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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
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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aged in Apple Brandy barrels.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
6/5/10 on Tap at Capone’s. Pours midnight black with no head and only a couple bubbles. Aroma was solid cherry, apple and alcohol, with only hints of coffee. As it warmed, you could pick up a bit of smokiness from the peppers and a touch of cinnamon, but the brandy still dominated. Flavor was very sweet dark chocolate covered fruit. Slightly dry smoky tobacco finish. As it warmed, you got a bitt more flavor from the peppers and felt the slightest tingle on the tongue. This is an incredibly smooth and drinkable imperial stout that needs no further age. Overall, this tasted like a solid imperial stout aged a bit too long in brandy. However.... 6/6/10 at Hawthorne Cafe: This was like a completely different beer. I got a ton of pepper and smoke in the nose right from the start, but just balanced with the cinnamon and brandy. This was much more balanced and tasted like what I would expect from taking a great base imperial stout (Hunahpu’s) and throwing it in brandy. The aging was a great complement. I’m not sure why such a disparity between the two kegs, but my rating is essentially my averaged impression of the two beers.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2010
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a dark black, with brown edges, and a smaller sized brown head. Aromas of chocolate, brandy, some earthiness, and vanilla. Tastes of chocolate, brandy, vanilla, dark fruits, and lighter spices.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JAXSON (529) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Draft at Capone’s Cigar City event. Pours black with no head with some fine legs, later glasses had a rich dark mocha cap. Sweet, mild brandy on the nose, some lightly bitter chocolate, and a really pretty collage of sweet spices focusing on cinnamon. Flavor starts out with some mildly sweet apple brandy, very soft, then blossoms into this amazing array of cinnamon, cardamom, maybe pumpkin. Absolutely awesome. The bitter, charred elements of the regular version were erased by the brandy barrel, but in contrast to some others I found the spices far more prominent in this one, especially the cinnamon. A later pour near the bottom of the keg were a bit chalky and lost some of the glory of the first pour. One of the best beers I’ve had, not really a classic imperial stout, but just amazingly expressive and the flavor progression was in my mind for the whole day.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2010
[Draft @ Capones] Opaque black with a small, dark tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, brandy, vanilla, smoke, dark fruits, and light alcohol. Taste of dark chocolate, smoke, some roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits, and light alcohol in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3399) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
On tap at Capones. Dark brown with frothy tan edges. Nose is coffee and chocolate with the brandy creeping in. Medium to full body with a tang. Taste is brandy, black olives, rich chocolate, vanilla and spicy coffee. Finishes dry and sticky with an alcohol bite and lingering bitter cocoa. Hard to go wrong with anything Hunahpu but i thought the brandy masked some of the special nuances of the base brew.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Draft at Capone’s for Cigar City tasting with James. Pours a thick, opaque black wirh zero head. Shiny clean surface. Aroma of pure dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, brandy, esspresso beans, fresh red peppers, roast, sweet malts, and slight hints of lactose and cream. Full, yet insanely smooth, rich, velvety palate. Finishes with a hot cocoa bang. Seriously awesome Imperial stout. Right up there with Dark Lord.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2868) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Black viscous color with a dark tan-almost brown head. Aroma of brandy, vanilla, roasted malts, and cinnamon. Tastes of vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, roasted malts and warming brandy closing. Absolutely exceptional.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jredmond (5624) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Draft at Capone’s with Pat. Pours a pitch black body with nice chocolate brown lacing. Aroma is sweet chocolate. Palate is medium feel dominated by sweet chocolate, vanilla bean, malt, and sweet brandy notes. No alcohol at all.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (707) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
5.5 oz. glass at Capone’s meet the Brewer & Owner of Cigar City. Pours a dark black with slight brownish-red head. Aroma is mild apple brandy, roasted malt & molasses . First sip is beautiful with vanilla, cocoa, roasted brown malt & slight hit of chili pepper in the finish but the brandy flavor balances it nicel with dark choclate flavors lingering. Wonderful beer!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Damico (2680) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2012 ...on tap at capone’s after a zhukov and original in the parking lot.Unfortunately the aroma has dropped off a lot with this aging, still there a bit with the brandy influence overall. The appearance is rich dark chocolatey, but the head dropped off a lot. The body is lighter and smoother than the original, with the cacao coming out and coconut throughout. Rerated on a growler from Alex and this is a different experience all together! The perfect aroma brings a sweet chocolate stout and sweet brandy booze, but the smoothest and most pleasant I could never have expected in this nose. There are delicious creamy cacao notes and the spices still remain muted from the barrel, but the chocolate flavors are shining just as well as they ever did. Truly phenomenal as CCB does as usual!


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