Damico (3140) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2012 ...on tap at capone’s after a zhukov and original in the parking lot.Unfortunately the aroma has dropped off a lot with this aging, still there a bit with the brandy influence overall. The appearance is rich dark chocolatey, but the head dropped off a lot. The body is lighter and smoother than the original, with the cacao coming out and coconut throughout. Rerated on a growler from Alex and this is a different experience all together! The perfect aroma brings a sweet chocolate stout and sweet brandy booze, but the smoothest and most pleasant I could never have expected in this nose. There are delicious creamy cacao notes and the spices still remain muted from the barrel, but the chocolate flavors are shining just as well as they ever did. Truly phenomenal as CCB does as usual!
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBWG. As with the Brandy Zhukov, I felt the barrel treatment hurt this beer more than it helped it. Still a big, burly imperial stout, however many of the more subtle notes of the Hunaphus—particularly the chili peppers, cinnamon—were no longer anywhere to be found, replaced with strong, boozy grape and licorice notes. A bit better than it’s brother, but still not a particularly notable effort to me.
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Hunahpu Day. Just because this is a Wayne Wambles stout, it will be a 5 in both appearance and palate. Just perfect. Oily, viscous and thick with a deep tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel apples and vanilla. This barrel treatment almost removes any trace of the peppers. The apple brandy gives a great sweet caramel flavor and some of the apple flavors you would expect, with the strong roasted flavors of the stout lingering in the background. This is a great beer, but I find the regular Hunahpu’s and the Bourbon Hunahpu’s a little better. The sweetness from the apple brandy is just a little too much. Still, an elite brew.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at the Hunahpu Release Party. Pours a menacing pitch black color that actually sucks light in and wont release it. Less than one finger creamy tan yellow head that settles nicely on top of the beer. Aroma is pure goodness: Lightly roasty, chocolate, brandy, vanilla, wood, light smoke, ripe dark fruit, molasses, some hints of toffee and brown sugar. Flavor is about the same with a little more heat from the chilis and a little more brandy and booziness. Full body with a boozy and malty finish. I think I still liked Bourbon Hunahpu best, but with some more time in the barrel, this beer would be even more spectacular.
markwise (5168) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 On draft at the Hunahpu release. Pours evil midnight black, the definition of darkness itself, with barely an off-white head to speak of. Nose is roast, brandy sweetness, barrel, vanilla, pepper, spice, dark fruits, and lots of cinnamon. Flavor is chocolate- dark and sweet, vanilla, oak, brandy, cinnamon, a miniscule amount of heat, and a bit of earthy bite from the peppers. Better than bourbon Hunahpu- almost tied with regular Hunahpu.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft, a nice treatment however this beer is way better out of the barrel! Pours a black body with a coffee tan head. Peppers, rich sweet brandy and again a nice pepper spice complementing the warming. Roast y pepper, vanilla, creme brulee, and mild coffee tones. A mild warming thanks to those awesome peppers. I mean overall the base beer is phenomenal there’s just no way masking some of its complexities made this a better experience.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Hunahpus Release Party. Aroma was sweet fruit, caramel and a hint of brandy. Take the Hunahpu and add a hint of brandy and you have this beer. Great beer!!!
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft… RBWG ‘10… Pours thick and pitch black with a small, fizzy, light brown head. The fruity, chocolaty, cinnamon nose also provides diminished acrid, burnt and carbonaceous notes. Full-bodied and oily with lazy carbonation. The flavor offers cinnamon, chocolate and sweet apple brandy. Acrid bitterness supplies adequate balance. Lengthy, roasted, warming finish. I’m a much bigger fan of whiskey barrel aged beers.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Name: Hunahpus, Brandy Barrel
Date: March 12, 2010
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy head
Aroma: sweet caramel candy aroma, hint of roasted
Flavor: sweet brandy and chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, hint of the peppers in the background
Overall: candy brandy with chocolate and a peppery bite
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 9/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Score: **** /4
drowland (7876) - Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had at the Hunahpu release party as a part of RBWG 2010. The spiciness and the malt sweetness is still there, but there is an additional awesomeness of sweet brandy, wood, and apples... yummy!