Hunahpu's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
100
world-class
763 Reviews
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:
3,920
Avg:
4.51
pDev:
19.96%
 
 
Wants:
3,727
Gots:
1,181
For Trade:
99
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 763 | Ratings: 3,920
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #300

G - Chimay goblet 33cl

A - This is the most sinister and impressive looking beer I have ever seen in my life. Coupled with the darkest head of all time, a sort of black-crimson froth. The viscosity is devasatingly apparent.

S - The aroma is initially mostly dark and roasty, but as it warms and airs out the aromatic intensity picks up. Notes of cocoa, pepper, cinnamon and vanilla fuse at times and are completely separately discernible at other times.

T - The taste is nothing short of mind-blowingly phenomenal. Phenomenal! 6 out of 5. It is all its cracked up to be. The bitter cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, smoke, pepper, Mexican coffee, rich chocolate, cordial alcohol kick; everything about this beer is amazing, and presented in immense proportions. My jaw dropped when they poured it up, and I am now at a loss for words.

M - Many things claim to pour like crude, but this one really does. Like 25w50 after 500k miles.

D - This beer is good beyond description. Hence my woefully inadequate review. This beer is just ridiculous.

 1,050 characters

Photo of beeruser
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout with THE SUPER treatment of 5 pillow sized bags of Pasillo And Ancho peppers along with vanilla, cinnamon and cocoa nibs.
FunkeyDelic and I got the honor to pour this stuff ALL day at Brewvival,and WOW.

A: Almost as black as stouts come with a very odd deep marron head. One of the most unique heads Ive EVER seen on a beer.

S: HEAVY chocolate, dark fruits and some chili spices, no serious burn from the chilies( I thought there would be)

T: Creamy,ULTRA roasty, incredibly well balanced, lots of chocolate and cinnamon,chillies finish it but once again not too heavy. BEAUTIFUL beer!!

M:VERY Full bodied beer, creamy and kinda hot from the peppers,little of vanilla

D: I drank the fool outta this beer at Brewvival, hell we were sitting next to a damn half barrel all damn day. Needless to say it keeps you wantin more when it hits your lips!!Drinkable... yes very!!!!

This was a Truly GREAT Beer from CCB. They blow me away with the treatments on these beers they are making, What gangster pimps. Thanks Wayne and Joey

 1,063 characters

Photo of homebrew311
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received via trade with Seblitje- thanks a ton...been wanting to try this one for a while!!

a: pours a menacing thick black with a orangeish/reddish/brown head. I have never seen this color on a head- I assume it has to do with the peppers. A thin layer of the head retains itself throughout the glass and leaves dark bubbles on the glass as it goes down. As I observe the head, I notice cool designs of swirls from the contrasting shades of color

S:the front is a huge malty profile with molasses, cocoa, and coffee notes which is followed by a noticeable hint of peppers, the aroma is complex and takes on more character as it heats up

T: vanilla and molasses on the fronts followed by a huge chocolate profile as the peppers make an appearance towards the back of the palate. The finish is long and sweet and leaves a heat from the peppers. There isn't one flavor that dominates the palate, but so many flavors that harmonize quite well with each other.

MF: wickedly thick and viscous, a meal in a glass, very creamy on the palate

D: this is a luxuriously rich beverage with a high level of complexity. It is certainly worthy of hype as this beer is ssublime

 1,166 characters

Photo of saison19
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Hunahpu day at Cigar City.

Thick, viscous, dense black beer with reddish brown head. Smell is full of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. The taste is bittersweet with loads of chocolate and espresso, followed by a pleasant chili pepper kick. As Hunahpu warms up it tastes sweeter and the vanilla flavors come through better. The chili spice feels palate cleansing and sets up the next sip. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous with low carbonation.

Astounding Impy Stout.

 484 characters

Photo of bschinelli
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 2011 bottle of this on a recent trip to Florida, and finally popped it open. Wow! Poured at 55 deg. a deep black out of the bottle with a mocha colored head, about an inch thick. I also saw some red in it as well. Aroma's of cinnamon and spice pervade the aroma, although you can get bitter dark chocolate and dried prunes, and some vanilla. This beer coats the tongue, with a very creamy texture. Like in the aroma, lots of cinnamon and lots and lots of chocolate. As the beer finishes, you'll get some spice and heat from the chillies. The creaminess lingers long after you've swallowed, too.

All and all, an excellent beer that any big stout lover should try and find.

 684 characters

Photo of Avagadro
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: The bottle is saturated with adjectives, so it must be good, right? Hunahpu's is extremely thick and equally dark. A single drop is enough to completely hide a white surface. Carbonation is nearly non-existant, and a head is hard to coax out of this thick liquid. Swirling the glass results in a viscous black film that never really settles, but simply clings there, like paint on a wall.

S: Bouquet is well presented. Chocolate and molasses dominate, with little else perceptable through their strength.

T: Flavor begins with a mountain of chocolate supported by smooth vanilla and finished with a delightful touch of chile heat. It is quite sweet, but not cloying. The chile adds a great counter to the aggressively sweet nature of this brew.

M: Thick, creamy, sticky. This reminds me of a milk shake.

D: I had to try this after seeing it rise so quickly to the #9 spot. I can definitely say that it deserves the attention, as it is both innovative and delightful. Many thanks to Jconhead1 for splitting this one with me.

 1,030 characters

Photo of rye726
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick, oily black deep shades of espresso. Silky mocha head has excellent lace and retention. Possibly the best looking beers I have ever seen.

Nose has chocolate, roasty malts, molasses, floral hops, booze, vanilla, spicy chili peppers, fresh roasted coffee and dark pitted fruits.

Taste has rich cocoa, vanilla, espresso, dark roasty malts, molasses, chili pepper, ripe plums, figs, dates and just a hint of cinnamon.

Thick, creamy body is perfectly carbonated. Present, but not at all in the way. Long, decadent finish.

Simply fantastic. Really impressive stuff.

 577 characters

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The last three times I have had this beer, I have been blown away. If I could have but one stout in my cellar, this is the one.

The beer appears black as night. The void. Quite possibly the darkest beer I have ever seen. The head is beige and thick, coating the glass in lacing.

The aroma brings a potent dose of roasted malt, alcohol, chiles, cocoa, vanilla. Wow, this beer smells fantastic.

Unbelievably well-balanced and teeming with flavor. Simply amazing. The chiles have a big presence in the beer, but don't put out an overabundance of heat or spice. Masterfully done there. Cinnamon, vanilla, and oak meld beautifully with a full-bodied, roasty stout.

Perfect carbonation level. Every sip leaves a thick coating of rich stout on the palate. The feel is just perfect.

Overall, one of the best beers, and certainly among the finest imperial stouts I have ever had. My highest recommendation.

 904 characters

Photo of wagenvolks
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into a snifter. Thanks to Alieniloquium for the trade!

Hunahpu's pours with a pithy blackness that only the darkest midnights are known to provide. Edgar Allen Poe stuff, here. One of the most attractive billows of foam builds with each swirl of the glass--creamy and thick, brick red in color. The aroma wafts intricate notes of cinnamon, sweet dark chocolate, vanilla beans, and roasted Earth. Perhaps unfairly so, the smell is weaker in comparison to the flavor of Hunahpu's (and other upper echelon Imperial Stouts), but still quite good.

And speaking of flavor, sweet Mother-of-God this stuff is good! Absolutely bursting at the seams with rich chocolate, molasses, and vanilla sweetness up front, and the cinnamon and chili peppers take over mid-palate to dry out the finish with an earthy, organic gingerbread note that draws me in sip after glorious sip. Mouthfeel is rich and velvety with a picture perfect carbonation level. Honestly, this beer has little room for improvement. I had my doubts about Cigar City after being let down by a few of their more hyped offerings, but 2011 Hunahpu's is the real deal. A "must-try" in every sense of the word.

 1,174 characters

Photo of Alpar
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #4

Received this bottle from Chairmissing and I can't thank him enough!

A: The darkest, thickest beer I've seen to date. Decent carbonation.

S: Coffee, chocolate and vanilla.

T: Let me start by saying I came into this beer very skeptical. I never believe the hype behind beers but this left me speechless. I let the bottle sit for about 20 minutes after taking out of the fridge, poured into a snifter. The first taste was strong chocolate and alcohol with a interesting aftertaste. As it warmed the cinnamon and chili became quite apparent. The strong chocolate hits first then some malt and to finish it off the chili hits the back of the tongue simply amzing and this is now the most complex beer I've ever had.

O: Can't describe how much I love this beer. There is no way I will miss the release next year. I wouldn't trade away the cellar to try it but if you have a friend near the brewery or someone offering you a bottle for a decent trade definitely do it.

 977 characters

Photo of jgagne
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in 10oz Hunahpus Day snifter

A-pours like motor oil in the glass. Jet black with thick dark brown head.

S-huge vanilla and chocalate notes. Nice under lacing of spice.

T-a beautiful blend of chocalate and vanilla. Wonderful spice flavor that gives it a great bitter finish. Just perfect.

M-thickness at a perfect level. Just absolutely coats your mouth with creamy sweetness.

O- easily one of the best beers I have ever had. A must have.

 452 characters

Photo of branimal9
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle shared at Upstate BA Gathering - 6/9/2010.

Thick, dark mahogany in color, with a tiny bubbled tan head. Aroma includes milk chocolate, vanilla bean and slightly pungent pepper. Flavor bursts forth with chocolate, roasty chicory and cinnamony goodness. Finish hits with the spicy heat of the peppers included in the recipe. Deeply satifying and the best sweet/hot combination-style brews I've yet to try. Awesome.

 434 characters

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours super thick jet black with a super dark head almost blood color head.

smell - tons and tons of chocolate. Sweet chocolate blows me away. I get hints of graham cracker.

Taste - like the nose it has tons of chocolate and once again more graham cracker.amazing! No hints of any spice or pepper.

Overall -worth the hype. Amazing. No hint of alcohol. Get it and enjoy.

 373 characters

Photo of Lorianneb
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A special thanks to Lare453 for this rare treat

A- Pours thick and jet black with a small tan head

S- Chocolate, cinnamon and brown sugar. No real pepper in the nose

T- Wow. Lots of chocolate, dark fruits like figs and dates, and brown sugar. Cinnamon and pepper cuts through the dark chewiness and leaves a nice dry finish

M- Thick, chewy and light carbonation

O- A spectacular stout. Many different levels that delivers start to finish. I will have to
travel to Fla for the next Huna day

 496 characters

Photo of ahalloin
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a tasting by Dreadnaught33. Thanks man!

Very Black, viscous fluid poured into a small snifter. No light permeates this. The simple head that formed was very dark tan. The color of the head is interesting to me as it can very wildly on beers that are seeming similar in fluid color. Hunahpu's has one of the darker caps I have ever seen.

The aroma is quite impressive and complex. I get a combination of big roasty notes, vanilla, citrus peel, and some spiciness against a slightly caramel malt character.

A sip reveals even more complexity with varying layers of malty flavor. Slight caramel, big dark chocolate, and some roast all present themselves cleanly in the flavor. Notes of vanilla creep through as well. A slight back-throat burning occurs with the swallow; kind of as a signature or brand to let you know you are drinking something special. Amazing beer. Medium dry finish makes this beer a pleasure to drink.

The mouthfeel is adequately dextrinous making for full-bodied but with an effervescent carbonation that keeps it from being heavy. I really love that chili burning sensation in the back end!

The drinkability is great as the beer displays great levels of flavor without cloying sweetness. Medium dry finish keeps you wanting more. This is a great sipping beer and would work well by the fire on a cold night as a digestif or paired with a dark chocolate torte.

This is one of THE best big stouts I've ever had and compares favorably with Darkness, Dark Lord, and KtG. It has it's own signature about it, but very interesting nonetheless.

 1,575 characters

Photo of carmike813
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured this beast into a snifter and thoroughly enjoyed. One of my favorites..

Look

The beer is pitch black motor oil with no translucent edges, great mocha head that dissipates evenly and settles into khaki swirl in the glass. It looks tasty.

Smell

Cinnamon and chocolate, very little of the pepper in the nose and some vanilla. It smells great but it isnt over the top

Taste

Cinnamon and vanilla throughout the entire drink of the beer. No alcohol heat and some peppery at the finish. The cinnamon takes over the majority of the drink, then vanilla comes through. Thoroughly enjoyable and really is a beer that is best consumed at or just above room temp. All of the flavor is there at the right temperature.

Feel

Creamy thick and smooth. When swirling around on the pallet it isnt vanilla shake, and doesnt have a sticky icky feeling, which shows off the cinnamon more than the chocolate and malt.

A great beer and one that i stock up on to enjoy a bottle frequently.

 985 characters

Photo of jjanega08
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A= Got this in a trade with Mikeyv35. Thanks Mike!!! Poured this straight into the glass because I've read it's a little low on carbonation and I wanted to produce a little head on it. The pour is possibly the thickest darkest pour I've ever seen. Usually when you have a pour you can see a little light through the pour at least. This beer... nothing. The head is a nice deep dark brown color just shades away from a black head. It rises to just a half finger on it and holds some average retention with some spotty lacing on the side of the glass. Impresive to say the least.

S= It's a treat to smell for sure. There's a lot going on here. One of the most unique things I smell is the chilis. They present a little smokeyness and a little "heat" in the nose. They sort of meld with the other notes in it so while you do notice them they are not really their own entity. There is a lot of nice chocolate in it and coffee notes. To be honest everything melds together so much that it sort of has it's own unique smell to it. There is nothing really like this beer in smell and picking out individual odors in it is very very difficult to do simply do to the complexity of this beer and the way the smells fit together like a puzzle.

T= The taste is just like the smell. Sooo unique. The chilies aren't as dominant in the taste as the nose however it's a different mix. The mix has a lot of nice chocolate in it. The chocolate is easily the most dominate flavor. Things are a little more easy to pick out in the taste that's for sure. You get a nice coffee flavor to it but not much. The vanilla and cinnamon that the bottle says is added sort of falls in the mix. The finish is nice and had a little bit of a smokey flavor and a little bit of chili to it.

M= Amazing! This beer drinks like a milk shake. Thick and creamy. Literally like a milk shake. Soooo chewy.

D= Really an amazing beer. This beer is a truely unique drink. There is absoloutly nothing that I have ever had that will match this beer. This beer is the real deal for Impy Stouts. If your looking for a unique elegant experience seek this beer out.

 2,118 characters

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

 235 characters

Photo of drink1121
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the re-grand opening event on 1/15/10.

A- Pour a thick black with a light dark brown head.

S-Vanilla and light chocolate hit the nose first then some roasted malts.

T-Again big vanilla. Then roasted malts come in with some chocalate (not dark, but not milk either). No bitterness present. Great flavor. You cant really taste the chili peppers at all. No heat either.

M-Very creamy, and kinda hot. I didnt taste the peppers, but about 1/3 done witht he beer and you start to feel a slight burn, a good burn down your throat. Not an alcohol burn tho, a hot pepeper burn.

D-For and 11.5% beer, you cant taste the alcohol at all. If I were to guess, I would have said 7%. This is one great beer, I could have a ton of these, until I started to stagger across the room. Best beer I have had to date. PERIOD.

 819 characters

Photo of SkiBum22
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours black with a finger of dark tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S - Incredibly complex, there is a ton of chocolate, caramel, chili peppers, cinnamon, molasses and brown sugar. A lot of coffee in here as well. Smells massively sweet and rich.

T - Complex taste, lots of chocolate all over this one and the slight burn from the chili is somewhat rather satisfying was very surprised. Taste is great.

M - Nice smooth creamy thick feel with low carbonation. Sticky sweet coating on the tongue. Outstanding

O - The best non-barrel aged stout in the world. I could drink this all day. What a genius move to use chili peppers in a chocolaty rich stout. Wish I had another bottle.

 705 characters

Photo of Infernal75
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 2011 bottle thanks to BA muskabeatz.

A: Pours a dark, black, motor oil color that we've all seen so many times before. Where this beer really stands out to me is its head, this thing foamed up to maybe an inch and a half of, way over what I've come to expect from the latest and greatest big Russian Imperial, a bit too much for my preference. The head was so creamy it seemed to keep swirl lines.

S: Here's a sticking point with me, my drinking buddies described the aroma as "subtle", which to me says that it's not very strong. Initially I just barely smelled a sort of biscuity scent with a hint of pepper, but as it warmed it I caught much more sweet chocolate and vanilla. The way this aroma changes makes me wish I could give it two ratings, initially, I found it lacking, but as it warmed it came around.

T: This thing is marvelous! The very first thing I taste is chocolate, but just like packages from good traders, it's laden with extras! Just like that special release you get as an extra, this beer comes with a little peppery spiciness tinged with real cinnamon. Somehow all of these flavors work well together, AND THEN finishes out with a bit of sweet vanilla. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering.

M: So creamy! Thick and evenly carbonated, somehow this stout still feels almost like it's been whipped. Really a unique mouthfeel experience.

O: This is a good one, lives up the hype in my opinion, the peppery spiciness and cinnamon make this beer one-of-a-kind. Seek this one out if at all possible!

 1,539 characters

Photo of mdvatab
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml bottle (2011 vintage) into snifter at cosmonick's tasting.
Trying this one at long last!

Aroma: You know that feeling you get when you know you're about to drink a great one? That's what I got when I smelled this one. Sweet molasses, powdered hot cocoa mix, coffee, and vanilla in the background. Nothing but good stuff!

Appearance: Thin, tan head disappears quickly to a mirror-like black surface. Body is pitch black. Legs, rather than lacing wash down the sides of the snifer as I swirl the beer around.

Flavor: Wow. This one gets progressively better from start to finish. Aroma components also come through in the flavor. Milk chocolate, vanilla, and delicious coconut. A great amount of complexity to ponder with each sip. And there's the pepper, which comes through toward the end, and provides a subtle, but definitely noticeable, prickly heat. The pepper works very well in this one, and is the highlight in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation. Alcohol and pepper provide enjoyable heat in mouth and throat.

Overall: Definitely one of the best I've had--easily in the top 5 (maybe 3). Due to the high alcohol, and limited availability, it's recommended that this one be shared w/ one or more fellow BA's. I will definitely be seeking this one out again! You've gotta try it!

 1,323 characters

Photo of HopsSchnapps
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml brown bottle. 2011 Edition. This beer pours a super thick bad @ss used motor oil black. The ever expanding head is tan in color but is also black. I don't know if I've ever seen a head this dark in color. The aroma has some dark fruits, nice spice coming out , vanilla, and spicy pepper. It also has a big bready quality.

The taste at first is like a chocolate milkshake. A lot of roasted flavors coming in with some spice and spicy flavors. All its parts seem to work together perfectly while not being over the top. The palate is rich and creamy.

I still can't believe how much this tastes like a chocolate milkshake. It really reminds me of the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3 and if anyone has tried that then you'll now what I'm talking about. A huge world class Imperial Stout.

 800 characters

Photo of angrybabboon
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this gem

Reviewed 3/4/12

Appearance: Pours like oil, with one of the darkest heads I've ever seen - the beer itself is pitch black, with a brown head, small amount of spotty lacing

Smell: So much going on, it's overwhelming in the best way possible - chocolate in pretty much every sense of the word - chocolate malts, baker's chocolate, cocoa, cacao nibs, semisweet chocolate, fudge - chilies, of multiple kinds - burnt malts, very roasted, caramelized malts - caramel, burnt sugar, vanilla

Taste: Similarly amazing - chocolate - milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, baker's chocolate, burnt malts, coffee beans, roasted coffee - the use of chilies is fantastic - adds a mild chili heat - a touch of wood, but this aspect is pretty blown away by the roasted malts, burnt malts, chocolate and chili magic

Mouthfeel: Heavy, slick, decadent - minimal carbonation, but it works perfectly

Overall: Beer? This is more like a magic potion

There are so many good things about this beer that I don't even know where to start. The base beer is great, and the chilies and chocolate additions are fantastic. This is magnificent.

 1,164 characters

Photo of Benish
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 batch. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: The beer is pitch black. No lacings around the glass but the beer left a tint of brown coating around the glass after swirling. Its thick like motor oil.

Smell: Wow... just so much to pick from, I was getting cinnamon, a ton of vanilla, some chocolate, plenty of roasted malt and also some booze.

Taste: A ton of chocolate and a ton of cinnamon. Maybe just a tad too much cinnamon. With each sip it starts out sweet and the heat from the chiles comes in midway through. It's a very prominent heat but not overwhelming at all. With the heat, you can still taste the beer and appreciate the chocolates and vanilla tones. It's incredible how the heat of the beer pairs so well with the flavors of an imperial stout. There is a slight burn in the mouth after you finish the sip. But its slight and stays around - not like a raging fire after eating spicing Mexican food. The heat and the flavors were artfully crafted together in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: silky and smooth. Not so creamy like I wish it would be but it's not thin either. The subtle heat of the beer just coats every inch of your mouth.

Overall: this is one of the best beers I've had. I want more of this, too bad I only had one bottle. What's interesting though was I had an opportunity to try this a few months ago. At that time, I did not note any heat and there was an over abundance of cinnamon. But this bottle I just drank was incredible - the heat was there, there was many flavors to pick from, it was delectable.

 1,543 characters

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 763 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe