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

appearance - dark, tan head, viscous, nice lacing

smell - big notes of cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla, some spiciness/heat

taste - wow! very complex and interesting, so many flavors to take in, tastes like a well done imperial stout but with a nice balance of thick cocoa with a touch of vanilla and some body and heat from the chilis, but the chilis don't overwhelm (forget everything you know about chili beers)

mouthfeel - nice, full-bodied imperial stout, slight dry finish, solid mouthfeel, full

overall - such a unique and complex beer, i've been wanting to try this for years and a good friend brought a bottle around to share, i feel super lucky! it's worth the hype

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Photo of jlindros
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had as part of the mini Whale Stout tasting back in mid December. Thanks a ton to Chris aka FluffyMcTingle for sharing this.

A super dark black creamy head fades slowly with a thick syrupy heavy beer that coats the glass and has nice legs.

Nose is loaded with dark malts, roasty, dark chocolate, strong vanilla beans with a bit of a chili pepper under, some coffee, lots of dark chocolate, caramel, oatmeal, dark bitter scortched malts, just a ton of dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

Taste brings lots of vanilla at first, light spices like a cinnamon, chili pepper, lots of chocolate, baker's choc, dark choc, creamy milk choc, vanilla again, dark malts, chewy oats, a nice mouth coating that sticks everywhere, with some nice bitter tastes, a slight fluffy and earthy hop character. All the flavors are blended well despite so many peaks of various flavors.

Mouth is super thick and luscious, creamy, with decent carbonation and touch of warming booze.

Drink is good, not much of a booze feel for being 11.5% and how heavy it is, it still drinks decent, a big mouth coating that never fades takes away slightly, but for the style of beer that's what it should be.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got 2 of these bottles, so I'm not sure which one I brought to the tasting, but thanks to DosBeerigos and HeyOhhh for each hooking up some Hunahpu! And thanks to DVelcich for hosting a killer tasting with fellow BA stoutfest.

I poured this into my Duvel tulip--

This is black and inky, dark and viscous, motor oil looking beer. Even on the pour you can't see through it at all. This is the only substance Superman can't see through! This is dark dark dark. On a good swirl you see the tannish legs with slightly redish hues just coat the sides of the glass so thick that when it cascades gently back into the body of the beer, it looks like sand running down an hour glass. Great streaks of reddish brown lace from a nice 1 finger head of the same color. The bubbles are small and fine, very tight. Amazing retention, and though the head isn't huge, it remains for most of the drink.

Nose is pretty well balanced with some roasted chocolate and some sweeter vanilla notes. I do pick up some of the spiciness-- cinamon is there along with dried and seeded peppers-- not really spicy smelling, but the flavor seems to be there. The flavor of the chiles translates to the taste too, not so much the spicy heat of peppers, but the actual earthy flavor. This reminds me a little of a homemade chili recipe-- just toss everything in and see how it comes out. I can imagine this took quite a few batches before they found the right recipe on this, but they nailed it here. Such a great balance.

The first sip was big cinamon, which mellowed out to some sweet vanilla for just a second before the hefty cocoa and a little alcohol sting come into play. That boozy sting is where the chile peppers really ride in too. The finish is sweet and spicy, but in nice harmony. I still can't get over how well balanced this beer is! Huge roasted malt bill is great!

The body is one of the thickest stouts I've had. Huge. The carbonation level is perfect. Nice and creamy feel that is very easy to drink.

This beer deserves to be hunted down and traded for. If you get a chance to try it, by all means, pick it up.

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Photo of cextreme
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Made it to Cigar City for the first time. Worth the drive! I had the 14 and the 16 5 Oz poor, liked the 14 better. Had to be sure so I tried the again, yep still like the 14 better. It appears to age well and loose a little of the zip/carbonation.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml(2011) bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, shared with a fellow BA.

A- Big frothy two finger dark brown head, silky lacing, dark pitch black motor oil color, really attractive looking Imperial Stout.
S- Chocolate cocoa, vanilla beans, unique aroma must be the ancho and pasilla chiles, roasted notes, really nice.
T- Wow just delicious and complex, chocolate cocoa upfront, cinnamon spice, the chile adds an amazing layer to this beer, the vanilla beans come out as well, nice bitter chocolate in the finish. This beer is amazing.
M- Medium/Big mouth feel, silky smooth drinking, coats the palate, dry finish.
O- This beer is amazing and lives up to the hype, complex and tasty, you cannot tell that it’s an 11.5% beer, easy drinking and filled with taste, one of my favorite Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark, small brown head that dissipated into some small bubbles around edges

S - Chocolate mostly, slight cinnamon.

T - Initially a lot of chocolate, as I drank more I got a ton of the chillies and a good amount of cinnamon. Couldn't really pick up on the vanilla, it was overpowered by everything else.

M - Very thick, coats your mouth.

O - Amazing, wish I had another to age for a bit. I will definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a thick motor oil jet black with a half finger head that is very dark brown with a garnet hue. The head dissipates completely and almost immediately and there isn't a single spot of lacing. Smell is the only draw back only because I thought it would be stronger, but it is still amazing and this bottle is about a year old. The rich chocolate, roasted malts really stand out with a nice mix of cinnamon and peppers as well. Taste is everything I hoped it would be and more. A great blend of sweet chocolate and roasted malt that give off a little hint of coffee up front, then mid sip the vanilla takes over with the cinnamon and a touch of heat from the peppers making for the perfect finish. Feel is perfect for a stout. Thick, full bodied and very viscous. Overall lives up to/exceeds the hype. This beer is phenomenal!

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Photo of hardy008
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark black color with a large 4 finger head. The head on this beer is the darkest color I have ever seen on any beer. It also has great retention.

The aroma has dark chocolate, vanilla, and cocoa. The aroma is very nice, but not as strong as I thought it might be.

The flavor is very bold, much more so than the aroma. Dark chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla. Also tastes like there is a little bit of cinnamon?

Full bodied, rich, smooth, creamy, sweet, and perfectly carbonated. I can not even detect the alcohol which is 11.5%. This is an exceptional beer for sure. I only wish I had another bottle.

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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 Bierguy5
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 11.5% abv. Pours a great looking pitch black color with a tan head. Very good retention. Head moves to a fat ring, leaving no lace.

Dark chocolate, cocoa, a bit of roasty malt. Some dark fruit comes out. A bit of vanilla. A bit of cinnamon at the end.

Smoother dark chocolate blends well with some peppery flavors. A hint of vanilla and dark fruit. A bit of cinnamon in the finish. Dry at the end.

Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Lower carbonation. A fair amount of heat. Very nice beer here.

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

2014 vintage poured to a 2013 Hunahpu's snifter.

MIdnight black, 1/4" medium brown head. Poor retention, minimal lacing

Cinnamon. molasses, chocolate, and just a tinge of green chile. The peppers are much more pronounced as it warms.

Fresh, it's all cinnamon on the front end which meshes perfectly with the chiles mid palate and then finishes with a lingering chocolate flavor. Chicory, molasses, and maybe a touch of the vanilla. Fantastic. Just a hint of soy sauce flavor would be my only criticism.

Thick, syrupy, very low carbonation. mild chiles so just a hint of heat,

This is easily one of my favorite beers of all time, and although I prefer it with a bit of age, it's still top notch fresh.

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

Heavy chocolate and vanilla. Cinnamon and chilies present as well. Cinnamon comes off powder, adding a nice thickness to the beer. Slight burn on the back end, but not enough to cause heat.

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

Pretty magnificent, if one could take a fine russian imperial and then mix in the ashes of einstein you would be left with the pure gloriousness that in the huna. Had it at a tasting right after a sour the mouthful was full bodied. the taste of wood and oak runs through out and was amplified by choice of cheese that it was paired with. the carmel raiseny cocoa flavor that followed was fantastic. overall one of the best stouts one can have.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A 2016 bottle courtesy of @smanson56
A: Pours dark and thick with a finger's width of light brown head.
S: Cinnamon and cocoa
T: Plenty of bitter chocolate and toasty coffee. The cinamon hovers. In the background throughout. The chillin become more pronounced as it warms. There are hints of tobacco that seem to come and go. There is some vanilla but it gets displaced by the heat. There is a taste of prune throughout.
MF: thick and chewy. The cinamon and peppers leaves lingering burn. Tobacco tastes lingers as if one was smoking a fine cigar.
O: fantastic beer. A great toasty stout that has a plethora of flavors competing for your taste buds. So we'll done.

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Photo of beerhan
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage, 750 ml bottle.

A-Pours a bitch black with a reddish brown head. Thick juicy oil with perfect carbonation.

S-Smells very sweet, lots of dark chocolate and some cinnamon and a subtle coffee scent.

T-This just might be the best beer I have ever had. It tastes like a german chocolate cake with a lot of vanilla in the after taste. There are subtle hints of the spices from the chilies that are in the aftertaste more than right away and the coffee shines through perfectly.

M-Creamy mouthfeel, very smooth going down but a little bit of a burn. Nonetheless you know the alcohol is there but you cannot tell except for the slight burning. Even though you can feel the burn it is comparable to sipping on a nice scotch.

O-One of the greatest most drinkable beers I have ever had. I would never pass this down as it is phenomenal. Super drinkable for being almost 12 percent. Best thing cigar city has ever done!

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Photo of zonker17
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Released March 9, 2013 consumed 12/27/15. Pours very dark near black with slight beige ring. Some vanilla and bourbon on the nose with coffee. Taste mainly malts, bourbon, vanilla, but the chilies are muted, may be due to time. Chocolate finish. Heavy body and slight carbonation.

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Photo of Devi0us
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this as part of our Blind Epic Beer Tasting Event and it took 3rd place overall but it was a toss up between Rare BCS. List included 2010 Darklord, Rare Bourbon County Stout, 2011 KBS, 2011 Hanahpu, 2010 Abyss.

A- Let me start of by saying this Bad Boy is THICK but not in a bad way. Pours like dark soy sauce/motor oil. Left a very nice coating on the glass when swirled.

S- BIG espresso dominated the smell. Hints of chocolate malt, dried fruit, as well as wet barrel. Smells fantastic.

T- Taste was exceptional and got better as it warmed up. You can really taste the Cocao and when you least expect it, BAM...the Vanilla hits you in the end. I really enjoyed this brew. Alcohol was undetectable and very well hidden.

M- Mouthfeel is THICK and coates the palate nicely. Light carbonation. 

O- Overall, this is one of the best beers that I've tasted. The taste of this beer becomes more complex and changes as it warms up but in a good way. Can't wait to get ahold of another bottle to cellar and enjoy this experience again.

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

I got a bottle of Huna. Its been a long time coming and a beer I have searched for over and over again. Well the time came. I have been drinking less and less lately, but decided to go for a big one tonight. Ate dinner, enjoyed a fine sour, cleansed the palate and opened the bottle. Letting it breathe for a good while I proceeded to repeatedly pour it into a six ounce snifter over the course of the evening. Consumed on 03/30/2010.

The pour was gold, Jerry, Gold. Dark as night, with nothing, not a drop of anything coming through the other side of this beast. The delicate and evil reverse cascade of the deep chocolate colored head just sealed the deal as it rose up to nearly an inch it stays, never settling more then a couple of inches and leaving you just wondering how dark and rich can this possibly be? How downright dark and evil can it look? Just rediculous.

The aroma was heavenly. Rich cocoa layered upon warm roasted coffee with just a hint of spice are what comes across at first. Warming though brings out all the subtleties and richness that I would have come to expect. Cinnamon and vanilla and fighting it out to provide a hint of sweetness and character. Each sip seemingly more complex then the one before. It is literally just a bath in warm, malty flavors. Chocolate and vanilla, a light punch of cinnamon all combine to form a complex richness that is at the same time as subtle as could be. Truly a remarkable thing they have created. One of the fullest stouts I have run across as each sip is like chocolate mousse and even at 11.5% everything stays very well hidden.

Overall sublime, everything I wanted it to be and more. I would have no problem drinking one every night and could be a happy man. One of the best stouts I have had.

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Photo of oline73
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to cheezdawg for trading me this one. 2010 poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a dark brown head. The head goes away almost immediately and leaves some lacing. The beer is super viscous and clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: Initially I smell very sweet roast with hints of dark chocolate and dark fruit. After that I pick up the peppers as well as some alcohol.

Taste: Very sweet roast hits the tongue first. This is followed by dark chocolate, some chili pepper spice, cinnamon, and some dark fruit notes. The finish is roasty and sweet, the flavors blend together well.

Mouthfeel: This one just coats your mouth. Very thick and viscous with just the right amount of carbonation (mild). The finish is mildly dry.

Drinkability: I would have this one again and again. I'm super excited that I got to try this! I thought it was very well balanced. The only negative in my mind is that I didn't pick up much vanilla. That's just nitpicking and this is a phenomenal beer.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a CC snifter, this one is as black as it gets with a surprisingly dark cocoa head.

S: Rich cocoa, roasted malt, cinnamon, and a little vanilla. After it warms up I get a little honey and anise. At times it smells like a fudge brownie.

T: Again, truckloads of rich dark chocolate. Quite a bit of sweetness, but it's nicely countered by huge roasted and slightly smoky flavors. The chocolate's complimented by vanilla and a light woodyness, I would assume from cinnamon. Pepper adds more flavor than heat, but the spice does start to build for me after the first 4 oz. There's also a distinctive earthyness to this beer. The best comparison I can make for the flavor of Hunahpu's is dense chocolate cake with xocolatl bar melted over the top. Intense.

M: Body is very thick with low to medium carbonation. Overall, it has a very full mouthfeel, but the carbonation isn't as dialed in as some of the best examples of the style, which are more velvety. This is good, but a little more syrupy.

Hunahpu's is a huge, roasted cocoa beast. Really a fantastic beer with many layers and a great option for comparing flavor profiles at various temperatures.

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

750ml bottle into a Tulip Glass.

First Release so 2010 Vintage

A- Absolutely beautiful. Pours like motor oil with a thin 1 finger brown head that is just sitting there. Decent head retention with some really nice legs behind it that coat the glass. This to me defines what an Imperial Stout should look like.

S- Cinnamon up front with some nice spicy chilies and sweet chocolate. Plenty of roasted dark malts and wood characters coming through as well. Alcohol comes through as well but not to crazy.

T- First taste brought out a strong roasted coffee and sweet milk chocolate character with a nice cinnamon spice in the finish. Not much heat or pepper coming through like the aroma just a slight bit of heat in the back of the throat which to me is a great thing and adds to the overall mouthfeel. I hate over spicy beers so this is the perfect amount. Digging deeper the flavors of the barrel come out and combine well with the sweet vanilla beans and give it a nice musty wood flavor.

M- Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation and a nice wet and slightly spicy finish.

Overall i have to say that this beer is exceptional and extremely complex. All the right flavors come out and combine amazingly with the already A+ beer Zhukov.

SkÅL!

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

Living in Florida I've had the opportunity to have Huna on tap. To be honest, until recently I was never a big fan of the beer. Maybe my palette changed or I had a really good batch but I finally had what I think is an excellent imperial stout. What hit me this time was the cinnamon and touch of heat working so well with so many flavors of chocolate, coffee, smoke and more. I never realized how complex this beer tastes. I really enjoyed drinking this beer and will seek it out for now on.

Having it again on 5/8/16. I'm raising the look to a 5. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it has the best looking dark foam for a head. This beer is true luxury!

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

A: Pours pitch black with a thin caramel colored head.

S: Tons of cinnamon and roasted chile with a thick dark chocolate backbone. Smells amazing.

T: A velvety layer of dark chocolate upfront and then a smoky layer of roasted chiles. Finishes roasty with cinnamon and oak. So glad I finally got my hands on this. It was amazing.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade from javi458, HUGE thanks! Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a snifter...

A - Pours a black, tar like color. Heavy, viscous pour that forms a rich, dark brown head about 1 finger thick. Absolutely incredible color ont his head; hot chocolate like in color. The head slowly recedes to a collar ofthe same color. This might be the best pour from a big stout I've ever come across.

S - Wow. Big roasted malts and extremely high quality dark cacao up front. Some slight coffee notes as well as the spices start to come out. The chilies and cinnamon mix extremely well and are very very well integrated.

T - The cacao takes the stage here along with the roasted malts and the chilies. The chilies and cinnamon are so wel integrated that it adds so nicely to the overall profile. Reminds me of the Oaxaca Exotic Candy Bar from Vosges melted down with alcohol added. Some sweet vanilla notes come at the end of the profile. Spices and chilies become more apparent as it warms. EXTREMELY complex and tasty flavors.

M - Thick, silky, velvet, all the adjectives I could want to describe the mouthfeel of an RIS. Very slight carbonation and just a touch of alcohol on the end. Really exceptional.

D - For such a big thick stout with a ton of very bold flavors and a high ABV, this one was incredibly easy to drink. No cloying sweetness and no overwhelming chilie presence. Very, very nicely done!

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

Purchased this one with the help of StoutsnIPAs, much thanks.

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours like a black motor oil and is completely opaque. A 1/2 inch dark brown head forms and reduces modestly quickly leaving minimal lacing.

The aroma is great with a blend of bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee, a little less molasses sweetness and perhaps is touch of tobacco and vanilla.

The taste is as expected with a strong up from roasted coffee and dark chocolate combination. Some oaky vanilla notes pop up a little later. There is an interesting pepper component, not spicy but like a bell pepper.

The mouthfeel was full bodied. The carbonation was just right, now detracting from the flavor and in fact highlighting it. It is very smooth and creamy and leaves a pleasantly dry aftertaste. This beer changes rapidly and loses the carbonation making it an interesting drink that changes during the session.

Overall, this is extraordinarily easy to drink. I was concerned as two of my friends had concerns about it being flat, which it definitely was not. I can say this is a solid beer and well worth the effort to get. Let's see how it ages.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
4.51 out of 5 based on 3,944 ratings.
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