MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
black, tan large bubbled head. Nose is burnt raisin, wood, tar, light heat. Flavor is more wood and heat, especially through mid, charred as well, light plum and milk chocolate through finish, lightly stinging sugar but balanced and dry for cigar city, meaning still a final OG that’s higher than any starting OG from Jandrainoiulle.
Damico (2305) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow - this is a huge beer! You get tons of the spicy whiskey barrel on the aroma and even more on the flavor! The aroma also brings some vanilla notes and a bit of spice. The flavor brings sweet whiskey vanilla notes on a toasted stout, but the barrel definitely dominates.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly less sweet and a touch less astringent and ashy than the brandy. Slightly better overall, but still nothing to get excited about. The Whisky notes are rather unimpressive.
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks GT! Uber black pour with a thick rich brown head. Earthy chocolate cocoa nib and caramel toffee lead to chilli and bakers chocolate. Excellent barreling on this one. Super thick and rich with great carbonation.
GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL blue wax. Pours ink with a larger, deep mocha head. Huge formation. No lace. Rich, tawny barrel with excellent milk chocolate. Really nice nose here finally. Taste is quite rich, spicy, with acidic lemon and sharp tangy dark chocolate. Really nice stuff here. Very dry and bitter palate. Not as lemon heavy as the Apple Brandy BA version and no green olive nose. Very dry in the palate though. Almost too dry. Paired this with some salted dark chocolate. Brings out some excellent body complexities. I like this version of Hunahpu, though I doubt it will ever be a favorite of mine.Subtle bite in the end with spicy cinnamon chocolate and lemon twang. Good stuff. First Hunahpu that I’ve actually liked. Excellent complexities, dry, no sugar overload, no green olive.
sonnycheeba (2976) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with average, fizzy dark tan head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is whiskey, woody notes, roasted malt, dark chocolate, light smoke, and espresso. Flavor is heavy malt and some supporting dark fruit esters; whiskey and espresso undertones throughout; dry, ashy finish. Full body, medium carbonation, and high warmth.
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by GT2. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast malt, oak and whiskey, light vanilla and tobacco with earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt dominant, spicy whiskey, oak, dark fruity esters and a sweet finish. Full body, high warmth and light carbonation.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of GT2, tahnk you sir! Almost black, dark brown head. Aroma of tawny port, vanilla, coffee. Taste of Italian chocolate soda and espresso, with heat at the finish. Very nice.
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A truly fantastic beer. Strong whiskey. Aroma and delivers on the flavor. Loses a little of the peppers but replaced by whiskey
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From notes. First reviewed 10/31/2011. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Taste side by side with 2011 Hunahpu’s and the Virgin Oak Aged Hunahpu’s.
The pour is a gorgeous chocolate ebony color with a tightly wound chocolate colored creamy head. Eventually fading to a collar, a little bit of lace is left down the sides of the glass.
I did not think that Hunahpu’s aroma could improve, but aging in these whiskey barrels managed to do it. Sweet whiskey, dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and a bit of coffee blend and balance ever so nicely.
The flavor is phenomenal as well. Dark chocolate works in with sweet whiskey flavors, cinnamon, vanilla, roasted malt, a bit of espresso and cream. Some light dry oak tannins come in toward the middle, mixing with more chocolate and whiskey toward the end.
With an incredibly thick body, the flavors really have a chance to settle on the tongue. The carbonation is on the light side, which really lets all of the flavors come through. A strong sticky flavor rests on the tongue and lips.
So balanced, so incredible. This is one of the top beers I have ever had.