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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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Reviews: 772 | Ratings: 3,998
Photo of ljc973
4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage. Met or exceeded every expectation that I had. Roasted grains, chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon throughout the nose and taste. Did not get much chili, which I was thankful for. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Would recommend, and will seek again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.42/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wow, what a lack of carbonation in this black and brown beer. Aroma didn't give much in the chili department, it had lots of roast though.

Taste gave some chili flavors, very minimal though. Mild Mexican chocolate. Cinnamon is there. Very thick viscosity. I gotta say, most of this series of beer I've had has been pretty underwhelming given its reputation.

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Photo of fondyball20
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 opened almost a year after bottling. Much better then Abraxas, cinnamon is more mellow and overall makes for a much better experience and smoother beer. All the flavors compliment each other very well.

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Photo of ELS
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Living in Florida I've had the opportunity to have Huna on tap. To be honest, until recently I was never a big fan of the beer. Maybe my palette changed or I had a really good batch but I finally had what I think is an excellent imperial stout. What hit me this time was the cinnamon and touch of heat working so well with so many flavors of chocolate, coffee, smoke and more. I never realized how complex this beer tastes. I really enjoyed drinking this beer and will seek it out for now on.

Having it again on 5/8/16. I'm raising the look to a 5. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it has the best looking dark foam for a head. This beer is true luxury!

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Photo of bennyman12
4.94/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle.
Consumed with a dark gumbo.

The nose is chilis and chocolate.
Taste is same but with some great dark cherry flavor creeping in. Well balanced. Dry finish.
Mouthfeel incredibly thick. Wow!

As a St. Louis boy, it pains me to say, but this is better than abraxas, mainly because the cinnamon is overpowering in abraxas imo. Great job, cigar city. Hope to try a ba version someday!

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

I honestly was kind of disappointed with this one. Had a 2013 bottle not too long ago and thought it was good, but not amazing. Maybe the spices and other flavors had dissipated but I just didn't think it lived up to the hype. Xocoveza is a great alternative and so easy to get now.

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

2015 vintage. Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is jet black, oily and thick, with a halo of light tan head. Nose of rich chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Rich and heavy throughout. Flavors are boozy forward, heavy on chocolate, coconut, brown sugar, tobacco, molasses, char, subtle smoke, and coffee. Amazing. Smooth, rich, layered body, with a roasted, smoked, molasses, chocolate, and coffee aftertaste. Smooth, slick, and dry finish. Very solid, unique beer.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 1 pint 9.4 Fl. oz. bottle poured into a Founder's tap room snifter. Would have used my Cigar City snifter, but it's too small for this giant bottle. Bottled on 1/14/15, making this just over a year old, but still only 10 months after the last Hunahpu's Day.

A: Pours pitch black, motor oil thick, with an amazing luscious dark brown 1-finger head. Very beautiful beer.

S: Very complex. Lots of cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, rum-soaked white cake. Just a hint of pepper skin in the back. Faint, faint notes of dark fruits as well.

T: Hugely complex here, but that's expected when there's this many ingredients. Right up front is that cinnamon wave, followed by rich vanilla and chocolate layering. The peppers come through in the finish with that lingering heat. Certainly not hot, with just the right kick from the peppers. Everything is layered here, much like in a dessert, and it works beautifully.

M: Rich, full mouthfeel. Exactly what I want in my Imperial Stouts. Alcohol is hidden very well. Great, great balance with all the ingredients, nothing overpowering.

O: Big thanks to pcstuck for this one. I've been chasing this guy for quite some time. Made it out to Cigar City a couple years ago and fell in love with the place. Don't know if I'll ever make a Hunahpu's Day, so I had to get one when the opportunity struck. For me, this beer lives up to all the hype and legend surrounding it. In terms of the genre, being the Mexican Hot Chocolate style, it's right up there with the best. This is how I like my Imperial Stouts, with lots of character and flavor. From beginning to end, this one is a stunner. Very rich, decadent, layered and complex.

Recommendation: One of the legends, a must-try.

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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 TBonez477
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Nearly pitch black in body with a dark khaki, thick head. Legs are long on this one.

S: Aroma is sweet but difficult to discern. Elements of cocoa powder, deep, dark fruit juice and sweet malts.

T: Taste is dominated by dark chocolate fudge or brownie. The flavor is not as complex as expected but the finish does provide a flash of heat as the liquid clears the palate.

M: Feel on this one is in line with the appearance. Nice and thick yet smooth and silky going down.

O: This is a great beer worthy of the ratings and reputation. One of the few non-BA imperial stouts that has the full mouthfeel that I look for.

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Photo of zonker17
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Released March 9, 2013 consumed 12/27/15. Pours very dark near black with slight beige ring. Some vanilla and bourbon on the nose with coffee. Taste mainly malts, bourbon, vanilla, but the chilies are muted, may be due to time. Chocolate finish. Heavy body and slight carbonation.

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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 pkalix
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

March 2014 bottle. Very salty. No head. Less thick than it looks and of what was expected. Salt is the dominant flavor feature with cinnamon, chile and vanilla following. Easy to drink except for the saltiness. Overall, very decent. No alcohol heat on this one, maybe from sitting for a year and a half?

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

Looked amazing. Poured like used motor oil, no light coming through this one. Large head on it. Smelled a little boozy with some dark fruit. Could taste chocolate with the vanilla added to it, along with a very strong cinnamon presence.

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Photo of -Rick
4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a minimal amount of head. Lots of chocolate on the nose, some coffee also. The taste is dominated by chocolate, more like a powdered chocolate taste. Almost no heat from the peppers . Just a slight heat at the back end of the sip., A good stout, but did not live up to the hype.

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Photo of osc1123
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A rich and complex Imperial Stout. Just enough heat to make it exciting but it doesn't linger on the palate which allows you to enjoy the nibs, vanilla and cinnamon that follows. Awesome brew! I should move to Tampa.

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

Heavy chocolate and vanilla. Cinnamon and chilies present as well. Cinnamon comes off powder, adding a nice thickness to the beer. Slight burn on the back end, but not enough to cause heat.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 bottle poured into a snifter. After much hype surrounding this beer, I was super excited to try this! It pours jet black and almost looks like motor oil. Very little head when poured into the snifter. The smell is somewhat sweet with aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and chilies. For a flavored stout, you get the sweet taste to start and finishes with cocoa and vanilla flavors, as well as some heat from the chilies. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth. Overall, this is a complex beer but super delicious; one to savor for sure! In my opinion, this one lives up to the hype, cheers!

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Stuff is fucking magic
Pours like motor oil from a 750 ml bottle. Thick viscous and syrup scent of fudge brownies and cinnamon wafts from the snifter could this actually be above the hype...
Taste is decadent brownies with cinnamon and spice just the right amount on everything and mixed together the way you wish you had a Mexican grandma to make brownies for you
Feel is nice and mouth covering don't want to stop drinking this
Overall near perfect stout and the spice just makes everything so sinfully delicious and decadent. Like I just had my way with a brownie that fell into a can of Mexican spiced chocolates.

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Photo of WhiskeyMax
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage poured into a tulip. Very little head that faded to nothing quickly. Appearance is black. Smell is right on with vanilla, chocolate, and oaky booze. I may get a bit of orange too. The taste is much the same as the smell. As it warms I get more of the chili. It feels luscious. Overall it was a tasty, fun beer. This was my first beer from Cigar City and am looking forward to the next one. Thanks to my old friend B.D. for bringing me this one.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2013. Poured from 750 ml into pint glass. Oily black. Little brown head. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, and cinnamon. Tastes the same. Vanilla. Finishes spicy. Delicious.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Birthday Beer - 05/17/2015
750ml bottle with my Stone IRS snifter glass
2014 release -Big thanks to Doppelbockulus for hooking me up with this!

A: Looks quite viscous on the pour and settles in the glass just like a 5W-30 motor oil would. A smallish layer of dark mocha brown head forms for a few moments before falling away to a small crown. Very minimal stick or lace with exception of a few specks here and there. My guess is there is a bit of oil from all of the adjuncts that are hampering the head retention. Still dark and impy looking none the less.

S: Dark and earthy with deep roasted barley aromas rolling into raisin, molasses, dark tobacco, sun dried chilies, bitter chocolates, espresso, and assorted kitchen spices. Some subtle sweet booze emits in the finish. Quite complex and different. Like a Mexican Mole dish only a slightly different take. With everything going on here all the main characters do reveal which is great.

T: The flavor is very earthy as well with a deep roasted malt signature invoking espresso bean, chocolate covered raisin and cherry vanilla, molasses, and a light rendering of smoky tobacco. A mild chili heat sinks in midstream and carries through this deep chili roast earthiness on through to the finish. Seems to only add another layer of depth to all the roastiness here. Overall this is a sweeter stout but with those savory notes mixed in and a bit of warming spice that emerges as the beer warms up to room temp. There is a nice constricting amount of bitter hops here to help bring all the malt sugars in check. A lot to process but it is well crafted and comes together nicely.

M: Full bodied with a silky feel. Not quite syrupy to me as this is super smooth and viscous across the tongue. A moderately high amount of bitterness keeps it lightened with a nice peppering effect. There is a light dryness in the finish with some warming alcohol and a sleek aftermath.

D: A truly awesome brew and glad to have tried. Very unique and probably the best Non-BA stout I have had. Thing is this is not something I want to drink a whole lot of. While I can definitely appreciate the Hunah for what it is I found it somewhat difficult to kill the bottle solo. I need some better friends.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.85/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOTTLE: Acquired in a trade. March 14th, 2015 vintage. 750ml (I think). Classy label design. Branded pry-off crown cap.

Expectations are sky-high given how much I loved Marshal Zhukov's. Served lightly chilled into stemware. Reviewed live as an imperial stout per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 1-1.5 inches wide. Gorgeous tan colour. Creamy and full, with a gorgeous soft consistency and a good complexion. Retention is excellent for the high ABV - about 5 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid black colour. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's a good looking imperial stout, but it's not unique or special looking.

AROMA: Attractive genuine vanilla beans (with no artificiality at all), faint cacao nibs, very restrained chilis (to the extent that I don't know I'd pick up on them if I had this in a blind tasting), dark malts lending the perfect amount of sweetness, subtle cinnamon, and maybe some chocolate malt.

It's not as expressive or deep an aroma as I hoped, but its subtlety is impressive and I find the chilis emerging more and more as it warms. Cocoa powder also emerges.

Aromatic intensity is below average.

No overt hops, yeast, off-notes, or booze are/is detectable.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The mouthfeel is near perfect, boasting a silky softness and an almost velvety presence on the palate that allows the subtle heat of the chilis (which is maybe a 2/10 in terms of intensity) to mount. Slightly powdery and tingly, bringing out the lightly coarse cinnamon spice. Cream.

The smoothness and wetness of the beer is ideal. Dark malts bring the perfect amount of sweetness. This is neither slick on the palate nor cloying. Carbonation is perfect. Aptly medium to full-bodied. I love that it's not a dessert beer, and that it's not too ashen or charred. Caramelization isn't too high.

The build is intricate, with intriguing notes of cacao nibs, vanilla beans, chilis, and cinnamon. Very balanced. As much as I like it, the depth of flavour isn't as impressive as it could be, and I hoped for a more expressive beer.

Blakelive784 suggests an oily mouthfeel, and I concur. He also notes that the roasted barley covers the acrid bitterness a bit, which dries out the mouthfeel, but I don't notice much roasted barley myself, and I find the hints of dryness in the mouthfeel well-tailored to the style and flavour profile. The thickness and heft on the palate is right on the money, though. The texture doesn't elevate the beer as a whole, but it complements it well.

There's not quite a marriage of texture and taste, but the mouthfeel is clearly designed well - and tailored to the flavour profile. Lighty chewy and somewhat viscous without being syrupy.

Constructively, the vanilla bean - nice as it is - is a bit too reticent.

OVERALL: A great sipper, but not a beer I'd want to drink a whole bottle of (even though it isn't too dessert-like or filling). The subtlety of the chili heat is a highlight, and it's incredibly well built for an imperial stout, but in terms of this niche I might prefer a beer like Copper Kettle's Mexican Chocolate Stout. Absolutely well worth trying, and another treat from Cigar City, but in terms of their straight imperial stout offerings, I prefer Marshal Zhukov's.


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Photo of ChrisP802
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, we did a side-by-side comparison between this and the barrel aged blend
Pour - jet black, minimal head
Smell - cinnamon, coffee, chocolate
Taste - amazing, similar to the smell in every way
Overall - if you ever get the chance, drink it...drink it all

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Photo of sittinggc
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark as all hell...just like I like my beers. Light brown head.
Smell: Pepper spiciness and some cinnamon
Taste: Dark fruit. Also spiciness and a touch of cinnamon.
Feel: Nice and chewy....love it.

Overall: Really great beer. I can see why it gets praised. Unlike any other beer I have ever had. I am really curious to find out what barrel aging will do to it.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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