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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 kevanb
4.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz swing top growler. Big thanks to Brian for bringing this over, review is from notes.

This beer pours like thick motor oil, jet black in color, almost no light hues around the rim of the glass and zero head with no lacing. The aroma is amazingly complex, big notes of chocolate, licorice, coffee, booze, dark fruits with a nice amount of smokiness from the peppers. The barrel treatment has really alleviated a lot of the vegetal and oniony notes apparent in the untreated Hunahpu. The flavor is just sublime, rich deep dark chocolate, not too bitter, not too sweet, mild dark fruit, a touch of licorice, roasted coffee, a big kick of brandy and alcohol towards the end that finishes with a beautiful lingering smokiness from the pepper, with just a touch of heat that settles so well on the back of the tongue. There is a lot going on here and it really takes a lot of sips to really pick up on all the details and appreciate the complexity here. The body is spot on for the style, perfectly carbonated while remaining huge, thick, creamy and smooth.

Verdict: By far the best variant of Hunahpu's I've tasted and one of the best uses of a Brandy Barrel on the market. Cigar City really hit a home run with this beer and I am extremely grateful to have tried it.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of brystmar
4.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Josh, you are the MAN! A personal whale of mine for the longest time.

Gloops from the bottle as any Zhukov-based brew should. Tremendous roast in the nose with brandy and caramely notes. Lots of complexity here, though I wish it were more pungent.

Taste is marvelously complex with brandy, booze, vanilla, spice, and plenty more that end up dancing atop the delicious stout base. Chiles are mild, where they belong. The trademark Hunahpu's chocolate, vanilla, and chile aftertaste gets a boost from the brandy as it tickles the back of my throat upon swallowing. Ultra-viscous body, as expected, and just amazing.

Ranks among the best stouts I've tasted. I could drink the whole growler!

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Photo of kbutler1
4.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle. This thing pours a very, very thick black/brown color wtih minimal head. Coats the glass and almost leaves legs running down. Whoa! Brandy, brandy, and more brandy are in the nose along with dark, raosted malts, vanilla, and some spice but for sure the brandy takes center stage. The flavor is extremely intense and complex at the same time. The brandy again is the first flavor you are hit with followed by the roast, vanilla, and spice. Heavy mouthfeel. Some tobacco and leather in the taste as well. A very intense sipper that is pretty well done. Tough to drink a ton of it for me due to the intense brandy taste, I wish the brandy was just a little dialed down.

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of dkw0063
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

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 DCon
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.89/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 32 oz swing top growler into a Surly Darkness snifter.

A- pours black with a 2 finger dark cola head. Small trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- chocolate, cinnamon, brandy, chocolate and some oak.

T- wow! This beer blends together so well. Brandy sweetness with chocolate, cinnamon, some vanilla, and other spices tastes amazing.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Thick beer but drinks very well.

O- world class beer for sure. Thanks to cosamich for sharing this amazing beer. Just wish I could take a growler home to share.

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Photo of AltBock
4.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This fine beer was on tap at Cigar City on July 9th through July 11th. I took down notes at that time, but it's so hard to forget a beer this good! The brewery served this beer to me in a Cigar City snifter.

This beer was thick and black that the beer coming out of the tap looked like the tap was pouring used motor oil out of an old car. Luckily there isn't a mechanic next door so I knew this beer instead of oil. No highlights in this beer whatsoever. Not any light source that can be found on this world would have the power to shine through this beer. I could have taken the beer outside of the tasting room and held it up into the bright Tampa sun and not one streak of light would penetrate this beer. Surprisingly, there was a nice head of foam on this beer. The initial head of foam was about 1/4 of an inch in height and dark mocha in color. It had Good renetion that left behind a few spots around the edge of the beer and some tiny blots of lace around the glass.

The aroma was just as thick as the appearance. Up front it was super sweet with the rich scent of caramel, vanilla, molasses, and candy sugar. It was so sweet that I thought I was going to get a cavity just smelling this beer. After the sweets had enough, in comes some roasted malt, a sprinkle of roasted coffee, a drop of dark chocolate, a whiff of oak, and a touch of apple brandy at the finish line. I liked how there was plenty of aromas to keep my nose busy, but I especially liked how every aroma had their equal time in the spotlight.

As you could probably tell already, the taste was just as thick as the appearance and the aroma. The taste was sweet, but it wasn't as sweet as the aroma. The taste was thick with caramel, molasses, a drop of dark chocolate, vanilla, dark roasted malt, a gentle touch of roasted coffee beans, a little oak, a taste that combined apple brandy and caramel, and then this beer finishes up with an expected gentle splash of chili pepper. I knew this beer is brewed with some chili, but I really wasn't expecting the chili to show up at all. Great surprise!

For a high ABV% thick barrel aged Imperial Stout, this beer masks its high ABV%. There was so much going on in this beer that my body couldn't pick up on the high ABV%. The aftertaste was just as thick as everything else. The aftertaste was filled with roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, oak, caramel, molasses, and more of that gentle chili pepper.

There's no doubt about it! This is truly one of the greatest beers in the world. If you ever see this beer on tap at Cigar City, consider yourself lucky and get about 2 glasses of it.

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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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 antoines15
4.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.28/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Blakaeris
4.32/5  rDev -8.5%
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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5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 oz. growler into a snifter.

Like the regular Hunahpu's, the Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Hunahpu's pours a viscous dark black chocolate color with a barely noticeable tan head around the ring of the glass.

The aroma is full, complex, and somehow elevated beyond the greatness the original Hunahpu's achieves. The brandy is noticeable and seems to gently overlay the other aromas, which are consistent with the regular Hunahpu's: dark chocolate, a bit of espresso, vanilla, with a bit of pepper and a slightly fruity apple presence.

Each sip is nearly perfect. The dark chocolate fudge, roasted malt, and creamy espresso notes all blend amazingly well with a brandy flavor. The middle of the sip contains the zenith of its complexity, with the apple coming through, mixing with oak and vanilla from the barrel, and a bit of residual chocolate flavor. The end of the sip wraps the treat up nicely, leaving a nice brandy flavor in my mouth.

The brandy mellows out the sticky sweetness that the base beer contains, and the barrel definitely lightens up the carbonation a little bit as well. It is creamy and smooth, with the brandy cutting through the thickness of Hunahpu's as well. This beer really just has the perfect body, carbonation, and smoothness that I am looking for.

After tasting Hunahpu's for the first time I did not think there was any way to improve on it, but after having the whiskey and the brandy, I have changed my opinion. This is such an incredible beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -10%

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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