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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

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Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout
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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
Ranking:
#45
Reviews:
811
Ratings:
4,196
pDev:
8.52%
Bros Score:
4.45
 
 
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3,718
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Photo of superspak
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/11/2017. Pours very dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark brown head with insane retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Insane appearance. One of the thickest, darkest beers I have ever seen. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, fudge, molasses, caramel, toffee, cinnamon, chili pepper, nuttiness, and toasted dark bread; with light notes of tobacco, leather, raisin, plum, fig, smoke, charcoal, wood, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, coffee, and spice notes; with big strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, fudge, molasses, caramel, toffee, cinnamon, chili pepper, nuttiness, and toasted dark bread; with light notes of tobacco, leather, raisin, plum, fig, smoke, charcoal, wood, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Light roast/char/woody bitterness and pepper/cinnamon spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, fudge, molasses, caramel, toffee, cinnamon, chili pepper, nuttiness, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, wood, light dark fruit, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, coffee, and spice flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet and pepper/cinnamon spice balance; with no acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Slight dryness from roast/char bitterness and pepper/cinnamon spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Very minimal building pepper heat through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/rich, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden; a very mild increasing warmth of 11.5% through the glass. Overall this is an insane spiced imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, coffee, and spice flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Damn near perfect balance of spice flavors, with insane levels of rich stout complexity. Great pepper presence with minimal added heat. A highly amazing offering. As a side note: the last tiny pour of the bottle was all yeast. There was an obscene level of dregs in the bottom, but the rest of the bottle was spot on.

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4.1/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Mini-growler shared by nickd717 at a recent Cigar City tasting. Thanks for sharing this rarity, Nick.

The pour was black, tar-like and completely opaque, topped by a head that was a shade or two lighter than black. The color made me dread that this was going to be another burnt, acrid Cigar City imperial stout.

The aroma alleviated my fears somewhat as a huge bouquet of chocolate and cinnamon wafted up from the glass. Hot pepper and alcohol stung my nostrils, while vanilla brought a balancing sweetness. Beneath it all was the signature of Cigar City - burnt things, tar pit and fresh asphalt.

The taste, sweet and chocolatey up-front, spicy both from cinnamon and hot peppers - truly like drinking a blend of stout and xocolatl. Despite the almost excessive use of adjuncts, the base beer shines through with its heavily roasted, nearly burnt malt character. Sweetness from the chocolate and vanilla balance the bitterness with surprising finesse, never quite becoming cloying despite its richness. The finish reveals flavors of French roast coffee and burnt toast, and just when you think it's done the heat from the peppers coat the palate, leading into an aftertaste of cinnamon and chiles.

Well, they finally did it. That's right; Cigar City made a good beer. I know, I'm surprised too. This is good stuff, I might even track down a bottle when they come out next year.

Edit: Had this from a bottle, not as good, though still solid.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mothman
4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 for cracking this at a recent tasting.

Poured into KBS glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of a red hued tan brown colored head. Fades down a bit, but then has great retention. Color is an oil black. Very thick.

Aroma: Tons of pepper, rich chocolate/cocoa, caramel, and vanilla. Too many peppers.
EDIT: the aroma in the duck rabbit snifter was way better. More cinnamon, less peppers, more vanilla. Very complex. Much better.

Taste: Very complex beer. Vanilla, rich cocoa, caramel, more vanilla, not as much peppers but still present. A light amount of cinnamon. This beer just has so much going on for it. The flavors blend together so well.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and smooth. Interesting. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry with some cocoa flavors.

Overall, a very solid beer that is well done. Lots of unique flavors. The chilies were an interesting touch to this type of beer. Decent drinkability as well.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle share in Hoboken, NJ.

Vertical tasting of 2012 and 2011.

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color. The beer has a thin extremely dark mocha head that reduces to an extremely thin layer over the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of dark roasted malts, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and some spicy peppers (the spicy peppers are far more present in the 2012).

T: There is a very nice presence of lots of bittersweet chocolate, freshly ground coffee, and dark roasted malts upfront in this beer. The chili pepper flavors are present in the 2012 but had mellowed out of the 2011. Nice lingering bitterness.

M: Full bodied with low amounts of carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Awesome flavor and great complexity in both the smell and taste. This beer is very enjoyable but is a sipping beer, albeit one that I would enjoy sipping all evening long.

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4.21/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Originally rated from a small sample in 2013; revised with 2014 bottle on March 2015 and a 2016 bottle in December 2016.
Chili still evident.
A touch too sweet.
Amazing complexity and delicious aroma.

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Photo of jlindros
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had as part of the mini Whale Stout tasting back in mid December. Thanks a ton to Chris aka FluffyMcTingle for sharing this.

A super dark black creamy head fades slowly with a thick syrupy heavy beer that coats the glass and has nice legs.

Nose is loaded with dark malts, roasty, dark chocolate, strong vanilla beans with a bit of a chili pepper under, some coffee, lots of dark chocolate, caramel, oatmeal, dark bitter scortched malts, just a ton of dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

Taste brings lots of vanilla at first, light spices like a cinnamon, chili pepper, lots of chocolate, baker's choc, dark choc, creamy milk choc, vanilla again, dark malts, chewy oats, a nice mouth coating that sticks everywhere, with some nice bitter tastes, a slight fluffy and earthy hop character. All the flavors are blended well despite so many peaks of various flavors.

Mouth is super thick and luscious, creamy, with decent carbonation and touch of warming booze.

Drink is good, not much of a booze feel for being 11.5% and how heavy it is, it still drinks decent, a big mouth coating that never fades takes away slightly, but for the style of beer that's what it should be.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Cigar City early in the afternoon right after I got my ticket to buy the bottles.

A: Pours a very viscous dark, dark brown with a very nice tan head with plenty of lacing.

S: Whoa, lots going on here. Everything is almost overpowering, yet fits so well together. Lots of chocolate up front, followed by more subtle hints of roasted malt, vanilla, roasted chilis, and cinnamon.

T: Even better than the nose. Right up there with the absolute best imperial stouts I'd had; definitely top three. All that's there in the nose is there with the first sip, and the complexity of this beer only improves with each sip as it gets a bit warmer. The chocolate is definitely the base, and the light touches of cinnamon, vanilla, and chili peppers are fantastic and make this such a well-rounded beer.

M: Very thick and huge. Nice and chewy, yet incredibly smooth. Fairly low carbonation, but entirely appropriate. No alcohol heat.

D: Insane. Each sip brings forth new nuances. I spent less than 16 hours in Tampa, waking up a 3:00am on consecutive days for early flights (one of which didn't pan out), and if I hadn't gotten bottles, I'd still be supremely happy and thought the whole trip worth it.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black color with dark brown head. Aroma is syrupy, sweet with brown sugar, cinnamon and light pepper notes. Taste starts with a vegetal green pepper note, continues with cinnamon and sugar syrup, not very sweet though. Finish gets more roasty with bitter chocolate flavor. Full body, low carbonation. Really nice spiced stout. Balanced, easy drinking and smooth.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black, bubbling up a great one finger dark brown head, lingers for a while until it turns to a thick sticky lacing.
Huge cocoa in the smell, lots of cinnamon and vanilla, milky and dark chocolate, fig, raisin, veggie chilli pepper, lower coffee notes, faint wood. The smell is incredible, with just a small hint of booze.
Roasty robust taste, huge with dark chocolate, riddled with dry plums and figs, spicy with a lot of woody cinnamon, rich vanilla, even faint licorice. Mellows down and gets a bit sweeter, with sticky molasses and toffee, only to be balanced perfectly in the end with some roasted coffee, dark malts and faint smoked woodiness. The chillies bring a nice warm prickle in the back of the throat, just enough so you know they're there. Taste really brings up all that's written on the label, amplified, rich and perfectly balanced.
Thick body, very smooth, with a very tiny bit of booze present, nowhere near disturbing. Full complex aftertaste, extra roasty.
A huge imperial stout, unique, worth any effort and future budget-hole to get again.

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4.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2011 bottle, opened in 2011.

A – Black body with the one of the darkest heads I’ve ever seen. The head has super-fine bubbles and holds up well with nice retention and lace. The beer is incredibly viscous with better legs than most red wines.

S – Dark brown sugar, cinnamon, espresso, ancho chilies, light booze.

T – This beer is what a billionaire's milk chocolate should taste like. Chocolate covered espresso beans, delicious raisiny ancho chilies, cinnamon, soft pepper heat, toffee, and vanilla. The flavors are soft, complex, well balanced and prominent. An absolutely beautiful flavor profile.

M – Stunningly smooth, medium/full body. Great sweet vanilla / spicy chili / bitter cocoa finish with a touch of warm booze.

O – Fantastic balance and flavor. It’s rare that a brewer posts an ingredient bill as complex as this on the bottle and everything comes through. It's even rarer that those flavors come through so clean and incredibly well integrated. Tip of the hat to CCB, job well done.

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Photo of billab914
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured pitch black in color with a very thick looking body to it. The head foamed up and nearly filled the top inch and half of the glass. The head was a very nice looking deep brown, almost chocolaty in color. It stuck around too and left some very nice lacing. The head definitely gives this some bonus points on appearance, I loved the color if it.

The chili peppers are the first thing that stand out to me in the aroma. They give it a very flavorful roasted pepper like quality to it without becoming hot or spicy. The sweeter chocolate and mild vanilla seem to smooth it out pretty nicely. It has a good amount of bitter, roasted malt, coffee flavors to it as well.

The taste really shows the roasted pepper like flavor to it, which give it just a bit of spice. It has lots of chocolate coming through as well. The vanilla is there but isn't a strong presence. Towards the finish more of the roasted malt, coffee, bitter flavors come through. Very nice range of flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side with carbonation being on the lower side. Drinkability is pretty good, I liked the flavors a lot actually. It felt pretty well balanced between sweet and roasty flavors and the peppers and vanilla definitely added some nice depth. Very flavorful and good beer overall.

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2.76/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

I've had this on a few occasions now. I was entirely underwhelmed by it the first time, so I had to give it multiples tries in order to understand why this beer is praised so much. And I still don't get it. This just simply is not a good beer.

The look is good enough: dark brown-black with a wispy tan head that dissipated almost completely; few legs on the glass. Aroma was pretty basic for a stout, dark malts, some roast, with distant spice notes. For all that's put into this beer, the flavor profile is extremely weak. Dark roasty malts typical of a basic stout, stale tobacco, some sugary sweetness with a hint of cinnamon, cocoa powder, anise, something vegetal that could possibly be construed as hot pepper, but comes off more like dill pickles, with no real burn or nice peppery taste going on. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, which seems to be what makes this beer suffer the most; body is medium, very light for a stout, much less an imperial stout, and the alcohol warmth, while present, isn't too intense.

Of all the over-hyped uber-beers, this one probably impressed me the least, and to think that there is an entire day devoted to this beer, kind of baffles me.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Kegatron
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Jw347 for this in a recent trade.

Pours as black as an oil slick out of the bottle, topped with a rigid finger of rich chocolate colored head that also has some burnt reddish hues going on with it as well. This retains with a creamy ¼ finger, with each sip of this leaving back rich lacing and brown gooey oils that slowly ooze back down the sides of the glass. The aroma is just LUSH in the nose, with notes of chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, burnt roast, dark fruit, and a spicy mix of cinnamon and chilies, which add an extra zesty layer of complexity in the nose. Underlying alcohol warmth gives this a nice full thickness in the nostrils. Not much more I can say about this guy. This is complex as hell. Lots going on...

The taste equally full and complex, with chocolate roast, toffee, and vanilla flavors all spreading out and drenching the mouth with a tangy and dark sweetness. The spiciness of the cinnamon hangs on the edges and pulls together in the back, where it lingers with just the slightest sense of those spicy chilies. The finish is just drenched with a mix of sweetness, earthy dark fruit, roast, bitterness, and those aforementioned leftover spices. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a creamy thickness and rich viscosity to the carbonation, which keeps this silky across the palate. Beyond the beefiness of the body, the only sense of the ABV that I'm getting is some light warmth in the finish. The alcohol is just beautifully hidden here.

Wow. To say that there is a lot going on here would be an understatement but none of the flavors ran over each and other and all seemed to wait their turn to shine as you work your way through the profile. That's mostly probably a compliment to the well balanced base of the Marshall Zhukov being able to broadcast itself while still supporting all of the extra flavors that were added here. Just impeccable drinkibility for a Stout this size as well, as despite the onslaught of different characters being at work and the high ABV, I never felt palate fatigue in the slightest as I worked through the bottle. This one lived up the hype. Just a tremendously complex, interesting, and drinkable Imperial Stout.

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4.55/5  rDev -0.7%

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared by Richard - thanks. 2014 Vintage.

A: Pours blacker than a moonless night with a half-inch thick mocha head which sits like a king and leaves streaks of lace.

N: Luscious dark chocolate, roasty malts, vanilla, peppery spices, cinnamon, faint coffee.

T: Follows nose with big roast, chocolate mole, vanilla, cinnamon. Very well balanced.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Rich, full, decadent complex mix, finishes with peppery spice, vanilla, and roasted chocolate.

O: Whoa, a fresh bottle reminds me how good this is. Always a treat.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.58 out of 5 with 4,196 ratings
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