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:
763
Ratings:
3,920
Avg:
4.51
pDev:
19.96%
 
 
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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.

B+

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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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Photo of KSOZE
4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate bomb - faint vanilla and coffee tones come through, but get little to no peppers at all which was a slight let-down. Was deemed middle-of-the-road in blind tasting with other spiced stouts (Mexican Cake, Oro Negro, Pipeworks Imperial End of Days and Abraxas).

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Photo of Tidesox28
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer overall. And that's after having Julius, Mexican Cake, Good Morning, and other top rated beers. The mouthfeel on this thing is what separates it from the rest. The complexity is off the chain. Each sip is different.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

25.4oz bottle, no bottle date but released on 3/8/14. Shared with my brother. Pours jet black with a small-sized brown head. Delicious smell of cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, and coffee. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla, and ends with a mild chili pepper zing. Less cinnamon in the taste. The alcohol is hidden well under the complex and bold flavors. Low carbonation and heavy body; really nails the style. Overall, it's a fantastic adjunct IS worth getting your hands on at Hunahpu's Day.

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

This is my new favorite beer. Poured the 2014, shared with a friend. Very complex, poured cold and sat outside. Sipped slowly to let let warm up. Initially you taste intense chocolate and cinnamon, but as it warms up you begin to taste the coffee and vanilla, and by the time the beverage was at room temperature all of these flavors dissipated and the chili flavor really started to hit. As of this writing, this is the best beer I have ever had.

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Photo of Alequine
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deeply rich viscous black. Beautiful to view. Light thin tan head with light lacing on the glass. Again adds to the attractiveness of the beer. Smells of rich malt, chocolate, and cocoa. Nice silky smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation to enhance the flavors. Wonderful initial notes of cocoa powder, bitter chocolate, little bit of cinnamon spice and sweetness. Lots of rich coffee and charred malt character to it as well. Outstanding finish and representation of vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate and malt.

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Photo of SoxFan
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

great mouthfeel and an interesting blend of flavors. 2015 bottle and cinnamon seemed to be the dominant flavor pulling through. hint of chili hit the back of the throat to finish. didn't pick up as much vanilla as i was hoping for. overall a great imperial stout.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

pretty thick black, with a moderate mocha head of slight retention. Nose wafts lots of chili chocolate, faint chilis, some super fresh high quality vanilla beans. Faint trace of olives. Taste is similar with lots of roasty chocolate up front, then a touch of fresh vanilla beans, a fair bit of cinnamon and just a hint of chili. Warmth (from both chili and booze) comes back slightly after the swallow. Nice silky creamy feel with a decently low carbonation. A bit sticky too.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage

Look: this beer pours like motor oil, described at a tasting as "alien blood." Not terribly viscous but dark, dark, dark in color.

Smell: chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and other spices.

Taste: the nose throws everything off on this beer. What I get upfront is a blast of molasses, cinnamon, and raisins with little else. There are subtle hints of chocolate and coffee. No vanilla left on this one. Not a whole lot of other flavor felt after the sweet, sugary blast. Overall, it was kind of like an oatmeal cookie.

Feel: a standard good stout, viscous and full-bodied.

Overall: very good. Probably the sweetest of the big stout releases I have had. After two plus years, the vanilla and spices have fallen off, which might have made a fresh bottle taste better. For me, it's worth picking up a bottle of this guy if you can get a fair, dollar for dollar trade, but given what the folks in Florida demand for this non-barreled version, I will likely pass on future releases. Worth trying once, not a unique enough beer for me to have to repeat.

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Photo of Moose90
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 750ml bottle

A — Pours a deeply rich black color, with some dark brown hues around the edges. Dark and thick looking in the glass, there is a light layer of foam on top of it that leaves behind some sticky lacing.

S — Smells of rich charred malts, chocolates, and coffee. Major sweet and sugary vanilla character, without being cloying or off-putting. Little bit of chili heat underneath it all, but its really just a peppery brightness to balance out the sweetness.

T — Excellent depth of flavors and exceedingly complex. Wonderful initial notes of cocoa powder, bitter chocolate, little bit of cinnamon spice and sweetness. Lots of rich coffee and charred malt character to it as well. Little bit of a peppery bitter undertone. Rally great representation of vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate and malt. Just fantastic.

M — Medium-Full bodied, long and lingering finish.

O — Well, this thing lives up to the hype, it's just that simple, this is a world class beer, through and through.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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