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Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout
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Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Philly beer week on-tap at Capone's (the next day)

Poured into a snifter. Pours an opague black with an extremely thick chocolate colored heading. Lacing is all over the plce. Left ring's down to the last drop. So alive looking for a RIS.

The nose is simply amazing. The main aroma is of the cocoa nibs the used. Quickly followed up cinnamon and a just an all out assault in the nose of coffee.

Taste again heavy in chocolate and coffee. A bite of warm booziness. There is another subtle bite to this beer which I originally thought was the the alcohol content but it was actually the peppers I was tasting all along . Simply amazing.

Mouth is full bodied and the most alive feeling on the palate I have ever felt for an RIS. Some diacytl is slippery on the palate as well.

Uhmm what can I say ? The best Russian Imperial Stout I have ever had.

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with no light able to penetrate at any point. Thick dark brown one half finger head that recedes to a lacing relatively quickly. Beautiful looking beer.

Smell: Very complex, even when still cold. I smell a lot of bitter chocolate up front followed with a dose of vanilla. Good amount of sweetness from the vanilla. The smell alone is intoxicating.

Taste: Everything comes through here! This is simply amazing. Chocolate and vanilla just punch your tongue. Its amazing how much these flavors come out in this beer! At the end of the sip I taste the little twang from the chili peppers. Cinnamon flavor does not particularaly stand out to me. The beer is not overly sweet but the base seems like a great stout as well.

Mouthfeel: The best part of the beer! So thick and motor oil like. Great heavy body but still some nice carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: This beer is FULLY deserving of the hype it gets! Amazing. I am considering traveling to the release party one of these days. This is the best stout I have ever had hands down. So complex, there is so much going on but it melds together perfectly!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review #1500! 750mL bottle into a Duvel glass pours a very deep opaque black with a very nice frothy dark tan head that slowly diminishes to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of cocoa in front of roasted malts. The taste is an incredibly complex blend of bitter cocoa, roasted malts, molasses, vanilla, dried fruits and just a hint of chiles, absolutely delicious. The beer is medium bodied with slight alcohol presence, just enough to remind you that this beer deserves to be savored. This is a truly incredible brew, one I will seek out every time it's released!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle split with friends for review #250. This was traded to me by a very generous BA who knows who he is - thanks!! If I've learned one thing from reviewing the last half a year, it's that beer is meant to be shared and enjoyed. In that spirit, we opened this one at room temp and poured into some open mouth glasses, each enjoying about 8oz.

But, I ponder as the beer sits infront of me...although I want to believe, the cynic in me wonders if this can deliver. A month of strong reviews from some very reputable tickers pushed this into the top 10. But can it really hang with such legendary beers as KBS and the Abyss?

From the pour, it looks promising. This looks less like beer and more like motor oil from Motorhead's motorcycle. Even the head on this beer is dark. Wow. If I wasn't so psyched to try this special treat I would have it framed, it's a work of art.

But wait. There's quickly a potential weakness in the defenses, a chink in the Hunahpu's armor. The smell doesn't groove with me. Something just isn't right here - yes, there's an amazingly deep dark chocolate and nice roast, but there's also some tin. Not just some yeasty impressions, my beer smells like it was luged over a rusty sheet of metal. Is it just in my head (nose) or with it also taste this way? There are intricate notes of vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon, but the tin is killing me.

Well, as it should be, the taste will be the deciding factor. And it delivers. The tin is gone. Thank the lawrd! In it's place is some of the most devine liquid I've ever had. A huge amount of chocolate and vanilla provide the base for such a deep, complex, and well crafted beer. The peppers are there, but they fade as the beer opens up. The cinnamon emerges and totally works. This is NOT a dessert beer, it's just a myriad of flavors all grooving together. The roast is devine, the way this one evolves between sips is splendid, and the taste is just perfect. A wonderful example of American brewing.

Mouthfeel is also perfect. Like drinking chocolate velvet. Wow, can't even think of a flaw here, this is the easiest 5 I've ever given.

Drinkability suffered since this is one to savor not burn through. But I must say on my 250th review, this is one of the best beers yet. Totally deserving of the hype, which kind-of makes it not hype, right? For anyone wondering, this beer has more in common with Chuck D than Flavor Flav...soul on a roll. I hoist my glass to the next 250 and look forward to sharing more great beer with great friends. That is, of course, what life as a Beer Advocate is all about.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.58 out of 5 with 4,195 ratings
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