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

BA SCORE
96
world-class
177 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by tpd975 on 12-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
177
Reviews:
70
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
7.83%
 
 
Wants:
727
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 177 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

 883 characters

Photo of Anthony1
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

 284 characters

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -6%
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.

 295 characters

Photo of gford217
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

 1,349 characters

Photo of mondegreen
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

 460 characters

Photo of kbutler1
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

 672 characters

Photo of urwithdave
4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

 1,048 characters

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.65/5  rDev +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.

 1,123 characters

Photo of corby112
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

 891 characters

Photo of DosBeerigos
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

 561 characters

Photo of jwjon1
3.63/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

 484 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

 1,014 characters

Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

 1,522 characters

Photo of Gtreid
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

 833 characters

Photo of kfsv034
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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

 393 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

 352 characters

Photo of Damian
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Rattle 'N' Hum, New York, NY
Served in a stemmed wine glass

The beer poured super rich and thick, like used motor oil. Pitch black in appearance with no head but only a stiff ring of cocoa colored froth.

The aroma was rather restrained initially. Roasty and chocolately with mild hints of bourbon. As the beer warmed, things really opened up. Sweet Madegascar vanilla beans came through strong. The bourbon element was huge, but not overaly alcoholic. Dark chocolate was also apparent, as were the rich brown sugar notes. Impressive.

The taste simply blew me away from the very start. Huge roast and bourbon flavors right up front. Espressso dominated. Rich and smooth in the middle with some bakers chocolate notes. Lots of brown sugar and maple syrup as well. The finish was ridiculously big. Uber roasty and oaky with (what I presumed was) a big alcohol kick. I later discovered that this heat was likely from the addition of Pasillo and Ancho peppers. Super smoky. Tannic and dry. Simply mesmerizing.

The mouthfeel was one of the biggest I have ever encountered in a beer. Ultra thick and creamy with a fine, silky, tongue blanketing effervescence.

Drinkability was amazing. For such an intense, alcohol rich brew, this went down so remarkably easily.

All in all, this was one of the most flavorful and well rounded beers I have yet to try. It definitely earns a spot in a my top ten list.

 1,416 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
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

 764 characters

Photo of dudecandle
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into wine glass at RNH Cigar City Night:

A: Black as night, with no head on it, quite murky

S: Huge smell of roasted chocolate, coffee, smoke, and vanilla

T: The bourbon really powers through, which was a surprise at first, since I actually ordered the non-bourbon version and got this instead. No complaints, though, as the bourbon gives the powerful smokey chocolate a nice and smooth bourbon-vanilla complement. Coffee rounds it out quite well.

M: Full and smooth, not too heavy on the alcohol punch

D: Big, yet somehow the bourbon actually tames this beast. Like the way some oaked beers will dull out big flavors with some vanilla, the bourbon does the same. It's still excellent, but frankly, I prefer the unadulterated non-bourbon version.

 758 characters

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap side-by-side with the regular version at the Cigar City Brings Everything event at Rattle n Hum 2/17. Served out of a wine glass because they ran out of glassware.

A: Served with a slight wisp of chocolatiness floating at the top of dark abyss of a beer. Lacing is stringy with near no cling, emanating from the brew like some kind of disfigured rag puppet.

S: Bourbon hits hard upfront and this provides an outstanding background to the sweet and bitter cocoa powder and chocolatiness that come afterwards. A weird spiciness is apparent somewhere in there but is hard to make out over the bourbon.

T: Bourbon aging produces a profound overwhleming taste that covers what is otherwise an incredibly complex brew. Can you tell that I think this is one of the only beers that DOESN'T benefit from barrel-aging? Cocoa and chocolate are noticeable beneath along with a sweet spiciness towards the finish. Bourbon lingers towards the end though and never really fades out, dominating the other delicate flavors. Finish is more of the same, though thankfully, does not linger on the palate.

M: Medium to full bodied with very little carbonation and very very smooth. However, bourbon barrel aging makes this one just a bit around the edges and I'm docking .5 for this. Oily in the mouth with a surprisingly clean finish that leaves little stickiness or aftertaste at all.

D: As I've stated before, this is one of those beers that does NOT benefit from barrel-aging in my opinion. The regular version is far superior because of an unmasked complexity and knowing that that is out there, I can only give this a 4.5 as good as it is. Still, one of the most enjoyable RISs that I've ever had because of its smoothness and unique combination of cocoa, chocolate, and chili spices.

 1,799 characters

Photo of Jw347
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a tan head. Smells of chocolate, bits of chilies, cinnamon, and of course wonderful bourbon. The flavor is incredible chocolate, bourbon and oak, some vanilla with that great hit of chilies on the back end. Amazing, just amazing I need this on tap at my house like everyday :)

 293 characters

Photo of bulletrain76
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Handbottle. A huge thanks to David (illidurit) for hooking this up at our last tasting for my 1500th rate. Black with a small brown head. Holy crap is there a lot going on in the aroma, but it all works. Spicy chillis, oak, vanilla, bourbon, caramel sweetness, dark fudgey chocolate, all very smooth and harmonious. The flavor is just as good, with lots of rich and creamy chocolate malt flavors under vanilla, bourbon, and spicy peppers lingering through the finish. Full bodied and chewy with obviously low carbonation. A fantastic beer. Both this and Humidor Zhukov's showed us two very creative takes on the imperial stout from cigar city, but this was by far the clear winner. I'm definitely looking forward to the regular version as well. As a post-edit, I have to add that hearing "Invaders" by Iron Maiden as I entered this rating was a very fitting tribute.

 866 characters

Photo of bret27
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2.8oz bottle courtesy of illidurit

S: Mostly chocolate. Vanilla, oakiness, cinnamon. Little bourbon, little of the chiles.

A; Very dark brown, no head

T: Very well melded and complex with an onslaught of many different flavors. Everything in the nose +... The chiles are more noticable, in a good way. (wasn't sure if it would be a gross flavor) Chocolate is more bitter than sweet. Coconut shows up. Bourbon flavors are melded in and mostly just warming effects.

M: Smooth and drinkable. Very minimal carbonation.

D: Darn good for the overall ingredients and abv.

Overall: So delicious. I will definitely be searching out more.

 634 characters

Photo of nickd717
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler shared at a tasting - huge thanks to illidurit for this awesome rarity. Well, this beer is currently at #5 on "the other site," and I can't say I disagree too strongly. Joey and Wayne at CCB really do fulfill beer geeks' wildest dreams. Met those guys at GABF '09, and surprisingly, they seemed like normal guys and not all-powerful deities floating on clouds or anything like that. Who knew? Anyway, the beer may not have held up too well by the time it got to me, so my suggestion to CCB is to arrange to send me a better representation of this beer, and hell, maybe I'll find it worthy of my first perfect 5.0. Definitely has that potential.

This beer pours black with not much head at all, just a bubble or two. Could be a result of the storage conditions for sure.

Aroma is absolutely incredible. Rich chocolate, cherry, vanilla, cedar and other wood, bourbon, cinnamon, tobacco, and chili peppers. Even with a small pour in less than ideal condition, it really jumps out at you. Wow.

Flavor not quite as impressive but still amazing. Roast and smoke, coffee, bitter cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, tobacco, vanilla, coconut, and nice chili heat. Really a lot going on with this one. Bourbon is very well-balanced and not at all overwhelming like it can be in some beers from such barrels.

Full and smooth on the palate with very low carbonation, not surprisingly.

Drinkability is incredibly high for a beer like this. Even though I gave this beer a very positive review, I don't feel like this really got a fair shake, so stay tuned for a future update. It's hard to imagine how awesome this might be on tap.

 1,620 characters

Photo of illidurit
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rating #900! Handbottle from a growler courtesy gunhaver. Pours a very dark brown but not black with a thin froth of bubbles that reassure me that there's some carbonation left. Aroma is deep dark and milk chocolates with some roastiness and cinnamon. The chilies are noticeable and interesting, and the bourbon is mild. Flavor hits with the chilies up front causing an appreciable warmth. Then roasted coffee and dark chocolate follow, well-integrated with the coconut and bourbon flavors. Very well-balanced, unique, and interesting. Body is solid and smooth, easy to drink. Hopefully I'll have the pleasure of drinking this super fresh someday.

 647 characters

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
4.47 out of 5 based on 177 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe