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

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedHunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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4.54/5
187 Ratings
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:
#267
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
187
pDev:
7.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 187 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of dboon
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Thanks to Matlzilla for sharing this one. Boozy/bourbon nose. Joan Jett black pour with a chocolate head. Thick, chewy, robust, lots of mellow bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, dark roasted malts, and heat from the peppers. Fan-freakin-tastic...

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours thick black with brown edges and a nice bit of brown on the edges.

S. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, and cocoa

T. Bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, but not as much spice a the other variants.

M. Thick body with a bit of booziness

D. Very drinkable. My favorite smell so far of the barrel aged ones, but I love bourbon.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish brown. Very very dark. Nice reddish brown head. Looks really pretty. Smells phenomenal. Lote of nice oak and bourbon on the nose. Chocolate roastiness coming through. Smells phenomenal. Taste is a bit lacking. Nice bourbony oakiness dominates. Spicy pepper coming through. There is a roasty bitterness that is a bit off-putting. Well carbonated and overall Really enjoyable.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.07/5  rDev -10.4%
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 olimpia84
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on a CCB snifter from the 750ml bottle. This is from the second release of the beer done in September of 2011. The green color in the label indicates that is the bourbon barrel aged version.

A: overwhelming jet black oil pour with a smaller coffee colored head than the rum version. Small lacing was present, this time around better than the rum barrel aged version.

S: clean liquorish and slight fruity boozy smell with tones of sweet roasted malts, vanilla beans, dark chocolate and some herbal with oak hints.

T: strong bourbon presence felt along with sweet malts, hints of vanilla, dark fruits, cocoa and brown sugar. I liked the fact that the boozy feeling in the palate wasn't as pronounced as the rum and whiskey versions.Very well balanced and tasty, this beer definitely delivers superiority in its taste.

M: incredibly smooth, creamy and sticky. Full body with low carbonation.

O: my favorite version of all three barrel aged offerings. This is the prime example of a world class imperial stout. I liked the fact that this version was lighter on the boozy feel and was able to offer a very well balanced, yet pronounced, combination of flavors that made up for a unique experience. Well worth lining up to get this beer on release day!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found my review of this beer from the Hunahpu's release last March at Cigar City. What an awesome beer this was.

A: Jet Black, Nice tan head, excellent lacing, viscous.

S: Sugary fruit, high alcohol sweetness and malt, full bodied charred malt, woody bourbon, excellent aromas.

T: Brown sugar, heavy bourbon influence that is very tasty. Awesome full bodied malt bomb with notes of the chiles and cocoa nibs coming through behind the bourbon sweetness and savory flavors. What a huge taste and an awesome one at that.

M: Exactly what you'd want in a big imperial stout on draft, I'll let you imagine the viscous coating feel you'd like here.

D: Very, very tasty. No 5 because I just couldn't order another since it was so heavy. Maybe I should have though...

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Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks once again, to ArthurPendragon for the flip-top bottle poured from the tap at CCB. Split several ways with friends into tasting glasses.

A - Pours back, motor oil viscosity, some brown hue sticks to the sides of the glass. Mocha-colored head that disipitates down to a few bubbles here and there. Very sticky...chocolate syrup on steroids.

S - Lots of oak/barrel notes, possible a little over-barreled, but not terrible by any means. I get the base beer, chilies, bourbon, oak. I think the oak and bourbon over-power the base beer for the worse, but I'm a huge fan of the regular stuff.

T - Oak, bourbon, burnt sugars, chilies, chocolate. All very well done but I think I would like less oak and bourbon and more of the base beer to shine here. A little too much oak/barrel, like I said earlier. A nice sweet finish with a touch of bourbon.

M - Medium to full bodied, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

D - Very very good but the Laird's Brandy version and the regular Hunahpu's are better, IMO. Glad I got the chance to try this one and I look forward to giving another review when I get the chance to try it again. Great job, CCB.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a chocolate head that dissipates to next to nothing.

I may sound crazy, but I smell tangerines mixed in with the bourbon and chiles. It is interesting what flavors and smells come out after the barrel gets a hold of it.

Tastes of bourbon and chili. Unfortunately most of the subtleties are lost. Lots of chili burn in the finish.

This is a little lighter than usual. I overheard some carbonation problems, but it is still creamy.

Pretty drinkable. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of heliosphann
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two day old 12oz swing-top bottom filled straight from a keg. Much love to the amazing BA that hooked me up with this. Fittingly poured in a Cigar City snifter.

A: Aggressive pour yields a finger of rich mocha head. Fades fairly fast, leaving a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Sits blacker than black in the glass. No light is getting through this beer. Leaves some oily residue in it's wake.

S: There is quite a bit of bourbon up front, but even more dirty oak from the barrels. There's almost a slight sweetness coming from the oak. Some chocolate, vanilla round out things, but everything else is overwhelmed.

T: Once again the bourbon and earthy wood flavors are in full effect here. In fact it's really dominant, almost too much unfortunately. You still get a nice dose of the base Hunahpu which delivers luscious spicy chilies, cinnamon, cocoa and vanilla/caramel. Still I would have liked to see a little less barrel in this case.

M: Big bodied, but slightly thinner than the regular version. Very smooth, creamy and pretty viscous. Low carbonation, but that's expected and fits with the style. I think the barrel aging adds and detracts overall in this area.

D: This one is a sipper for sure. The 11% ABV is hidden quite well, but the bourbon certainly is noticeable. Also the chili's still come through and give a nice burn on the aftertaste.

CCB delivers another unique variation once again. Definitely some crazy things going on from the barrel aging. Overall I enjoyed the regular Hunahpu more, but this was still very enjoyable.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
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 Anthony1
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours super dark and thick, nice creamy mocha head. great smell of bourbon, roasty, rich, oaky mocha. really stong alcohol taste, a little to hot, but still good. nice balance between bitter and alcohol, hide each other a bit, but still hot. low carbonation with a think, creamy feel.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, chocolate and pepper. The flavor is strong oak, chocolate and pepper, with the pepper being a little overpowering and giving a light burning sensation in the mouth. Thick mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

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Photo of gford217
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap.

Pours black as night with a big thick mocha head that recedes leisurely to a hefty collar and swirl of mocha cream in the middle. The head perks up with every swirl and leaves sticky bubbles sliding down the sides. I've seen very few beers that look this good.

The aroma has all kinds of things going on, starting with a sweet vanilla and bourbon whiff initially. It's joined by the underlying bakers chocolate and heavily roasted malts. The pepper is present, though I think it's a tad less prevalent than in the non-BA version.

The taste is one of the most complex I've ever encountered, just an explosion of different flavors. This is a bourbon shock up front but mellowed with some wood and the vanilla sweetness. The backbone is black malts and dark chocolate, with a roasted character throughout. The finish is wonderful and interesting with the pepper really coming out and does battle with the bourbon for who will linger longer.

The body is insanely creamy and full bodied but the light bubbly carbonation keeps it from sitting too heavily on the palate.

This is a stunning beer. The base beer is complex enough, but I think the bourbon barrel is used perfectly here as it doesn't dominate the flavor. I'm always amazed when brewers can put so many things into a beer and still have it come together so seamlessly. World class.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

10oz. Pour into a CCB Snifter

Pours pitch black with a fluffy dark tan head. Big toasty nose with a big bourbon presence. Taste is dark chocolate with a touch of heat from the peppers and a wonderful bourbon overtone. This beer took to the barrel wonderfully. Great marriage of flavors. Mouthfeel is big and creamy. Would have loved another pour, but at $10 for 10oz. I'll have to move on. Glad I tried it though, would definitely revisit if I had the chance.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of tasting this one the day of the release after I grabbed my ticket.
Was poured into a nice CC snifter glass.
Dark as can be with a slight very dark tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, and some sort of spice. This bourbon version really hits you in the face with the bourbon smell! The first taste is a mouthfull of bourbon but then slowly goes back to normal versions flavor profile. The taste is the usual IS bittersweet chocolate and coffee but then proceed with a spice taste. Also has a nice hop profile to it.
Medium heavy mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation.
The BA version is extremely tasty but a tad too "bourbony" for my liking.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.06/5  rDev -10.6%
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 ktrillionaire
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was possessed by this Satanic brew at the Hunahpu release party. Two-fisting 'em for a hot minute.

A – It pours a demonic crude with a nearly black head that recedes to a clingy ring and big coffee stain lacing

S – It smells of the apple in the garden of Eden. The caramel apple of Eden, apparently. The barrel has transformed the nose a bit; it sweetened it and fused some of the previously separate nuances.

T – The taste is fairly straightforward: Hunahpu + Bourbon. It is basically bordering on overkill, but not due to anything specifically negative, instead owing to the truly overwhelming abundance of desirable, delicious and discernible elements. The flavors are dialed up to a mega volume, and they go as such: bitter cocoa, rich chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, coffee, chipotle, bourbon, and not necessarily in that order.

M – Very insanely thick. If the standard Hunahpu = 25w50, then BBH = 30w60.

D – Very drinkable, but not necessarily any better than standard Hunahpu. And of all the barrel aged CCB Stouts, I prefer Brandy Zhukov; this one is not far behind though.

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Photo of corby112
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the faintest hint of lighter color when held to a light source. Two finger frothy dark chocolate mocha head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Sweet bourbon aroma that isn't overpowering allowing the roasted malt, sweet chocolate and cinnamon spicy chilli peppers. There's also some earthy oak and vanilla notes.

Flavor similar to aroma with a lot more pepper spice than the nose leads on. Lots of silky sweet chocolate malts, slightly roasted coffee and spicy cinnamon peppers. Like the nose, there is a nice earthy oak and vanilla flavor that balances things out nicely. This beer is perhaps to balanced and the bourbon takes away from the spicy chili notes from the base beer. This flavor does become more prominent as it warms. Deceivably drinkable.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the release party. It poured very similar to the regular version but had a weak bourbon hint to the nose.

Cold this beer was a let down, but after it warmed up a bit I was pleasantly surprised. It was amazing just a tad bit cooler than room temperature. The bourbon blended so well with the flavors of the Hunahpu's. It almost created a citrusy flavor at the end. It is a shame that there wasnt a way to bottle and age this beer. It would have been interesting seeing what it became in a year or so.

Had the Brandy as well and it was just as good!

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Photo of jwjon1
3.63/5  rDev -20%
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 Thorpe429
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Hunahpu's release party. Served in a snifter.

A - Looks like Hunahpu's - inky black body that is impervious to light, a finger of dark, dark, mocha foam that dissipates slowly to a ring and some haze and leaves a few spots of lace. For a beer that must be pushing 12-13% (11% is for regular Hunahpu's) it looks excellent.

S - Wet barrels, earthy bourbon whiskey, vanilla, and so on. The bourbon barrels used by Cigar City have a very distinct taste, and this reminds me a little of Capricho Oscuro #2. What I thought was Big Sound in that beer is actually some sort of barrel-aging characteristic imparted on both brews. There's not a lot of the base beer left at this point - mostly chocolate, and negligible chili pepper or cinnamon. Still, it smells like an excellent barrel-aged stout.

T - Again, tons of barrel presence, with wet wood, sharp bourbon, and vanilla present. There's a bit more of ol' Hunahpu kicking around here - some dark chocolate cake, and a bit of chili heat that builds over the course of the glass. Finish is intensely tannic, with some roasty, dark chocolate bitterness as well.

M - Very smooth, sticky, full body, that is chewy and viscous. Lowish carbonation, with a dry tannic finish and only light residual stickiness. Spot on for the style, and highly satisfying.

D - This one is a slow sipper, and one snifter was sufficient. I'd definitely have it again though! The only real inhibitors are richness of flavor and high ABV, which is as it should be. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.08/5  rDev -10.1%
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 kfsv034
4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Hunahpu release

A - pours jet black with a quarter inch creamy head

S - smells of strong bourba and
mild vanilla

T - lots of bourban, again mild vanilla with a nice pepper spice left in the back of the throat

M - full bodied very rich

D - very strong I can definatly taste the alcohol

This beer is dang good if it's available try it, I prefer the regular version

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 187 ratings
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