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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Ratings: 330 |  Reviews: 104
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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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

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 largadeer
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Edit: New batches are amazing. Scores changed to reflect the later growler batches.

Original rating: 3.6

Thanks for sharing this rarity, Nick.

Black as pitch and quite viscous, there isn't much of a head, but it does have nice legs.

It smells strangely muddled. Bittersweet dark chocolate, a touch of tart apple, some leathery oxidation. The barrel aging seems to have actually simplified the beer and covered up most of the pepper, vanilla and cinnamon. As it warms, it becomes dominated by heavily roasted, tarry, almost burnt malt and sweet brandy. Not bad, but haphazard.

The apple brandy flavor comes through pretty strongly on the palate. It hints at apple, but it's more of an indistinguishable fruity sweetness. There's a little vanilla and oak, lots and lots of bitter baking chocolate, barely perceptible chili pepper. This is a huge, chewy imperial stout, almost Dark Lord-esque in viscosity. The finish is mildly boozy with lingering flavors of bitter chocolate, licorice, earthy oxidation and faint chili pepper. Barrel aging seems to have covered up the boldness of the adjunct ingredients in this beer, transforming it into something that's enjoyable but ultimately muddled. Perhaps Hunahpu's wasn't the best beer to put in a barrel. Pretty good, I enjoyed my glass, but it's not outstanding. There are a number of better and less rare barrel aged imperial stouts out there.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.82/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to tytoanderso for sharing this one!

Poured into ccb snifter (how appropriate)

Pours a small tan head. This beer is motor oil black. Very thick. A swirl around the glass and it coats it with beer.

Aroma: There is so much going on with this beer. Deep roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, chipotle peppers, caramel, vanilla. It is sweet. The brandy adds an awesome layer of complexity to this beer. Oak shows as well.

Taste: Right up front is the chipotle peppers. Then some vanilla and caramel with cocoa and roasted malts. Coffee flavors hit with some brandy and oak next. Then a mix of dark fruits (dried apples), and molasses hit. Very rich.

Mouthfeel: Rich, sweet, warm. Full bodied with a decent amount if carbonation. Ends very roasted, leather like.

Overall, this beer is legit. Tons of awesome flavors. Great amount of brandy. One of the best BA stouts I have had. SO much awesomeness. CCB has brewed magic here. I wish I had more of this to drink.

Thanks Ty for sharing this gem!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at CCB during the Hunahpu's release party.

A: Look was very similar to regular Hunahpu's, as well as bourbon Hunahpu's, which made for some fun at the table. Very dark black with a very rich deep tan head and a pretty good amount of lacing.

S: The smell of brandy is immediately present alongside all of those other beautiful scents that come along with the regular version. It's quite nice and not overpowering, but at the same time I'm not sure it really complements the essence of the Hunahpu's all that much. Left me wondering whether a "Humidor Series" Hunahpu's would have been even more outstanding. Still, very beautiful nose that I won't actually complain about.

T: Very similar assessment to the nose. The brandy actually did work pretty well, and I think this is true more so for the taste than the nose; however, still not quite a perfect 5. Again, didn't like the taste as much as the standard Hunahpu's, as I felt that some of the more subtle flavors from the original version might have a bit lost.

M: Superb. Very thick and viscous and good carbonation for the style.

D: Very beautiful. Although not nearly as drinkable as the standard version, that one was well past the standard 5.0, so I have no problem giving that to the brandy version as well. Just a beautiful sipping beer.

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was thrilled to be able to finally try this one. I honestly did not think I was going to be able to get a hold of it, but lucked out. Served chilled and poured into a snifter.

The pour was dark as night, thick, viscous looking like motor oil with a light ring of tan around the edges that quickly faded and left behind no lacing to speak of. Just a thick, still, black liquid.

As I reach in for a sniff, warming comes through the air. Rich cocoa, light, very light hint of spice, oak, hints of vanilla and a light touch of tart fruit as it comes up to room temperature. Nicely done here. The depth of the profile seems to show no bounds. When compared to the regular Huna, this just seems to have less of the thick chocolate edge to it and more of the brandy shine through which is nice. As a side this also seems to have tempered the chili a touch as well. Really nicely done I have to say. Then the first sip rolls across the tongue with a gentleness that seems like I have longed for it forever. Really fine swirling vanilla and brandy notes are tucked away behind coffee and chocolate, I got a nice little boost of the chili on the palate at the end, nicely done again, and really brought it around full circle for me. Smooth, delicious, needed a bit fuller profile for me, but very well done.

Overall this was a great, great beer. For all the hype I was expecting a perfect beer, which this is not, but it is very, very good. Still dying to try the bourbon version, hopefully one day.

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4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 03/03/12 notes. Huge thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this one; thanks Brad! Finally getting to try this one as it didn't make it to the Hunahpu tasting last month. I believe it was bottle 61/84 but I forgot to write down the bottle number so someone at the tasting let me know if that's wrong. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one finger of fluffy dark tan head and light to moderate carbonation evident. Very thick, looks like the normal version, and like a great big stout.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, spice, light brandy, oak, light fruit, and light coffee. Really nice nose, with a ton of chocolate which I love. No sense of the chili peppers, just still awesome.

t - Tastes of sweet chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts, brandy, sweet apple and fruit, light spice and pepper, oak, coffee, toasted malts. Similiar to the nose but more fruit and brandy, and a tiny bit of pepper. Really amazing, better then the nose.

m - Full bodied stout and low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, this one is easy to drink and not hot at all at this point.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic stout; I think it's the best of all the Hunahpu variants. I think it's drinking perfect right now too; I'd say if you have one dirnk it now. Would love to have it again.

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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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3.69/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

32 oz. screw-top growler graciously shared by Dave.

Appearance - Pours an incredibly flat inky black. Glass-staining, as always. Viscous, but no head. Bummer. Growler, maybe?

Smell - Brandy, booze, and, well, standard Hunahpu aromas. Chilies and chocolate. And more booze. The brandy aroma is a little on the sickly sweet side, though. Really detracts, I think.

Taste - Awfully sweet at the start. Brandy comes through, but it isn't an imposing flavor, except for the sweetness. Chocolate and chilies are still pretty potent in this treatment. Thick and sweet and syrupy, though. Every bit of sugar is amplified by the brandy.

Mouthfeel - Thick and boozy. Still has the wonderful viscosity of Hunahpu, though, but it tastes every bit of 11.5% and then some. The sugar doesn't help.

Overall - Not an impressive treatment. It's still a fascinating combination of flavors, but not something that improves upon the original beer.

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4.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the first beer I ever took notes on...and still one of the best beers I have ever had...Served on-tap into a mini snifter at Capone's during the Cigar City party for Philly Beer Week 2010...wow that was a lot of words...

A - Pours absolutely pitch black with a small dark brown head that leaves sticky brown lacing down most of the glass.

S - A bit on the sweet side with a strong aroma of brandy. A bit of chocolate and some sort of spices? Could that be the chillies from the non-BA version? I might need another glass to determine if it is...

T - Starts out with some mild sweetness from the apple brandy slowly developing into an amazing line-up of cinnamon, chocolate, and some faint spices. Most of the things I don't like about the normal version of hunahpu's are all cleared up with the barrel aging. Absolutely one of the best stouts I have ever had. I can only hope to have it again in the future.

M - Heavy body and flavor with good carbonation. It has a very full body but it is very well rounded. The brandy flavor is strong but not too overpowering.

D - I could drink this all day. I drank it side by side with regular version and it was like drinking a completely different beer. This one was so much more complex and smooth. Absolutely amazing. So glad I got to try this one.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared by who else but ygtbsm94. Wow man, thanks for sharing another one of my most highly coveted beers.

Bottle 61 / 84

The beer is black. The appearance is oily and viscous. Atop the beer rests an inch of dense, beige head that hangs out for the duration. Cigar City sure makes some good looking stouts.

The aroma offers less cinnamon and spice than the standard Hunahpu's. Beautiful dark roast and chocolate aromas, along with oak, vanilla, and a light boozy sweetness.

The flavor is fantastic. The brandy character gains momentum as the beer is allowed to warm. Well balanced, teeming with flavor, complex, unique. Yeah man. Another amazing stout from Cigar City. What a treat.

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4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +8.9%

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4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks so much to djmichaelk for sending me this long time want.

Appearance is basically motor oil. Thick and black as fuck, with the darkest colored head I think I've ever seen on a beer. Damn.

Jesus, smells like calories. Crazy intense sweet dark malt, chocolate and vanilla, hints of cinnamon.

Tastes like a laundry lists of great imperial stout flavors: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, whiskey, chili. This is amazing.

Insanely thick. Just insanely thick. And yet I can't stop drinking it.

This is awesome...

9.6/10

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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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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