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Hunahpu's Imperial StoutHunahpu's Imperial Stout

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

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Photo of Lorianneb
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A special thanks to Lare453 for this rare treat

A- Pours thick and jet black with a small tan head

S- Chocolate, cinnamon and brown sugar. No real pepper in the nose

T- Wow. Lots of chocolate, dark fruits like figs and dates, and brown sugar. Cinnamon and pepper cuts through the dark chewiness and leaves a nice dry finish

M- Thick, chewy and light carbonation

O- A spectacular stout. Many different levels that delivers start to finish. I will have to
travel to Fla for the next Huna day

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Photo of afausser
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours like old, dirty, chunky and sludgy oil that's been run a couple thousand miles too long through a diesel engine, with about a finger and a half of the darkest head I think I've ever seen on a beer. It is the color of extremely dark cocoa powder, and is nice and fluffy. As I write this, it's disappeared--all but a fine ring around the edge of the glass and a nice filmy fluffy foam across the top. Placid and still. Nothing as I hold it to the light--not even a hint, though as I swirl it in the glass the head seems to have a slight cherry or mahogany tone. Very slight amounts of patchy lacing.

Smell: Smelling something that looks like the oil I just changed a week ago can be a little disturbing. Smells of chocolate, mint, coffee and raspberry syrup--reminds me of the chocolates behind the counter when I worked at a Godiva, which is a memory that is just about as diametrically opposed to changing the oil in your car as you can get, I think. There's some bitter hop and burnt malt notes, flavored by sour cherries, raspberries, and limes. Smells slightly like breakfast as well--toast, pancakes, bacon, and slight smoke. Slight blueberries are present in the nose, as well as faint coffee. Vanilla ice cream is heavily in the background, and smells very much like a milkshake made with thick whole milk and just a bit of vanilla bean. A lot lighter and more sour/abrasive than the taste.

Taste: Whew, this one is heavy. I feel drunk having taken the first sip. That's not to say it's hot--there's only slight hotness--and there's really only slight alcohol apparent in the taste, but it's so rich. In a way, the taste is very similar to the smell. I'm getting creamy chocolate truffles still (which carry through to the aftertaste), as well as plenty of smoky, burnt toast and meat notes, and that creamy milkshake is still definitely there (though with far less vanilla than in the nose). And the cream is extremely heavy in this, which is interesting since the first notes you get in a sip are the bitter hops, burnt toast, and a bit of lime and raspberry sourness, as well as a syrupy note, sort of a cross between pancake syrup and coffee syrup. The aftertaste is creamy as well as providing bitter hop notes and very very dark chocolate truffles. The rest of the brew is dominated by cream, even when this is flavored by the heavy chocolate truffle notes--particularly coffee, raspberry, and dark chocolate truffles. It's now pointed out to me by a friend that the heat is more chili-like than alcohol like. I guess that makes sense, and now I'm tasting that a bit more in this brew.

Mouthfeel: I'm not initially impressed by the mouthfeel here, though I'm certainly going to be playing around with this number a bit as it warms. At times I think it could use more carbonation, but I think this would be a difficult brew to play around with. The carbonation that is there is voluminous, but composed of extremely small bubbles that disappear as you hold the sip in your mouth. After that, this brew is extremely odd. There's a very long lasting chocolate truffle aftertaste, and the thickness of the brew sticks around. A lot of times I would describe the mouthfeel on a thicker beer as "chewy." This one is creamy throughout, which is very odd with the heavy carbonation out front. And I mean creamy--once you finish the sip the cream lingers, coating your mouth, as if you had just drank heavy whipping cream, texture and all. It makes this one really hard to rate. That all said, I suppose the carbonation level is about right, though wow, what an interesting brew to try to work with on this.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, and I never would have guessed what the ABV was on this. An interesting and truly great brew, and by far the best I've had from Cigar City. The flavors and scents at times blend in rather strange ways, but it's a delicious brew and overall works well. Major kudos for creativity.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a tasting by Dreadnaught33. Thanks man!

Very Black, viscous fluid poured into a small snifter. No light permeates this. The simple head that formed was very dark tan. The color of the head is interesting to me as it can very wildly on beers that are seeming similar in fluid color. Hunahpu's has one of the darker caps I have ever seen.

The aroma is quite impressive and complex. I get a combination of big roasty notes, vanilla, citrus peel, and some spiciness against a slightly caramel malt character.

A sip reveals even more complexity with varying layers of malty flavor. Slight caramel, big dark chocolate, and some roast all present themselves cleanly in the flavor. Notes of vanilla creep through as well. A slight back-throat burning occurs with the swallow; kind of as a signature or brand to let you know you are drinking something special. Amazing beer. Medium dry finish makes this beer a pleasure to drink.

The mouthfeel is adequately dextrinous making for full-bodied but with an effervescent carbonation that keeps it from being heavy. I really love that chili burning sensation in the back end!

The drinkability is great as the beer displays great levels of flavor without cloying sweetness. Medium dry finish keeps you wanting more. This is a great sipping beer and would work well by the fire on a cold night as a digestif or paired with a dark chocolate torte.

This is one of THE best big stouts I've ever had and compares favorably with Darkness, Dark Lord, and KtG. It has it's own signature about it, but very interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of jwjon1
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

CCB knocked it out of the park. Phenomenal beer. Thick, dark, aromatic, and extremely complex. Chocolate and chili peppers are a classic combo, and though I've had this combo many times in a variety of beer styles, never have I had it in a IS. And it really works and adds a new level of complexity to the already fabulous Zhukov.

Tried the Brandy and Bourbon BA versions as well, but the stock brew was by far my favorite... added alcohol and boozy notes from the barrels simply overwhelm the subtleties of this amazing brew.

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Photo of squaremile
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured during a BA tasting event. Great thick mouthfeel, maybe the thickest I've ever had. Nose is vanilla, sweetness, chocolate, and some spice. Taste is more of the same with dark chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla flavors being balanced by some spicy pepper notes. Kind of like drinking a piece of dark chocolate combined with biting hot peppers. Drinkability suffers a bit just from the enormity of this beer. Very memorable.

EDIT: Had this again, review remains the same. I noticed more cocoa and pepper this time around, and there was an oil slick left around the glass on finish.

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, courtesy of Axic10 in the Secret Bunny BIF, thanks Alex! (reviewed from notes taken 4/10/2012)

A- pours a deep black with no light penetration. There is a mocha-colored, one-half finger head that rests atop this dark beast. Very little lacing is present.

S- Coffee, dark chocolate, chilis, vanilla, roasted malt, dried dark fruits come through in the background.

T- like a party! Vanilla presents itself immediately and is followed by cocoa. Dark fruit and molasses/brown sugar enter in shortly thereafter. Coffee makes a cameo somewhere in the mix. Finally, chili arrives casually late on the finish. At no point are any of the flavors unaccompanied; each just stands out at a different point.

M- Thick with enough carbonation to break it up just a bit. A coating is left with each sip.

O- I absolutely loved this beer. I would really like to try one of the barrel-aged variants. The complexity is unbelievable. I am glad that I drank this fresh so I have an experience to compare the BA version to if I ever get to try it.

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Photo of BZero007
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from current 2011 release.
Received in trae from J2Brew2, big thanks!

Poured an extremly dark thick pour with a dark brown head forming and hanging around for a bit. The aroma was roasty but had the backbone of a chile and cinnamon combo. A extremly lovely aroma and appearance with this brew. The taste really blew me away as the body was thick it pushed the roasty chocolate notes through that were perfectly balanced with the chile/cinnamon combo. I keep placing these two aromas/tastes together as they seemed to become one in the drink. The flavor and aroma of the chile was apparant but the cinnamon burn and flavor was just behind it pushing it through. I have not seen a lot of balanced RIS with a bidy this thick in my life and I extremly satisfied with this particular one. I am marking my calender for next year when the next release will be.

If you have yet to try this brew, make sure you do.

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Photo of cosmo4u
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had on tap at lazyboy saloon 9/24/11

Opal colored pour with a massive chocolate mousse brown head; absolutely gorgeous. Aroma is way better than the Zhukov we just tasted; the chili pepper, cocoa nib and cinnamon are all prevalent, adding to the base of roasted malt, coffee, and burnt wood. Flavor is otherworldy; has every awesome aspect of your typical imperial stout, but the pepper and cinnamon just add a whole other dimension. The spicy notes do override some of the roast and chocolate a bit, but it’s welcome, and those characteristics are still discernible, not entirely masked. The palate is viscous, thick, and full flavored throughout. Absolutely top notch.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch 750mL capped bottle with a pretty cool label poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/10/11

A: Pours a motor oil thick jet black with very dark brown voluminous head that reaches upward to fill the glass. One of the darkest heads that I have ever seen. Next to no light gets through this when held up to the light. This looks absolutely amazing, head hangs around for a while and leaves plenty of dark lacing around the glass.

S: Doesn't smell incredibly strong at first. Sweet with lots of dark malt and roasted barley, a touch of cinnamon and alcohol. Bourbony vanilla and lots more cinnamon come out as it warms up.

T: Very unique stout, roasted barley with lots of thick chocolate coats my tongue as the chilies make my mouth tingle. The cinnamon and vanilla are in there as well, just not as powerful as the flavor from the chocolate and chilies. The additions of the cacao nibs, chilies, vanilla, and cinnamon combine incredibly well with each other to create a truly unique and delicious taste.

M: Extremely full bodied, very thick and smooth like a true RIS should be. Some carbonation is able to penetrate through the thickness and create a slight tingle on my tongue. The chilies add a pleasantly mild, lingering sting on my lips as the alcohol warms my gut.

O: Overall, this is a great RIS. Delicious, smooth and packed with diverse flavors. You can really taste and smell all the additions of cacao nibs, chilies, vanilla and cinnamon. I will be seeking more bottles of this when it comes out again next year.

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Photo of daryk77
2.56/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

2012 vintage, thanks to macrosmatic for the bottle.

A: very dark, coffee colored head that dissappears quickly.

S: dark and bitter, little boozy with a meaty bite.

T: burnt chocolate malt, sharp and harsh. Not getting any vanilla here. Can pick up a tiny bit of cinnamon and bitter chocolate, not much pepper either. Pretty strong on soy sauce flavor here.

M: thick and rich, decent carbonation comes through.

O: not what I expected at all. Very little of the extra ingredients are shining through. Really a lot of soy sauce happening with a bitter chocolate fInish. This is odd because I have had Zhukov several times and that beer does not have these same base characteristics. Would love to get more vanilla to balance out these harsh flavors. This was a miss for me, would not buy again even if it was an off the shelf beer.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Smell: lots of chocolate dark coffee vanilla cinamon green apple some dark fruit and a good amount of heat.
Taste: yeah upfront lots of dark chocolate and dark roast coffee middle of the mouth bitersweet chocolate vanilla cinamon green apple skin a hint of dark fruit finishes with some chille heat that sticks in the throat roast bitterness more dark chocolate and a slight hint of green pepper.
Feel: super thick and chewy it's a huge beer a definite siper.
Overall: this beer is a lot of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee with just enough heat from the chillies. Best part of this beer is the mouthfeel it's as perfect as it gets for an imperial stout. This is a really complex beer. Every sip I'm tasting something new. This is a beer worth seeking out and trading for!

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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 chicagobeerriot
4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a strikingly dark, lush head that, for the style at least, hangs around for a long time. Can't really ask for more in this department.

A few whiffs gives you a complex blend of cherries, peanut butter, salted carmel and vanilla bean. Just a bit of alcohol in the background. Overall, a very nice mix.

Mouthfeel is very full, approaching the syrupy quality of some vintages of Dark Lord. Not necessarily a turn-off for me, but you are forewarned: this is a tremendously thick beer.

The beer starts with a sugar rush that is as strong as any beer I've tried, but just when I'm worried that this will be a one-note diabetes inducing mess, the complexity promised by the nose develops... Earthy vanilla bean gives way to tobacco and leather flavors. The finish is where this beer shines: the earthy flavors build into a pleasant coffee char and a bit of chilli spice makes an appearance that strengthens with repeated sips. In a sea of impys, this beer has its own unique flavor signature that is well worth a try. Although I haven't tried the barrel aged version, I wonder if the process risks overshadowing some of the subtleties of the finish.

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

multiple BAs have provided bottles of this beer, so I will just say "thank you Florida BAs" every trade has been awesome. 75cl bottle split between a close friend and I.

a- seriously, it pours so thick it almost doesn't look like liquid coming out of the bottle. a ridiculously dark brown head eventually reduced to a spotty film and collar. the lacing was light from the little head that was produce but the beer coats the glass like few other stouts. just a menacingly dark beer.

s- huge roasted character dominates the nose. its difficult to define what else is in there because it smells so strong of Starbucks like coffee. not you standard cup of foldgers but more like the newest vanilla whatchamachino. it could be a bit more complex and clean though, to be nit picky

t- really a massive beer. the huge roast hasn't gone anywhere, but the cocoa nibs and other forms of chocolate are nearly just as big and doesn't let the coffee dominate. the vanilla isn't extremely noticeable until it gets to room temperature. at first it tastes more like it's been in an oak barrel. the big ABV is incredibly well masked. as the flavors stay in you mouth the chiles create a bit of heat on your tongue and back of the throat, but I couldn't detect them anywhere while sipping the beer.

m- super sticky, thick and coating stuff. very subtle carbo adds to the desert-like feel of the beer.

d- one of those especially delicious beers that keeps you reaching for the glass. nothing manages to overwhelm and my glass was gone all to quick. good to know I have more :)

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally am having this fresh and I am certainly in for a treat. The por is a jet black with no head and no lacing. The smell belies cocoa, vanilla & coffee this is one of the best smetting beers I have had. Yeah I know kind of weird. Taste, is there a lot going on here! Vanilla, coffee, chocolate, cinnamon but the kicker is the nice spiciness of the ancho chiles everything melds so well. To try this at the day of release would be a treat. Well done!

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

Thanks to Heatwave33 for the 2012 vintage bottle.

This is the most attractive appearance that I've seen in a stout. What makes it so is the head. I can best describe the color of the head as burnt sienna - a reddish light brown. Immediately after pouring, the head is only half a finger which reduces to a thin film with bubbly halo. The brew is completely dark.

The nose has dark chocolate, black licorice, hints of cinnamon, leather and alcohol. All of the smells meld nicely and are not too strong.

The taste is immediately rich dark chocolate. The dark chocolate flavor is on par with an artisanal bar of 60% cocoa chocolate. The rich aspect must come from the vanilla. There are some roasted malts and hints of lightly roasted coffee. At the end there is a combination of lingering heat from the chiles and cinnamon, as well as dark chocolate. The heat from the chiles and cinnamon are very subtle on my palate.

The feel is thick, rich and heavy. This is what I expect and have no critique.

Overall, this is one of the best stouts that feature cacao nibs and chiles. The base beer is big enough to mingle with the cacao and chiles. The alcohol is well hidden. All of the flavors play nicely without overpowering each other. This is an excellent brew from one of my favorite breweries in the nation.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours super thick jet black with a super dark head almost blood color head.

smell - tons and tons of chocolate. Sweet chocolate blows me away. I get hints of graham cracker.

Taste - like the nose it has tons of chocolate and once again more graham cracker.amazing! No hints of any spice or pepper.

Overall -worth the hype. Amazing. No hint of alcohol. Get it and enjoy.

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Photo of tarheels86
3.66/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL 2010 ed courtesy of Travlr. Pours ink well black with a head so dark brown it looks Martian red. Jesus. Very nice lace. Aroma is grapes, smoked meats, barbecue ribs, bacon. Interesting mix. Taste is fresh grapes, raisins and moves to a chalky, powdery finish. I think the base beer here, Zhukov, is one of my least favorite Imperial stouts. The Hunahpu treatment is a shoe in for an amazing beer, but the base beer is just so bad that you can’t hide from it. Maybe do the Hunahpu treatment to the 110K. 4/12/2010 8/5/7/3/14=3.7

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Photo of DrewskiWhit
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Chilies have faded and I get no heat. I also get no heat from the alcohol.

Had a significant dark fruit characteristic which faded as it warmed. It tastes like french toast sticks dipped in chocolate and coffee. The aftertaste is a pleasant roasty note.

Mounthfeel is incredibly huge rivaled only by room temp dark lord

This beer is incredible

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

Much thanks to tpd975 for passing along another great bounty of CCB beers. Greg is one of the best traders and all around good guys in this community.

Anxiously awaited this beer and was thinking of Black Tuesday the whole time I was drinking it. Hard to imagine a beer getting more hype this year than Black Tuesday so I was really interested to see how this brewery release would hold up against BT and some of the other high profile releases of the past year.

A - The best appearance of a beer that I have ever seen. Poured from a chilled bottle into a snifter. Pours black and oily with a billowing head rising up. Absoulte perfection all the way around.

S - Chocolate certainly rules but there is enough going on there to make this very enticing. Some small scent of molasses, vanilla, are also there but the chocolate and chili let you know that it is there.

T - Was on the borderline of a 4.5 and 5 for this one. Would have thrown a 4.75 down if I could have. Exceptional taste as all of the previously noted goodies come through. A layering effect as each one presents itself.

M - Great. Oily and smooth feel.

D - Hard to imagine that this one is what it is. You simply want more and more of it as you drink it, it is that good.

This beer in my opinion slaughters Black Tuesday. The best beer that I have had this year. Can't wait to crack open another one. A great, great beer. Bravo to CCB.

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Photo of ELS
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Living in Florida I've had the opportunity to have Huna on tap. To be honest, until recently I was never a big fan of the beer. Maybe my palette changed or I had a really good batch but I finally had what I think is an excellent imperial stout. What hit me this time was the cinnamon and touch of heat working so well with so many flavors of chocolate, coffee, smoke and more. I never realized how complex this beer tastes. I really enjoyed drinking this beer and will seek it out for now on.

Having it again on 5/8/16. I'm raising the look to a 5. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it has the best looking dark foam for a head. This beer is true luxury!

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

2014 bottle enjoyed out of a snifter and a teku

A: Pours an incredibly thick and viscous pitch black. It's a cliche, but motor oil is the appropriate analogy. Serious legs on this one, and a thick film coats the glass. Khaki/mocha head that dissipates quickly into the darkness. Might be the darkest beer I've ever seen.

S: Bright notes of plums, cherries, and dark fruit; pleasant hints of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee; and lots of cinnamon. There's also a thick and heavy-ish aroma of booze, almost like rum. All of the foregoing might suggest an off-kilter, out-of-whack nose, but for all the intense aromas, the nose is incredibly restrained, well-balanced, and even mild. Just masterful stuff here.

T: The initial flavor is of creamy, slightly bitter coffee and chocolate, followed by dark fruits, thick vanilla, and a blast of cinnamon. Aftertaste is bitter coffee, cinnamon powder, and dark chocolate. Light and vegetal chili presence throughout. Final kick is a bit of heat down in my stomach. So many flavors working seamlessly together here. Delicious.

M: Rich, viscous, and light, and not thick, syrupy, or overwhelming. The beer is barely carbonated and almost flat, which works well for all the flavor this beer is packing.

O: Outstanding beer on every level. The aromas are so rich and pleasing, with each flavor playing off and complementing the others. The flavors are so decadent, so bold, yet so balanced and complementary. Who says you need a barrel to rule the world?

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

This is easily the best imperial stout out there. If you are not looking for the high ABV, and hence not that boozy taste of fortified wine, this beer will make you a fan.

This is a nice imperial stout. Pours a dark beer with some carbonation. Smells like coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is superb. It is not dry, it is like a sweet coffee drink, or liqueur. I literally could sip on this all day long. Mouthfeel is syrupy and sweet.

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black, heavy handed pour yielded almost 2 finger beautiful mocha head. Leaves a nice oily residue when swirled. A bit on the cold side, but maybe a faint metallic whiff mixed in with cinnamon and cocoa. Chocolate and cinnamon dominate the flavor. Maybe a slight prickle from the pepper, but not hot by any means. Pleasantly thick mouthfeel for a non-BA stout. This beer seems to cry out for a barrel. Overall a strong offering, but perhaps I expected too much after drinking the revelation that was DBH.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.
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