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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3254) - 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 (1248) - 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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
markwise (4543) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 On draft at the Hunahpu release. Pours evil midnight black, the definition of darkness itself, with barely an off-white head to speak of. Nose is roast, brandy sweetness, barrel, vanilla, pepper, spice, dark fruits, and lots of cinnamon. Flavor is chocolate- dark and sweet, vanilla, oak, brandy, cinnamon, a miniscule amount of heat, and a bit of earthy bite from the peppers. Better than bourbon Hunahpu- almost tied with regular Hunahpu.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2010
Draft, a nice treatment however this beer is way better out of the barrel! Pours a black body with a coffee tan head. Peppers, rich sweet brandy and again a nice pepper spice complementing the warming. Roast y pepper, vanilla, creme brulee, and mild coffee tones. A mild warming thanks to those awesome peppers. I mean overall the base beer is phenomenal there’s just no way masking some of its complexities made this a better experience.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2010
On draft at Hunahpus Release Party. Aroma was sweet fruit, caramel and a hint of brandy. Take the Hunahpu and add a hint of brandy and you have this beer. Great beer!!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9518) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Draft… RBWG ‘10… Pours thick and pitch black with a small, fizzy, light brown head. The fruity, chocolaty, cinnamon nose also provides diminished acrid, burnt and carbonaceous notes. Full-bodied and oily with lazy carbonation. The flavor offers cinnamon, chocolate and sweet apple brandy. Acrid bitterness supplies adequate balance. Lengthy, roasted, warming finish. I’m a much bigger fan of whiskey barrel aged beers.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010

Name: Hunahpus, Brandy Barrel
Date: March 12, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery
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
Rating: 4.4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (6155) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
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!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2010
(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!


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