Dbree22 (11) - Dunedin, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
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
reggiedunlop (3214) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
mverity (268) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black. Smells of cinnamon and cocoa. Smooth malt, alchy heat, cinnamon and chocolate. Smooth.
orangesol (913) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Staffan47 (880) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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
Pyrmir (3527) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big bottle, courtesy of staffan47, thanks! Pitch black with tan head. Aroma of cocoa, green apples, light acidity and vague chili notes. Taste is rich, full with massive cocoa, chilies, dried fruits, berries, creeping chili heat and lingering sweetness. Wonderful beer