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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 | 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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3,889
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4.52
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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

FRE$H 2011 Batch

Appearance -- Pours like motor oil, jet black with faint ruby about the edges and a slim dark chocolate-hued head. It's hard to knock this view. Wish the head had more staying power, but still quite photogenic.

Smell -- Aside from the semisweet roast malt aromas, chile and cocoa are most apparent, with spicy chile heat being most dominant. Vanilla, and finally cinnamon, make themselves known after multiple whiffs. The chile heat nearly singes the hair on your nose - very sharp. Certainly interesting, but not the inviting aroma I was hoping for.

Taste -- Charred malt, molasses sweetness, smoked chiles in chocolate, and in the distance, vanilla and cinnamon. The chili is well-done, lending some rich smokey flavor mid-palate and a nice spicy finish. Lasting flavors of cocoa, red pepper flake, and roast malt that mimics coffee.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied and viscous with mild/moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel flirts with under-carbonation, but is still successful.

Overall -- This was a very nice treat. I appreciate the cocoa and chile additions, but The whole time I drank this I couldn't help but wish that the mouthfeel of the Zhukov's I had recently was this good. Some of the additions, like vanilla and cinnamon, seem to cover up some of the malt complexity of Zhukov's.

Glad I finally got to try this one in its prime, but I'd take a properly carbonated Marshall Zhukov's all the same.

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Photo of kevanb
3.96/5  rDev -12.4%
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 zoolzoo
3.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to gford217

A: Pours "pitch black like an oil slick blah blah". Actually Hunahpu scores high marks in appearance because of its massive milk chocolate colored head. I cant chalk it up to my Duvel tulip because Ive been seeing plenty of impys pour into this glass with no head lately. This black liquid actually appears to be staining my glass brown as I swish it around.

S: Chocolate, coffee, some spice. Is that heat from the chili peppers or sharpness from booze? Hunahpu smells pretty good, but not terribly complex.

T: Opens with sweetness/dark fruit bordering on cloying, which mellows to reveal chocolate, vanilla, and a bitterness akin to fresh roasted coffee beans.

Theres definitely spice on the back end but I wish it developed just a little bit more. I found some cinnamon toward the end of the palate, but then again I was looking for it. The chili's become most apparent during Hunahpu's aftertaste, when you notice a bit of heat left to mingle on the palate. Overall the flavors are just huge, palatable, and pretty complex. High marks for taste, but I was hoping for a bit more defining character and less subtleness in regards to the spice.

M: Thoroughly thick and coating.... might stain your teeth. Low carb.

D: Another huge stout suitable for a 6-8oz serving in my opinion. Drinkability suffers due to sweetness, ABV, and general palate assault. For what it is, a great beer that I am glad to have tried.

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Photo of koopa
3.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours dark as night with a 2 finger brown crown that displays good retention and lace.

Smell: Roast malt, loads of chocolate, smoked chilies, and vanilla.

Taste: Same as nose but with lots of chili presences and roast malt / espresso bitterness taking center stage.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy at times, creamy at other times, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: The thick mouthfeel, the high abv, and the bitterness from the roast malt hold this one back from scoring higher in the drinkability department.

Not sold on the hype just yet.

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Photo of nkersten
3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick black with reddish brown head. Smell of chocolate malts, some alcohol. Sweet malty chocolate flavor up front with a strong chile taste following. Not spicy, not too smokey, the anchos are front and center for this one. Finish has a slight bitterness that doesnt quite balance out the sweet/smokey flavors... somehow this beer still works. Mouthfeel is syrupy and coating, for me it is spot on for an imperial stout. Although I think this is a great twist on the imperial stout, by the end of my glass I was done with the chile flavors. I would be happy to drink this one again but there is no way I could do more then 8oz. That being said, I definitley recommend trying this.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

EBF Pour. Thick and pitch black. The body sticks to the side of the sample cup. Aroma is pretty insane. The usual roastiness and chocolate of a high end example of the style is all there but I am also greeted with a zany mixture of heat and cinnamon spice. The flavor brings forth more of the same flavor intricacies. Thick chocolate and roasted coffee followed by a peppy chili heat. Not overly hot but the heat tickles the back of the tongue. The cinnamon is also very easy to detect and I admittedly enjoy this more than what the chills give off. Thick bodied. Lingering aftertaste. I find some noticeable bitterness. A lot going on in this revered brew. I was not in love with all of it but there is surely plenty to find appealing.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.99/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Thirstybird for breaking this one out for our tasting. I've been wanting to try this beer for some time. This is by far, the best looking big stout I've ever seen. Pours an inky black with a dense, dark mocha-colored head tinged with a reddish-brown hue. Cap is so thick and dense that it is only pierced by tiny pinpricks. Thick sheets of lacing slide down the walls of the glass following each tilt. Nose reveals chocolate, spice and booze - it's all a bit much in my opinion and any subtlety is lost here. Taste is rich and chocolatey on a bold malty backbone. Spicy and sweet intermingles nicely, but gets to be a bit cloying after continued consumption. Finish is slightly burnt and bitter, which helps to cut the sweetness, but only marginally. Mouthfeel is exceptional - medium/heavy in consistency with a light carbonation and a pleasant creamy texture. I'm never quite sure of what to expect from a "spiced" stout; however, Hunahpu's makes it work. This is perhaps the biggest Stout I've had to date in terms of body, feel and complexity. That being said, a little goes a long way. It's extremely rich and the complex flavors get to be a little tough to handle over time. Personally, I think this beer would be better served in a 12oz. bottle rather than a 750ml.

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Photo of jbone78
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured Black like the stallion of midnight and stuff. I noticed a light tan fizz on top that disappeared fast, like Grease Lightning. Smelled different not like the uncle you rarely see, but more like a Mexican pinata before it is filled, not really but it sounds fun. I guess the smells are from the chiles? The taste is blended nicely with hints of nutmeg or cinnamon, chocolate (unsweet), the blend of chiles and finishes quite dry.

-Bye

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle of the 2010 vintage shared with steepH20 while watching the Mavs smack down the Heat. Oh, sweet, sweet justice.

Evil black sludge with a rich cinnamon head that rises and fades likes the summer sun. A nice looking beer. A slick coating lays waste to the snifter sip after sip.

For a year old bottle, this shines brightly with the adjuncts on display: cinammon, chiles, and dark chocolate. Unlike any stout I've had.

Rich baker's chocolate and bitters segues into cinammon and spice from the chiles. Full, thick, and hot. Alcohol peppery heat from the chiles and high abv make for a big drinking stout. As individual flavors, this shows its uniqueness. As a some of its parts, it doesn't really shine in its cohesiveness.

Low carbonation and heavy, thick mouthfeel makes this a long, slow sipper.

I appreciate the uniqueness of this beer and am thankful for the opportunity. While a nice experience, I'm not sure that this should demand the pull this beer seems to require.

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Photo of Samichlaus82
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a really dark brown head. The aroma is of vanilla, fudge, chocolate, cocoa, gingerbread, coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits, molasses and lots of nice deserty aromas. Flavors is as amazing as the aroma, it really reminds me of gingerbread, with honey and ginger and cinnamon spice notes, vanilla, dark and sweet chocolate notes, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, fudge, dark fruits and molasses, with a hint of the chili that evolves the more you sip in it. The body is full with a nice sticky and creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Imperial Stout has a vanilla nose, hints of cocoa. Pour is chocolate black, taste is sweet vanilla, cocoa, malty, nice medium-heavy mouthfeel. I don't detect much of the cinammon, or spicy peppers, until an aftertaste of slight peppers. A worthy Imperial Stout, I would probably have another offering!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.01/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review 2015 vintage, drank next to 2013+2014

Appearance: deep mahogany, almost black in color. 1 finger of a tannish head with decent retention. not much of a lacing but some viscosity to it. completely opaque and dark.

Smell: strong cinnamon mixed with fruits, dark and light (definitely get notes of apple.) big notes of chocolate fudge and other varieties of cocoa. coffee, somewhere between light roast and mocha. some booze

Taste: opens with notes of apple brandy along with cinnamon. booziness comes through pretty quickly. cocoa varieties comes through strong along with some fudge. this blends into a mocha or perhaps a light roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel: slick and viscous, heat from both booze and spice.

Overall: no doubt one of the kings of the spice stouts, but I'd take a standard, non-ba stout of similar proportions almost any day. tasting the three side by side was nice, the fresh and year old were both very good but a bit different in balance and the two year old had fallen off completely and tasted turrible.

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Photo of rachelerin
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the guys for bringing us beer!

It poured out get black with lots of tan foam and lacing. Very thick

The smell had hints of chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla, but it was overwhelmed by chili peppers.

The taste started out with some faint bitter chocolate, but smoothed out as the beer warmed. The cinnamon and vanilla were very present, but the overwhelming flavor was pepper. It wasn't very spicy, but did have a lot of the flavor characteristics of a hot chili pepper. It was well balanced and very enjoyable.

The carbonation was very heavy- I think too heavy for what I wanted, and it took a lot of swirling to get it to calm down. It is a little lighter bodied than I had hoped for the flavors, but very good nonetheless.

It was excellent for an imperial stout, but after what my neighbor said he had to give to get it, I don't think I will be pursuing this to have again.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Paul for hooking me up with this one! An aggressive pour yields a black as night pour with the darkest two finger head that I've ever seen on a beer. Unfortunately, the head quickly fades with no lacing. Dark chocolate fudge dominates the nose along with hints of mocha, chili, black cherries, tobacco, and vanilla. The taste follows suit with tons of chocolate fudge up front. As it warms, the chili's really emerge but don't overpower. Also getting hints of bitter cocoa, cinnamon, tobacco, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a bitter, off-putting finish. Overall, I definitely enjoyed this beer, but no way did it live up to the hype.

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Photo of radioscooter
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has some hype to live up to.

Pours dead black with the most amazing cocoa head ever.

Smell is a bit off-putting. Nothing inviting here, bitter, dark hops and/or cacao.

Taste is COMPLEX. Getting cacao beans, and a healthy cinnamon burn which is amazing. Coffee roast coming through as well. Not getting a ton of vanilla. Did I mention Cinnamon and chile burn?

Wow, this is a wonderful taste. I love cinnamon and chocolate combined and this is the best of all worlds - Cinnamon, chocolate and BEER! But it works. This reminds me of the descriptions of ancient Aztec hot chocolate drinks back when the cacao bean wasn't the invention of Milton Hershey.

Not much else to say. Not going to be a favorite if you don't like new things. :) I love this - though I can't see drinking it all night.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a strikingly dark, lush head that, for the style at least, hangs around for a long time. Can't really ask for more in this department.

A few whiffs gives you a complex blend of cherries, peanut butter, salted carmel and vanilla bean. Just a bit of alcohol in the background. Overall, a very nice mix.

Mouthfeel is very full, approaching the syrupy quality of some vintages of Dark Lord. Not necessarily a turn-off for me, but you are forewarned: this is a tremendously thick beer.

The beer starts with a sugar rush that is as strong as any beer I've tried, but just when I'm worried that this will be a one-note diabetes inducing mess, the complexity promised by the nose develops... Earthy vanilla bean gives way to tobacco and leather flavors. The finish is where this beer shines: the earthy flavors build into a pleasant coffee char and a bit of chilli spice makes an appearance that strengthens with repeated sips. In a sea of impys, this beer has its own unique flavor signature that is well worth a try. Although I haven't tried the barrel aged version, I wonder if the process risks overshadowing some of the subtleties of the finish.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage generously shared by Rutager.

A: 1/8" brown head over black liquid.

S: Spicy with scents of chilis and cinnamon along with chocolate and toasted malt.

T: Chilis and cinnamon up front with toasted malt, roasted barley and some chocolate in the finish.

M: Medium to thick viscosity with a low level of carbonation.

O: Kind of disappointing, the chilis were distracting and overpowered almost everything else.

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Photo of Lunch
4.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brought a 2010 bottle of this to a tasting a little while back. Received from a generous trader. Served in a Cigar City snifter as it would be crazy to drink this out of any other vessel.

Pours as dark as any bowel movement after a heavy day of drinking Pepto-Bismol, but with a lot better head retention. Cigar City has a way of crafter thick stouts that look great.

Smell is of chocolate and perhaps the faintest hint of vanilla, but the chili peppers are dominating and really detracting from the aroma. Taste is similar but slightly better. The peppers are not to my liking, but to each their own. Mouthfeel is thick with smooth and creamy carbonation.

This is a nice beer, but I'd take Marshal Zhukov over this any day, but I am glad that I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a pitch black with a small tan he'd that quickly fades out into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of molasses, herbal tea, chalk, black grapes, spicy balck and dried red pepper.
Taste is of the aromas with vanilla yogurt, cinnamon, pasilla peppers, and red grapes.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, spiced, a bit of chile heat lingering with cinnamon and cumin. A bit of abv noticed in this.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle acquired in a trade with Danwho. Tasted side-by-side with Bomb!

A- Possibly the blackest, thickest, meanest looking beer I have ever seen. It just slides into the glass like chocolate syrup. Stains the glass.

S- Ancho chilies, chocolate, caramel, and surprisingly, teriyaki

T- Sweet and smooth. Caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, and spice on the back end. My only complaint is that it is so sweet it's almost cloying. I can seriously feel my blood sugar levels rising.

M- Wow. Thick as can be without literally chewing to get it down. Very sweet and sticky. Alcohol there, but no burn.

O- Expectations were set pretty high, and it lived up to them for the most part. This thing was delicious, but I was glad to have a couple people to share it with as it was a little too sweet for me to handle a full bottle alone. Tasted side-by-side with Bomb, it was clear that Bomb is quite better.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for this one Grant!

Poured this into a tulip. Pours thick and black and leaves about of inch of dark mocha colored head. This head is beautiful, this really looks fantastic. I'm very attracted to this beer. I love the sticky lacing. The smell is complex, possibly a little to much. A lot of different scents going on and a little tough to focus on just one. Cocoa and roasted malts are very apparent. Hints of dark fruits, tobacco, and molasses linger in the background. Mild spiciness in the nostrils also, probably due to the chiles and cinnamon. I can smell the alcohol in this. The more I smell this, the more I'm put off by the smell. As I hoped, the taste is outstanding. Delicious and roasty. I can taste cocoa and rich malts. The cocoa is slightly perfect for me, just there enough in the finish to be perfect. A little spiciness, but not quite what I was hoping for from the presence of the chiles and the cinnamon, but none the less, this is mostly on point. The richness of the cocoa and the vanilla make for a nostalgic feeling of comforting hot chocolate. The mouth feel is great. The subtle carbonation is great for all the complex flavors in this. Thick and delicious, just what I expected from this Imperial Stout. Good drinkability for everything going on in this beer. A bit heavy and slightly boozy, but I want this to be a sipper anyhow.

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Photo of Spica66
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in trade from FutureCowboy. Thanks, Timmons!

2010 bottle shared with gwuilliums as our first beer of 2011.

A: Black, slightly viscous pour. Good head formation and decent retention. Good legs and decent lacing as well.

S: Very dark and roasty smells. Some slight sourness like I have experienced with many RIS.

T: Very dark roast coffee with some chili pepper notes.

M: Very smooth and round. The alcohol is nearly completely hidden.

D: Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of John_M
4.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to the ever generous Dyan for the opportunity to try this tonight.

The beer pours an impressive looking, motor oil black color with pretty good head retetion, but with considerable sticky lacing all around. The head on this beer is a very rich, cocoa/coffee color that dies down fairly quickly. The nose on this beer is huge and impressive, with consdirable coffee, cherry, dark chocolate and a hint of licorise. On the palate, the coffee and dark chocolate really dominate this beer, and push aside pretty much everything else. While the mouthfeel is impressive, this beer is very monolithic, with the flavor profile completely dominated by the chocolate and coffee flavors. There is a hint of leather in the finish, which helps to counter the sweetness in this beer, but the sweetness, noticeable alcohol and slight licorise really detract from this beer's drinkability .

This is clearly a fine beer, but it just struck me as a bit disjointed and just too one dimensionable. The beer has a hugely impressive mouthfeel, with a mouthfilling, pillowy, very soft and long drawn out finish. Still, one glass was all I could do, and I can't imagine drinking an entire bottle of this at a sitting. Nevertheless, this is still a very fine, well crafted beer from Cigar City.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010
Poured from a 750ml bottle into my lost abbey stemware glass.

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 perfect which compliments the beer nicely.

D - A sipper for sure. This is a heavy stout with many different layers.

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Photo of chaz01
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the few beers I took notes on at Dark Lord Day. 22 ounce bottle served into a 4 oz tasting glass.

A: Dark black and opaque with a think brown head.

S: Malty coffee aroma

T: Chocolate malt balls with a bit of an orange and tangerine twang to it. Dark fruits like plums and raisins along with chocolate and vanilla notes.

M: Full bodied, but light and creamy on the tongue. Smooth, nice dry finish.

D: Certainly worth another taste -- would be a nice beer to have after dinner or with a rich chocolate dessert.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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