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
BA SCORE
97.6%
Liked This Beer
4.72 w/ 330 ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
330
Liked:
322
Avg:
4.72/5
pDev:
7.84%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
830
Gots:
13
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 330 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev -7.8%
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 cpetrone84
4.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Taste thanks to Jeremy.

A-pure black, completely opaque pour with a crazy looking dark brown head with deep red hues.

S-wood and sweet brandi right up front with light vanilla and some sugary alcohol. more vanilla with some cinnamon and spice, a fair bit of roasted malts and rich chocolate cake with a touch of plum behind.

T-roasted malts up front with notes of chocolate cake and a touch of wood. the brandi comes in behind as the strong malts move sweet. the spices of thanksgiving are underneath with the back end offering sweet dark plums and cherries.

M-full bodied and chewy, this is extremely thick, a real sipper. assertively carbonated to balance the robust body not losing anything from the barrel.

D-extremely well balanced with great complexity and fantastic flavors. i true sipper that provides full flavors that are well integrated and uniquely crafted. Best CC beer I've had and actually lives up to the hype.

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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of thagr81us
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to Jefe73 for hooking me up with this one! Massive thanks for this one Jeff! Shared the same day of arrival with beeruser and funkydelic as well as the crew at The Trappe Door. Served from growler into a Cigar City Hunahpu snifter (proper!). Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, apple, acetone, sweet alcohol, vanilla, pepper, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, big brandy, vanilla, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, subtle spice, and Snickers. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation that was very thick and coated your palate completely. Overall this was a really great brew. I have to be honest and let everyone here know that I am a HUGE fan of Apple Brandy particularly from Laird’s, so this brew was right up my alley. And boy did it deliver! I really loved that I was able to pick up on the nice stinging acetone aroma on this brew that I have come to love from Laird’s usual offering. It really made me feel right at home. This brew really made me want to grab a nice cigar and sit down and sip on it just like a good brandy. The barrel absolutely transformed this brew to one of the best stouts I’ve had to date. And yes, you read that right in the flavor, it really tasted like a Snickers bar on the followthrough. Crazy! An absolute must try regardless of what/who you have to do/kill to get your hands on. You won’t regret it!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank at our Epic Chicago Tasting on 7.31.10. Bottle #59/84.

A - A little bit bit flat, not as viscous as I would have thought, but still a pretty good, heavy looking beer. Head rose up about a finger, tan colored.

S - Vanilla, cocoa, not quite as roasty as I would have guessed. The chili is nicely present and cuts through some of the sweetness. Oak is present as well as a nice sweet, brandy smell.

T - Loved the regular Hunaphu, this one is great as well. While the barrel aging mutes a lot fo the original characteristics of the beer, I think it just makes them more subtle. Nice brandy sweetness and the chili/chocolate combo on this one is pretty much perfect. Vanilla and oak add to a myriad of flavors in this.

M - Full bodied, a little bit sticky.

D - Sad I had to split the bottle on this one. Fantasic beer I would love to drink all the time.

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4.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of illidurit
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at the RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting at the Bruery Barrel House. Pours that signature inky black with an otherwordly dark brown head. Delicious rich fudge and chocolate with luscious vanilla rounding out the body and a mild chili influence toward the back.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle brought by Fux to the Moeder Lambic tasting a few weeks ago. Great time gents! Thanks heaps for sharing this one man.

From a 750 into a tasting glass.
Vintage: 2010
Drunk next to a 2010 base beer.

APPEARANCE: A thick, dense, black pour produces a smaller, looser looking, dark mocha colored head that immediately disappears. Fades to a slight ring. Jet black body with no carbonation at all. A slight ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Thick, black tar for sure, but the head is a little lack luster at this point.

SMELL: Some brandy here, with touches of vanilla and oak. Notes of cinnamon, chilies and light vanilla as well, though the adjuncts have definitely faded. The brandy barrel is a little mute as well, meaning this is a little less impressive than the regular 2010, as well as the other barreled variants I've sampled.

TASTE: Even less adjunct than the nose had showcased. Some mild brandy, oak and vanilla up front with some chilies and cinnamon at the swallow as well. Things are there, but not very convincingly. Flavor comes out more after the swallow with a lingering finish of brandy, some vanilla, milk chocolate, chilies and spicy cinnamon. Touches of roasted malt make an appearance as well. Nice, but the barrel is rather mellow at this point and adjuncts are perhaps not as forthcoming as they once were. Still very tasty, but not bold enough to be really impressive.

PALATE: Good feel here, just like the 2010 base beer. Medium-full body, oily, with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a slightly oily and mouth-coating finish. Solid stuff.

OVERALL: Really happy to have tried this one, though I will say that it has probably seen better days. I never had the chance to have it fresh, but at this point, the barrel is rather mellow and the adjuncts are not as forthcoming as the regular 2010 base beer right now. This is still tasty and enjoyable, but probably not as impressive as it once was. If you have one, it's probably time to do something with it, as more time will not be kind. Thanks again Fux! This was a lot of fun.

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4/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of birchstick
4.35/5  rDev -7.8%
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 macrosmatic
4.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a snifter.

A: Black, opaque. Small brown head. No visible carbonation present.

S: Smells like brandy plus Hunahpu. I know - quite a surprise.

T: Amazing...beer & liquor. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, all with the brandy overtones.

M: Crazy thick, sticky. Sweet. Alcohol presence isn't exactly subtle, to say the least.

O: Truly a great beer, and I'm very glad to have had multiple occasions to try it. Subjectively, though, I prefer the base beer. The brandy-aging hides or overwhelms some of the amazing complexity that the base beer has, and I miss those.

EDIT: Just had an opportunity to drink this from a growler that was just over two weeks old. I think it was an improvement - the brandy character, while still strongly present, had faded enough to let the chocolate, molasses & spiciness come through more. I know the growlers say "Drink Fresh", but I think hanging on to it for a couple weeks helped.

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -47%

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of tpd975
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Hunahpus release.

A: Pours black dark and evil, like all CCB Stouts. Very dark head, excellent retention and a crazy amount of lace.

S: Loads of barrel, woody, with a huge blast of brandy. The roast, earth, chocolate, and spice of the base Hunahpu's remains as well. It is hard to describe.

T: Pure flavor explosion in your mouth. I really didn't think you can improve on the base beer but they have. The brandy barrel just puts this one in another class. Huge brandy barrel without being over the top. Tons of charred malt, earthy chocolate, light chili's and hints of vanilla. Rich chocolate, light molasses, and a dash of unicorn horn.

M: Very full in body, bold, rich, perfect.

D: Not really nor is it made to be. One I could sip on for days though.

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Photo of Florida9
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black and viscous pouring with a visible and audible glug. Forms a minimal, creamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to just a faint ring around the edge. No lacing. Amazingly, this beer coats the glass as it pours.

S: strong and potent aroma. Predominantly chocolate , then chiles, brandy, alcohol, dark malts, a mild sugary sweetness, and a hint of apple.

T: very interesting taste: sweet, with lots of dried chile, then deep, dark chocolate, mild oak, and some vanilla on the finish. A bit of alcohol on the end.

M: heavy, thick, and viscous. Silky. Lower carbonation. Very mild chile spice.

O: this is a great beer.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.43/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's on 6/5/10 during the Cigar City event for Philly Beer Week.

A - Appeared in my mini snifter as a raisin black liquid with royal purple tones and a very slim light brown head that reduced to a wispy ring of retention and traces of spotted lace around the edges of the glass.

S - Aroma is surprisingly somewhat muted overall. After I gave the liquid ample time to warm up, hints of apple brandy and barrel wood emerges as well as a hint of chocolate, cherries and vanilla.

T - Whoa! It took me a few seconds to really wrap my head around this one. The aftermath? This beer is freaking incredible! Sweet and dark fruit mingle with mild brandy and woody notes, while a hint of vanilla adds a bit of depth and more sweetness to the mix. Meanwhile, lots of dark bitter chocolate notes begin to emerge in the backend, followed by a dominant apple flavor that really expands into the finish, giving this beer such depth and complexity that it made my head spin. The alcohol never becomes overbearing, which allows the apple notes to really shine and blend nicely with the chocolate and woody attributes. Simply delicious!

M - Full bodied with an oily, viscous and somewhat sticky texture, yet all the while it retains quite a soft, creamy mouthfeel throughout. Finishes with a slight dryness on the palate in the midst of moderate alcohol and bitter notes.

D - While the aroma was a bit lacking, the flavor more than made up for it. Complex, delicious, amazing and decadent are some of the words needed to describe this fantastic creation from Cigar City. This 5 1/2oz. pour alone was worth the trip to Capone's.

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Photo of ncaudle
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of halo3one
4/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml gold waxed bottle. 4oz. sample poured into a Founders snifter. Reviewed from notes. Shared by capra12 at a tasting on 10/16/10.

A: Pours a thick, dark mocha head with very little retention that fades quickly into a thick ring of bubbles atop an opaque black beer. Lacing is spotty with no cling.

S: Slight soy sauce covered in booze. Chocolate, fudge, very subtle roasted malt in the back. Nose is complex but a bit muted and overwhelmed by the booze overall.

T: Apple brandy is surprisingly prominent upfront. Cocoa, brownie, and a good compliment to the chili. Hot (boozy). Bitter roasted malt at the middle and end with a sweet soy sauce flavor flowing in right before the finish. Finish is booze with an aftertaste of liquorice and roasted malt and cocoa powder.

M: Medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, oily, and smooth in the mouth. A bit hot and boozy at points. Finish is accented with an aftertaste that is sticky and lingers.

D: Apple brandy barrels is a near perfect compliment to the chilis present in the base Hunahpu's. That being said, I'm not that big a fan of the bottled version of the base beer. Worth a try but not if you have to jump through hoops or give up the half the cellar to get it.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to ArthurPendragon for flying out to FL, getting this growler filled, flying to Chicago, and meeting Alex at Midway just for us to sample this beer! You da man!

I was told the keg blew about 80% into the fill on this growler, so we did get pretty lucky! From a smallish (not sure the ounces) Cigar City Growler into a mini-snifter.

A - Pours black, super-oily resin along the sides of the glass, motor oil to the maximum. Some bubbles, but mostly, just a black. The sticky look of this beer looks cool, no doubt about it.

S - A perfect mix of sweet apples, brandy, and the base Hunahpu's beer. The Laird's complements the Hunahpu's so well, it's hard to describe how good this beer really is. I enjoyed the base beer so much alone, this was even better. You get the chili notes mixed in there as well, very complex.

T - Everything I got from the nose, I also got on the palate. I would say it's even more complex on the palate. I can really taste all the different things going on with this beer. As complex as the base beer is, this is even moreso. Apple Brandy, chilis, molasses, toffee, burnt sugars, etc.

M - Full bodied, slight carbonation, rich and smooth.

D - I had a decently-sized sample that I really enjoyed. I wanted more, but alas, there wasn't enough after everyone got their pour. Who knows if I'll ever try this again, probably not. This was an epic beer!

EDIT: To date, this is my highest rated Imperial Stout and 2nd highest of my entire drinking career. Like I said, an epic beer!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.83/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler

Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!

Black in color with a small dark brown head. As with most imperial stouts from Cigar City, this one is remarkably thick and viscous, as well as shiny. Nobody makes a better looking stout than Cigar City. This leaves dots of stick and an oily sheen on its way down.

A completely transformed aroma, most notably being the lack of chile character that is present in the base beer. That being said, nothing is actually missed, because this smells fantastic. Layers of rich brandy and chocolate stack atop one another, with nearly no unpleasant alcohol fumes. There's some vanilla and wood complementing, but the sweet brandy and chocolate notes combine together remarkably well.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, though more complex. Again, layers of chocolates and sweet, earthy, woody brandy play against one another remarkably well, along with some mild roast, and earth.

Full bodied, creamy, low carbonation. Decadent.

Superb. The best Cigar City beer I've ever had.

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Photo of koopa
4.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Capone's (6.5.10) during the CCB event they had. As always Matt throws an amazing event with killer offerings.

Let me note that there has been lots of talk on the boards (and in this beers reviews) about this batch tasting different from another batch served at Hawthorne's. I didn't attend the Hawthorne's event so I can't say for sure, but about 10 people sitting on the corner end of the bar were pretty unanimous in being let down by this one. I have also heard that the base beer Hunahpu's has lots of variation as well. Some say that some bottles are chocolatey and muddled while other bottles have loads of chili spice. I've had one bottle of it in the past and it had no really detectable spice notes for me.

Appearance: Pours dark brown to black with faint crimson red slivers and a 1 finger khaki crown. Retention and lace were were both moderate in the tulip.

Smell: Deep roast malt, a touch of coffee, minimal brandy note, and a whisper of chilies (or maybe that was my imagination as it was that faint).

Taste: Same as the nose but not as pungent. Good flavors here but I'm not enjoying the execution of there integration.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with decent carbonation but a bit lack luster in my opinion.

Drinkability: Light body and no really challenging flavors so its pretty drinkable.

I'd like to try the Bourbon Barrel and would probably give this Brandy Barrel version another chance considering all the consistent reports about the offering at Capone's being substandard.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 97.6% out of 100 with 330 ratings
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