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Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout - Apple Brandy Barrel Aged

Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Aged in Apple Brandy barrels.

   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 Hunahpu’s, the Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Hunahpu’s 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 Hunahpu’s achieves. The brandy is noticeable and seems to gently overlay the other aromas, which are consistent with the regular Hunahpu’s: 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 Hunahpu’s as well. This beer really just has the perfect body, carbonation, and smoothness that I am looking for. After tasting Hunahpu’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1933) - Portland, 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 I’ve ever tried. A little bit of carbonation. Expands and contracts all over my palate. O: There’s almost no apple brandy so deducting some points there. Honestly, this is amazing, and then it’s way too much. I compared it to the way Nibbler must feel in Futurama as well as making the Mitch Hedberg joke that it’s like pancakes: When it starts, it’s amazing, by the time you’re done, you’re sick of ’em.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boFNjackson (4200) - 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 doesn’t 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].

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (9310) - 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, it’s brandy. Chocolate. Great, rich, flavorful stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VsXsV (3937) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2012
Growler shared at the RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting. Pitch black liquid with minimal tan head and viscous, lacing liquid. Aroma is compared to the regular Huna less driven by the added flavourings but reminds more of a "regular" imp stout. Lots of chocolate, oak, vanilla and sweet fruit. I miss the chili from the regular one. Same flavours dominate the taste with maybe just a tiny hint of the chili. Decent amount of sweetness and raw sugars. Very viscous, full body with low carbonation. Absolutely delicious, but I think I prefer the original.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
urwithdave (10) - Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Poured from tap into CCB snifter. Just like the regular version, pours used motor oil. Blacker than black. A good inch of head that has nice retention. Leaves nice lacing. This is my favorite hunahpu variation, with the rum right behind it. The latest batch is even better than previous batches.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1552) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Both 10 and 12 at STL gathering. Thanks boys! I’m going to rate this off the 2012. Pour = black. Aroma is really roasty and sweet with loads of fruit, cOconut and vanilla. Flavor also amazing with incredibly smooth and sweet fruit notes and light spice. So good. My number one of the night

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
b3shine (8132) - Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Swing top growler to oversized snifter for #600! BIG THANKS TO MIKEM409 FOR SHARING THIS GEM!!! Looks flawless; pitch black and viscous with a nice boozy-tinted lacing. Smells fantastic! sweet and brandyish that opens up into some notes of pepper as it warms. Flawless on the palate as well. OH FUCK YES!!! DO I MAKE YOU BRANDY, BABY? DO I???

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Reynolds314 (3315) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Im leaving room in case I find a better beer out there but this is perfection in a glass. Pours an insanely viscous black with brown creamy head. Aroma is rich, robust and amazing with notes of toasted coconut, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, and spice. Taste is more of the same with tons of flavor just lasting on your tongue. Thanks to Mark a bunch for the chance to try this one .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2012 Ladies and gentlemen, this is the best beer I’ve ever had. Amazing aroma and the barrel aging blends perfectly

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