Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel Aged | Cigar City Brewing

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel AgedHunahpu's Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 05-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
609
Reviews:
60
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
8.24%
 
 
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533
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Woah! Whale. This and/or the Baird apple brandy version have been long-time wants of mine. Thanx, as always, to Cam for sharing during another epic Stoutfest.

Typical Hunahpu's appearance. Thick and oily black pour, dark brown head, decent retention, legs on the glass.

The smell is absurdly decadent and interesting. Tons of fudgy chocolate desserts, granny smith apples, brandy, truffles, some dark fruits and roast. Light spiciness and vanilla presence. Awesome and potent, didn't want to stop sniffin' this one.

Taste, wow. Apple brandy and chili spice are definitely upped in the profile, still tons of chocolate vanilla dessert madness. Less roasty than the scent and the original Hunahpu's, but there is just enough of it to balance out the sweetness. Lingering spice in the aftertaste.

A little less hefty than the regular version but otherwise similar, oily texture with lowish carbonation. Brandy is prevalent but not much for booze.

Enlightening beer for me. Unique, complex, crazy stout - rich chocolate fudge, apple brandy, chili spice?? Quite drinkable somehow too. Very awesome.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of cbutova
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Sonny for the great brews you always send me. It was only appropriate to open this at Stoutfest III, CHEERS!

A- Poured to seven glasses with a superbly thick, pitch black motor oily body. A dark mocha brown head forms to about a finger with pretty good retention. Falls to a foamy, frothy ring after a few moments and lacing is spotty.

S- Holy brandy batman! Instantly recognize the barrels in comparison to the regular Hunahpu's. The brandy brings on a barrage of dark fruits and apples, like woah. The brandy doesn't overshadow but really puts one of the biggest stout bases to rest. Dark fudge truffle chocolate and intense roast malts beneath the fruit.

T- Follows the nose with the brandy aspect in a nice way. I've had a decent amount of brandy in my time but this one seems to blend in quite well with the Hunahpu's base. Bright dark fruits and apples swirl into the fudgey, dark cocoa and milk chocolate base malts. Lingering aftertaste of pure truffle madness, I would think I just ate a big fruit truffle. Man, brandy really shines, did I mention that? Slight pepper spiciness after many sips and some cinnamon with warmth.

MF- Massively thick, what I remember from both Hunahpu's and Zhukov (duh). Oily beast coats the palate with a nice moderate carbonation that really allows the fruit to shine on the palate. No alcohol heat for me, hidden almost insanely so.

The first really put me aback but it grew on me with warmth and time. I really enjoy the bright brandy character we got in this bottle (I have heard it varies quite a bit) as it turns it all into a dessert truffle more than a beer. Tons of melted chocolate and brandy deliciousness.

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4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed alongside Amplitude and DB Hunahpu's- poured into a CCB snifter

Pours black with cascades of tan bubbles and a thick mocha head.

Smell is reminiscent of standard Hunahpu's with some toasted oak.

Taste falls kinda flat with a great base stout, yet muddied spice character and no detectable brandy.

Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy.

Overall, great stout, but could use some refining.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of homebrew311
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick and viscous black with minimal head. Oily appearance and a dark coating left on the glass. The nose starts with heavy dark chocolate followed by bright notes of cinnamon. The brandy adds some sweetness and seems to accentuate the cinnamon and vanilla notes. The taste is sweet up front with darkish chocolate and deep brandy notes which linger throughout. Notes of syrup, honey, vanilla, and wood come through in addition to the pepper and chocolate from the base beer. Mouthfeel is super heavy with light carbonation. Overall, fantastic beer with tons of flavor.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
4.49 out of 5 based on 609 ratings.
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