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

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Hunahpu Imperial Stout aged in a Stranahan’s whiskey barrel.

Served on draft and as a 2011 Limited Bottle Release

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
_angst_ (3850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 750 ml bottle shared @ tkrjukoffs CCB Day tasting. Pours oily pitch black with a fizzy very dark chocolate brown head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace. Smell is sweet with roasted malts, vanilla, high quality dark chocolate, cinnamon, dark roast coffee, bourbon, burnt wood, roasted coconut, vanilla, cocoa powder, red chilis, toffee, nougat, tar, brown sugar and alcohol. Taste is intense, sweet and very tiny sour with roasted malts, roasted coconut, high quality dark chocolate, resinous wood, smoked chili, bourbon, nougat, earthy tobacco, brown sugar, dark roast coffee, tar, alcohol, vanilla and hints of pine and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is intense, creamy, boozy, tiny tart and full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa powder, earthy tobacco, bourbon, roasted nuts, nougat and vanilla. A tad bit too boozy compared to regular Hunahpu.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rlgk (15334) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle at CCB Day, Sätila 2012-07-07. Pitch black beer with a nice dark brown head. Vanilla aroma, chocolate, mint, whisky, roasted, cocoa powder, candy, caramel, woody notes, dark chocolate. Whisky flavor, dark chocolate, vanilla, milk, roasted, caramel, cocoa, figs, raisins, soot, oak notes. Loads of chocolate, wonderful body. Long chocolate finish with cocoa, mint, figs and hop notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4229) - SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
Bomber @ CCB Day. Pours oily pitch black with a nice creamy dark brown shortlived head. Aroma is mint cocoa coffee whiskey oaky vanilla chcolate, quite fullbodied. Flavor is so nice; tingly on tounge, velvety peppery hot chcolate coffee whiskey..... the lot. Great hot whiskey sweet chocolte finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gEUS (1583) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3098) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Barrel-Aged Hunahpu’s tasting! Thanks to all the guys in the tasting group who helped make this happen. The beer is, like all of the Hunahpu’s variants, profoundly dark. Ominous black with a thick, oily beige head. An awesome appearance for an imperial stout. Lacing stains the glass. The aroma offers some whiskey/booze, roast. Again, not a grandiose aroma, but what’s there smells attractive. The flavor is a bit more forward than the bourbon version, with a slight whiskey kick in the finish. Delicious. Full bodied with moderately low carbonation. Smooth on the palate with alcohol pretty tame. Overall, very good beer. Very glad for the opportunity to sample this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2722) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Draft at Cigar City during Hunahpu Day 2012. Pours pitch black with a dark mocha head that quickly settle into a thick, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of lace left behind. Strong barrel character in the aroma aroma with a prominent whiskey presence. Subtle toasted oak with sweet and roasted malt notes underneath.  Hints of chocolate, toffee, hazelnut and coffee.  Subtle vanilla and peppers.  Peppers seem to be muted by this treatment. Thick bodied and viscous with a strong barrel presence that gives off lots of whiskey and toasted oak that dominates the flavor.  Some vanilla and toasted coconut as well.   The strong barrel flavors are followed by sweet and roasted malts that become more prominent as it warms.  Lots of chocolate with a mix of sweet and roasted notes along with some coffee bean, caramel and toffee.  The cinnamon and peppery heat show up toward the finish but again are slightly muted by the strong whiskey flavor.  Decent amount of heat but abv is nicely masked.  Another solid Hunahpu treatment.  Viscous and complex yet still pretty easy to drink.  The barrel presence is a bit strong for my liking but it doesn’t hurt the flavor too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftycarl21 (2307) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Thanks GT!! Nose holds spicy pepper, chocolate, barrely burn, wood, and boozy aggression. Touch of chili pepper, bitter cocoa, espresso, dry roast, and beautiful oaky whiskey presence. So delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Courtesy of Dak. Pours a dark brown color with a thin espresso head. Aroma has some awesome whiskey notes, but also a bit of vanilla, chocolate and peppers. Taste is sweet as you’d expect. Full bodied and sticky. Really awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MeadMe (1513) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2012
Über black with a nice thick dark head. Aromas of deep roasted malt and barrel. Flavor very roasted with lots of chocolate and ash. Light spice with lots of the whiskey barrel. Good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jlo7399 (217) - Florida, USA - APR 12, 2012
Pours pitch black with thick tan head. Sticky lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, toffee, espresso, vanilla, coconut, small amount of whiskey. Whiskey flavor is balanced and not overpowering. Flavor follows nose with thick, chewy palate. Leaves a nice sweet and slightly bitter film on the tongue. Can’t say enough about it.

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