PhillyCraft (3800) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lucky enough to try this and the reg version at Capones with head brewer. What a beer. Soft as silk mouth feel. Aroma is chocolate, wood, bourbon. Nose is rich vanilla bourbon. Thanks for sharing Wayne. Another beastly brew from CC
Doodler (316) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap at Hunahpus Release in Tampa. Hopefully they will have it again this year. Poured into a CC snifter. Motor oil dark with a creamy sticky head. The nose is all bourbon with a bit of vanilla. Deep rich base beer flavors of cocoa and dark malts, with plenty of hot bourbon character. The chili pepper doesn’t kick in here like the regular, as I think it was somewhat overwhelmed by the barrel treatment. Chewy mouthfeel that really warms up as you go. Sticky sweet with a lingering bitter chocolate aftertaste on the finish. Needs a bit more time in the barrel IMHO, but still nice.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 On tap at the CCB Hunahpu’s release.
A: Poured a dark, deep black with a deep tan head and some decent lacing for a beer of this magnitude.
S: Bourbon comes through in the initial nose, and serves wonderfully to complement the spicier notes in the original from the cinnamon and chili peppers. Beautiful all around.
T: Very, very enjoyable. Not a perfect 5.0, as while the bourbon does go quite well with all of the flavors in the original version, I though it masked some of the finer touches in the original version. Maybe it was just the bourbon, or maybe the additional heat from the barrel-aging, but I didn’t find it quite as outstanding as the original.
M: Very full bodied and creamy with only a little bit of heat, which went well with what this was going after.
D: Again, superb. Slightly different from the brandy and the regular, but they all packed something a bit different, and each one was in the top echelon of stouts that I’ve had. Marvelous job by Joey, Wayne, and the rest of the CCB crew.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 03-14-2010
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The regular Hunaphu’s is a great beer, strange and tasty. This version reminds me very much of the original but slightly subdued, not so hot and a little more ’well put together’. I like it better, but just a bit. And mostly because I feel as though it has a bit more drinkability than the original, but it does lose some of the original version’s boldness. Hard to call....I think I could drink more of this and therefore it gets a slight edge overall.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Brewery: Pitch black with a brown head. The nose is sharp with roast, ample licorice and astringency. The flavor is chewy and more balanced; huge body with dary chocolate and light vanilla/bourbon notes. Like a cafe cubano, the sweetness tries to comprehentd the strong coffee. The bourbon notes balance with their sublety, just the referee to the game, keep things in line. Great imperial stout, more roasty than I like, but damn tasty.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours like motor oil.
"The darkest head I’ve ever seen." Says Rusty
It’s thick. Sweet, tart, and huge. Some black pepper. Dark meaty peppers. Lots of everything else too. This thing is massive. Not for the weak of heart. I like this a lot. I also never want to drink it again. I find it overwhelming. Not often that I say this about a beer. This thing just kicks my ass. Sip carefully.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a fading tan head with a deep brown body. Aromas are heavily roasted and dark sugar. Full body, roasted, rich. Hot at times, chocolate, some pepper at times. Dry, slightly bitter finish. Full and rich. Warm and fuzzy.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap. wow, i havn;t had an inperial stout quite like this one before. Pours black with a tan head. Smells of chocolate, bits of chilies, cinnamon, and bourbon. What a treat to be able to try this!
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap @ the Brandy-barrel release on 5/22. Pours dark black with a much larger head than the brandy barrel...nose is one of the best I’ve ever experienced, notes of spiced chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak and some earthy chile notes. The body doesn’t seem to be as thick as the brandy but is still more prominent than most impy’s I’ve had...flavors were heavy on the chiles, the bourbon almost seems to accentuate the peppers but it doesn’t wear out its welcome by any means. The chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon notes are also apparent. Great brew.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was definitely let down by this after having the regular version. The bourbon aspect seemed to take so much away from the complexity of flavor in the original. The palate is full. Aroma was a mix of booze, chocolate malt, and light spice. The flavor was strong bourbon up front with the stout itself hiding behind.