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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


on tap


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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2012
OMG. Black. Dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, chiles, booze. Flavor is rich and amazing. Rum, cocoa, cinnamon, fucking amazing. Wow. Wow. Wow.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Bottle opened by Dak at Woodshed 1.0! Ridiculous how amazing this beer is! Jet black pour that stains the glass with a burnt caramel head that left spotty lacing. An explosion of intense flavors bombard the senses with rich molasses, vanilla, oak, cinnamon sticks, chili, brownie batter, and fudge all present. Had the whisky barrel after and it seems to hide or muddle the other flavors. Every aspect of Hunahpu is accentuated and shines through. Thick and luxurious...this one definitely deserves the score!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Pours jet black with deep brown head. Nose is huge malt, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, spicy rum notes, hot booze and spice. Flavor is super rich chocolate and vanilla, warming booze, huge thick malty sugars. Amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Aroma: big dose of chocolate - the cocoa nibs really come through and work with the malt for a sweet, punchy cocoa nose. Lots of caramel and dark sugars, plums and dates, also coffee. The cinnamon and chilies are fairly pronounced, I don’t get a lot of barrel character in the nose, very similar to standard Hunahpu - which isn’t a bad thing. Pours black, completely opaque with the consistency of motor oil, very faint tan head from an aggressive pour, but dissipates quickly. Flavor generally follows the nose: tons of cocoa and dark chocolate, fairly sweet with some balance from the hop and dark grain bitterness, caramel and molasses as well. Very nice spice notes from the cinnamon, and a very pleasant heat from the chilies, all well balanced with nothing being particularly overwhelming. The barrel notes are subtle - I do get a bit of rum, but it just adds a bit of complexity rather than stealing the show. Roasty notes and plenty of coffee, warming alcohol, gets a bit boozy as it warms up. Very viscous, coats the palate and lingers, carbonation is medium. Fantastic brew - very well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Big thanks to Dak for this one. Pours deep darkness with hints of the classic Hunahpu infra red edges, but not actually getting there as some of the very early test treatments of Hunahpu did, mocha head and fully dark staining sheets along the inner edges of the glassware. The aroma is boozy rum and sweet coconut followed by boozy heat that rolls right into dark chocolate and highly roasted maltiness. The taste is straight up yum with velvety smooth dark chocolate, rich dark roasted maltiness and moving into sweet smooth rum, vanilla and coconut. To midway yummy capsaicin chili pepper mildly warms the palate. Darn, velvety dark chocolate, sweet smooth rum and pepper chili heat all playing well together and snugging up to some sweet coconut. The barrel time is ‘money’ for my taste and the rum only adds to the experience with increased smoothness and allows the amazing base beer shine. (Ok, up on soap box) After tasting this level of balance and harmony you realize how often this is executed so poorly at just about all breweries I can think of including this one. Once in a while a barrel treatment nails it on the head and the result is pure palate pleasing poetry. But it seems lots of barrel aged beers cover up base beer elements or entirely wipe them all out. Take note this is how you gracefully barrel age a beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jtclockwork (14941) - , 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
saxo (16771) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan berliner weisse, cream ale multistate tasting. Nice brown head with good duration. Color is pitch black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, rum, fruits, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and hops. Full bodied and dry finish. Great beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hallinghansen (2841) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2013
Rating # 1200. Trade from Sean9689, thanks buddy. I’ve really been looking forward to this beauty. Black body with a medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, wood, oak, vanilla. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, raisins. Creamy texture, very complex, beautiful lacings. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
boisebeer (57) - boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 19, 2012
look: 4.5 smell: 4.5 taste: 4.5 feel: 4 overall: 4.5 Served at a boise imperial stout beer party that had at least 75 great imperial stouts on hand for tasting....This beer was great. easy top 5 beers. Beer is black with a mocha frothy head Lots of lacing, very little activity. Aroma is definitely woody, the rums comes through strongly. Taste- cream and wood almost smoked. Feel is smooth with low activity on the tounge. Great beer overall Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
Bottle at craig’s. Pours thick and black with a dark brown head. Aroma is huge, big spiced chocolate cake up front, some molasses, licorice, touch of alcohol. Taste is like biting in to a boozy chocolate cake, light spices. Thick as they come, sticks to the glass, light alcohol and bitter finish. Delish

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