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

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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

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Ratings: 246 |  Reviews: 75
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Treebs
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #350

750 ml waxed bottle courtesy of Andrew (nasty31). Huge thanks and props go to him!!

A: Pours just like the regular Hunahpu. Dark black body, thick in nature, with a thin khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes to a nice ring that follow down the glass leaving some splotchy lace here and there.

S: Smooth bourbon right away in the nose. Mild oak, some dark fruits and unsweetened chocolate are meshing well with the bourbon. I'm not really getting any of the spices, but there is a mild touch chilies.

T: Those nose was so balanced that I knew how good this was going to be even before it hit my lips. I was not disappointed. The bourbon is upfront but quickly smooths out some light roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of oak. The dark fruit flavor is back as well and is combined with the hint of chili spice to give the beer another layer of complexity. The finish is a sweet, decadent caramel and vanilla.

M: Thick and delicious. It's very silky and smooth. The carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum, but it works great with this beer.

O: Incredibly smooth and delicious. The base beer really stood up to the barrel and it didn't lose that typical thickness that comes with regular Hunahpu. Very complex and delicious. Huge thanks again to Nasty31 for the share.

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Photo of marine1975
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of s1ckboy
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Black body, 1 finger of dark brown and slightly reddish head.

S - Oak, bourbon, dark fruits.

T - A bit of bourbon/oak at first that quickly transitions into spicy chillies and cinnamon. Dark fruits. A bit of chocolate in the finish.

M - Thick though not as much as the non BA version. Perfect carbonation for the style.

Fantastic beer. Better than regular Huna.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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 gueuzegossage
5/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

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 drowland
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12/17/10. 22oz bottle. Solid black appearance with a small brown head that’s gone instantly. Huge boozey aroma with char, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and more. Amazing sweet chocolate and vanilla flavor with a tiny bit of roast. This reminds me of cream soda and coconut as well.

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4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL, green wax dipped bottle to CBS snifter on 1/25/12
*From notes

-- Muchos, muchos gracias to my three amigos who afforded me the opportunity to tick this big-time want --

*This is CCB's Hunahpu aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels

A: The pits of hell aren't this dark. Black as Buffalo Bill's basement and when generously poured, I get a robust .5 finger head. It takes a while for it to fade, and the lacing, though minor, is impressive. A creamy collar rims the glass.

S: Smoked bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate and a Mexian spice bill that tingles the nostrils ever so slightly.

T: Huge. Epic. Beyond words, really. Hunahpu is my favorite non-BA ADIS, so to have it out of Four Roses bourbon barrels is like a dream come true. The whiskey hits right away, and leads to a thick layer of subdued cinnamon, spice and mounds of dark cocoa powder. The back end features a good amount of coconut and vanilla bean.

M: Much like it's base counterpart, this is a massive, brooding beer that feels like the satin sheets covering the king-sized bed in the Rain Man suite. Luxurious beyond most any comparison.

O: Finally.

This is one I've been hunting for months, and just when I thought I'd never get around to it, there it was. I really can't thank John, Eric and Bill enough for supplying the goods, and it was a pleasure to bring my Double Barrel Zhukov to the table as a worthy companion.

Everything you've heard and read about this beer are true. Sorry - it really is that good. When I die, cremate me and put my ashes into the empty bottle, as I can't imagine heaven being much better.

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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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Photo of siege06nd
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my 100th review, woo freakin hoo! Special thanks to billab914 and IrishColonial for helping me get this one, and for Rhettroactive for opening a DB Zhukov with this. What a great time.

Poured into a snifter.

A: Just like Zhukov. Inky black, impenetrable. About a half finger of dark brown head that fades to a quarter finger ring. Love the dark brown head on this. Spotty but solid lacing on the glass. Just like Zhukov, it's a beautiful beer.

S: Wow, very spicy. I actually get most of the peppers and cinnamon most prominently. Also a good amount of chocolate and coffee. Quite a bit of bourbon as well. Haven't had a lot of stouts that smell like this. Spices are most prominent, actually getting a tingle on the back of the throat from the pepper. Loads of wood on this, too. As it warms, chocolate and coffee become more apparent. Really interesting smelling.

T: Oh wow, this is one of a kind. Thick, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, woodiness, pepper, cinnamon. Drinks like bourbon soaked chocolate cake with a hint of chili powder and some cinnamon and coriander. Barrel aging is really nice with a solid wood presence and a good bourbon feel. Noticeable, but minimal, alcohol burn. Finish is all brownie batter with lingering spice from the pepper. This is incredible. I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E.

M: Perfectly balanced. Flavors are perfectly integrated, barrel aging is top notch. Not sure how it could be better.

O: I hate to shower such praise on a beer like this...one that commands so much on the trading and auction site block. But Bourbon Hunah is the real deal. A top notch stout from start to finish, the barrel aging and spice treatment really sets this one apart. It's just a lovely beer that has been crafted with a great deal of care. Standing ovation, CCB! Grateful to have had the chance to have this one. More grateful to have had such good friends to share it with.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 246 ratings
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