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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

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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.

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Photo of Tone2467
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a wax sealed bottle in a snifter.

A: Just how I like my Imperial Stouts. It pours almost pitch black with the tiniest blood red tint. A small head that disperses quickly leaving a mirror like surface staring back a you. Reminds me of a lake on a moonless night.

S: The first whiff is of strong chocolate with some sweetness hiding in there. No signs of Brandy at my first pour. As it warms though the sweet smell dirs of a bit giving way to the same strong Choclate aroma but, now their are hints of chili and just a little Brandy aroma comes peaking through. I got no signs of Vanilla or Cinnamon from my nose but I'm not complaining.

T: Similar to the aroma at first. Strong tastes of Chocolate and a burnt sweetness settle on my tounge. The breath out reveals some vanilla and definitely some Brandy in there. As it warmed the Chili and Cinnamon step up to the plate as well as a more pronounced Brandy flavor. Throughout the entire experience the slighty burnt flavor plays on the toungue. A complex beer on the palate for sure.

M: She's a thick one. A full bodied Stout with low carbonation. Slides right off the tounge and down the throat. There's some spiciness and heat that follow. I almost want to call it a lingering silky or oily feeling. Perfect for a Stout.

O: If you get the opportunity this is definitely one to try. A deep complexity with a great smoothness. Definitely on my list of great beers to watch for.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Wine tasting snifter. Tasted side by side after regular Huna same vintage 2013.

Motor oil black off the pour, carbon copy of regular Huna. Dark walnut black, fleeting mocha dark head and small collar. Impressive and aggressive.

Berry fruit forward on first whiff. Hints at raspberry with lingering classic dark bitter chocolate. Dominant, taking over any sense of any hints of oak, vanilla, or even chili pepper sensations compared to regular Huna. Doesn't smell like a brandy.

First sip brings the berry fruit action, but an interesting tangy sour note slightly which is playful. Large bodied and full. Classic dark bitter chocolate angle, but a nice berry fruit forward somewhere between dark berries and raspberry. Roast character slightly complimenting, but no chili heat or sense that peppers were added.

It's a very well crafted brew, but I am not feeling the strong specialty that the brandy barrel brought to this otherwise great beer. No complaints though, very tasty.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.76/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Josh for this one. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into a snifter. Reviewed at a tasting from notes.

Pours pitch black with minimal lacing and minimal head. Oily legs legs that don't really stick around. Decent.

Nose is sweet fruit, chocolate, fudge, and cocoa. I don't really get a big chili presence here. Moderately aromatic . Solid but nothing out of the ordinary.

Opens chocolate, chili, cocoa and roasted malt. Some cocoa and roasted malt bitterness in the middle with a chili and dark chocolate end. Finishes is sweet and chili heat with a hot, sweet, and slightly salty aftertaste. As always, unique but the barrel doesn't add much to the base beer in this case.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Prickly, slick and heavy in the mouth and goes down hot and boozy. Messy finish with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Pretty good.

This isn't much different from Hunahpu's. Spicy, boozy, balanced and complex. However, the barrel really doesn't add much in this case. A solid beer overall but not one to get crazy over.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark chocolate brown with light brown head to it

S - Sweet vanilla, chocolate, light marshmallow and a brandy sweetness. The brandy coming through also gives it a slightly booze

T - Mexican chocolate, light pepper, sweet vanilla, caramel, dark fudge to it. The brandy comes through that gives it a light alcohol kick and a great sweetness. The brandy really adds a nice complexion to it the beer. Cinnamon comes through more as it warms up

MF - Thick creamy body with a light spice from the pepper. Not much booziness that comes through.

O - Really an amazing beer where the California Brandy adds some subtlety and complexity to regular Huna.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by lansman at Northdown. Thanks dude! Served in a snifter.

A - Looks like Hunahpu's, with that distinguishing glass-coating film to it. Tan foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and specks of lace. Black body, although it doesn't seem quite as oily as previous variants.

S - Loads of brandy here, with a sweet and vinous quality pervading; almost cognac-esque. The barrel and spirit flavors are supported by the expected cocoa, with noticeable traces of cinnamon and chile surviving the the aging process. Well-hidden booze and excellent integration of flavors.

T - The taste isn't quite as excellent as the aroma, but it's still solid enough. There's a bit more char, biscuit, and perhaps a hint of dark fruit oxidation amid the cinnamon, molasses, and dark chocolate flavors. Less overt oak and spirit, and more nebulous sweetness. Finish reveals a bit of Zhukov's scorched earth and tar bitterness.

D - Dry, tannic, and roasty. Full bodied, with lower carbonation, and some mild chile heat and spice that lingers.

D - This is quite different from the Apple Brandy version and seems less barrel-forward than the other variants that have been released. Enjoyable on the whole, although I wish the taste had been as compelling as the aroma. Lives up to the hype for the most part though.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into HF sherry glass. Thanks JD for brining this to our tasting, consumed right after Mexican Cake.

A- Pours a pitch black, decent carbonation, slight mocha brown head that dissipates to a flat top with just a slight brown ring around the glass.

S- Aromas of brandy, oak, dark chocolate, hint of coffee and vanilla, some light peppers hiding in the background. Incredibly well balanced, pleasant smelling, nice barrel presence.

T- Creamy chocolate, light well balanced peppers/spices, a hint of vanilla and slight coffee, subtle brandy that lends a nice sweetness, slight oak, finishes with more creamy chocolate, brandy, and subtle spices.

M- Medium bodied, goes down very easy, nice light carbonation perfect for a stout.

O- This was a fantastic barrel-aged stout that retains all the great flavors of the base beer but adds a nice well balanced complexity. I definitely recommend checking this out.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, brandy, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla and cinnamon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate and an alcohol kick with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some awesome aromas and flavors.

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Photo of dachshunddude86
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my my, where to begin. I split the bottle 4 ways between myself, my wife, and my neighbors poured into snifters. The beer pours like a thick motor oil with a small amount of reddish brown, almost tawny head that dissipates quickly. In the glass it is black hole thick, there is no way a shred if light is getting through this. Staring into this glass is like staring into an old soul deep with wisdom and secret knowledge of the past. The smell is of rich roast malts, chocolate, a sweet fruitiness, and just a hint of barrel. Personally I would have liked more barrel on the nose based on CCBs other barrel aged offerings, but there is so much going on in this beer that no one element consistently asserts itself. Each sip brought something different depending on how big the sip was and what temperature it was at. On sip would bring rich brownie batter, the next vanilla, and then chilis, cinnamon, a fruitiness from the barrels. The body is slightly thinner than regular Huna or Zhukov, but it is still that nice thick rich mouthfeel that you expect from a CCB stout. Overall it was like Bob Ross set up his easel in my mouth and started painting with flavor. A happy vanilla tree here, a smiling cinnamon cloud there, everything mixed with a harmonizing note of brandy barrel to bring the entire picture together. This has been an experience that has transcended simply drinking a beer with friends.

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