markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!!!
hopscotch (9106) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
kp (10886) - 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 (5996) - 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 (11940) - 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 it’s 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 there’s a flaw, it’s that there’s maybe a shade too much sweetness, but it is negligible. As expected, this is a fantastic, world-class beer.
bulldogp04 (20) - 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 I’ve 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 (272) - 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 Hunahpu’s beer. The Laird’s complements the Hunahpu’s so well, it’s 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 it’s 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 wasn’t enough after everyone got their pour. Who knows if I’ll 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!