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

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #67
Ranked #186
4.51 | pDev: 6.65%
Jan 12, 2022
Dec 09, 2009
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-AgedHunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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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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4.25 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 12, 2022
4.35 by Prospero from Colorado on Jan 12, 2022
4.31 by Gtwreck45 from Missouri on Jan 06, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Beersnake1 from California

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
4.35 by kramacam from Kentucky on Nov 27, 2021
4.5 by sordyl from Illinois on Nov 08, 2021
4.69 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Oct 07, 2021
4.25 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on Oct 04, 2021
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4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

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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5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by unclekeith from Alaska

Older bottle. Stunning

Sep 08, 2021
4.5 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia on Aug 08, 2021
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4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

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
4.47 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on May 22, 2021
4.71 by Quarantinehobby from Massachusetts on May 04, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Roguer from Connecticut

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
4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida on Apr 25, 2021
4.43 by Travitten from Iowa on Apr 24, 2021
4.25 by Nedster10 from Michigan on Apr 19, 2021
4.89 by MJSFS from Florida on Apr 16, 2021
4.48 by dontknojack from Louisiana on Mar 25, 2021
4.15 by Beerbom from California on Mar 21, 2021
4.29 by Hopelessly0 from California on Mar 21, 2021
4.5 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina on Mar 20, 2021
4.5 by aasher from Indiana on Mar 19, 2021
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4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by zac16125 from South Carolina

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
5 by Johng19751 from Indiana on Mar 15, 2021
4.59 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Mar 15, 2021
4.34 by DaveCash from New York on Mar 12, 2021
4.79 by antrocks from Massachusetts on Jan 26, 2021
4.44 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Jan 21, 2021
4.43 by BeerBeast from Florida on Sep 04, 2020
4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2020
4.25 by tmbgnicu from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2020
4.25 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Apr 25, 2020
4.29 by JellybonesElmer from Wisconsin on Mar 18, 2020
4.58 by lewith from South Carolina on Mar 15, 2020
4.23 by ADG2995 from Missouri on Mar 07, 2020
3.84 by spersichilli from California on Feb 12, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by hoptheology from South Dakota

22 oz bomber gifted from Donald and poured into a Prairie rastal glass.

Deep inky black with a heavy finger of dark beige head that recedes to a thick fingernail and sticks around.

Aroma of soy sauce and bourbon barrel, some tobacco, and some milk and dark chocolates.

Flavor brings heavy alcohol, soy sauce, dark chocolate, tobacco, bourbon barrel, and piney hops. There is some chili pepper in there as well somewhere.

Feel is hot, burning, scathing even, and thick with a delicate creaminess that disappears as soon as the heavy carbonation comes forward.

Overall, I was hoping my 3,000th beer would be something really special, and this one came a little short of it. I could take more sweetness and molasses overall, this was more just pine, soy sauce, and bourbon barrel. Very cutting and linear. I much prefer the original non-barrel aged version.

Feb 09, 2020
4.68 by BobZ from Massachusetts on Jan 09, 2020
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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