jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had on cask at red-light red-light. Smells of cigars, hops, and grass. Very murky and deep brown. Itís an amazing, if not perfect, imperial stout.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750ml From Kingdom Liquors. Pours really dark chocolate brown and thick with some light lacing. Initial reaction was wow is this smoky! Body is full and velvety soft. Oily and with low carbonation. Finish is a light bitternesss, really faint which is surprising to me. Cocoa is the star here with a pleasant supporting cast of vanilla, ancho and cinnamon in that order. The alcohol is hidden well yet warms in the finish. Dark chocolate with the hint of ancho isa really nice flavor. This is so easy to drink I think it could be dangerous at least for me. Overall this is the most enjoyable of the style I have ever had in my recollection. If I were able to, I would give palate a 7 out of 5. Kudos.
kesslekb (19) - USA - MAY 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at redlight redlight
dark, smokey, smooth as butter, heavy
a nice mocha hued head first appears but quickly vanishes
I dig it
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled @ dld 2010 thanks to LT. Dan no it wasnít a FULL PINT poured as black as any RIS with nice tight tan head aromas were of roasted malts.chocolates,vanilla and peppers wow taste was of an RIS with cinnamon and peppers well it might not be the best RIS that I have had but it is a bad ass pepper beer with just a little heat coming coming thourgh well now i know
hrking (141) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great RIS and the flavors keep popping through. I really didníy get any of the pepper notes but maybe just a slight hint in the very end. I guess i was expecting a little more there but the other flavors came shining through. Great vanilla, cocoa,and yes some cinnamon notes along with the barrel aging lend to the complex blend that works great for this style. Up to this point i was disappointed with CCBís beers but this one is a winner. Great beer and worth seeking out. Iím going to celler a couple of these and see what time does for them!
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I went into the experience expecting an "out of body" type of moment, and thatís pretty much what I got. The aroma was quite possibly the best of any stout Iíve ever tasted. The flavor was smooth at the start and bitter sweet towards the end. I definite "wow" moment in my beer tasting career.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2010 Pours a midnight ebony color and topped with creamy milk chocolatey brown head from the 750ml. bottle courtesy of thejon375 (thanks, Mike!): Nose of... holy crap!!! I just spilled half my Hunahpus all over the desk and keyboard! Fuckkkk!!!! Rerate 20 mins later: Keyboard still works! Aroma of rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, dark pitted fruits, smoked wood, cinnamon, and now that I read the description I can definitely sense some juicy peppers in there. Deep chocolate flavors all around, mixed with generous portions of dark berry, dark malts, toffee, cinnamon, peppers, fig, raisins, prunes, vanilla, and alcohol. Velvety smooth right into the finish. Full-bodied, creamy/oily texture that slips right over the tongue. Very good, but dare I say, a little overrated? Drinkability: I love the stand-out peppery chile notes. Not overdone, perfectly balanced. Very unique. Pairing: Lots and lots of dark chocolate and thick beefy chili. Rebuy: Yeah. #438 on 04052010, DG.
shigadeyo (2959) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/30/2009: Cigar City Hunahpuís Imperial Stout... Aroma: Big, rich, and lush chocolate, mocha, and heavily caramelized malts with some sort of twist (probably from the peppers). Appearance: Black; opaque; lasting vibrant brown-mocha head. Flavor: Big and strong with plenty of roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee coming through; peppery spiciness; some dark chocolate notes; some alcohol through the nose. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; moderately thick; prickly feeling on the tongue; somewhat sticky. Overall: Interesting, but isnít really that spectacular despite its unique concoction of ingredients; again, a somewhat disappointing brew considering the hype.
Hand-bottled (draught) from daknole shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #194 for this beer.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Long anticipated, and finally opened on a lofty night of beer tasting. Pours the deepest opaque brown/black with a medium cream to ochre head. Surprisingly subtle nose with burnt caramel and firm pickly peppers. Spritzy body with slightly tart chocolate, coffee, and bitter roasted malt meshed with pickly, almost sour chiles. Vanilla is prominent mainly in the finish. A rich beer with nice mouthfeel and good complexity, but the peppers struggle to play well with the base beer, and end up dominating the experience in memory. Not one of my elite imperial stouts, but a very good one, and a pleasure to sample.
douglas88 (5465) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
So, the Hunahpu has arrived. Bottle shared by Eric. Pours a black color with one of those wonderful dark brown heads that always foretell good things to come. The aroma was mostly sweet cocoa, chocolate, rich vanilla, slight spices. The taste was very nice; mostly upfront with huge blasts of cocoa, rich and heavy chocolaty goodness. A tingle of warm is throughout, but it is not from the alcohol but burns slightly in the throat from the pepper. Nice addition. Nothing overdone. Very good.