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Cigar City Hunahpuís Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel Aged

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Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Tampa, Florida USA
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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Aged in California brandy barrels


markwise's rating

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (4664) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2013
On draft at Halfway There Rare Beer Fest. Pours a deep obsidian color with a menacing dark tan head. Nose is roast, chocolate, cafe con leche, espresso, wood, brandy notes, and hints of cocoa. Flavor starts with espresso and dark chocolate then moves to brandy, chocolate, and finishes with wood and brandy. Balanced and medium in body, little booze throughout. Intense flavor experience all the way. Overall a terrific taste experience.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork (10663) - , 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 (357) - 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 (1217) - 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 (421) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
John25 (1034) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Draft sample Hunahpu day 2015. Pitch black. Brandy aroma with cinnamon, apples, and vanilla flavors. Wow, the brandy barrel adds another level to Hunahpu. Amazing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (3142) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle @ New Years Tasting. Shared by me. Pours the blackest beer Iíve ever seen with a big brown head on top. Looks stunning. Aroma of cinnamon, brandy booze, molasses, loads of the base beer characters are present here. Great complexity going on in the aroma. Flavor is very sweet with loads of cinnamon, herbal touches, chocolate, malts, brandy and loads of base beer. The barrel ageing tweaked the regular Hunahpu in such a great way, without losing the base beer. This is top notch stuff right here!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (2041) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 25, 2014
bottle in a trade thanks a lot to kyle!! one of my top wants. couldnít wait anymore to crack this bad boy! poured motor oil black leaving a caramel coloured ring on top. thick lacing on the side. all the hunahpu goodness jumps right in your face. big notice of the brandy! cinnamon, apples, spirit, vanilla, dark bitter chocolate, roasted malts, dark coffe notice, small pepper hint under the tongue. milk chocolate, oak, the barrel adds some more complexity and even more smoothness to the beer. but i think there are some spices left during it.. but the barrel notice is really amazing! apple brandy is top notch for this beer! to bad we never get to try it! wondering how the double barrel is compared to this one.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gnoff (8543) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2014
Bottled 1 pt 9.4 fl oz at rlgk + Aniela tasting, USA comes to GŲteborg 2014, on October 18, 2014.
Thanks to _angst_!
Black color, small very dark brown head. Sweet, malty, grainy, cherry scent, also alcohol and wet tobacco. Sweet, dark fruits, bitter, cocoa, chocolate, alcohol taste. Roasted, bitter, cocoa aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cunningham (5499) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Sinful dark black color with a thick beige head that soon vanish. Holy Maria what a powerful aroma. Rich oak, rich vanilla, fruity and chocolate. Problems with getting my nose out of the glass. Thick oily body. A bit sweet and a rich bitterness. All night long impy. Oak, rich cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, fruity and some spices. Warming well hidden alcohol.Yes man. Recomendable.
[Bottle at rlgk plaza]

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (3454)
- GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2014 Bottle received in trade. Thank you biggsbowler! Pours viscous oily pitch black with a small dark chocolate brown head that doesnít leave much trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, dark roast coffee, charred wood, apple brandy, toasted coconut and vanilla fudge. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter, salty, slightly sour and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, cinnamon, moist soil, minerals, soy sauce, apple brandy and soot. Mouthfeel is round, velvety, slightly roasted astringent and full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, charred wood, caramelized apples, toasted coconut, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, soot, minerals and hay. Really really good but I suspect itís slightly past its prime with a roasty sourness having developed in the bottle. This actually suits the beer in some ways adding some balance to the sweetness but at this point itís slightly too prominent and I suspect itíll get even more prominent with time so drink your bottles now!


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