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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5253) - 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 (3277) - Swarthmore, 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 (1235) - 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 (2715) - 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 (5200) - 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
Phillies08Champs (677) - 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 (2452) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2010
RBWG. As with the Brandy Zhukov, I felt the barrel treatment hurt this beer more than it helped it. Still a big, burly imperial stout, however many of the more subtle notes of the Hunaphus—particularly the chili peppers, cinnamon—were no longer anywhere to be found, replaced with strong, boozy grape and licorice notes. A bit better than it’s brother, but still not a particularly notable effort to me.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Draft at Hunahpu Day. Just because this is a Wayne Wambles stout, it will be a 5 in both appearance and palate. Just perfect. Oily, viscous and thick with a deep tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel apples and vanilla. This barrel treatment almost removes any trace of the peppers. The apple brandy gives a great sweet caramel flavor and some of the apple flavors you would expect, with the strong roasted flavors of the stout lingering in the background. This is a great beer, but I find the regular Hunahpu’s and the Bourbon Hunahpu’s a little better. The sweetness from the apple brandy is just a little too much. Still, an elite brew.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2010
Draft at the Hunahpu Release Party. Pours a menacing pitch black color that actually sucks light in and wont release it. Less than one finger creamy tan yellow head that settles nicely on top of the beer. Aroma is pure goodness: Lightly roasty, chocolate, brandy, vanilla, wood, light smoke, ripe dark fruit, molasses, some hints of toffee and brown sugar. Flavor is about the same with a little more heat from the chilis and a little more brandy and booziness. Full body with a boozy and malty finish. I think I still liked Bourbon Hunahpu best, but with some more time in the barrel, this beer would be even more spectacular.


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