Doodler (313) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 with gobs of blue wax - Bill took about 15 minutes to get through the thing.. Glad he had a Sawzall and a mini-blowtorch. Poured black as night with an oily thin head. Big Stranahan whiskey nose and vanilla aromas. Taste is thick with dark chocolate, whiskey-soaked wood chips, Nilla wafers and cocoa puffs. Sticky sweet but nice finish. Residual spices and roasted malts make this one a winner. Yummy stuff....
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, this one big thanks to Scott. Thick black pour with dark chocolate brown head, oily out of the bottle but plenty of carbonation. Aroma brought big vanilla, sweet caramel and chocolate notes, bitter espresso bean with a hint of the whiskey poking through. Taste is similar, with vanilla and sweet fruits up front going into bitter earthy spice, chocolate and espresso, hints of whiskey in there but fairly subtle once again, finishing fairly dry and sweet.
Ratman197 (10220) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of whiskey, roastiness, dark chocolate, light pepper and light vanilla. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and light whiskey with a smooth warming lingering cinnamon finish.
Ibrew2or3 (7101) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Dak for this one. ours deep darkness with hints of the classic Hunahpu infra red edges, mocha head and fully dark staining sheets along the inner edges of the glassware. The aroma offers up dark roasted maltiness, dark chocolate, chocolate flavored marshmallows, smooth sweet whiskey and faint chili pepper meat. The taste is smooth yet brighter and punchier after trying that rum treatment. I get smooth whiskey rolling into coconut, dark roasted maltiness and velvety dark chocolate goodness. I also get growing chili pepper heat that only attains a mild influence over the experience into finish on a velvety dark chocolate carpet ride, oh man! Great barrel time here where I get a pleasing dose of the amazing base beer but the whiskey didn’t lend the soft pillowy smoothness the rum treatment somehow mustered up.
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of our Hunahpu’s vertical/horizontal tasting. Growler poured into tasting glass.
A - Like Hunahpu’s. Black, tan-colored head, thin collar, wisps.
S - The whisky is the perfect compliment to the base beer. The chili notes, smooth booze, oak, vanilla and chocolate are excellent. The spices aren’t all too forward, but you can pick them out, if you concentrate.
T - Excellent stuff. I don’t really pick out any chili, but the chocolate sweetness of the base beer mixed with the whiskey is just delicious! Burnt sugars, oak, vanilla, chocolate, smooth booze and light char. All work together wonderfully.
M - Full body, rich and smooth, motor oil, creamy finish.
O - My favorite of the 2011 variants but not quite as good as the Brandy version from 2010. I think this will be even better in a year or so, as the booze is still pretty in-your-face (yet still excellent). Would search out again for sure!
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted side-by-side with regular, Bourbon, Rum, and Virgin Oak. Thanks to everyone for making this happen. Served in a Cigar City snifter.
Pours a deep brown color with a thin light mocha head. Small cap and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some faint whiskey along with backing chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and chiles. The base beer is much more prominent here than in the Rum and Bourbon versions. The flavor has a good whiskey backing plus chocolate, roast, and some nice spicing. Medium body with good carbonation. Quite tasty, but not quite at the level of the other barrel-aged blends. Boom.
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to GRG1313. Blue Label and Purple wax. Pours with a inky black hue. Very dark with a deep brown head. Looks both imposing and beautiful as do most CCB Imperial Stouts. Aromas are of rummy flavors, spicy, bready, chocolate, sweet, whiskey, fudge and a lot of alcohol. Quite hot. Flavors are biscuity and bready, mild roast, chocolate, whiskey and boozy. Mild cinnamon. A bit of a dry chalkiness that I tend to get on all of the Hunahpu beers. Lighter carbonation. Very full bodied.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by Dak @ Woodshed 1.0! Another insanely black pour with a dark chestnut head. The glass is now cocoa permanently with back to back Hunahpu pours! Bold whisky, baker’s chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, wood, raisin and cinnamon find their way to the senses. Chewy and assertive. A really great beer!
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served side by side with a few other of the variants served in a Cigar City snifter because I can.
Beer is black with a thin brown head with some lacing, decent retention, moderate to low carbonation.
Aroma is sweet, oaky, strong liquor aroma, definitely bourbon / whiskey in the nose, quite strong.
This beer has a mild bite to it, strong, thinner than the virgin oak, boozier too, the whiskey and oak flavors sit on top of the backbone of the beer, interesting. The liquor is almost an after thought in this one, my third favorite of the night.
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Pours dark brown. Looks very thick. Leaves an iodine coating on the glass. No head. Pours like motor oil.
Aroma: Sweet whiskey, vanilla and booze, dark chocolate. Cinnamon raisin toast.
Taste: Whiskey, dark chocolate covered raisin, spirit soaked wood. Roasty aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Silky thick , spicy bubbles.
Overall: An amazing tasty treat. Call me crazy, but while this is at the top of my list of one of my favorite categories of beer, I’d probably take ’regular old’ Hunahpu over this hard to get beer.