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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
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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Aged in Apple Brandy barrels.


LtDan's rating

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Apple Brandy Barrel - enjoyed Summer and Fall 2012

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a thin brown ring. An iodine like coating is left behind on the glass.

Aroma: Sweet brandy. Chocolate, coconut, pepper skin.

Taste: Strong apple brandy, cinnamon spice, dark chocolate, barrel char.

Mouthfeel: Thick, spicy carbonation.

Overall: A fantastic treat, even on a warm summer day in this case. I had it in Denver and it was amazing then too. As the old XX Meme goes: ďI donít usually need barrel treated Hunahpu, but when I do, itís Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Hunahpu.Ē


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (4285) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Bottle #2 of 84 shared at the 2014 tasting in the Cellar of Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Pours near black with no head. Aroma is fairly light with the vegy chilli , roast, dark chocolate and caramel. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. The palate as well is somewhat subdued, maybe from the age. Itís lovely, but subtle. The apple brandy aspects come out lightly but nothing much. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Great, but so subtle compared to the fresh normal huna drunk side by side.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (4534) - Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by some local beer guys. Pours dark brown to black with a small, dense tan head. The aroma has big dark chocolate, cinnamon, apple brandy, wood, lighter peppery notes, vanilla and coconut, all building anticipation for the first taste. The flavor has much of the same; chocolate, cinnamon, peppers, wood, brandy, coconut, full bodied, flavorful and definitely worth seeking out. Another home run in the Hunahpus line.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NielsenRatings (8274) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Growler @ Arminís palace. Thanks! Pours a fairly clear dark brown appearance with a tan head. Anise, dark grape, pear fruity, spicy dark chocolate, pretty interesting aroma. Dark chocolate, rich coconut, vanilla, caramel, birthday cake flavor. Pretty fucken tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Growler at FoCo Stout Tasting 2013, courtesy of Armin. Thanks man! Pour is deep viscous black - like car oil - with a small tan head. Big cocoa, caramelly, toffee, sweet brandy, light chili, espresso, dark fruity, and raisins in the aroma. Taste is sweet dark chocolate, light hint of heat, chilis, cinnamon, sweet vanilla, nutmeg, coffee, grapes, and dark cherries with a big roasted finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. This one really held up well and is super tasty. Nice stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Palme (2993) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2013
Sampled from a 0.75l bottle @ Top Hops (BA) Bottle Share. Damn this is black. Doubt the blackness-scale has anything blacker than this and it has a small quickly sidesticking really really deep dark brown top. Lovely nose with chocolate, apples, vanilla, wood, and itís actually so deep and intense that itís a little scary. Yeah I said it, Iím a little scared. Itís super smooth in the mouth! Thick, chewy and almost syrupy oily with a soft really prickling and stingy carbonation. It has a pure chocolaty liquefied roasty flavor. Oh my. There is also a soft sharpness in the finish here. Only subtle nuances of apple, wood, vanilla, raspberries and dark cocoa powder. One of the best Iíve had in a long time (and I have recently had some pretty incredible stuff). Huge thanks Josh! The things I would do to this bottle if I could just get it for myself.. 15.06.2013

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fritz123 (795) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2013
As close to a perfect beer as you can get. Draft at the Funky Buddha 3rd Anniversary. Snifter. Pours a very dark, thick, opaque pour with thin off-white head. Aroma is strong with bourbon, meat, roasted malts, dark chocolate and earth. The taste is powerful with bourbon, oak, thick malts, spices and brandy. Full body. Flavorful, spicy finish. Just so good. Period.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GothGargoyle (945) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle shared at Borefts, thanks! Black with a small head. Aroma is coconut, chocolate, vanilla. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate. Taste is coconut, marshmallow, chocolate, vanilla. Yummy.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2013
THX! for the sample of this gorgeous rarity. 75 cl. bottle, yellow wax, no idea of the bottle nr. Black with a mocha rim. Nose is sweet molasses, light spices, chocolate, vanilla, touch pepper & warming what I assume is apple brandy. Taste is sweet molasses, huge vanilla, wood, I am even getting even coconut, sweet berries, caramel, very creamy chocolate, cocoa, warming. Creamy rich & decadent. Very good & completely different from the Stranahan which I have also had, Stranahan was a touch better even if this is still an incredible beer, so good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brystmar (1112) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Original review (2012-07-16): Gloops from the bottle as any Zhukov-based brew should. Tremendous roast in the nose with brandy and caramely notes. Lots of complexity here, though I wish it were more pungent.

Taste is marvelously complex with brandy, booze, vanilla, spice, and plenty more that end up dancing atop the delicious stout base. Chiles are mild, where they belong. The trademark Hunahpuís chocolate, vanilla, and chile aftertaste gets a boost from the brandy as it tickles the back of my throat upon swallowing. Ultra-viscous body, as expected, and just amazing.

Ranks among the best stouts Iíve tasted. I could drink the whole growler!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (6352) - Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Yellow wax. A very sweet stout, appley, the cocoa and spice mellow out substatially.


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