Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Cigar City Brewing

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From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #59
ABV:
14.6%
Score:
99
Ranked #177
Avg:
4.51 | pDev: 6.43%
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
335
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 25, 2023
Added:
Dec 09, 2009
Wants:
  748
Gots:
  33
SCORE
99
World-Class
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-AgedHunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: El Catador Club Exclusives

Central to Mayan mythology is the story of twin brothers named Xbalanque and Hunahpu, the Hero Twins. After the Twins’ father was murdered by evil deities from Xibalba, his corpse became a cacao tree that spawned our two Heroes. Epic adventures followed, culminating in a journey to Xibalba to avenge their fathers’ death. Vanquishing their enemies handily, the Heroes then ascended unto the heavens where they became the sun and the moon.

Imperial Stout brewed with Ancho and Pasilla chile peppers, cinnamon, vanilla and cacao nibs aged in white oak barrels previously used to age bourbon.

OG: 30
IBU: 80

Tasting Notes:
Cinnamon, vanilla and bakers chocolate are assertive on the nose with rustic wood and molasses playing supporting roles. Viscous and assertive on the tongue, baking spices meld with fresh ground coffee, dates and fudge as this massive beer coats the palate. Mild scoville heat builds with each sip but never overwhelms the bourbon spiciness or the nuanced finish of this truly complex stout.
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Rated: 4.57 by timmy2b from New York

Jan 25, 2023
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours black, dark tan head, absolutely gorgeous BA imperial stout. The nose features the spicy peppers, cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa, and a bit of booze. Wow.

The peppers and cinnamon are forward on the taste and AMAZING, with plenty of vanilla, cocoa, and barrel notes to provide balance and a delicious flavor profile. This is truly amazing.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, perfect for this beer. I’m a HUUUUGE Abraxas fan, and this is a little bit better, IMHO.
Jan 25, 2023
 
Rated: 3.84 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Jan 03, 2023
 
Rated: 4.43 by GarrettBoots from Georgia

Dec 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.53 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Nov 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Jimmeekrek from Wisconsin

Jun 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Gkruszewski from New York

Feb 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by jhavs from New York

Feb 26, 2022
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2021 Lottery bottle. Poured at 57°. Black with ruby edges; dark tan head fizzled out quickly; poor cap retention, thin ring, a few spots of lace; thin legs on swirl. Bourbon nose with cinnamon, sweet plums and green chilies right behind; some boozy heat on the retro nasal. Taste follows nose; more sugary plums and sweet bourbon; figs, molasses and brown sugar; very light chocolate/cocoa nibs; bourbon and dark fruit finish. Hot bite on tongue from peppers and booze; full minus body, not at all adjuncty; smooth, silky feel; full mouth warmth from alcohol (13.3%) and hot peppers. Overall, loads of well balanced flavors; base and barrel merge seamlessly; long sweet bourbon and dark fruit linger leaving cinnamon and hot chilies sauce aftertaste. A sipper for sure!
Feb 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Bum4ever from California

Feb 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.35 by Prospero from Colorado

Jan 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.31 by Gtwreck45 from Missouri

Jan 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured at fridge temp. Pours black as night. A minuscule layer of brown head appears and then flees. Tiny bubbles throughout.

The nose is insane. Big toffee and dark fruit. Raspberries come to mind right away, but after a few minutes that fades a bit. In comes cocoa nibs, cinnamon, coconut, vanilla, and coffee.

The taste is amazing. Coconut, vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon are apparent. Maple syrup seems a lot stronger now. However, the cinnamon and coffee are strong. Flavors are intense.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and the beer is clearly low in carbonation. Overall, a wonderful and intense beer!
Jan 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.35 by kramacam from Kentucky

Nov 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by sordyl from Illinois

Nov 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.69 by GreatStoutman from Texas

Oct 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dharms from Pennsylvania

Oct 04, 2021
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look - Fantastic thick black with a nice tan head lacing and rimming
Smell - bourbon woody caramel cinnamon vanilla blend, boozy
Taste - nice woody caramel bourbon carrel with a nice cinnamon vanilla cocoa with a very light spice
Feel - medium full body with a slight cirsp
Overall - incredible
Sep 13, 2021
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Rated by unclekeith from Alaska

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Older bottle. Stunning
Sep 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

Aug 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Covid screwed up Huhaphu last March and I got some perks because of it. Wife and I travelled to Tampa from the Daytona area for a day trip and CC had a small trailer set up with several of their best brews there to taste. I NEVER thought I'd have this but am so glad I was able to try it. Amazingly smooth and apprecibly tastier than regular Imp Stout (which is great). Yay Cigar City
Jul 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.47 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

May 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.71 by Quarantinehobby from Massachusetts

May 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Good head production and decent retention. The body is wonderfully dark, as is the dark brown head, while it lasts.

The aroma on this is powerful and decadent. From the moment of the pour, to sitting in the glass feet away, I'm getting strong notes of chocolate, molasses, and bourbon. Up close, it's even sweeter, with vanilla, syrup, honey, and brown sugar joining the mix, along with cinnamon and chilies. The nose is, quite simply, wonderful.

Despite the sweetness of the nose, the brew is quite roasty and bitter up front. Light but noticeable pepper heat. Tons of dark fruit flavor, blackstrap molasses, oak, and bitter chocolate; slightly vegetal. Lasting prune and raisin, along with bourbon, on back third, leading to chocolate and cinnamon on the finish.

Thick and full bodied.
Apr 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida

Apr 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.43 by Travitten from Iowa

Apr 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Nedster10 from Michigan

Apr 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.89 by MJSFS from Florida

Apr 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.48 by dontknojack from Louisiana

Mar 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.15 by Beerbom from California

Mar 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.29 by Hopelessly0 from California

Mar 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Mar 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by aasher from Indiana

Mar 19, 2021
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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
500mL bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2021

A: Pours midnight black and somewhat viscous in appearance. Immensely dark head of 1plus fingers width dissipates at a moderate rate. Leaves only a few patches of lacing. 4.75

S: Aroma is, my god. Massive cinnamon, big chocolate, vinous dark fruits, luscious bourbon, capsaicin peppery heat, red wine. Barrel notes are moderate in strength and compliment the beer wonderfully. Some base beer notes primarily roasted malt. Fire roasted marshmallows rounds it out. Goodness gracious. 4.75

T: Taste is also excellent, albeit perhaps a bit less voluptuous. I again get huge vinous and red wine notes up front, hell is actually tastes like it’s red wine barrel
aged. Next comes the cinnamon and rich, fine high cocoa content dark chocolate. On the finish there is roasted malt, charred oaky bourbon notes, some balancing bitterness. This is just wave after wave of flavors and it’s quite frankly just impressive. 4.75

M/D: Mouthfeel is full bodied and thick. ABV is not noticeable which is impressive. Drinkability, however, is quite limited. The combination of the heavy/thick feel and adjunct laden flavor profile make 500mL of this feel like 3 gallons (and this is coming from someone who drinks Bourbon County all the time and even old school 750mL Black Tuesdays without any trouble). 4

O: Overall, this is quite the beer. Normally beers this adjunct heavy can be not really my thing, but this one just pulls it off wonderfully. Probably more appropriate as an 8oz pour as opposed to a 500mL solo bottle, but still, well done Cigar City, well done. 4.5
Mar 19, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Johng19751 from Indiana

Mar 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.59 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Mar 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.34 by DaveCash from New York

Mar 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.79 by antrocks from Massachusetts

Jan 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.44 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

Jan 21, 2021
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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