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Cigar City Hunahpuís Imperial Stout - Apple Brandy Barrel Aged

Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Aged in Apple Brandy barrels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2010
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, brandy, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and chilies. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, brandy, cinnamon, vanilla, and wood with a dry, bitter finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2010 Draft at the brewery. Pours as dark as night, resembling an oil slick more than beer with all itís dense viscosity. A thick and lasting head of dark brown foam leaves behind a glass staining wash of suds and bubbles. In short, it looks damn perfect. The nose is just ridiculous, showing a complex and complimentary blend of dark cocoa, vanilla, creamy coconut, and candied apples. Of course, the anchos and pasillas shine through, along with the cinnamon, to complete the signature peppery Hunahpu aroma that has been ever so slightly kissed by the rich brandy oak. Flavors too are mighty fine, showing wave after decadent wave of rich dark chocolate, caramel, cafe mocha, and even glazed donuts. Coconut again makes an appearance, which is one of my favorite things about this beer. Lightly peppery, the zestiness seems to have been cut down a little by the sweet apple barrel, but you can still pick it out. On the palate, this stuff is as thick and rich as they come, proudly displaying a whipped, creamy body. If thereís a flaw, itís that thereís maybe a shade too much sweetness, but it is negligible. As expected, this is a fantastic, world-class beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bulldogp04 (21) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2010
This is one awesome treatment of one tremendous beer ! Probably the best stout Iíve ever had. A: thick, oily, black S: apples, slight alcohol, burnt sugars, roasted malt, chocolate T: chocolate, oak, apple brandy alcohol, slight cinnamon/ chili burn M: extremely viscous and syrupy just like the base beer. Creamy feel. D: sipper, but a damn good one at that !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 A huge thanks to ArthurPendragon for flying out to FL, getting this growler filled, flying to Chicago, and meeting Alex at Midway just for us to sample this beer! You da man! I was told the keg blew about 80% into the fill on this growler, so we did get pretty lucky! From a smallish (not sure the ounces) Cigar City Growler into a mini-snifter. A - Pours black, super-oily resin along the sides of the glass, motor oil to the maximum. Some bubbles, but mostly, just a black. The sticky look of this beer looks cool, no doubt about it. S - A perfect mix of sweet apples, brandy, and the base Hunahpuís beer. The Lairdís complements the Hunahpuís so well, itís hard to describe how good this beer really is. I enjoyed the base beer so much alone, this was even better. You get the chili notes mixed in there as well, very complex. T - Everything I got from the nose, I also got on the palate. I would say itís even more complex on the palate. I can really taste all the different things going on with this beer. As complex as the base beer is, this is even moreso. Apple Brandy, chilis, molasses, toffee, burnt sugars, etc. M - Full bodied, slight carbonation, rich and smooth. D - I had a decently-sized sample that I really enjoyed. I wanted more, but alas, there wasnít enough after everyone got their pour. Who knows if Iíll ever try this again, probably not. This was an epic beer! EDIT: To date, this is my highest rated Imperial Stout and 2nd highest of my entire drinking career. Like I said, an epic beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
smith4498 (3557) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Draft @ Cigar City Brewingís Hunahpu release. Pours black with creamy brown head. Aromas of sweet brandy, roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla. Flavors of sweey brandy roasted malts, heat from chili peppers, coffee, cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla. Full body with verly little carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
tap, pours black with a dark tan head. Coffee and sweet apple brandy nose....some wood elements. Strong sweet red fruit with a peppery spice and nice oak and again sweet brandy. This one is a winner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2010
On tap at the Hunahpuís Release Party. Probably my favorite treatment of this beer, except maybe for the bourbon aged version when it was first released several months back. The beer is charcoal-black and pours thick and slowly, like cascading black lava, onto the snifter. Leaves about a 1/3 of an inch of foamy head at the top. Head has the color of fresh cappuccino. In the nose I get a lot of sweet brandy notes with hints of alcohol heat, but not overbearing at all. Also some very nice vanilla, caramelized sugar and toffee. The front palate gets that sweet brandy heat almost right away, followed by oak, dark chocolate, vanilla and in the back that ancho chile that made hunahpuís famous creeps in slowly. This is definitely a sipping beer, the mouth-feel is robust and substantial. Viscous. Extraordinary!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Tap at CCB for the Hunahpus release. Easily the best beer of the night IMHO and the best Hunahpus treatment Iíve had so far. Both the nose and the flavor of this beer are complex and multi layered the brandy is present in both but not over powering, more soft and subtle. I really smell and taste all of the base Hunahpus ingredients with the brandy itís very harmonious. Huge notes of fudge, roasted malt, cinnamon, and vanilla blended very nicely with notes of brandy, wood, and mild char, at first the peppers are really only experienced in the back of the throat but as the beer warms the peppers become much more apparent in the flavor and nose giving it the character of a mole. Huge creamy, velvety mouth feel, if you like big, full, chewy bodies as I do, Iíd say this is perfect. As the pitch black beer retreats it leaves my glass heavily stained as with all CCB stouts. Finishes lightly sweet and roasted with a big hit of chocolate and cinnamon. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Tap at brewery. Thick black pour with a dark tan head. Big brandy aroma along with chocolate, peppers. Taste is roasted grain, chocolate, creamy, spicy, tobacco with touches of the brandy. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13309) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Draft. Small brown head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, Brandy, some chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some Brandy, apple, light roast. Smooth medium-full body.

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