Hunahpu's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

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Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
In Mayan myth, Hunahpu gave cocoa to the Mayans. An Imperial Stout Aged On Cacao Nibs, Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Ancho Chilis, Pasilla Chilis and Cinnamon.

80 IBU

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Don't fear this one - it's huge, but relatively gentle. Panda like. Wasn't as spicy as expecting. Didn't get an explosion of adjunct aromas either. They're well integrated into the fudgey body. Some spice, cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa. It's pretty sweet, but I didn't find it overly so (at least not in sample pours). A beautiful stout, and worth the hype, I suppose.

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Photo of Marius
4.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at CBC 2016 - day 2. Dark chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, caramel, molasses, a bit of coffee, tobacco, vanilla and spices. Extremely well balanced and complex.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Combination review of the 2015 and 2016 vintages. 2015 vintage was simply a better beer - smooth, well-integrated flavors with ample spiciness from both the chilis and cinnamon. 2016 was far less superior, hopefully it gets better with time.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Dark, thin tan head.

S- Cocoa, bit of cinnamon and vanilla. Solid aroma.

T- Similar to the nose. Not a lot of dominant flavors. Basically no pepper heat.

F- Unimpressive. Thin, almost watery. We also cracked a Darkness and a Dark Lord, and they both poured and tasted a lot thicker. Smooth though and a little sticky.

O- Disappointing. Decent flavor and a pleasant aroma, but I like my stouts a lot thicker. I'd buy it off the shelf, but it takes a lot more effort than that to get it.

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Photo of W_Des
3.49/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

2016 bottle poured black during a spiced stout share. The nose was mainly chocolate with some faint sweet vanilla. The body was very thing and felt like flat cola. Some cocoa, a little bit of sweetness and hardly any heat. Maybe we had a bad bottle but that was not a very good beer.

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

decent but not blown away by this beer as I was hoping to be. definitely had the spices but IMO they were blended in a weird way, all there but hard to separate each one.

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Photo of Gambyt20
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just simple amazing. Nose is just a hint of the greatness to follow. Smell notes of vanilla and coffee. Initial taste is boozy with some vanilla and coffee. Finish with peppers and cinnamon. Thick, smooth, complex. Again just simply freaking amazing. Savored each sip.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 bottle dated 12/29/15

You don't just pop a bottle like this without reviewing it. I poured the bottle into a 12oz snifter and filled it 2/3 of the way up. Black. The head develops into a half inch of football colored sponge. That head lasts about a minute before there is no remnance of it besides a dark tan ring around the glass. I will get back to the nose later, as I have sampled this at a cooler temp than intended. Zero lace on the glass after the first big sip, but that might be the only tiny fault in the appearance, if there was one at all. The taste comes off as melted fudge. Sweet. Not nearly as spicy as I figured, but that was a nice surprise. Vanilla was lacking as well. Sip-by-sip this gets spicier and more flavors come up from the depths. Maybe not "more", just more pronounced as this monster warms up. Very slick on the tongue and just simply easy to drink for the ABV that is barely even present. Awesome brew!

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Photo of HopSavant
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful stout with some great nuances. Big vanilla and chocolate notes. Rich and decadent. Would like a little more burn at the backend with the Ancho, especially given the sweetness level--good for 3 good friends or family. A bit too sweet for me, but well crafted.

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Photo of MaineBeerDinner
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: midnight black, persistent khaki head rim
S: cinnamon lead, vanilla, touch of peppers, molasses, raisins,
T: cacao, heavy caramel, toffee, heavy cinnamon, chiles
F: medium bodied, lasting cinnamon, slightly watered down feel to a fault

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Photo of NJBrews609
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 vintage; Serving - 750ml bottle into a 12oz. snifter

A - Dark brown, bordering on black, looks viscous, minimal tan head
S - chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and chilies
T - Chocolate up front, followed by vanillas and cinnamon with some chili heat at the end. The chilies really start to show as the beer warms up bringing forth a warming heat in the finish and back of the throat.
M - Thick, rich, viscous
O - This is one of my all time favorite beers. A real standout in its class, it doesn't get much better than this for me.

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

I don't know if I can do this justice in a review, there were so many flavors hitting my mouth. Chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and vanilla to name a few. Really smooth mouth feel and not a hint of the 11% avb. The best stout I ever drank, it was so balanced and rich.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appear : Black, little brown head. - 4/5
Smell : Green pepper, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. - 4/5
Mouthfeel : Full body, medium carbonation, pretty drinkable. - 4/5
Flavor : Huge dessert like sweetness, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, spicy, cinnamon, chili. Can feel every one of the ingrediants, very balanced. - 5/5
Overall : unbelievably well made stout. It's very balanced, not too spicy but very spicy. Very sweet and dessert-like but not overly sweet. - 19/20

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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 Rothobinide
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle - poured into a taster glass. Smells like cinnamon graham crackers, hints of vanilla and cocoa and paprika. Taste is up-front vanilla and chocolate, followed swiftly by a medley of cinnamon / mild pepper / bitter chocolate characters that linger for some time. Mouthfeel is pretty silky and a little thin, but still plenty of body. Overall, glad to have been able to finally try this storied beer. I'd love to taste a newer batch to compare.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich pitch black with a tan head that fades and leaves spotty lacing! Notes of rich cocoa, light pepper, vanilla, coffee, toffee, and burnt marshmallow for days. Thick, rich, velvet smooth, and coating. Overall one of the best stouts I've ever had. Amazing combination of flavors.

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Photo of fireazzi
3.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had the 2014, 2015 and 2016, It's a bit too boozy for me. Really strong, I can see why others really like this, but wasn't my favorite Cigar City beer.

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

Bottle. 2015 edition. Pours oil pitch black with a thin layer of tan head that quickly dissipated into the oily surface. Smells of goodness. Chocolate, toffee, coffee, vanilla, bourbon...first taste is boozy but thinner than I expected. Not think. Little too watery. Lots of chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Burns on the way down. Cinnamon. Toffee. Boozy finish. Little cold so let it sit. Great. Most try.

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Photo of frontrangefart
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours motor oil black with a dark tan head. Smells like chocolate and vanilla (pepper is really hard to smell), with vanilla staying in the nose the longest. But when you get to drinking it, it's a whole different beast. RICH dark chocolate with coffee and a bit of a peppery sensation on the back of the tongue. Sweetness comes out after warming up a bit, but the front of flavors is chocolate. The feel is rich and thick. Overall, amazing beer and worth everything I gave up for one. So damn good.

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

L: pours pitch black and looks like motor oil. The half finger of head is the darkest brown head I've ever seen.
S: Sweetness, huge chocolate aromas followed by slight cinnamon and vanilla.
T: Huge chocolate.....there is slight cinnamon and vanilla. There is nice chili heat on the back end but not overwhelming. I get all the notes on the bottle, they are all blended well and truely fantastic!
F: super thick beer. Tied for the tickest I've ever had. It's so smooth with a velvet feel.
O: Fantastic beer!

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Photo of lemmy187
4.61/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml shared......Dark brown with a finger and a half of mocha head. Pick up all of the flavors in the nose.....Chocolate, vanilla, peppers, and toffee. Love the taste....all the favors mix together perfectly. Nothing overpowers......unlike the cinnamon in Abraxas. Feel is perfect for the style.....medium heavy with moderate carbonation. Almost perfect example of the style.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 bottle drank on 4/16/2016

L-thick motor oil with a thin tan head

S-chocolate, hints of vanilla, cinnamon, subtle peppers

T- sweet dark chocolate with spices...some vanilla comes through and the peppers are subtle and not annoying or overpowering at all

F-drinkable big time...minimal booze. Really nice creaminess

O-first time I have had really fresh and this was very enjoyable. Great aged and great fresh!

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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 kevanb
3.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, 2016 release, poured into a Cigar City "Cursive Hunahpu" snifter glass.

The beer pours out super thick and viscous, jet black with a thick caramel colored head with good legs and retention leaving spots of lace behind. The aroma is bursting of chocolate cake, rich grains, light cinnamon and vanilla bean with some stone fruits and a touch of pepper heat. The nose is super rich and decadent, very inviting. The flavors boom with chocolate cake and brownie batter, cinnamon, more pronounced pepper heat that adds some depth and complexity but really dries the beer out, mild vanilla bean with roasted grain that linger with some stone fruits. The mouthfeel is very dry but coating, very silky and smooth, chewy with a warm finish.

Verdict: A nice spiced stout from Cigar City, great chocolate flavors and tame heat that adds some nice flavor. That being said, compared to many other stouts with chili peppers, this one is super dry and it detracts from how rich the aroma was.

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Photo of ajcuster89
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It doesn't get much better than this as far as stouts go. I downed a whole bottle by myself last December, and I loved every drop. Tons of chocolate and cinnamon, the peppers give it just enough heat to make it interesting. Just an amazing brew.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
4.51 out of 5 based on 4,087 ratings.
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