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:
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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%
 
 
Wants:
830
Gots:
13
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Photo of VeganUndead
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

On-tap at the Hunahpu's release party. Served in a snifter.

A - (Copied from my Bourbon Barrel Hunahpu's review) 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 - Unlike the bourbon barrel edition, the brandy presence is not overpowering. It is instead well-integrated into the the incredible depth of the base beer. Rich chocolate cake, vanilla, a touch of peppery spice, earthy woodiness, and apple brandy. The combination is incredibly unique and utterly sublime.

T - Again, it's a wonderful combination of apple brandy, chocolate truffle, vanilla, and touches of cinnamon and chili peppers. Very woody finish, although it's hard to be totally objective as I had a ton of barrel-aged beers and the tannic aftertaste started to persist despite numerous glasses of water. Still, this was the best of all the Hunahpu's variants - the barrel wasn't overpowering like the bourbon version, yet it was enhanced with a complementary flavor of tart apples.

M - (Copied from my other Hunahpu's reviews) 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 - It's like having a rich dessert in beer format, but without the heaviness and extreme palate fatigue. Still, this beer has the same inhibitors as all variants of Hunahpu's - the richness of flavor and high ABV would keep me from downing this all night. Still, I was far more motivated to have multiple glasses of this one than the bourbon version. It was too bad the keg kicked so quickly. One of the best beers I've ever had - can't wait for the next batch.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What just happened? Thanks Brad for this share, completing my Huhaphus journey. Beer served in a cervoise.

Beer is black with a nice tan head, small bubbles, lacing, low carbonation, decent retention.

Aroma is hunahpu's base, chocolate, sweet, mild spice, with this incredibly layered liquor, this smells perfect.

I'm cautioning myself from giving this a perfect 5 but it is damn close. Nice body, medium, creamy, coats the mouth almost completely, mildly roasty, sweet liquor up front, mild fruitiness, chocolate and fudge on the palate. An awesome beer.

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Mora2000
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a black color with a huge brown head. The aroma has a ton of chocolate in it, as well as some roasted malt, oak and brandy. The flavor is similar. Upfront I get a ton of sweet apple brandy notes, with some chocolate and roasted malt coming through as well. I get a hint of spiciness and pepper, but the brandy and chocolate come through the strongest. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Awesome.

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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 JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Douglas88 brought this one to a recent tasting... fucking amazing... I never NEVER thought I would have the chance to see this one, let along have many good pours... Thanks a ton Doug... Generous doesn't describe it.

29/84... too cool.

Great pour.... dark brown.. retention is off the charts... walk away and the brew is still waiting on you to take a sip.

Nose is deep cocoa... the brandy is there for sure but not heavy handed... hints of chili... calvados seems a stretch, but is certainly within the realm of conversation..

Cocoa and chili are up front.... the brandy sorta drags some wood into the picture... dark chocolate brownie batter is spiked with nice chili flavor.... the roast malt and minor char plays great with the chili... sweet cherry essence gives way with warmth and plays great with the chili and brandy notes. Warm Hersheys melts all the palate notes better than expected.

Body is better than expected and much better than the hype... thick and coating without ever being syrupy... carbonation is great for the style.

Apple brandy?? maybe... the "apple" is lost on me... but I get Brandy and love this one. I loved this bottle, but damn... alot is going on. Thanks Doug!!!

4.5/4.5/4.5/5/4

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Photo of yourefragile
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle 81 shared by Jon. Served in a wine glass alongside Hunah 11.

Pours a viscous dark chocolate with ruby tinges and a surprisingly large dark mocha head. Fades to a thin collar with minimal lacing. Smooth blend of barrel and light spice and vanilla. Aroma is similar to the fresh Hunahpu (which I find too strong and unappealing) with a smooth balancing presence from the brandy. Flavor is mildly sweet, with apple brandy spirit throughout but never dominating or hot. Surprising amount of chilis present since they always seem like the first thing to fall out with age. Slick, medium thick body with low carbonation. Viscous and coats the palate with a long, persistent finish. Wow, this was amazing.

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Photo of Kelp
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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 weeare138
4.57/5  rDev -0.4%
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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Photo of beergorrilla
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of corby112
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even a trace of lighter color when held to a light source with a half finger dark chocolate mocha head that quickly fades into a thick lasting ring.

Amazingly complex aroma with a huge chocolate malt presence which is only slightly roasty with hints of toffee and caramel. Sweet brandy alcohol heat that adds amazing complexity. Subtle oak and vanilla blending in with the vinous dark fruit notes.

Chewy viscous body with lots of silky chocolate maltiness that is balanced out by the vinous apple brandy barrel notes. Slightly earthy oak that is very vinous with hints of dark fruit and vanilla balancing out the chilli and roasted malt perfectly. The spicy cinnamon chilli flavor is prominent in the dry finish. Excellent! I don't see any way in which it could he improved with the exception of head retention.

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

Pours a rich, dark black color with minimal head and lacing. Scent is of brownie like chocolate, vanilla, apple brandy, cinnamon, oak, a touch of chili pepper and dark chocolate cherry cordials. The taste is bakers chocolate with a solid baclground of vanilla, apple brandy and cinnamon. Once again the chili is there, but not overly aggressive and dark cherry flavor rounds it out. Thick and syrupy but very smooth, no lingering boozyness. An excellent, amazing beer.

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Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Thick and viscous. The poster child for motor oil beers.

S: Apples, caramel, and cinnamon. The barrel influences are really obvious in the nose.

T: Chocolate syrup, chili, apple. A bit of a messy combination. The apple and chili together is a little odd. Very sweet, dessert in a glass.

M: Thick, thick, thick. Minimal carbonation.

O: A really unique, one-of-a-kind beer. Worth seeking out, just make sure you've got a few people to split it with, because this is some thick, heavy stuff.

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Photo of akorsak
4.02/5  rDev -12.4%
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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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

Pours an extremely viscous ink black with no head by the time it reached the table. Just some loose mocha bubbles around the edges. When swirled, the beer leaves a thin, oily coating on the inside of the glass. It's like motor oil.

The aroma is sweet and rich. A layer of apple skins on top of deep roast, booze, coffee, dark chocolate and a steady spice.

Hearty roasted coffee and dark chocolate with sweet apple and booze. A steady dose of spice throughout. Coffee and chocolate come back in the finish with a good amount of heat.

Smooth and creamy. The sweetness from the apple barrel really cut through and hurt the overall richness of the feel. Still full and creamy, but not nearly as lush as the regular Hunahpu.

This is a tasty stout and does a ton of things really well. An easy sipper that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HUMONGOUS thanks to justing for sharing this. who would've guessed that i'd get to taste it again the next day (thanks dave)!!! Enjoyed on 7/27 at Top Hops at a mini tasting with some awesome BAs. Hell of a night and kicked off a wonderful weekend of beer tasting! Ticked from a 2oz pour and then adjusted my thoughts the next day from a larger pour.

a - Has that Hunah look. Coats the glass with a single swirl. No head, but just a gorgeous beer.

s - Smells like Hunah but with a strong raisin and fig. Some booze and some brandy. Basically Hunah with some fruitiness a la sangria.

t - OH WOW! Hunah extreme!!! Figs with apple brandy. You get the peppers on the finish but the fruitiness of the brandy just pushes this amazing beer to the next level. Truly amazing.

m - Smooth and creamy. Wonderful like a milkshake of amazing beer.

o - Wow, what can I say? This beer is simply amazing. On Friday when I sampled it, I said I would do dirty things for this beer...and then the next day, I traveled 2 hours to another tasting (which was before a third tasting in 2 days) and this was a pleasant surprise at the 2nd tasting. I guess the dirty things means dealing with NYC transit in horrendous heat and downpours and then having to leave one of the most epic tastings to go to another tasting. What a weekend!!! Not sure how long these growlers will hold out, but drink them up...as of a few days ago, this was the nectar of the gods.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of jrallen34
4.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another casualty of the top 100 from our Chicago Epic Tasting...After the regular hunaphu rocked my world...Bottle no 54 out of 89...Nice dark black with a medium tan head but low carbonation in general...The aroma is medium in strength, chili and chocolate dominate, such a great and unique taste. Not sure if the ba adds anything here, would really need to have them back to back...The taste is utterly awesome, especially as it warms up just brings out more and more flavors; chocolate, chili peppers, and wood, can't really pull out any of the apple brandy.

This is up there with hunaphu, both should be sought out vehemetly.

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Sean at DLD 2011, both during and after. Although after DLD I was pretty much just nursing the glass, way too many beers consumed to finish out the event with a bruiser.

The beer was on the uncarbonated side, possibly due to the growler format and the little bit of age it had. Big apple brandy aroma, overcoming all stout qualities, it just smells like apple brandy. And it tastes like sweet apples soaked in brandy as well, overpoweringly sweet and a little spicy. I don't remember peppers giving much of a bite, but then my palate was well challenged on DLD.

Thick mouthfeel, owing partially to low carbonation but also the syrupy viscosity. I was really appreciative for the chance to try this, but once is probably enough.

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4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gatordaddy
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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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