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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
32oz growler from the most recent release with HUGE thanks to a great FL friend and an amazing FL trader. thanks a ton, guys! iím a fairly eloquent guy and as you can see from my ratings, a bit verbose but this beer brought me to a level where the only words i could utter were "fuck me sideways, this is perfect". yeah, itís that good. pours as only a CCB imperial stout can. thick as motor oil but silky smooth capped by a rich, dense, red-clay colored head that stains the hell out my Hunahpuís snifter and leaves beautiful rings of lace. aroma is nothing short of divine with all that is great about the base beer...dense dark chocolate, heavy roast, a touch of toasted cedar, burnt cinnamon, smoked chilis, molasses, and espresso backed by elegant notes of wet oak, baked cinnamon apples, and sweet, boozy brandy that really pops as it warms in the glass. flavor is a near out-of-body experience with the oak, sweet brandy, and subtle apple notes complimenting and adding a level of complexity to the heavy dark chocolate fudge, espresso, vanilla, cinnamon, and smoked notes of the base Hunahpuís but allowing the rich toasted cedar and mild chili spice to still shine on the back end. palate is sheer perfection as well with the bold, imposingly thick, yet smooth as silky mouthfeel iíve come to love in the base Hunahpuís with a long, lingering finish of subtle chili spice, dark chocolate, and sweet brandy. overall, this may be the single best beer iíve ever tasted. itís an absolute marvel and a testament to barrel aging. wow.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kabsetter (103) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Stumbled across this while picking up a case of Barrel aged church on the hill at the Cigar City tasting room yesterday. I asked what they had in the unmarked tap handle and the bartender said íí apple brandy barrel aged hunahpuíí. After I picked myself off the floor I ordered 2 snifters, sat down and was in awe. The aroma, totaly unique, ballanced smokey sweet, chocolate spice. Tasted just as unique with the peper ballanced perfectly to give you a warm swallow of smooth greatness. This is the most exceptional beverage Ive ever had. My expcetations were high, and this exceeded on every level. IMHO, the nectar of the godz. , perfect!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dunt (295) - Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Growler sent from an awesome regular trading partner, thanks Dave! Pours a pitch black in color with a small amount of dark brown head. Nose is light on the apple brandy, but itís there. There is chocolate, malt, vanilla, brandy, boozy, cracker, and cinnamon. The apple brandy is subdued in the flavor as well, but it layers the base beer nicely. In comparison to the brandy Zhukov, this is far more balanced. Mouthfeel is medium to thick, with good carbonation, and a long finish. Lives up to the hype, another superb barrel treatment of Hunahpu. The apple brandy compliments the base beer (which is an unreal imperial stout) very well.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ekoerper (590) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Big thanks to Adam on this one. Aroma: lots of chocolate and vanilla, cinnamon, slight hints of the apple brandy, molasses, cocoa, fairly sweet, noticeable alcohol. Pours like black ink, very viscous, faint brown head dissipates fairly quickly. Flavor is fantastic - starts with a hefty dose of chocolate, like chocolate cake without being overly sweet. Apple notes, some warming alcohol, earthy/woody hints, coffee, molasses, roast malts, medium bitterness with minimal hop character. The vanilla is fairly pronounced and the cinnamon is certainly present, the heat from the peppers has dissipated compared to the base, but is still just barely lurking in the background. Extremely full bodied without being overly sweet, just the right amount of carbonation, very smooth and silky. An excellent beer, glad I was able to try it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (5853) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this beer. The beer pours a black color with a huge brown head. The aroma has a ton of chocolate in it, as well as some roasted malt, oak and brandy. The flavor is similar. Upfront I get a ton of sweet apple brandy notes, with some chocolate and roasted malt coming through as well. I get a hint of spiciness and pepper, but the brandy and chocolate come through the strongest. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Awesome.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2012 Growler, big thanks Kan. Aroma of paper, caramel, cinnamon, dark chocolate bar, chilies, sweet green apple. Flavors are sweet caramel and apples but good burst of chilies, dark chocolate, raisin, and spicy finish. Thick body. Getting some slight papery oxidation but hurts it a bit. Not sure itís better than the base or the bourbon but itís really tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2012
Very dark brown and inky. The aroma is rich, with lots of imperial stout malty goodness, lots of sugar but maybe not as much barrel. The distinctive Huny notes donít really show through here. Very sweet and candyish, with subtle apple and rich caramel. I like it. Very sugary and rich, the chile is I think totally lost, however. The apple brandy barrel doesnít show through as distinctively as the bourbon or Palm Ridge barrels do. But you canít say itís not serious business.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2012
First and foremost, thank you Adam! Smells like a really sweet hunahpus, seriously. The chocolate and cinnamon are present but the chili is very subdued, although I can still get the heat a little on the back of my tongue. Taste is very rich and sweet. Almost fudge like. Definitely get the brandy and slight tart. This is just outstanding. Some vanilla in there for sure. Somewhat roasty as well. I love it. Better than the original.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5061) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Sampled at small peen. I just had after regular Hunahpu. I hated it. This definitely takes the edge off the pepper. Brandy is gentle but cannot over come the negatives of the pepper. Not a strong enough base. For me anyway.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Growler. Viscous inky think unctuous black. Huge chalky sweet woody rich mint chocolate white chocolate coffee crumble. Soft. Oily. Hunapuh spice masala late. Early flavors dark chocolate, sweet plum seems muddled at first because palate needs to attenuate to appreciate and to notice the cinnamon. But then when the tongue is coated, yum. Not as smooth and sublime as original but yummy and fun. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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