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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 axeman9182
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from this year's release. The beer and the Cigar City snifter it was poured in are both courtesy of Whartonallboy. This one was allowed to warm from the fridge for about half an hour before being opened.

Hunahpu's pours the typical solid stout black, with at most a finger and a half of *dark* caramel foam topping it. Retention is decent, but lacing is barely there. The nose is a bit muted, but what is there is intoxicating. Rich chocolate is the centerpiece, and it's buoyed by notes of cinnamon and peppery spice. The aroma may have been a bit dull, but that wasn't the case once the beer hit my lips. What would have been a deep dark chocolate base is brought much closer to milk chocolate from the sweetness from the vanilla beans. Cinnamon acts as the transition to a spicy, almost smoky finish from the chiles. Everything is in perfect proportion as well, with the chocolaty notes forming the basis of the flavor profile, and then filtering down to cinnamon and then chiles. The body is perfectly rich and creamy, but the carbonation isn't quite up to the task of cutting through all that. Hunahpu's isn't quite elite in every facet, but it brings it where it counts (the flavor). I'll be doing my best to acquire some more in the future.

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

Been a while since I have reviewed anything, crazy week. Big thanks to my cousin for getting this to me from Tampa.

A- Pitch black motor oil falls into a pint glass. A massive dark mocha head forms and retains very well. Looking damn good so far. Huge coat of dark lace.

S- Huge roast malt and milk chocolate off the top. A nice vanilla presence as well. Good caramel malt presence making me think it will be sweet.

T- Massively filled with cocoa and chocolate notes on top of the sweet roast malt caramel Zhukov's I remember. The vanilla helps round this out. A tiny bit of chili and spice as well, cinnamon is pretty much minimal to me. Fairly smoky from the chili peppers?

MF- Pretty thick body with low end carbonation. Oily feel overall coating the tongue. Somewhat spicy.

DB- I like this beer overall, I think the blend of ingredients worked out well. Tastes like dessert. I am glad I split the bottle but this one drinks very well considering what it is.

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

Pours a thick black as midnight color with a small chocolate brown head. This sucker has got some weight to it.

The vanilla bean aroma stands out and along with the cacao nibs, it brings a tootsie roll scent. There is some zesty-ness from the spices but nothing very strong. A very rich dessert aroma.

The taste is of a roasted malt base with some strong ground coffee notes. This is followed by caramel, cacao, and the vanilla. There is a lemony acid twang to keep the sweet in balance. Very light spice from the chiles, they seem to add a different layer of sweetness and a slight metallic note. I don't pick up much from the cinnamon but that might get blended in with the chile spice. A lot going on.

The feel is very thick with soft carbonation that give the beer a silky feel. Very sweet to start but finishes with a roasty bitterness. Quite sticky on the finish. There is some burn from the chiles, perhaps the alcohol as well.

A very tasty beer with lots of complex flavors. Its a big beer and better enjoyed in smaller samples. Great dessert beer.

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Photo of Infernal75
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 2011 bottle thanks to BA muskabeatz.

A: Pours a dark, black, motor oil color that we've all seen so many times before. Where this beer really stands out to me is its head, this thing foamed up to maybe an inch and a half of, way over what I've come to expect from the latest and greatest big Russian Imperial, a bit too much for my preference. The head was so creamy it seemed to keep swirl lines.

S: Here's a sticking point with me, my drinking buddies described the aroma as "subtle", which to me says that it's not very strong. Initially I just barely smelled a sort of biscuity scent with a hint of pepper, but as it warmed it I caught much more sweet chocolate and vanilla. The way this aroma changes makes me wish I could give it two ratings, initially, I found it lacking, but as it warmed it came around.

T: This thing is marvelous! The very first thing I taste is chocolate, but just like packages from good traders, it's laden with extras! Just like that special release you get as an extra, this beer comes with a little peppery spiciness tinged with real cinnamon. Somehow all of these flavors work well together, AND THEN finishes out with a bit of sweet vanilla. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering.

M: So creamy! Thick and evenly carbonated, somehow this stout still feels almost like it's been whipped. Really a unique mouthfeel experience.

O: This is a good one, lives up the hype in my opinion, the peppery spiciness and cinnamon make this beer one-of-a-kind. Seek this one out if at all possible!

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Photo of radioscooter
4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has some hype to live up to.

Pours dead black with the most amazing cocoa head ever.

Smell is a bit off-putting. Nothing inviting here, bitter, dark hops and/or cacao.

Taste is COMPLEX. Getting cacao beans, and a healthy cinnamon burn which is amazing. Coffee roast coming through as well. Not getting a ton of vanilla. Did I mention Cinnamon and chile burn?

Wow, this is a wonderful taste. I love cinnamon and chocolate combined and this is the best of all worlds - Cinnamon, chocolate and BEER! But it works. This reminds me of the descriptions of ancient Aztec hot chocolate drinks back when the cacao bean wasn't the invention of Milton Hershey.

Not much else to say. Not going to be a favorite if you don't like new things. :) I love this - though I can't see drinking it all night.

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Photo of KevSal
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage thanks to jefe73, thanks Jeff!
poured into a cigar city snifter.

a- looks amazing! a lot darker than I expected, pours like used motor oil (yes you hear this all the time but it seriously pours pitch-black!). pour stirs up a beautiful half inch dark brown head. doesn't last very and disappears into small bubbles hugging the edges of the glass

s- put my nose in the glass and took a big whiff... barely anything... put my nose really close to the goods and still get very little aroma.
dissapointed I begin to drink.
fast forward to half way thru the glass and bam I get hit with a wall of aromas! every glass afterward; amazing. this guy is very picky with the tempature, a bit too cold and it's hidden away, but once it's warm enough it's outstanding. upfront is the chocolate and vanilla with some roasted malts and coffee. in the back the peppers and cinnamon appear nicely

t- like the nose my first sip was... ok. very familiar to zuhkov with some added spices in the back. this is it? it's good but not amazing. maybe tastebuds are out tonight?
nope they are workin just fine, as it warmed in my hand it suddenly exploded with flavor! awesome chocolate and vanilla up front with some cinnamon, the pepper spices kick in half way thru to the finish. wow these peppers work well too and they start prickling on your tongue as it rolls around. it's very unique to this beer and they pull it off.

m- cigar city has the mouthfeel down on their beers and this is no different. great mouthfeel from the start, think and chewy the entire time.

o- this expirience is defintly memorable. this one requires to be a tad warmer than most so keep that in mind when you decided to crack it open. maybe due to the peppers and cinnamon, but when it's there, it's fricken there, and than dammit you don't have enough to squench this new found taste.

I had high expectations for this guy, I've had a lot of cigar city and they have always exceeded my expectations. this one really let me down at first, and than turned me around and kicked me off my chair. trade for it and try it fresh, keep in mind to let this guy warm up a bit longer than your typical imperial stouts and be prepared for a very unique and memorable experience.

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

750ml bottle into a snifter. Thanks to Alieniloquium for the trade!

Hunahpu's pours with a pithy blackness that only the darkest midnights are known to provide. Edgar Allen Poe stuff, here. One of the most attractive billows of foam builds with each swirl of the glass--creamy and thick, brick red in color. The aroma wafts intricate notes of cinnamon, sweet dark chocolate, vanilla beans, and roasted Earth. Perhaps unfairly so, the smell is weaker in comparison to the flavor of Hunahpu's (and other upper echelon Imperial Stouts), but still quite good.

And speaking of flavor, sweet Mother-of-God this stuff is good! Absolutely bursting at the seams with rich chocolate, molasses, and vanilla sweetness up front, and the cinnamon and chili peppers take over mid-palate to dry out the finish with an earthy, organic gingerbread note that draws me in sip after glorious sip. Mouthfeel is rich and velvety with a picture perfect carbonation level. Honestly, this beer has little room for improvement. I had my doubts about Cigar City after being let down by a few of their more hyped offerings, but 2011 Hunahpu's is the real deal. A "must-try" in every sense of the word.

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Photo of Lunch
4.04/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brought a 2010 bottle of this to a tasting a little while back. Received from a generous trader. Served in a Cigar City snifter as it would be crazy to drink this out of any other vessel.

Pours as dark as any bowel movement after a heavy day of drinking Pepto-Bismol, but with a lot better head retention. Cigar City has a way of crafter thick stouts that look great.

Smell is of chocolate and perhaps the faintest hint of vanilla, but the chili peppers are dominating and really detracting from the aroma. Taste is similar but slightly better. The peppers are not to my liking, but to each their own. Mouthfeel is thick with smooth and creamy carbonation.

This is a nice beer, but I'd take Marshal Zhukov over this any day, but I am glad that I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle poured into my new Cigar City snifter. Big thanks to Cheesemoose for both. 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Marshall Zhukov and its variations have to be some of the deepest, pitch black beers I've seen. Count Hunahpu's among that group for sure. Completely pitch black in color with a one finger dark brown head and average retention.

Aroma: Fudge, smokey ancho chiles, espresso, and some herbal/leathery notes really stand out. A lot going on here. The chiles are definitely more noticable than I expected and contribute, not only a little heat, but a nice smokey char flavor. I do get a little caramel and vanilla in the background as well but its not as prominent as the other notes.

Taste: The dark chocolate and cacao nib notes are far more prominent here than in the aroma. The vanilla provides a nice backing and really smooths out the bitterness with some sweet notes. The leather and herbal flavors really make their way toward the palate after the initial chocolate burst. They provide a much more rustic feel to what might seem like a chocolte bomb at first. Definitely some espresso and char in the finish with a touch of heat at the end to bring it all together. The chiles are not as big as the aroma, but they work well with to give a touch of heat and a good deal of smoke.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy. No carbonation problems here.

Overall, a well done and unique stout. At times the chocolate can be a bit much, but the rest id incredibly well balanced and interesting. If I had to pick a flaw it would be drinkability. Was a struggle to finish the last couple ounces in my glass. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ejyoung
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a BIF and opened for a AZ BA tasting. 2010 vintage.

Pours super dark (basically black) with a chocolate colored head. Nice lacing and coating left behind in the glass. Looks thick.

Smelled of dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and a hint of chili. Intriguing.

This was a very unique tasting stout. Chocolate and roasted coffee are clearly present, but the additional ingredients really make this shine. Nice cinnamon and vanilla taste with a bite of chili heat in the finish.

Thick, full bodied stout that thoroughly coats the mouth. Nice amount of carbonation.

Really enjoyed getting to try this beer, but was glad to have friends to share it with. Definitely couldn't have put this down alone due to how full and intense it is.

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Photo of jewbrew
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pour. This beer is dark as can be. Oily, thick and resinous. Hunahpu is so thick it leaves my glass looking like a resin covered bong. The nose on this beer is as complex as the palate. Chocolate, char, vanilla, earthy peppers and alcohol hit the nose full force. The palate of this beer is immensely layered. I first get dark bitter chocolate that is quickly sweetened by the vanilla treatment and chocolatey malt character. Following that comes earthy smokey peppers that compliment the deep roastiness of the malts with slight heat to kick. The heavy viscosity and moussey carbonation combine for a luxurious and velvety mouthfeel. I enjoy my beer with food, hunahpu will make good company with spicy, savory and rich ethnic dishes.

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Photo of ottovon
4.17/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

opened at a tasting by ejyoung.

A: pours out a thick, opaque black with a brown head. the head looks very creamy.

S: smells of dark chocolate, roasted malt, burnt sugar, dark fruits. I get a little chili in the nose with hints of vanilla.

T: lost of dark chocolate and roasted malt. burnt sugar and some coffee, with a little chili and vanilla. a good balance of chili in this beer. not overwhelming.

M: thick and creamy.

D: this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of CGMLS3
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at at Hunahpu day 2011.

A: Black! Similar the other Zhukov's. Small, dark brown head, that fades rather quickly.

S: Notes of alcohol, with some coffee and chocolate. Wow was the first impression!

T: You get hit with the roasted malt, coffee and a hint of chocolate. Finishes with a hint of vanilla and a slight heat from the pepper.

M: Thick, heavy body. Good carbonation.

Overall impression: Had this along with the 4 Roses and Brandy aged Zhurkov at Hunahpu Day. This is definitely a great imperial stout.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8oz pour from tap at Cigar City, yesterday at Hunahpu release.

Velvety, viscous, dark brown-black liquid, with what appears to be a nicely baked brownie on top, as the thickly carbonated head crowns this brew.

The aroma is full of fudgy chocolate from freshly mixed chocolate batter, nicely balanced vanilla and coffee, and strong esters and alcohol at the nose which come out as the glass is emptied. There is a faint pepper presence that becomes more pronounced after first taste.

To start, let me explain that this was my first taste of Hunahpu, and my anticipation was all over the place. Ratings high, hype even higher. And while I enjoy stouts, my preference lies more with DIPAs.
The hype was right on. This complex brew did not disappoint.
Smooth, bitterness, like semi-sweet chocolate, but balanced by the vanilla and the nicely placed peppers. Full, thick, body, pleasant tingling that starts on the tip of the tongue, begins to remind me of some lingering, resinous hops, then when the tingling spreads to the lips I remember the chiles.

Great Imperial Stout. Complex, tasty, great use of the chiles; can sip this all day--alcohol well hidden.
This is the elixir to get me through the rest of the winter.

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Photo of MichaelLynBryant
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Self-pour, on draft at 2011 Florida Brewers Ball.

Pours thinner than you expect. This was my first time experiencing the beer.

Look - Red/Brown/Red-Copper - Most unique looking beer I've experienced in a long time.

Aroma - Chocolate/Cinnamon/Slight Pepper

Taste - Caramel, Toffee, Coffee, Milk Chocolate, Malt.

Thin front, Heavy mouth. After a few minutes, residual heat and spice from the peppers.

Overall: I understand the hype. This beer makes Southern Tier's Choklat and Creme Brulee seem like amateur brews. Probably couldn't drink more than 6oz in a session, though it is delicious.

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Photo of Florida9
4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle

A: Deep, dark black in color. Fully opaque. Forms a nice finger or so of very dark brown head that has some decent retention, but leaves no lacing.

S: The wonderful aroma of sweet dark roasted malts and the complex raisiny spiciness that comes from the dried peppers.

T: An interesting and complex blend of flavors. Dark malts with a light sweetness in the background. Flavors of ancho pepper, cocoa, and raisin. Coffee to a less extent. There is a very faint heat from the peppers that reminds me of a Mexican hot chocolate.

M: Heavy with a lower carbonation level leaves this one feeling smooth and pleasantly viscous in the mouth.

D: A very complex sipper of an Imperial stout. Took this to a tasting and only had a glass of it for myself, but that was more than enough.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with R Moe Nay to commemorate the engagement party.

2010 vintage

A - Black body with a bit of tan head.

S - Chili really comes through. Some vanilla.

T- Chili is very strong, coffee, pepper, vanilla, malt. A lot going on here. Very bold and flavorful. Not the best tasting stout in my opinion but great for what it is.

M - Very smooth with a nice finish. Chilis are a little much but that is knit picking.

D - Not quite as drinkable as the BC coffee but very well down and goes down easy.

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Photo of mistakebythelake
3.82/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle reviewed out of snifter at Big Bad Stout Tasting.

Pours a jet black again with red around the edges similar to base beer Zhukov. Slightest of head dissipates quickly with a slight lacing running down glass. Wow do the chilles really come out when smelling this bad boy. Also got hints of vanilla and oak. Tasted very similar to smell with a almost too much going on for me with muddling of vanilla, peppers and roasted malts and spiciness. Creramy and rich, but almost to rich for me. Very much a sipper at 11.5 % as it will creep up and I preferred Zhukov base beer.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.76/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, 2-26-2011

A - dark black body with a small head that's almost as dark.

S - metallic notes are up front, some vanilla, some chocolate.

T - Dark flavors, chocolate, smoke, coffee, hot peppers. bitter and dry. An awful lot going on without an awful lot of balance.

M - heavy, fairly smooth, medium body, dry.

D - a powerful beer that isn't that good tasting. slows you down.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.83/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours prettier than Zhukov's with a small coffee colored head that dissipates to a nice ring.

S. Tons of chili pepper in the nose. With vanilla and chocolate malt in the background.

T. The chili is more refined with vanilla and chocolate taking a bigger stance.

M. Bright carbonation (especially compared to the other stouts opened). Fairly thick mouthfeel.

D. Delicious, but the chili is a bit much for me.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle

Pours pitch black. A bit of dark brown head. Vry thick. I can smell the peppery goodness right away off the pour. Smells so very very peppery. Tastes sweet and dry at the same time. A good amount of cocoa on the tongue. The pepper melds nicely with the cocoa and roasted malts. The spice is a bit heavy on the nose but blends well on the tongue. Leaves my mouth a bit dry but fairly drinkable for the percentage. A definitely unique and interest brew

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Photo of brew3crew
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Part of the most epic stout tasting ever. This one from beer andbourbon.
Side by side with marshal zhukovs

2010 vintage

A-dark black with slight bit of tan head.
S-lots of chili in the nose little bit of vanilla.
T-lots of flavors. Coffee and pepper upfront and and finishes with vanilla. Wow. Impressive.
M-medium body and smooth with a wonderful aftertaste
D-very drinkable. Oh boy. These beers are going down fast!

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Photo of errantnight
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A truly impressive brew. Thanks, Mikesgroove, for this one.

Inky black with a gorgeous, creamy, coffee colored head which sticks and stays. Impressions of cherry (from the cinnamon and chocolate notes) and oak (from the vanilla and pepper tannins) blossom, the warm spice of the cinnamon and vanilla coming through most in the end. The body is as lush, soft, and full as any I've ever found, the beer hampered only by a ragged, lengthy, puckering bitterness. The roasted grains, aggressive hopping, and adjuncts add up to an overly bitter brew, even for my tastes. Despite this somewhat harsh and unpleasant finish, the lush body and intriguing complexities make this a superior brew. Hopefully they tone down the roasted barley and hops a touch to bring it fully into balance. A great beer just shy of transcendent.

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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.

Cheers!

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Photo of francisweizen
2.76/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one didn't really do it for me. It poured a dark cola brown/black with a decent white/mocha head. However the aroma was VERY sweet, like sugar and coffee and dark malts dipped in sugar and than encased in a shell of sugar. Taste was very sweet. It seems like their is a good beer under the sweetness but it really is hard to tell. Mouth feel is slick and sweet. Drink-ability is altered by the sweetness. Why the hell is this so sweet?

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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