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
Ratings:
4,127
Reviews:
796
Avg:
4.51
pDev:
8.65%
 
 
Wants:
3,720
Gots:
1,264
For Trade:
118
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Ratings: 4,127 |  Reviews: 796
Photo of Drift
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JC333
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mahak213
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle from LiquidDegenerate, thanks so much!

Appearance- The end-all, be-all of imperial stouts as far as appearance goes. As dark as physically possible, viscous with a very dark brown head. Head recedes to a dark ring around the edges of the glass

Smell- Heavy roast, cocoa, and mild vanilla are the most forward for me. A touch of alcohol and some coffee notes are around as well. No real cinnamon presence on the nose, which would have been nice, but overall, it smells great.

Taste- Big, dark cocoa up front that mixes with coffee and a touch of vanilla. Cinnamon is tough to pick up, but it is perceptible. A twinge of pepper heat mixes with sweet alcohol and gives it an intriguing finish.

Mouthfeel- Wonderfully full, rich, and coating. Finishes sweet and sticky.

Overall- Much more drinkable for a huge stout than I was expecting, and it's really enjoyable. Really glad I got to try this.

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Photo of dyjuan8
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hippityhops85
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Super excited to pop this bottle open. Had it for the first time last year during Philly Beer Week and was blown away. Bottle acquired via trade.

Pour is awesome: Pours a jet black with a deep tan head that sticks around for the whole ride. Excitement.

The nose is fantastic. Complex spice flavors meld with the vanilla and chocolate notes. Exactly what I remembered.

The taste follows suit. The taste is initially cinnamon, then I can actually taste the chilies used in the beer, followed by the spiciness of the chilies and then finishing out with a bittersweet chocolate tone.

Mouthfeel is fantastic too. Silky, thick and viscous. So good.

After about 4 oz I am finished with this beer just because it is so immense. The hype is well deserved.

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

750 ml bottle brought over for a tasting by Mike. Split between three of us and paired with chile chocolate and 70% cocoa chocolate. Poured into three globe glasses.

A: Extremely deep black body with a seriously rich, frothy and bubbly dark mocha colored head. It settled rather quickly into a thin film covering with some minor lacing but nice legs from the alcohol. Not bad but I think the higher ABV contributed to lack of lacing and brought on more legs.

S: Roasted caramel malts, bittersweet chocolate, chile flesh, vanilla beans and a slight smoked flavor. I'm not sure if wood was used in any way during the brewing but apart from the roasted malts there's a distinct smokey element. The chocolate seems to dominate the aroma for me with a touch of chile skin/flesh at the end. Seriously complex and wonderful.

T: Dark chocolate (slightly bitter) comes through first, followed by the roasted malt base. Vanilla shines through big towards mid-palate and the chiles, caramel and smoke come through towards the finish. The chiles don't seem to impart any heat even in the linger; instead give the beer an additional depth of flavor. So many things are going on in this beer and they all work incredibly well together.

M: Not as full-bodied and chewy as I would have liked but there's nothing thin about this. It has a decent level of carbonation giving this a fuller medium body with nothing dry in the finish. It's smooth and flavorful without any alcohol detection - dangerously drinkable.

I have to say, this might be one of the most unique and delicious Imperial Stouts to date. The complexity of adding so many different ingredients to this beer and having them work so well together shows the outstanding craftsmanship from the brewers at Cigar City. Pushing the envelope while retaining such quality is seriously impressive. A wonderful beer that everyone should try to taste once in their life.

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Photo of bpa112
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wulfie85
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

VINTAGE 2011.

Poured into a cigar city snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark black bodied beer with a dark brown head less than a one fingers head. Motor Oil yet again!

Smell: Smells of roasty coffee and dark chocolate. Mild smoke noted also.

Taste: Vanilla hits the palate with a mild sweetness, but makes its present know. The malts are of roasty coffee and become integrated with the peppers which impart a taste of smoke, spiciness and an almost meaty flavor to this beer. I really don't get much cinnamon out of this beer, it seems to be a minor player and is out done by the peppers. Bakers chocolate is found mid-taste and brings everything together. It offers a dry finish to the beer and really makes the vanilla sweetness pop. It excentuates the roasty coffee notes imparted from the malts and adds the mild zip from the peppers. What a nice complexity the beer has going here!

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low carbonation. Motor Oil consistency.

Overall: One of the more complex Imperial Stouts that I have tried to date. Especially when you throw in the factor of this beer not being aged in a barrel. Nice balance of the many ingredients used in brewing this beer. The verdict is that I do enjoy Hunahpu more than Marshall Z after tring both of these beers tonight.

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

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

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Photo of Jho3325
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gushue3
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #150
Thanks a million to Ljkeats for this smooth trade that landed my hands down biggest want.

A- pours pitch black from the bottle into my snifter and sits "black as a oil spill" as Eddie Murphy once said. Nice 2 finger chocolate mocha colored head with grwat retention that turns foamy. thick heavy lacing is left around the glass as the head recedes. many bubbles are left on the glass but not jetting up. Looks like black gold.

S- Chocolate and alcohol booze scents are prominent followed by some earthy spice and vanilla. very nice

T- Heavy cocoa and chocolate are the first thing i notice followed by some light spice like cinnamon or nutmeg. The vanilla is there but hiding behind those flavors. Roasty coffee beans and some heat from hot peppers are there but hidden behind the cocoa and spice. Spicy heat begins to become more prominent as I drink more. Unbeleivable complexity and flavor. This lives up to the hype and surpassed my expectations without a doubt.

M- Heavier mouthfeel wth low carbonation. This is smooth and rich, almost velvety.

O- This beer is unbeleivable. The complex and odd flavors are beauitiful. Every sip is different and awesome, unlike any beer I've ever had. I need more of this.

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

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

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

Thanks to a very generous BA at DLD for pouring a very generous sample. Review from notes on 4/24/10

A - poured pitch black with a short lived brown sugar head that left spotty lacing. Deep garnet brown hues in the light. 4.0

S - Wow this is an intensely roasty and complex nose. I get hints of cinnamon, coffee, carob, and vanilla all over the place. Words do not do this justice. Intense and I cannot wait for the taste! 4.5

T - Very much like the nose but much more chocolatey. The roast is a bit subsided but is replaced by toffee and vanilla. A deep fruity sweetness rounds out the finish and the aftertaste brings a touch of spicy chili. A bit like Lindt's Chili Chocolate. 4.5

M - The mouthfeel was a touch thin IMO. It barely gave a coating on the palate, however the carbonation was nicely done. 4.0

D - Can't taste any of the 11.5%. Very flavorful and satisfying. 4.5

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Photo of TechBrew
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Thanks to WankelEngine for the pour.

Bottle into GI Matilda glass

A- literally looks like motor oil on the pour. Bubbles to modest millimeter head of light brown/dark cream, which then fades to film. Black coffee shade of brown, opaque.

S- tobasco sauce, booze prominent. Cinnamon spice and light chocolate beneath.

T- chocolate and deep, deep malt roast. Like eating a burnt s'more on a piece of toast, to chase a shot of hard liquor with a few drops of hot sauce.

M- reminds me of a thicker plead the fifth. Slick, velvety, warming, slightly sticky

O- Excellent, a shame it's so rare. Happily taking note that all the complex flavors/ingredients are mostly balanced. Not sure what to make of the peppers. I like them a lot, but i should try more brews with this additive.

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

-2012 vintage-

A - oily black in color with a warm, cocoa-colored head and lacing.

S - Dark chocolate upfront followed by rich, roasted malt. I also get a bit of chili pepper and cinnamon in the end. As it warms it starts to sweeten with vanilla and some coffee bean/molasses.

T - There's a nice smoky heat in the finish, but it does not resemble chipotle peppers...
overall, it's smooth and velvety, especially for the complexity and high abv. As it warms, there is a nice ebb and flow between the flavors of chili, cocoa, and cinnamon. This beer really starts to shine is it warms. It takes on qualities of mole and espresso.

M - It's oily and a bit thinner in mouthfeel then I expected. It's still chewy, which is nice, but it's not as viscus as I would have expected.

O - I had very high expectations for this beer. I probably built it up too much, but it's a damn nice stout with a flavor profile which I wish was more prevalent in the craft beer world. I loved "cocoa mole", so I was hoping this would knock my socks off... It did for the most part. It's a shame it's so hard to get a bottle or two. I would like to try it fresh now that I've had it with the better part of a year on it.

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Photo of Timbomc
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery on the day of the release. 03/12/11

A: Black as night with a ridiculously dark one finger head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: The cinnamon is in the forefront. Followed by notes of the vanilla, chiles and chocolate.

T: The cinnamon is the first thing that you notice here as well. Then notes of vanilla, chocolate and a faint hint of the chiles.

M: Thick, creamy and silky. One of the thickest Imperial Stouts that I've had.

O: A really fantastic Imperial Stout that I much prefer fresh as opposed to with some age on it. I was glad to be able to get to try it on tap.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #600
2014 vintage, poured into a snifter

A- pours a thick motor oil black color with a small dark tan head that has decent retention and short lasting lace as it settles

S- very reminiscent of a winter warmer style beer. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, a hint of spicy pepper on the nose, sweet vanilla, sandle wood, cherry cordial, cranberry spice

T- sweet fig and prune mix with vanilla and cinnamon, sweet toffee with tart notes of cherry and cranberry , very subtle heat kicks in near the finish, with a linger of dark fruit and graham cracker

M- thick and viscous body with low carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, just a hint of alcohol warmth

O- this should be released at Christmas, as it's loaded with traditional Christmas flavors and aromas. Mouthfeel was nearly perfect the chili complimented nicely

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Photo of brahmar
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours deep dark brown with a creamy brown head. A promising appearance that suggests this is a seriously thick, creamy stout. Smells of cocoa, vanilla, and crazy roasted malt. Flavor is amazing - chocolate, vanilla, coconut, very light spice from the chiles, and dried dark fruits. In spite of the ABV, there's no heat to this. Body is extremely thick, one of the thickest beers I've had. But not syrupy in the least. Carbonation is medium. Highly drinkable for such a thick high ABV beverage. I'm still working and having trouble resisting just chugging this.

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Photo of yumbeer
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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Photo of jcflorian
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
4.51 out of 5 based on 4,127 ratings.
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