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Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout
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Brewed by:
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

Added by tpd975 on 01-03-2009

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Photo of JoshVandy
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to steppnrazr and cyrusthepup for hooking me up with a couple bottles of this. Two exceptional BAs.

2011 Edition 750mL bottle poured into Cigar City snifter on April 14, 2011.

A- Poured vigorously into the bottom of the snifter. Thick and oily, like draining the oil in your car. Absolutely no head, no matter how hard I tried. Acceptable lacing, given the ABV.

S- Immediate chocolate presence, followed by a nice vanilla and and coffee smell. Let it warm up significantly, the cinnamon and chile pulls through at the end. Impressed.

T- Sweet vanilla chocolate up front, followed almost immediately by a nice cinnamon and spice from the chiles. The chiles mask the alcohol beautifully, and create a heat I wish more stouts had.

M- Thick and creamy, with medium-low carbonation. Coats the mouth and throat without overwhelming, leaving a nice lingering flavor.

O- Considering this beer's exceptional status going in, I was more that pleasantly surprised that all the ingredients in the bottle are displayed in both taste and smell. I didn't think I would love the chiles, but I was proven wrong. Give this beer time to warm to a little below room temperature, and it becomes a frontrunner for my favorite non-bal stout. A very well balanced beer that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Thick motor oil, black body with quarter finger mocha head. Scary looking!

S: (very strong) Chocolate up front, peppers, coffee, some vanilla, coffee. Amazing. Sweetness. No booziness in the smell.

T: Holy shit. Nothing like I have ever tasted. Thick dark chocolate and bitter coffee & hops, hint of vanilla and then pepper and cinnamon (I am guessing that's what I am tasting from reading the label) kicking in at the end. It's quite spicy too. Spicy-ness and hoppy bitterness linger in your tongue. I love how each of the flavors come out in the order listed above. Very unique and tasty. Sweetness is countered by the spice.

M: Mouthfeel wise... it really reminds of Ten Fidy, but even smoother, thicker, and syrupier. This is perhaps the thickest beer I have ever tasted. Huge+ in my books.

O: Ok, so I am not a huge pepper/spicy person in general but in this beer, it really really works. Although not my favorite stout of all time, I can appreciate how well it's been put together. Very complex and yet balanced. Bold and yet meticulous. I love it. It gets a 5 from me.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at Hunahpu Day 2013.

A- Pours pitch black, is very thick looking, even in a crappy plastic cup it produces a really nice dark, creamy mocha head, which leaves some thick lacing.

S- Great aroma of rich dark chocolate, espresso, roasted grain, cocoa powder, with cinnamon and a subtle spiciness.

T- As in the aroma, there are layers and layers of dark chocolate, chocolate cake, and cocoa powder. Also a nice amount of espresso and roasted grain, with a dry roasty finish that leaves lingering flavors of chocolate. The cinnamon is more noticeable than the chilis, but both are relatively subtle and add a great complexity without overwhelming the beer. The flavors are highly complex, delicious and also well-balanced.

M- Full-bodied, super thick, creamy and rich, the booze provides a bit of warmth but is mostly invisible.

O- I'm so glad I have almost a case of this. It's a delicious, complex, thoroughly-enjoyable beer, this can easily hold its own with the best stouts around.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BastionShaw for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

2012 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, chili, and cinnamon. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon sticks, and a slight chili flavor that warms the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a nice thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is an amazing beer with a very nice balance of the ingredients especially in the taste.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured an intense black with a small finger of dark mocha head. Big chocolate aroma with hints of vanilla and cinnamon/chili.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Huge dark cocoa flavor up front with some hints of fruity esters, almost like a chocolate-covered cherry. Cinnamon and subtle chili on the tail end complement some really nice vanilla notes that emerge as the beer warms.

In the running for my favorite stout; wish I could get it on the West Coast. Perfect balance of roast, sweetness, and spice--absolutely top notch.

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Photo of ffOpusx
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black

Smells amazing big chocolate & Coffee notes, with some vanilla

Tastes even better, like melted chocolate bar, big chocolate and espresso notes,
Little vanilla, and cinnamon, light pepper under tone

This is the best non barrel aged beers i've ever had!

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Photo of mynie
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage. Pours very dark with a small chocolate covered head.

Smells strong and very smooth. The aroma is, first and foremost, that of very darkly roasted stout malt--no need for aggressive nodes of bourbon or bacon or Merlot or whatever other crap is currently in fashion. After a few more sniffs, some subtle nodes of cocoa, coffee, and all spice. Not the most variegated of aromas, but the striking smoothness makes up for any lack of excessive complexity.

Tastes like it smells--very smooth, medium complex, and nicely strong throughout. Burnt barley moves into coffee and chocolate, ending on pie spice with a small hint of capsicum that gives the back end a lightly fruit, lightly sweet feel and balances things together quite nicely. Practically no alcohol burn is present.

An excellent RIS, easily on a par with Dark Lord and Darkness, better than Parabola, but not quite as good as Bomb! or the Abyss.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2nd attempt to drink this beer. The 1st time, i was down at the brewery in Tampa, bought a bottle but the bottle broke before I was able to get it home and did not have time to return to the brewery. 4 months later I was back in Florida on business and was at Tryst in Delray beach and they had it on the menu

Poured a Black, turbid body with a thin, bubbly, dark tan head, beautiful. Its nose was a roasted, dark chocolate with spices in the front. Taste was of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and then finished with a spicy aftertaste from the chili's that hit you in the back of the throat. Great mouthfeel, carbonation was right and went down smooth. Pretty easy drinking despite the heat from the chili's. Overall a wordclass beer, that must be had.

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

This is easily the best imperial stout out there. If you are not looking for the high ABV, and hence not that boozy taste of fortified wine, this beer will make you a fan.

This is a nice imperial stout. Pours a dark beer with some carbonation. Smells like coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is superb. It is not dry, it is like a sweet coffee drink, or liqueur. I literally could sip on this all day long. Mouthfeel is syrupy and sweet.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle. Bottled 2012. Served in a pint glass. 

Pours oil black with a quarter finger deep mocha head. Spotty lacing. Very nice. 

Sweet cinnamon chocolate aromas are predominant. Excellent!

Big hit of cinamon and vanilla flavors hit first. The bittersweet chocolate is right there with it. A little burnt coffee in there. The mild chili pepper heat is almost just in the aftertaste. Bold, complex and delicious. The 11% abv is barely perceptable through all that goodness. 

Nice smooth creamy thick feel with low carbonation. Sticky sweet coating on the tongue. Outstanding. 

One of those rare few beers that actually lives up to the hype in my opinion. Really one of the best stouts I've had and totally worth the trip from Atlanta to Tampa for my birthday!

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL bottle to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
*From notes

A BIG thanks to BZero007 for opening this one. Cheers, Nathan!

A: Damn. This may be the darkest brew I've encountered. With the chili infusion, it adds a bit of a muddy rosewood complexity to the 2.5 head and thick, sticky lacing.

S: Sugar, spice and everything nice. Dark roast black coffee intertwines with the peppery spice and makes for one memorable nose. Shrink me down and lock me inside the bottle - this stuff is incredible.

T: The balance here is pitch perfect. It's spicy, with the hot chili on the fore to the mid. The Zhukov really comes out on the finish, as it's charry and rich like the darkest of dark chocolate. Utterly spectacular.

M: One of the top two or three thickest beers I've encountered. It's huge, and unlike 2010's Zhukov, it's properly carbonated. Massive. Epic. This is such a big and lavish brew.

O: Loved it. I really can't find any fault with Cigar City's Hunahpu. If asked how to improve this one, I couldn't begin to tell you. It's perfect in almost every way, and one of the best beers I've ever had. Offering Joey Redner your first born isn't enough to satisfy the Gods, as this one's worth your second child too.

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Photo of kfsv034
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the grand reopening on January 15th so I'm going off memory.

A - Appearance was black with a thin brown head that dissipated quickly

S - Vanilla, coffee, chocolate and a cinnamon like smell probably from the chillies

T - Amazing, Goes trough 4 different distinct flavors vanilla, coffee, chocolate and the chillies on the backend. Honestly I didn't think this would be as wonderful as it was. I thought the chillies would be to much but they made it just perfect.

M - Creamy

D - At the high ABV of 11.5% the alcohol is masked extremely well.

Overall this is a beer lovers dream extremely complex and super tasty. Easily my new favorite beer.

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Photo of jwjon1
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

CCB knocked it out of the park. Phenomenal beer. Thick, dark, aromatic, and extremely complex. Chocolate and chili peppers are a classic combo, and though I've had this combo many times in a variety of beer styles, never have I had it in a IS. And it really works and adds a new level of complexity to the already fabulous Zhukov.

Tried the Brandy and Bourbon BA versions as well, but the stock brew was by far my favorite... added alcohol and boozy notes from the barrels simply overwhelm the subtleties of this amazing brew.

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Photo of claytong
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - black on black crime. mocha head that dissipates slowly to some lacing off very controlled pour.

smell - chocolate brownies, vanilla, toffee... didnt get any peppers, but im happy with that, cause it was incredible.

taste - chocolate brownies that are out of this world good. everything else was minor... vanilla, earth, caramel and heat.

mouthfeel - thick and good, carbonation is amazing for how heavy it is. coats the mouth wonderfully

lives up to its rep

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Photo of Lerxst
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to Roger and Tim for this one, you guys rock!

750ml poured into a Stone IRS Tulip

Ah, the fabled Hunahpu...Will it live up to the hype or is it a product of hype and limited supply?

A-Holy s**t! This beer really does pour like motor oil! Imagine pulling the plug on your oil pan after 5,000 miles and you've got the idea. Pours pitch black with a nice size head that is sort of a mocha color with a tinge of red thrown in. The only knock is the lack of lacing. Not too much at all, otherwise this would be a 5 on appearance.

S-Delicious roasted chocolaty malt with a bit of molasses, bourbon, vanilla, coffee and tobacco. Smells great.

T-Malty chocolate quickly followed up with sweet vanilla notes and molasses, a slight tobacco taste, and hints of dark roast coffee and cinnamon. The peppers come into play in the middle and become more pronounced in the finish, yet they remain a bit understated just politely teasing the taste buds. Wow, this is simply amazing. And this is 11.5%??? I can't tell it at all. The alcohol is extremely well concealed. This is not a hot beer at all.

M-Viscous and full bodied. Chewy, yet velvety smooth. Coats the palate thoroughly. Carbonation is perfect for the style. I don't know what else to say other than this is one of the most exceptional mouthfeels I've ever gotten from any beer.

D-Despite being a huge beast of a beer and its a sipper, it goes down almost dangerously easy. Highly drinkable for such a big beer.

One of the best beers I've ever had period. It ranks right up there with Abyss.

Well done CC!!!

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours black, no head. Smells of coffee, alcohol. Tastes wallows in coffee, cinnamon, alcohol, prunes. Lots of carbonation and creaminess in the feel. Amazing.

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. This is the March 9th, 2013 release.

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep abyss-black and leaves about a finger of brilliant dark tan head with some real nice texture which lingers around a while before fading to leave the beer surface black with a brown rim of bubbles. Beautiful stout.

Smell: Chocolate, hot pepper, some light tart cherry, vanilla. A very interesting and mouth-watering combination. Unique smell that I've never experienced until now.

Taste: Chocolate and *pow* hot pepper right up front. Vanilla, roasted malts, plums, a touch of cherry, figs. A delicious combination. The peppers add more to this then I expected, there is a flash of spice, which fades immediately but really makes this one interesting. Plenty of dark chocolate and vanilla in this one as well as some cinnamon. Finishes with a touch of bitter. ABV is masterfully hidden beneath the intricate flavors. Wonderful.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation and a medium to heavy, creamy body. The texture matches the flavor profile very well. This one goes down exceptionally smooth.

Overall: A fantastic and unique imperial stout. The chilis and cinnamon make for a very interesting and delicious flavor profile. The chocolate and vanilla also comes out very nicely. The beer's creamy texture really helps keep this one masterful. This is an expertly crafted beer.

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Photo of DrewskiWhit
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Chilies have faded and I get no heat. I also get no heat from the alcohol.

Had a significant dark fruit characteristic which faded as it warmed. It tastes like french toast sticks dipped in chocolate and coffee. The aftertaste is a pleasant roasty note.

Mounthfeel is incredibly huge rivaled only by room temp dark lord

This beer is incredible

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Photo of JohnG190
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

2014. Thanks Chadwick for sharing. Pours pitch black with a thick mocha head that settles quickly into a foamy cap. Good lacing. Lots going on in the aroma - chocolate, coffee, vanilla, spiciness, roasted malt, and booze. Lots of roastiness on the tongue, dark chocolate, coffee and some decent chili heat make this a most complex stout. Full bodied with little carbonation. Overall, an extremely well crafted and incredibly complex stout.

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Photo of readbaron
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours our thick and dark, with light brown foam. Decent lacing, though it fades quickly into a dark ring. This stuff looks viscous - thick, dark, impenetrable.

Smell is great. Subtle and smooth, and surprisingly complex. Smells like a Mayan desert - chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, and a bit of chili spice.

Taste follows the nose - subtle and oh so complex. Tons of cocoa, some cinnamon, a touch of heat from the chili. The chili is noticible, but doesn't really build over time. It adds a layer of complexity to the sweetness that dominates the flavor. This beer is smooth and delicous.

Feel is superb. Thick and chewey, creamy, super smooth. Everything a stout should be.

Overall - a fantastic, top notch stout. Might be my favorite.

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Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Aroma: Loads of cinnamon! Followed with some sweet chocolate, and then you notice the peppers coming in a little, finishes with a wonderful blend of cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla bean, coffee, and the chiles. Just from the smell I know this beer is going to be great! The cinnamon is the star of the aroma for sure! 5

Appearance: Pours pitch black like motor oil and leaves a small espresso colored head that dissipates quickly, how every imperial stout should look! 5

Taste: Yes! So complex! Up front you get this wonderful cinnamon and slight pepper blend, then you get sweet chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon combo, and finishes with all previous flavors mixed with a little more heat from the peppers, some coffee, and light hints of coconut. Finishes a little bitter, but the sweetness lingers and overcomes the bitterness quickly. I was a little unsure about the chiles, but damn they work well with this beer! The complexity of this beer so fantastic and all the flavors are so rich and indulging, this is definitely one of my new favorites and I need to get more! 5

Palate: This is the only part that I don't really like about this beer, with how sweet it is I would have love to seen a syrupy texture, but it is very thick and very dry. It makes you want to drink it rather fast instead of the beer letting you sit there and want to savor it, this beer truly needs to be savored while your drinking it and the mouthfeel contradicts that. That being said it finishes superbly for a dryer stout but, because I don't think the mouthfeel goes with this beer I give it. 4 since it still executes the dry stout feel so well.

O: This is a damn good beer, I would love to get my hands on a Double Barrel Huna to see what the barrel aging brings to this beer, overall this is an incredible stout and it is well worth the hassle getting one of these!

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Photo of vacax
4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours lightless black with cocoa colored head that a slowly expands, resulting in cap that spans multiple fingers. The foam shrinks slowly, ever thickening and leaving copious patterns of lacing along the sides of the glass. Taking a sip coats the entire side of the glass. One-of-a-kind fantastic appearance. At first I said the aroma was the weakest part of this beer, but it has grown on me as I sip upon this fine concoction. Near every aspect of this brew is unique, and the aroma has mild peppers, cocoa, buttery caramel, and some meatiness/umami to it.

The flavor is equally interesting with rich chocolate, complex yet mild peppery notes, and a salty, roasty, fudgey finish. There is an overall fruitiness that sticks around behind all of the other nice flavors here. Delivers a unique flavor experience. The body is chewy and slippery but also well carbonation, which fades yet stays active as I slowly savor this.

I have had at least a dozen different CCB brews and this one blows the others completely away. Many of their beers are purely hype driven but this one is legitimately sublime. Cheers, Cigar City!

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

This stout looked deep, dark, and sultry. The smell was rich with bourbon, malt, cinnamon, and lactose. This is the best bourbon, chili, and spice stout I have had in 2014. Raisins and dark fruit rule in this one. The taste profile expands as the stout warms. The feel was perfect. Nice thickness, with hardly any carb. This stout is the perfect balance of Cacao Nibs, Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Ancho Chilis, Pasilla Chilis and Cinnamon.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH Signature Glass. Bottle shared with a friend.

A: Pouring this beer, I felt like I was peering into Satan's soul. It really is that dark. Rising from the fiery pit, I saw a dark brown head. The darkest I have ever seen. It sank quickly, leaving a rim around my glass. Holding the beer up to the light, there are no highlights. No garnet, not reflections, nothing. There is no escaping this darkness.

S: I got my first whiff while pouring. I am intrigued. Submerging my nose into the rim of my glass, I breathe deeply. This beer smells fantastic. The roasted stout flavor lies in perfect balance with sweet and spicy flavors. A wonderful aroma.

T: Much as the nose suggests, this beer is wonderfully balanced. It has the backbone of a traditional Imperial Stout, but with the essence of the cacao, chilies, and vanilla all working together. The sweet chocolate dances on my tongue while the spicy chilies light the back of my throat. The vanilla helps smooth the whole experience out. This is one of the most well balanced stouts I have ever tasted.

M: Thick. As heavy as can be. The beer needs the body, though, as the flavors are so pronounced. It feels great rolling around my tongue.

D: I could drink as much as I can afford. This is my first Cigar City beer, and I can tell someone put alot of effort into the quality of this brew. I hope they can get their distribution and production to a level that finding Cigar City beer isn't such a tough (and expensive) endeavor. Until then, I hope to try a few more of their top notch brews.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BA Brabander was so kind to share his beer with me and the other attenders. We were at a tasting at the Molen, organized by Fiona de Lange (the Dutch Beer lady).

A - A pitch black liquid and a brown lacing.

S - A beautiful scent of oak, dark chocolate,dark fruits, raisins.

T - The taste is of strong chocolate, cocos, raisins, coffee and brown candy sugar. This is so balanced and complex. Supurb stuff.

M - The body is full and the carboantion is soft. It supports the taste on an excellent way.

O - This is good stuff, no question about it.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
4.51 out of 5 based on 3,944 ratings.
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