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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
Ranking:
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Reviews:
104
Ratings:
330
pDev:
7.84%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 330 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of seeswo
4.42/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was enjoyed alongside all of the rest of the versions and with each of the spirits.

Pours the characteristic black with little head and thin brown-gold edges. The smell is of the huge chocolate and roasted malts and apple brandy. Taking a sniff of the whatever brand apple brandy (I didn't buy it), its recognizable. Letting it warm and trying the spirit really brings the flavor out. The taste is the characteristic Huna flavors, with still strong chili flavors and big cocoa but with a fairly nice mellow flavor of apple brandy. This had more chili than the newer bottles, which is shocking. The apple brandy sit nicely underneath and really came out when warmed. Mouthfeel is huge as you would expect. Overall, this was the best of the BA Hunas which went: Apple Brandy > Rum >> Whiskey > Bourbon >> Virgin Oak. Super glad to have tried it, and this version makes it clear that this beer can be in barrels if they don't kill the chilis. Yum.

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

Had 2 on tap in a sniffer at the source.

I don't know about anyone else but reviewing A RIS is one of the hardest "beers" to review. at this level these are almost like brandy the name of the beer has because of where its aged.

A: Dark as night, did I say dark yes its black. I have seen motor oil less dark. Blacker than black.Yet up in the sunlight there are hints of orange, caramel etc It had a nice inch of head that has foam clinging to the glass for quite a while, brown lacing. What is funny most good RIS has these characters, and is hard for me to tell a difference, I guess I need a side by side, wait I did 1 here.

S: Well as in the name this beer is aged in apple brandy, so what hit you first is alcohol. as expected. Very nice smell to me. after you get past that, there are no hops detected of course, then you get burnt chocolate, cinnamon sweetness, Apple, vanilla, and molasses. of course it takes on the barrel

T: Well this is where this beer shines. Beautiful mix of alcohol, apple brandy is the main favor of course, but vanilla, and molasses, burnt coffee, chocolate, its very complex. no hops detected and its a ris so that burn is there.

M: not much carbonation, very smooth and not as creamy as some.

D: I struggled with this 1, RIS at 11% are not something even I can just down its a sipper, but I think that fits the style, so I debated the rating but heck its my review, so I give it a 4.
I had 2 of these and i loved it but I had to switch to the other aged one before it was gone.

its of the best I had in this aged barrel style.

cheers

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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 JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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 callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Score is based upon my re-review. The 8oz pour I had at Hawthornes (6/6/2010) was significantly different from my original review of my pour at Capone's (6/5/2010)... it was like I had two different beers. I am going to give Cigar City the benefit of doubt and review the Hawthornes sample

On tap at hawthornes. 8oz pour in tulip glass.
A: Pitch black. No head, no skim, no lacing. Just a thick motor oil look alike.

S: Light apple brandy lays atop the profile from start to finish. Underneath are spicy chili peppers, cinnamon, roasted malt, cocoa and traces of vanilla and oak.

T: Like the nose, its clear right away that the beer was treated with some time in apple brandy barrels. It isn;t overwhelming however and complements the rich spicy flavors of the base beer well. Chili peppers pop out on the tongue and are rounded out with sweet cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla and a bit of caramel.

M: Thick and smooth. Lightly carbonated (in a good way). A bit of warming heat, but not overpoweringly boozy.

D: I plowed through this beer fairly quickly (unintentionally). It just went down real well despite its massive body and substantial flavoring. As noted above this was much better than the pour I got the day before at Capones. Its amazing how different they were. Capones was almost all brandy, killing off the peppers and cinnamon. The Hawthorne's sample really was like Hunahpus + Apple Brandy... which was nice to get. Cigar City guys... do you guys know what happened to the Capone's keg???
(4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5)

On tap at capones. 5.5oz snifter tried head to head with a snifter of regular Hunahpu.
A: Pitch black body with a thin brown cap (appropriate considering the snifter glass). A nice skim lasted for quite some time before eventually dieing out. A good looking stout.

S: At first the aroma is dominated by the apple brandy. As the beer warms the chili peppers and cocoa nibs start to come out. The brandy has completely muted the aroma profile as compared to the regular Hunahpu where the chilis and cinnamon really pop out.

T: Again, this a much different beer. Apple brandy, cocoa, and a bit of chili pepper are the most noticeable notes here.

M: Medium bodied with patches of thinness here and there. Nice, low (but appropriate) carbonation throughout. Well hidden abv. No lingering booziness.

D: At the end of the glass this was an enjoyable, solid effort. That said it is not the regular Hunahpu. It is not as complex and layered. It is not simply Hunahpu plus apple brandy notes. I think people might just be deluding themselves into believing this a great beer because of the pedigree and its rarity. That said, I am still glad Matt and the Cigar City crew shared this with us Philly beer nerds.
(4.5/4/4/4/4.5)

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.47/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Steve for providing this for our tasting

Pours dark dark brown with a reddish tint. Thick and oily. Vry viscous. Not much head but maybe a bit of dark brown head around the edges. Smells peppery and some nice sweet fruitiness on the nose. Tastes sweet and malty. The brandy comes through nice and tame. Light fruits, the chilli is pretty potent. I really like the balance. A bit low on the carbonation levels. Overall great.

Improves as it warms. Really enjoyable at room temp

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Photo of brew3crew
4.47/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the epic hunaphu's tasting in Cincinnati

S-little bit of brandy, more so chili like the regularhupu

a-dark body with a tan head that sits around the edges

T-not too spicy and not too much brandy. Nice balance.

M-medium body and smooth

O-far better than the virgin oak. Very nice

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Photo of drowland
4.48/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had at the Hunahpu release party as a part of RBWG 2010. Pitch black pour with a small brown head that fades fast. The spiciness and the malt sweetness is still there, but there is an additional awesomeness of sweet brandy, wood, and apples... yummy!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.48/5  rDev -5.1%
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 teamwiggum
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Axic10
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Capone's for the Cigar City event during Philly Beer Week. Served in a 5.5oz "mini snifter".

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish/black with a thin layer of mocha head.

Smell: Brandy, espresso, chocolaty malt and a slight hint of pepper in the nose.

Taste: Brandy bite, smoked/roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso and a peppery bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and extremely smooth.

Drinkability: Very good beer. Not my first barrel aged stout, but my first brandy barrel aged stout. I could have easily drank at least 3-4 more of these while I was there, but they were limiting it so that everybody goto to try this amazing beer and I also wanted to try to regular Hunaphu as well as the other CC offerings. Would definitely seek out again.

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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

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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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.72 out of 5 with 330 ratings
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