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Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout
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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

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Photo of claspada
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Adding 2011 version, sampled 1/28/11 with mrand01 courtesy of whartontallboy.

All be below stand true except the chillies and cinnamon were slightly more predominant, balancing the sweet chocolate sludgy base beer. So for my money, I liked the fresher example more. A world class beer regardless, but I would recommend drinking sooner rather than later if you have any.

2010 Version courtesy of mgoblue5743 from an in-person trade.

Pours the most viscous black oily looking sludge I have ever seen come out of a bottle of beer to date. The head is the darker brown I have ever seen, period. As it slowly dissipates you get a stupid amount of soapy dark brown lacing.

Aromas are off the charts. It begins with a melange of dark bitter cocoa and lighter sweet milk chocolate. Second whiff I get various kings of spices that initially overwhelm my nostrils, highlighted by cinnamon and mild chilies. Wow this is crazy... as it warms a little more I get the vanilla beans and some stronger molasses.

The tastes begin with a nice milk chocolate sweetness up-front then mixed with loads of dark chocolate and lesser vanilla, followed by some growing espresso bitterness and spice (chilies and cinnamon) on the back end. Spices were much more apparent on the nose than in the flavor but are still definitely there. Roasted bitterness becomes slightly burdensome on the palate as it warms, but I am nit-picking at this point.

The mouthfeel is very thick and chewy on the tongue. The carbonation is minimal which helps to enhance the creaminess on palate. Flavors linger on the palate forever, initially you never want this to end and luckily it doesn't for long after you sample. As with the flavor, the heft and complexity of this beer weighs on you as you consume further.

Overall, this was fantastic. Leaps and bounds above Marshall Zhukov. Not a drop of alcohol. So many different flavors dancing on the tongue on palate. Not an everyday beer by any means, one to sip and savor because of it's super crazy complex flavor profile and amazing viscosity. Probably better consumed with a friend or two (although I enjoyed mine solo for my first experience, albiet over a 2 night period).

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes...

2011

Split with my brother. Big thanks to Andrew for the hookup on this one...

A - Pours black with a two finger dark brown head. There is a good amount of head retention, and a little slippery lacing to be had. Lace could have stuck to the glass more, but I really enjoy the dark brown color of the head. Sexy...

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, and some chilli/spice...

T - Starts out with a good dose chocolate. Cinnamon, coffee, and vanilla are also in the mix. Finishes with a good amount of chilli heat, and some lingering chocolate. This one is deliciously sweet. Not usaully a fan of spice in stouts, but the cinnamon really adds an unique complexity that i'm really enjoying...

M - Thick and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Definite full body viscous feel...

O - This one definitely lives up to the hype. Cigar City comes through big with another excellent brew. Definitely something i'm going to be trading for in the future...

Cheers...

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Photo of Chico1985
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from wavers1, much thanks. I am weary of beers that zoom up the top 100, but that ingredient list made me want this stout right away. I wanted to drink it fresh in case aging made the flavors die down.

Pours black with easily the DARKEST head I have seen on a beer. Wow! Almost as dark as the beer itself. Dark brown, like a hershey bar, with almost a red tint to it. A little lackluster on retention and lacing - turns to a cap, leaves a bit of foam. But, this head is so gnarly and dark.

Lots of cocoa and vanilla present in the nose. Coffee and roastiness. Chiles noticeable if you try hard enough.

Rich, thick chocolate (fudge brownie-esque), roasted malt and sweetness seem to be up-front mostly. Very good vanilla bean and spiciness from the chiles seem to blast you randomly and are especially present in the aftertaste and towards the end. The spice even makes me sweat a little at times, nice! Alcohol is 11.5%? What? Really?

Mouthfeel is a decent thickness and carbonation is low, alcohol is extremely well-hidden. The sweetness and spice may be a bit much for some. For me it was the best part.

Well, for a 11.5% 750ml stout I drank this pretty damn fast (under an hour). It's very complex and I love the flavors, but it didn't quite blow me away like I thought it would. I'm not sure why. This is still an excellent beer, a must-try for lovers of the dessert stout and spicy foods.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle from Doodler. What a guy!

A: Pours very thick and oily - very dark in color. A thin tan head sits atop the brew and a moderate amount of lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S: Nice notes of coffee, mocha, chocolate, and a little vanilla in the nose. I did not really pick up the peppers in the aroma.

T: A solid dose of coffee malt, chocolate, and coco nibs. Hints of bitter hops in the finish and I finally feel the peppers kick in with a little heat and spiciness at the end of each sip. This is a dark chocolate dessert in a glass with a kick!

M: A nice full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth going down - hides the alcohol quite well.

D: This is a dangerously drinkable RIS; the 11.5% abv is going to sneak up on you and you won't know it until it's too late. I'll admit that I think this brew's rating is being inflated a bit by hype, but it's still a solid A for sure.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chaney- Thanks Brandon!

Review from notes:

Pours a dark brown with a beautiful one finger chocolate head. Nice lacing on the tulip glass. Nose is oak, bourbon, cigar, some chocolate. Very balanced. Very unique taste- awesome! Malt, cinnamon, chocolate. Wow. Fantastic malty smooth feel. Overall, this beer is fantastic, and I'm glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of richalexander78
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft, 6oz pour. This was something I've been looking forward to. It was worth the wait. Very dark with a think foamy head. Nice coffee chocolate aroma. Drank with a very smooth medium body. You can definitely taste the cocoa and vanilla while the coffee took a back seat view. I would Def recommend this as one of cigar cities best.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle

Pours pitch black. A bit of dark brown head. Vry thick. I can smell the peppery goodness right away off the pour. Smells so very very peppery. Tastes sweet and dry at the same time. A good amount of cocoa on the tongue. The pepper melds nicely with the cocoa and roasted malts. The spice is a bit heavy on the nose but blends well on the tongue. Leaves my mouth a bit dry but fairly drinkable for the percentage. A definitely unique and interest brew

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Photo of TK5150
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle.

A- Pours absolutely black with a one and a half finger dark brown/reddish hued head. The head is made up of nice, tightly knit, tiny bubbles. This beer literally stains the glass when swirled it is so dark. Excellent lacing and alcohol legs. Easily the darkest beer and darkest head I have ever seen. The best looking beer I have ever seen, as a matter of fact. For those of you who did not give this a 5 for appearance, I have no idea what you're thinking.

S- Brown sugar, molasses, some vanilla, cinnamon, and spiciness from the chiles and alcohol. Dark malts take a back seat. No astonishingly apparent chocolate smell here. Smells nice.

T- Cocoa nibs dominate this beer with an excellent chocolate flavor. The chiles are also apparent, but are kept in check. The chiles also bring a little tartness to the table. Not really picking up much of the other boat-load of ingredients in this beer though. The chocolate added to this beer is done in a very classy way, and is very enjoyable, unlike some beers I've had (cough, southern tier choklat, cough, southern tier mokah, cough, cough).

M- The thickest beer I have had in a long time, maybe the thickest ever. Literally like drinking a milkshake. Very heavy. The light tartness makes this feel slightly thinner on the back-end and during the swallow. Light carbonation, but just enough. Outstanding mouthfeel - easily one of the best I have ever had.

D- This beer has so much weight to it that splitting this with a friend is the way to go. I drank about 2/3's of the bottle and that was plenty even though this was an outstanding beer.

Overall, one of the best beers I've had in a while. Would have liked to see more complexity in the taste, though. Still, great stuff that I will definitely trade for again.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to paulv for sending out this awesome brew!

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Big, black and opaque in the body with a thin, dark tan, mocha colored head that mostly fades into a thin film that collects around the edges of the glass. This has got to be on of the darkest colored heads I have ever seen. Very impressive. Small patches of lacing left behind.

Chocolate malts, roasted dark malts with a faint coffee aspect make up most of the nose. Some crushed vanilla bean and a bit of hot pepper linger. Touch of alcohol. Aroma seems seems a bit muted, but still well rounded.

Tipping back the glass reveals raw chocolate cocoa with a bit of warming pepper heat. The chillies are at the perfect level for this beer. Noticeable, but not overdone. Vanilla is light, but evens out the darker malt bitterness. Slight touch of woodiness and some alcohol. Decently complex. Sweetness and bitterness play off each other well.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, silky, with warming peppers and alcohol. Nice body, almost perfect.

For an 11.5% ABV stout, this beer goes down pretty easy. All this ingredients are very well balanced. It seems that 22oz is about the perfect size for two people, even though tackling an entire bottle by yourself would probably not be too difficult. You can feel the ABV, but it is decently masked from the taste, making this a pleasure to drink.

Overall, this is a pretty awesome beer. Lots of flavor and a great body. I the love the chillies and cocoa nibs. Definitely wish I had another in the cellar. It will be interesting to see how this beer ages. Hopefully I can pick up some other Cigar City brews in the future.

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Photo of TBonez477
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Nearly pitch black in body with a dark khaki, thick head. Legs are long on this one.

S: Aroma is sweet but difficult to discern. Elements of cocoa powder, deep, dark fruit juice and sweet malts.

T: Taste is dominated by dark chocolate fudge or brownie. The flavor is not as complex as expected but the finish does provide a flash of heat as the liquid clears the palate.

M: Feel on this one is in line with the appearance. Nice and thick yet smooth and silky going down.

O: This is a great beer worthy of the ratings and reputation. One of the few non-BA imperial stouts that has the full mouthfeel that I look for.

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

Had this a couple times now. Finally reviewing my own bottle.

Pours a motor oil black. No head or lacing.

Aroma has all sorts of of stuff goin on. I smell the chillis, coffee, chocolate, a little soy sauce. Smells great.

Tastes almost like it smells. Chillis are less in the taste which is good. More chocolate and roast grains. A little touch of salt. Tons of coffee. What a good beer.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy but good. Good carb.

Overall there are other stouts I think deserve to be higher on the top 100 but this one deserves somewhere in there.

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

Enjoyed a 10oz pour from a 1 Pint 9.4 FL.OZ. Bottle in a tasting w/ other Darkness Day friends in front of the Vintage Lot (#2) @ Surly Brewing Company in Brooklyn Center, MN. Poured from the bright yellow, sun blinding bottle w/ the Hunahphu Pharoah on the front into my Schlafly Tulip Glass. Does not have a freshness date but for this style, wasn’t a problem.

Aroma- VERY strong chocolate and roasted aroma from the beginning! Awesome to see this in this stout. Has the best Cigar City aroma punch like all their brews do. Chili Peppers are very light in here and can’t find in the nose. All around, perfect.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head thats dark brown stays for a minute. Has an extremely viscous body with a dark brown/coffee color and opaque. Leaves a bit of sudsy lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Has a ton of chocolate (bittersweet) upfront and then bit of spiciness at the finish. Has a weird sourness also in the ending... Not sure if this should be an attribute I should have picked up or not. Very strong roastiness and light, european coffee flavors all the way through. Not much bitterness, just alot to drink!

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied but goes down thin and smooth, Low Carbonation, Creamy, but has this unfavorable note of sourness... Tons of roastiness and chocolate is left on the palate.

Overall Impression- I’ve been very interested in enjoying this one since having other brews from Cigar City. A real nice chocolate, roasty, and bit of spiced brew but not sure about this sour note I caught... I’m going to ignore this in the overall because the Hanahphu was awesome! Enjoy this if you can (I had to split 2 Schlafly Reserve 750’s to just get a 10oz pour!).

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade recently and decided to pull it out at a tasting on May 23, 2010.

This is another very thick and vicious black tar Imperial Stout. With a hard pour, maybe a half finger dark brown head appears. Really thick grainy legs on the sides of my glass.

The smell is of straight Swedish milk chocolate. Pepper, coffee, and a spice that has to be the cinnamon. Great chocolate smell, maybe this isn't a beer but just a melted down chocolate bar.

The taste is great, thick body just sits the flavors on the palate. Chocolate, sweet cafe con leche, roasty grain, cocoa, and a peppery taste towards the end. Delicious cinnamon flavor once the brew warms up a bit.

The mouthfeel is thick, mean, heavy, whatever way you want to put it this beer has body. Like a thick black leather boot it kicks you in the mouth. This beer was good, what it could improve on is the head retention, the chile flavor was not as good as a beer like Chocolate Yeti, and it was a grainy. Overall the beer is spectacular and worthy of the hype.

J

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Photo of n2185
4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

S. Roasted malts with lots of chocolate, chile, cinnamon, and vanilla. Smells amazing.

T: similar to the aroma, tons of chocolate, cinnamon, chiles, vanilla, smoke, and roasted malts.

M: thick body with low carbonation, this beer is nice and creamy.

O: a great beer, overall. I love the combination of chocolate and spice.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BigBlacke for getting this one for me!

A-rich dark brown with a thick dark brown head that thins. i've personally never seen a head the dark before!

S-smells like thick dark chocolate syrup. there is definitely a little spice in there. smells very earthy. its not a strong scent, though i notice as i let the glass warm, it starts to become more aromatic. i'm even starting to smell some of the vanilla.

T-first of all..this is a long experience with multiple levels. comes in with good thick cocoa beans (sometimes i get some cinnamon). it then transforms in to a fairly hefty bitterness followed by a taste of dark cocoa. the cocoa bean flavor lasts in to a long lasting after-taste and it is eventually paired by a chile spiciness. i really like this spiciness. it adds something to this stout that is rarely seen in big beers. this is definitely a good and complex stout.

M-very thick with a medium to low carbonation and a dry finish

O-overall, this is one of the best stouts i've had. i feel like it'd be a lot better with out the bitterness, but i do know that there are a lot of people out there that value that. i know its brewed with cinnamon and vanilla, but i'm having a hard time finding it, they're probably meddled in with all of the other intense flavors going on. truth be told, i'm going to be very sad when this bottle is empty. this is a world class stout.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Eric

A. Pours thick, syrupy, black. A huge three finger dark brown head that lightens to a medium brown and settles to a half finger. Each swirl knocks it back down to dark brown, though. Excellent lacing and tremendous legs that coat the glass. Head is thick and creamy. One of the best stouts I have seen.

S. chocolate, brownie batter, some vanilla, coffee roast, and cinnamon.

T. Rich fudge, vanilla bean, some milk chocolate, roasted coffee beans, cinnamon, and chili spice. Spiciness is very apparent on the finish. Drinks like a chocolate shake with a kick.

M. Extremely viscous with a near syrup like consistency. One of the thickest beers I have had. Seems a little undercarbed.

O. An excellent stout here. The chiles really add another dimension to this and make the experience all the better. Jam packed with fudge and vanilla, this is a treat. Will definitely continue to seek it out.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch 750mL capped bottle with a pretty cool label poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/10/11

A: Pours a motor oil thick jet black with very dark brown voluminous head that reaches upward to fill the glass. One of the darkest heads that I have ever seen. Next to no light gets through this when held up to the light. This looks absolutely amazing, head hangs around for a while and leaves plenty of dark lacing around the glass.

S: Doesn't smell incredibly strong at first. Sweet with lots of dark malt and roasted barley, a touch of cinnamon and alcohol. Bourbony vanilla and lots more cinnamon come out as it warms up.

T: Very unique stout, roasted barley with lots of thick chocolate coats my tongue as the chilies make my mouth tingle. The cinnamon and vanilla are in there as well, just not as powerful as the flavor from the chocolate and chilies. The additions of the cacao nibs, chilies, vanilla, and cinnamon combine incredibly well with each other to create a truly unique and delicious taste.

M: Extremely full bodied, very thick and smooth like a true RIS should be. Some carbonation is able to penetrate through the thickness and create a slight tingle on my tongue. The chilies add a pleasantly mild, lingering sting on my lips as the alcohol warms my gut.

O: Overall, this is a great RIS. Delicious, smooth and packed with diverse flavors. You can really taste and smell all the additions of cacao nibs, chilies, vanilla and cinnamon. I will be seeking more bottles of this when it comes out again next year.

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Photo of jegross2
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the infamous Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing. Scott's eagle eye saw this beer was on tap within 10 minutes after arriving within the gates of Dark Lord Day gates. We threw down our Tocobaga Red and Blueberry Muffin Brown and dashed for the line just before everyone else did. It was totally worth it.
Score: 95

10 oz tap pour served in a plastic cup and enjoyed at Dark Lord Day (04/28/12) around 10:30 AM. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: The beer is a very deep brown, almost black color. There's some dark chocolaty brown highlights atop the glass when held up to light. Given the "glassware" this beer is served it, it was hard to determine lacing or retention. Basically, the beer looked like motor oil. I plan to crack a bottle of this in the future and will have to revise the score if the appearance is anything more impressive when served in proper glassware out of a bottle and not at a festival. At Dark Lord Day, perhaps because of early morning stout fatigue, this just looked like a pretty good stout (as opposed to something visually impressive). 4/5

Smell: Chocolate and cocoa, cherry, cinnamon, chili peppers and coffee. A little vanilla bean and tobacco. Hint of dark fruit. Nice aromatic medley of spice here. 4.25/5

Taste: Less heat on the tongue than Mexican Cake, but there is still plenty of spice and flavor. Chilli pepper, milk chocolate and a little coffee. Only light heat prickle on the midpalate and back of tongue. Muted vanilla. Plenty of cinnamon throughout. Sweet fig upfront. Layering chilli heat prickliness on the palate. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. Slightly sweet and creamy mouthfeel. 4.5/5

Overall: Absolutely outstanding imperial stout to have the pleasure to sip and enjoy in line for the Three Floyds' Brewpub. There is a real nice spice and chocolate flavor, and I can see why this beer is so sought after. Hunahpu is much better than Mexican Cake. We also got a glass of the Apple Brandy Zhukov right after the Hunahpu kicked, and that beer absolutely blows this one out of the water.

Recommendation: Seek this beer out unless you are chilli flavor averse. There is less heat than there was with Mexican Cake, but more flavor, synergy and balance.

Pairings: Gingerbread cookies

Cost: $25 for a 750 ml bottle or $10 for a 10 oz pour at Dark Lord Day.

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Photo of ejyoung
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a BIF and opened for a AZ BA tasting. 2010 vintage.

Pours super dark (basically black) with a chocolate colored head. Nice lacing and coating left behind in the glass. Looks thick.

Smelled of dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and a hint of chili. Intriguing.

This was a very unique tasting stout. Chocolate and roasted coffee are clearly present, but the additional ingredients really make this shine. Nice cinnamon and vanilla taste with a bite of chili heat in the finish.

Thick, full bodied stout that thoroughly coats the mouth. Nice amount of carbonation.

Really enjoyed getting to try this beer, but was glad to have friends to share it with. Definitely couldn't have put this down alone due to how full and intense it is.

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Photo of Yesac
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Solid jet oil black pour, small tan cascading brown head.

S- dark fruits, slight vanilla bean, chocolate malt some java.. and alcohol.

T- Right along with smell, dark fruits on the nose.. rich dark chocolate, vanilla bean, slight cinnimon spice. Alcohol very well hidden. Delicious.

M- Rich full body, low carbonation, great taste all around on the palate.

D- Complex flavors, great mouthfeel, well hidden ABV makes this one an easy drinking brew.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML poured into a Bruery Tulip
Thanks to readbaron for the bottle 2011 version
Thanks to Nicks6217 for sharing the 2010 version in Los Angeles

A-- Poured dark, thick, oily and ominious black. Gorgeous reverse cascading dark leather head that was one finger in height. Looked like a dark mocha. No lacing but left dark residue all through the glass. Beautiful!!

S-- Mexican chocolate, bakers chocolate marshmallow, cinnamon, and vanilla. No hints of the ABV in the nose.

T-- Chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and marshmallow. Sweet but dry.

M-- Lack of Chile's was disappointing. Got faint Chilie's in the 2010 version but none in the 2011 version. This was dry and left me thinking this was a Mexican smore.

O-- Impressive. Easy to drink and savor. Excellent hidden ABV. Prefered the 2010 version as the Chile gave a very nice twist to it. The 2011 tasted more like Zhukov with more character. One of the best beers I have had this year.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have never had Hunahpu this fresh so I may be looking at things through a different set of eyes.

As soon as the bottle was open all I got was cinnamon raisin toast, seriously. This is not a bad thing, but it was was way more dark fruit than past offerings.

Everything was spot on, great nose, excellent head retention, outstanding mouthfeel.

I will open another bottle in 6-8 months and see how much this beer changes overtime and will update this review.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this bottle with tenderbranson courtesy of weeare138 -thanks for the chance to taste this beauty, Mike! poured cellar temp into a tulip.

A deep fudge brown color with creamy tan cap, no light passes through. The retention is good and lace sticks well, very small bead. This is an attractive beer to say the least. The smell is multidimensional, lots of creamy malt, caramel, cocoa and spice which adds a mild vanilla bean note with hints of alcohol in the aroma. The feel is light spice, full body with moderately carbonated presence, the spice notes come forward in the middle and the finish is semi-sweet.

The taste of this is broad, lots of complex spice and malt qualities at play here. The taste of the dark malt is slightly cococa enhanced and seems nutty,but that my just be the earthy vanilla presence. The slight spice distracts from the alcohol in the flavor and gives a nice complimentary accent to the caramel malt flavor and roasted notes round out the big stout. The spicing really adds to this beer, it feels like one I would want to enjoy in the winter or the holidays, lots of festive flavors in the mix which work so well with the base stout. The pepper is mild but this adds to the drinkability for me with the nutty earthy and cinnamon quality making for a unique brew and highly drinkable stout.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to someone (Chris?) for opening this at the Hunahpu's showdown. I've had this beer numerous times, but never gotten around to reviewing it. 2011 vintage reviewed, but 2010 sampled at the same time. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Looks like all the barrel-aged Hunahpu's we had, but with more foam. Angry dark red foam that settles to a thick collar, leaving spotty lace as well as a glass-staining brownish film. Pitch black body.

S - This is the first time I've sampled the new 2011 vintage, and I'm shocked how present the cinnamon is, as it's a flavor I never really picked up from the 2010. Plenty of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts, as well as some vegetal chile notes - you can tell these aren't the super-spicy varieties. Alcohol is well-hidden, even as the beer warms up, and there's great complexity and richness.

T - The taste is similar, but there's less of the sweet and cacao and vanilla and more of the charry, roasted malts of Zhukov. Chocolate flavors veer towards the dark and bitter side of things, and the finish is slightly tarry. Still, these are only minor quibbles, and on the whole the flavor is delicious. Less chile pepper and spice presence here as well.

M - The massive body, chewy and viscous, has always been one of Hunahpu's main strengths, and the carbonation is low but sufficiently present to support it. Creamy, thick, mouth-coating, and with shockingly little alcohol presence.

D - An instant classic in the US craft beer scene, and a beer that holds up extremely formidably with its barrel-aged brethren. I'd actually prefer to drink this over the Virgin Oak version, and probably the bottled Bourbon edition as well (Four Roses I think?).

Unfortunately the 2010 vintage is not holding up so well - the adjuncts seem to be fading at non-linear rates resulting in unpredictable and strangely unbalanced flavor combinations. I don't recommend holding onto this beer for more than 12 months.

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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, tarry black with a fluffy tan head and a rich oily residue that laces down the inside of the glass. The nose presents a heavy metallic cocoa with a slight vanilla spiciness. The taste is thick and intense with a combined effort from the vanilla and chilies working together to make this beer something truly exceptional and worth drinking. The thick, sweet, roasty, full body feels like silk and leaves a slightly spicy finish on the palate (more bark than bite)...it's almost like drinking a liquid campfire, minus the smokiness. Completely worth the hype and worth the money, enjoyed annually, especially this years.

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