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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


on tap

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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Aged in California brandy barrels

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2013
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Pours black, rich tan head, still always impressed with this color, dark as can be. Amazing sticky lacing left. Smell rich roasty and fruit, coco, nutty, and huge coffee, light brandy. Taste is a perfect balance of chocolate syrup, chili, graham cracker, cinnamon, vanilla and red fruit. Still obviously the base beer, but the barrel treatment enhances it without overpowering it. Fuller bodied, rich creamy mouthfeel. Chewy. This beer is worth the hype, and I can’t imagine anything being much better. This is the pinnacle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rbrazell (1698) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ebone1988 (1371) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
koleminer20 (2439) - 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 might’ve wept into the open bottle once I realized it was all gone. Fuck this was good.

   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Experiment_Ale (1096) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2014
At Stephen’s house, it is pronounced Steven though, during GABF 2013. Pours Black with grey coffee colored cream head. Aroma is a big fuck yeah, fine brandy, big smooth roasted malt, booze, dark caramelized apple, apple pie, cinnamon, vanilla. Taste is amazing, silky smooth, incredible caramelized dark fruits, caramelized apples, dehydrated plum, burnt marshmallow. Finish is long, beautiful and savory.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RussianDragon (574) - - AUG 9, 2014
750 ml bottle, thanks Huhzubendah for setting this up! Pours a nearly still dark black with light barely passing. A dark tan layer of bubbles lines the glass at the rim. Aroma is bitter roasted malts and sweet brandy with coconut notes, also cinnamon and slight muted pepper heat. Flavor is complex - in no particular order: vanilla, oak, pepper, spice, coconut, malt, chocolate, cacao. Quite possibly, its own food group. This is an amazing beer with all flavor characteristics upfront and aggressive. Wow.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (3379) - Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2013 Bottle shared at Laser Wolf. Joan Jett black pour with a dark brown head. Great lacing. Über enticing chocolate and brandy aromas. Outstanding mouthfeel with megalithic chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and dark roasted malt notes. The finish is sublime with with heat from the chilies lingering in the back of the mouth. The booze is not overpowering and gives way to the wonderful characteristics of the base beer while only subtlety lending to the complex sweetness and woody aspects of this stunner. CCB sets the high water mark with the magnificent body of this imperial stout. A true show stopper and certainly on it’s way to cracking the top 50........

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10870) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Huge glass staining pour...black with a reddish hued head. You know whats next. Tons of chocolate, spices, chili peppers, brandy notes, vanilla, toffee, oak....fucking yes.

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