jbeatty (849) - New York, USA - AUG 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 08/12/2013. Pours black, dark espresso cream head dies to a crema on the surface, tight thin ring of lacing. Incredibly rich and thick aroma, silky chocolate cake and rum raisin, cinnamon cookie, brown sugar vanilla, nice pepper notes on top of dark roast. Taste is earthy chocolate with cinnamon and chile heat which grows with more sips, fruity finish with golden raisin, light toffee, rum. Thick, creamy, smooth body, dangerously drinkable. Wow, crazy good.
Homer321 (565) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share with beechner224
Went into this only having a vague idea what Brandy was and expecting something like Newcastle Hunahpu. Was pleasantly surprised to find it had a background taste that resembled Hunahpu and also a slightly woody, and almost wine-like character. In the foreground is what I can only assume to be brandy. Notes of peppers, sweet malt, chocolate, nuttiness, and caramel malts, with perhaps a mild woody finish. Unique pleasant alcohol/boozey smell fairly distinctive -- you know what you’re about to drink. Substantial and not watery, but thick and viscous. Would be a little too much as an every day beer, but great as a special event. Was disappointed when I learned that the Apple Brandy was out of the schedule this year, but they found a really strong candidate with the Cali Brandy Barrel. Maybe they’ll include both in 2014. :)
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FWIBF. Pitch black, syrupy, iodine pour, fades to a ring. Aromas are of chocolate, vinous dark fruit, dates, figs, cinnamon, rich brandy barrel, light chilli heat. Flavors show caramel, lots of chocolate, rich roast, barrel, tannin, cinnamon, light pepper heat and tons of dark fruits. Intense body, medium-low carbonation. A hefty beer on a very hot day.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750ml, yellow wax bottle, via some awesome traders. pours as remarkably imposing, rich, oily, and dense as the marvel that is Hunahpu’s and is topped off by a dark, rusty head that leaves thick sheets of oily lace that stains the sides of my Hunahpu’s snifter. aroma is absolutely stunning with huge notes of cocoa, Mexican coffee, cinnamon rolls, vanilla oils, and smoked peppers backed by elaborate touches of oak, dark fruits, brandy spirits, spices, toasted coconut, and subtle touches of cedar. flavor is nothing short of perfection with huge roasted malts, cinnamon icing, spiced chocolate cake, toasted coconut, vanilla, and hints of toffee backed by perfectly integrated notes of black cherry, dates, figs, and spiced brandy with that unmistakable Hunahpu’s finish of smoky, spicy peppers. palate is magnificently rich, smooth, oily, and dense with light carbonation and a lingering finish of spices, roast, and brandy. overall, could this really be as good as the Apple Brandy version? honestly, yes. it’s just another remarkable variation of this perfect beer.
thebsmitty (66) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to jbruner for this amazing brew. Thin lacing, amber brown color. Dark black color. Smell cinnamon, vanilla, brandy, chocolate, caramel, cocoa, and hint of booze. Tastes is cherry, licorice, chili, chocolate, caramel, coffee, cinnamon, bourbon, and vanilla. Low carbonation, smooth finish, excellent. More please!
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with friends. Like all the Hunahpu’s treatments I’ve had this is just stellar. Big nose of brandy, chocolate, chili pepper, spice, vanilla... All things good basically. Glad I got to try this gem of a beer.
rlgk (8506) - Skövde, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, huge thanks to tkrjukoff. Pitch black beer with a beautiful lasting brown head, really dark head. Wonderful aroma, cinnamon, chilli notes, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, figs, raisins, cocoa beans, milk chocolate, creamy, licorice notes, prunes, grapes, dades, toffee, cherry notes, bourbon, brandy, woody notes. Malty caramel flavor, cinnamon, lots of vanilla, cocoa beans, creamy, figs, licorice, brandy, figs, raisins, toffee, floral notes, bourbon, cherry notes, milk chocolate, prunes, some subtile chilli. Perfectly full bodied, with a long brandy finish, milk chocolate, cocoa beans, vanilla, lots of vanilla, creamy, licorice, figs, pepper, warming alcohol that is very well hidden.
tkrjukoff (3772) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle big tnx to Greg and Justin. Pours pitch blsck with a dark brown tense head. Aroma is ... Heaven ... so lean fullbodied vanilla cocoa sweet brandy chocolate cake. Flavor is fullbodied a bit boozy barrel vanilla chilies ... everything mixes so well and the bitterness is just spot on.
BSchnab (118) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma roast sweet dark fruits, dark black appearance, taste is sweeter hunahpu with some chillies on the palate amazing
crossovert (5692) - Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, sweet and boozy variant, not as overbearing on sweetness as the apple.