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
cigarcitybrewing.com

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:
780
Ratings:
4,046
Avg:
4.51
pDev:
8.87%
 
 
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Reviews: 780 | Ratings: 4,046
Photo of callmemickey
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep black with only the slightest hints of light poking through the edges. Not too impressive of a head... tiny khaki cap, with modest retention. Dissolves to a tight ring around the edges. An occasional wisp of lacing left on the glass.

S: Roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a bit of vanilla. Nothing unusual and certainly not a fair indication of the flavor just around the bend.

T: Bam... one of the most unexpected flavor profiles based on the nose... large blasts of bitter dark chocolate, cacao, roasted malts, and vanilla... supplemented with an earthy smoked-woodyness... a little bit of cola... and of course the spicy chilies! Reminded me of Black Tuesday in the sheer monstrosity and complexity of the flavor layering ... not quite as enjoyable though.

M: Heavy... dense... with some carbonation to balance out... nice prolonged finish

D: I have had this both fresh and with some age... I'd drink this on the younger side of things. One of the few cigar city beers that have been worth trying.

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Photo of MasterCraft
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage served side by side with 2013.

2012:

Smells of dark, fudgy chocolate, cherries, plumbs, vanilla

Tastes like fudge, baker's chocolate, alcohol soaked cherries, prunes, tobacco, leather

2013

Smells of sweet pie cherries, chocolate, faint spice and vanilla

Taste is much like the smell. More delicate and layered than the 2012 bottle. Slight burn from the pepper evident, but if I were given these beers blind, I'm not sure I'd pick out cinnamon or ancho. Delicious stout nonetheless.

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Photo of Treebs
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared this guy at the Pre-DLD tasting. 750 ml bottle served, 2012 vintage in a Deschutes tulip. Had this side by side with the 2011 and Bourbon barrel aged versions. Huge thanks to Eric (Holland) for hitting this long time want.

A: Pours a jet black body with dark khaki head forming on the pour. This stuff is viscous. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Roasted malts, some sweet chocolate and a nice subtle spice are present in the nose. The nose is a tad boring considering what there is in this beer.

T: The taste is much better. Nice spiciness from the chilies and there is a touch of some cinnamon. Dark chocolate, some figgy fruit notes and some roasted malts round it out.

M: Chewy and thick. The carbonation is on the lower end there is a residual heat from the chilies.

O: A very solid beer. The 2011 vintage definitely lost some of the luster and complexity that the 2012 had. This is a stout that must be drank fresh if you want to retain any of those flavors from the spices and the chilies.

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Photo of regspeir
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this side-by-side at Capone's with the Apple Brandy Barrel, which probably influenced this review. Sample was 5.5 oz. into a snifter. Poured a thick, black with a one-finger rich, thick, creamy head. Both the head and great lacing had great retention. Nose was chocolate, malts, toffee and vanilla. Taste was very heavy on the chocolate, but notes of the vanilla, some spice and a bit of the roasted malts. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy with a good level of carbonation. All-in-all, for me this was VERY sweet and I could only drink this at specific times. Great imperial stout but I much preferred the brandy barrel.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, almost black. Completely opaque allowing no highlights. Head is a dense reddish-tan ring.

Aroma is smokey charred dark grain. There is an underlying oatmeal sweetness. Bourbon soaked dark fruit, hints of oak, and smoked meat.

Taste is rich and bold. Sweet with hot alcohol up front. The bourbon soaked dark fruit comes on strong. Then an unusual aromatic spice takes over. Bitter dark chocolate matched with a peppery sting. Rich, chewy tobacco that just lingers forever. Finishes with a woody cedar aspect that is very dry.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Dense and viscous, but not oily.

A very flavorful and intense imperial stout. There are many subtle flavors in every sip. A must try.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Thanks for sharing, Chad! Pours a very thick black with small-medium dark tan head that diminishes quickly. Scent has a TON of cocoa to it. From first whiff, I was greeted with lovely cocoa and cinnamon. Some bitter-sweet chocolate with just a bit of chile aroma...I'm assuming there was more when this was fresh. Taste is spicy cinnamon at first, which immediately turns to sweet cinnamon. Some vanilla there as well. There sure is a lot of cinnamon flavor to this beer, which makes for a unique stout. A lot of cocoa and chocolate with just the slightest chile flavor. All these flavors mesh really well together. Wouldn't call it a complex beer per se, but definitely well-balanced. ABV hidden well. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is one tasty imperial stout. I'm crossing my fingers I will get to try one of the barrel-aged versions.

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Photo of chinchill
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Originally rated from a small sample in 2013; revised with 2014 bottle on March 2015 and a 2016 bottle in December 2016.
Chili still evident.
A touch too sweet.
Amazing complexity and delicious aroma.

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Photo of benpopper
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from TKEbeerman to celebrate my first fathers day pours one of the best pours I have ever seen. Seems to almost come out of the bottle lumpy. Thick, pitch black. A solid 1/2 inch of chocolate covered head develops and fights to stick around, fades to some beautiful wispy bubbles on the surface and eventually to a permanent ring. Slightly oily on the glass, not much lacing if at all.

Let this one warm up. Initially there was this boozy thing going on that dominated the nose, but once it warmed up just a bit there are all sorts of developments. A mixture of cocoa and vanilla that best remind me of rich chocolate cake. Very sweet and then something catches me in the back of my nose, the chilis or cinnamon, maybe, but it isn't defined enough for me to grab onto.

Taste was not as amazing over the top as I'd hoped for. Might have sat on it too long? as things seemed a little muddled or faded. But there is still alot there, so not really sure. Begins with a swirling mixture of sweetness. Vanilla, Carmel and Cocoa. Then it gets a pretty dominating roasted malt flavor, but is followed by a dryness and some spice from the chilies I think, but more of a dry chili powder than juicy pepper.

Feels great drinking, super smooth, perfect low medium carbonation that coats the mouth and has very little heat from the 11.5%. Keep going back for more.

Overall I think I was expecting more but I was far from disappointed. Great looking and great feeling, but just good on the important points to me. I am very happy I got to try it as it is unlike anything I have had before, but might be a one and done type of thing for me

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a viscous jet black color with a dark mohagony colored dense head. huge thick velvety lace

S-the nose brings something different every time I swirl it. the chilies and pepper notes will show through on one. the cocoa nibs on another, a good bit of roasted malts throughout with a touch of vanilla. anise and molasses in the back with a touch of dark fruits. hints of fusel alcohol in the back but still solid.

T-the pepper spice is right up front, roasted malts, dark chocolate and vanilla behind. the cinnamon comes in towards the back with a fair bit of dark fruity sweetness to close the deal. lots going on here and it works fairly well together.

M-this is very smooth on the palate, full bodied and slightly dry in the back. so soft in my mouth. just enough carb to allow this to fall softly down the throat.

D-this has some interesting stuff going on, the sweetness is very nice in the back to balance the peppery spice up front. it is a well done contrast with a nice balance to it. not something I can drink a ton of but still a tasty brew!

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cinnamon wasn't as prominent as I hoped it would be. Also didn't taste as complex when I compare it to other beers of a similar style. Very good but not as great as I had hoped.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 1/3/2013 poured into Hunahpu glass

Thanks to LiquidDegenerate for this bottle

Pour: Black as ever with a half finger dark brown head. Really no lacing noted.

Smell: Dark chocolate brownie. Some char. Vanilla and ever so faint cinnamon. A touch of coffee way in the back. As I let this warm the chile notes are just starting to peek out.

Taste: Massive amount of dark chocolate up front. A sweetness that I assume is from the vanilla. Cinnamon is there and as it warms the spice from the chile is more prominent.

Mouthfeel: This is a coat your mouth full bodied beer. Thick, chewy and viscous. Carbonation is low.

Overall: This is one huge beer that is best shared. A massive stout that as it warmed became more and more enjoyable. The cold hid almost all aspects of this beer but as I sipped it became a completely different beer.

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Photo of Soonami
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rich (phillybeer7779) for sharing a bottle of 2011 Hunahpu's.

This stout looked as good as any other stout we had that night (11 DL, EH, Depth Charge) so it's hard to give it a better score than the others. It was opaque black with a thin layer of foam. It also appeared to be thinner than the others with nicer legs in the glass. The beer smelled like cocoa powder with a little fruity chiles and warm cinnamon, but mostly it was dominated by the dark malt. The beer tasted very nicely malty with smoky pepper upfront, chocolate and spicy cinnamon. The beer has a nice warming alcohol in the finish that is accentuated by the back heat from the chiles.

This is a nice, interesting beer that I would love to try again, but with a big plate of roasted carnitas, avocado, and grilled bell peppers and onions.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to florida9 for grabbing this elusive beer for me.

Opaque and black, with a short but tightly packed dark tan head that's the color of wet sand. It dissipates w/in 2 minutes and leaves a ring of foam around the edge for the remainder of the drink.

Nose is cocoa, cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla. Heavy on the roast.

The complexities pick up much more in the taste than in the smell. Cocoa is the base of all the flavor, but it's intermingled with an earthy spice that's presumably from the chiles. They are very subtle and without already knowing they were in there I would have never picked them out. The vanilla dances around for brief showing and it finishes right where it started, with the cocoa.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. There's little carbonation, as it should be.

Good drinkability for a stout. ABV and heavy body makes it somewhat restricting to have more than a couple, but it's damn good.

This is a beer that lives up to the hype and I wish I had easier access to it.

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Photo of kk73
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - This pours out about as thick and black as I've ever seen. A thick 2 plus finger dark mocha head forms and slowly settles into a layer of mocha foam and lots of lacing.

S - This smells interesting, a subtle smokiness, cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts, and spicy chiles. Smells of a stout.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Starts with a bit a sweet chocolaty goodness, into a bitter roasted malt/coffee backed by some vanilla and cinnamon notes, and finishes with a touch of spicy chiles.

M - This feels medium bodied but really creamy and smooth, slightly hot from the chiles. Carbonation is low which compliments the beer nicely.

D - A sipper for sure. This is a heavy stout with many different layers. But very good, and worth seeking out multiple bottles for cellaring.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle dated 1/20/14 poured into snifter.

Beautiful black pour with a finger of mocha colored head

The smell is tons of chocolate and a hint of cinnamon

The taste is very chocolatey with a decent amount of vanilla. I am definitely not a fan of cinnamon in my beer. Very slight heat from the chiles. Well intergrated, just not my favorite.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received in trade from cpetrone84, thanks for the opportunity Chris.
Pours a thick solid black color with a decent sized long lasting dark cocoa head. Smells of chocolate and roast up front with lots of anise and dark sugars supporting. Light cinnamon as well as earthy hops provide a bit of balance. Thick chocolate syrup, dark chocolate, licorice, nutmeg and cinnamon flavors come out up front. Lingering chocolate covered pitted fruits, licorice and roast coats the digestive track long after every sip. Thick body with a creamy syrupy mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. This is a big thick sweet chewy stout, just the way I like them, bring on the diabetes.

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Photo of squaremile
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured during a BA tasting event. Great thick mouthfeel, maybe the thickest I've ever had. Nose is vanilla, sweetness, chocolate, and some spice. Taste is more of the same with dark chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla flavors being balanced by some spicy pepper notes. Kind of like drinking a piece of dark chocolate combined with biting hot peppers. Drinkability suffers a bit just from the enormity of this beer. Very memorable.

EDIT: Had this again, review remains the same. I noticed more cocoa and pepper this time around, and there was an oil slick left around the glass on finish.

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Photo of mothman
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 for cracking this at a recent tasting.

Poured into KBS glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of a red hued tan brown colored head. Fades down a bit, but then has great retention. Color is an oil black. Very thick.

Aroma: Tons of pepper, rich chocolate/cocoa, caramel, and vanilla. Too many peppers.
EDIT: the aroma in the duck rabbit snifter was way better. More cinnamon, less peppers, more vanilla. Very complex. Much better.

Taste: Very complex beer. Vanilla, rich cocoa, caramel, more vanilla, not as much peppers but still present. A light amount of cinnamon. This beer just has so much going on for it. The flavors blend together so well.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and smooth. Interesting. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry with some cocoa flavors.

Overall, a very solid beer that is well done. Lots of unique flavors. The chilies were an interesting touch to this type of beer. Decent drinkability as well.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a rich deep black color with a creamy looking brown head on top. The retention fades over time with a light lacing. The smell of the beer is a little boozy, there is molasses on the nose, deep roasted malts and some sweet cocoa. The taste of the beer is pretty complex, the spices come through pretty strong, the vanilla is very subtle in the finish. The flavors are very rich. The mouthfeel is thick, oily and heavy. The carbonation is minimal. Overall I was hyping this up in my mind to be much better than what I felt it turned out to be. You win some, you lose some. I enjoye trying it but I don't feel the need to get it again.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- dark cocoa frothy head... Sticky lacing... Pitch black body... 5

S- soy sauce, oak, tobacco, faint chocolate, spice. Mostly subtle. 4

T- Something candy-like there, syrupy, dark chocolate swirls with the spicy chile and some vanilla. Cocoa and dark bitter chocolate linger. There's an Old Ale or Barleywine sort of caramel and grape-lie flavor. 4.25

M- Very smooth, even with the burn, and the alcohol is no existent. It's creamy and sweet up front, then the bitterness and spice take you to the exit and linger. 4.25

Great beer with a nice heat. Tasty.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

pretty thick black, with a moderate mocha head of slight retention. Nose wafts lots of chili chocolate, faint chilis, some super fresh high quality vanilla beans. Faint trace of olives. Taste is similar with lots of roasty chocolate up front, then a touch of fresh vanilla beans, a fair bit of cinnamon and just a hint of chili. Warmth (from both chili and booze) comes back slightly after the swallow. Nice silky creamy feel with a decently low carbonation. A bit sticky too.

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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 shareallthebeer
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed the vertical of all Huna through 2016 bottling at a share in Denver.

2014 was the hands down favorite... years before that were beginning to fade, while years after were hot and needed some time.

I have had different bottles at different times and Huna is a treat beer. While I could down a bottle of, say, a Barrel-Aged Abraxas in one setting, Huna tends to be overwhelming sweet to me. It's a great beer, find a recent bottle... give it about two years in a cellar... and share with friends.

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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 JohnGalt1
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ditmier brought out this big ole 750 a short while back.. very cool.. thanks Eric!!

Pours with a dark deep brown head.. the brew is the expected black with good retention and lace... thick on later pours.

Aromas are all over the place with dark chocolate and lite vanilla.. bits of char and some background chili aroma.

Flavor begins with chili spiked melted dark Hersheys.. espresso and black malts.. something that I can only derive as cinnamon (minor).. dark dried fruits and leather.. some tobacco shows with the sweet warmth... The chilis are about right for me.. I could even stand and enjoy some more.. Digging this one for sure... Pretty thick body and a lighter than expected carbonation... Very nice.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4

Thanks Eric... just another amazing brew from a better BA.

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