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RATINGS: 855   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (11711) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Bottle from daknole shared by alexsdad06. Poured a reddish black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and spice aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a heavy dark bittersweet and small pepper bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is another standout beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2939) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle generously shared by Sparky27...thanks Eric!!! Liquid coal pour produced only a whispy dark caramel cloud that floated on top of the body (hand bottle). Bonus point for it staining the inside of the glass. Aroma is pungent Godiva, molasses, roasted coffee, and vanilla. Flavor is chocolate forward, but also delivers black licorice Jelly Bellies, burnt marshmallow, brown sugar, and balancing hops. Although the pasillo & ancho chili peppers weren’t noticeable, the cinnamon definitely had a nice presence which added tremendous complexity to the beer. A little sweet and couldn’t drink a ton (who am I kidding, of course I could), but this one was fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Sweet vanilla pepper nose. Spicy and powerfully strong nose. Flavor follows the nose with spice notes and big roast malts lots of vanilla. Spicy bitter finish quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1404) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Huge thanks to mashmaster for sending a hand bottle of this one. Shared with a few deserving friends. Pours deep black with a burnt mocha head - beautiful, and the carbonation held up really well in the hand-bottle. Roasty aroma, and a lot of the sweetness shows through - vanilla and chocolate, with a subtle hint of the complexity underneath. The taste is really a myriad of different flavors moving through stages in your mouth. Traditional notes of chocolate and coffee are quickly compounded with peppers. Roasted, even smoked peppers. More chocolate shows up with waves of vanilla, and then the spice builds. It sizzles in your mouth, then fades into a wonderfully smooth chocolate, melting away and leaving a mild tingling sensation behind. For any Seattleites, this is like a Theo chili chocolate bar. So complex - there are so many layers in here. It may be a little hot - but I’m a big fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TommyTilt (67) - Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Red velvet cake color. Left about a finger width of dark copper colored head. Complex aroma of dark cocoa and coffee. Could really taste the green chile flavor as the beer rolled over my tounge. Got the heat at the back end with exhale. Full bodied beer and left a pb&j feeling on my lips. Shared a 750ml bottle with willblake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 31, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2010 Supremely dark body with a cinnamon-orange head. This one delivers everything it claims, in both the nose and the flavor. Cocoa, chiles, vanilla, etc ... I do not need to elaborate on this because everyone else already has. Nice heft, thick mouthfeel, and incredibly well-balanced. This is a true achievement ... unique, bold, and extremely well-crafted. I fear this one has been ’muddled’ because of all the ’controversy’. Ignore and/or forget about all that nonsense. To put it crudely ... you take a spicy burrito and a rich chocolate cake ... smash them together ... and somehow it works! Innovation and experimentation leads to greatness. Good job guys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2010
Bottle from 5 points. Beautiful pour. Sweet, malty aroma. This is one full-flavored brew. Sweet, dark chocolate, cherries, vanilla, smoky/spicy peppers. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4494) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Appearance: Black, turbid body with a thin, bubbly, dark tan head. Smell: Highly roasty nose with full notes of dark chocolate, black coffee, spices, a big pinch of Captain Black tobacco (white blend, natch), and a sharp, vegetal note from the chilies contained within. Taste: A heady mixture of roasted maltiness, chocolate, and vanilla give you a sip of Kahlua garnished with a sprinkling of cinnamon. Before long the heat and spice from the peppers kick in, but it’s very well-integrated and complimentary to the overall flavor. A few careful drops of prune juice. More tobacco, which really is all too appropriate coming from a joint called Cigar city. Earthy hops with a modest amount of bitterness. Packed with flavor to the very end, there’s even a bit of persistent heat beyond the aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability: Very nice. Beers with peppers have come a long, long way since the infamous Cave Creek Chili Beer, haven’t they? Without a doubt, I’m sure Crazy Ed is smiling down from heaven at Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13303) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2009
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 Revised rating, bottle
Thanks to Diego for this one! Extra black and inky. Very dark head. You aren’t going to see through this. The aroma is crazy - milk chocolate, ancho and alcohol. Big and brash. On the palate, this is a rich imperial stout, very thick, with a great ancho and chocolate accent. Fun stuff.

Original rating, draught at the brewery. Extra black body with a rich dark brown head. Complex aroma - chocolate, tobacco, light ancho and dark fruit. Tastes like beer candy - ancho, lots of dark fruit, rich coffee, intense dark sugars, creamy black malts, cherries. There are so many layers to this it’s scary. A full value champion. 8-5-9-5-18 = 4.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012
Name: Hunahpu’s
Date: January 31, 2009
Mode: Cask
Source: Beerfest, ACAT
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: black, scant head
Aroma: dark roasted malt aroma, lots of earthyness, lots of spicyness
Flavor: sweet and spicy flavor, lots of spices, touch of hot pepper, dark caramel sweetness keeps it balanced, nice chocolate brought out by the sweetness, lots of complexity

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Hunahpu’s
Date: February 27, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Brewvival
Vintage: 2010
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine brown head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet choclate aroma, light roast, dark caramel and vanilla sweetness
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, just a hint of the peppery spicyness, dark caramel sweetness, cedar adds a nice complexity

Name: Hunahpu’s
Date: May 08, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2010
a bit more intense in the bottle, pepper character is coming on stronger, strong chocolate keeps it balanced,

Name: Hunahpu’s
Date: June 19, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: brewery
Vintage: 2010
Score: 4.2 to 4.3
Appearance: pours as black and thick ink, dark brown head, thick and viscous with legs, globs of sudsy lace are too heavy to stick and slide back into the glass
Aroma: big sweet chocolate and roasted aroma, agressive pepper character blends wirh the spicy wood, vanilla sweetness
Flavor: sweet dark chocolate flavor, vanilla sweetness, lots of roasted, light spicyness from the chilis and wood, chili builds up as it warms towards the bottom of the bottle

Name: Hunahpu’s
Date: December 25, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2010
still one of the most complex imperial stouts with the dark chocolate balanced by the hop peppers,

Name: Hunahpu’s
Date: March 12, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2010
picking up some sherry oxidation to balance the huge roast, mellow on the peppery character when side by side with the 2011

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 9/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

Name: Hunahpu’s
Date: March 12, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2011
Appearance: solid black, fine brown head
Aroma: dark roasted aroma, nice pepper character, touch of sweetness balanced the roast and pepper
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, lots of peppery character, bitter dark chocolate, good dose of hops

Name: Hunahpu’s
Date: April 17, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: brewery
Vintage: 2011
Appearance: black, creamy brown head, drippy lace
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma with a light peppery character
Flavor: splitting only half the peppers leaves the flavor a lot sweeter in the bottle bringing out more of a rich chocolate character, peppery spicyness is in the background
Overall: I like the extra pepperyness of the draft which use all split peppery, but the bottle version is great as well

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

Name: Hunahpu’s
Date: March 24, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, HMOG
Vintage: 2012
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet roasted aroma, chili pepper coming strough strong, rich chocolate
Body: huge body
Flavor: big rich chocolate flavor, lots of vanilla sweetness, balancing chili pepper, rich roasted, long pepper rinish

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 10/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 19/20
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

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