Hunahpu's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

BA SCORE
100
world-class
4,107 Ratings
Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

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
Ratings:
4,107
Reviews:
789
Avg:
4.51
pDev:
8.65%
 
 
Wants:
3,720
Gots:
1,257
For Trade:
118
User Ratings & Reviews
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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 Chupithegreat
4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mbbransc
3.77/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe my bottle was bad but I didn't get the hype. Mexican Cake is much better.

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Photo of ttp86
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Deshaies
4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vicinandp
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of Gregf51
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ssippisam
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hawkfish
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ToddThompson
4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Bizoneill
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JBreits83
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of jdcompton2
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KT123
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 510a
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tiburon
3.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'11 Huna on New Year's Eve. Mildly bitter choco w faint taste of chili's. Taste did not change for me as it warmed up.

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Photo of guido19
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ryanalday
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of KWhyte23
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
4.51 out of 5 based on 4,107 ratings.
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