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

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


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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Aged in California brandy barrels

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MotherBrother (771) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2014
Yep Yep Yep. This pours motor oil/pitch/death/what - black, with a small mocha brown head. Goddamned beautiful you’ve got that right son!!! Aroma is so fucking packed with all that is good. Cocoa powder, lightly roasted coffee beans, dark n’ bitter chocolate, plenty of cinnamon, slight parsley, slight tobacco, slight herbal notes, coconut? Hazelnut? The barrel compliments this pretty darn well, with just a little bit of sweetness to it, along with ever so slightly alcohol feel. The chili-thing shines through in the very back. AAAHH, this shit is smells gooood, and I could go on for ages… Ages Bro…! This tastes pretty sweet, with slight bitter notes, and slightly heat from the chili in the far back. So tricking complex and well made!! You know the mouthfeel and the body of a Huna… C’mon, don’t lie boy, you know this is full bodied with a semi-flat carbonation!! This barrel really suits this beer, making it slightly more complex, (at least to me that is) Well Made CCB!!! Thanks a big bunch to Mr. (D)oodles for sending this one out my way!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dbree22 (11) - Dunedin, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
The best barrel aged stout I have ever had. Smooth and delicious. One of the most hard to get Cigar City bottles to get. Can’t wait to try it again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
reggiedunlop (3288) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Pours pitch black with a thin mocha head. aroma has sweet dark chocolate...like a hershey’s special dark...sweetness fades...a bit of chipotle creeps in. flavor has dark chocolate and mild cinnamon notes...light oak...espresso and bakers chocolate play well with oak and chipotle notes. mouthfeel is medium and the finish is like a churro that turns to oaky dark bakers chocolate. awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle. Robust aroma of dark chocolate, alcohol, cinnamon. Big chewy mouthfeel with a bitter and dry cocoa powder taste and finish. Nice pepper heat that builds. Complex with hints of raisins, tobacco, and dark fruit.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Draft at CCB Christmas Day. Thick ink black pour with a small ruby brown head. Amazing aroma of sweet brandy wood, licorice, dark chocolate, subtle chili pepper heat, tobacco, light coffee and ash. Mouth coating viscous body with chewy chocolate malts, licorice, tobacco leaf, brandy wood, vanilla and wonderful balance of chili heat at the end. Silky body and mild booze. Goddamn beautiful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mverity (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2014
I got this bottle at the brewery from winning a raffle at Proof Brewing Co. I drove to and went with the guy who I’m sharing this bottle with. Pours an oily, inky black. A healthy amount of thick, slightly creamy, dark chocolate colored head. Head lasted well, and faded into a 1/8 inch collar that has held really well. I get a lot of vanilla in the aroma. Some sweet, earthy, woody brandy too. A nice backbone of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Really creamy and thick boys, very low carbonation. Taste is the sweet brandy up front, nice dark chocolate and vanilla in he aftertaste. The mid-palate is a touch of vegetal chile, and mostly the deep malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
In short: A rich chocolaty roasty stout with moderate barrels presence and moderate spiciness. Good dessert beer.
How: Bottle 750ml, shared at post-HF FoFA 2013.
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head.
In long: So I take this generous sample of another Hunahpu variation and retreat away and sit-down with my notebook expecting to have to figure out what it wrong with me not loving this ratebeer darling. But to my great surprise the barrels were not overdone, the strong spiciness of the base beer was somewhat muted, chocolaty cake malts coming out nice, lots of vanilla, some molasses, some alcohol warmth. Heavy mouthfeel with a carbonation lacking vigour. I’m still not a fan of spiced stouts but I’ve enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. Less brutal most CCB big beers but still overrated, I spent hours analysing the ratings to figure out if the high ratings were because of homers, then I spent the whole night awake wondering if I overanalyse things.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours black. Smells of cinnamon and cocoa. Smooth malt, alchy heat, cinnamon and chocolate. Smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol (932) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle I shared during our ugly sweater christmas party tasting.

A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film that dissolves into stillness after about five minutes. Leaves little to no lace on the glass.

S - Smells of warm chocolate, strong brandy, cinnamon, light chili heat, vanilla and oak. This is probably the best part of this beer as all the intended aromas are present and accounted for.

T - Starts off with a quick burst of sweetness, mainly vanilla and chocolate, quickly giving way to a combo of charred dark malt and strong brandy barrel. There is only a hint of the chilies and cinnamon from the nose. Finish has some char and light dryness, lingering for quite awhile. Good but missing some of the key parts.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Big, roasty feel with only a mild chili burn, wish it had more. Booze is again well hidden, only really coming forward at room temperature.

O - An enjoyable rift on the regular Hunahpu’s. I just wish a bit more of the base beer came through, not sure if that is from the age or just how it is. I would never turn this down again but it just isn’t as good as the apple brandy was.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Staffan47 (883) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2013
Svĺrslaget. Helt sanslöst bra. En trade. (Thanks biggsbowler). Underbar balans mellan allt dom har lastat i. Härliga smaker av lyxig mörk choklad. Tung och lite komplex. Chilin kommer elegant mot slutet. Ren njutning

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