Hunahpu's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

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Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout
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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:
#43
Reviews:
812
Ratings:
4,213
pDev:
8.52%
Bros Score:
4.45
 
 
Wants:
3,721
Gots:
1,265
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Photo of jrb378
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ductape28
4.19/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Possum77
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MJSFS
4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first experience with this beer was a fresh 2016 bottle in my kitchen. Sadly, I was less than impressed. I'm currently sitting at the Cigar City Brewery in Tampa, FL drinking from a 2014 vintage bottle and I'm blown away. Has the recipe drastically changed or did 2 and a half years work that much wonder on this beer? I'm not sure, but I'm editing my rating to reflect the level of degree that my mind was blown into. This is an amazing stout that deserves the praise bestowed upon it. It's complexity is intense. It's sweet, hot, sour, and savory. Thank you CCB for the experience.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.18/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smanson56
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark black color with a dark tan head. There are some spices going on in the nose but I'm really unable to tell exactly what they are.
Even though I've never had this beer before the taste from what I know is a giveaway there is a nice spice taste with lots of cinnamon coming through. Nice balance with the roasted malts with some chocolate overtones for sure.
The mouthfeel is smooth just the right amount of carbonation for this great beer.
As I've let this beer warm in my glass it has gotten nothing but better.

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Photo of jw1978
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timbomc
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEERschlitz
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Very dark black, with an amazingly dense and dark yet vibrantly bright mocha brown two finger head that dies to a persistent collar.

Huna is so nutty and roasty up front on the nose, both of malt and roasted pepper, with a little milk chocolate and bright, fruity, dark chocolate and pepper coming forward in a big way shortly after. Only light cinnamon is detectable in the background and actually hints at a little salty soy.

Milky, nutty, roasted malt flavors smoothly transfer over with the dark chocolate and maybe a little vanilla as well. It's refreshing that stout comes first and the supplemental flavors come second. Some heat tickles the tongue that I at first thought was due to the big, freshly grated cinnamon flavor, but maybe it was the chilis kicking in--they were a little spicier than I thought they would be, probably too much for some but all right for me. The chili heat is actually not too detectable at first, and really only shows up in the back of throat, but builds over time. The actual flavor of chili seems to both be complex and roasted as well as a little fruity, like strawberry. It even seems a little oaky at times, hinting that a little barrel influence might even enhance this.

Hunahpu has a nice, soft and frothy mouthfeel, and is quite thick, with some drying cinnamon, but it's not a spice bomb like other chili beers.

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Photo of KevinL
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Rating #500 for me. Excited to try this, as I'm a big fan of spiced stouts. Hoping it lives up to its reputation.

A: Jet black, with one finger of dark brown head. Basically looks exactly like Marshal Zhukov. 4.75/5.

S: Roast, chocolate, and...honestly, not much else. Not getting much in the way of vanilla or spices. Kind of surprised, as some of my favorite spiced stouts have much more pepper on the nose. Expected the heat to be more visible. If this was a non-adjunct stout, it would be 4.5/5, but I'm not getting the adjuncts like I thought I would. 4/5.

T: Once again, the adjuncts aren't nearly as pronounced as I expected. This beer is delicious, thanks to its A+ level base beer. The peppers are there on the finish, but there isn't really heat. More of a prickly spice. THe cinnamon may be the most pronounced adjunct. All together, the adjuncts are quite balanced, but somewhat subdued as well. 4.25/5.

M: This has the same viscosity and mouthfeel as MZ, and I love it. I've never had a stout with a better mouthfeel than this and MZ. 5/5.

O: A delicious beer that I would be happy to drink anytime. I wish the adjuncts were more pronounced, but this is a minor complaint. 4.25/5.

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Photo of Mikexw
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjneal84
4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BPMeyer27
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

L: Dark and chocolaty
S: Depends on the year. Each year smells of spices. Some are more subtle
T: Amazing. Coffee, dark chocolate, spice, cinnamon or nutmeg. Slight vanilla depending on the year
F: THICK
O: Had the great fortune to try 2013 - 2016. Loved 13 the best. Each year this beer just developed more and more. If you can trade for it, do it. Won't be disappointed.

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Photo of eppie82
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Manilovebeer17
4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
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 wingnutter
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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Photo of Mknght
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

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.58 out of 5 with 4,213 ratings
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