Hunahpu's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

4,142 Ratings
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

Added by tpd975 on 01-03-2009

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Photo of seeswo
3.68/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pour is viscous like motor oil - thick and black with oily brown head and a body that coats the glass and hangs out anywhere it goes. The nose is dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of vanilla and spice. I don't get the peppers. Good, but nothing special. Controversy in the taste. Split this with a few non-BA beer lovers - people who love a good brown ale but are rarely exposed to crazy 750mL imperial stouts. They thought it was really good, whereas I did not. Either way, the chilis hit you in the throat in a very minor fashion. They must have faded considerably looking at other reviews because I get them only as a mime for heartburn, and barely or not at all on the back of the tongue. This makes them not a particularly pleasant addition. The spices and the vanilla are mostly masked as well. The taste is dramatically like a really, really dark chocolate - but one that is not too bitter as to be overly dry. In fact, in contrast to almost everyone, I found this to be pretty one-note. It drinks kind of easy for what it is, with a big body and low carbonation. It really didn't come together for me and I kind of wish I had had it fresh.

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Photo of pisano
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 bottle paired with mole rubbed duck over grilled polenta and a spicy chimi churi sauce.

A- poured about as dark as it gets, black as a moon less night with a bit of espresso colored creamy head. Super thick and oily so viscous it coats the glass.

S- amazingly complex. First I'm hit with dark roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Then smooth deep fire roasted chilies and chared wood. The chilies show up as a spicy but earthy burn. Layers of sweet dark berries and mexican cinnamon. Bourbon vanilla mixes its way in the sweetness with some brown sugar and molasses.

T- dios mio. This it the truth. Roasted everything! The coffee and chilies bust it up first and roll into the chocolate with such beauty. 86 percent dark chocolate with big tropical fruit and over ripe dark berries. The vanilla sweetens things up and brings a balance to things. Smokey wood and a slight nutty char deepen the flavor and bring it all back around.

M- chewy and thick. Light carbonation that lends its way to a nice linger and long finish, and that's super fine with me.

D- great I'd say. This is a huge brew in flavor depth and alcohol but this never get boozy at all. It just keeps me coming back for another sip.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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

Edited and re-reviewed 5/13/11.

Pours like motor oil. Freaking jet black with a very nice, tight dark cocoa colored head. Beer almost seems to have the same hue around the edges from the carbonation. Just stunning-like a beer float with no ice cream. Deep aroma of cocoa, dried fruit.

A great flavor-mild cocoa with a shot or 2 of espresso for good measure. Mildly roasted/grain like, with just a trace of booze to it. Almost an india ink flavor to it. Faint vanilla-it's there but underlying. Powdery, cocoa flavor.

Great body-you could stand a spoon up in this.

Just a great big hunk of RIS goodness to me. Knew nothing about this beer until I saw the hype here. Was lucky enough to score some on a recent FL trip. The complexity of the different flavors might become too much in the long run. Far different from the Abyss or DL. Well worth trying, enjoying, hording.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Bieniek30
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Philly beer week on-tap at Capone's (the next day)

Poured into a snifter. Pours an opague black with an extremely thick chocolate colored heading. Lacing is all over the plce. Left ring's down to the last drop. So alive looking for a RIS.

The nose is simply amazing. The main aroma is of the cocoa nibs the used. Quickly followed up cinnamon and a just an all out assault in the nose of coffee.

Taste again heavy in chocolate and coffee. A bite of warm booziness. There is another subtle bite to this beer which I originally thought was the the alcohol content but it was actually the peppers I was tasting all along . Simply amazing.

Mouth is full bodied and the most alive feeling on the palate I have ever felt for an RIS. Some diacytl is slippery on the palate as well.

Uhmm what can I say ? The best Russian Imperial Stout I have ever had.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.6/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of coz
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chico1985
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from wavers1, much thanks. I am weary of beers that zoom up the top 100, but that ingredient list made me want this stout right away. I wanted to drink it fresh in case aging made the flavors die down.

Pours black with easily the DARKEST head I have seen on a beer. Wow! Almost as dark as the beer itself. Dark brown, like a hershey bar, with almost a red tint to it. A little lackluster on retention and lacing - turns to a cap, leaves a bit of foam. But, this head is so gnarly and dark.

Lots of cocoa and vanilla present in the nose. Coffee and roastiness. Chiles noticeable if you try hard enough.

Rich, thick chocolate (fudge brownie-esque), roasted malt and sweetness seem to be up-front mostly. Very good vanilla bean and spiciness from the chiles seem to blast you randomly and are especially present in the aftertaste and towards the end. The spice even makes me sweat a little at times, nice! Alcohol is 11.5%? What? Really?

Mouthfeel is a decent thickness and carbonation is low, alcohol is extremely well-hidden. The sweetness and spice may be a bit much for some. For me it was the best part.

Well, for a 11.5% 750ml stout I drank this pretty damn fast (under an hour). It's very complex and I love the flavors, but it didn't quite blow me away like I thought it would. I'm not sure why. This is still an excellent beer, a must-try for lovers of the dessert stout and spicy foods.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
4.51 out of 5 based on 4,142 ratings.
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