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Cigar City Hunahpuís Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 740   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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In Mayan mythology, Hun Hunahpu was the father of the Mayan hero twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque. Hun Hunahpu, along with his brother Vucub Hunahpu, was tricked by the Dark Lords of the underworld and slain. Hun Hunahpuís corpse morphed into a cacao tree, his head becoming a cacao pod, which in typically awesome mythology fashion, spit upon the hand of a young maiden named Xiquic who promptly became pregnant with the hero twins. The twins would ultimately grow up to avenge their father and uncle and defeat the Dark Lords and ascend the heavens to become the moon and sun. We brew Hunahpuís Imperial Stout once a year and release it only at the brewery. We will continue to do so until the end of the cycle. Released on the second Saturday in March at the brewery.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
berntholer (673) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2014
beige head that disappears without lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. taste is like aroma with a spiciness that builds up but is never overwhelming. every sip is a new sensation, very complex and well balanced. abv very well hidden. really awesome and for a change a beer that lives up to its hype ... hurray!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (3015) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 22, 2014
The 2012 and 2013 versions from two 0.75l bottles neck to neck @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. Hehe, thatís kinda nice.. I immediately notice that the 2012 has a stronger and wider aroma than the 2013. Itís/theyíre undoubted what I will describe as black in the glass(es) and it/they has/have a/some nice little sidesticking dark brown chocolate head(s). I get chocolate, wood, some bourbon and delicious sweet vanilla on both of them, but in addition the oldest one has a nice coffee acidity to it. Not hard to tell the difference here, but both of them smell(s) amazing. Creamy as the smoothest cream with a lovely comfortable and spot on almost tingling carbonation level. Tons of espresso coffee and cocoa in the taste. And the chocolate is almost a bit to much for me (well, not really). Noticing that the 2013 is a pitch sweeter and the the vanilla is more present it the youngest. It/they end(s) with a clear stingy chili bite on the tongue(s?) as itís/theyíre gently gliding down the throat. I have to say that there is a substantial difference in the two vintages going on here, but Iím not in the arguing mood, so Iíll just agree with me and myself that this (these) is/are an/some amazing brew(s). Cause he/she/it/they it/ really are. 03.05.2013

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rood (25) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2014
If you would like to smell & taste cinnamon, soja, salt, cacao, banana, licorice - go ahead this is your beer. This is a very balanced beer, with many layers. Great mouthfeel. With every sip, you discover something new in flavour. Finally an American beer that lives up the hype.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Homer321 (1012) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle share thanks to drewface. Not sure it was worth lifting the couch and helping him move but whatever. Nose is spicey with some cinnamon. Pours a pitch black with a dark tan head. Taste is a cinnamon dominant slightly spicey taste. Pretty freaking awesome.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
NeoHippie2 (799) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Yeah I gave it a 5 and realistically I canít think of a reason NOT to give this beer a 5. Jet black pour with a small tan head. Aroma is incredible, cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa, subtle chile pepper, molasses, and caramel. Flavor is like a cinnamon roll with notes of chiles and cocoa. Itís so complex! The abv is completely hidden too. This beer really and truly deserves the reputation it has surrounding it, it was even better than I was hoping for! Now to just try and get another bottle...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daniel719 (81) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2014
2014 Bottle thanks to bartender matt at the tasting room. Pours dark black with a tan head. Smells of pepper and a lot of cinnamon. Taste is a cinnamon bomb. The spice is in the back end. So smooth though. 2011 and 2014 are the two best years. But you better love cinnamon.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmongoose (1094) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
bottle shared poured a dark brown color with no head. the initial aroma was cinnamon, roasted dark malts, notes of vanilla and other spices. the flavor I almost fell out of my chair. it was incredible. the roasted malts and the spices blend so well...alcohol well hidden in this one. incredible beer. no wonder its so hard to get.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajm (1063) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 26, 2014
I had the first bottling of this beer and it was fucking delightful. Full aroma of burnt caramel and chocolate with head colored the same. Tastes of fudge, more burnt sugar, coffee, balancing booze. What a winner.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (580) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Taste at Beercraft. Pours a thick black color without much head. Lots of cocoa flavor with a hint of sweetness. Warming sensation.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jimsal27 (165) - New York, USA - MAR 23, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2014 Bottle from weezel in a trade. bottle to glass. Pours a rich dark black with a creamy brown head. Leaves a small lace ring around the glass. Aroma of chocolate, and spice (cinnamon?). Some chili also. Taste is sweeter than I expected. Chocolate, sweet malt, and that cinnamon spice. I fell a bit of heat. Extremely creamy mouthfeel. Perfectly carbonated.


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