Hunahpu's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
97.5%
Liked This Beer
4.58 w/ 4,168 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:
4,168
Liked:
4,063
Avg:
4.58/5
pDev:
8.52%
Alströms:
4.45
 
 
Wants:
3,719
Gots:
1,267
Trade:
118
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Ratings: 4,168 |  Reviews: 809
Photo of Overlord
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cigar City hasn't been too kind to me. While I really appreciate the chance to try them, neither of the Zhukov blends were all that impressive (unless you like 750 ml of tasty, liquid volcanic ash) and the rest of the lineup has ranged from "meh" to "bleh."

But, considering how this brew has shot up the charts, I had to have me some honey-puss! Thanks beeruser for this and the awesome shirts!

I sat down and prepared for this tasting by heating and jostling the beer by tossing it into my dryer in order replicate the tasting conditions that the brewer prefers. I then poured myself 2.3 oz (it almost touched my lips before I realized it was a mere 2.15 oz or so. I quickly corrected the amount).

Gorgeous beer. Stand-up-and-applaud worthy. Lustrous and black, it absorbs light and defecates darkness. Dark, dark, dark brown head ... one of the darkest I can recall, and it settles down to a pleasant dark foam crust.

The aroma lets me know this isn't going to be the volcanic char ash bomb that Zhukov was. Cocoa AND dark chocolate on the nose, along with some dark fruits ... some interesting roasted malt/licorice ... maybe a touch of vanilla and molasses. Thankfully, no pepper/spiceiness to the aroma! I was not looking forward to that component of the beer.

Taste is also very, very good. Strong chocolate mixed with sweet malt mixed with a roasted background mixed with a lingering acrid aftertaste sprinkled with a hint of dark fruit/anise/licorice/molasses. And vanilla. I wish the vanilla was a bit more prominent, as it might liven things up even more.

Nice silky, deeply thick mouthfeel. Not as drinkable of a beer (of its kind) as Darkness, Black Tuesday, or a few others, but an excellent brew. Great job Cigar City.

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Photo of mcallister
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic looking beer. Jet black with an amazing dark mocha head of an inch that fades into a nice crown topper.

Thick roasted aromas with fudge and chocolate cake batter aromas. Hints of vanilla and some hints of cayeene.more peppery aromas come through as it sits in my glass.

Man what a rich complex yet delicate treasure. Fudgey as hell with dark chocolate galore, the pepper flavors compliment the chocolate very well. Hints of vanilla and cocoa tannins on the finish. Nice roasty malts.cinnamon in the moderate finish as well.

Thick creamy and delicious. Seek this one out.

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Photo of Thedrizzle
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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

thanks go out to tpd975 for hooking eric and i up with this in a recent trade. thanks greg!

750ml bottle. sampled aug 10/2010.

pours black and opaque with the darkest brown head i've ever seen. the small very fine head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is great. dark and milk chocolate. light cinnamon spice. a nice deep smell gives you just a hint of prickly heat on the back end. hint of alcohol. whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of citrusy west coast hops.

taste is good. dark and bittersweet chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. cinnamon. rich cacao. lightly warming chili character. hint of coffee. light alcohol. whole wheat bread and biscuit. the vanilla character stays mostly hidden until the end.

mouthfeel is great. medium-large body. just under medium carbonation level. very smooth.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. great extra depth. all the elements - cacao, chili, cinnamon - come through and compliment well. great stuff. i think the chili heat came through more in the small sample that i had back in april, but that may have been the intense case of heartburn talking...

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into a snifter. Thanks to Alieniloquium for the trade!

Hunahpu's pours with a pithy blackness that only the darkest midnights are known to provide. Edgar Allen Poe stuff, here. One of the most attractive billows of foam builds with each swirl of the glass--creamy and thick, brick red in color. The aroma wafts intricate notes of cinnamon, sweet dark chocolate, vanilla beans, and roasted Earth. Perhaps unfairly so, the smell is weaker in comparison to the flavor of Hunahpu's (and other upper echelon Imperial Stouts), but still quite good.

And speaking of flavor, sweet Mother-of-God this stuff is good! Absolutely bursting at the seams with rich chocolate, molasses, and vanilla sweetness up front, and the cinnamon and chili peppers take over mid-palate to dry out the finish with an earthy, organic gingerbread note that draws me in sip after glorious sip. Mouthfeel is rich and velvety with a picture perfect carbonation level. Honestly, this beer has little room for improvement. I had my doubts about Cigar City after being let down by a few of their more hyped offerings, but 2011 Hunahpu's is the real deal. A "must-try" in every sense of the word.

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Photo of funkel81
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EB1
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of edthehead
4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Damian
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz. bottle
2010 vintage
Served in a snifter
Acquired in a trade with Gonzoillini

Never before have I seen a beer pour so dark and thick. It literally looked like used motor oil. The liquid was so viscous that it left a sticky yellow film on the glass. A thin, short lived wisp of mahogany colored froth capped the beer.

The aroma was fantastic. Super intense with strong raisin and port notes. Some bourbon too. Semi-sweet and moderately boozy. Brown sugar also came through strong. Lots of oak and char as well.

The flavor profile was just as extreme as the aroma. Super roasty with a huge malt profile up front. Port wine notes and a strong raisiny quality were also apparent. Moch-like flavors were quite prevalent. Some brown sugar too, and a bit of vanilla. The finish contained notes of smoke and a touch of earthy hops. The hops turned more citrusy and bitter as the beer warmed. There was also an indication of heat in the flavor profile, but I could not tell if this was from the cinnamon, the ancho chiles or the booze.

The mouthfeel was simply outstanding. Outrageously thick, creamy and viscous with a finely bubbled, moderate effervescence. I felt like I was drinking a milkshake. This was by far the most robust body I have ever encountered in a beer.

Hunaphu's is a fantastic beer that really pushes the limits of what a beer can be. My only complaint is that the cacao nibs, the chiles, the cinnamon and the vanilla were barely (or in some cases, not at all) detectible. Perhaps I need to sample a fresh bottle to discover all these nuances.

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Photo of jpd7374
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hand bottle via trade, big thanks to Gillard for this rarity. Shared it at a tasting.

Pours pitch black and pretty viscous with a creamy tan head that has some large bubbles.

Amazing aroma - chocolate, spices, roast, smoke, and mild chili peppers. Really awesome.

Flavor is incredible and moves through several phases. Starts with semi-sweet chocolate then roast and coffee, followed by some smoke, vanilla, then chili peppers, cinnamon, wood and bitter cocoa and hops on the finish. The complexity is pretty crazy.

Medium full on the palate with a bitter cocoa chalkiness. Bitterness really sticks with you, and I feel like it's more from the cocoa than the hops.

Drinkability is not great, but I think this works very well as a sipper. This is pretty much the best cigar beer ever.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of JMS1512
4.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brez8791
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Devman171
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of needMIbeer
3.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hallertau
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of apasternak
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Blazer22
4.9/5  rDev +7%

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Duffman79
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 97.5% out of 100 with 4,168 ratings
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