Cigar City Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Stranahan's Whiskey Barrel Aged

 
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100
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Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Hunahpu Imperial Stout aged in a Stranahan’s whiskey barrel.

Served on draft and as a 2011 Limited Bottle Release

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2011
750 ml bottle from fishingnet. Thanks, Ben! Pours a rich thick blackish hue, dark and black ominous. Opaque and inky. A thicker dark brown head sits atop, cakes and laces well. Aromas are chocolate chip cookies, some whiskey, oak, vanilla, and gentle spice. Some mellow vanilla, lots of cocoa, roasty and sweet caramel, toffee, and biscuits. Gentle toast. Vanilla and touches of cinnamon touch, but pepper seems muted. A touch of butter and creamy caramel. Initial is thick and big, an enveloping way of cocoa and caramel, roast and toast. Whiskey, vanilla and oak tannins, gentle spirit. Big and rich, offering some good big flavors. A bit sweet. Into the middle touches of spice and more sweet and barrel presence, the pepper doesn’t show up till the finish and lingers a bit. Gentle spice, mellow whiskey, big sweet and roasty melange of flavors. The ashy and roast, some smoke and gentle pepper picks up in finish and lingering on. Still covers up the cinnamon too much. The barrel is well executed and plays well, but I still think the barrel and aging with this beer covers up some of the best stuff about Hunah. Very nice. Significantly thicker and sweeter than the base 2011. Still love the base more but this is a very nice beer. The nuance of the regular is just lost fairly easily here, some pepper still remains but all that life from the cinnamon and toast, vanilla and even pepper strength. Great beer.. But when you drink it side-by-side with the base, it’s just hard to compare.


4.5
ctipping (2299) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2017
750 mL bottle. Unknown original review date, but sometime before June 26, 2012. Jet black with a chocolate head. Inky and glass staining as always. Whiskey is very dominant on the nose. All the flavors of whiskey, chocolate, and peppers come through in one whiff. They blend seamlessly into a great nose. Tastes of whiskey up front, as the aroma would indicate. It’s a different aroma from Bourbon, which I didn’t quite expect. I thought I wouldn’t be able to discern a Whiskey barrel from a Bourbon barrel in a big beer like this. It’s less intense than a Bourbon barrel and allows the beer to come through. Chocolate and peppers not as well blended as in the aroma. The whiskey flavor is very sharp, especially in the finish. Very thick. Seems to have retained its body better than Virgin Oak did. Very heavy and tough to drink. A sipper, I suppose. Wonderful flavors, but it’s so big. The complexities of Hunahpu are a little lost from the barrel, but the barrel does well to accommodate.

4.1
djd07 (16452) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle during RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours black with small tan head. The aroma is strong whiskey, cocoa, and wood. Thick mouth with nice roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, coconut, strong whiskey, really nice stuff.

4.1
biggsbowler (630) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle - pours dark black with tan head. Whiskey, oak, chocolate, cinnamon and slight spice in the nose. The taste is chocolate with slight cinnamon, oak and whiskey

4.3
Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2014
Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of vanilla, spice, dark chocolate, liqurice and coconut. A flavor of vanilla, spice, chili, dark chocolate, weak coffee and an oily texture.

4.5
PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle, lots of thanks to BoBoChamp for giving me the opportunity to try this one! APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, no head. Very sticky beer. TASTE: whiskey, some spices, quite sweet, chocolate, mocha. TASTE: whiskey again, some chili there as well, coffee bitterness, sweetness as the regular Hunahpu. For me, this was a beer in perfect balance! Nice alcohol warming feeling.

4.5
tderoeck (10955) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2014
20/V/14 - 75cl bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - BB: n/a, bottled: 3/VIII/2011, blue wax (2014-512) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, no head. Aroma: lots of vanilla, sweet, some caramel, sugary, molasses. MF: no carbon, full body. Taste: sweet start, lots and lots of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, sugary, little fruity, red forest fruits, jam. Aftertaste: bit sugary, mocha, dark chocolate, bitter touch, vanilla, caramel, crème brûlée, slightly sour, acidic touch. Amazing beer!

3.9
Lothore (649) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2014
A- pours an inky black color with very little, tan head S- chocolate, roasted malt, whiskey, deep roasted favors T- smoke, chocolate, boozy, hints of vanilla, light bitterness M- thick bodied and sticky with very little carbonation. D- this is definitely a sipper and very complex. I enjoyed it but probably couldn’t drink a whole beer.

4.2
JefVerstraete (3824) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2014
Thanks Bobochamp! Oily black colour, almost no foam. Very complex aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and bourbon with a lot of spices (chili, cinnamon). Good and well balanced stout!

4.7
kraddel (9428) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2014
Big thanx to Bobochamps for the taster ! Pours black, smell is oak , whiskey , chili . Taste is full , chili ( much chili yet not too much, still very balanced ) , very intense chocolat ( yet again , not over the top and just pure awesome ) . Bitter, full, complex . Véry nice !

3.6
ST247 (494) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2014
Sample thanks to Bobochamp. Sweet chocolate aroma. Chocolate bitterness. Sweet chocolate taste, bit allcoholic.


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