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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2010
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. A super aroma of sweet chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, oaken barrel notes. In mouth, a classy imperial stout with loads of torrefied coffee, some bitter chocolate, wood, tons of taste and warming alcohol, all smooth and pleasant. On tap at Cigar City, May 22 2010.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2010
On draft at Cigar City for the Hunahpu release party. This one pours an oily and visocus, pitch black color that allows zero light to penetrate. The body is crowned by a thick, smooth dark brown head of foam that receds slowly and leaves patches of lace behind. The aroma is absolutely incredible that is as complex as any with layers of rich milk chocolate, bitter sweet dark chocolate, fudge, vanilla beans, and a nice roast component to balance things out. The chili peppers push their way through all the rich and creamy notes adding a nice spicyness to the fold, while oaky bourbon adds its signature notes of warmth and vanilla to round everything out. The flavor is just as rich and decadent as the nose foreshadows with gobs of rich dark and milk chocolates, smooth vanilla bean, roast, and toasted coocnut adding layer after layer of complexity. The chili peppers add a nice little tingly spice to the tongue and some heat on the back end. The additional amount of peppers from the base beer is definitely noticeable, which adds even more to the flavor profile. The oaky bourbon then adds its signature flavors along with more vanilla that seems to balance everything together perfectly. The bourbon is very smooth and overbearing, which is really nice. The mouthfeel is full and viscous and very smooth with subtle carbonation that helps this one to be incredibly drinkable even with the 11% abv. The finish is long with the cocoa and peppers shining through and a nice warming from the barrel. This is an amazing imperial stout. I didn’t think it could get better from the original, but I think this surpasses it. Cheers to Joey and Wayne for brewing such a world class beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Pitch black pour with a thick sticky brown head. The nose is very peppery and a little bit spicy as well. Sticky with an intense cocoa flavour. Rich with a bit of bourbon vanillaish character. The pepper in here seems more intense than it does in the regular Hunapuh’s. Rich and chewy with a little bit of anise as it starts to warm up. Long sticky sweet/bitter cocoa finish. Lingering vanilla and a kiss of oaky tannins add quite a lot of complexity to the beer, but it’s quite a subtle treatment. I like this more than the regular.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keepersj12 (3063) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2010
At Hawthornes as part of Philly beer week. Sitting out front with my two booze hounds on a hot humid Philly day and this comes out. Pitch black with almost no head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, licorice, toffee, roasted malt and God knows what else. The flavor is intense with coffee, chocolate. The booze hits midway down the throat. Fantastic despite the weather.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
On tap at Capone’s. Intriguing brew. Pours dark black with small head. Comes across as a little bit spicy. Flavors of vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon blended went well with bourbon barrel. A nice tasty brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Had the pleasure of tasting this one the day of the release after I grabbed my ticket. Was poured into a nice CC snifter glass. Dark as can be with a slight very dark tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, and some sort of spice. This bourbon version really hits you in the face with the bourbon smell! The first taste is a mouthfull of bourbon but then slowly goes back to normal versions flavor profile. The taste is the usual IS bittersweet chocolate and coffee but then proceed with a spice taste. Also has a nice hop profile to it. Medium heavy mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation. The BA version is extremely tasty but a tad too "bourbony" IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Thanks once again, to ArthurPendragon for the flip-top bottle poured from the tap at CCB. Split several ways with friends into tasting glasses. A - Pours back, motor oil viscosity, some brown hue sticks to the sides of the glass. Mocha-colored head that disipitates down to a few bubbles here and there. Very sticky...chocolate syrup on steroids. S - Lots of oak/barrel notes, possible a little over-barreled, but not terrible by any means. I get the base beer, chilies, bourbon, oak. I think the oak and bourbon over-power the base beer for the worse, but I’m a huge fan of the regular stuff. T - Oak, bourbon, burnt sugars, chilies, chocolate. All very well done but I think I would like less oak and bourbon and more of the base beer to shine here. A little too much oak/barrel, like I said earlier. A nice sweet finish with a touch of bourbon. M - Medium to full bodied, rich and smooth, creamy finish. D - Very very good but the Laird’s Brandy version and the regular Hunahpu’s are better, IMO. Glad I got the chance to try this one and I look forward to giving another review when I get the chance to try it again. Great job, CCB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2010
32oz mini growler. The bourbon aging seems to have simplified this one. Aroma of roasted marshmallow, dried pepper, vanilla, dark chocolate, wet wood. Maybe a touch of ashy smoke. Other than the peppers, pretty standard BA Impy aroma. Fusel alcohol comes out as the beer warms. Pours exactly as the regular Hunahpu... Oily, impenetrable black with a sustained, frothy rich, dark khaki head. Flavor seems a bit thinned out as compared to the non BA. The bourbon presence on the palate is way bigger than on the nose. Tons of wet wood tannin, lots of fusel alcohol. Charred malt. Intense pepper hotness. Boozy, artificial vanilla extract. Blech... Greasy, oily flabby body with a harsh tannic, hot and abrasive finish. A massive step down from the non BA version. Thanks Jonathan!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Handbottle from Shawn. Huge thanks for inviting me over to try... Pours a deep thick jet black pour with a very thin dark tan head. Really nice legs like a port... Hugely bourbon nose overrunning almost a little char on the backend... Flavors are semi-sweet that curtails quickly with char. Heat on the backend which may be attributed to the anchos. Bourbon plays a pretty prominent role. Medium to full bodies with light carbonation. Pretty damn good but enjoyed the ten fidy more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
travita (4867) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2010
The look is dark, brown to black in color, decently nice tan head that coats well. The smell is bourbon, malts, coffee, slight chocolate, slight sweetness, wood, and coconut. The taste is chocolate, malts, wood, alcohol, bourbon, coconut, and awesome.

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