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

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-AgedHunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by tpd975 on 12-09-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#147
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
353
pDev:
6.64%
 
 
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Photo of maltznhopz
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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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4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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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4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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4.17/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 353 ratings