Dfonorow (1445) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle share in Orland Park. Pour is black with a medium brown head. Aroma of sweet brown sugar, vanilla extract, coconut, spices, and a touch of rum. Flavor of chocolate fudge, apple brandy, pound cake, cinnamon, burnt caramel, and wood chips. Finish is slight warming from the chili spice and alcohol, but balanced nicely by the sweetness. Amazing.
ineedbeer (739) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is somewhat spicy with a touch of soy sauce. Light rum and brandy notes with quote a bit of raisin notes. Moderate chocolate and cinnamon notes.
Pours a motor oil black with a small mocha head that quickly recedes to the edges where it lingers a bit.
Flavor had moderate sweetness with quite a bit of spice and some cinnamon notes. A decent chocolate character with faint roast. As it warms it gets better but I am still not a huge fan.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, am interesting and decent beer, but I donít love the adjunct character. The spice isnít great and the barrel treatment isnít support noticeable. Iím not a huge fan.
Sean9689 (278) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many bottles, many times.
Pours dark chocolate/black, tan-colored head, thin right, wisps. Nose is sweet milk chocolate, smooth booze, oak, rich & creamy, maybe a trace of chilies. Flavor is similar to the nose, which is excellent. Chocolate, smooth booze, oak, cream, molasses, caramel. One of the best Hunahpuís variants ever made and right up there with fresh Apple Brandy. Body is full, light perfect carbonation, creamy rich finish.
Overall, an excellent barrel-aged imperial stout...get this if you can!
umich03jm (1974) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Huge thanks to the local group for sharing this with me. Pours deep black, very dense. Very little head on the pour but still looks awesome. Aroma is ridiculously good. Can smell it from a couple feet away. Apple brandy, chocolate chip cookies, berries, vanilla, cinnamon, soy, and marshmallow. Tastes just as incredible as the aroma. Apple brandy, chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, chocolate syrup, cinnamon, light smokey peppers, and a hint of dried dark fruit. Perfect mouthfeel as well. Very low carbonation makes this extremely smooth and allows the huge flavors to stand out. Iíve had a couple days to think about this beer and Iím convinced itís the best beer Iíve ever had. My first perfect 5. I would trade many bottles in my cellar to get another one of these.
Pailhead (4820) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, faint molasses, and espresso. It pours a dark brown with no transparency with a very fine brown ring. The flavor starts moderate-heavy chocolate with faint molasses. The finish has moderate cinnamon/cinnabuns, fruit, brandy, and vanilla. Itís dull bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel. Overall, this is outstanding and reminds me a little of BA Abraxas.
Beardaxe (169) - - JUL 11, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bomber into a wine glass. Dark pour, but not motor oil like. Little head. Very boozy aroma (more of brandy than rum) with moderate soy saucey smell. Flavor is terrific, as expected. The beer is quite sweet, but not cloying or overwhelming like dark lord. The blended barrels work well, though I do think the brandy is much more prominent. The chilis are faded a little bit compared to regular Hunahpu but that is to be expected with so much going on. Despite the huge smith of flavors in this beer it has a unified coherent flavor. Really great stuff.
Sarlacc83 (757) - Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle broken out a tasting by Douglas. Thanks!
A: Thick black body, cappuccino head.
N: Pepper, cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, apple brandy, rum, sugars, chilies.
T: Sweet as hell, pretty much cloying except for the intense spiciness on the back of the throat. Chocolate and chili is usually good, but Iím not digging this concoction.
M: Huge body, sticky, oily.
O: A different version of this well known RIS. Like the Apple Brandy variant, it is intense. However, despite the complexity, itís not actually something I want to drink. Itís just too much, and that doesnít appeal to me.
douglas88 (6034) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle thanks to Dan. Pours a jet black color with a small brown head. A big sweet boozy nose with clear rum and sugary sweet malts. Dark chocolate, rum, heat, coconut, a bit of licorice and brown sugar. The brew is overall really sweet and hot, but complex. The clear brandy and rum barrels make it shine. Loads to love here. The beer is actually very drinkable despite being boozy and super sweet. I think most of the work here is due to the barrels, awesome treatment.
neepsntatties (1208) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sample from "Douglas88". Colour...totally black with no head. Helluva a lot of tendrils on the swirl. Nose...sharp, intense and loaded with Bourbon vanilla, rum, burnt marshmallow and hints of apple brandy in apple tart flavour. Palate... instantly bitter, tangy and then ultra sweet! The cocoa is quite intense and then thereís plenty of coffee to go with it all. The booze is quite evident and yet its well blended with the flavours that are present. Ultra dark chocolate exists thorough out and adds to the bittersweet chocolate finish. Noice stuff! Thanks, Doug!
mR_fr0g (3142) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2/5/2014 yellow session. Thick black treacle visvous pour, relucant tan head. Aroma is barrel, booze, bourbon figs& raisin. Flavour is rich oakand soft roast,cherry and slight spice in the finish. A little toasted cocnut in there as well. Big full body, very viscous and smooth. Again huge depth of flavour. The BA version just edges it.