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Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2011 Wow. If you have not tasted it, you will not understand. Pours a badass brown-black with a minimal off-white head. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, barrel, roast, chili pepper, cinnamon, spice, and the tears of a very young unicorn. Flavor really has damn near everything that is good and righteous in the world: bourbon, vanilla, chilis, cinnamon, roast, earth, complexity, slight booze (but you REALLY have to look for it), and a mild heat that increases as the beer warms. This beer redefines full-bodied and is incredible.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Amazing. Had this at the NoHo Bistro Beer/Dinner paring and completely blew my socks off. Pours a very nice obsidian black with a medium cappuccino colored head. The taste is out of this world, you get flavors of bourbon (not overpowering, but definitely present) bitter chocolate in the front, then hits you with cinnamon and chiles in the back . Chilies tend to linger just a bit after the drink, but it is such a welcome taste after the sweetness of the chocolate and warmness of the bourbon. This is hands down one of the best beers I’ve ever had and by far one of the most complex.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Growler courtesy of Degarth. Pours a glass staining black with a small but lasting head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, coconut, bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, and a hint of cinnamon. Taste is the same as aroma. Full oily mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and a nice amount of warming from the alcohol. Another amazing beer from Cigar City.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JW77 (22) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Pours black with a tan head. Smells of chocolate, bits of chilies, cinnamon, and of course wonderful bourbon. The flavor is incredible chocolate, bourbon and oak, some vanilla with that great hit of chilies on the back end. Amazing, just amazing I need this on tap at my house like everyday :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2010 Growler courtesy of Degarth at TPD’s Tampa Throwdown. Amazing! Poured a glass staining black with a thin dark brown head. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and cinnamon. Full body with a velvety mouth feel and soft carbonation. Flavor is ridiculous, Hunahpus but even better. Extremely complex, the bourbon is definitely present but very mellow and balanced with the vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, and chilie flavors. Very balanced for a BA beer. Finishes smooth and spicy. Truly a world class beer. Thank you Joey and Wayne for bringing light to Tampa!

Re-rate 03/04/10 I had this beer again at Dunedin’s Stogies and Stouts. I normally wouldn’t re-rate but this beer was my #1 and the beer I had at the fest was drastically different. The first time I had this beer it was pulled early from the barrel and it was fantastic the bourbon flavors meshed so beautifully with the base flavors of Hunahpus. When I had it at the fest it had sat in the barrel for the full amount of time they had intended, I found the bourbon over-powering. I was assaulted by the bourbon profile and it did hide the more delicate vanilla and cinnamon flavors.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (10870) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Nearly black pour with a brownish/red head. Aroma, holy fuck. Chocolate, cocunut, bourbon, oak, chiles, cinnamon, toffee, and more. Flavor..oak, bourbon, chili peppers, spices, chocolate, caramel. Chili heat is noticeable as it warms!! Amazing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Thanks to Solan and Degarth for this. From the 32oz growler. Pours a thick black oil like with a dark tan head. Huge aroma of vanilla cookies, chocolate, roasted grain, velvety. Taste is thick roasted grain, chocolate, bourbon, and tangy citrus hops. So powerful that I had to clean the glass twice to get the flavor out. Just a beast of a brew and wonderful.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2009
UPDATED: APR 1, 2012 Growler… This beer rocks!… Pours tar black with a small, creamy, light brown head. Decent retention. Aroma-wise, the chocolate malt, black malt, bourbon, oak and subsequent vanilla and caramelized notes result in an aroma not unlike coconut macaroons (thanks for summing it all up, Cheez). Smells better than a freshly shaved and strawberry-douched vagina – I kid you not. Full-bodied and ultra velvety with subdued carbonation. The hearty, luxuriant flavor is a bittersweet mélange of vanilla, bourbon, mocha and cinnamon. Toward the end, I pick up chili flavor, but no heat. Wow. So complex, but so simple and decadent at the same time. Much like a sliver of a home baked pecan pie. The finish, much like the flavor, is hearty and rich with afterthoughts of vanilla and cinnamon and finally, at the wee end - heart-warming bitterness. Thanks to SoLan and Degarth for sharing this growler of world class beer! I wish this were bottled so more people could enjoy it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2009
@RLRL with Orlando group-thanks to Degarth and SoLan-1QT growler-pours a dark brown head that disappears and black color. Aroma is rich dark malt-chocolate/licorice, bourbon, earthy, easy. Taste is dark malt-chocolaty/licorice, bourbon, earthy/wood, alcohol kick. Sipping. Well done, occasional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (8155) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2009
UPDATED: APR 9, 2010 Pours deep darkness with full mocha looking head. The aroma is amazing and comes up just shy of knee buckling. I get thick rich fudge chocolate rum cake, a thicket of vanilla, some oak, roasty malts and then a light amount of bourbon way in the back. I would be just fine tugging on this aroma all day. The taste begins with thick velvety dark chocolate and roasty to nearly burnt malts. It then quickly picks up fudge brownie, vanilla, some modest oak and a touch of earthiness to mingle with dark chocolate and roastiness. It ends with bourbon building to just beyond a noticeable level allowing for only a barely detectable sliver of chili heat (if I didn’t know it was in there I doubt I would have noticed it). Great mouth feel and lots and lots of yum.

Some samples I’ve had were in the barrel too long. As a consequence some of the tasty goodness of Hunaphu was over-run by boozy sweetness.4.7 goes to a 4.4

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