Hunahpu's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

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Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
766
Ratings:
3,944
Avg:
4.51
pDev:
8.87%
 
 
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3,730
Gots:
1,184
For Trade:
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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A 2016 bottle courtesy of @smanson56
A: Pours dark and thick with a finger's width of light brown head.
S: Cinnamon and cocoa
T: Plenty of bitter chocolate and toasty coffee. The cinamon hovers. In the background throughout. The chillin become more pronounced as it warms. There are hints of tobacco that seem to come and go. There is some vanilla but it gets displaced by the heat. There is a taste of prune throughout.
MF: thick and chewy. The cinamon and peppers leaves lingering burn. Tobacco tastes lingers as if one was smoking a fine cigar.
O: fantastic beer. A great toasty stout that has a plethora of flavors competing for your taste buds. So we'll done.

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

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

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Photo of Masonz223
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Smell: lots of chocolate dark coffee vanilla cinamon green apple some dark fruit and a good amount of heat.
Taste: yeah upfront lots of dark chocolate and dark roast coffee middle of the mouth bitersweet chocolate vanilla cinamon green apple skin a hint of dark fruit finishes with some chille heat that sticks in the throat roast bitterness more dark chocolate and a slight hint of green pepper.
Feel: super thick and chewy it's a huge beer a definite siper.
Overall: this beer is a lot of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee with just enough heat from the chillies. Best part of this beer is the mouthfeel it's as perfect as it gets for an imperial stout. This is a really complex beer. Every sip I'm tasting something new. This is a beer worth seeking out and trading for!

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

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

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Photo of Marius
4.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at CBC 2016 - day 2. Dark chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, caramel, molasses, a bit of coffee, tobacco, vanilla and spices. Extremely well balanced and complex.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Combination review of the 2015 and 2016 vintages. 2015 vintage was simply a better beer - smooth, well-integrated flavors with ample spiciness from both the chilis and cinnamon. 2016 was far less superior, hopefully it gets better with time.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Dark, thin tan head.

S- Cocoa, bit of cinnamon and vanilla. Solid aroma.

T- Similar to the nose. Not a lot of dominant flavors. Basically no pepper heat.

F- Unimpressive. Thin, almost watery. We also cracked a Darkness and a Dark Lord, and they both poured and tasted a lot thicker. Smooth though and a little sticky.

O- Disappointing. Decent flavor and a pleasant aroma, but I like my stouts a lot thicker. I'd buy it off the shelf, but it takes a lot more effort than that to get it.

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Photo of W_Des
3.49/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

2016 bottle poured black during a spiced stout share. The nose was mainly chocolate with some faint sweet vanilla. The body was very thing and felt like flat cola. Some cocoa, a little bit of sweetness and hardly any heat. Maybe we had a bad bottle but that was not a very good beer.

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Photo of docoman
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

decent but not blown away by this beer as I was hoping to be. definitely had the spices but IMO they were blended in a weird way, all there but hard to separate each one.

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Photo of Gambyt20
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just simple amazing. Nose is just a hint of the greatness to follow. Smell notes of vanilla and coffee. Initial taste is boozy with some vanilla and coffee. Finish with peppers and cinnamon. Thick, smooth, complex. Again just simply freaking amazing. Savored each sip.

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

Beautiful stout with some great nuances. Big vanilla and chocolate notes. Rich and decadent. Would like a little more burn at the backend with the Ancho, especially given the sweetness level--good for 3 good friends or family. A bit too sweet for me, but well crafted.

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Photo of MaineBeerDinner
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: midnight black, persistent khaki head rim
S: cinnamon lead, vanilla, touch of peppers, molasses, raisins,
T: cacao, heavy caramel, toffee, heavy cinnamon, chiles
F: medium bodied, lasting cinnamon, slightly watered down feel to a fault

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Photo of NJBrews609
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 vintage; Serving - 750ml bottle into a 12oz. snifter

A - Dark brown, bordering on black, looks viscous, minimal tan head
S - chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and chilies
T - Chocolate up front, followed by vanillas and cinnamon with some chili heat at the end. The chilies really start to show as the beer warms up bringing forth a warming heat in the finish and back of the throat.
M - Thick, rich, viscous
O - This is one of my all time favorite beers. A real standout in its class, it doesn't get much better than this for me.

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Photo of mickyge
4.99/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't know if I can do this justice in a review, there were so many flavors hitting my mouth. Chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and vanilla to name a few. Really smooth mouth feel and not a hint of the 11% avb. The best stout I ever drank, it was so balanced and rich.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appear : Black, little brown head. - 4/5
Smell : Green pepper, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. - 4/5
Mouthfeel : Full body, medium carbonation, pretty drinkable. - 4/5
Flavor : Huge dessert like sweetness, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, spicy, cinnamon, chili. Can feel every one of the ingrediants, very balanced. - 5/5
Overall : unbelievably well made stout. It's very balanced, not too spicy but very spicy. Very sweet and dessert-like but not overly sweet. - 19/20

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.94/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. I'll start it off by saying get your hands on this now.

Most stouts are described as pouring like motor oil, but this thing is legit. It's so thick and creamy with just a touch of carbonation and head lacing. The spices are strong in the smell and leads you to think it'll be a spice bomb with overt sweetness. However, the taste is phenomenal and extremely well balanced. There's cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee; none are overpowering. There's just a touch of sweetness balanced by a great bittering finish.

For once, a beer lives up to the hype. I will be getting my hands on as many of these as I can.

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Photo of Rothobinide
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle - poured into a taster glass. Smells like cinnamon graham crackers, hints of vanilla and cocoa and paprika. Taste is up-front vanilla and chocolate, followed swiftly by a medley of cinnamon / mild pepper / bitter chocolate characters that linger for some time. Mouthfeel is pretty silky and a little thin, but still plenty of body. Overall, glad to have been able to finally try this storied beer. I'd love to taste a newer batch to compare.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich pitch black with a tan head that fades and leaves spotty lacing! Notes of rich cocoa, light pepper, vanilla, coffee, toffee, and burnt marshmallow for days. Thick, rich, velvet smooth, and coating. Overall one of the best stouts I've ever had. Amazing combination of flavors.

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Photo of fireazzi
3.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had the 2014, 2015 and 2016, It's a bit too boozy for me. Really strong, I can see why others really like this, but wasn't my favorite Cigar City beer.

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Photo of uvachief
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. 2015 edition. Pours oil pitch black with a thin layer of tan head that quickly dissipated into the oily surface. Smells of goodness. Chocolate, toffee, coffee, vanilla, bourbon...first taste is boozy but thinner than I expected. Not think. Little too watery. Lots of chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Burns on the way down. Cinnamon. Toffee. Boozy finish. Little cold so let it sit. Great. Most try.

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Photo of frontrangefart
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours motor oil black with a dark tan head. Smells like chocolate and vanilla (pepper is really hard to smell), with vanilla staying in the nose the longest. But when you get to drinking it, it's a whole different beast. RICH dark chocolate with coffee and a bit of a peppery sensation on the back of the tongue. Sweetness comes out after warming up a bit, but the front of flavors is chocolate. The feel is rich and thick. Overall, amazing beer and worth everything I gave up for one. So damn good.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: pours pitch black and looks like motor oil. The half finger of head is the darkest brown head I've ever seen.
S: Sweetness, huge chocolate aromas followed by slight cinnamon and vanilla.
T: Huge chocolate.....there is slight cinnamon and vanilla. There is nice chili heat on the back end but not overwhelming. I get all the notes on the bottle, they are all blended well and truely fantastic!
F: super thick beer. Tied for the tickest I've ever had. It's so smooth with a velvet feel.
O: Fantastic beer!

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Photo of lemmy187
4.61/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml shared......Dark brown with a finger and a half of mocha head. Pick up all of the flavors in the nose.....Chocolate, vanilla, peppers, and toffee. Love the taste....all the favors mix together perfectly. Nothing overpowers......unlike the cinnamon in Abraxas. Feel is perfect for the style.....medium heavy with moderate carbonation. Almost perfect example of the style.

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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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