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 Kegatron
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Jw347 for this in a recent trade.

Pours as black as an oil slick out of the bottle, topped with a rigid finger of rich chocolate colored head that also has some burnt reddish hues going on with it as well. This retains with a creamy ¼ finger, with each sip of this leaving back rich lacing and brown gooey oils that slowly ooze back down the sides of the glass. The aroma is just LUSH in the nose, with notes of chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, burnt roast, dark fruit, and a spicy mix of cinnamon and chilies, which add an extra zesty layer of complexity in the nose. Underlying alcohol warmth gives this a nice full thickness in the nostrils. Not much more I can say about this guy. This is complex as hell. Lots going on...

The taste equally full and complex, with chocolate roast, toffee, and vanilla flavors all spreading out and drenching the mouth with a tangy and dark sweetness. The spiciness of the cinnamon hangs on the edges and pulls together in the back, where it lingers with just the slightest sense of those spicy chilies. The finish is just drenched with a mix of sweetness, earthy dark fruit, roast, bitterness, and those aforementioned leftover spices. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a creamy thickness and rich viscosity to the carbonation, which keeps this silky across the palate. Beyond the beefiness of the body, the only sense of the ABV that I'm getting is some light warmth in the finish. The alcohol is just beautifully hidden here.

Wow. To say that there is a lot going on here would be an understatement but none of the flavors ran over each and other and all seemed to wait their turn to shine as you work your way through the profile. That's mostly probably a compliment to the well balanced base of the Marshall Zhukov being able to broadcast itself while still supporting all of the extra flavors that were added here. Just impeccable drinkibility for a Stout this size as well, as despite the onslaught of different characters being at work and the high ABV, I never felt palate fatigue in the slightest as I worked through the bottle. This one lived up the hype. Just a tremendously complex, interesting, and drinkable Imperial Stout.

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Photo of jsanford
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to share this with a couple of buddies, as the cap was leaking slightly and I didn't want the beer to suffer. Poured into my New Belgium globe at around 50 degrees.

A - Black. Tar. Pours like old engine sludge, with zero light getting through. No real head to speak of, got a bit from swirling my glass. This beer literally coats the inside of your glass, not unlike the syrup in the glass bottles at a Dennys. Evil.

S - Very roasty. Tons of chocolate. Slight smokiness (perhaps from the chilies) and slight vanilla. Complex, but it's difficult to make out the individual aromas.

T - Dark Chocolate. Sweet, but not overly so. Very roasty, nice amount of depth was added by the vanilla and the cinnamon. Not as much chili flavor as I expected, more of a tingling in the back of my throat.

M - Thick and sticky. Completely coats the inside of your mouth. Decent carbonation and no where near as "boozy" as I would have expected. Masks its 11.5% well.

D - Glad I shared it with 2 buddies, would not have made it through by myself. Flavors are really well balanced and towards the end it went down easier and easier, but I was happy with my single glass. Definitely a sipper.

Overall a very interesting and memorable beer. Would be happy to find a few more of these. Great to share with non-beer drinkers to showcase just what beer/brewers are capable of.

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Photo of RyanLis
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%

It is almost a blessing and a curse to be rated so well, you expect the impossible, but settle for just mortal greatness. After trying you understand that this favorite did, in fact, cover its spread.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled initially at Tryst in Delray Beach, also have a few bottles that will be sampled in the future

From Notes:

A: Absolutely amazing pour. Ominous pitch black oil, huge deep brown head (almost purple), retention is surprisingly good given the ABV

S: Complex to say the least. Chocolate, fudge, vanilla, coffee, lactose, cinnamon, and dark fruit to name the main notes. Overall sweet smelling, but definitely has lots of depth

T: As I suspected, a sweet beer, and alcohol is pretty well hidden. Vanilla, fudge, chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon come the the front. I never really picked up on the peppers, but then again, there is so much going on.

MF/O: Thick and oily feel to it. Smooth and creamy despite the moderate carbonation.

Overall, a stout that should be grouped in with the best, but I never really got that "wow" factor that I was expecting. I still prefer the Abyss and KBS over Hunahpu's, but let's see what some cellaring does to this

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Photo of SebD
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage

Appearance: It has a beautiful viscous jet black color to it. It has a nice creamy dark tan head that dies down moderately slowl and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet dark fruit upfront, some molasses, roasted malts, cocoa nibs, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon and faint chilies in the back. This things smells amazing!

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads it has a lot of dark fruit and molasses sweetness upfront followed by tones of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The vanilla, cinnamon and chilies are still there but a bit more faint than the rest.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This is definitely up there with my top Stouts. Cigar City never ceases to amaze me. Keep em coming!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of zac16125
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter
2012 bottle

A: Pours a vicious opaque jet black with just over 1 fingers width of a dark mocha colored head with a darkness rivaled only by Marshal Zhukov (imagine that).  The head is dense, but dissipates moderately quickly down to a bubbly thin film and outer ring, which leaves a fair amount of lacing.  

S: Big milk chocolate, spicy chilies, roasted malt,  a significant dark fruit presence with fig and raisin, vanilla, and a touch of cinnamon that I probably wouldn't have picked up without the label indicating so.  

T:  So delicious.  The initial sip brings big milk chocolate and dark fruits followed on the back end by roasted malt and a grassy characteristic.  I also get notes of chilies that give it a spicy kick, vanilla, coffee, nutty characteristics, and some bitterness on the backend.  This is very complex and really, really good.

M/D: Smooth with a chewy mouthfeel, carbonation seems slightly higher than the base beer which acts to make it less sludge-like.  It coats the palate nicely with each sip and has a nice, full body-warming characteristic. ABV is very well masked, and drinkability is reasonably high for such a big beer sipper.  

O:Overall, a fantastic beer.  The chilies and vanilla add a nice component to what is already a really great base beer.  Obviously worth trying if you are lucky enough to get ahold of one.  Is it better than MZ?  Yes, but IMO they aren't that far apart.  Also, I do think the regular Hunahpu is significantly better than the rum barrel aged one.  The barrel aging dominates the flavor profile and masks the beers complexities IMO.  

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: A pitch black in color, pour looks like motor oil, a nice tan head that fades away rather quickly, and a nice coating of lacing as you drink this one.

S: Chocolate all over this bad boy, the chili was not as present as was on the taste but slight hint, and nice mixture of dark fruits.

T: Complex taste, lots of chocolate all over this one and the slight burn from the chili is somewhat rather satisfying was very surprised. Taste is great.

M: Full bodied slight bit of carbonation, very sticky.

O: Slick, and creamy, a great tasting Imperial stout, definitely reccommend to all if you can get your hands on it, great beer for 200th review!!!!

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Photo of suspect
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into clear plastic cup cuz that's how I roll when it's my birthday. Bottle courtesy of Bulbman.

A: Thick, viscous-like, motor-oil consistency looking beer. Aggressive pour leads to a thin peanut butter colored head that remains and slides down the glass as I taste.

S: Roasted chocolate malts, some vanilla in the nose and some spicy shit as well but it's the sweetness and a touch of the alcohol (or perhaps even the pepper) that bring the big aromas.

T: As Nicki Manaj would say: It's a motherfucking monster.The monstrous chocolate, sweet roasted chocolate malts are over the top delicious. Blended nicely with the alcohol kick towards the very end and the subtle notes of the chili pepper and vanilla finish ends this roller coaster ride of a beer.

M: Perfect mouthfeel. Big huge beer, sticky sweet mouth coating.

O: An absolute joy to drink. Was glad to split this with friends because I'm not sure I could have ever killed an entire 750 by myself but man would I love to try.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as a trade gift from digita7693, thanks again Don! My wife and I have been saving this one for a special occasion so we opened it with 6 friends after a Thai dinner outing for her birthday. This was an excellent night cap, and it was enjoyed by all, even a few skeptics.

Appearance is dark expresso brown/black with a full bodied pour and dark frothy chocolate milk colored cap.
Smells of dark malts, bold expresso, chili spice and a nice solid waft of booze.
Taste is complex and impressive, all the ingredients are evident and respectably balanced. Roasty malts, expresso notes, chili spice reminds me of red hots and fine dark chocolate. The abv is evident but works to keep your pace sipping to slowly appreciatte this complex brew.
Mouthfeel is full body as it should be.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the BBA Bolita release party at CCB. Poured into a mini-gobblet.

A: Pitch black, opaque in color. A small wet sand color head appears and leaves no lace. As a side note, as I consume the beer, a light brown coating appears on the glass and sticks around. At the end the rements of the beer leave legs, like a fine wine.

A: Huge chocolate. It smells like brownie batter. I get some spice from the ancho chilis, coffee, molasses, and a little roastiness.

T: Out of this world. Chocolate and spice, but not over the top. Just a hint of heat shows up at the back o the throat. Molasses is thick, but the chocoate is where this one shines.

M: Heavy body, creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation makes for an excellent mouthfeel.

D and overall impression: Just a huge American Double Stout, the ABV will limit the drinkability, but this one goes down smooth. Overall this beer is just amazing! One of the best I've had to date.. I know this is sounding redundant coming from me lately, but Wayne and Joey at CCB are brewing some of the best beer in the world right now. A must have! Skal.

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Photo of Rinkor16
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened on 12/28/12. Tasted alongside CBS, BCBCS and Black Tuesday.

A: Jet black with a little head that stuck around.

S: The smell is overwhelmed with chocolate and roasted malt.

T: CHOCOLATE. Smooth roasted malt, dark chocolate and vanilla. It is extraordinary how prominent the chocolate is in this beer. I have literally never had a stout that had so much chocolate going on. Out of a tasting of 4 American Imperial Stouts.... This was by far my favorite.

M: Right amount of carbonation, smooth and creamy.

O: Compared to BCBCS and CBS, I think this beer should be rated even higher. The amount of chocolate in this beer is astounding.

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Photo of jamescain
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer, big thanks to jwjon1 for sending me this one.

Appearance: Deep opaque black with a dark brown head about a finger thick that fades to a thin ring and clings to the side of the glass. I felt I needed to scrub my glass out after drinking it.

Aroma: Chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, subtle spices, coffee, roasted grains, blended very well.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, molasses, vanilla, and chili spices. I think the highlight for me is the spicy finish and mouthfeel. Incredibly complex and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy with low carbonation and a nice tingling finish from the spices that linger and slowly build up sip after sip.

Overall: This beer is so complex it's hard to imagine improving upon it with barrel aging. I had looked forward to this one for a while and I'm glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of cpmichael
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone RIS snifter.

A: pours a thick dark black, with a 2 finger mocha foam that stays for awhile. very carbonated.

S: chocolate and coffee hit the nose right away, a little bit of vanilla and a little of the chilies are noticeable.

T: smooth and delicious, semi-sweet chocolates, hints of hotness from the chillies smoothed out by the vanilla.

M/D: Exceptionally tasty, the carbonation is just right, it works well with this beer. a spicy and sweet beer. delicious.

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Photo of chalsk
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome treat during a tasting session at Damico's place. Pours a dark black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of vanilla and pepper. Sweet start. Then notes of pepper and vanilla, that mix with the cinnamon, to give it a wood flavor. An awesome cocoa finish with notes of cimmamon. What makes this beer so special is the perfect medium mouthfeel and the quality flavor of the cocoa. Cannot wait to get my hands on another one. Many thanks to Damico for tasting of this top IS.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

'13 750ml. I love this beer

A- Yep, black as night. Little head, so lots of retention. Not much head to speak of, but it vanished pretty quick. Thin lacing remains around the rim. Chocolate head.

S- The very first thing that I notice is a floral note. Call me crazy. Then I get vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon. Very malty.

T- Maybe the third at most? perfect 5 I have given on taste. This beer doesn't need to be barrel aged to get to a 5. Vanilla upfront, then mixed chocolate and cinnamon spice. Touch of caramel.

M- Just about as good as it gets. My top M is Zhukov, so can't be much different. Thick, so fn smooth. Some carbonation does follow down the throat, but it is not noticeable because the beer is so dense.

O- World class beer. I want this beer sooo bad.

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Photo of danieelol
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ticking this one from memory at tonight's tasting. Massive thank you to mulder1010 for the opportunity to try this.

A: lovely pour with loads of head

S: definitely get the Mexican hot chocolate spicing coming through. Cinnamon is detectable in the nose. Chocolatey in general. Perhaps there's some organic fruity chilli smells.

T: There's more of a Mexican hot chocolate character. Quite dry and extremely smooth with very little alcohol detectable. Chillies aren't very prominent in taste or mouthfeel.

M: Thick and viscous

O: This was the pick of the night against such offerings as Black Tuesday, Black Albert and Abstrakt 04. This was supremely drinkable and delicious and imo even a non-beer geek could handle this with ease. Excellent.

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4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a medium size deep brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep velvet chocolate notes with light spicy notes and some light vanilla and cinnamon can also be detected. Taste is a mix between some deep chocolate notes with light cinnamon and vanilla a with some residual sugar notes with dry bitter notes subtle finish. Body is full with limited filtration and with a smooth texture with almost motor oil-like consistency. Extremely complex while retaining a good level of drinkability. I found it very hard to do justice to this beer as I am missing work to explain how good it is.

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Photo of Manilovebeer17
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cigar city's flagship stout.... No joke on this one so much flavor and incredible grain bill that compliments everything going on.. Almost chewy chocolate and nice back heat.

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

multiple BAs have provided bottles of this beer, so I will just say "thank you Florida BAs" every trade has been awesome. 75cl bottle split between a close friend and I.

a- seriously, it pours so thick it almost doesn't look like liquid coming out of the bottle. a ridiculously dark brown head eventually reduced to a spotty film and collar. the lacing was light from the little head that was produce but the beer coats the glass like few other stouts. just a menacingly dark beer.

s- huge roasted character dominates the nose. its difficult to define what else is in there because it smells so strong of Starbucks like coffee. not you standard cup of foldgers but more like the newest vanilla whatchamachino. it could be a bit more complex and clean though, to be nit picky

t- really a massive beer. the huge roast hasn't gone anywhere, but the cocoa nibs and other forms of chocolate are nearly just as big and doesn't let the coffee dominate. the vanilla isn't extremely noticeable until it gets to room temperature. at first it tastes more like it's been in an oak barrel. the big ABV is incredibly well masked. as the flavors stay in you mouth the chiles create a bit of heat on your tongue and back of the throat, but I couldn't detect them anywhere while sipping the beer.

m- super sticky, thick and coating stuff. very subtle carbo adds to the desert-like feel of the beer.

d- one of those especially delicious beers that keeps you reaching for the glass. nothing manages to overwhelm and my glass was gone all to quick. good to know I have more :)

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4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage via Jefe73 shared with nhindian

A: This has the darkest head of any beer I've ever seen. Sort of like chocolate milk when you've put too much chocolate sauce in it. The lacing an retention is great.

S: Definitely getting the chili and cinnamon dominating some chocolate and roastiness. Some vanilla and alcohol mix in as well.

T: Recently I was at a food pairing for Oskar Blues, and with Ten Fidy they paired a Chocolate Chili Cake. This tastes exactly like that. Wonderful dark chocolate leads it off and gives way to a wonderful array of spices. The chili and cinnamon dominate the back end of the taste, in that order, and fade slowly back to what seems like a coffee roastiness. The chilis leave a tingle and perhaps a hint of spiciness on the tongue. The taste is so complex. Perhaps some oakiness resting in the background. Every taste brings a new experience.

MF: Dark and heavily bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Only a hint of alcohol. It goes down creamy, with a silkiness that makes you want to keep taking sips.

O: Truly a wonderful concoction. I completely understand the hype. If only I could get more to throw in the cellar. Blown away.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle. 2010 vintage. Big thanks to alefish for hooking this up!

Appearance- The Darth Vader of stouts. The blackest of the black with a dark dense head that slowly dissipates. Liquid is muddy rather than shiny. Leggy enough that it leaves no lacing at all. It all gets dragged back into the tar...Very commanding presence once decanted.

Smell- Strong dark chocolate, dense, earthy cinnamon notes, dried dark fruits, and smoky pepper. The nose suits this one well.

Taste- Salty caramel followed by cinnamony chicory coffee. Big creamy chocolate notes followed by a big, blunt, pure dark chocolate hit. Bitters out a bit before finishing smooth and chocolatey. Peppercorn zest and espresso take turns hanging out on the tongue in the aftertaste. Not boozy at all for an imperial, there's just way too much else going on here that masks it. Very complex, unique, and distinct. One of the best.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, dense and creamy start to finish. Like a milkshake that melted a bit at room temperature. Par for the course considering the style.

Overall- I've waited a while to get one of these, and I am extremely fortunate to have gotten one with some age on it. Very happy with it. I love the style, and this is by far one of the best. I have another cellaring, and look forward to another in the future. A must have for all beer enthusiasts.


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4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

God bless the kind soul that shared his bottle with me on Dark Lord Day 2013. It was a highlight of the day, experiencing the best non-barrel aged stout I have ever had.

Poured into my trusty travel snifter, the stout was a deep black color with a mocha head. The beer did not appear to be as thick as I would have expected. In the aroma, one gets chocolate, a slight hoppiness, and a certain spice. One also gets a malt backbone on a lesser scale. In the initial taste, there was so much going on, it was amazing. One the detectable notes are chocolate, citrus, pineapple, cinnamon, spice, and burnt malts. What is most amazing is that these notes co-exist rather than clash. In the aftertaste, the citrus is most apparent while linger on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is a hair too thin, as I find myself wishing this one would last a lot longer.

Hunahpu goes to close to the front of the line in terms of the beers I have had in my life. I need to find more.

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4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big, just-hit-a-grand-slam high five to moose3285 for sending this much-anticipated beer far from it's home town. We had a hint of this on a February visit to Cigar City - the brewer brought out a bit & we each had about a two-ounce swig - & I was eager to have an entire bottle to ponder. And here it is. Arrived this morning by FedEx, into the fridge, popped thirteen hours later.

Split the big 750ML bottle with my wife, who was all about getting on this right away. Pours that absence of light color with a beautiful, shimmering brown head (I'm a head poo-paher, but this one was nice) perched like a bubbly afro atop the beer. Smell is wild. Charred malts, sweet malts, sprinkling of chocolate, & I'll swear, a hint of chiles.

Hunahpu's delivers the goods. As the nose suggests, this is a stout that doesn't play well with one's expectations. A swig of slightly warmed up brew leaves one with the first impression that there's plenty of tastes mingling & having a good time, but nothing is dominant. The chiles are very evident, warming the lips, giving the beer a strange, non-alcoholic warmth. The chocolate is evident underneath the chile - and it's an odd, beautiful juxtaposition. Buried beneath these two are jets of moist chocolate, a dollop of very mild coffee/roasted malts, a line of vanilla, & the sweetness of the nibs blended into the cool malts. Wow. Just wow.

Smooth, dark, decadent. Drinkabilly? Uh, yeah. I'd take a case of this if I could get it. I'm trying hard to pace myself & enjoy this while it's happening.

Holy beer, batman. This is a masterpiece; insert superlative of your choice. I'm already a big fan of Cigar City, & with this gorgeous beast they've obviously taken their game to a whole new level. Amazing. Seek this out immediately if you are able. And thanks Mike, I owe you, good sir!

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4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hugh thanks to GatorBeerNerd for hooking this one up on a recent in person trade!

-2011 vintage

Thick and syrupy on the pour. Black in color, almost purple. The head of foam was one of the most amazing aspects of this beer. It displays a rich mocha brown color with a red tinge to it which when given a swirl in the glass is truly unique to look at. This rich, blood red color appears in the head of foam, I'm assuming comes from the pasilla chiles used during brewing. Just wonderful to look at.

Lots of peat on the nose, with a earthy cinnamon aroma behind it. Has a fresh green, fruity smell from the chiles and some spice. Dark chocolate, raisins and prunes round out the nose. As the beer warms I'm beginng to get more spice, cinnamon, vanilla and tons of chocolate.

Very soft carbonation. Creamy and velvety on the palate. Vanilla, cinnamon and a rich chocolate taste upfront. The peat doesn't show up as much in the taste as the nose. There's a rich underlying chocolate taste that carries throughout the beer, with a nice touch of sweetness. Like drinking a liquid chocolate bar. You pick up the heat from the chiles in the finish, with a slight lingering spice on the tongue. Somewhat chalky in the finish as well and plenty of dark fudge.

-thanks again Donnie, this was a great beer! The Odell Woodcut and Port Brewing Older Viscosity were fantastic also.

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4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage...

A: Pours pitch black with a half a finger of dark khaki colored head. The foam settles fairly quickly, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass. This beer has serious legs, as it clings and coats the glass. Looks wonderful.

S: The nose is excellent. Sweet vanilla, raisin, chocolate, cinnamon, spice, and mild roast.

T: The taste of this beer follows the nose. It hits the palate sweet and syrupy with malt, raisins, vanilla, and milk chocolate. As it moves to the middle, the cinnamon and peppers make themselves known. The spices dance on the palate adding to the complexity of this brew. The finish is more chocolate and vanilla as the spices fade. Delicious.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet and coating, wet and syrupy, and refuses to leave the palate once the beer is gone. Typically I'm not a huge fan of uber-lingering beers, but with a beer this good, it's hard to complain about the lasting flavors.

O: Excellent. I've had this beer a number of times and it never disappoints. The flavors are wonderful, the nose is great, and the mouthfeel is cloying and smooth. I could drink this all day everyday.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
4.51 out of 5 based on 4,045 ratings.
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