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Cigar City Hunahpuís 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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
blomster (255) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2012
Growler. Extremely thick, engine oil like pour. Black with no head. I got lost in the aroma and taste of this beer, so good... Man, Iíd like to have a bucket full of ths stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Served on tap at Stoneís 16th Anniversary Celebration. The tap list has it as "Apple Brandy Barrels" but I am not seeing that in the database so I am putting my rating here for now. The appearance is a rich inky black with a rich brown head. The aromas are full of chocolate and apple brandy with a healthy dose of malt aromas. The flavors are warm gooey dark chocolate, rich flavorful brandy with some apple tones, heavy roasted malts that give off a touch of coffee with some cinnamon and spice. The finish is rich with a maple oak profile. Very thick mouth where the heat is way present but not distracting. Just a wonderful beer and a real treat to make it to CA for a festival!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1508) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Growler courtesy of the Cheeseman. Poured a thick motor oil black with a small tan head. Huge cocoa aroma, a touch of cinnamon and just a hint of the barrel. More chocolate in the flavor, a little bit of pepper heat, and the most caramel flavor Iíve ever had in a beer, like a fine candy. Full long finish, with enough bitterness it manages to not be over sweet. World class.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (16460) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2012
Growler. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate brandy aroma with weak hints of vanilla and coffee. Roasted malty thick chocolate and coffee flavor with nice woody brandy hints. Has a smooth roasted malty thick chocolate and coffee finish with brandy hints in the aftertaste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illidurit (2126) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle shared at RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting. Pours that signature inky black with an otherwordly dark brown head. Delicious rich fudge and chocolate with luscious vanilla rounding out the body and a mild chili influence.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2013 Growler í12. Rating off a growler opened yesterday. I get soy and itís throwing me way off this brew, that wasnít as apparent yesterday. The chiliís are still around I think this growler is relatively fresh. Itís great...but soy. Update: Had multiple growlers of this batch with the same result.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Poured from a 32 oz. growler into a snifter. Like the regular Hunahpuís, the Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Hunahpuís pours a viscous dark black chocolate color with a barely noticeable tan head around the ring of the glass. The aroma is full, complex, and somehow elevated beyond the greatness the original Hunahpuís achieves. The brandy is noticeable and seems to gently overlay the other aromas, which are consistent with the regular Hunahpuís: dark chocolate, a bit of espresso, vanilla, with a bit of pepper and a slightly fruity apple presence. Each sip is nearly perfect. The dark chocolate fudge, roasted malt, and creamy espresso notes all blend amazingly well with a brandy flavor. The middle of the sip contains the zenith of its complexity, with the apple coming through, mixing with oak and vanilla from the barrel, and a bit of residual chocolate flavor. The end of the sip wraps the treat up nicely, leaving a nice brandy flavor in my mouth. The brandy mellows out the sticky sweetness that the base beer contains, and the barrel definitely lightens up the carbonation a little bit as well. It is creamy and smooth, with the brandy cutting through the thickness of Hunahpuís as well. This beer really just has the perfect body, carbonation, and smoothness that I am looking for. After tasting Hunahpuís for the first time I did not think there was any way to improve on it, but after having the whiskey and the brandy, I have changed my opinion. This is such an incredible beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
writerljberg (656) - Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2012
32oz growler courtesy of LoPo87. Thanks! Small 3 oz pour. A: Thick as motor oil. No head. Legs on the glass like the lamp from A Christmas Story. N: Intense caramel, cotton candy, brown sugar, coffee, fudge. This is mostly sugar, though, hence the score. T: Good god. Diabetes. Cinnamon, chocolate, coffee, a little bit of soy sauce. A very slight pepper. Lots of dark fruits. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty much the epitome of throw everything into the kettle. M: Heaviest beer Iíve ever tried. A little bit of carbonation. Expands and contracts all over my palate. O: Thereís almost no apple brandy so deducting some points there. Honestly, this is amazing, and then itís way too much. I compared it to the way Nibbler must feel in Futurama as well as making the Mitch Hedberg joke that itís like pancakes: When it starts, itís amazing, by the time youíre done, youíre sick of íem.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boFNjackson (4118) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 Growler... Poured jet black like motor oil with a thick, brown head. Nose had brandy, oak, booze and roast. Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Super sweet with brandy, apples, dark fruits like plums and figs, dark chocolate, sweet milk and malted sugars. A dessert in a glass and truly a fine sipping beer. It doesnít get much better than this for a barrel aged imp. stout. This is on the level of Vanilla Bean Dark Lord amazing. [This was Apple Brandy aged, although I had no hint of ghost chili peppers on it. So I put my rating here for now].

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (6185) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 1, 2012
Growler shared at RBSG Grand Tasting, 2012. Black, oily, ass with long legs. Huge brandy, vanilla, chocolate caramel aroma. Really rich. Very sweet, lots of barrel, comes off as bourbon a bit at first, but, no, itís brandy. Chocolate. Great, rich, flavorful stout.


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