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Cigar City Hunahpuís 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: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Aged in Apple Brandy barrels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ekoerper (588) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (5664) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12361) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4912) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (6397) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2012 Growler (6/18/12) shared by umr_urgefan- thanks again, Paul! Pours an inky, dark, opaque brown with almost no head whatsoever. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, oak, berries, apples, molasses, caramel, and soy. Flavor of vanilla, caramel, cola, oak, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, and then some subtle smoke and peat on the finish, maybe with a hint of the spices. The spice from the base beer is very subdued here. Medium-full bodied, with a silky smooth mouthfeel and low-moderate carbonation. Pretty damn sweet. The barrel takes over in this one. Excellent, and looking forward to having it again in a few weeks. Re-Rate: Well, itís been a few weeks, so we had it again along with a 2010 bottle (number 37 of 84) that was shared by Sean9669- thanks, Sean! The 2010 wasnít quite as tasty as the 2012; it had smooth apple brandy, molasses, vanilla, caramel, and oak in the nose; the flavor was just as smooth and rich, with low carbonation. It just didnít pop like the 2012, which is every bit as good as the regular, whiskey, and bourbon Hunahpuís, and which was the overall winner for our tasting group. Itís just a little too sweet for me to put it above those other three, but itís damn good. A singular drinking experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - JUN 25, 2012
2012 growler and on tap. best Hunahpuís treatment. Smooth and so good. I want to bathe in this. chilis on the back end, spices kick around there but the barrel gives this great sweetness, it is so smoooooth!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2012
What just happened? Thanks Brad for this share, completing my Huhaphus journey. Beer served in a cervoise. Beer is black with a nice tan head, small bubbles, lacing, low carbonation, decent retention. Aroma is hunahpuís base, chocolate, sweet, mild spice, with this incredibly layered liquor, this smells perfect. Iím cautioning myself from giving this a perfect 5 but it is damn close. Nice body, medium, creamy, coats the mouth almost completely, mildly roasty, sweet liquor up front, mild fruitiness, chocolate and fudge on the palate. An awesome beer.

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