Hunahpu's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
97.5%
Liked This Beer
4.58 w/ 4,167 ratings
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
Ranking:
#42
Reviews:
809
Ratings:
4,167
Liked:
4,062
Avg:
4.58/5
pDev:
8.52%
Alströms:
4.45
 
 
Wants:
3,720
Gots:
1,267
Trade:
118
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,167 |  Reviews: 809
Photo of BWood
4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks ultra black with a decent head.

Smell has some cinnamon. Slight hint from the peppers. Dark rich chocolate.

Taste is explosive. Heat from the chilies. Smooth vanilla on the back and bitter chocolate throughout.

Smooth feel with only a slight remaining burn from the peppers.

Overall it's awesome. Very few complaints.

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Photo of goblue30
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHickman
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2017 vintage, it pours as black as night in the mountains with a 1 finger tan head that faded slowly and left decent spotty lacing a swirling layer on top.

Smells of cinnamon sticks, dark chocolate, faint brown sugar, vanilla bean, mild chili peppers, smoked malts, spices of all varieties and lots of malty sweetness. Really complex and mostly a nice sweetness in the aroma, with the toffee and cinnamon dominating the nose.

Tastes of caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, chili peppers, orange peel, toffee, plum and other dark fruit, maple syrup, bitter bakers chocolate, earthy notes and cocoa powder. Interesting mix of sweetness, chocolate and dark fruit. Extremely complicated, it's a malty assault that changes with each sip and keeps your attention. It kept me guessing and pleased with the flavor from start to finish. Bold malt and chocolate combo manages to seem balanced just by the shear variety of flavors washing over my tongue, as I'm sure the spice aspects and vanilla evened out the cocoa nibs and hearty malts.

Really tasty, it's a beer that gets better as it warms and goes down much easier than it should. Glad I got to try this whale, it was great, but I wish it had some more heat/chili pepper bite and less cinnamon.

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Photo of Boccu
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a two finger brown head that fades slowly. Aroma of chocolate and light cinnamon taste of deep milk chocolate, to a cinnamon stick, coffee grinds, cocoa, light chili pepper with a vanilla bean finish. Exceptional stout.

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Photo of Mike_DiMattio
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JintheHam
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Radcpa
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liquorpig
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mnbuffalo
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark black with a cocoa head.
Smell: Lots of chocolate with a faint presence of the cinnamon and maybe the pepper.
Taste: awesome chocolate flavors galore with the cinnamon and pepper subtly balancing that sweetness. Would have appreciated more of a vanilla profile.
Feel: this is were CCB always gets me. The mouthfeel and carb are so balanced.
Overall: a reminder that stouts can be great even if they aren't barrel aged and from the old money era. Huna was the trendsetter and the 2017 batch is delicious. Not too much cinnamon and green pepper like other years.

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Photo of beer_guy_nc
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Blasterbum
4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bum4ever
4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bauers
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of redfox405
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of donovansill
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jacob17
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CPAles
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Seeker_11
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not huge into the peppery beer yet

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Photo of Nat1975
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ale_addin
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bugsmcl
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keffa
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thatche2
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass (2017 release, 1 1/2 months old). Appearance is thick and jet black with 1/2 finger thick brown head and good retention. Smell is a good amount of cinnamon up front, cocoa nibs, and roasted malt with a hint of charred chilies and vanilla coming through on the back end. The aroma is excellent, but I would prefer a little less cinnamon as it somewhat hides the other flavors.

The roasted malt and cocoa nibs come through more on the taste, but the cinnamon is there lurking in the back of the mouth. There is a nice flavor transition with more heat, bitterness, and cinnamon coming through on the finish. The chilies are more noticeable than in the aroma with a nice balance between the Ancho and Pasilla chilis. Sweetness and bitterness are moderate and well balanced. Mouthfeel is extremely thick (almost syrupy) with good body up front that transitions to a lighter finish.

Overall this is an excellent thick Mexican style stout with amazing aroma. The flavor combinations are well executed, but I would prefer less cinnamon so that the other flavors were more prominent. I generally prefer a little less thick/syrupy mouthfeel, but it works quite well. My favorite component is the layers upon layers of flavors that give this beer great complexity. Hunaphu's is definitely a slow sipper but is great after a long cold day.

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Photo of jbdpsu82
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dankacheese
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage

Really impressed by this. Which is equally impressive because of all the impressive hype this beer has. Great beer to enjoy at a BYOB Bucktown sushi bar. Impressed? All these words and I have not yet made a single comment about the brew, impressive. Overall, its a bomb stout and has that delicious espresso colored head that slowly forms a consistent ring until the end. Cinnamon, vanilla, oak and fudge aroma's. I was always skeptical of this brew because of the Chili's but they're very subtle and completely overrun by the cinnamon. I expected more chili as it warmed but it was still subdued. Balance is fine word to insert here because all the flavors compliment each other. There's almost a food chain battle going on in this glass. One flavor subdues the other and so on and so on. The vanilla hides the chili's and the cinnamon hides everything! There was also some wine element to this beer. It had the mouthfeel of a fine red wine and the small flavor similarities. Dark fruits, oak, etc. Overall, a very nice offering. The popularity and following for this brew is seemingly understandable after trying. However, would I dash out all sorts of loot to go to Florida from Chicago to get it again? Perhaps someday. Until then, I'll continue to trade or buy from some other sucker with deeper pockets than mine.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 97.5% out of 100 with 4,167 ratings
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