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

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedHunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged
BA SCORE
97.8%
Liked This Beer
4.53 w/ 183 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:
#272
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
183
Liked:
179
Avg:
4.53/5
pDev:
7.51%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
733
Gots:
32
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 183 |  Reviews: 71
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, so thanks to Avalon68 for the chance to review this gem.

From what I hear, a high risk vs. reward bottle. I am willing to take the chance.

A dark brown creamy head forms and slowly settles to a dollop of cream atop the glossy deep brown beer. Another couple moments later this has faded to a mere ring of foam... No real lace to speak of.

A sharp aroma scares me (have not tasted as I type here) and yet there is clearly some chili pepper here.. A hint of cinnamon. A touch of oxidation is present.

Ahh, my fears are allayed as the flavor shows no sign of sourness. Much better than the aroma. I am a bit shocked at the front row presence of the chili peppers here. Cinnamon is more present in the aroma. In the flavor it adds to the depth of the chili pepper flavor. Mid palate you are struck with some nice dark chocolate notes. They come on stage, strike hard and then quickly retreat. What’s interesting is that as I work through the glass, the spice builds and the prickly nature of the chilis takes hold. I like it. A bit of depth from the aging (barrels) but much more muted than expected. A touch of vanilla near the finish that seems to highlight the cinnamon for a brief moment. One thing is clear... A lot going on here...

Honestly a bit thin for what I expected. In fact, thinner than I remember the standard version to be... But that’s just off of memory. A bit slick.

What’s so interesting is my perception of how the body is holding this back a bit. Very nice and a very complex beer. So glad that I had a chance to try it....

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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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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 97.8% out of 100 with 183 ratings
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