Hunahpu's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

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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

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Photo of aasher
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Avagadro for this 2011 bottle, thanks Aaron! This one pours a very dark dark brown in color on the verge of being black. It's very viscous and coats the glass. It has a nice creamy chocolate brown head that sticks to sides. The aromas consist of sweet chocolates, cinnamon, spices, with light peppers. It's almost dessert like. The flavors feature a nice array of chocolates, roasted malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, other spice with light ancho peppers. It's very, very good and coats your palate. The body is perfect and it drinks really soft. Overall this is near perfect. I'm glad I finally opened one.

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Photo of klikger
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour served in a Bruery tulip

A - Black, large brown head & great lacing

S - Cinnamon, dried chili peppers, dark chocolate, and raisins

T - A spicy blend of dried cayenne, cinnamon, and dark fruits up front. Loads of coffee come next, with vanilla and dark chocolate joining the party as well. The end is bitter roasted espresso and piny hops. Amazingly complex, incredibly delicious stout. In my top 5 for the style for sure.

M - Ultra-smooth/creamy and pretty thick. Very good.

D - A sipper for sure. A brilliant sipper - I really wish I had more right now.

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Photo of SHerninko
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed an aged 2011 bottle with some buddies @Black Lab Bistro in Phoenixville, PA (BYOB)

Wow...WOW...WOW !!!
First time trying this wonderful brew from the Cigar City guys.

Looks great, some light carbonation, some lacing, dark motor oil with classic tannish head after pour then a flat black lake, no fizz. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but creamy and complex. Smell had some sweetness of bourbon and after warming a lot of the cinnamon (love it).
Taste is soooo, sooo very complex. Like one very versed taster said "this is the most complex beer in terms of flavors I've ever had!"--he's had 100's of beers.
I am a malt bomb guy. Love stouts and bourbon. This one has all that but the little bit of edge from the chillis and the cinnamon and vanilla beans really move this to a different level. It is truely unique and should be sought out. The high (over $100) price I've seen on some of the beer selling sites (ALWAYS TRY TO TRADE, not just buy) seems justified. It is worth it however you get your hands on it.
2 thumbs way up !

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks goes out to Matt Rego for sending me this bottle. 750ml from the 2012 release, into a Deschutes snifter.

A: Absolutely pitch black, an aggressive pour yields a small brown head that foams up to about a quarter of an inch and fades away leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Completely opaque, and easily one of the darkest beers I've ever seen.

S: Incredibly complex, there is a ton of chocolate, caramel, chili peppers, cinnamon, molasses and brown sugar. A lot of coffee in here as well. Smells massively sweet and rich. Really impressive how complex the nose is here.

T: Absolutely massive on every front. Huge chocolate and vanilla make for a ton of sweetness that leads into a strong roasted/burnt malt profile that is massive but never reaches overbearing. This roasted profile adds an acrid bitterness that pairs nicely with the hop bitterness in the beer. As it continues to warm the chocolate and vanilla really shine and become the dominant flavor profile. Just a bit of chile pepper heat and flavor finds its way in, but it is subtle and adds to the flavor without being distracting. Outstanding stuff here.

M: Absolutely perfect here, chewy and thick, massively sticky on the lips and overall just incredibly rich. No heat at all for an 11% beer, which is impressive. Spot on.

O: Thoroughly enjoyable and completely lives up to the hype. Great flavors that blend and balance to create an incredible drinking experience. My hat is off to Cigar City, this stuff is unreal.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to Immortale25 for this major, major want!

L – Black color with a 1-finger brown frothy, foamy head. Nice retention and lacing. VERY viscous. There are some noticeable legs on the side of the glass as well. This looks great.

S – Lots of chocolate and vanilla with a little bit of noticeable chile and cinnamon spice. Smells pretty good.

T – Wow. While it only smelled pretty good, it tastes ridiculous. It starts off with cocoa and vanilla sweetness and picks up a little bit of a kick along the way with cinnamon and pepper notes. As the taste progresses, it picks up a BIG roasted malt and dark chocolate character. Toward the finish, the dark chocolate really builds to a crescendo and finishes out the beer perfectly. This is delicious.

F – Full-bodied, decent carbonation, a velvety and creamy mouthfeel, and a sweet, mildly bitter, and mildly dry finish. Bittersweet dark chocolate lingers for a long time. There’s a bit of warmth from the alcohol, but the 11% ABV is largely hidden.

O – This is a fantastic beer and one of the best stouts that I’ve ever had the pleasure of having. When I poured it and smelled it, I was a bit concerned that the hype train may be striking again. It looks and smells very good, but I remember thinking that I’ve had stouts that were similar in both departments. However, I was proven very wrong once I tasted it. This beer is very special and has a phenomenal blend of flavors that all work perfectly together. The mouthfeel is also fantastic. The cherry on top is that I have no idea where all the alcohol in this beer is hiding. It is extremely drinkable for an 11% ABV imperial stout. I am so, so glad that I got to try this one and I’d love the opportunity to have it again. It’s definitely worth seeking out. Thanks, Joel!

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Photo of Uncleserg
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hand bottle via neighbor who hooked it up literally at 10:30pm PST Thx Art S.

Pours pitch black and pretty viscous with a creamy tan head that has some large bubbles.

Amazing aroma - chocolate, spices, roast, smoke, and mild chili peppers burnt sugars.

Flavor is incredible and moves through several phases as it warms up. Starts with semi-sweet chocolate then roast and coffee, followed by some smoke, vanilla, then chili peppers, cinnamon, wood and bitter cocoa and hops on the finish. The complexity is pretty cerebral.

Medium full on the palate with a bitter cocoa chalkiness. Bitterness really sticks with you, and I feel like it's more from the cocoa than the hops.

Drinkability is semi-smooth at chilled level once it warms up its chalky , but I think this works very well as a sipper. Smell is amazing intense chilly mild vanilla. AMAZING BEER glad to try twice in one week.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Loved this one... pours dark dark brown with a nice dark mocha head... smells of sweet vanilla on the nose... tastes almost like a BBA stout without any barrel. it is outstanding.. vanilla is smooth.. its not to sweet... mouthfeel is fantastic..a real winner

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Photo of Mess
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sentz for being kind and generous enough to part with a bottle. After cellaring for 5 months discovered cap was slightly lifted and there was stickiness running down the side. But welcome hiss when popped - beer so thick it must have sealed again. Poured into a wine glass, enjoyed chilled on a winter porch and let it warm throughout the evening.

(A) Dark, pitch black. Pours thick as rich hot chocolate - color too. Rich deep reddish-brown head. Keep thinking gourmet hot chocolate.

(S) Dark chocolate, coffee nose. Wisp of fresh, spicy chili pepper.

(T) Wow wow wow. Rich, high quality, high % cacao. Spice more prevalent as warms. Coffee again. Slight cinnamon.

(M) Thick, silky, pure indulgence. Coats mouth and tongue. Like letting piece of chocolate melt on your tongue with a spicy kick. But not cloying, and still slightly prickly carbonation on tongue.

(D) Tremendous dessert beer to be split with a friend or brother-in-law, but when he doesn't show up even better as an all night sipper.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 bottle dated 12/29/15

You don't just pop a bottle like this without reviewing it. I poured the bottle into a 12oz snifter and filled it 2/3 of the way up. Black. The head develops into a half inch of football colored sponge. That head lasts about a minute before there is no remnance of it besides a dark tan ring around the glass. I will get back to the nose later, as I have sampled this at a cooler temp than intended. Zero lace on the glass after the first big sip, but that might be the only tiny fault in the appearance, if there was one at all. The taste comes off as melted fudge. Sweet. Not nearly as spicy as I figured, but that was a nice surprise. Vanilla was lacking as well. Sip-by-sip this gets spicier and more flavors come up from the depths. Maybe not "more", just more pronounced as this monster warms up. Very slick on the tongue and just simply easy to drink for the ABV that is barely even present. Awesome brew!

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, courtesy of Axic10 in the Secret Bunny BIF, thanks Alex! (reviewed from notes taken 4/10/2012)

A- pours a deep black with no light penetration. There is a mocha-colored, one-half finger head that rests atop this dark beast. Very little lacing is present.

S- Coffee, dark chocolate, chilis, vanilla, roasted malt, dried dark fruits come through in the background.

T- like a party! Vanilla presents itself immediately and is followed by cocoa. Dark fruit and molasses/brown sugar enter in shortly thereafter. Coffee makes a cameo somewhere in the mix. Finally, chili arrives casually late on the finish. At no point are any of the flavors unaccompanied; each just stands out at a different point.

M- Thick with enough carbonation to break it up just a bit. A coating is left with each sip.

O- I absolutely loved this beer. I would really like to try one of the barrel-aged variants. The complexity is unbelievable. I am glad that I drank this fresh so I have an experience to compare the BA version to if I ever get to try it.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to cmorton for sharing.

Pours black. Redish brown one finger head from a slow and steady pour. Quickly resides to a ring of foam with wisps of head on top. Little specs of lacing are left on the glass. The red hue on the head is really attractive.

Smells heavily of dark fruits, dark chocolate, some vanilla and caramel with hints of spicy chillies. I also get a whiff of graham crackers, delicious!

Tastes like dark chocolate covered dates/raisins, brownies, some vanilla, and a hint of chillies on the end. Chillies are subtle and add to the flavor nicely. All the extra ingredients in this beer are not overpowering and simply add to the overall complexity. The chocolatey dark fruit flavor is particularly noticeable however.

Very thick/viscous and syrupy mouthfeel. Rich and full bodied. A little spicy from the chillies and hot from the alcohol, but not too much so.

Really complex and tasty. An inviting and drinkable imperial stout that has some interesting twist on the basic style. Basically, it lived up to my expectations.

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Photo of ThoreauLikeAGirl
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer (finally!) at a mini-whale tasting.
Thank you, Rich (phillybeer7779) for bringing this!

2011 - 750ml bottle.

I'm not sure if I can easily review this beer. It was just so amazing.

Color is very very dark. motor-oil black and beautiful. Small 1/2 finger brown head that retains for a while.

The smell of of cocao powder and cinnamon, roasted dark malts. Didn't really notice any of the chilis, though, in the smell.

Taste is of rich dark chocolate and cocoa. Some spice from the chilis, but way in the background. Hints of vanilla. Megatons of gloriousness.
Mouthfeel was thick with little carbonation.

This is a great beer. One of the best i've ever had. Now I just need to find more of it.

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Photo of roger617
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%

Finally excited to review one of my favorite beers. I've managed a handful of sample pours via bottle shares, looking forward to a full glass / bottle. This is a 2014, first batch, poured into a Hunahpu's glass.

A: Pours black with half a finger of a dense dark khaki head that reduces slowly and leaves a very thin collar.
S: Huge wafts of chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. In the back ground I get a lot of roast and coffee.
T: Sweet chocolate up front with a pleasant lingering cinnamon after taste. There are layers of flavor going on here, roast somewhere in the middle, but for me it's all about the chocolate cinnamon holding it all together.
M: Thick, rich, and creamy.
O: As stated, I already knew going in that this is one of my favorites, and nothing has changed after enjoying more than a few sips.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance - dark, tan head, viscous, nice lacing

smell - big notes of cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla, some spiciness/heat

taste - wow! very complex and interesting, so many flavors to take in, tastes like a well done imperial stout but with a nice balance of thick cocoa with a touch of vanilla and some body and heat from the chilis, but the chilis don't overwhelm (forget everything you know about chili beers)

mouthfeel - nice, full-bodied imperial stout, slight dry finish, solid mouthfeel, full

overall - such a unique and complex beer, i've been wanting to try this for years and a good friend brought a bottle around to share, i feel super lucky! it's worth the hype

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

Had as part of the mini Whale Stout tasting back in mid December. Thanks a ton to Chris aka FluffyMcTingle for sharing this.

A super dark black creamy head fades slowly with a thick syrupy heavy beer that coats the glass and has nice legs.

Nose is loaded with dark malts, roasty, dark chocolate, strong vanilla beans with a bit of a chili pepper under, some coffee, lots of dark chocolate, caramel, oatmeal, dark bitter scortched malts, just a ton of dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

Taste brings lots of vanilla at first, light spices like a cinnamon, chili pepper, lots of chocolate, baker's choc, dark choc, creamy milk choc, vanilla again, dark malts, chewy oats, a nice mouth coating that sticks everywhere, with some nice bitter tastes, a slight fluffy and earthy hop character. All the flavors are blended well despite so many peaks of various flavors.

Mouth is super thick and luscious, creamy, with decent carbonation and touch of warming booze.

Drink is good, not much of a booze feel for being 11.5% and how heavy it is, it still drinks decent, a big mouth coating that never fades takes away slightly, but for the style of beer that's what it should be.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got 2 of these bottles, so I'm not sure which one I brought to the tasting, but thanks to DosBeerigos and HeyOhhh for each hooking up some Hunahpu! And thanks to DVelcich for hosting a killer tasting with fellow BA stoutfest.

I poured this into my Duvel tulip--

This is black and inky, dark and viscous, motor oil looking beer. Even on the pour you can't see through it at all. This is the only substance Superman can't see through! This is dark dark dark. On a good swirl you see the tannish legs with slightly redish hues just coat the sides of the glass so thick that when it cascades gently back into the body of the beer, it looks like sand running down an hour glass. Great streaks of reddish brown lace from a nice 1 finger head of the same color. The bubbles are small and fine, very tight. Amazing retention, and though the head isn't huge, it remains for most of the drink.

Nose is pretty well balanced with some roasted chocolate and some sweeter vanilla notes. I do pick up some of the spiciness-- cinamon is there along with dried and seeded peppers-- not really spicy smelling, but the flavor seems to be there. The flavor of the chiles translates to the taste too, not so much the spicy heat of peppers, but the actual earthy flavor. This reminds me a little of a homemade chili recipe-- just toss everything in and see how it comes out. I can imagine this took quite a few batches before they found the right recipe on this, but they nailed it here. Such a great balance.

The first sip was big cinamon, which mellowed out to some sweet vanilla for just a second before the hefty cocoa and a little alcohol sting come into play. That boozy sting is where the chile peppers really ride in too. The finish is sweet and spicy, but in nice harmony. I still can't get over how well balanced this beer is! Huge roasted malt bill is great!

The body is one of the thickest stouts I've had. Huge. The carbonation level is perfect. Nice and creamy feel that is very easy to drink.

This beer deserves to be hunted down and traded for. If you get a chance to try it, by all means, pick it up.

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Photo of cextreme
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Made it to Cigar City for the first time. Worth the drive! I had the 14 and the 16 5 Oz poor, liked the 14 better. Had to be sure so I tried the again, yep still like the 14 better. It appears to age well and loose a little of the zip/carbonation.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml(2011) bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, shared with a fellow BA.

A- Big frothy two finger dark brown head, silky lacing, dark pitch black motor oil color, really attractive looking Imperial Stout.
S- Chocolate cocoa, vanilla beans, unique aroma must be the ancho and pasilla chiles, roasted notes, really nice.
T- Wow just delicious and complex, chocolate cocoa upfront, cinnamon spice, the chile adds an amazing layer to this beer, the vanilla beans come out as well, nice bitter chocolate in the finish. This beer is amazing.
M- Medium/Big mouth feel, silky smooth drinking, coats the palate, dry finish.
O- This beer is amazing and lives up to the hype, complex and tasty, you cannot tell that it’s an 11.5% beer, easy drinking and filled with taste, one of my favorite Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark, small brown head that dissipated into some small bubbles around edges

S - Chocolate mostly, slight cinnamon.

T - Initially a lot of chocolate, as I drank more I got a ton of the chillies and a good amount of cinnamon. Couldn't really pick up on the vanilla, it was overpowered by everything else.

M - Very thick, coats your mouth.

O - Amazing, wish I had another to age for a bit. I will definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a thick motor oil jet black with a half finger head that is very dark brown with a garnet hue. The head dissipates completely and almost immediately and there isn't a single spot of lacing. Smell is the only draw back only because I thought it would be stronger, but it is still amazing and this bottle is about a year old. The rich chocolate, roasted malts really stand out with a nice mix of cinnamon and peppers as well. Taste is everything I hoped it would be and more. A great blend of sweet chocolate and roasted malt that give off a little hint of coffee up front, then mid sip the vanilla takes over with the cinnamon and a touch of heat from the peppers making for the perfect finish. Feel is perfect for a stout. Thick, full bodied and very viscous. Overall lives up to/exceeds the hype. This beer is phenomenal!

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Photo of hardy008
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark black color with a large 4 finger head. The head on this beer is the darkest color I have ever seen on any beer. It also has great retention.

The aroma has dark chocolate, vanilla, and cocoa. The aroma is very nice, but not as strong as I thought it might be.

The flavor is very bold, much more so than the aroma. Dark chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla. Also tastes like there is a little bit of cinnamon?

Full bodied, rich, smooth, creamy, sweet, and perfectly carbonated. I can not even detect the alcohol which is 11.5%. This is an exceptional beer for sure. I only wish I had another bottle.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this in 2014 at GABF -- enjoyed it then and enjoy it know! Bottle poured into snifter. Dark rich black in color with little carbonation. Cinnamon, chocolate and spices are apparent. Full bodied, peppery, spicey notes balanced with chocolate (coco nibs). Keep bottling!

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Photo of rabbott2
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 bottle drank on 4/16/2016

L-thick motor oil with a thin tan head

S-chocolate, hints of vanilla, cinnamon, subtle peppers

T- sweet dark chocolate with spices...some vanilla comes through and the peppers are subtle and not annoying or overpowering at all

F-drinkable big time...minimal booze. Really nice creaminess

O-first time I have had really fresh and this was very enjoyable. Great aged and great fresh!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 11.5% abv. Pours a great looking pitch black color with a tan head. Very good retention. Head moves to a fat ring, leaving no lace.

Dark chocolate, cocoa, a bit of roasty malt. Some dark fruit comes out. A bit of vanilla. A bit of cinnamon at the end.

Smoother dark chocolate blends well with some peppery flavors. A hint of vanilla and dark fruit. A bit of cinnamon in the finish. Dry at the end.

Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Lower carbonation. A fair amount of heat. Very nice beer here.

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Photo of Perderick
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 vintage poured to a 2013 Hunahpu's snifter.

MIdnight black, 1/4" medium brown head. Poor retention, minimal lacing

Cinnamon. molasses, chocolate, and just a tinge of green chile. The peppers are much more pronounced as it warms.

Fresh, it's all cinnamon on the front end which meshes perfectly with the chiles mid palate and then finishes with a lingering chocolate flavor. Chicory, molasses, and maybe a touch of the vanilla. Fantastic. Just a hint of soy sauce flavor would be my only criticism.

Thick, syrupy, very low carbonation. mild chiles so just a hint of heat,

This is easily one of my favorite beers of all time, and although I prefer it with a bit of age, it's still top notch fresh.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
4.51 out of 5 based on 4,066 ratings.
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