Doodler (317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Second time having this on tap at the annual Hunu release party. 2011 version. Richly dark pour with a creamy brown head. Malty chocolate aroma with a touch of vanilla. Big and thick, makes the othere impy stouts we brought along for tastings seem thin. Yummy amounts of chocolate and spice. Wonderful chili flavors on the backend, with an ever so slight tingling that lets you know it’s there. Nice carbonation. A truly great beer.
chibuck (3506) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours super dark black, hardly any brown highlights in the light. The head is also a very dark brown, however, sadly it only rises about half a inch and is gone right away. Light lacing.
The aroma is on the lighter side but its vey complex, wish it was a little more robust. There is so much going on here, on the front roasted malts, almost smokey, then small notes of vanilla, and cocoa. The smoke might also be presenting as light ancho chiles.
The taste is pretty good, lots going on as well. Lots of roasted malts on the front, cocoa nibs that are incredibly sweet with a hint of the chiles, very nice and unique. The finish is super sweet. Great to have a stout that isn’t dominated by coffee, there’s no coffee at all and its refreshing.
The feel is nice and coating.
Oveall, this is really good, a taste that keeps you guessing. Its really hard to get an exact point of something, keeps you guessing.
anders37 (21960) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and chili aroma with vanilla hints. Roasted malty bitter chocolate chili and vanilla flavor with hints of coffee. Has a roasted malty bitter chocolate finish with hints of chili, vanilla and coffee in the aftertaste.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2011. Aroma has notes of chocolate, peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, roasted malts and smoke. Pure black hue with a dark brown frothy head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter with a nice smokey spice. Palate is extremely full bodied and oily soft. Overall a nice Impy with a unique twist. Love the peppers and the cacao along with the vanilla. Probably the most viscous beer I’ve ever seen.
PorterPounder (6987) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tampa, Fl - on tap at the brewery tap room. Surprised they still had some left after the big event over the weekend. Asphalt black pour, copiously thick mocha colored head that leaves plenty of lacing on the edges of the snifter. Aroma is pungent and fresh and has hints of vanilla, burnt marshmallows and cinnamon, Flavor is abundant and complex, but not overwhelming, Pick up some of the peppers right off, but subtle and not overpowering. Some cinnamon makes its presence known along with some vanilla, espresso, dark bakers chocolate and some biscotti. Mouthfeel is thick, rich and creamy, Well worth the hype. Glad I got to try it without fighting a crowd - showing up at 11:00 on a Monday morning was the perfect time!
Leafs93 (2049) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Chalsk. Pours oily blak with dark brown head, nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, dark fruit, roastyness and pepper. Taste is spicey with a sweet finish. The spiceyness works so well with the chocolate sweetness. Very smooth and easy to drink. excellent.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on draft at rattle n hum. pitch black big stout. Very little head. Hints of vanilla and peppers come through on the palate. A nice big beer.
edecambra (11) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this at the tasting room 3/18/2011. Pours like oil, and has a caramel head that falls quick. Amazing complexity with a strong cocoa flavor initially that gives way to the heat of the peppers as the beer warms up. It sits on you tongue as heavy as one would expect an Imperial stout.
Overall well worth all the hype and cost, but if you have one of the 750 bottles, make sure you have some very special friends to enjoy it because one pint is a but much, and I would definitely use some snifter/tulips.
PhillyBeer2112 (2711) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours as black and dark as a beer can get. Even the stream was opaque. It was slow to produce a head, fearing it was flat, I poured with a little more vigor. It started a thin, extremely dark brown ring of foam, which then puffed up a full 2 finger thick layer of brown cream, but it faded fast, leaving only modest lacing - though it does leave an oily brown film in the glass when you swirl it around. Aroma is surprisingly restrained, it shows quite a bit of roast, worcestershire sauce, maybe a little chocolate or vanilla. Flavor starts with a full roasty and chocolate sweet front, leads to a sweet and spicy finish, with distinct cinnamon tones lingering through the aftertaste. I liked this slightly better on draft at the brewery on release day, as it had a better palate with a soft push of creamy carbonation, like all of their impies had. But I didn’t otherwise have a rateable sample that day, this rating comes the bottle (2011 version). Over time in the glass, the aroma seems to liven up a little, shows more cinnamon and pepper spice. There is a light earthy fruitiness to this (aroma and flavor) that I think might come from the peppers. Last, for as big and complex as this is (its really big, and there’s alot going on) it is surprisingly balanced and each component has its place. Funny, if I was to give this a more technical BJCP style rating, I’d probably give it a perfect score - this may be a first for me where the hedonic score comes in a little lower. That is not to say its not pleasing, just maybe a little overwhelming.
trutledge (3) - Alabama, USA - MAR 18, 2011 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle Pour. This beer is dark as can be. Oily, thick and resinous. Hunahpu is so thick it leaves my glass looking like a resin covered bong. The nose on this beer is as complex as the palate. Chocolate, char, vanilla, earthy peppers and alcohol hit the nose full force. The palate of this beer is immensely layered. I first get dark bitter chocolate that is quickly sweetened by the vanilla treatment and chocolatey malt character. Following that comes earthy smokey peppers that compliment the deep roastiness of the malts with slight heat to kick. The heavy viscosity and moussey carbonation combine for a luxurious and velvety mouthfeel. I enjoy my beer with food, hunahpu will make good company with spicy, savory and rich ethnic dishes.