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RATINGS: 864   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerman6686 (5322) - 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 (2686) - 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 (7031) - 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 (2885) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Appearance: pours like sweet lovely delicious motor oil. Espresso crema head fades fast into a thin ringlet. Swirls with black tears and a slightly thicker collar. No head. None.
Nose: thick, tar, and char. Vanilla beans, raw chilies tickle the back of my nose. Burnt black cacao and espresso sludge. Wisp of melted cream. Cinnamon is a shadowy whisper here, there, and than none at all.
Palate: for such an intensely thick pour his mouthfeel is amazingly soft, velveteen, and creamy. Immediately coats lips in burnt caramels and cinnamon and black chocolate all melted into one. Long chocolate finish, thick and fudgy please. Heat tickles sides of cheeks with essence of chili without the pain. Ashen burnt black wood in the breath. Vanilla root flirts with massive hunks of decadent fudge. Interesting conflict of creamy velvety smooth mouthfeel which at the same time sucks all moisture from said mouth. Cinnamon not as prominent as expected, though a whisper peeks through here and there, mostly lost in the chilies and the burnt fudgy vanilla rooty goodness.
Final Thoughts: another notch under the Cigar City belt, and mine. Was shared with friends and enjoyed by friends and myself alike. Definitely drink with as minimal a chill as possible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Thanks Chuck. The beer pours to a pitch black body with the darkest brown head thatís thick and tall. The aroma is rich chocolate, vanilla, rich black patent, and lots of 85%+ black chocolate. The flavor is rich chocolate with deep roasted malts and oatmeal. Subtle peppers. The palate is rich and robust. Clean textures.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5534) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2010
From a trade with Daknole and taken to an East Side Bottle Liberation Society tasting. My first beer from Cigar City and it was opened with great anticipation. It was also opened immediately after a Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Vanilla. A black pour with no red visible. What a cool head! Almost blood red! The aroma is some spicy peppers and cocoa. The flavor is exactly the same. To me the peppers did not work here and I would love to try a Zhukov without the peppers. This was a distant second place to the Goose Island and perhaps the sweetness from that beer did not help this one. Still it was very tasty and certainly a visual experience.

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