Hunahpu's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

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Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout

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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

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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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Photo of younger35
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from ihaveyourkids and thought I better open sooner than later since there was a bit leaking around the cap. I've been pumped to try this one since I heard that it contained chilies and vanilla. Boner. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Literally glugs an intensely dark black, perhaps the blackest and thickest looking beer I've ever had the pleasure of looking at. A beautiful one finger dark brownish red head forms atop the beer maintaining a ridiculously awesome cap and collar along with a bit of random spotty lacing.
Smell- The smell is a lot like Marshal Zhukov's as the beer is insanely roasted with tons of big malty char. Loads of chocolate and caramel spew out of the beer and are accentuated by a big bouquet of earthy vanilla bean. Not quite as hoppy as the regular version (maybe the chocolate and/or vanilla tone it down a bit) but I still get a nice herbally/pine sort of hoppiness. Maybe a touch of smoky pepper in the nose but nothing extreme.
Taste- Starts with an intensely charred roasted bitterness that is somewhere between harsh and earthy but still really good. The chocolate is very raw and earthy and mixes well with the vanilla bean. Speaking of, the vanilla is fairly light and sort of just does its own thing. I definitely don't get any cinnamon and the chilies are very light on the tongue in the aftertaste. The beer is plenty sweet though as it MAYBE gets a touch cloying at times. The finish is full of caramel with a fleeting glimpse of some sort of mocha coffee thing.
Mouthfeel- Big and thick and rich with an extremely creamy feel that is velvety and lush. The carbonation is light and spot on... Thankfully the slight cap slip didn't harm the beer's feel one bit.
Drinkability- Really tasty beer that is right in my wheelhouse of flavors. The only thing I wish about this beer is that the chilies were kicked up quite a bit. I want more of that heat on the back of my throat. Other than that, not much else to complain about. Really enjoyed this beer and thanks to Joe for sending it my way!

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

750ml Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 2013 Vintage (big thanks to LiquidDegenerate & dachshunddude86)

Appearance: Rich dark brown and some rusty red visible on the sides of the glass. A nice initial head of about an 1/2" that quickly recedes to a thin cap.

Smell: Roasted malt coffee with a spicy nose, a combination of spice with cinnamon becoming more and more prominent as it warms.

Taste: Very rich bitter chocolate and coffee all warmed by the cinnamon spice characteristics. Another beer that continues to transform as it is allowed to warm. When colder the coffee, chocolate, and some vanilla are stronger, as it warms the cinnamon and spice flavors move to the front and really take over. The only question is whether the heat comes from the chilies or the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Nicely smooth with a little heat on the finish.

Overall: Really a unique stout, a stand alone example of a barrel aged imperial stout. Very glad I've had the chance to try it.

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Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown bottle, sample sent from the brewery.

Dark crude oil color, brown head slowly dissipates to a thin but sticky lacing. Aromas of over-caramelized cinnamon buns, chocolate, mild dark fruit, and a roasty maltiness. Sweet throughout but there is so much going on here it simply is the perfect and complex Imperial Stout base. Cinnamon and chilies really pop, cocoa nibs and a fine layer of chocolate and meld well with the sweetness, vanilla adds some depth, and the alcohol really round this brew out with floral and dark fruit undertones. Clearly a sipper, a fun one at that. Its quite obvious this is one of those bucket list beers. Well worth hunting a bottle of few down.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

thanks to jason aka redbird for this sample

from android notes at DLD

vintage 2011

the pour was deep dark brown. not quite black but cose. very thick and viscous. deep creamy head. crazy lacing left over from the actual body as the sun hit the glass.

tons of spice and chocolate. hints of chocolate milk. bits of vanilla and roasted malt.

lots of deep chocolate and cinnamon. light vanilla and slight roast. very faint chili. i was expecting the chili factor to be stronger but it was rather subtle and really blended in well. a bit sweet.

very thick and chewy with a very moderate carbonation. really just coated the mouth with its thickness.

pretty amazing all around. my only complaint was the cinnamon aspect was very strong and dominating. but an outstanding stout. booze was hidden well.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thank you to Kevin for cracking this one open at the Bruery 2nd Anniversary party.

A: Quite an ominous pour from the bottle. Viscous and black, creating a sturdy mocha head in the glass.

S: I was worried that the chili peppers would overwhelm the beer, but they provide only a subtle spice to the beer which works nicely with the sweet components. Chocolate and vanilla, along with caramel and roasted malts complete the nose.

T: A much more balanced flavor than the BA version offers. An inviting sweetness up-front of chocolate and vanilla, followed by a touch of bitterness and spice (chili and cinnamon) on the back end.

M: A very thick and chewy feel on the tongue. The carbonation is minimal, as it should be and just helps to enhance the creaminess.

D: The alcohol is nowhere to be found, but this one does pack quite the punch. A fantastic stout and one of the first CCB beers I've been really impressed by.

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Photo of fo5s
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL served in a duvel glass (denis meyers edition). 2011 Vintage. Thanks to AgentZero for hooking me up with this. Split with Shumania, but we developed our initial opinions separately.

A- pours a deep black, with a dark brown, 1-finger head.

S- dry cocoa, a lot of cherry

T- cherry, a montage of spices throughout, dry cocoa. Chili spice on the back end, but a touch subtle. More cherry. Vanilla is there but is tough to find.

M- cherry lingers...sweet, coats the mouth. Creamy.

O- an excellent beer. Had this without any food, but I suspect this would fare well with a pairing...perhaps some form of spicy chocolate, or a rare steak.

edit: as it warms, getting a lot more chocolate and spice, much less cherry.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Freethyhops. Thanks Riley!

Served near room temperature, it pours a pitch black with a 1 finger head of dark chocolate foam. The rather good head of foam surprised me. I wonder if there's any lacing? Yes sir eee.

The smell has notes of vanilla and roasted malt, cocoa, and some spice. Could be the cinnamon mentioned on the label. Not an overly big bold nose. And just when I say that, the smell *does* intensify and is big and bold. Resmells are always a must as giving time for the beer to "breathe", perceptions can easily change.

The taste has a BIG blast of a cocoa bitterness and roasted malt, vanilla, cinnamon spice, some sweet malts, and a spicy kick about mid palate that has *got* to be from the chiles. Wow. What a kick to the flavours they are. I can taste a little bit of tartness floating around in there but not much and it isn't needed at all. Some warming starts to creep in but I can't say the alcohol is a big factor tastewise. Delicious brew.

Full bodied with lightish carbonation. Super good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? For the abv and the really thick body that this brings to the table, very good. This will easily be close to a one hour session but I ain't complaining...

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yup, this is a serious beer. About the best looking stout I've ever had. Black as night under a reddish auburn/orange head with pretty dang good retention. Insane aroma, big in the cacao department and pasilla. I cook with pasilla a lot and this delivers. The aroma is an earth monster, with coffee and roasty notes. Full flavored, coffee, roasted barley, the chiles hit with an earthy assault, and as the beer closes out I get some spice and a hint, just a hint of vanilla and a bit of sugar, a little less dry then I like. A little hot and a little bitter from the roasted malts and alcohol, but otherwise its a nice full bodied beer.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Jet black in colour with moderate carbonation and an odd coloured (beige with a hint of red) head. Aromas are of roasted malt, spicy pepper, raw chocolate, vanilla, and Mexican coffee. Sort of like a fancy spicy peppery hot chocolate in the mouth, along with more vanilla, red bean, and medium roast coffee. Heavy bodied, with the peppery heat providing some interesting balance on the palate. Amazing stuff.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine glass

A - Pours super thick and jet black. Like motor oil. Probably one of the darkest, most viscous beers I've poured.

S - Smells of sweet chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of peppery spice. Maybe some cinnamon.

T - I don't know why, but I was expecting this to be boozy and maybe a little bitter - but it was not at all. Very sweet, creamy, and complex. Sweet chocolate up front, followed by some chocolate, and finishes with a spicy touch.

M - Liquid fudge. Very creamy and delicious.

O - I was very happy to have gotten a chance to try this. I think I actually like Abraxas from Perennial a little bit better, but if you are a fan of big, complex, sweet stouts - seek this out.

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Photo of Buck89
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. A rich dark brown color with a thick tan head. Nice retention. Big chocolate aroma with roasted malt, and coffee. Huge chocolately taste. Nice balance with roasted bread, coffee, and cherries. Vanilla intermingled throughout. Full-bodied and smooth -- just a world-class RIS. Great beer.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle into a chalice.

dark black, opaque. no head at all. MASSIVE in your face spell of chocolate and alcohol. I can tell this would improve with age. taste is huge on cocoa and alcohol, cinnamon is also very apparent. not getting any chili peppers though. real good flavor overall. full bodied, no carbonation.

overall a real big imp stout that will just improve with age. give it a year to fully enjoy it.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage

Look: this beer pours like motor oil, described at a tasting as "alien blood." Not terribly viscous but dark, dark, dark in color.

Smell: chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and other spices.

Taste: the nose throws everything off on this beer. What I get upfront is a blast of molasses, cinnamon, and raisins with little else. There are subtle hints of chocolate and coffee. No vanilla left on this one. Not a whole lot of other flavor felt after the sweet, sugary blast. Overall, it was kind of like an oatmeal cookie.

Feel: a standard good stout, viscous and full-bodied.

Overall: very good. Probably the sweetest of the big stout releases I have had. After two plus years, the vanilla and spices have fallen off, which might have made a fresh bottle taste better. For me, it's worth picking up a bottle of this guy if you can get a fair, dollar for dollar trade, but given what the folks in Florida demand for this non-barreled version, I will likely pass on future releases. Worth trying once, not a unique enough beer for me to have to repeat.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from this year's release. The beer and the Cigar City snifter it was poured in are both courtesy of Whartonallboy. This one was allowed to warm from the fridge for about half an hour before being opened.

Hunahpu's pours the typical solid stout black, with at most a finger and a half of *dark* caramel foam topping it. Retention is decent, but lacing is barely there. The nose is a bit muted, but what is there is intoxicating. Rich chocolate is the centerpiece, and it's buoyed by notes of cinnamon and peppery spice. The aroma may have been a bit dull, but that wasn't the case once the beer hit my lips. What would have been a deep dark chocolate base is brought much closer to milk chocolate from the sweetness from the vanilla beans. Cinnamon acts as the transition to a spicy, almost smoky finish from the chiles. Everything is in perfect proportion as well, with the chocolaty notes forming the basis of the flavor profile, and then filtering down to cinnamon and then chiles. The body is perfectly rich and creamy, but the carbonation isn't quite up to the task of cutting through all that. Hunahpu's isn't quite elite in every facet, but it brings it where it counts (the flavor). I'll be doing my best to acquire some more in the future.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours super dark black, hardly any brown highlights in the light. The head is also a very dark brown, however, sadly it only rises about half a inch and is gone right away. Light lacing.

The aroma is on the lighter side but its vey complex, wish it was a little more robust. There is so much going on here, on the front roasted malts, almost smokey, then small notes of vanilla, and cocoa. The smoke might also be presenting as light ancho chiles.

The taste is pretty good, lots going on as well. Lots of roasted malts on the front, cocoa nibs that are incredibly sweet with a hint of the chiles, very nice and unique. The finish is super sweet. Great to have a stout that isn't dominated by coffee, there's no coffee at all and its refreshing.

The feel is nice and coating.

Oveall, this is really good, a taste that keeps you guessing. Its really hard to get an exact point of something, keeps you guessing.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a motor oil black color. Aroma is super roasted malts, notes of chili and tobacco. Flavor is complex and roasted with notes of chili and a subtle sweetness. Has a big rich body and overall is really delicious.

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Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery on the day of the release. 03/12/11

A: Black as night with a ridiculously dark one finger head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: The cinnamon is in the forefront. Followed by notes of the vanilla, chiles and chocolate.

T: The cinnamon is the first thing that you notice here as well. Then notes of vanilla, chocolate and a faint hint of the chiles.

M: Thick, creamy and silky. One of the thickest Imperial Stouts that I've had.

O: A really fantastic Imperial Stout that I much prefer fresh as opposed to with some age on it. I was glad to be able to get to try it on tap.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #600
2014 vintage, poured into a snifter

A- pours a thick motor oil black color with a small dark tan head that has decent retention and short lasting lace as it settles

S- very reminiscent of a winter warmer style beer. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, a hint of spicy pepper on the nose, sweet vanilla, sandle wood, cherry cordial, cranberry spice

T- sweet fig and prune mix with vanilla and cinnamon, sweet toffee with tart notes of cherry and cranberry , very subtle heat kicks in near the finish, with a linger of dark fruit and graham cracker

M- thick and viscous body with low carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, just a hint of alcohol warmth

O- this should be released at Christmas, as it's loaded with traditional Christmas flavors and aromas. Mouthfeel was nearly perfect the chili complimented nicely

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Photo of waltonc
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark brown with a creamy brown head. A promising appearance that suggests this is a seriously thick, creamy stout. Smells of cocoa, vanilla, and crazy roasted malt. Flavor is amazing - chocolate, vanilla, coconut, very light spice from the chiles, and dried dark fruits. In spite of the ABV, there's no heat to this. Body is extremely thick, one of the thickest beers I've had. But not syrupy in the least. Carbonation is medium. Highly drinkable for such a thick high ABV beverage. I'm still working and having trouble resisting just chugging this.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
4.51 out of 5 based on 4,089 ratings.
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