Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel | Cigar City Brewing

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy BarrelHunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel
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Average: 4.78 | pDev: 7.74%

Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 330

American Imperial Stout | 11.50% ABV

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. 
BA SCORE
100
World-Class
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy BarrelHunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel
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Reviews by stakem:
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4.8/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to CaptinRedBeard for sharing this on 4/2/11. Normal Hunahpu packaging but dipped in gold wax and a sticker on the neck: bottle 36/84. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears nearly black in color with a dark brown head about a finger strong. Spotty lace sticks to the glass. A light swirl revives the cap.

The aroma of this brew is lightly citrus-like from the hot pepper inclusion in the brew mingled lightly with hops. Lots of fresh chocolate scents that seem to be more cocoa than malty. The apple inclusion is sweet smelling almost caramelized along with a spicy tingle to the back of the nose partially from the abv and pepper's contribution.

The taste of the brew is strong with cocoa and coffee. There is a strong candy apple sweetness upfront that blends into chocolate flavors that are somewhat reminiscent of brownie batter. There is a citrus component throughout from the inclusion of peppers and a spicy warmth in the back of the throat. The spiced aspect meshes perfectly with the warmth of the alcohol and the roastiness of the malt.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is lightly prickly on the tongue and quite warming with alcohol and spices. This brew is easy drinking and deeply complex. There is such a deep amount of flavors in this brew and none of them are over-powering. I wouldn't change anything about this brew, I love it and it's one of the best I ever had. I honestly hope Cigar City considers remaking this on a larger scale because more people need to have the chance to try it or at the very least I would love to have it again! Thank you again for sharing Corey.

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5/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.75/5  rDev -0.6%

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4.97/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler thanks to DarthKostrizer
Pours like motor oil. Very oily and viscous. 

Nose is deep and rich of course. Huge. Quite different that regular Huna. Brownie, caramel, molasses and a little bit of fruit. 

Huge range of flavor? Extremely complex and deep. Changes throughout the drink. Rich brandy-like beginning with huge vanilla. Deep dark fruit, chocolate brownie, caramel and molasses. 

Mouthfeel is perfect. Creamy and velvety with little to no carb. 

Overall a completely different beer than Huna, which Is one of my favorite beers, but absolutely amazing. So complex. Amazing. 

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4.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks bulbman for the hookup

Look: Black with red circles around the top of the beer. Very little tan head and leaves the glass with a great coating

Smell: The nose of this beer like pretty much everything is just amazing. There is so many layers to the nose I am not sure where to start. The brandy really shines through with some dark chocolate brownies behind that. Traces of vanilla pass by the nose as well as a touch of chili peppers

Taste: Holy fucking bananas batman this is amazing. The beer has this wonderful chocolate covered cherry character brought forth by the brandy and right when you think the beer can't get any better it totally changes bringing forth lots of vanilla and fudge. Then a third wave takes over and you get a nice amount of chili pepper and molasses that just works perfectly together. But wait there's more. The beer finishes with that same chocolate covered cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick as hell and low to no carbonation(could be more) Oily as hell and you can just feel it coating your insides

Overall: This is the perfect dessert beer and is definitely in my top 3 beers of all time. I am glad that another growler just arrived at my doorstep. Holy hell this beer is almost perfect and I honestly can't see a beer being much better

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5/5  rDev +4.6%

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5/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.8/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle #74. Joan Jett pour with a chocolate head. My nose is stuffy and I can’t pick up much. The age on this bottle has really muted the heat from the peppers. The flavors have tightened and seem to have blended very nicely. Chocolate, roasted malt, muted peppers, apple spicewood flavors. Just another world class beer from Joey and Wayne...

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4.75/5  rDev -0.6%

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5/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +4.6%

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5/5  rDev +4.6%

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5/5  rDev +4.6%

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5/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.75/5  rDev -0.6%

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5/5  rDev +4.6%

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5/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.57/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark brown nearing black with ruby edges when held to the light. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of oaky vanilla, black grapes, red wine, brandy, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a dry punch of cocoa powder
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, slick, and warming.

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5/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Foofaa for this glass. @ OctoFFEJ.

A: After fishing an extraneous fly or two out of my glass, I settled in to enjoy the fruits of Foofaa's labors. The stout, bold and black, has a dark tan head that stands out most significantly on pour. As it settles, the head tames itself, eventually disappearing.

S: The nose is rich, the brandy barrel has eclisped all of the Meso-American mole aromas of the original. The brandy adds a fortified wooden scent, with vanilla and a grape-like intensity.

T: Incredible. The brandy has completely transferred the stout, minimizing the Mayan flavors. In their place, the barrel sings with an oaky intensity. More fortified grapes hang around, upping the intensity of the flavors. The ancho chiles hang around the end of the sip, waiting for the brandy to siddle away. The heat that the finish provides is a nice blast of flavor after the barrel. That heat is fleeting, strong before disappearing. Surprisingly, the ale offers little in the way of lasting flavors.

M: The brandy really takes hold of the ale. In fact, my last sip revealed an apple cinnamon flavor that I hadn't picked up on earlier. That is a nice twist that may be the best selling point of the stout.

D: The heat and excessive booze are a little much but the nuances, like the apple cinnamon, are divine. The brandy pushes out much of the heat, to the detriment of the ale.

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5/5  rDev +4.6%

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4/5  rDev -16.3%

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Cigar City Brewing
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