juiceisloose (1296) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 didnít 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
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 Hunapuhís. 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 itís quite a subtle treatment. I like this more than the regular.
keepersj12 (3045) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
pilgrimoutlaw (884) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Caponeís. 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.
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 Iím 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 Lairdís Brandy version and the regular Hunahpuís 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.
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 (4754) - Dallas, 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 (15271) - San Leandro, 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.