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

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Aged in Apple Brandy barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2011
Entering old rates. Draft @ CCB Hunahpu release 2010. Arôme donne bien l’aspect des piments se mélangeant avec la vanille et les morceaux de cacao laissant une impression légère de malt fumé. Palais est épais, chocolaté avec les piments qui donnent juste assez d’épice sans pour cela prendre le dessus sur l’expérience. Cette bière arrive à une nouvelle dimension avec le bourbon qui est frais boozy et réchauffant. Le tout reste un peu lourd sur le chocolat, note de café, soyeuse en bouche. Le brandy est plus agréable que la version bourbon. Bière reste épaisse et demande à prendre son temps pour être appréciée. Les piments se mélangent parfaitement avec le vieillissement en fût.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Shared 750ml bottle. Poured a pitch black color with a small wispy tan head. Aroma was dark chocolate notes, no chilies, dark malts. Barrel comes out, brandy notes are there most definitely - enjoyable to the hilt. Enjoyed it so much. Retired? So sad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2014 This was the first beer I ever took notes on...and still one of the best beers I have ever had...Served on-tap into a mini snifter at Capone’s during the Cigar City party for Philly Beer Week 2010...wow that was a lot of words...

A - Pours absolutely pitch black with a small dark brown head that leaves sticky brown lacing down most of the glass.

S - A bit on the sweet side with a strong aroma of brandy. A bit of chocolate and some sort of spices? Could that be the chillies from the non-BA version? I might need another glass to determine if it is...

T - Starts out with some mild sweetness from the apple brandy slowly developing into an amazing line-up of cinnamon, chocolate, and some faint spices. Most of the things I don’t like about the normal version of hunahpu’s are all cleared up with the barrel aging. Absolutely one of the best stouts I have ever had. I can only hope to have it again in the future.

M - Heavy body and flavor with good carbonation. It has a very full body but it is very well rounded. The brandy flavor is strong but not too overpowering.

O - I could drink this all day. I drank it side by side with regular version and it was like drinking a completely different beer. This one was so much more complex and smooth. Absolutely amazing. So glad I got to try this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Yo. This company is no joke. There beers rock. Strong black pour with thin, beigehead. Chocolate and brady aroma. And a perfect blended chocolate, brandy and some vanilla taste. Damn Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbm115 (187) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (4321) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jaksmart (454) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doodler (317) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
phredrik (1024) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (6140) - 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

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