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Cigar City Hunahpuís Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel Aged

 (RETIRED)
overall
100
100
style
Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aged in California brandy barrels


mverity's rating

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mverity (294) - 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 Iím 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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
koleminer20 (2115) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2016
From notes. I shared this bottle with ebone1988 and Eddie, because why the fuck not?! The pour is jet black. This thing is like night in a glass. There is a thick collar of medium to dark brown head and no last. The aroma is spectacular. Tons of cocoa, chile heat, a light coffee, and a great sweet brandy presence. Got damn. I love this because the brandy barrel cuts the intensity of the normal Huna just enough. This is magic. The flavor is very similar. Lots of chocolate, coffee, spice and chilis, with just enough of a brandy sweetness and light oak to really balance and tie it together beautifully. The mouth feel is thick and chewy with a soft carbonation that makes it last and hang around for days! The aftertaste is lightly spicy and sweet brandy dragging out forever. I mightíve wept into the open bottle once I realized it was all gone. Fuck this was good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ebone1988 (1185) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20 and Eddy. Aroma is wonderful. Cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, brandy sweetness, chili, fuck fuck fuck. Mouthfeel is heavy body, light carbonation, brandy sweetness, cinnamon and roasted malt aftertaste. Overall, fuck fuck fuck. World class and quite the experience.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger, pillowy dark mocha head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap/ring. Great retention, taking a while to settle with large splotches of soapy lacing clinging to the glass on the way down. Dark oily legs coat the glass. Thereís a prominent barrel presence in the nose but thankfully it doesnít completely obliterate the characteristics of the base beer. Slight charred oak/wood and sweet and spicy brandy along with vanilla and a strong toasted coconut presence. Excellent brandy character in the nose. Not sweet like the apple brandy, but more of a spicy booziness yet doesnít smell just like fusel alcohol. Underneath, the elements of the base beer are still present. Subtle roast with robust dark malt notes. Hints of coffee and bitter dark chocolate along with oatmeal, smoke and toffee. Some vanilla bean but not sure if thatís from the barrel or hunah. Also, quite a bit of cinnamon and chili after it warms. Complex, inviting nose with great barrel character thatís not overly boozy. The mouthfeel of this beer is perfect and I canít image how it could be improved. Thick and chewy luscious body thatís not oily or slick. Feels like a boozy chocolate shake with chilies and cinnamon. Probably best mouthfeel of any beer Iíve ever had. Again, thereís a really strong barrel presence but itís perfectly integrated into the awesomeness of Hunahpu. Subtle dry oak wih a touch of char along with silky vanilla bean, cinnamon, marshmallow and toasted coconut. The brandy and barrel flavors really add another dimension to the luscious, silky chocolate and robust, smokey malts while the strong cinnamon and chili presence compliments the spirit perfectly. Deceptively drinkable with prominent alcohol/spirit flavor but only has slight heat in the finish. Another incredible beer from CCB and probably the best Hunahpu variant yet.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (4265) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Also didnít think Iíd ever get to try this Hunah variant. 2 ounce pour @ Hill Farmstead on Draft. Pitch black, oily, good alcohol legs and nice carbonation thatís resilient and hearty. This is far more fruity than I thought. Brandy is subdued and just comes across as booze or a fine wine at the finish. Hunan in barrels though, itís melded together perfectly. No alcohol burn, almost juicy with a fruit finish. Thick of course, oily finish, chocolate, raisins and wood. Fantastic.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (2129) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Taster at the Hill. Pours nearly black with a light brown ring. Aroma is chocolate, molasses, brandy. Flavor is chocolate, cinnamon, chili, oak, Brandy and coffee in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (5775) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2015
@ Mega imperial stout tasting part 2. Pours pure black, smell is very intense cinnamon and dark malts. Bitter. Taste is sharply bitter, very much roasted grains. Very boozy, too boozy to be good. Nice beer, but nothing more than íniceí to me

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork (13527) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours oil black. Nose and taste of brandy, chocolate cake, cinnamon, vanilla and chili - medium body

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clownoisseur (415) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2015
2013 bottle, pours a pitch black, minimal mocha colored head that vanishes quickly. Very oily in appearance and has a nice set of legs! Aromas are of brandy sweetness, couples with cocoa, tobacco and cinnamon spice. The brandy almost gives off a nice dark fruit aroma...cherries, blackberry and prune with these adjuncts. Nice. Taste is nicely balanced with the brandy barrel being prominent still. Loads of cocoa and tobacco upfront, with a nice medium bodied mouthfeel that allows the base beer to shine. As it warms the cinnamon steps up and makes itís presence felt. Light pepper heat warms but never becomes abrasive or prominent. Vanilla oak sweetness couples with dark fruit notes to provide a pretty balanced finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Tap at huna day, taste is chocolate and sweet booze, solid thick stout, but the flavors are getting hard to detect

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RRistow12 (637) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Tasted from draft. Pours black with a thick dark brown head. Very sweet aroma of brandy, caramel and some fruity notes. Taste is also quite sweet with mild bitterness. Definite brandy flavor with caramel, maple syrup, cinnamon and some dark fruits. Pretty tasty but I think I prefer the regular Hunahpu. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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