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

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #52
Ranked #212
4.52 | pDev: 6.64%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
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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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 382
Photo of aleigator
3.45/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours pitch black in color with a bigger, bubbly dark brown head.

Inherits aromas of nacho cheese, almonds, a load of cinnamon and a good amount of oaken, alcohol soaked oak. Carries its spices in a headstrong fashion, leaning on bakers chocolate and green peppers in a very convincing way, enhanced by a gentle toffee sweetness.

Drinks initially smooth, with a late carbonation spark, featuring a surprisingly thin body, which feels inappropriate, compared to the beer‘s full swing chili-barrel hotness.

Tastes of bakers chocolate, licorice, scented wood and scorched malts from the very beginning. Its boozy barrel character unfolds among equally hot chilies in a burning and challenging fashion, unsuccesfully calmed by a prominent bitter chocolate flavor. Brings alcohol soaked, dried raisins to the palate during its finish, washing away the beer‘s balancing creaminess with a pungent, complex hotness, which gets a dry touch during its finish.

Tastes very booze forward, with an uncompromising interplay between chilies and bourbon. By developing such a hot bite, the beer misses out on its smoothness, which the regular version is able to provide.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black coloration with a medium, creamy, dark brown head. Smells of rich, dark chocolate, cinnamon and chili peppers, with a hint of vanilla, oak and quite a hot bourbon note. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by rich, bitter chocolate, roasted malts and spicy chili peppers, with a good amount of vanilla and lighter notes of cinnamon, dark fruits: fig, raisins, some oak and a light earthiness. There's also quite a hot, boozy bourbon note to this. It starts out a little sweet, with the chocolate and vanilla standing out the most, but turns more a lot more bitter and warming in the aftertaste. Finishes with a medium bitterness, vanilla notes, and some heat, both from the chili and booze, lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a rich body and low carbonation. This thankfully doesn't have that odd, floral chili note that normal Huna has, the chilies feeling a lot more sharp and spicy. A little less earthy and bitter as well, with more vanilla sweetness and a lot more booziness. slightly richer dark fruit notes as well. Mouthfeel is actually quite a bit worse though, not having quite that thick, almost viscous quality to it that normal Huna has. Still quite smooth though. I actually think that the heat from the chilies and the booze work together quite well to create quite an aggressive character works well with the bitterness and is balanced out nicely by a certain sweetness from the vanilla.

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Photo of ktr5010
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours a pitch black with light brown head.
S - Spicy and hot probably from the peppers and bourbon
T - Very complex. Changes the more you drink and in mouth. Spice and dark chocolate.
F - Smooth with bite at the end
O - Really great. the bourbon barrel makes this a stand out.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to james for trading that magnum BART to score all these Cigar City beers and Hunahpu variants. Will return the favor.

Pours black. Brown head, cola in appearance, 1/2" deep. Retention ain't too shabby. The aroma is a hot stinging dose of alcohol first, then roasted malt, chile pepper, wet oak, cinammon. There is a lot going on in the nose, I seriously think I sniffed it 4 times in the first 60 seconds because each time it revealed more about the beer. Thankfully we cracked this one a little more leaning to the room temperature side of things.

The taste like the aroma came through as hot on the first sip. There was also a substantial amount of bitterness, this thing seemed to be clocking in around the 90 ibu range, tons of roasted barley in here and I guess a decent degree of hopping to get it into that range. There isn't the smoothness of a vanilla factor here, and the cacao nibs similarly get swallowed up by more domineering parts of this beer. Previous iterations seemed to have more pepper heat, but I dunno, there's heat here in multiple ways, the alcohol first, then the pepper, each contributing to the overall burn and bitterness.

Plenty of viscosity in the mouthfeel, CCB makes some thick ass stouts. Its real good, but definitely a beer you need to share, it just isn't something I can dome solo, even though I absolutely enjoy it in small quantities.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slick, viscous motor oil black with a thin, fizzy mocha blanket that settles to a thin ring.

Smell still has that classic Huna cinnamon-chili pepper combo, with chocolate syrup and roasted nuts, but there is a sweet, maple-esque bourbon presence mildly running with it, as a touch more heat burns the nostrils.

On the palate, cinnamon and chilies are mellowed out behind an almost milky yet charred oak presence that allows dark chocolate to come more forward before a more peppery, spicy bourbon emerges, that again, has a maple-like influence to it. Notes of coconut and vanilla also come through, even before it warms. It's quite a surprising improvement over an already special beer, particularly because of the less potent pepper presence.

This still has a viscous, velvety body with a crisp moderate fizz and a sticky, semi-dry finish, now featuring a more boozy, instead of peppery, burn.

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Photo of Rristow
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from bottle. 17 version. Black with minimal beige head. Aroma is a little smokey, roasted, bourbon, cured meats, bourbon. Flavors of bourbon, toffee, caramel, cocoa, cinnamon, slight chili. Complex and delicious.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a Pitch Black with a thin film of khaki head that immediately recedes. The carbonation is low. It smells of chocolate, mocha, chilli peppers, cinnamon, hint of vanilla, and bourbon. The beer tastes of chocolate, chilli peppers, mocha, cinnamon, bark, with a bourbon kick. The mouthfeel is light and creamy, lots of complexity and so smooth. This is a special beer, there aren’t many big stouts that I could drink all day and this is one of them.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2017 release. Bottling date of 08/16/18 etched on the neck of the bottle. Bourbon and oak dominate the nose with more moderate notes of cinnamon and peppers. The smell definitely gets better as it warms with the bourbon barrel notes dominating and also the cinnamon, chile peppers, and cacao nibs that make the regular Hunahpu’s so amazing are hiding behind the barrel notes. The taste is all the great flavors of Hunahpu’s with a slightly spicy and warming finish.

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Photo of kevanb
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2017 release, poured into a stemless wine glass. Enjoyed on 12.10.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a jet black color, crazy thick and super viscous with a thick finger of head, low retention with a few spots of lace. The aroma is nice, tons of fudge, light heat, tons of cinnamon, smooth barrel, light char, mild vanilla and a really nice rich grain aroma. The flavors are excellent, tons of cinnamon, crazy thick fudge, super rich and decadent with ample bourbon barrel offering some caramel and charred oak, a nice vanilla presence with rich grains, stone fruits and a nice hint of vanilla as well. The mouthfeel is perfect, coating, thick full body, creamy and incredibly smooth with a warm and lightly spicy finish.

Verdict: A world class rendition of Hunahpu from Cigar City. Insane depth to this beer, tons of complex flavors that super balanced and expressed so well and the mouthfeel and body really take this to new heights. Just a delicious beer.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2017 vintage. Tremendous taste and nose. Light coconut, spice, plenty of cinnamon. Not a very pronounced barrel presence, but it's there. It's surprising how excellent this is, but being a fan of the base beer, it should probably be expected.

Well done, Cigar City. I know a lot of people look past Huna these days - it's impossible to overlook BA Huna!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, of the 2017 release (blue El Catador label). Served in a Cigar City snifter glass. Pours a dark motor oil black body, half finger mocha head, short retention, not much in way of lacing. Big legs on this bad boy. Smell is rich bourbon and chocolate fudge; the bourbon is a smooth and slightly warming presence, oak and charred caramel. Milk chocolate, touch of cinnamon, and touch of cocoa rounds it out. It's a very smooth, well-integrated bourbon barrel on the aroma working with the base beer. Flavour is a bit muddled, however. I get a bit of milk chocolate and a touch of cinnamon up front, with a more astringent and bitter cocoa. Hunahpu's has never been a super cinnamon forward beer, and it shows here. There is mostly milk chocolate, cocoa, and a fair bit of whiskey flavour and heat. A bit of vanillin perhaps thickens up the mouthfeel on the backend some. I do notice a fair bit of extra heat on the backend, that lingers for a little bit after you've finished your sip, a bit of a sting to it. Pretty solid, and the balance is what I remember the base beer to have, except the bourbon adds on an additional dimension. The mouthfeel is heavy and thick-bodied, lower in carbonation but adequate, oily with a bit of whiskey and pepper heat on the finish. A fun beer to finally tick, even if it took until the 2017 release to do so.

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Photo of OompaMentor
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bourbon is soft, well balanced and tones down the cinnamon, chocolate and other notes. Silky smooth mouth feel; easy on the palate. Worth the bottle...Prost!!

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Photo of gibgink
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with friends at CBC Como on 1-27-18. 2017 version(blue label). Pours about as black as it gets with no real head to speak of. Great nose, with hints of cinnamon and spice predominant, and a hint of barrel. From there, I guess I was a bit let down. Having the regular version on a few occasions, I was expecting the barrel treatment to give this beer a boost. Instead, the flavors come off a little muddled. Yes, I got some cinnamon, cocoa, and chilies(most unaffected), but they were struggling to the forefront with the presence of the barrel itself.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with no head, just a tight band around the edges. Nose reveals rich chocolate and ethanol. Taste expresses cocoa, cinnamon, honey and a kiss of heat. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild, even carbonation. Overall, a solid offering. I'm not a huge fan of chili stouts; however, this was pleasant and unassuming.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black pour with no head
S: bourbon and cinnamon, then chocolate and spices
T: the spices really pop, slight vanilla with the cinnamon dominating with mild bourbon barrel. I wish the barrel was bigger is my biggest knock.
F: very thick, spices warming and sticky. Not the smoothest barrel though.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 08/16/17 - poured into Wander coliff glass

Absolutely one of the best beers I've had, hands down, and the best of the year for me. Trumps the bourbon paradise from a couple days ago as my best beer of the year. Looks black on the pour with a small mocha head. It dissipates quickly, but smell still is in full force. Fudge and vanilla. Chipotle roasted almonds pops off first. The taste has a bit of Bourbon barrel and smoked peppers. The pepper fades and the vanilla and chocolate dominates the taste. It all melds with the barrel well. Every sip better than the next. The warmer this gets, the hotter this beer gets. Odd complexity, but it's warily welcome as the shift change comes into play. Don't think anything is going to beat this for the rest of the year.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2017 batch drank on 11/12/17

Overall, an elite beer. Glad I was finally able to try this after not being able to snag one from the last batch. This black body with a minimal head. Maybe the darkest beer I’ve had. The flavor in this are near perfect. The Huna base all comes through but more in a low to medium presence rather than bold. This allows the barrel to shine through really nicely. The dark chocolate from the base molds perfectly with the bourbon barrel. Fudgy, semi spicey, and mild cinnamon and vanilla. Delicious.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Most recent batch - sampled from a 750mL bottle at room temperature. Thanks Mike for sharing.

Pours a thick black body, opaque with little head or retention. Aromas are big bourbon, fudge, cocoa, vanilla. Taste follows the nose with a ton of fudgy goodness with vanilla, milk chocolate, and roastyness on the finish. Not getting a ton of spices which is my only gripe. Great body, rich and thick with low carbonation.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 release (El Cat Round 7).

A: Pours a viscous black with a smattering of dark brown head. Leaves a razor-thin ring which lasts for a decent bit.

S: Cinnamon in the forefront, loads of dark cocoa, charred oak, light bourbon and vanilla, and a bit of pepper/alcohol burn in the nose as well.

T: Cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, along side an accent of red pepper, light oak and bourbon, and a bit of red fruit (cherry, almost). Fairly dry with mild roastiness and dark roast coffee through the finish. Almost moderate heat from the chili—it kind of sneaks up on you.

M: Mouth-coating full body with a moderate alcohol burn. If the beer weren’t so big and flavorful, the alcohol presence would probably be more distracting than it is. Medium carbonation ties things together.

O: Tasty stuff, and fairly drinkable despite the heat, which doesn’t detract much. Lots of flavors here, but it doesn’t seem as integrated or elegant as it could be, and the barrel presence isn’t huge.

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Photo of maximum12
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this moment since the first time I tongued the original batch at the brewery in early 20…10, I believe. And now it’s here. It’s like Christmas porn! Split with my wife.

Angels whisper in anticipation as the black liquid flows into my glass, oh, wait, my wife’s glass too. I take a few secret sips of hers, & a little I leave in the bottle too (don’t tell her – there are knives in the house & I sleep hard). Smells like sweet bourbon aged cinnamon. Is that a thing? It should be.

Hunahpu’s – Bourbon Barrel Aged is another phenomenal extension of a world-class beer. Everything from the base beer is here to some extent: cinnamon (ramped up), vanilla (really ramped up), chilis (quieter), chocolate (quietest), though there is a bigger sweetness & a belly-warming alcohol wallop that regular Huna doesn’t pack. Bourbon wends its way through the ingredient list, not dominating, not wilting, but standing ass-to-ass with the great base beer, complementing it like Anthony Weiner snapchatting a 16 year old. The heat doesn’t build in the mouth, but down there where acid reflux starts. Thick. So easy to drink, I might not tell my wife there’s a second bottle. Anybody know a good lawyer?

I am sad this is gone. My glass is empty, & my soul feels like it’s in a similar state. An elite beer that should be a staple in my fridge. Make it happen, CC.

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4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really happy to see CCB restore some BA greatness again. Rich, luscious, and so smooth. Waves of chocolate creaminess, smooth bourbon, and the lasting finish or peppers without too much heat. Perfect blend for my taste. They nailed it.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a 2013 Huna drank on 1/9/16
Incredibly smooth with rich plum flavours, super smooth Bourbon backbone with no alcohol presence what so ever. Never gave a beer a perfect score before but this absolutely blew my mind.

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4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - some say "Motor Oil." Let me specify. Old used diesal truck motor oil is much more accurate. Just an awesome pour.
S- Wow! Big chocolate covered brandy soaked cherries. Roasty malt.
T - This beer is an assault on your pallet. Dark but sweet chocolate right up front. Then boom, a shot of brandy. Where the hell did that come from? Then a dark roast coffee with a lick of vanilla cool things down for the heat. Heat is mild and fades in about 30 seconds leaving you begging for the next sip to take this ride all over again.
M - thick, smooth, low carb. *Easy ladies, talking beer* coats pallet and stays after beer continues the journey to the liver. Liver smiles.
O- love it. Feel fortunate that Hal with The Top restaurant, Gainesville (shameless plug) gave me the opportunity to taste this remarkable example of what Fl. Breweries are producing. World class all the way.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank at NWIBDU tasting. Thanks!

S - Bourbon, vanilla, light pepper and cinnamon 4.25

T - Caramel, dark fudge, light bourbon sweetness, cinnamon spice but not as much as the cinnamon. Light astringency in the finish where the booze is more prominent than normal 4.5

M - Thick and creamy with light astringency from the whiskey.

O - Good beer with more complexity that the normal Huna. Not as good as the whiskey but the bourbon adds some nice sweetness

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a tumbler.

Appearance - Viscous inky black. Stains the glass. Nice mocha head.

Smell - Still surpringly peppery. Not distinct pepperiness. Chocolate. Light bourbon. Vanilla. Not a ton of barrel.

Taste - Chocolate and then immediately peppery. Alcoholic. Some cinnamon. Lots of chocolate. The bourbon is faint. Some oak in the back.

Mouthfeel - Absurbly thick. Dry and oaky in the finish. Boozy. Extremely slow drinking.

Overall - Gets much more oaky as it warms. No sweetness. Some of the more abrasive characteristics have come out, but all of the complexity of Hunahpu is still there.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 382 ratings