch of sweetness balanced by a great bittering finish.

For once, a beer lives up to the hype. I will be getting my hands on as many of these as I can.

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Photo of DrewskiWhit
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Chilies have faded and I get no heat. I also get no heat from the alcohol.

Had a significant dark fruit characteristic which faded as it warmed. It tastes like french toast sticks dipped in chocolate and coffee. The aftertaste is a pleasant roasty note.

Mounthfeel is incredibly huge rivaled only by room temp dark lord

This beer is incredible

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this mythical beast finally found its way into my life. one of those whales you only read about, at least in my world, so to actually get to drink one was highly anticipated and a real special treat for me. im immediately surprised by how heady this is. lots of tiny bubbles accumulating on the surface of the dense but bright brown liquid. coffee stained head color, nice retention. the nose is incredibly layered, with the bitter roast of the grains coming first and foremost, followed next by a wave of smoky earthy moderately spicy chili pepper and cinnamon. i dont smell much chocolate in this, but it can certainly be tasted. the vanilla is subtle, but present throughout the aroma. booze, while high in content, is absent aromatically. the flavor is real well integrated with all of these additives. chili and cinnamon are both mild, but unmistakable. i like that they dont just flash in at the finish, but are constants throughout. the cocoa is both bitter and earthy, not sweet at all, and adds a richness to the beer. the grain itself seems bigger and darker than most other huge stouts, the base beer is undeniably awesome. vanilla gives moderate sweetness and a mature richness to the whole thing, while high carbonation keeps the prickle of the peppers coming back around and around. long flavorful finish, no heat at all on the swallow. im left feeling like i had something enormous and unexplained. seismic beer here, unlike any other. i though this was the pinnacle of the style, then i had the double barrel edition...

edit: had the wonderful experience of tasting a 2012, 2013, and 2014 side by side. it was amazing to me how quickly the cinnamon fades away over time, its almost absent from the 2013, and gone totally in the 2012. as a result, i thought the freshest year was the most dynamic. maybe one of those beers not meant to be cellared...

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Photo of BrbnBarlAgdBil
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Just attended the festival this past weekend and it was worth the hype. I had the opportunity to try a 2011 at the event and most everyone I spoke with said that this years batch is just phenomenal. The beer is darker than anything I have ever had before and the subtle notes of chili are apparent along with the dark coffee taste. I am extremely thankful that I brought enough home with me to enjoy one every couple of months.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tectactoe
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of t2grogan
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CavemanRamblin
5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of jono0101
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Pours thick, like used motor oil, with a temporary dark brown head.

The aroma is layered and complex without any one component overriding another. Rich roasty chocolate, ash, soft vanilla, charcoal, and spice all blend together nicely. It's actually a little hard to describe.

The taste is smoky with dark cherry, plum, chocolate and coffee, with a little sweetness mid-palate and the spice from the chiles comes in late and hits the sides of the mouth.

Slight viscosity and low carbonation work well in this stouts case. I think it would be weird if it were creamier or heavily carbonated.

Very nice, possibly a tad overrated, but worth a try for any beer nerd.

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Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of cjn40277
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Spaten454
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of tbryan5
5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ricksrealm
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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