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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MeadMe (1611) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2010
On tap at the Hunahpus release. A: Pours black dark and evil, like all CCB Stouts. Very dark head, excellent retention and a crazy amount of lace. S: Loads of barrel, woody, with a huge blast of brandy. The roast, earth, chocolate, and spice of the base Hunahpuís remains as well. It is hard to describe. T: Pure flavor explosion in your mouth. I really didnít think you can improve on the base beer but they have. The brandy barrel just puts this one in another class. Huge brandy barrel without being over the top. Tons of charred malt, earthy chocolate, light chiliís and hints of vanilla. Rich chocolate, light molasses, and a dash of unicorn horn. M: Very full in body, bold, rich, perfect. D: Not really nor is it made to be. One I could sip on for days though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2010 Of all the Hunahpus treatments, this was my favorite by far. The same dark black pour with a creamy brown head. Aroma has the chili, cinammon, caramel, chocolate, roasted malt and some interesting fruit and wood notes. Cant say its apples...more like golden raisins. Flavor is just creamy, smooth and and rich as hell. The spice of regular hunahpus is still evident, but a new rich flavor of apply-raisinss hits and some nice woody tones. Jesus this was amazing. Simply perfect.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2013 Damn... This beer was better than I expected - and I had high expectations! So out pours this motor-oil thick black body with somewhat of a thin black head. Aromas were complex and boozy - LOTS of wet oak, cinnamon, chocolate, coffee and molasses. The body was thick as well, and with the PERFECT touch of bitterness among; cocoa, stale coffee, vanilla, dirt, caramel, spices, cinnamon, candy apples, wood and alcohol... and may just be the best damn barrel-aged beer Iíve encountered. On a second note, after all the beers Iíve tried - I donít think Iíll ever get the chance to try a beer that tops this one. This beer is the perfect combination of stout and barrel. Art in a glass... Cheers!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kabsetter (103) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Stumbled across this while picking up a case of Barrel aged church on the hill at the Cigar City tasting room yesterday. I asked what they had in the unmarked tap handle and the bartender said íí apple brandy barrel aged hunahpuíí. After I picked myself off the floor I ordered 2 snifters, sat down and was in awe. The aroma, totaly unique, ballanced smokey sweet, chocolate spice. Tasted just as unique with the peper ballanced perfectly to give you a warm swallow of smooth greatness. This is the most exceptional beverage Ive ever had. My expcetations were high, and this exceeded on every level. IMHO, the nectar of the godz. , perfect!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
32oz growler from the most recent release with HUGE thanks to a great FL friend and an amazing FL trader. thanks a ton, guys! iím a fairly eloquent guy and as you can see from my ratings, a bit verbose but this beer brought me to a level where the only words i could utter were "fuck me sideways, this is perfect". yeah, itís that good. pours as only a CCB imperial stout can. thick as motor oil but silky smooth capped by a rich, dense, red-clay colored head that stains the hell out my Hunahpuís snifter and leaves beautiful rings of lace. aroma is nothing short of divine with all that is great about the base beer...dense dark chocolate, heavy roast, a touch of toasted cedar, burnt cinnamon, smoked chilis, molasses, and espresso backed by elegant notes of wet oak, baked cinnamon apples, and sweet, boozy brandy that really pops as it warms in the glass. flavor is a near out-of-body experience with the oak, sweet brandy, and subtle apple notes complimenting and adding a level of complexity to the heavy dark chocolate fudge, espresso, vanilla, cinnamon, and smoked notes of the base Hunahpuís but allowing the rich toasted cedar and mild chili spice to still shine on the back end. palate is sheer perfection as well with the bold, imposingly thick, yet smooth as silky mouthfeel iíve come to love in the base Hunahpuís with a long, lingering finish of subtle chili spice, dark chocolate, and sweet brandy. overall, this may be the single best beer iíve ever tasted. itís an absolute marvel and a testament to barrel aging. wow.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mikem409 (1986) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2012 Thanks meadme!!!! Jesus Christ this beer is so damn thick. Aroma of huna and apple. Taste so damn good thick cinninib chocolate goodness Rerated with growler that is actualy carbonated and bigity bam perfect score

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Growler shared by Joel, you rock brotha! This was 2 weeks old but still outstanding. Not a thing I would change about this beer. Amazing aroma and flavor, slightly low carbonated but thatís to be expected. Thought Iíd never get to try this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dbree22 (11) - Dunedin, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Bottle from Jay the Welder from Cigar City. This could be the best Stout in the World right now. Amazing Chocolate taste. Alcohol is very well hidden. Donít get any better than this

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2014
As good as it gets for barrel-aging synergizing with the base flavors. Rich spiciness and heat from the barrel, chocolatey and fudgy, that signature CCB stout mouthfeel, jesus christ this beer is amazing. I of course gave away one bottle and traded the other. Oh well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2010 Pours pitch black, no head. Nose is big wood and brandy, chocolate, some spice, vanilla, dark fruits, cinnamon. Flavor is crazy good. Huge chocolate, vanilla, oak, perfect amount of brandy, cinnamon, mild spice from the peppers. Ridiculously good. Huge full mouthfeel. Creamy. Stupid.

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