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RATINGS: 857   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - JAN 3, 2011
first batch opened on my new years beer bash. Pours pitch black with small tan head. Aroma is explosive with sweet chocolate and a earthy tone lending to coffee. Drinks with coffee and sweet chocolate upfront with that earthy note im assuming from the peppers. Vanilla is faintly noticeable on the back end and finishing again with semi sweet chocolate and day old coffee. very nice beer but I think the peppers are throwing me off on putting this in my top 5 stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Weird, somehow my rating disappeared for this:

Sampled March 2010
A vigorous pour produces a very, very dark brown colored head that is four-fingers in height and just crests the rim of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is inky, perfectly black and remains opaque and black in hue even when held up directly to the light. The aroma smells of a restrained mix of cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, and roasted fruit, all the while being quite huge; meaning the aroma on this is quite over the top big, but there is a lot of competing complexity without the individual components not being in balance with each other. There is a touch of a salty, maybe peat smoke like character that seems to be a combination of rich, umami laden dark malt, perhaps some chipotle like notes (which is strange that this beer smells faintly of these smoked chiles when none are included in the recipe) and some general spiciness that is more wood-like than anything from the chiles. Roast malt character plays a big role here, but this is not nearly as big and unbalanced in its roast character as one might expect for a beer of this color. The roast character seems a touch chalk-like at times, but is incredibly smooth, with ample toasted whole grain character in addition to the mellow, deep roasted grain component. Ah, there is actually a hint of peppery chile, seems almost like green chiles at times; this last might be induced somewhat by the roasted malt. The vanilla is almost the most subtle ingredient in the nose, but the chiles seem to be quit subdued too; though I think some of the fruit character comes from the chiles. As the beer warms up more the alcohol becomes more noticeable and actually increases the burnt vegetal note just a bit too much unfortunately, but also compliments a peppery note that does work. And on closer inspection, the green note is not so much the green, burnt broccoli like note that some stouts have, but rather it is a bright, green bell-pepper like note that is really not objectionable; my wife thinks it smells like fresh cut green vegetables.

Thick, viscous and creamy as it first hits my palate, but some carbonation lightens things up just a hint. Huge roast malt flavors dry the finish out just a touch with some chalky notes, charcoal bitterness and a dry, rich dark malt character. Surprisingly this is not as sweet as something this sweet seems like it should be; the roast character helps with this, as does a really rich, darkly complex malt character, some smoky grain notes, evoked flavors of peat and the sea (with an almost salty quality), dark cocoa notes, and an Ethiopian full-city roast coffee quality that is quite nice. Rich fruit notes lurk just below the dominant roast character, suggesting flavors of black-berries, a big blueberry note that almost seems shocking, roasted dried fig flavors as well as some roasted prune like notes. The chocolate character is big (well actually it is huge) here as well, one definitely finds a rich dark chocolate character, though it makes me wonder how much is from the base beer versus the added cocoa nibs. Some spicy, peppery flavors start to emerge as this really warms up.

I like that this is thick and lush without being so cloyingly sweet. Rich, berry-like, dried chile, ancho flavors start to become more noticeable as this warms up as well. I like that the chile flavor serves a sort of "hop-bitterness" like role to this beer, it is fairly subtle to this particular chile-head, but I like the hint of subtle heat it adds as well as the touch of fresh chile character that is found in the finish.

I was fully prepared to not like this (though truthfully I was fully prepared to like it too), but I definitely do. It is quite well balanced, much more than I was expecting and truthfully I would have liked a touch more ancho and pasilla character (speaking of which, does this mean that both dried pasillas (aka ancho chiles) and fresh pasillas where used here, or are this two distinct chiles in the Florida / Cuban culture?), but in the end this would have brought the so carefully crafted balance of this beer a bit too far off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2010
My second time having this. Shared by a local BA on 09.23.2010. First batch (2010). Jet black with one of the meanest chamiosee colored head Iíve seen. Thereís nothing less exciting than talking about the color brown, but this is one heck of a dark brown. The bottle was shaken the day before to maximize the chile presence. Cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate, and chilies dominate. I think whatís most absent, actually, is the coffee. The cinnamon, while faded, still provides some nice balance to the cocoa, and the peppers come through on the finish with a warming kick. Thick and chewy, Hunahpuís delivers. As much as I dislike reading the description of this because of how over the top it sounds, this is a great stout. Itís not hot, but I think itíd be hard to drink a lot of this. So split it. With me. Yum - thanks for opening this one, BucketBoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerman6686 (5281) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2010
This poured a very dark brown color with a medium tannish brown head. Aroma was of very ripe dark fruits, cocoa, some toffee, and mild chilies. Flavor was a lot different than I was expecting from the aroma. Taste was very sweet, but not cloying, marshmelows and cocoa, some dark fruits, and finish by a nice balance of alcohol/chile heat. Very complex stuff and worthy of itís praise.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cbfobes (2678) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Big thanks to rando7 to share this at the QC tasting, pours pitch black with a nice tan head, has a sweet aroma with chocolate and a hint of booze, the flavor is sweet with a great character of chocolate and some vanilla in the finish, mmmmm, wish I could get this in Wisconsin on a regular basis!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2010
750ml bottle thanks to GoT. Pours a thick black with a creamy dark tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, chilies and some smoke. The flavor is very chocolaty and sweet with vanilla, cinnamon and some light acidic smoke. Very full body with mild carbonation and a thick, lush, creamy mouth feel. Lots going on it this one, you can pick out all the different flavors. Good beer but itís so sweet, just a few ounces and I was done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexsdad06 (6876) - Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2010
750 ml bottle (received from a couple people). Pours a viscous black color with a small tight reddish tan head. The aroma is deeply roasted, dark chocolate, slight ash, spicy, with hints of vanilla. The flavor opens with deep roasted malts, char, dark chocolate, and cocoa. Midway the vanilla, barrel and spicy peppers start to come through. Peppers linger well through the finish. Medium plus mouthfeel and smooth. This is a first class beer and I really like the addition of the ancho chili peppers. Thanks to all who have sent a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Huge thanks to Nick. Bottle pours deep brown/black with a beige head. Aroma shows notes of chocolate, moderate roast, tobacco, vanilla and chili. Flavor shows the same with cinnamon making an appearace. Overall body is full, soft and creamy with a roasted malt/dark chocolate bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Giving this one a 2nd chance; oily black, trace dark brown head; dry pepper, chocolate, oranges, lemons; very thin texture; big time roasted malt and dark chocolate; pepper not nearly as overpowering here as before; almost lime too; much better this time, but still not something I can drink too much of; texture is thin, oily and rich; more texture would help my impression

Original Rating 6/10/10 (Score - 3.5): 750 ml bottle; thanks Ibrew3or3 for bringing to Seattle!! Pours dense black with trace tan head; chaulky aromas of pepper, burnt malt and chocolate; quite harsh to me on first sip with ashy pepper and astringency spice; I really dig the nose in this one, but pepper and chilies are a little off putting to me; dry, ashy mix of peppers and chocolate; Iím kind of a wuss when it comes to spicy food, so not that unexpected that itís a little much for me here; Iíve read that Zhukov is again the base here and while I love that beer, the treatment here (like the humidor version) doesnít work for me; got another bottle that Iíll put some age on to see if the pepper fades a little bit

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (2881) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle - thanks Dave. The pour is what I love in an impy; silky dark brown, near black and two fingers of creamy brown head. Looks delicious. Nose is roasty, chocolate, and espresso. Mouthful is silky and smooth, slightly oily. Taste is rich with the chocolate, dry roast, slightly smokey, and I just ever so slight sense the chili peppers hit the back of my tongue. Seamless transition of flavors. Thick sheets of sticky brown lacing. Badass brew.

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