Cigar City Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Apple Brandy Barrel Aged

RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Aged in Apple Brandy barrels.

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3.8
Clownoisseur (531) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2021
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2021 2020 bottle. Finally getting to try this long-time want! Pours dark brown, near black, with a brown head that fades into splotchy lacing. Oily in the glass just like the other Hunah's. Nose was oak, apple brandy, with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Taste follows with present barrel notes providing warmth but no heat. The vanilla and cocoa are prominent, but the chili peppers were barely noticeable. A dry note from the cocoa hits mid-palate with a touch of cinnamon before the apple brandy barrel takes over in the finish. As much as I wanted to rant and rave about this one, it might be my least favorite of the Hunah variants that I have tried. Still fun to try and glad I did!

4.2
RobertDale (9933) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 29, 2021
UPDATED: APR 29, 2021 Shared bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of chocolate, spice, fruit, vanilla, and barrel. Taste is sweet chocolate, cinnamon, apple brandy, vanilla, and roasted malt. Excellent.

4.4
coachd (2327) - O'Fallon, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2020
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2020 New 2020 version. Strong cinnamon and milk chocolate in the aroma with apple pie, not as boozy as I expected. Dark brown body and head. Apple pie taste, brings out vanilla, some welcome oak barrel at the end to break up the sweetness. Not super thick and mouth coating, but that works well with these flavors.

4.5
djd07 (24495) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2018
18K rating. Growler thanks to Kevin. Pours black with paperthin tan head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong roast, chocolate, brandy, apple skin, peppers. Held up so well, mouthfeel was thick, heat was still there, apple brandy sweetness, roast, chocolate, really enjoyed this.

3.7
Klimaet (3684) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 16, 2017
Bottle split on day 2 of Coconut/Cinnamon Death 2017. Pours pitch black with a small dark brown head. Aromas of caramel, apples, cinnamon, vanilla, malt and extremely oxidized fruity cardboard notes that sadly overpowers most of the underlying notes. Also a bit of tobacco as it warms. Taste has fruity chili, tobacco, cinnamon, less oxidization but still a hole fuckin lot. Dark chocolate and some berry-like notes. Sad this has gone so bad but oh well.

3.8
Desverger (22808) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 15, 2017
Bottle sample (massive thanks to Tad & co 14/04/2017) - black pour with small tan head. Aroma and taste is sweet malty with notes of chocolate, caramel, treacle, some chili spice, apple brandy wooden accents coming in, rather old and restrained now, but sure would of been immense in its heyday.

3.7
GlasgowTAD (2015) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 14, 2017
Bottle thanks to Anton. Pours opaque black with a modest brown head which quickly recedes. Aroma is oxidised cardboard, theres a hit of cinnamon and chilli coming through. Taste is cocoa bitter, hit of chilli, some tart apple notes, little cinnamon spice. This is oxidised by now but theres some discernible features. Tastes better than it smells but past its best. Bottle 70/89

3.7
ctipping (3822) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2016
32 oz. screw-top growler graciously shared by Dave. Originally reviewed 6/29/2012. Pours an incredibly flat inky black. Glass-staining, as always. Viscous, but no head. Bummer. Growler, maybe? Nose is brandy, booze, and, well, standard Hunahpu aromas. Chilies and chocolate. And more booze. The brandy aroma is a little on the sickly sweet side, though. Really detracts, I think. Tastes awfully sweet at the start. Brandy comes through, but it isn’t an imposing flavor, except for the sweetness. Chocolate and chilies are still pretty potent in this treatment. Thick and sweet and syrupy, though. Every bit of sugar is amplified by the brandy. Thick and boozy. Still has the wonderful viscosity of Hunahpu, though, but it tastes every bit of 11.5% and then some. The sugar doesn’t help. Not an impressive treatment. It’s still a fascinating combination of flavors, but not something that improves upon the original beer.

4.8
zappbranagan (11) - Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2015
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.

4.5
kirarockrocks (10) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
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.


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