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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 Double / 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:
#203
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
249
pDev:
7.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of alalvarez75
3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of tarheels86
3.56/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750mL green wax 2011 release. Pours an expected used motoroil jet black with Martian red bubbles ascending into quite the thick, black looking head. Decent retention. Looks hilarious but the same as almost all Zhukov interpretations. Tawny, cellary nose with cinnamon apple and baked apples. Pretty obvious acetaldehyde like the Virgin Oak Hunahpu. Taste is woody, very bitter, rich, earthy, acidic coffee, very muted peppers. Great oily mouthfeel- wildly thick. Rich and tart in the finish with a lot of bitterness to back. Pretty good. 10/11/2011 6/4/7/5/14=3.6

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Photo of seeswo
3.59/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was enjoyed alongside all of the rest of the versions and with each of the spirits.

Pours the characteristic black with little head and thin brown-gold edges. The smell is of the huge chocolate and roasted malts and an amazing flavor of vanilla, bourbon and oak sweetness. This was the best smelling of all of the varieties and the only thing getting a 5 in any category. I smelled this beer for a while. The taste is the characteristic Huna flavors, with very subdued chili flavors and big cocoa but with just an unpleasant integration of the bourbon. The vanilla, bourbon and oak from the nose don't seem to happen correctly in the taste. Makes you wish it wasn't aged in that barrel. Mouthfeel is huge as you would expect. Overall, this was near the bottom of the BA Hunas which went: Apple Brandy > Rum >> Whiskey > Bourbon >> Virgin Oak. Super glad to have tried it, but it's not entirely clear to me that these beers should be in barrels. The whiskey tasted better until the finish, whereas this was a mess for taste all the way through. This beer did smell delicious though.

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Photo of jwjon1
3.63/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bourbon BA Hunahpu--what's not to love? Actually, was too over the top for me. The subtle notes of the base beer just get lost in the muddle of bourbon. The bourbon really overwhelms, and takes an extremely complex beer and makes it almost one dimensional and very hard to drink even one glass for those of us who would rather drink beer than booze. Don't get me wrong: it's still good. I just prefer the "simpler" Hunahpu. Actually prefer the brandy version over the bourbon as well.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.77/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Jeff. Sampled next to the Regular, Whiskey, AB, and Rum.

A: Pours near black with a very thin light brown head that faded into a faint collar. Looks like the original.
S: Huge notes of bourbon. I’m getting less oak than the other treatments but the vanilla comes through very strongly as well. The alcohol on this one is volatile and definitely reeks of Four Roses.
T: The most boozy of the treatments aside from the Rum. Bourbon dominates the palate until the finish where huge notes of vanilla come through. Chocolate brings up the aftertaste but the chilies are overpowered.
M: The carbonation was lower in this one than the original and the whiskey which gives it the illusion of a thicker mouthfeel. The alcohol warms my throat after every swallow.
O: This treatment was more unbalanced than the whiskey or AB. Bourbon is very forward but it’s still a good beer. However, this was my second least favorite the treatments.

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Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a CCB snifter.

Pours a dark, inky black with a very slight mocha ring. Nice aromas of chocolate and dark malt with Bourbon notes of caramel, oak, and vanilla. Not getting a ton of the chili/cinnamon character in this version. Bit more character in the taste, lots of Bourbon, chocolate brownie batter, vanilla, oak, and spices. Getting a bit of heat from the chili peppers, but not as much as the other variants. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a full mouthfeel and good carbonation. Overall a really nice beer, but surprisingly ranked fourth out of the variants (Rum>Whiskey>Virgin Oak>Bourbon)!

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Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.85/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted side by side with Whiskey Hunahpu

Pours a very dark brown with almost no head whatsoever. This beer also leaves no lacing as well.

A huge aroma of sweet bourbon, coffee, and dark chocolate, as well as some notes of vanilla.

Lots of bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, and some light notes of vanilla.

There was a light carbonation as well a very creamy mouthfeel.

This beer was very good. I really enjoyed how the sweet bourbon mixed with the dark chocolate and coffee notes from the Hunahpu. I was really excited to try this and I was not disappointed. This was definitely a great beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City Takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. A great start. Aroma of pepper and bourbon come through. This is black with no head, understated carbonation. Above average mouthfeel. The peppers come through giving the whole RIS an interesting and complex taste.
Had this in bottle two years later and it was very good, though not as good as the non-BBA.

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Photo of ipa247
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of mwbrady12
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank as part of the Hunahpu Voltron. Don't remember who brought it specifically, but cheers for the group effort.

A - A black bodied beer with tan on the edges and a bit of a fine mocha head.

S - There's a lot of bourbon on this one. It masks the peppers a little bit but it's still there. Chocolate is present also. Smells nice, but the bourbon doesn't integrate quite as nicely with the beer as some of the variants.

T - The most boozy of the bunch, there's a lot of bourbon on this one. It's decently sweet, with the chili and cocoa nibs coming through pretty nicely. Good, but not great.

M - Big beer, pretty full bodied, softer carbonation.

O - Good beer, my least favorite of the variants, but this is a solid beer that I'd drink again.

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Photo of Mlitesonata
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Phurley2
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to Joe for sharing this one at Oakquinox.

A: The pour is black as night with a substantial mocha colored head.

S: What should I expect from a bourbon barrel chili imperial stout--chilies, chocolate, and vanilla. And that's exactly what I got. I really nice spiciness goes well with the vanilla and chocolate notes along with just a touch of bourbon.

T: The spiciness is a bit more pronounced than I would have expected and it really has staying power. The bourbon flavor is somewhat minimal, but the oak and vanilla from the barrel is nice. The chocolate and roasted flavors help to keep everything together.

M: A medium body on this one with a bit of a low, rolling carbonation and a lingering spice.

D: You certainly have to like the chili flavor to enjoy this beer. I found it to be nice in a small dose, but I don't know how much of this I could drink at once.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.06/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into CCB snifter. Reviewing from notes taken on 3/12/10 at the release at CCB.

A- Pours used motor oil. Blacker than black. A good inch of head that has nice retention. Leaves nice lacing.

S- Unlike tha apple brandy, and regular base version, I'm not getting a whole lot here other than the bourbon. There are hints of chocolate present, however, the bourbon really overpowers the other aromas.

T- Not nearly as impressed with this version of the beer. IMHO the bourbon overpowers the flavors that are present in the other two versions. I don't get the chilies either in this, the bourbon is simply to overwhelming.

M- Still nice and creamy. However, there is a burn from the bourbon. No chilies present, the bourbon runs the show.

D- Def not as good as the base version or the apple brandy version. With that being said, take into consideration I gave the regular Hunahpu all 5s with only one 4.5. The apple brandy version was str8 5s across the board. This was still an excellent beer, just not as good as the other versions.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the epic hunaphu's tasting in Cincinnati

A-black body with tan around tthe edges

S-wow. That's 4 roses bourbon for ya. Very sweet, but all you can get is the bourbon

T-more chocolate than bourbonshould be 3.75. Grows on me the more it warms up

M-medium body and smooth. Low to balance out taste

O-drop from nose to taste

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Photo of Gtreid
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Hunahpu release. Poured into a CCB snifter.

A: Opaque. Black, just like the original. Fluffy mocha head, but no lacing to this one.

A: Burbon shoots out of the nose. I think this actually takes away from the score, the regular Hunahpu's nose is sweet chocolate and vanilla, and even though I get those aromas, the burbon masks them.

T: I get the burbon straight away, followed by the chocolate and vanilla. Again, I think the barrel inhibits the brew rather then making it something better. Finishes very smooth.

M: Full body, quite a bit of carbonation for the style. But still very creamy.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is a little lower for me. I just can't get past the big burbon. Overall, I really liked this beer, but I don't think it lived up to the original. This is still a damn good brew. Skal.

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Photo of dmsohyea
4.09/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bdige for bringing this one out. 750ml from the recent release - green wax.

Pours like oil with low carbonation. The head is very dark brown. Huge legs on the glass.

Smells like a tasty dark chocolate bar and a bunch of vanilla. Some bourbon is in the back, but it's not very boozy.

Taste is substantially different than the normal Hunahpu's. Instead of a strong cayenne flavor, the heat is almost completely faded and only exists in a very small tingling under the other flavors. The beer is extremely chocolaty and thick. Vanilla is very pronounced and the bourbon is decently integrated, but it's not exactly layered with flavor.

Mouthfeel is super thick with low carbonation.

Overall tasty and I think I like it a bit better than regular Hunahpu's due to the lack of heat.

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