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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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Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed live! Big thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 for sending me this one in a past trade! 2011 vintage! Served from bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Pours pitch black with a one finger brown head that rises from the ashes and subsides to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, chiles, vanilla, and subtle cinnamon. The flavor is of sweet malt, roasted malt, deep dark chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet alcohol, wood, and chile heat on the followthrough. It has a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this is an excellent brew! The flavors and aromas on this one are really complex and excellent. For the ABV this one is really smooth and quite drinkable. I am a big lover of spicy food and the followthrough on this one really appeals to me. Really glad I am getting to try this one as I never have before. A definite must try for sure... Thanks again Jeff!

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Photo of Sabtos
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark black, with an amazingly dense and dark yet vibrantly bright mocha brown two finger head that dies to a persistent collar.

Milky, nutty, roasted malts are showcased up front on the nose, with bright, fruity, dark chocolate coming forward in a big way shortly after. Only light cinnamon is detectable in the background.

Milky, nutty, roasted malt flavors smoothly transfer over with the dark chocolate and maybe a little vanilla as well. It's refreshing that stout comes first and the supplemental flavors come second. Some heat tickles the tongue that I at first thought was due to the big, freshly grated cinnamon flavor, but maybe it was the chilis kicking in--they were a little spicier than I thought they would be, probably too much for some but all right for me. The chili heat is actually not too detectable at first, and really only shows up in the back of throat, but builds over time. In any case, the actual flavor of chili isn't really present. It even seems a little oaky like it has some barrel influence.

Hunahpu has a nice, soft and frothy moutfeel, but is not not as thick as the head would suggest, just a moderate to light body, with some drying cinnamon, but it's not a spice bomb like other chili beers.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is nearly jet black, viscosity off the charts. Very thick and oily. Hits my snifter with a small ring of khaki head, very little lacing. Smell is initially a very rich chocolate. As it warms, getting a burst of cinnamon and an interesting green apple aroma. Hints of raw pepper heat, raisins and other various dark fruit. Following the nose well, a creamy lacto decadent chocolate comes through with subtle hints of pepper and a touch a vanilla. Mouthfeel is super palate coating and thick. Sticks around for a good while.

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Photo of wrightro07
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is dark as can be. And with a slight head of tan is a welcome.
S: Overall the smell is what is expected of RIS, but with a little spin of spice, this is the reason I give it a higher grade in smell great innovation on spice combined with a competitive brew standard.
T: This beer has an alright taste by far a great brew but not up to the standards of czar jack from town hall brewery.
M: The mouthfeel is average. Not bad for a RIS but not the silkiest I have felt in this category.
D: The drinkability is good. I would say if you are a stout fan try this brew but it is by far not the best RIS I have tried. If you are able to get some Czar Jack from Town Hall and rejoice!!!

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Photo of SteveB24
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look-pours a muddy brown with a half finger of tan head, fades quickly but leaves nice lacing.
Smell-molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla beans, kick of chili
Taste- Sweet, syrupy malt upfront, the richness of the malt is cut by a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and chili, vanilla providing smoothness around the edges. abv is completely absent. the complimentary flavors provide a very complex yet balanced tasting experience.
Feel- motor oil thick, very creamy and very light carbonation
overall-very exciting and complex yet very balanced. an excellent experience.

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Photo of orangesol
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #500! I brought this one to stakem's fish fry. One of my personal favorites, this particular bottle was from the original release.

A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall tan head leaving small, thin trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of chocolate, chill spice, dark roasted malt, coffee grounds, tobacco and a tiny bit of vanilla. This one has muted quite a bit from when it came out but it is still pretty good.

T - Starts off with a ton of dark roast quickly giving way to a mix of dulled chocolaty sweetness, day old coffee grounds, light chili spice and some wet tobacco. Not as muted down as the nose is, still very nice. A touch of booze comes in at the finish, combining with some of the dark roast to linger on the pallet for some time.

M - This is definitely a big beer. It has lost some of its trademark spice over the years in the bottle but it still has a nice thick body and bold flavors with a good amount of carbonation.

O - This one was definitely showing its age. When fresh, this beer is nearly impossible to beat. I will never turn down a glass of this beer. It is truly one of the best stouts out there.

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Photo of mltobin
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle of this with a couple of friends.
Appearance is a deep black with a small head. It has a nose with vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, nuts and some bourbon. The taste is biscuits, coffee, more vanilla, faint chili peppers and more oakiness. Mouthfeel is medium, a very smooth, clean finish. Just leaves you with some boozy aftertaste. This is by all means a fantastic imperial stout, wish it was easier to get in NY-CT.

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Photo of Brabander
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this beer with me at the tastingday @ de Molen in Bodegraven, Holland. This tasting was organized by THE beerlady of Holland, Fiona de Lange.

I had this beer for a long time in my posession and i was waiting for the right occasion. This tasting was at the right moment.

This is the very first CC beer i had which is really really very good.

Very creamy, full body. There is a bit too much coconut on the front of the taste. Very oily beer. Can i get some more bottles please?

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Photo of bonkers
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up, 2011 vintage, in a brewery release BIF, shared with a friend. The pour is thick, and visous, thin tan head. The aroma is great, chocolate, vanilla, and oak, hints of cinamon. Very complex brew, lots of chocolate and vanilla, hints of cinamon. I did not pick up any chile notes, but my tasting partner did. The beer is full bodied, light carbonation, definite sipper. Lives up to hype, would love to try a fresh bottle to see if I could pick up the chile notes.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

200th Review!

2011 Vintage

A: Modest rusty brown colored head with decent retention settling to a film of small bubbles atop this deep dark brown beer. Brew looks thicks, like used motor oil. No lacing to speak of.

S: Vanilla, milk chocolate, toffee, and some spice. Was surprised the vanilla and spice notes were still so strong considering the vintage. Scent is quite robust and completely masks the high ABV.

T: Semi-sweet cocoa nibs are most prominent, love a stout that isn't overly sweet, followed by hints of spice and vanilla. Flavors permeate throughout the tasting, but never become dull or overwhelming.

M: Fairly heavy and lightly carbonated, just enough to keep the beer crisp following each tasting.

O: Very, very good beer. Would love to try again, but next time fresh.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of ahatcher78 - many thanks to a great trader for a huge want. Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a wretchedly, hideously thick black, just an absolute oily morass, seething and churning through the bottle's aperture in to the tulip with a huge, viscous, violent anger. My inadvertently vigorous pour causes a finger and a half of one of the darkest-hued heads I've ever seen to rise out of this beast, a chocolatey, frothy foam, dense and milky, with fairly good retention for a beer with this many additives and of this abv%. This beer looks fierce, no doubt about it. There's no hint of surface lace, and only a thin ring of lace and a few erratic, random spots of lace avoid getting swallowed up in the body.

Aroma: Chili powder notes are evident immediately, and they add quite a lot: the smokiness of the chilis compliments the smoky, toasted malt notes, themselves suggesting dark toast, black malt, a faint kiss of char, and a good deal of smoke; the spice compliments the cocoa nibs in particular, adding a robust, earthy note to the already deep, black, fudgy, bittersweet chocolate notes; and - amazingly, beautifully - the sweetness of the chiles compliment the aforementioned, too, as it does the dark toffee, the bright, ethereal vanilla, and caramel notes. Indeed, the chilies are the star player among this for me, though it may also be that my nose is "skewed" - I've always been inordinately sensitive to spicy smells and food, though I love what's happening here. Lest I forget the cinnamon - which compliments the earth of the chilies, the sweetness of the chilies and the cocoa, and interplays in ways with the vanilla that makes me long for a sundae of some sorts.

Taste: I'll get it out of the way that I liked - but did not love - Marshal Zhukov's Stout (MZS), the base beer for Hunahpu. I thought it was incredibly dark, astringent, and indeed, too heavily toasted for me. Hunahpu's goes a long way towards assuaging most of my dislikes about that beer. First, there's way more residual sweetness in Hunahpu's, though it isn't by any means syrupy or cloying - indeed, I'd still say it's on the dry side for an imperial stout, which is a good thing, both because it keeps things from getting tired and overly-decadent, and also because it lets the supporting cast of flavors shine through. What malts do I speak of? Black chocolate truffle, huge and fudgy, bittersweet is prominent, obviously the result of the cocoa addition - yes, there were cocoa notes in MZS, but the notes here are very brownie-like. Second is a handful of nicely burned and nearly blackened toast, slightly astringent and glassy in places, but on the whole fairly nice. A few other very dark coffee notes and malt-esque fruit sugars (thick, rummy raisins perhaps, as well as a few heavy berry notes) compliment.

But as I mentioned above, sure this beer is malt heavy, but it's not sweet for the sake of sweet, which allows the remainder of the notes to shine through. Sweet chliles add a kiss of actual spice - mostly in the middle of the register, which is a nice change to the heat that you usually accompany in the finish of a beer - that actually lingers far beyond when that chemical-ish alcohol burn lingers. The vanilla is still bright, registering fairly high up, but also augments the sweet earthiness of the chili and the sweet earthiness of the cocoa/malts. And cinnamon earthiness compliments the malts while similarly contributing a spicy note that compliments the kiss of the chiles. Throughout all this, this beer maintains no hint of alcohol burn (at least, that's identifiable separate from the chili heat), no surplusage of residual sugars, and no shortage of intriguing flavors.

Mouthfeel: As thick as you'd imagine from the appearance, with tons of residual sugars - despite the heavily toasted body - and a fair amount of carbonation making for a big, smooth, creamy mess, like a melted chocolate milkshake with, well, with chiles. As the carbonation dies down a little, it gets really decadent, with everything melding very well, though I do dock the half point for it being a little too frothy and foamy for a little too long.

Drinkability: What an intriguing beer. Complexity abounds, alcohol's nowhere to be found, and this one's incredibly complex and mature for its youth. I can only imagine that barrel aging could have done further wonders for it. An impressive "limited release" debut from the new best brewery in Florida, and one I was thrilled to have the chance to try.

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Photo of Shumania
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 split as a night cap. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

a: black as night and no light is getting through this beer. Good one finger head that lasts for awhile.

s: Sweet on the smell with dark fruits showing up first with cherry and figs. Slight vanilla deep in the smell.

t: The cacao comes though at the beginning of the taste along with the cherry in the smell. Very interesting spiciness from the chiles that is unique to an imperial stout.

m: Nice creaminess to this one. This is definitely a beer to sip and enjoy.

I am really glad I got to try this beer. The spiciness makes this beer very unique and adds a lot of complexity. This is blended together well where all the components come to together well and one aspect is not overpowering.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: (2011 Vintage) Poured into my SN bubble glass, this stout pours as dark as deep space with a tasty looking chocolate milk colored head that appears as thick a viscous as the stout below it.

S: The aroma is lacking a bit in complexity. Dark chocolate is present and up front. The aroma is very similar to its base beer, Marshal Z, the complexity of the additions that make this brew "Hunahpu Worthy" have faded. Notes of vanilla beans are and the peppers are faint.

T: The flavor profile still is solid. This brew is rich in chocolate and roasted malt, without being too sweet or heavy. The chillies at first have disappointingly faded, but as the beer warms they spice up the back of your pallet and add a whole new dimension to this beer. The cinnamon is present in the slightest touch, an is opening up more with warmer temperature.

MF: the mouthfeel is full, rich, creamy, and the best carbonation CCB can produce! ;)

Overall, I love having this beer fresh, and I'm going to love attending Hunahpu day every year. Excellent beer, a must have fresh and aged.

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Photo of Preismj
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this open on July 3rd for my first anniversary celebration. Couldn't find a better reason to drink this big guy...

a: motor oil black and as thick as it when you pour it out. Beautiful creamy head with tons of dark brown bubble springing up. Nice thick brown lacing and it looks very very thick.

s: sweet and cocoa. No heat from the alcohol in the nose, but there is a rich buttery chocolate aroma pouring off the glass. Something spicy as well.

t: chocolate, rich chocolate. I am getting tons of it, more sweetness in the middle and a little spice from what I'd assume to be the chili. Not strong, but compliments the cocoa very very well. finishes bitter with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon and leaves you dry waiting for the next sip.

m: creamy and buttery. extraordinarily thick. too thick for the warm summer night that I drank it on, but in the winter what a wonderful brew this will be to try again. spreads through the mouth and stays long. very sticky sweet.

o: just wow. this beer has tons of flavor. it is truly unreal to me how they packed in this much flavor without even a touch of booze. I didn't get heat one time. the chili spice is great with the cocoa. they did a better job using it than DFH did with Theobroma. Just a wonderful beer and I cant wait til the next time.

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Photo of maniacal82
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 2011 bottle with lethalchickens and my wife (she loves RISs and DIPAs - good egg).

A: All imperial stouts need to look like this! Completely opaque black with dark brown head. I don't think I've come across a beer with a better appearance. I certainly know that appearance isn't everything, but this sure looks tasty. Leaves a brown tint to the snifter when you swirl or take a sip.

S: The normal roasty smells you'd expect from an imperial stout are present. Don't really notice the chiles in the nose.

T: The taste is awesome. With the addition of chiles, cinnamon, vanilla and cacao nibs, I didn't expect this to taste like any other imperial stout. And it doesn't. We poured this beer at normal fridge temperature (~38°) and savored it as it warmed. While still fairly cool, the cinnamon dominated. As it warmed, the chiles became more noticeable. I couldn't really notice any of the vanilla. Overall, it tasted pretty much like what you'd expect from a top notch RIS, with strong cinnamon and chile flavors in addition.

M: Super thick body. Really good carbonation - not too much, not too little. Nothing to complain about here.

D: My wife ended up giving me her third of the bottle (her loss). So, I ended up drinking 2/3 of the 750mL. I easily could have drank the whole thing myself. Possibly even a second. It's definitely not a beer to drink all day in the sun, but it's not hard to down a bottle solo.

Overall, this is a beer you should definitely seek out if you are a fan of imperial stouts. If only Cigar City made this a year round offering.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pushkinwow for this - 2013 edition

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee, chilies, vanilla, booze

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some vanilla, dark fruit, chicory, and chilies.

Overall - I'm not a fan of peppers/chilies in my beer normally, but they work so well with this beer. One of the better beers I have ever had for sure, and something that is well worth seeking out. A big bold flavourful beer that somehow remains quite drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of KeefD
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to cyrusthepup for this trade!!

Another review from notes:


Dark black, viscous, and decent sized dark pumpkin orange colored head. Most interesting looking stout I've ever seen! I've never seen a head on beer that looked this orange in the light.

First thing in the nose is chocolate, followed by a solid roastiness, and a touch of green chili. Hard to pick up on cinnamon or vanilla in the aroma.

Wow!! Great taste. Huge, thick, creamy, chocolate and roast, lightly roasted coffee -> cinnamon and vanilla come in towards the middle, with a very light pepper finish. Just a touch of heat, but the chilis really don't stand out too much, wish there was more -> more integrated than anything. Sweet, sticky lips.

Huge body! On the level of BT and Ten FIDY. Almost chalky, dry finish though. No alcohol detected. YUM! Light carb is perfect. Fuck YEAH.

Gotta love transcribing notes word for word!

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Photo of raveskdr
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes. Big thanks to Jon for pulling this out of his cellar to try next to Mexican Cake. I've had it before, it's definitely time to review.

A - My god. This really is the perfect looking imperial stout, imo. Huge, roasted chocolate head that lingers. Pitch black with slight stickiness that clings to the side of the glass.

S - Big chocolate and cinnamon nose. Absolutely huge on both. Slight alcohol on the back end.

T - I remember linking it slightly more fresh. Big time cinnamon taste. Slight chili to go along with the chocolate (and cinnamon). The vanilla has faded and let the cinnamon take hold. When I drink this fresh again, I'll probably come back and give this bad boy a 5 on taste.

M - I remember getting a lot more viscosity and chili to compliment the cinnamon the last time. The mouthfeel is very good, don't get me wrong. Just not great this time around.

O - This is one of the best imperial stouts I have ever had. I would drink this continuously if I had access. When I checked in on Untappd, my comment was simply "bury me with this beer."

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Don't fear this one - it's huge, but relatively gentle. Panda like. Wasn't as spicy as expecting. Didn't get an explosion of adjunct aromas either. They're well integrated into the fudgey body. Some spice, cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa. It's pretty sweet, but I didn't find it overly so (at least not in sample pours). A beautiful stout, and worth the hype, I suppose.

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Photo of LethalChickens
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage bottle was split with Maniacal82. I also had the 2010 Vintage last year. Both were quite consistent in its look, smell and taste.
Cigar City knows how to make Imperial Stouts. Hunahpu's pours like motor oil. Big thick meaty body to this stout. The head is one of the darkest I have seen on a RIS. It is an awesome beer and even though the ingredients seem funky they work very well together. This is definitely one of my favorite Beers. Oh Barrel-Aged version why are you so elusive?

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Photo of Holland
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick black with a small brown head and then brown lacing.

S: roasted malt, chocolate.

T: same as smell with some bitterness, spicy chile, and some sweet malt on the back end.

M: Just amazing combo of smooth, heavy malt with decently high carbonation.

O: I think this would age just fine. Beautiful beer, and worth seeking.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this in a trade from kmurray8621. Thanks for the trade and the opportunity to try this beer! I've been saving it for a special occasion and decided to crack it for National Beer Day.

750ml bottle poured into the Chimay signature chalice I had on hand.

Look: black body with a dark red, very thin head that ends up being a few bubbles hugging the sides of the glass after a short while. The head color is very interesting. Its kind of a cinnamon colored and is something I haven't seen before. There's no lacing except for brief spots clinging to the side for dear life. Very nice looking Imperial stout.

Smell: roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla stand out with some tobacco and hints of chilies once it reaches room temperature.

Taste: alcohol soaked dark fruit, some chocolate from the cacao nibs blended well with the vanilla, roasted and chocolate malt, a bit of smokiness, and a bit of spice from the chilies. The spiciness is luckily fairly subdued, since I don't do heat very well. The cinnamon I am really struggling to find and really can't. Perhaps the age has taken that out?

Feel: full bodied, which is apparent even when I begin the pour. The alcohol is apparent but not overwhelming. It is sweet without being cloying, thankfully. There's no heat from the chilies.

Drinkability: certainly a sipper, since this full flavored beer is clearly meant to be savored.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one. While some of the ingredients don't seem to mesh well in theory, in practice they are all quite nicely and really present something new and unique for the style. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and will seek it out again and am going to be looking for General Zhukov in the future, too! Well done, Cigar City! Cheers!

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split with a friend, fresh 2012 vintage.

A: The blackest beer I could ever imagine. Opaque even while being poured with the absolute darkest brown head I have ever seen. Lots of foam forms with great retention. I would not change one thing about how this beer looks.

S: Tons and tons of roasted malt, stronger than I remember from last year. I do get a good amount of caramel sweetness to balance. Dark chocolate is also quite strong with a hint of cinnamon and spicy chili peppers. I don't get much sweetness from the vanilla, but it's not much needed.

T: This beer seemed to do a lot better after I let it sit for a bit, so I'll review it off of that. Intense dark chocolate and roasted malts with caramel and light vanilla sweetness to balance. Cinnamon and chili peppers come in after that, but the cinnamon is certainly stronger. I don't get much in the way of hops, but the beer seems fairly well balanced between sweetness and bitterness.

M: Extremely thick with great carbonation.

O: This beer is very complex and quite tasty. Very strong dark chocolate flavors mix well with strong roast and cinnamon flavors. There are a ton of strong flavors here, but they mix together quite well.

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Photo of EliteDigger
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opened in honor of opening day of the Packer football season. This beer pours like a black hole...the deepest darkest, richest black you can imagine with a dark brown molasses head. You'd swear it's sucking in the light around it as absolute zero light shows through..even on the edges. Gorgeous. Hints of chocolate, cinnamon...and the vaguest hints of vanilla in the aroma. Tastes like more of the same. Bitter chocolate, smoke, cinnamon, leather, tobacco, molasses, fig, burnt sugar and vanilla give it a super complex taste. Mouthfeel is superb...a good carbonated coating that feels good in the mouth and great going down the throat. Haven't picked up on the chili's a whole lot, but there is a vague heat in my throat. Haven't decided if it's the warming effect of the alcohol or the chili's making their presence felt in a subtle way. Drinkability would perfect if not for the ABV. I could drink this all day...get trashed....sleep....get up and drink it some more.
Glad I was able to trade for this one...well worth it. Excellent job Cigar City.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this beer with pecorasc and boothbeer. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Probably the most impressive beer I have ever seen in my beer drinking life. Produced a finger and halfs width of vibrant, espresso colored head. With every swirl the beer seemed to produce more and more head. Poured out like motor oil. So thick that it stained the glass brown. Flat out beautiful.

S- Restrained vanilla sweetness upfront. Sweet, chocolate malts with an undertone of cocoa and faint notes of chile...ever so slight, peppery attribute. Not as intense and bold as I was expecting, but still quite nice.

T- The initial flavor is quite lackluster. A little bit a raw cocoa and slight chile flavor is detectable upfront. Vanilla comes in midway through and starts to change the beer for an extraordinary finish. Transitions into a cornucopia of vanilla, chocolate malts, coffee beans, and the perfect amount of roastedness. The finish more than makes up for the beginning.

M- This is what I'm talking about. Thick, viscous...truly like motor oil. Coats the palate very well and leaves a wonderful sticky residue on the lips. Little carbonation.

D- For a beer of this size, this drinks incredibly well. I had no problem finish my sample and could have easily gone for more.

Overall, haven't been impressed with CCB to say the least. However, this beer has given me some hope. If they can stay on par with this type of quality, then I might start trading for their beer again. Recommended.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
4.51 out of 5 based on 3,957 ratings.
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