KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 32 oz. growler into a snifter.
Like the regular Hunahpu’s, the Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Hunahpu’s pours a viscous dark black chocolate color with a barely noticeable tan head around the ring of the glass.
The aroma is full, complex, and somehow elevated beyond the greatness the original Hunahpu’s achieves. The brandy is noticeable and seems to gently overlay the other aromas, which are consistent with the regular Hunahpu’s: dark chocolate, a bit of espresso, vanilla, with a bit of pepper and a slightly fruity apple presence.
Each sip is nearly perfect. The dark chocolate fudge, roasted malt, and creamy espresso notes all blend amazingly well with a brandy flavor. The middle of the sip contains the zenith of its complexity, with the apple coming through, mixing with oak and vanilla from the barrel, and a bit of residual chocolate flavor. The end of the sip wraps the treat up nicely, leaving a nice brandy flavor in my mouth.
The brandy mellows out the sticky sweetness that the base beer contains, and the barrel definitely lightens up the carbonation a little bit as well. It is creamy and smooth, with the brandy cutting through the thickness of Hunahpu’s as well. This beer really just has the perfect body, carbonation, and smoothness that I am looking for.
After tasting Hunahpu’s for the first time I did not think there was any way to improve on it, but after having the whiskey and the brandy, I have changed my opinion. This is such an incredible beer.
zappbranagan (11) - Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best beers I have had the pleasure of drinking. Just amazing. Great barrel character. CCB should do more stouts with Apple Brandy. Possibly Vanilla as well.
kirarockrocks (10) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet brandy alcohol heat that adds amazing complexity. Subtle oak and vanilla blending in with the vinous dark fruit notes. Chewy viscous body with lots of silky chocolate maltiness that is balanced out by the vinous apple brandy barrel notes. Slightly earthy oak that is very vinous with hints of dark fruit and vanilla balancing out the chilli and roasted malt perfectly.
HonusWagner (2093) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
As good as it gets for barrel-aging synergizing with the base flavors. Rich spiciness and heat from the barrel, chocolatey and fudgy, that signature CCB stout mouthfeel, jesus christ this beer is amazing. I of course gave away one bottle and traded the other. Oh well.
slowrunner77 (10109) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Man, this is my 3rd version of this stout and they have all been soooo delicious. Harmonious blend of apple brandy, chocolate, dark fruit, very very subtle peppers. Super smooth dessert beer!"
gEUS (1720) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle kindly shared by Fux at the CMLSG14 tasting. The Apple Brandy distinguishes through a rather harsch brandy aroma, added with green spicy notes.
tom10101 (5272) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (750 ml). # 2 / 84. Huge thanks for sharing this huge whale Fux! Cigar City black with a small ring of brown head and almost no lacing. Aroma is surprisingly well balance with dark chocolate, vanilla, brandy, light fruity notes, coffee, light green peppers and hints of chili peppers. Taste is slightly sweet with dark chocolate, brandy, vanilla, light coffee, raisins, very light oxidation notes and a light but lingering nice warming finish from the chili peppers. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Thick mouthfeel. Light spiciness in the finish. I’m not sure I would be able to recognize the Apple Brandy in a blind tasting, but the complexity and the balance of this beer are impressive. And it’s actually quite easy to drink.
JulienHuxley (5590) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2/84 at tasting. Black pour with no head. Aroma is quite mellow compared to the other Huna (tasted side by side with 2010 regular version), faint spirit notes, nothing identifiable as apple brandy however, just a more integrated, mellow spiciness, cocoa, cinnamon notes. Taste is balanced, lots of cocoa, light spirit flavors, spicy finish, light alcohol warmth. Nice stout.
kermis (11000) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #2 of 84 shared at the 2014 tasting in the Cellar of Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Pours near black with no head. Aroma is fairly light with the vegy chilli , roast, dark chocolate and caramel. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. The palate as well is somewhat subdued, maybe from the age. It’s lovely, but subtle. The apple brandy aspects come out lightly but nothing much. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Great, but so subtle compared to the fresh normal huna drunk side by side.
alexsdad06 (9006) - Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared by some local beer guys. Pours dark brown to black with a small, dense tan head. The aroma has big dark chocolate, cinnamon, apple brandy, wood, lighter peppery notes, vanilla and coconut, all building anticipation for the first taste. The flavor has much of the same; chocolate, cinnamon, peppers, wood, brandy, coconut, full bodied, flavorful and definitely worth seeking out. Another home run in the Hunahpus line.
adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler @ Armin’s palace. Thanks! Pours a fairly clear dark brown appearance with a tan head. Anise, dark grape, pear fruity, spicy dark chocolate, pretty interesting aroma. Dark chocolate, rich coconut, vanilla, caramel, birthday cake flavor. Pretty fucken tasty.