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Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout - Rum Barrel Aged

Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Appearance: Pitch black with only a meager layer of espresso crema to keep it covered in the still night air. Light doesn’t penetrate. A thin collar and layer but no lace. Oily.
Nose: Black licorice, black root. Cinnamon sticks, caramel, turtles, and truffles. Dried black cherries, prunes, and raisins rum soaked dark chocolate.
Palate: Sweet dark fruits lead into a hot spicy finish – you can def feel the alcohol heat from both the beer and the rum barrels. Earthen and nutty. More cracked peppercorn and heat tingles the back of the throat as melted caramel coats. Maple and apple flambé. Silky, oily, and dense while remaining surprisingly light of body.
Final Thoughts: Dark decadent rich oily goodness. Many thanks are owed to Joey R for so generously sending me a bottle of this limited brew along with a few other special treats. Cigar City is beyond the homering now – they are legit, here to stay, and aren’t going to hold anything back in the process. I can drink to that again and again and…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
750 ml waxed bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Huge thanks to Andrew (nasty31) for the share. I prefer fresh Huna to aged Huna, but that being said I thought the Bourbon barrel aged version was stupendous so I had high hopes for this one as well. A: Pours a dark black with a viscous body. A dark mocha head forms on the pour and recedes to a thick, bubbly ring. Sticky sheets of lace are left behind. S: Fruity rum booziness up front with dark and sweet milk chocolate flavors. Slight figs and roasted malts as well. T: Oaky body with roasted malts. The rum is barely noticeable, just some faint hints of it. Nice light chocolate presence as well. M: Meidum carbonation with smooth and creamy medium to heavy body. The finish is malty and sweet. O: While this was good I was struggling to pick out some of the bolder barrel notes in the taste. It seems the base has swallowed up most the discernable Rum barrel flavorings. I would gladly take a fresh Huna or the Bourbon Barrel version of this any day. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-15-2012

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Damico (2684) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Thank you Vince! Pours thick black oil in color with a big dark chocolate cocoa head, super impressive as usual. There is no lacing and the head dissipates quickly. The aroma is spicy pepper that settles and brings some sweet vanilla notes so pleasant in the nose with a bit of booze. The flavor brings vanilla, sweet booze but not quite rum, and sweet roasted malts goiong down smoothly but with such potent flavors on a delicious creamy body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcartamdg (2100) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2012
pours a thick dark black with a paperthin dark brown head. Aroma of rum, vanilla, oak, chocolate and peppers. Taste follows, of all the variants this plays the best with what hunahpu already has going on. my favorite ba stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2013
Bottle 750ml. @ [ Edinburgh Danish Invasion Tasting) by cgarvieuk - Edinburgh ].

Clear dark black colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, chocolate, spices, dried berry, raisin, plum, sweet alcohol (rum), light caramel. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, dark dried fruit, sweet alcohol. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120422]

Bottle 750ml.

Dark dark black colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coconut, oak, wood, moderate sweet alcohol - rum. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate, alcohol - rum, dried fruit, rasisin, plum. Body is medium to full, texture is syrupy - oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20130111]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6836) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2012
750 ml bottle obtained via trade by our STL tasting group. Nice work, gents. Pours a deep, opaque cocoa brown with a small brown head that settles into a ring. The aroma has rich, thick chocolate, vanilla, caramel, molasses, and oak- the rum burns the nostrils just a wee bit and adds a lot of sweetness. Same goes for the flavor, though it isn’t as sweet and is roastier. Also more chili pepper. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel that transitions from sweet to roasty to peppery. Didn’t like it as much as some of the other barrel treatments or the base beer, but this is excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1326) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Aroma is brown sugar, roasted malt, fruit, faint spice, and more sugar. Flavor is bit more roasty than some of the others with more pronounced pepper notes. Also a bit more booze and ash. Still wonderful, but I liked aroma more than flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1267) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2012
Vertical tasting of the straight Hunahpu - rum, whisky and bourbon barrel aged. Hunahpu vintage 2011: pours pitch black with no head. Aromas of liquorice, vanilla, drop/anice and cinnamon on top of intense roaste malt and dark bittersweet choclate. Full full body, leaving a thick cover over the palate, all aromas coming back in the taste, finishing quite spicy and peppery, softly tinkling the back throat. A real treat. Certainly worth it’s money. 4.6/5 Hunahpu Rum Barrel Aged 2011: much more peppery in the mouthfeel (added with the alcohol warmt of the rum). Nose has more berries and raisins. 3.9/5 Hunahpu Whisky Barrel Aged 2011: nose has almond and shoe polish, intensity is more subtle than the straigt one and rum one. Actually, I liked this the best when it comes to aroma. 4.5/5 Hunahpu Bourbon Barrel Aged 2011: (from notes): biggest wauw is the salty finish. 4.1/5

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jtclockwork (8944) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle. Pours motor oil black with dark brown head. Nose of rum, oak, chili peppers, rich dark chocolate, mocha pie, vanilla and cinnamon. Thick mouth feel. Taste is the same. Oily, dark and decadent. The chili pepper is a bit less prominent due to the barrel aging, but the heat is there on the back of the palate. The rum barrel may my favorite treatment thus far, though I still slightly favor the untreated Hunahpu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Thanks to GT2! Much like the others, with that great pepper, dry roast, mocha and espresso, and a touch more molasses sweetness from the rum barrel. Decent amount of boozy burn to it, but I like that in a big imperial stout. Like the Brandy I don’t think the barrel did a ton to this one, but it’s still a wonderful brew.

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