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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
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:
#45
Reviews:
811
Ratings:
4,196
pDev:
8.52%
Bros Score:
4.45
 
 
Wants:
3,719
Gots:
1,270
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,196 |  Reviews: 811
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The hype is totally justified for this beer. It's so complex with lots of chocolate, vanilla, subtle peppers, and cinnamon. Super creamy thick mouthfeel and amazing nose.

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

Photo of yumbeer
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 03_04_81
3.65/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2014LM2X1
4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had both the 2014 and 2016 version at Cigar City.

Pours inky black and THICK with a thin tan head.

The smell is incredible - vanilla, cinnamon, bitter chocolate, pepper heat, atop an amazing Imperial Stout base of roasted malts. The 2014 version smelled sweeter, with less pepper and spices, and more of a milk chocolate characteristic.

Taste is unbelievable. The backbone is this great Imperial Stout flavor, but on top is chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla. Mild pepper heat on the back end. Again, the 2014 version was for more mellow on the spices but equally good.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily. The peppers liven it up if you let it linger.

This is my favorite beer to date, BY FAR. I decline to give it a perfect review since I might come across something better someday.

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Photo of BartS
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jadjunk
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"In Mayan mythology, Hun Hunahpu was the father of the Mayan hero twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque. Hun Hunahpu, along with his brother Vucub Hunahpu, was tricked by the Dark Lors of the underworld and slain. Hun Hunahpu's corpse morphed into a cacao tree, his head becoming a cacao pod, which in typically asesome mythology fashion, spit upon the hand of a young maiden named Xiquic who promptly became pregnant with the hero twins. The twins would uptiumately grow up to avenge their father and uncle and defeat the Dark Lords and ascend the heavens to become the moon and sun." Brewed in the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout, available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft. Annual brewery-only release, this is the 2014 version.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy head of a dark chocolate tone over a black body. Retention is average and there is no visible lacing. 3.75

(Smell) Moderate roasted malt, chocolate, faded vanilla, sweet cinnamon, faint pepper heat, some slight oxidation. Still a very enjoyable aroma, a bit tame with a moderate potency. 4.25

(Taste) Incredible blend of smooth and rich stout flavors. Spicy cinnamon and vanilla atop a delectable malt body of cocoa, moderate roasted barley, pale malt syrups and smooth caramel syrups. Finishes with a touch of tingle on the tongue from the chili peppers and also a phenomenal smoothness, surprisingly clean with a well-concealed alcohol presence. Highly drinkable, yet satisfactorily filling. Incredibly enjoyable and a great treat to split with a special somebody (although you'd better be sure that they are VERY special). 4.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately chewy, lightly sticky, mildly dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet over earthy and roasted bitter and spicy (very subtle). Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 4.5

(Overall) Although I think I'd recall bottles of Hunahpu display their flavor range somewhat better at a younger age, I saved this one in particular for a very special occasion, the big review #950 and was not at all let down. Holds up incredibly well through a reasonable window of time, incredible stout base but many of the adjuncts thrown in with it are what takes this beer to the next level. The cinnamon and vanilla come through nicely and create a nice degree of richness and complexity atop the expected and solid stout flavors. Even the delicate spiciness generated from the chili peppers create an appreciated dimension of balance that one may have never known was needed in a stout but works great in this beer regardless. A great dessert beer or all around Imperial Stout, there's never been a regret in getting a bottle of this- It lives up to the hype. A no-brainer annual event to visit if you live in Florida, let's just say I had a "wild" time in March 2014 there (who can forget that day?). 4.5

Cigar City Brewing's
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout
4.5/5.00

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Photo of sdeese21
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Word2BigBIrd
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WallingBrew
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional.

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

Photo of tmentzer
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2015. Pours super dark brown with a bit less than a finger of head, nice brown color, quickly dissipated. No light passing through this bad boy. Not much on the nose, some chocolate, maybe a bit of cinnamon, fair amount of booze. The taste is wonderful, like a delicious chocolate shake. Tons of cocoa, nice amount of vanilla and cinnamon, don't get much from the peppers. Incredibly smooth with a really long finish of bittersweet chocolate. Mouth feel is great. Overall just a great beer. I've had it on draft now (several years) and a bunch of the varietals. Meets the hype, or most of it a least.

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Photo of Gasc0igne
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Peter1977
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of troupos40
3.94/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tribeerguy70_3
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours black, no head. Smells of coffee, alcohol. Tastes wallows in coffee, cinnamon, alcohol, prunes. Lots of carbonation and creaminess in the feel. Amazing.

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Photo of Stefko
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of AleHunter805
3.65/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JKV96
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.58 out of 5 with 4,196 ratings
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