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Cigar City Hunahpuís Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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50% aged in Rum barrels, 50% aged in Apple Brandy barrels


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4371) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
bottle shared by hoppypocket, many thanks bro! pours hazy if not cloudy drk brown with a small beige cap showing some retention and lacing. perfumey brandy, spicy cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, ginger. soft carbonation, medium to full body - oily and thick, balanced yet assertive grassy-resinous finish superb mouthfeel and balance. spices are well integrated. unsure about the fact that this would be the best hunahpu barrel treatment as i enjoyed more other variations. this is like a slice of spicy apple pie sweetened with molasses.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ed5388 (2092) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2014
750ml bottle shared by dmac! Huge thanks to him and Scott for obtaining and sharing this whale! Pours a thick pitch black color with a small foamy copper colored head. Aroma of sweet molasses, dark chocolate, leather, oak, and boozy alcohol. Taste of burnt malts, dark chocolate, molasses, leather, barrel, brandy, and caramel. Just hints of pepper burn in the finish. Also got tons of cinnamon the more it warmed up. Solid!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3264) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Shared by neat people of uncertain identities at a location remote of my dining room.
The beer pours basically black with a smallish head. There is some sheeting on the glass, for sure.

The aroma is huge, roasty & oaky with lots of vanilla and chocolate. Itís very sweet smelling with a mild spiciness and some light alcohol.
Terribly inviting.

The flavor is awfully complex, unknowing that there was any apple brandy barrels involved in the production of this beer I certainly noticed some calvados character to it. Itís remarkably chocolaty and defiantly very sweet (but not without balance) Itís got vanilla, and cinnamon, and a nice warming booziness. The beer is jus over the top in all aspects, and perhaps itís a touch too sweet and a touch too boozy, but these are easily forgiven given the depth of flavor and the utter richness of the beer.

I hesitate to give this one a 5 on palate, although the sheer thickness and mouth coating syrupy nature of it generally lent my opinion towards that inclination. Over the top is over the top though, and that one luxurious as it is may be pushing excess in the mouthfeel department.

Really fun beer for sure.
I think I prefer just plain olí Hunahpu though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4007) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Rate #4,000!! Bottle via trade. Poured a pitch black oily body with a super small dark brown head. Aroma is rsther fruity, lots of dark berries, cinnamon, peppers, dark toast and sugary chocolate. Great body for a BA beer, syrupy big full palate, softer carbonation, sticky, lingering sweetnes and a touch of heat from the peppers. Flavor is betterthan the aroma, dark berries, chocolate, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon and applr brandy. Good stuff and really different from the alcobomb BA stuff out there.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle shared by a friend. Pitch black in color with a medium brown head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, slight cinnamon and pepper. Chocolate fudge flavor with cinnamon and slight alcohol warmth before a bourbon finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1795) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle 750ml. Thx David. Pours jet black with low light brown head. Good lacing. Aroma is of gingerbread, vanilla, coffee, chilies. Taste is of coffee, chocolate, molasses, sugar, roasted malt, ashes, hot, chilies, brandy. Palate: Full bodied. Thick. Soft carbonation. Hot feeling. Overall: Peppers balance not too shabby. A bit spicy overall. Nice complexity. Just a tiny tad too hot.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luk_ (120) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle, thanks to David! Pours a deep black with dark brown ring. This has to be the most aromatic beer as far as spices go, the aroma is insanely intense. It feels like a dessert buffet: gingerbread, chocolate cake, vanilla, cinnamon bun, apple turnover. Moderate (well balanced) habanero notes to up these dessert spices even more (aroma and taste). Taste is very sweet (a little cloying) and the apple brandy barrels has a very nice presence. Palate is rather light for such a big beer. Iím not sure I enjoyed it that much but it was definitly an experience, even compared to the other very decadent versions Iíve had.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dctriman (59) - USA - AUG 30, 2014
Very good. Very enjoyable. Did I meet the minimum characters yet? Nope? How about now?

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Finally got to try this. Its pretty outstanding, however, I like the original apply brandy version a tad more. The barrel character seems lost, I wish it wasted more boozy because this is one decadent beer. Its a touch to sweet to crush a bunch, so with the alcohol cutting it, I could finish the whole bottle. You can get a bunch of raisin, toffee, brown sugar, a touch of vanilla. Super chewy. This is a must try.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (652) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Dark hue with tan head. Aroma is toffee, wood, vanilla, figs, molasses, caramelized sugar, cinnamon. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with a nice astringent bitterness in the following and an ethanol finish. Overall this is an amazing beer.


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