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Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

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 ShadesOfGray
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with CarbonIS...thanks Bill! Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Pours an extremely dark black, murky and oil like. Has a great looking dark brown head, creamy with awesome retention. This looks amazing!

Aroma is spicy, malty, coffee-like, and boozy. Smell is super strong and very inviting.

Great full bodied and creamy flavor! Tons of sweetness, chillie spiciness...huge maltiness and thickness. Wow, this beer comes with a lot of anticipation, and it definitely doesn't let down! Low carbonation...but perfect. For 11%+...its not entirely boozy! Very impressed, a great beer from Cigar City!

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

Beautiful black heat with a dark brown head. This is how we celebrate a 70+ hour work week with breakfast.
The bottle was filled all the way to the top and was leaking a bit, but no issues with carbonation. Heavy chocolate and alcohol on the nose, slight spiciness, very light vanilla fingertips waving in the background. Thick, creamy chocolate, and the cinnamon comes out here, the vanilla still in the background, alcohol creeping.
The spiciness is there, lingers in the top of my mouth, near the back, like a spider biding its time. Very rich, very intriguing. I'm glad it was leaking a little, I wouldn't've opened this bottle for a while otherwise.
If you like spicy scrambles for breakfast, this is the perfect companion.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 of the 2010 vintage into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Gigantic thanks to Dan for sharing this one.

A: Looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle, and not just any motor oil - super thick, super black, super viscous motor oil. Even small splashes from the pour stain the sides of the glass a deep crimson, and once things settle out the beer is topped with a finger of the darkest red-brown head I've ever seen in my life. Incredibly intimidating, and absolutely gorgeous. I'd give this a 6 if I could - it's hands-down the most amazing-looking beer I've ever beheld.

S: Spicy chili pepper is up front, with a veritable olfactory assault of piquancy. Dark chocolate and vanilla bean back it up, but the chili really stands out - surprising considering that this is almost a year old. Excellent.

T: Less spicy than the nose, and thankfully so. The chocolate and vanilla are joined here by coffee and toffee, creating a melange of spicy, sweet, and bitter deliciousness. Tons of cacao, coffee, and craziness. I'm in stout heaven.

M: Viscous, syrupy, and well carbonated. Intense and wonderful.

D: The sheer hugeness of flavors, coupled with the high ABV, make this a struggle - but what an amazing struggle!

Notes: I'd only had small tastes of this beer before, and each time it blew me away. I wasn't prepared, though, for how truly spectacular this one was going to be. The appearance alone was worth the price of admission, and the flavors were simply to die for. I'll definitely be trading for a bottle or two of the next release. Otherworldly.


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Photo of Jazzcrop
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tastes are intense chili peppers, heat/booze, dark chocolate, European spice, vanilla, bourbon, charred oak, cinnamon, roasted barley, malt, hops, ginger, Mexican street food, Hershey's chocolate milk shake, tobacco and smoke. Really intriguing! OMG!!!

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Photo of bum732
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

S: Quite dry roastiness, chilis, raw cacao, hint of vanilla

L: Thick, motor oil like consistency, black as night. Dark tan head with a little retention.

T: Dry, roasty chocolate up front with a medium strong backbone of raw vanilla. Medium low earthy bitterness with some cinnamon and chili flavor following. More super dark chocolate into the finish. Fairly dry finish, and fairly dry throughout.

M: Medium full body, almost oily, medium low carbonation. Mild, spice in the finish. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

Almost perfect. Great marriage of flavors.without being too sweet.

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Photo of Beeranator
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Snifter Glass courtesy of CraftEyeDoc

A: Pours pitch black with a thick dark brown creamy head.

S: Chocolate, roasted malts.

T: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Smokey flavor, Vanilla. I don't get the chilies but there is some strong bitterness that mellows out with the vanilla after taste.

M: Thick, lightly carbonated.

O: Very good balanced stout with bitterness and sweetness, i loved the vanilla and cocoa flavors in this. Definitely would like to have this regularly.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours raven black in the glass. I was expecting much more heat on this one, something similar to that of Mexican Cake. I was pleasantly surprised by its smoothness. Perhaps it was due to the fact that the bottle had been aged (2014); nevertheless, I was pleased. Chocolate dominates the palate, though hints of cinnamon and pepper undertones fight for some recognition. Mouthfeel was silky smooth. Overall, I am pleased with this one. Wish I had more.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a review of the 2014, I hope I can land a 2015 to see if there is any difference in age.

Appearance: Like pouring dark thick syrup out of the bottle. Very little head in the beginning and then fades to nothing by the end.

Aroma: Not as dramatic as I would have expected it to be. Maybe its the age, maybe its my nose, but it smells almost identical to Marshal Zhukov's. Lots of molasses and sweeter notes some dark fruits, not really noticing the adjuncts though.

Taste: Alright here is where the adjuncts come through! Still strong vanilla and molasses taste are dominant, very reminiscent of MZ, but here is the kicker, you get the burn on the back of the tongue and then it spreads to the entire tongue. Very cool!

Overall: Very well made beer. Glad I had the chance to try it, I would love to try a fresh bottle to see if the adjuncts hold a more robust flavor. Someone noted that the heat had faded from the peppers, but that is one note that I can certainly say has not. Very nicely done Cigar City!

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Photo of Patrick999
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Chris @ Freshbeer for opening this one during a recent outing.

We poured a small but decent measure into a snifter. It looked thick as all get-out, with some lazy foam.

Not as sweet and alcoholic-smelling as I remembered when I had it from a fresh growler. It's taken on more of that signature Cigar City cigar-box aroma, along with the requisite big chocolate and coffee aromas.

Again, I get big bitter chocolate and coffee. Chilies are still there, but somewhat less strong than I noted when I first had this. It seems less hoppy too, but I think I prefer it this way, with that deep dark chocolate taste and cured tobacco, with just hints of chile and hops.

Once again, we're dealing with a thick, oily mouthfeel.

Oddly enough, it seems somehow more potent than it did before, even though I smell and taste less alcohol. My modest portion (though I admit, I had a second modest portion) hit me like a jackhammer. Drinkable within this context, but I could in no way drain the entire bottle. Excellent for sharing.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one at Rattle n Hum during their CCB brings everything event 2/17. Served out of a wine glass because they ran out of glassware.

A: Served with no head. Beer is opaque black, like a purified motor oil, premium grade! Leaves stringy lacing that eminates from the surface of the brew.

S: Smoky dark chocolate and cocoa are very apparent in the nose. Coffee aroma is strinkingly missing replaced by a very unique and pleasant chili spiciness that tempts the nose and beckons it closer. Flavors are not overwhelming though and in fact, quite subtle, which is why I dock this a bit for the style.

T: Opens with a milk/dark roasted chocolate. Cocoa is apparent as is a subtle roasted malt bill. These flavors feel like they've been meshed together and smoothed out with a sandblaster, they blend so well. End is a unique sweet spiciness akin to a sugared red chili pepper... sounds weird, but oh so very good. Finish is very clean for an imperial stout. No stickiness, no real apparent lingering flavors.

M: Medium to full bodied, very low carbonation and as silky smooth as silky smooth can get. Completely clean in the mouth and leaves no oily residue or sticky aftertaste. Finish is a bit dry and does not linger at all. It's as if this beer is made of liquified satin.

D: Some beers are rated highly due to hype. Some beers create hype by being good. CCB Hunahpu is in a class of its own. I just had this about 2 hours ago and I can't wait to have more. The smoothest, most drinkable, and most unique IS that I've ever had by a mile. I'd give this a 6 if I could. Deserving of everything that's been said about it.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Jw347 for this in a recent trade.

Pours as black as an oil slick out of the bottle, topped with a rigid finger of rich chocolate colored head that also has some burnt reddish hues going on with it as well. This retains with a creamy ¼ finger, with each sip of this leaving back rich lacing and brown gooey oils that slowly ooze back down the sides of the glass. The aroma is just LUSH in the nose, with notes of chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, burnt roast, dark fruit, and a spicy mix of cinnamon and chilies, which add an extra zesty layer of complexity in the nose. Underlying alcohol warmth gives this a nice full thickness in the nostrils. Not much more I can say about this guy. This is complex as hell. Lots going on...

The taste equally full and complex, with chocolate roast, toffee, and vanilla flavors all spreading out and drenching the mouth with a tangy and dark sweetness. The spiciness of the cinnamon hangs on the edges and pulls together in the back, where it lingers with just the slightest sense of those spicy chilies. The finish is just drenched with a mix of sweetness, earthy dark fruit, roast, bitterness, and those aforementioned leftover spices. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a creamy thickness and rich viscosity to the carbonation, which keeps this silky across the palate. Beyond the beefiness of the body, the only sense of the ABV that I'm getting is some light warmth in the finish. The alcohol is just beautifully hidden here.

Wow. To say that there is a lot going on here would be an understatement but none of the flavors ran over each and other and all seemed to wait their turn to shine as you work your way through the profile. That's mostly probably a compliment to the well balanced base of the Marshall Zhukov being able to broadcast itself while still supporting all of the extra flavors that were added here. Just impeccable drinkibility for a Stout this size as well, as despite the onslaught of different characters being at work and the high ABV, I never felt palate fatigue in the slightest as I worked through the bottle. This one lived up the hype. Just a tremendously complex, interesting, and drinkable Imperial Stout.

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Photo of jsanford
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to share this with a couple of buddies, as the cap was leaking slightly and I didn't want the beer to suffer. Poured into my New Belgium globe at around 50 degrees.

A - Black. Tar. Pours like old engine sludge, with zero light getting through. No real head to speak of, got a bit from swirling my glass. This beer literally coats the inside of your glass, not unlike the syrup in the glass bottles at a Dennys. Evil.

S - Very roasty. Tons of chocolate. Slight smokiness (perhaps from the chilies) and slight vanilla. Complex, but it's difficult to make out the individual aromas.

T - Dark Chocolate. Sweet, but not overly so. Very roasty, nice amount of depth was added by the vanilla and the cinnamon. Not as much chili flavor as I expected, more of a tingling in the back of my throat.

M - Thick and sticky. Completely coats the inside of your mouth. Decent carbonation and no where near as "boozy" as I would have expected. Masks its 11.5% well.

D - Glad I shared it with 2 buddies, would not have made it through by myself. Flavors are really well balanced and towards the end it went down easier and easier, but I was happy with my single glass. Definitely a sipper.

Overall a very interesting and memorable beer. Would be happy to find a few more of these. Great to share with non-beer drinkers to showcase just what beer/brewers are capable of.

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Photo of RyanLis
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%

It is almost a blessing and a curse to be rated so well, you expect the impossible, but settle for just mortal greatness. After trying you understand that this favorite did, in fact, cover its spread.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled initially at Tryst in Delray Beach, also have a few bottles that will be sampled in the future

From Notes:

A: Absolutely amazing pour. Ominous pitch black oil, huge deep brown head (almost purple), retention is surprisingly good given the ABV

S: Complex to say the least. Chocolate, fudge, vanilla, coffee, lactose, cinnamon, and dark fruit to name the main notes. Overall sweet smelling, but definitely has lots of depth

T: As I suspected, a sweet beer, and alcohol is pretty well hidden. Vanilla, fudge, chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon come the the front. I never really picked up on the peppers, but then again, there is so much going on.

MF/O: Thick and oily feel to it. Smooth and creamy despite the moderate carbonation.

Overall, a stout that should be grouped in with the best, but I never really got that "wow" factor that I was expecting. I still prefer the Abyss and KBS over Hunahpu's, but let's see what some cellaring does to this

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Photo of SebD
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage

Appearance: It has a beautiful viscous jet black color to it. It has a nice creamy dark tan head that dies down moderately slowl and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet dark fruit upfront, some molasses, roasted malts, cocoa nibs, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon and faint chilies in the back. This things smells amazing!

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads it has a lot of dark fruit and molasses sweetness upfront followed by tones of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The vanilla, cinnamon and chilies are still there but a bit more faint than the rest.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This is definitely up there with my top Stouts. Cigar City never ceases to amaze me. Keep em coming!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of zac16125
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter
2012 bottle

A: Pours a vicious opaque jet black with just over 1 fingers width of a dark mocha colored head with a darkness rivaled only by Marshal Zhukov (imagine that).  The head is dense, but dissipates moderately quickly down to a bubbly thin film and outer ring, which leaves a fair amount of lacing.  

S: Big milk chocolate, spicy chilies, roasted malt,  a significant dark fruit presence with fig and raisin, vanilla, and a touch of cinnamon that I probably wouldn't have picked up without the label indicating so.  

T:  So delicious.  The initial sip brings big milk chocolate and dark fruits followed on the back end by roasted malt and a grassy characteristic.  I also get notes of chilies that give it a spicy kick, vanilla, coffee, nutty characteristics, and some bitterness on the backend.  This is very complex and really, really good.

M/D: Smooth with a chewy mouthfeel, carbonation seems slightly higher than the base beer which acts to make it less sludge-like.  It coats the palate nicely with each sip and has a nice, full body-warming characteristic. ABV is very well masked, and drinkability is reasonably high for such a big beer sipper.  

O:Overall, a fantastic beer.  The chilies and vanilla add a nice component to what is already a really great base beer.  Obviously worth trying if you are lucky enough to get ahold of one.  Is it better than MZ?  Yes, but IMO they aren't that far apart.  Also, I do think the regular Hunahpu is significantly better than the rum barrel aged one.  The barrel aging dominates the flavor profile and masks the beers complexities IMO.  

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: A pitch black in color, pour looks like motor oil, a nice tan head that fades away rather quickly, and a nice coating of lacing as you drink this one.

S: Chocolate all over this bad boy, the chili was not as present as was on the taste but slight hint, and nice mixture of dark fruits.

T: Complex taste, lots of chocolate all over this one and the slight burn from the chili is somewhat rather satisfying was very surprised. Taste is great.

M: Full bodied slight bit of carbonation, very sticky.

O: Slick, and creamy, a great tasting Imperial stout, definitely reccommend to all if you can get your hands on it, great beer for 200th review!!!!

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Photo of suspect
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into clear plastic cup cuz that's how I roll when it's my birthday. Bottle courtesy of Bulbman.

A: Thick, viscous-like, motor-oil consistency looking beer. Aggressive pour leads to a thin peanut butter colored head that remains and slides down the glass as I taste.

S: Roasted chocolate malts, some vanilla in the nose and some spicy shit as well but it's the sweetness and a touch of the alcohol (or perhaps even the pepper) that bring the big aromas.

T: As Nicki Manaj would say: It's a motherfucking monster.The monstrous chocolate, sweet roasted chocolate malts are over the top delicious. Blended nicely with the alcohol kick towards the very end and the subtle notes of the chili pepper and vanilla finish ends this roller coaster ride of a beer.

M: Perfect mouthfeel. Big huge beer, sticky sweet mouth coating.

O: An absolute joy to drink. Was glad to split this with friends because I'm not sure I could have ever killed an entire 750 by myself but man would I love to try.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as a trade gift from digita7693, thanks again Don! My wife and I have been saving this one for a special occasion so we opened it with 6 friends after a Thai dinner outing for her birthday. This was an excellent night cap, and it was enjoyed by all, even a few skeptics.

Appearance is dark expresso brown/black with a full bodied pour and dark frothy chocolate milk colored cap.
Smells of dark malts, bold expresso, chili spice and a nice solid waft of booze.
Taste is complex and impressive, all the ingredients are evident and respectably balanced. Roasty malts, expresso notes, chili spice reminds me of red hots and fine dark chocolate. The abv is evident but works to keep your pace sipping to slowly appreciatte this complex brew.
Mouthfeel is full body as it should be.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the BBA Bolita release party at CCB. Poured into a mini-gobblet.

A: Pitch black, opaque in color. A small wet sand color head appears and leaves no lace. As a side note, as I consume the beer, a light brown coating appears on the glass and sticks around. At the end the rements of the beer leave legs, like a fine wine.

A: Huge chocolate. It smells like brownie batter. I get some spice from the ancho chilis, coffee, molasses, and a little roastiness.

T: Out of this world. Chocolate and spice, but not over the top. Just a hint of heat shows up at the back o the throat. Molasses is thick, but the chocoate is where this one shines.

M: Heavy body, creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation makes for an excellent mouthfeel.

D and overall impression: Just a huge American Double Stout, the ABV will limit the drinkability, but this one goes down smooth. Overall this beer is just amazing! One of the best I've had to date.. I know this is sounding redundant coming from me lately, but Wayne and Joey at CCB are brewing some of the best beer in the world right now. A must have! Skal.

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Photo of Rinkor16
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened on 12/28/12. Tasted alongside CBS, BCBCS and Black Tuesday.

A: Jet black with a little head that stuck around.

S: The smell is overwhelmed with chocolate and roasted malt.

T: CHOCOLATE. Smooth roasted malt, dark chocolate and vanilla. It is extraordinary how prominent the chocolate is in this beer. I have literally never had a stout that had so much chocolate going on. Out of a tasting of 4 American Imperial Stouts.... This was by far my favorite.

M: Right amount of carbonation, smooth and creamy.

O: Compared to BCBCS and CBS, I think this beer should be rated even higher. The amount of chocolate in this beer is astounding.

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Photo of jamescain
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer, big thanks to jwjon1 for sending me this one.

Appearance: Deep opaque black with a dark brown head about a finger thick that fades to a thin ring and clings to the side of the glass. I felt I needed to scrub my glass out after drinking it.

Aroma: Chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, subtle spices, coffee, roasted grains, blended very well.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, molasses, vanilla, and chili spices. I think the highlight for me is the spicy finish and mouthfeel. Incredibly complex and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy with low carbonation and a nice tingling finish from the spices that linger and slowly build up sip after sip.

Overall: This beer is so complex it's hard to imagine improving upon it with barrel aging. I had looked forward to this one for a while and I'm glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of cpmichael
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone RIS snifter.

A: pours a thick dark black, with a 2 finger mocha foam that stays for awhile. very carbonated.

S: chocolate and coffee hit the nose right away, a little bit of vanilla and a little of the chilies are noticeable.

T: smooth and delicious, semi-sweet chocolates, hints of hotness from the chillies smoothed out by the vanilla.

M/D: Exceptionally tasty, the carbonation is just right, it works well with this beer. a spicy and sweet beer. delicious.

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Photo of chalsk
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome treat during a tasting session at Damico's place. Pours a dark black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of vanilla and pepper. Sweet start. Then notes of pepper and vanilla, that mix with the cinnamon, to give it a wood flavor. An awesome cocoa finish with notes of cimmamon. What makes this beer so special is the perfect medium mouthfeel and the quality flavor of the cocoa. Cannot wait to get my hands on another one. Many thanks to Damico for tasting of this top IS.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

'13 750ml. I love this beer

A- Yep, black as night. Little head, so lots of retention. Not much head to speak of, but it vanished pretty quick. Thin lacing remains around the rim. Chocolate head.

S- The very first thing that I notice is a floral note. Call me crazy. Then I get vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon. Very malty.

T- Maybe the third at most? perfect 5 I have given on taste. This beer doesn't need to be barrel aged to get to a 5. Vanilla upfront, then mixed chocolate and cinnamon spice. Touch of caramel.

M- Just about as good as it gets. My top M is Zhukov, so can't be much different. Thick, so fn smooth. Some carbonation does follow down the throat, but it is not noticeable because the beer is so dense.

O- World class beer. I want this beer sooo bad.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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