danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on tap at Stoneís 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!
kirarockrocks (10) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet brandy alcohol heat that adds amazing complexity. Subtle oak and vanilla blending in with the vinous dark fruit notes. Chewy viscous body with lots of silky chocolate maltiness that is balanced out by the vinous apple brandy barrel notes. Slightly earthy oak that is very vinous with hints of dark fruit and vanilla balancing out the chilli and roasted malt perfectly.
edhutson79 (20) - Alabama, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
cshanes69 (7) - Alabama, USA - NOV 20, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1524) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Man, this is my 3rd version of this stout and they have all been soooo delicious. Harmonious blend of apple brandy, chocolate, dark fruit, very very subtle peppers. Super smooth dessert beer!"
gEUS (1236) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle kindly shared by Fux at the CMLSG14 tasting. The Apple Brandy distinguishes through a rather harsch brandy aroma, added with green spicy notes.
tom10101 (3009) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (750 ml). # 2 / 84. Huge thanks for sharing this huge whale Fux! Cigar City black with a small ring of brown head and almost no lacing. Aroma is surprisingly well balance with dark chocolate, vanilla, brandy, light fruity notes, coffee, light green peppers and hints of chili peppers. Taste is slightly sweet with dark chocolate, brandy, vanilla, light coffee, raisins, very light oxidation notes and a light but lingering nice warming finish from the chili peppers. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Thick mouthfeel. Light spiciness in the finish. Iím not sure I would be able to recognize the Apple Brandy in a blind tasting, but the complexity and the balance of this beer are impressive. And itís actually quite easy to drink.
JulienHuxley (3344) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2/84 at tasting. Black pour with no head. Aroma is quite mellow compared to the other Huna (tasted side by side with 2010 regular version), faint spirit notes, nothing identifiable as apple brandy however, just a more integrated, mellow spiciness, cocoa, cinnamon notes. Taste is balanced, lots of cocoa, light spirit flavors, spicy finish, light alcohol warmth. Nice stout.
kermis (5605) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #2 of 84 shared at the 2014 tasting in the Cellar of Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Pours near black with no head. Aroma is fairly light with the vegy chilli , roast, dark chocolate and caramel. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. The palate as well is somewhat subdued, maybe from the age. Itís lovely, but subtle. The apple brandy aspects come out lightly but nothing much. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Great, but so subtle compared to the fresh normal huna drunk side by side.
alexsdad06 (5795) - Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared by some local beer guys. Pours dark brown to black with a small, dense tan head. The aroma has big dark chocolate, cinnamon, apple brandy, wood, lighter peppery notes, vanilla and coconut, all building anticipation for the first taste. The flavor has much of the same; chocolate, cinnamon, peppers, wood, brandy, coconut, full bodied, flavorful and definitely worth seeking out. Another home run in the Hunahpus line.