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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:
#205
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
249
pDev:
7.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 75
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 kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an espresso black color and a nice little head that leaves splashy lace around the sides of the glass

Smell: The oak barrel is evident in the aroma, even before the glass is held to the nose; plenty of coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla as well

Taste: Chocolate fudge and coffee, up front, but the chiles make their grand appearance by mid-palate, even though they were not detectable in the aroma; after the swallow, the effects of the barrel aging joined the profile, taking the chocolate and coffee to a new level; at the end, it is the vanilla and bourbon that linger

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A fascinating combination - sweet, hot, bouorbon boozy, chocalatey - a panoply of flavor

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Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the third variation we opened up at finewinemike's tasting. Poured from a bottle into my Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours dark as night and extremely thick. There is a layer of dark tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet with some dark fruit, cocoa, and some heat from the whiskey and the chilies. I'm picking up a faint caramel smell from the bourbon barrels.

Taste: Roasty with lots of dark chocolate and chilies. Definitely some heat from the bourbon barrels. Vanilla and some wood with a roasty, hot finish.

Mouthfeel: This version was a bit thinner than the others. The carbonation is tingly and the finish is a bit dry.

Overall: This one was less full, so that was a bit of a let down. Still amazing and I would love to have it again.

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Photo of largadeer
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dsgolovin for sharing this one last night.

Apperance: Typical oily black Hunahpu's appearance, with little carbonation or head formation.

Smell: Spicy, charred nose, a lot of dark chocolate and pepper. Molasses, tar and mellow bourbon barrel and very slight heat. The pepper comes through pretty nicely.

Taste & mouthfeel: Chocolate and chili up front. Really nice blend of spiciness, bourbon, dark chocolate, faint soy sauce. Full bodied, very viscous but not too sweet. Cinnamon, chili and chocolate finish with integrated bourbon, mild heat. Really good stuff, I'm impressed.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the CCB Hunahpu's release.

A: Poured a dark, deep black with a deep tan head and some decent lacing for a beer of this magnitude.

S: Bourbon comes through in the initial nose, and serves wonderfully to complement the spicier notes in the original from the cinnamon and chili peppers. Beautiful all around.

T: Very, very enjoyable. Not a perfect 5.0, as while the bourbon does go quite well with all of the flavors in the original version, I though it masked some of the finer touches in the original version. Maybe it was just the bourbon, or maybe the additional heat from the barrel-aging, but I didn't find it quite as outstanding as the original.

M: Very full bodied and creamy with only a little bit of heat, which went well with what this was going after.

D: Again, superb. Slightly different from the brandy and the regular, but they all packed something a bit different, and each one was in the top echelon of stouts that I've had. Marvelous job by Joey, Wayne, and the rest of the CCB crew.

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4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. It poured pitch black in color with a thin, bubbly, tan colored head to it. Decent lacing on the glass as I drank it. Great looking beer of the style, very thick, dark and inviting.

The aroma shows a good amount of the barrel character to it with some really nice bourbon and woody oak flavors. The dark chocolate, vanilla and roasty flavors of Hunahpu come out nicely as well. I get just a little of the pepper spice to it as it warmed. The bourbon flavors really complimented the beer nicely and it came together very well.

In the taste I get a great mix of bourbon and dark chocolate right off the bat. The finish shows a little more of the woody oak and vanilla flavors along with a little of the bitter, roasted malts. Again, just a little of the pepper spice comes though. The bourbon and chocolate flavors in it were awesome.

The mouthfeel is thick and heavy with carbonation being moderate to low. Overall it was a great beer. The bourbon really complimented the beer well and didn't overpower it for the most part either. It did seem to cover up some of the pepper and spice though that makes Hunahpu so unique though. It had some great flavors to it overall though and it brought them all together very well.

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of drewone
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdfb79
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/14/12 notes. Tried side by side with MZ, Hunahpu, and all the other variants. This one was my favorite. 750ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with 1 inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty awesome, and like the others.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and light cinnamon and spice. Bourbon is pretty awesome here, and you still get a lot of the base Hunahpu as well.

t - Tastes of bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee, light spices, and some sweet dark fruits. Bourbon in the forefront again, though the taste is much sweeter than the nose with the fruit.

m - Thick, full bodied stout and low carbonation. Very easy to drink for 11.5% ABV. Perfect for a big stout.

o - Overall I thought this was an awesome stout, and I thought it was the best beer of the bunch. Awesome nose (almost a 5 for me) and a nice sweet taste, but the bourbon is still there. Would love to get this one again.

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4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.11/5  rDev -9.3%
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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4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

reviewed from notes. i simply cannot thank the kind ba who sent this to me any more. i had lost all hope of trying this one, and one day last fall it showed up on my doorstep, forever grateful. poured into a snifter.

a thick dark black pour. sludge like with such a thick and viscous consistency it was down right scary, really just a tremendous look here and not a single shot of light passing through here at all. the aroma started with deep, boozy bourbon, hot until it starts to come up to room temp and really start to blossom.

wonderful notes of vanilla and oak. peat, leather, hints of tobacco leaves are all very well represented here for sure. caramel an brown sugar, toffee, deep chocolate notes and a slight bitterness in the finish. very smooth and easy to drink the flavors seemed to be be neverending

overall just an outstanding beer. another reason ccb has the success it does.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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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