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Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout - Apple Brandy Barrel Aged

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

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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aged in Apple Brandy barrels.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dedollewaitor (14089) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2012
Bottle @ Odense September 2012 Tasting. Thanks Hallinghansen for sharing. Pours black with a small creamy beige head. Coconut, pancakes, maple syrup, roasr, coffee, vanilla and oak. Smooth, oily and slick. DOPE.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sarro (122) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Nice size sample from growler thanks to Corbet! Pours solid black & viscous with a thin mocha head. It smells of boozy whiskey, brandy, and vanilla as the oak gives off a powerful bouquet. Taste is chocolate, fudge, sweet brandy, oak with some roast and sweet coffee. A bit of pepper is noticeable on the finish and adds that nice base Hunahpu element. Very full bodied imperial stout with low carbonation and a thick, mildly sweet malt feel. One of the best stouts I’ve had and the only Hunahpu variant I like more than the base!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (962) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Tiny pour from a growler shared by Alex. Motor oil colored. Aroma of brandy, bourbon, malt. Thick body, flat, tastes of malt, bourbon, slightly tart. Very nice beer, reminded me of Sam Adams triple bock without the soy sauce flavor.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
blomster (258) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2012
Growler. Extremely thick, engine oil like pour. Black with no head. I got lost in the aroma and taste of this beer, so good... Man, I’d like to have a bucket full of ths stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Served on tap at Stone’s 16th Anniversary Celebration. The tap list has it as "Apple Brandy Barrels" but I am not seeing that in the database so I am putting my rating here for now. The appearance is a rich inky black with a rich brown head. The aromas are full of chocolate and apple brandy with a healthy dose of malt aromas. The flavors are warm gooey dark chocolate, rich flavorful brandy with some apple tones, heavy roasted malts that give off a touch of coffee with some cinnamon and spice. The finish is rich with a maple oak profile. Very thick mouth where the heat is way present but not distracting. Just a wonderful beer and a real treat to make it to CA for a festival!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Growler courtesy of the Cheeseman. Poured a thick motor oil black with a small tan head. Huge cocoa aroma, a touch of cinnamon and just a hint of the barrel. More chocolate in the flavor, a little bit of pepper heat, and the most caramel flavor I’ve ever had in a beer, like a fine candy. Full long finish, with enough bitterness it manages to not be over sweet. World class.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (17215) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2012
Growler. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate brandy aroma with weak hints of vanilla and coffee. Roasted malty thick chocolate and coffee flavor with nice woody brandy hints. Has a smooth roasted malty thick chocolate and coffee finish with brandy hints in the aftertaste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illidurit (2168) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle shared at RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting. Pours that signature inky black with an otherwordly dark brown head. Delicious rich fudge and chocolate with luscious vanilla rounding out the body and a mild chili influence.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2013 Growler ’12. Rating off a growler opened yesterday. I get soy and it’s throwing me way off this brew, that wasn’t as apparent yesterday. The chili’s are still around I think this growler is relatively fresh. It’s great...but soy. Update: Had multiple growlers of this batch with the same result.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Poured from a 32 oz. growler into a snifter. Like the regular Hunahpu’s, the Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Hunahpu’s pours a viscous dark black chocolate color with a barely noticeable tan head around the ring of the glass. The aroma is full, complex, and somehow elevated beyond the greatness the original Hunahpu’s achieves. The brandy is noticeable and seems to gently overlay the other aromas, which are consistent with the regular Hunahpu’s: dark chocolate, a bit of espresso, vanilla, with a bit of pepper and a slightly fruity apple presence. Each sip is nearly perfect. The dark chocolate fudge, roasted malt, and creamy espresso notes all blend amazingly well with a brandy flavor. The middle of the sip contains the zenith of its complexity, with the apple coming through, mixing with oak and vanilla from the barrel, and a bit of residual chocolate flavor. The end of the sip wraps the treat up nicely, leaving a nice brandy flavor in my mouth. The brandy mellows out the sticky sweetness that the base beer contains, and the barrel definitely lightens up the carbonation a little bit as well. It is creamy and smooth, with the brandy cutting through the thickness of Hunahpu’s as well. This beer really just has the perfect body, carbonation, and smoothness that I am looking for. After tasting Hunahpu’s for the first time I did not think there was any way to improve on it, but after having the whiskey and the brandy, I have changed my opinion. This is such an incredible beer.


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