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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:
#42
Reviews:
811
Ratings:
4,191
pDev:
8.52%
Bros Score:
4.45
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.11/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to cyrusthepup for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a thick black color, some carbonation, very nice almost fizzy/creamy one-finger dark tan head, with some nice big oil slick in the middle of the glass. The nose is very nice malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee notes, some vanilla, some roast notes. The taste is exceptional, malty, chocolate/toffee up the ying/yang, very nice sweetness from the vanilla, with some very nice roast notes, slight cinnamon note comes up. Full Body, this is one very smooth/creamy brew, the ABV is hidden very well. Very Drinkable, Very Well Done CC.

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4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to someone (Chris?) for opening this at the Hunahpu's showdown. I've had this beer numerous times, but never gotten around to reviewing it. 2011 vintage reviewed, but 2010 sampled at the same time. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Looks like all the barrel-aged Hunahpu's we had, but with more foam. Angry dark red foam that settles to a thick collar, leaving spotty lace as well as a glass-staining brownish film. Pitch black body.

S - This is the first time I've sampled the new 2011 vintage, and I'm shocked how present the cinnamon is, as it's a flavor I never really picked up from the 2010. Plenty of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts, as well as some vegetal chile notes - you can tell these aren't the super-spicy varieties. Alcohol is well-hidden, even as the beer warms up, and there's great complexity and richness.

T - The taste is similar, but there's less of the sweet and cacao and vanilla and more of the charry, roasted malts of Zhukov. Chocolate flavors veer towards the dark and bitter side of things, and the finish is slightly tarry. Still, these are only minor quibbles, and on the whole the flavor is delicious. Less chile pepper and spice presence here as well.

M - The massive body, chewy and viscous, has always been one of Hunahpu's main strengths, and the carbonation is low but sufficiently present to support it. Creamy, thick, mouth-coating, and with shockingly little alcohol presence.

D - An instant classic in the US craft beer scene, and a beer that holds up extremely formidably with its barrel-aged brethren. I'd actually prefer to drink this over the Virgin Oak version, and probably the bottled Bourbon edition as well (Four Roses I think?).

Unfortunately the 2010 vintage is not holding up so well - the adjuncts seem to be fading at non-linear rates resulting in unpredictable and strangely unbalanced flavor combinations. I don't recommend holding onto this beer for more than 12 months.

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

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

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3.55/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: black in color with a wispy head that breaks down to a clean surface quickly.

Smell: loads of alcohol, pepper, vanilla, and roasted malt tones are easily detectable.

Taste: big flavor as roasted malt is accentuated by some pepper spice, cinammon, vanilla, coffee, and a hint licorice. Alcohol is a bit overwhelming in the beer's flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: a bit thinner than expected for the style. Smooth at the start, smooth and a bit syrupy late. Long lasting alcohol, spice, and roasted tones linger around in the mouth a while.

Drinkability: this is a one glass per session beer. I found this to be a bit hot from the alcohol and spice for me.

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

First had this beer in Nov of '14. It blew me away. The spices and hints of vanilla were and amazing compliment to the booziness. I've been lucky enough to have again a few times since and it still holds up. Normally after I've had a stout, I don't go back, instead looking for new ones. But I always seek out additional Huna.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle in a trade -- thanks. Poured into a snifter. Beer is noticably thick as I pour, leaves legs on the sides of the glass. Beer is pitch black, black black. You can't see through it at the corners to through the thinnest part of the beer. Its just not happening. Forms a brown head, overall thin of smallish to medium sized bubbles and it leaves some lacing on the glass - although I think the alcohol is hindering the lacing overall.

The aroma is surprisingly spicy. I can get some alcohol, very slight, but I can definitely smell some chilis. This makes me nervous slightly but not too. The more I smell the more subtle characters of sweetness and a slight chocolatey bitterness come through. Smells good.

Beer is full bodied in the mouth. There is not a spicy / chile flavor as I was expecting in the beer after the initial aroma. There is a lot of roast in the back of the palate and nice carbonation / connectivity on the palate. There is some sweetness up front and nice chocolate based / roast based bitterness on the trailing end. No aftertaste to note and drinkability is high. I enjoyed it. It was complicated and some of the complexity is lost by the size but overall a very good stout.

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.18/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an odd ball stout. It looks great. Dark and rich. Ruby tints

The first thing I got in the aroma was smoked green pepper, and it stayed. The thing with peppers is that they'll dominate taste and smell (at least the green ones and while cooking). No difference here. While cocoa, cinammon, and coffee exist, they are tainted.

taste is just a mess. The cedar, smoke, & peppers don't mesh well in this one. Cinammon adds something different other than musky stuff, but not enough save the tate. And the cocoa is muddle.

Not a good taste. Too bad

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4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
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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5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was everything I’d hoped for and more, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Thick and viscous, sludgy black pour with a rocky tanned head that has excellent retention, good lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasty and sweet, with lots of chocolate and coffee, plus a subtler hit of earthy, spicy chilies and faint cinnamon.

Flavor packs all of that; nicely rounded sweetness compliments the bitterness of the roast malt; there are prominent chocolate fudge and espresso notes, some dark fruit, and moderate chili heat that mainly emerges in the finish. Nothing too fiery or over the top but enough to let you know it’s there. Cinnamon is fairly subtle. A perfect blend of sweet and bitter. Booze is there but it’s not overly hot or in your face.

Big bodied, thick and chewy, just the way I like it. Medium low carbonation, creamy and sticky, perfect mouthfeel overall. Lingers after the swallow, sweet and somewhat hot and tingly from the chilis. Exceptional. I was reminded both of Marshall Zhukov’s, the base beer, and of Alesmith’s Speedway Stout with chipotle and morita peppers. So glad I got to try this one finally!

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

2011 Vintage. Huge thanks to hoppypocket for this one. Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Poured ink black; one of the darkest pours I've seen. Half a finger of medium to dark brown head formed and receded to a thin layer.

S - A big hit of semi-sweet chocolate up front followed by roast, chili peppers, a touch of sweet vanilla and a hint of cinnamon.

T - Big sweet chocolate flavour up front along with the chillies, which provide great flavour without a big spiciness. The roast enters in the middle with a touch of sweet vanilla. Cinnamon doesn't show up until the aftertaste, and adds another layer to the complexity of this beer. The flavours are very well integrated.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light carbonation.

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

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4.35/5  rDev -5%

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.58 out of 5 with 4,191 ratings
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