Hunahpu's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

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100
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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
Ratings:
4,124
Reviews:
795
Avg:
4.51
pDev:
8.65%
 
 
Wants:
3,720
Gots:
1,264
For Trade:
118
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,124 |  Reviews: 795
Photo of Nat1975
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vess
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bugsmcl
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keffa
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thatche2
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass (2017 release, 1 1/2 months old). Appearance is thick and jet black with 1/2 finger thick brown head and good retention. Smell is a good amount of cinnamon up front, cocoa nibs, and roasted malt with a hint of charred chilies and vanilla coming through on the back end. The aroma is excellent, but I would prefer a little less cinnamon as it somewhat hides the other flavors.

The roasted malt and cocoa nibs come through more on the taste, but the cinnamon is there lurking in the back of the mouth. There is a nice flavor transition with more heat, bitterness, and cinnamon coming through on the finish. The chilies are more noticeable than in the aroma with a nice balance between the Ancho and Pasilla chilis. Sweetness and bitterness are moderate and well balanced. Mouthfeel is extremely thick (almost syrupy) with good body up front that transitions to a lighter finish.

Overall this is an excellent thick Mexican style stout with amazing aroma. The flavor combinations are well executed, but I would prefer less cinnamon so that the other flavors were more prominent. I generally prefer a little less thick/syrupy mouthfeel, but it works quite well. My favorite component is the layers upon layers of flavors that give this beer great complexity. Hunaphu's is definitely a slow sipper but is great after a long cold day.

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Photo of jbdpsu82
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dankacheese
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage

Really impressed by this. Which is equally impressive because of all the impressive hype this beer has. Great beer to enjoy at a BYOB Bucktown sushi bar. Impressed? All these words and I have not yet made a single comment about the brew, impressive. Overall, its a bomb stout and has that delicious espresso colored head that slowly forms a consistent ring until the end. Cinnamon, vanilla, oak and fudge aroma's. I was always skeptical of this brew because of the Chili's but they're very subtle and completely overrun by the cinnamon. I expected more chili as it warmed but it was still subdued. Balance is fine word to insert here because all the flavors compliment each other. There's almost a food chain battle going on in this glass. One flavor subdues the other and so on and so on. The vanilla hides the chili's and the cinnamon hides everything! There was also some wine element to this beer. It had the mouthfeel of a fine red wine and the small flavor similarities. Dark fruits, oak, etc. Overall, a very nice offering. The popularity and following for this brew is seemingly understandable after trying. However, would I dash out all sorts of loot to go to Florida from Chicago to get it again? Perhaps someday. Until then, I'll continue to trade or buy from some other sucker with deeper pockets than mine.

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Photo of Egotist
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Juggerr
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jams1220
4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rjbrew
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jtkenoyn
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A stout to compare all others too. delicious spice, cinnamon...the 2016 I had first was like a roasted ginger bread cookie. superb mouth feel and smell.

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Photo of Mbo108
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Couldn't get past the cinnamon. Dang. This was a 2014 we poured tonight. Didn't get it wrong n the niswith but in the taste it was all cinnamon. Could barely finish it. Sort of a let down after so much hype.

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Photo of tmcneal90
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 7irondave
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jrodsmrs51
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LAp
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So excited to finally try this one - thanks Marc! Served in a FFF tasting glass. The nose is cocoa with the faintest hint of spice kick on the backend. The palate is straight up Taza Stone Ground Chocolate (the smooth cocoa is identical, as is the spice-profile). The interplay of cocoa and spice works beautifully, but is a touch sweeter than I'd like (a little more bitterness would be better I feel). Outstanding nonetheless.

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Photo of jyanik9380
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylemckinnis
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Truck67
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MFMB
4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep brown to almost jet black. A nice sizable frothy deep brown head. The nose is cinnamon up front followed by chocolate and a small bit of heat presumably from the chiles. The taste? It is decadent and layered with complexity. So much going on here! First you get a great deal of cinnamon almost too much, I knocked big bad Baptista for a overpowering cinnamon taste but Hunahpu's overpowering cinnamon quickly gives way to the many other flavors present unlike BBBAPTISTA. Rich creamy chocolate, roasted malts, Smooth silky vanilla, light coffee and yes those chiles all make bold appearances. It finishes with light heat from the chiles, a light caramel raisiny rum kick. Very smooth, rich and creamy mouthfeel. This beer is truly a thing of beauty! To say Hunahpu has a lot going on would be a understatement but the beauty of this stout is that each flavor holds its own a fits perfectly with the flow of this beer.

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Photo of cherche
3.83/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
4.51 out of 5 based on 4,124 ratings.
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