brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is black as night with a substantial mocha colored head.
S: What should I expect from a bourbon barrel chili imperial stout--chilies, chocolate, and vanilla. And thatís exactly what I got. I really nice spiciness goes well with the vanilla and chocolate notes along with just a touch of bourbon.
T: The spiciness is a bit more pronounced than I would have expected and it really has staying power. The bourbon flavor is somewhat minimal, but the oak and vanilla from the barrel is nice. The chocolate and roasted flavors help to keep everything together.
M: A medium body on this one with a bit of a low, rolling carbonation and a lingering spice.
D: You certainly have to like the chili flavor to enjoy this beer. I found it to be nice in a small dose, but I donít know how much of this I could drink at once.
vtafro (2450) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Black pour with some brown head. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, pepper, and hints of different spices. This beer smoothed out a bit with the barreling and is outstanding without it. Heard there were some problems with the recent batch...
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black as night with a big thick mocha head that recedes leisurely to a hefty collar and swirl of mocha cream in the middle. The head perks up with every swirl and leaves sticky bubbles sliding down the sides. Iíve seen very few beers that look this good.
The aroma has all kinds of things going on, starting with a sweet vanilla and bourbon whiff initially. Itís joined by the underlying bakers chocolate and heavily roasted malts. The pepper is present, though I think itís a tad less prevalent than in the non-BA version.
The taste is one of the most complex Iíve ever encountered, just an explosion of different flavors. This is a bourbon shock up front but mellowed with some wood and the vanilla sweetness. The backbone is black malts and dark chocolate, with a roasted character throughout. The finish is wonderful and interesting with the pepper really coming out and does battle with the bourbon for who will linger longer.
The body is insanely creamy and full bodied but the light bubbly carbonation keeps it from sitting too heavily on the palate.
This is a stunning beer. The base beer is complex enough, but I think the bourbon barrel is used perfectly here as it doesnít dominate the flavor. Iím always amazed when brewers can put so many things into a beer and still have it come together so seamlessly. World class.
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at R n H. Pours a pitch black colour with a thin, barely present beige head. Nice aroma of vanilla, bourbon, and cocoa. Flavour of bourbon vanilla, cocoa, peppers, and cinnamon.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at CCB, courtesy of sebletitje - merci mon ami! Nearly black, chestnut head. Aroma has oak, alcohol, vanilla, white pepper. Taste starts with bitter chocolate, progresses to burnt espresso, then the peppers become apparent. Nice brew.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Name: Hunahpus, Bourbon Barrel
Date: March 12, 2010
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet roasted aroma, nice dose of bourbon, touch of the hot pepppers
Flavor: big bourbon and roast flavor, vanilla sweetness is offset with the hot pepper character, bitter black chocolate
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Score: **** /4
drowland (5953) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had at the Hunahpu release party as a part of RBWG 2010. The pour is pure black with a nice and really dark brown head. The aroma is basically all wood, lots of oak, some bourbon characteristic, but not as much as I had hoped. The flavor is awesome, though, with plenty of bourbon and wood mixed with awesome stout characteristics including chocolate and coffee and a wonderful spicy finish as well. Love this stuff!
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
holy rusted metal batman is this thing wonderful!!! i think my RB user number is calculated in with the rest of the homers so that my score will not affect the score much. poured black with a nice copper head that laces the glass and coats the the glass like a fox fur covering a hot chicks bare naked body. aroma was wonderful. the bourbon mingled perfectly with the chiliís, fudge and pepper were also apparent. the flavor matched the nose spot on, but there was a little bit more heat tickling my tongue just to tease me a little. the body was thick like a female soccer players legs. need i say anymore about the caliber of this beer?
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 23, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Handbottle, with a big thanks to gunhaver for the major hookup. Pours pitch black with a finger and a half creamy cinnamon colored head; great oily legs and no lacing. Aroma needs a little time to open up, but wow does it impress when it does. The pepper and cinnamon spice come out first, along with spiced chocolate, vanilla, oak, black licorice, and a little bourbon and espresso. Flavor is more of the same, with chili and pepper spice, cinnamon, spiced chocolate, black licorice, vanilla, espresso, oak and a hint of bourbon. The pepper and spice linger wonderfully on the palate more than anything else I can recall, decadent and rich throughout. Wow, this one really delivers a unique and impressive experience. Believe the hype. Thanks again Geiger!
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a black with iodine lacing with a rich chocolate head. Aroma of bourbon, a bit of apple, dark roast. Flavor is the same with chocolate roast added. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation and creamy. Overall, in 2 simple words DAMNED GOOD SHIT!!!.....Well, that might have been 3 but you get my drift.