ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
32oz growler from the most recent release with HUGE thanks to a great FL friend and an amazing FL trader. thanks a ton, guys! iím a fairly eloquent guy and as you can see from my ratings, a bit verbose but this beer brought me to a level where the only words i could utter were "fuck me sideways, this is perfect". yeah, itís that good.
pours as only a CCB imperial stout can. thick as motor oil but silky smooth capped by a rich, dense, red-clay colored head that stains the hell out my Hunahpuís snifter and leaves beautiful rings of lace. aroma is nothing short of divine with all that is great about the base beer...dense dark chocolate, heavy roast, a touch of toasted cedar, burnt cinnamon, smoked chilis, molasses, and espresso backed by elegant notes of wet oak, baked cinnamon apples, and sweet, boozy brandy that really pops as it warms in the glass. flavor is a near out-of-body experience with the oak, sweet brandy, and subtle apple notes complimenting and adding a level of complexity to the heavy dark chocolate fudge, espresso, vanilla, cinnamon, and smoked notes of the base Hunahpuís but allowing the rich toasted cedar and mild chili spice to still shine on the back end. palate is sheer perfection as well with the bold, imposingly thick, yet smooth as silky mouthfeel iíve come to love in the base Hunahpuís with a long, lingering finish of subtle chili spice, dark chocolate, and sweet brandy. overall, this may be the single best beer iíve ever tasted. itís an absolute marvel and a testament to barrel aging. wow.
adnielsen (7581) - 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 @ Arminís 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.
Steve_0 (1926) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler at FoCo Stout Tasting 2013, courtesy of Armin. Thanks man! Pour is deep viscous black - like car oil - with a small tan head. Big cocoa, caramelly, toffee, sweet brandy, light chili, espresso, dark fruity, and raisins in the aroma. Taste is sweet dark chocolate, light hint of heat, chilis, cinnamon, sweet vanilla, nutmeg, coffee, grapes, and dark cherries with a big roasted finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. This one really held up well and is super tasty. Nice stuff.
Palme (2688) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from a 0.75l bottle @ Top Hops (BA) Bottle Share. Damn this is black. Doubt the blackness-scale has anything blacker than this and it has a small quickly sidesticking really really deep dark brown top. Lovely nose with chocolate, apples, vanilla, wood, and itís actually so deep and intense that itís a little scary. Yeah I said it, Iím a little scared. Itís super smooth in the mouth! Thick, chewy and almost syrupy oily with a soft really prickling and stingy carbonation. It has a pure chocolaty liquefied roasty flavor. Oh my. There is also a soft sharpness in the finish here. Only subtle nuances of apple, wood, vanilla, raspberries and dark cocoa powder. One of the best Iíve had in a long time (and I have recently had some pretty incredible stuff). Huge thanks Josh! The things I would do to this bottle if I could just get it for myself.. 15.06.2013
Fritz123 (564) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
As close to a perfect beer as you can get. Draft at the Funky Buddha 3rd Anniversary. Snifter. Pours a very dark, thick, opaque pour with thin off-white head. Aroma is strong with bourbon, meat, roasted malts, dark chocolate and earth. The taste is powerful with bourbon, oak, thick malts, spices and brandy. Full body. Flavorful, spicy finish. Just so good. Period.
GothGargoyle (834) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Borefts, thanks! Black with a small head. Aroma is coconut, chocolate, vanilla. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate. Taste is coconut, marshmallow, chocolate, vanilla. Yummy.
77ships (3038) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
THX! for the sample of this gorgeous rarity. 75 cl. bottle, yellow wax, no idea of the bottle nr. Black with a mocha rim. Nose is sweet molasses, light spices, chocolate, vanilla, touch pepper & warming what I assume is apple brandy. Taste is sweet molasses, huge vanilla, wood, I am even getting even coconut, sweet berries, caramel, very creamy chocolate, cocoa, warming. Creamy rich & decadent. Very good & completely different from the Stranahan which I have also had, Stranahan was a touch better even if this is still an incredible beer, so good.
brystmar (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Original review (2012-07-16): Gloops from the bottle as any Zhukov-based brew should. Tremendous roast in the nose with brandy and caramely notes. Lots of complexity here, though I wish it were more pungent.
Taste is marvelously complex with brandy, booze, vanilla, spice, and plenty more that end up dancing atop the delicious stout base. Chiles are mild, where they belong. The trademark Hunahpuís chocolate, vanilla, and chile aftertaste gets a boost from the brandy as it tickles the back of my throat upon swallowing. Ultra-viscous body, as expected, and just amazing.
Ranks among the best stouts Iíve tasted. I could drink the whole growler!
crossovert (5641) - Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow wax. A very sweet stout, appley, the cocoa and spice mellow out substatially.
Pailhead (4236) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
Growler: The aroma consists of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, caramel, and light apple brandy. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a minimal head. The flavor starts with chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, and faint vanilla. It finishes with maple syrup, light roasted coffee, and a hint of apple brandy. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel.
ryanfolty (1674) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
July 3, 2013 - bottle shared by Joe. Another whale came swimming out of Joeís cellar. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma and taste of chocolate, spice and brandy. Thick and smooth on the palate. This lived up to the hype.