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:
No notes at this time.

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%
 
 
Wants:
533
Gots:
88
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2
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Photo of duceswild
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of orangesol
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I shared during our ugly sweater christmas party tasting.

A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film that dissolves into stillness after about five minutes. Leaves little to no lace on the glass.

S - Smells of warm chocolate, strong brandy, cinnamon, light chili heat, vanilla and oak. This is probably the best part of this beer as all the intended aromas are present and accounted for.

T - Starts off with a quick burst of sweetness, mainly vanilla and chocolate, quickly giving way to a combo of charred dark malt and strong brandy barrel. There is only a hint of the chilies and cinnamon from the nose. Finish has some char and light dryness, lingering for quite awhile. Good but missing some of the key parts.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Big, roasty feel with only a mild chili burn, wish it had more. Booze is again well hidden, only really coming forward at room temperature.

O - An enjoyable rift on the regular Hunahpu's. I just wish a bit more of the base beer came through, not sure if that is from the age or just how it is. I would never turn this down again but it just isn't as good as the apple brandy was.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Viscous black. Dark mocha head. Medium collar and a few islands.

Smell - Tons of brandy. Peppers and chocolate. Dark chocolate and a green aroma from the peppers.

Taste - Rich chocolate. Brandy is less distinct than the nose, but still present. More chocolate. Peppers and some other spices.

Mouthfeel - Very thick. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I'm still not convinced that barrels improve on Hunahpu at all.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Zaphog
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served alongside Hunahpu's 2014.

The beer appears dark brown, near black, with a thin, oily beige collar. The aroma brings typical Hunahpu's quality: cinnamon, chilis, roast, chocolate. The aroma of the standard Hunahpu's is a bit more forward and edgy. Chili heat, booze, chocolate. Delicious. A bit smoother than the standard version, but perhaps lacking the aggressive onslaught of flavor found in the original. Splitting hairs. This is world class.

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Photo of BMart
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml yellow waxed bottle poured into a matching CCB Hunahpu snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head that fades leaving patchy lace.

This smells roasty with coffee, somewhat nutty and with a mild vinous barrel sweetness blending to vanilla, oak, coconut and earth with a bit of solvent feel with deeper whiffs.

This tastes faintly vinous with dark fruitiness then coffee, milk chocolate and cinnamon bark. The dark fruitiness comes across like plum/raison/dates and has a contrasting mild spicy warmth. Some coffee/espresso bitterness, char and mild neutral oak. There is seemingly slightly more of a raw pepper flavor to this iteration than the others ive tried. Black licorice is noted in the aftertaste.

This is fullbodied and moderate to lightly carbonated. An awesome, enjoyable sipper that id certainly seek out again.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of AlexFields
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of imperialking
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Lare453
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SadMachine
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Duff27
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerOps
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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 Cynic-ale
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of smartassboiler
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sendbeer
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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