phredrik (995) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
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 donít 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.
BuckeyeBoy (2338) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - APR 3, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 Bottle #74. Joan Jett pour with a chocolate head. My nose is stuffy and I canít 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.....
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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, canít really pull out any of the apple brandy.
This is up there with hunaphu, both should be sought out vehemetly.
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 Iíve had and actually lives up to the hype.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is almost black with a nice viscosity and almost no head.
S: Thereís 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. Thereís 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 Hunahpuís the best, but this was quite good. I wouldnít turn down another glass of this.
vtafro (2174) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Caponeís. Black pour with tan head. Chocolate, sherry, fruit, some brandy notes. Barreling has smoothed some of the more unique flavors of the base beer out. Nice.
Marsiblursi (2963) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, one million thanks to beerlando) Pours super black with a small dark brown head. The aroma holds well-integrated brandy, but I donít know if it makes the beer better? Lots of chocolate/ cocoa and aromatic coffee with a nice, more subtle backup from the spices. Undertones of apple, dried fruits/prunes, tobacco, vanilla, coconut and wood alongside a light milkiness. The roast is not super aggressive, yet light burned. The hops are not over the top, it just makes it more complex. Fruity with notable alcohol warmth. Very peppery as the beers gets warmer. Some teriyaki on the nose. The flavour is near medium sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic The taste is a nice mix of dark bitter chocolate, brandy, mild chilly spices, heavy roasted malt and light molasses. The mouthfeel is super fat, oily and smooth with a light, soft carbonation. Burned malt, balanced hops and buttery oak lingers in the finish. Full bodied. Near fantastic, but I like the regular Hunahpu better.
pantanap (3328) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Cigar city brandy hunahpus (bottle number 65 of 84). Thanks to Sean. In celebration of his engagement and my 2000th rating... Pours a smooth
viscous deep black pour, silky in nature, with a thin wispy dark khaki
head... Aroma is laiden with sweet brandy forwardness, semi-
bittersweet velvety chocolate, while the chiles are still quite
apparent and noticeable which is equally impressive for that matter. Some char and
light ash from the base Zhukov providing some complimentary details to an already beautiful nose... Flavors are a smooth transition from
the aroma with an equally rich and assertive profile. Semi-charred
from the base Zhukov which then evolves to a richer atmosphere with brandy
along with its fruity esthers. Chocolate tones are quite evident, so
rich and so smooth and semi-sweet in nature. Chiles surface every now
and again which is a pleasant surprise as I was expecting for this quality to have fallen off due to its age and time spent in the barre. Body is thick and filling, almost
fudgy. Carbonation is light but noticeable. Abv is slightly warming overall but really held at bay for the most part. Quite the experience and
well worth it for such a milestone.
jtclockwork (6256) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 23 of 84. Pours black with milk chocolate brown head. Nose of brandy, vanilla bean, assorted chilis and cocoa powder. Taste is simply divine and can best be described as assorted chili peppers wrapped in cocoa leaves resting on a bed of vanilla beans. Some oak and brandy are present giving a deeper character to the beer. Short and to the point, it tastes like a rich, chili-infused milkshake. Simply amazing!