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Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout - Stranahan’s Whiskey Barrel Aged

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

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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Hunahpu Imperial Stout aged in a Stranahan’s whiskey barrel.

Served on draft and as a 2011 Limited Bottle Release


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ksurkin (1022) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2013
750ml bottle, blue waxed, from the 2011 release. finally found a good reason to crack this one open...board certification! pours massively dense, smooth, and silky as only Hunahpu’s does, with a rich, rusty red head that leaves thick, oily sheets of lace. aroma is classic Hunahpu’s, heavy dark chocolate, cinnamon, cold coffee, vanilla, peppers, and dense roast with a beautiful twist of toasted oak, dark fruits, coconut, and smoky whiskey notes that emerge as it warms. flavor is truly masterful with smooth, rich dark chocolate, Mexican coffee, cinnamon rolls, nutmeg, and roasted malts backed by smooth vanilla, wickedly subtle pepper heat, and ash with perfectly integrated touches of toasted coconut, oak, and dry whiskey with a touch of peat. palate is pure Hunahpu’s with over-the-top density, smooth carbonation, and a lingering finish of spices, whiskey, and subtle heat. overall, i put this just a hint behind the two brandy variations but it’s still one of the best brews I’ve ever tasted and gets a 5 from me.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
knickskicks (633) - - SEP 1, 2013
Black pour, thin beige head that dissipates. Nose is big cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, not much whiskey but everything is so perfectly melded together that it’s clear it was barrel aged. Taste is cocoa, vanilla cinnamon, some barrel. Thick creamy body. Right up there with AB Huna.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (4536) - Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by the local ba group and again by b3shine (Jan 1 2013). Pours pitch black with a thick sticky reddish brown head. The nose is peppery, moderate cocoa, vanilla, and spices, with the Whiskey barrel initially supplying a strange note not noticed in the other barrel treatments. Everything ends up working very well together with this. The flavor is thick malty goodness with moderate sweetness and some roast. The chocolate is a blend of creamy and dark versions. The whiskey adds a complexity not found in the original. Vanilla, pepper and spices round things out. Medium-full bodied and quite smooth. The barrel notes are well integrated with the base beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2013
Thanks to Sebletitje fors haring this goodness. 75 cl. bottle, thick navy blue way. 2011 Vintage apparently – sole bottled one it seems. Got a tasting glass of this goodness. Pours a thick decadent, sludgy pitch black goodness, flat, zero head, a very vigorous pour gives a mocha head for about 2 seconds. Nose is full of pure sweet vanilla oak goodness, ridiculous, thick fudge, chocolate pie, whisky, light booze, very thick syrup, syrupy coffee, roast,… Taste is molasses, pure fudge, thick chocolate pie, whisky, oodles of vanilla wood, booze, whisky, thicker vanilla, some light chilli in the back, red peppers kind, cacao, light roast,… Very thick syrupy, little carb. booze,… This is indeed as noted by Man-ki epic. Almost wanted to lick-up the single drop that was spilled.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sebletitje (6341) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2013
75cl bottle courtesy of ibrew2or3. Thanks a lot Dave for hauling this one to Belgium. Split at Delirium Hoppy Loft with 77ships and the Delirium crew. Couleur noire huile de moteur laissant un léger filament huileux et doré sur le verre, ce dernier s’atténue rapidement. Le col de couleur moka se dissipe rapidement. Arôme garde ici tout le bouquet généreux de Hunahpu tel que je m’en souviens. Malté, chocolat riche s’entrechoquent avec des notes d’épices suivi d’une rondeur boisée de whiskey donnant une pointe douce vanillée. Caramel sur côté toffee. La chaleur des piments reste modérée mais ajoute un bouquet subtile qui garde une pointe d’épice avec le renfort de la cannelle. Palais est simplement sublime. Chocolat est profond et épais sur un léger pimenté qui vient titiller chaque gorgée. Le whiskey est doux, rondeur du boisé américain typique qui donne une belle douceur vanille en bouche. Cette dernière accompagne un palais très complexe. Retrouve un chocolaté généreux et épais agrémenté par cette fine chaleur de piments. Le tout couvre une pointe de fumé qui suit en fin de bouche. Seul point négatif, bière à boire à t° de pièce mais qui en se réchauffant commence à prendre des notes de soja. Reste une bière unique, qui se vaut d’être partagée. Du gros calibre à boire, que dis-je, à déguster tranquillement. Une expérience gustative. Le whiskey est subtile, présent mais sans pour cela dominer. Cela laisse à la version de base assez de place pour briller tout en profitant de mûrissage.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
burg326 (3244) - Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle sbared at the Brandon Brass Tap, poured a dark black color with aromas of fudge, light pepper, whisky and some roast. Flavors were the same, mellow pepper and light whisky made this beer amazing. Glad I saved the bottle and shared with some friends. Please make this beer again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Bottle at RBWG 2013 Grand Tasting. Black pour, small tan head. Big heady aroma roast malts, coffee, chocolate, whiskey. Flavor follows aroma, big oily and smooth body.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5660) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2013
what in the sam hill .. . pours a thick dark black .. . solid whiskey and burnt to a crisp toffee .. . . i had to pay, doesn’t suck to crash your gold cart

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle, "shared" at RBWG. Pours black with a small fizzy tan head that fades. Nose is whiskey, soy, salty, light coconut, cocoa. Flavor is very sweet with lots of booze. Reminded me of the black tuesday i had tried earlier in the day, but was not quite as potent. Still, I prefer the regular Hunahpu over this treatment. Fun to try, though!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (4115) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle shared at the RBWG grand tasting
Appearance: Black with a small tan head, light lacing
Aroma: Whiskey, vanilla and dark roast malts
Taste: Roasted malts, vanilla and woody
Nice and smooth.


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