kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Name: Hunahpus, Brandy Barrel
Date: March 12, 2010
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy head
Aroma: sweet caramel candy aroma, hint of roasted
Flavor: sweet brandy and chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, hint of the peppers in the background
Overall: candy brandy with chocolate and a peppery bite
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 9/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Score: **** /4
drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had at the Hunahpu release party as a part of RBWG 2010. The spiciness and the malt sweetness is still there, but there is an additional awesomeness of sweet brandy, wood, and apples... yummy!
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, brandy, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and chilies. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, brandy, cinnamon, vanilla, and wood with a dry, bitter finish. Excellent!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2010 Draft at the brewery. Pours as dark as night, resembling an oil slick more than beer with all itís dense viscosity. A thick and lasting head of dark brown foam leaves behind a glass staining wash of suds and bubbles. In short, it looks damn perfect. The nose is just ridiculous, showing a complex and complimentary blend of dark cocoa, vanilla, creamy coconut, and candied apples. Of course, the anchos and pasillas shine through, along with the cinnamon, to complete the signature peppery Hunahpu aroma that has been ever so slightly kissed by the rich brandy oak. Flavors too are mighty fine, showing wave after decadent wave of rich dark chocolate, caramel, cafe mocha, and even glazed donuts. Coconut again makes an appearance, which is one of my favorite things about this beer. Lightly peppery, the zestiness seems to have been cut down a little by the sweet apple barrel, but you can still pick it out. On the palate, this stuff is as thick and rich as they come, proudly displaying a whipped, creamy body. If thereís a flaw, itís that thereís maybe a shade too much sweetness, but it is negligible. As expected, this is a fantastic, world-class beer.
bulldogp04 (19) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one awesome treatment of one tremendous beer ! Probably the best stout Iíve ever had.
A: thick, oily, black
S: apples, slight alcohol, burnt sugars, roasted malt, chocolate
T: chocolate, oak, apple brandy alcohol, slight cinnamon/ chili burn
M: extremely viscous and syrupy just like the base beer. Creamy feel.
D: sipper, but a damn good one at that !
Sean9689 (257) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 A huge thanks to ArthurPendragon for flying out to FL, getting this growler filled, flying to Chicago, and meeting Alex at Midway just for us to sample this beer! You da man!
I was told the keg blew about 80% into the fill on this growler, so we did get pretty lucky! From a smallish (not sure the ounces) Cigar City Growler into a mini-snifter.
A - Pours black, super-oily resin along the sides of the glass, motor oil to the maximum. Some bubbles, but mostly, just a black. The sticky look of this beer looks cool, no doubt about it.
S - A perfect mix of sweet apples, brandy, and the base Hunahpuís beer. The Lairdís complements the Hunahpuís so well, itís hard to describe how good this beer really is. I enjoyed the base beer so much alone, this was even better. You get the chili notes mixed in there as well, very complex.
T - Everything I got from the nose, I also got on the palate. I would say itís even more complex on the palate. I can really taste all the different things going on with this beer. As complex as the base beer is, this is even moreso. Apple Brandy, chilis, molasses, toffee, burnt sugars, etc.
M - Full bodied, slight carbonation, rich and smooth.
D - I had a decently-sized sample that I really enjoyed. I wanted more, but alas, there wasnít enough after everyone got their pour. Who knows if Iíll ever try this again, probably not. This was an epic beer!
EDIT: To date, this is my highest rated Imperial Stout and 2nd highest of my entire drinking career. Like I said, an epic beer!
smith4498 (2793) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft @ Cigar City Brewingís Hunahpu release. Pours black with creamy brown head. Aromas of sweet brandy, roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla. Flavors of sweey brandy roasted malts, heat from chili peppers, coffee, cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla. Full body with verly little carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Excellent!
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
tap, pours black with a dark tan head. Coffee and sweet apple brandy nose....some wood elements. Strong sweet red fruit with a peppery spice and nice oak and again sweet brandy. This one is a winner.
Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Hunahpuís Release Party.
Probably my favorite treatment of this beer, except maybe for the bourbon aged version when it was first released several months back.
The beer is charcoal-black and pours thick and slowly, like cascading black lava, onto the snifter. Leaves about a 1/3 of an inch of foamy head at the top. Head has the color of fresh cappuccino.
In the nose I get a lot of sweet brandy notes with hints of alcohol heat, but not overbearing at all. Also some very nice vanilla, caramelized sugar and toffee.
The front palate gets that sweet brandy heat almost right away, followed by oak, dark chocolate, vanilla and in the back that ancho chile that made hunahpuís famous creeps in slowly.
This is definitely a sipping beer, the mouth-feel is robust and substantial. Viscous. Extraordinary!
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at CCB for the Hunahpus release. Easily the best beer of the night IMHO and the best Hunahpus treatment Iíve had so far. Both the nose and the flavor of this beer are complex and multi layered the brandy is present in both but not over powering, more soft and subtle. I really smell and taste all of the base Hunahpus ingredients with the brandy itís very harmonious. Huge notes of fudge, roasted malt, cinnamon, and vanilla blended very nicely with notes of brandy, wood, and mild char, at first the peppers are really only experienced in the back of the throat but as the beer warms the peppers become much more apparent in the flavor and nose giving it the character of a mole. Huge creamy, velvety mouth feel, if you like big, full, chewy bodies as I do, Iíd say this is perfect. As the pitch black beer retreats it leaves my glass heavily stained as with all CCB stouts. Finishes lightly sweet and roasted with a big hit of chocolate and cinnamon. Excellent.