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RATINGS: 946   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29/5   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 Hunahpu’s 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 Hunahpu’s 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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leafs93 (2140) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
edecambra (11) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
trutledge (3) - Alabama, USA - MAR 18, 2011 does not count
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2011
On tap at Hunahpu 2011, pours dark, smoky, spicy aroma. Sweet, Vanilla and strong. I’m not huge on the chili spice, but the chocolate really fellows the whole experience out. Well worth the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Growler gift from Southern Johnny. I heard alot about this one and I was not dissapointed. Black pour with reddish hue, aroma of coffee, vanilla bean and wood. A chocolate, cinnamon taste that finishes smooth but mildly peppery. Vert Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle from tytoanderso. Pour is black with a small dark brown head that quickly fades. Maybe one of the best looking imperial stouts I’ve seen. Aroma is similar to zhukov, so I’m a bit nervous that this may no longer have the hunahpu characteristics. Licorice forward, with a touch of cinnamon and spice. The taste is where this separates itself from zhukov. Taste is heavier on cinnamon, with small amounts of chocolate and vanilla. Had I not known that it is aged on peppers I would have never noticed that slight burning sensation this produces in the throat long after each sip. Nice meadium heavy body, with great subtle carbonation. Really interesting beer that sets itself apart from the base beer with how it tastes. Looking forward to trying this one fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (4675) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle: Poured a deep black with a two finger light brown head. Aroma is thick of chocolate and cocoa. Wow the taste comes head on at your taste buds, there plenty going on rich chocolate, spicy hints from the pepper, and yet there is a subtle alcohol burn to remind you this is beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2011
’09 noire huile de moteur, mousse épaisse moka/acajou deux doigts. Arôme donne bien l’aspect des piments se mélangeant avec la vanille et les morceaux de cacao laissant une impression légère de malt fumé. Palais est épais, chocolaté avec les piments qui donnent juste assez d’épice sans pour cela prendre le dessus sur l’expérience. Le tout reste un peu lourd sur le chocolat, note de café, soyeuse en bouche, Une bonne IRS qui me semblait être meilleure jeune.

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