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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5787) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Small sample at DLD. The appearance is a rich deep black. The flavors and aroma really came through strong with deep dark dried fruits. Prunes, dates, raisins. Some nice chocolate hints too. The flavors weren’t quite what I was expecting but a really good brew. Perhaps open for a little too long. Would love to get a bottle to enjoy some more of this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Generously shared by emacgee, who I’ll emulate in rating this for 2K. Very hefty pour, thick like a milkshake, with heavy oils and intense lacing, a dank coffee colored head, and almost grain-like sediment visible. It’s like the death metal of imperial stouts, Zhukov staring down the Mayan apocalypse. The aroma is rich and heady just like the base, but I was getting strong notes of coffee flan along with the sharp spices that are oh so inviting. Super creamy mouthfeel, a bit slick and grainy in a way that seems fitting. The taste is just so complex. There’s such depth and character in Zhukov anyways, but I love the way the taste of charred wood and tons of pepper take this to a delicious next level. Love to swirl it around, and the mouthfeel becomes pleasantly lactic after time. Dry finish, chili-tastic in every way. This is superlative.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (4276) - Utah, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle shared by footbalm
Appearance: Pours black with a dark tan head and nice looking lacing
Aroma: Dark malts and sweet chocolate
Taste: Silky mouthfeel, dark malts and dark chocolate
Very nice, smooth drinkability. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle sample at DLD 2010 shared by Bobby from Cleveland. Pours pitch black with a medium brown chocolate milk head. Roasty aroma with dark fruits and plenty of chocolate. Roasty and chocolatey flavor with dark fruit and a bitter spicy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fratto (2589) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Bottle from drowland via Cavie. Black pour with a thick, brown head. Aroma is milk chocolate, bitter cocoa, alcohol, tons of coffee, licorice, and black pepper. Taste is creamy, licorice, sour candy, chocolate, coffee, almost beefy, spices, and peanut butter. Big coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2010
One of the few beers I took notes on at Dark Lord Day. 22 ounce bottle served into a 4 oz tasting glass. Dark black and opaque with a think brown head. Malty coffee in the smell. Chocolate malt balls with a bit of an orange and tangerine twang to it. Dark fruits like plums and raisins along with chocolate and vanilla notes. Full bodied, but light and creamy on the tongue. Smooth, nice dry finish. Certainly worth another taste -- would be a nice beer to have after dark or with a chocolate dessert.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4772) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. pitch balck with a deep espresso almost red colored head, coats a glass ridiculously. great on the palate, huge flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, chilis in the end, raisins and so much more going on here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2010
Pours black with brown head. Dark like expedition. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and chiles. That is it. Flavor of chiles, vanilla bean, cocoa, dark chocolate, toffee. Very heavy. Pure desert beer. Thick, chewy, filling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2013 750 ml bottle shared by foppa78 and the KC Beer Saints- thanks again, guys! Pours a motor oil, almost-black, dark brown color with a small brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits, and a bit of smoked wood. The flavor follows suit, and I notice the cinnamon is present here, and the berry fruits stand out as well. A lot of chocolaty goodness. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and an oily mouthfeel. Re-Rate: 7/27/12. Yeah, this needed a re-rate, and what better occasion than a full vertical and horizontal? We had a 2012 back to a 2010, and even a 2009 that was bottled from a tap at a bar whose name shall remain secret. That one was infected, so I’ll leave it out. The 2010 through 2012 are all doing great. 2010 was the roastiest of the bunch, and the one where the pepper was the most mellowed out. All have notes of roast, dark chocolate, fudge, and pepper, without as much vanilla as I’d remembered. 2011 had by far the most chocolate in it, getting roastier and more peppery as it moved along. 2012 had the most pepper, and was very smooth throughout. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Fantastic imperial stout. One of the greats. Re-Rate: The 2013 version is solid but not what it used to be.

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