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

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy BarrelHunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel
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 Gtreid on 03-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
330
Reviews:
104
Avg:
4.59
pDev:
8.5%
 
 
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832
Gots:
14
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Photo of tbrascojr
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you very much to Henry for bringing this beer to the tasting.

A: The pour is almost black with a nice viscosity and almost no head.

S: There's a slightly metallic note at first, but it seems to diminish as the beer sits in the glass. I get a lot of chocolate to begin with. The chili note is there, too, but is sort of overwhelmed by the oak, brandy, roast, and coffee.

T: Surprisingly oaky at the first sip. There's some nice brandy flavor here and the barrel provides some spicy notes and tannins. Quite a bit of milk chocolate and a nice chili flavor in the background.

M: The body is medium to full with a low, but smooth carbonation.

D: I think I actually still like the regular Hunahpu's the best, but this was quite good. I wouldn't turn down another glass of this.

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Photo of Romulux
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of CityofBals
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of leodarko
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ixodus
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jampics2
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tewaris
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Alpar for sharing this rarity, I am pretty sure there's no way I would have been able to land this!

Looks dark, thick and still. Impressive legs upon swirling. Aroma is a blast of vanilla, fruit and some tartness. The roast has managed to stay alive in the taste! There are layers of coconut, vanilla and fruit and this is a very complex and very very smooth beer. I can't help but notice the similarities with Matt, that I remember liking a tad better. But this is pretty f'in good as well.

I think I will have to track down a bottle of the brandy those barrels make assuming it is not too costly!

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Photo of Chris-1911
4.26/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BARFLYB
4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at capone's for beer week. I love this city and da burbs.

This version of the big ol hunna is black just like all other big stouts, with some light brown edges. Smell is of apple brandy under the base beer with the chilli's remaining in the picture and a touch of vanilla. There is a bit more chocolate & some coffee that I thought would not be as big. Taste includes chilli's mixed in with the brandy finished with a vanilla splash and a touch of alcohol. The green apples are a nice addition and come out big time. With the barrel aging, it's amazing the abv did not go up on this one. Some time brings cocco and roasted coffee and some minimal dark fruit under all that stoutness. The main tastes of the regular kind of get muted under the brandy. Full bodied, carb on the light side taste on the high side. A thick beer that calls for patience with small sips, big stuff here. When all is said and done this is great beer, but the regular is marvelous.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is awesome to try, but I think that the bottles are old, they dont seem to have the elements that original Huna has when it is fresh and the barrel doesn't do too much IMHO. Still awesome and thanks to Jon-beerzebub for bringing this super rare beer, 2010.

A: Amazing look, that all Huna variations have--jet black, super dark brown head (amazing), super viscous and just great.

S: Has a very brandy fruity smell with some great dark chocolate malt and cinnamon, maybe a little chile but not much. Very nice stout aroma, roasty and just a little bit sweet, subtle brandy barrel.

T: Not bad, but I wish more barrel came through in the taste, it's quite subtle. Some small amounts of chile, nice hot chocolate creaminess, a little cinnamon, and an overall roastiness. Still delicious, but I tried this right next to 2011 Huna and I'd take the fresh regular Huna anyday.

M: Super creamy and amazing.

Overall, very good but I like the regular so far. Would like to try the Bourbon one again, I only had that at the first release on tap alongside other beers, and would love to try it in a controlled tasting setting.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

6/5/10 on Tap at Capone's. Pours midnight black with no head and only a couple bubbles. Aroma was solid cherry, apple and alcohol, with only hints of coffee. As it warmed, you could pick up a bit of smokiness from the peppers and a touch of cinnamon, but the brandy still dominated.

Flavor was very sweet dark chocolate covered fruit. Slightly dry smoky tobacco finish. As it warmed, you got a bitt more flavor from the peppers and felt the slightest tingle on the tongue.

This is an incredibly smooth and drinkable imperial stout that needs no further age.

Overall, this tasted like a solid imperial stout aged a bit too long in brandy. However....

6/6/10 at Hawthorne Cafe: This was like a completely different beer. I got a ton of pepper and smoke in the nose right from the start, but just balanced with the cinnamon and brandy. This was much more balanced and tasted like what I would expect from taking a great base imperial stout (Hunahpu's) and throwing it in brandy. The aging was a great complement.

I'm not sure why such a disparity between the two kegs, but my rating is essentially my averaged impression of the two beers.

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Photo of Overlord
4.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ffahp for the brew!

Pours dark black with a slight brown crust. Looks black.

Smells faintly of brandy, with some alcohol heat, some chocolate, some roastiness, and a ton of dark fruit. Pureed raisins/prunes come to mind. The brandy is uber faint.

Taste has no brandy that I could detect. Some alcohol heat, a muddled spicy alcohol backing, some chocolate and a boatload of dark fruits. MAybe that's the brandy influence. Not sure.

THick, syrupy. Sweeter than I recall the base ber being.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, almost black. Completely opaque allowing no highlights. Head is a dense reddish-tan ring.

Aroma is smokey charred dark grain. There is an underlying oatmeal sweetness. Bourbon soaked dark fruit, hints of oak, and smoked meat.

Taste is rich and bold. Sweet with hot alcohol up front. The bourbon soaked dark fruit comes on strong. Then an unusual aromatic spice takes over. Bitter dark chocolate matched with a peppery sting. Rich, chewy tobacco that just lingers forever. Finishes with a woody cedar aspect that is very dry.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Dense and viscous, but not oily.

A very flavorful and intense imperial stout. There are many subtle flavors in every sip. A must try.

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Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to urwithdave for sending me this extremely limited bottle. Bottle 36/84, opened at Stakem's on 4/2/11.

A: Black with hints of burgundy at the edges. A small one finger head. Very little lacing, but the beer stains the sides of the glass.

S: Apples, cinnamon, chocolate and hints of the chiles.

T: With the addition of the apple flavors that come from the time in the barrels mixed with the strong cinnamon flavors that Hunahpu's already carries. You end up with something like chocolate covered warm apple pie with chiles on top and a side of coffee. The flavors from the apple brandy really complement this beer well.

M: Thick and smooth, fully coating the mouth and throat. Pretty much the same as the regular version.

O: A great beer that I'm very grateful to have had the chance to try. Joey and Co. did a fantastic job with this one. I doubt I'll ever get to taste this one again. But, it was very good. Thanks again Dave.

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Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours black as night with a finger of really dark brown head that leaves a ring around the pour.

Smell: Really sweet with dark chocolate and dark fruit notes. I'm getting the cinnamon, chillies, and vanilla. The brandy heat is there along with the sweetness.

Taste: Lots of brandy here. The malt and brandy combine to make this one very sweet. Tons of chocolate with pepper spice, mild vanilla, dark fruit, and some alcohol. The finish is peppery and sweet.

Mouthfeel: The body is very thick with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: I thought this beer was good, but I enjoy the regular version more. Quire complex and I would love to have it again.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing, Chad. Sampled next to the Regular, Whiskey, Rum, and Bourbon.

A: Pours near black with a very thin light brown head that faded into a faint collar. Looks like the original.
S: Smells like the original with a little bit more of an alcohol presence. It’s also sweeter smelling, a bit smoky and vinous, and a touch fruity. This smells very smooth.
T: This is definitely the most integrated of the treatments, and very smooth. I get notes of chocolate, light brandy, no spices, and less vanilla than the original. The brandy is sweet and hardly boozy at all. I get a vague fruitiness from the apple.
M: The most creamy, softest carb, and full bodied of this all. This is one very thick and smooth beer.
O: My favorite of all the treatments I’ve had and an amazing stout on its own. Thank a ton for opening this one, Chad.

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Photo of birchstick
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 32oz swing top with a black color and a thin mocha colored head. Nose is chocolates with hints of apple and charred boozy vanilla. Taste starts off with chocolates that move to a nice cinnamon dry flavor. These move to a really nice apple pie cinnamon flavor and some really sweet chocolate and soy. Really awesome flavor profile. MOuth is full bodied and ends a little dry. Overall, this is a really solid barrel aged offering and would highly recommend it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, brandy, and wood. Taste is much the same with a slight alcohol kick and a woody finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite tasty and super easy to drink.

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Photo of jwjon1
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved Hunahpu, liked the bourbon BA version but found it over the top. Expected the same over the top boozy experience with the brandy BA, and was pleasantly surprised that the booze was well balanced. Hunahpu is such a complex beast that any one component out of proportion detracts from the sum of it's parts. In the case of this BA version, the brandy is subtle, leaving one to appreciate the other aspects of the beer. I still prefer the standard Hunahpu, but this wasn't too far off the mark. Well done CCB!

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Photo of baggio
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA Dsgolovin for hooking me up with a growler of this nectar of the gods...

Apperance: Pitch black with a dark, dark, brown head.

Smell: Chocolate, Spices, Barrel, Coffee, Roasted malts.

Taste: Cinnamon, Chili, Chocolate, Brandy, Coffee.

Palate: Supersmooth and perfectly balanced. Medium carbonation. Goes down way to easy considering the abv.

One of the best stouts i've yet to try. World class.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6/11/2010

Bottle 76/84 with gold wax. A huge thanks to Dstructo for the trade! Poured into a snifter, the beer appears black as night with a great one inch devilish dark auburn head. The head displays good retention and lacing is scattered.

In the nose I find a moderate roasted malt character, accompanied by oak, vanilla, burnt sugar, cocoa, and cinnamon. The chilies are noticeable but their presence is stronger in the regular version. A light brandy sweetness permeates all aspects of the aroma, and there's a subtle apple quality to it. Again, it's light, but it's definitely there and adds depth to an already complex beer. I also get light oxidation notes and a whisper of coffee. The chocolate is dark and rich.

The flavor is of oak, cinnamon, vanilla, and chilies, with delicious apple brandy sweetness and notes of roasted malt. The chocolate is decadent, and the booze is understated. The finish displays a subtle spiciness in addition to rich chocolate, apple brandy, and lingering booze.

The beer is full bodied. Carbonation is at a moderate low level and the mouthfeel is thick, silky, creamy, and sticky. A complex and decadent beast.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Capone's Cigar City event. Pours black with no head with some fine legs, later glasses had a rich dark mocha cap. Sweet, mild brandy on the nose, some lightly bitter chocolate, and a really pretty collage of sweet spices focusing on cinnamon. Flavor starts out with some mildly sweet apple brandy, very soft, then blossoms into this amazing array of cinnamon, cardamom, maybe pumpkin. Absolutely awesome. The bitter, charred elements of the regular version were erased by the brandy barrel, but in contrast to some others I found the spices far more prominent in this one, especially the cinnamon. A later pour near the bottom of the keg were a bit chalky and lost some of the glory of the first pour. One of the best beers I've had, not really a classic imperial stout, but just amazingly expressive and the flavor progression was in my mind for the whole day.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Cigar City Brewing
4.59 out of 5 based on 330 ratings.
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