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RATINGS: 881   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1435) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Silky oil black. Red earth head. Cacoa, chocolate, chile in the aroma. Dark, compounded coco, chocolate, and lingering slight spice from the chiles in the taste. Finish is amazingly quick and clean. No noticeable alcohol in the taste. A solid, 1-of-a-kind beer. My only criticism is that the chile seems to create a one-note bitterness that detracts from the overall flavor - almost tilting toward a slight taint of unpleasant sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle (taste) courtesy of puzzl, 20th May 2010. Black with a very dark tan head. Nice nose of vanilla and cocoa. Pretty smooth and very perfumy. I know it’s very highly rated, but it didn’t click for me. Just not up my street I guess.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (11793) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2015 One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Pours jet black with a quickly dissipating reddish brown head. Nose is vanilla, oak, subtle chillies peppers, cinnamon and coffee. Taste is full and in your face, but velvety smooth at the same time. Chillies are present in the background, but don’t burn. I detect some licorice, chocolates, coffee, chilies, vanilla beans and a whirlwind of other flavors I can’t even describe. The only thing keeping this from a 5.0 is that there is no head retention. Otherwise, this is the perfect imperial stout. - Original rating 6/18/2010 - 4.9

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2010
at Savvy1982’s tasting - Aroma of malt is soo dark, sweet and thick. It is very dark, with thick dark foam and nice lacing. The flavour is soo complex. There is chocolate, a hint of peppers for 2 sec, than vanilla, coffee in that order. Soo smooth and even and it just flows. This has so many layers, it is soo good. Thick and dark. I would get this all the time if I could. I was amazed that there was 11.5% in there, I couldn’t tell at all!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Draft at Capone’s Philly Beer Week event. Pours very similar to the brandy Hunaphu, a dark blackish brackish brown, with off-tan head. Nose is dark malt, fine tobacco, dark choc, vanilla, hops, peppery. Tastes rich, very malty, with hefty dark choc, tobacco, woody, with some spice and hops late. Nicely balanced and amazingly complex, this one is outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2010 Tap at Capone’s. Very dark brown in color with a medium head. Taste of rich, creamy chocolate and espresso. A good amount of little licorice and a touch of vanilla. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2010
This beer has an amazing balance between spice and thick bitter chocolate sweetness. The mouth feel is amazing thick rich and long lasting. This is a truly great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Obsidian pour. Head looks like a chocolate mousse, huge and poofy. aroma is bursting with chocolate, espresso, a flutter of pepper heat, delicious cocoa, some burnt coffee bean and just a hint of barrel. Flavor is decadence in a glass, first sip reveals chocolate bar, coffee bean, rich luscious and moist. Incredible spiciness mixed with cinnamon, a flutter of heat that does not offend. Fantastic, a Revelation. WOW

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftycarl21 (2306) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2014 Opal colored pour with a massive chocolate mousse brown head; absolutely gorgeous. Aroma is way better than the Zhukov we just tasted; the chili pepper, cocoa nib and cinnamon are all prevalent, adding to the base of roasted malt, coffee, and burnt wood. Flavor is otherworldy; has every awesome aspect of your typical imperial stout, but the pepper and cinnamon just add a whole other dimension. The spicy notes do override some of the roast and chocolate a bit, but it’s welcome, and those characteristics are still discernible, not entirely masked. The palate is viscous, thick, and full flavored throughout. Absolutely top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Ink black pour with a dark brown head that looks like cappuccino froth. One of the best looking beers I’ve ever seen. The aroma is loaded with spice, roast, and sweet delight. Cinnamon, peppers, mocha, vanilla, cocoa nib, some lactic sugar, and burnt espresso. The flavor is chocolate and coffee with an excellent balance of swirling cinnamon, peppers, and vanilla. Bitter bakers chocolate leaves a chalky roast on the roof of the mouth, as does some capsicin based spice. The palate is utterly rich and thick, velvety, chewy, and viscous. World class for sure.

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