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Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout - Apple Brandy Barrel Aged

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Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Aged in Apple Brandy barrels.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2011
big thanks to Jon for sharing. rate from notes. pours a thick black motor oil with a small dark brown head, perfect as far as i’m concerned. smell is very complex mix of roast, char, choco, chili and fairly intense brandy oak character. The taste is just as complex as the smell and super rich. mouthfeel is velvety smooth and rich. touch of alcohol is masked by a bit of sweetness. highly drinkable, very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (2528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2011
An old note from the first Hunahpu tasting. We had all four of the bourbon and brandy stouts lined up at the same time. I mainly just have scores for each. I liked this better than the bourbon Hunahpu, but less than the Zhukov’s treatments. 7.8

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jaksmart (395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2011
Handbottle. Enjoyed simultaneously with the original. Pitch black, no head. Aroma is much like the original but is more soft and sweet with tons of oak and vanilla. Also plentiful sugar, raisins, toffee and cinnamon. The taste has been smoothed out nicely from the barrel and is very sweet without carbonation. It has cocoa, vanilla, apple spirit and is slightly more boozy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doodler (312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2011
From notes. Had on tap @ the madhouse brewery release last year. Into a CC snifter. Frickin black as night...minimal head. Great nose of wood and dark chocolates. Crazy thick and filled with brandy back notes throughout. Chewy flavors of dark malts, vanilla bean, oak, cherry brandy, and a nice chili spiciness on the finish. While the heat was a bit distracting, it wasn’t as sticky as the Brandy Marshal Z I had at the Hunu party. Still an amazing brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 13, 2011
Rating #400 - unreal to be drinking this beer. Handbottle provided by Cornboy - Thanks! Drunk along with the regular Hunahpu. Pours opaque engine oil black with no head at all. Aroma is vanilla, delicious chocolate, alcohol, cocoa, a hint of apple brandy, toffey, cinnamon. The barrel has really improved the aroma of the original and smoothed it out very beautifully. Taste is all the cocoa and vanilla from the original, apple brandy, cinnamon, alcohol, 70% chocolate, intense dark fruits, figs, dates, coffee, some dry oak qualities. Much smoother and mellow than the original. I don’t get the medicinal quality in this one, which is a big improvement. I like this better than original, not as hot and medicinal at all. So nice to have tried this one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (2628) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2011
750ml Bottle 29 of 86 thanks to Douglas88 for sharing this treat. Pours out black topped with a small brown head. Aroma was of sweet molasses, brown sugar, roast, chocolate, and some brandy. Taste was as the aroma with lots of sweet malts, rich pit fruit, and some pepper. Very nice

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (2169) - Florida, USA - APR 3, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 Bottle #74. Joan Jett pour with a chocolate head. My nose is stuffy and I can’t pick up much. The age on this bottle has really muted the heat from the peppers. The flavors have tightened and seem to have blended very nicely. Chocolate, roasted malt, muted peppers, apple spicewood flavors. Just another world class beer from Joey and Wayne.....

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Another casualty of the top 100 from our Chicago Epic Tasting...After the regular hunaphu rocked my world...Bottle no 54 out of 89...Nice dark black with a medium tan head but low carbonation in general...The aroma is medium in strength, chili and chocolate dominate, such a great and unique taste. Not sure if the ba adds anything here, would really need to have them back to back...The taste is utterly awesome, especially as it warms up just brings out more and more flavors; chocolate, chili peppers, and wood, can’t really pull out any of the apple brandy. This is up there with hunaphu, both should be sought out vehemetly.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cpetrone84 (1330) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Taste thanks to Jeremy. A-pure black, completely opaque pour with a crazy looking dark brown head with deep red hues. S-wood and sweet brandi right up front with light vanilla and some sugary alcohol. more vanilla with some cinnamon and spice, a fair bit of roasted malts and rich chocolate cake with a touch of plum behind. T-roasted malts up front with notes of chocolate cake and a touch of wood. the brandi comes in behind as the strong malts move sweet. the spices of thanksgiving are underneath with the back end offering sweet dark plums and cherries. M-full bodied and chewy, this is extremely thick, a real sipper. assertively carbonated to balance the robust body not losing anything from the barrel. D-extremely well balanced with great complexity and fantastic flavors. i true sipper that provides full flavors that are well integrated and uniquely crafted. Best CC beer I’ve had and actually lives up to the hype.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (10640) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
A: The pour is almost black with a nice viscosity and almost no head. S: There’s a slightly metallic note at first, but it seems to diminish as the beer sits in the glass. I get a lot of chocolate to begin with. The chili note is there, too, but is sort of overwhelmed by the oak, brandy, roast, and coffee. T: Surprisingly oaky at the first sip. There’s some nice brandy flavor here and the barrel provides some spicy notes and tannins. Quite a bit of milk chocolate and a nice chili flavor in the background. M: The body is medium to full with a low, but smooth carbonation. D: I think I actually still like the regular Hunahpu’s the best, but this was quite good. I wouldn’t turn down another glass of this.


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