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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:
#45
Reviews:
811
Ratings:
4,196
pDev:
8.52%
Bros Score:
4.45
 
 
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3,719
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Photo of tgatort
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JoeyDubs
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lucoli
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mscanlon31
4.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of bonercityUSA
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OneEye78
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle poured into a snifter. Inky, black as night with a deep brown quarter inch head. Smell had licorice, molasses, vanilla, chocolate and a hint of cinnamon. Taste is very layered, and complex. Get waves of baker's and milk chocolate, red licorice, vanilla, brown sugar, and a dry cinnamon and chile finish. Mouthfeel is substantial and oily. This beer really leaves it's mark. Overall this is an outstanding beer. I think I might like chile kick of a Prairie Bomb a bit more, but this is a more complex treat.

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Photo of richj1970
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of snipermonkey
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

just sort of average imho

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Photo of cd34
4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Jordanpaterson08
4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Snoman4141
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of YalovaIA
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BostonHops
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MasterPenguins
4.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

I have never had Hunahpu this fresh so I may be looking at things through a different set of eyes.

As soon as the bottle was open all I got was cinnamon raisin toast, seriously. This is not a bad thing, but it was was way more dark fruit than past offerings.

Everything was spot on, great nose, excellent head retention, outstanding mouthfeel.

I will open another bottle in 6-8 months and see how much this beer changes overtime and will update this review.

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

Photo of scbaker68
4.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to BA rongcsc for sending this bottle to me in trade. As a lover of the "Mayan Imperial Stout" substyle, I've long wanted to sample Huna to see how it compared to the other beers of high repute in the style. This bottle is the 2015 vintage, bottled just a couple short weeks ago. Poured into a small Cigar City Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance (4.25) - Off to a good start, a moderate pour reveals an inky black liquid with tendencies towards dark brown and yields a slowly-developing head that tops out at about a finger thick of dark sepia colored foam. Retention is moderate, with the bubbles sticking around for a minute or so before receding to reveal a ringlet and a smattering of film across the surface of the liquid. Benath, the liquid is unforgivingly dark and impossible for light to pass through. Lacing is sparse and almost nonexistent.

Smell (4.5) - Straight out of the fridge, I'm wondering what the hell is going on. Notes of roasted malt and chocolate, and subtle hints of vanilla are present, with just the faintest suggestion of cinnamon and spice. However, by the time this reaches room temperature, the invitees have all arrived at the party, with a balanced blend of chocolate cake and baking spice, cinnamon and an underlying presence of roasted malt are all present. Nothing stands out, but in some ways, that's impressive in and of itself.

Taste (4.5) - Much like the smell, the various elements are all at play in moderate proportions. I'd say baker's chocolate is the predominant characteristic, but it certainly doesn't overpower the cinnamon and now, for the first time I get a subtle kiss of heat from the chiles. With each subsequent drink, that gentle heat builds cumulatively--I imagine consuming this quickly would end up with a pretty fiery mouth. Worth noting, I recently had the 2014 as well, and the extra year brings the vanilla much more to the forefront, increasing the sweetness of this already sweet stout by a considerable amount. We're not anywhere near Vanilla Rye levels of vanilla sweetness, but I'm a little surprised at how prevalent it is on the year-old vintage.

Mouthfeel (4.75) - Full-bodied and with moderate to low carbonation. Viscous and chewy, like a good imperial stout should be. Finish is semisweet and lingering.

Overall (4.5), a superbly done beer, although I must admit a personal preference to Abraxas because I love the cinnamon bomb element of Abraxas. But for those not as cinnamon-obsessed, this might be the best of the "Big Three" cinnamon/chocolate/pepper imperial stouts. The vanilla separates it from Mexican Cake and Abraxas, but that inclusion doesn't really rear its head as much in the fresh beer as it does once it gets some age on it.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of amsguitarist
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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