tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
travita (4375) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
brokensail (12765) - 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 (4654) - 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 (15613) - 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 (10884) - 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 (6754) - 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!