Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2010
On tap at the Hunahpu’s Release Party.
Probably my favorite treatment of this beer, except maybe for the bourbon aged version when it was first released several months back.
The beer is charcoal-black and pours thick and slowly, like cascading black lava, onto the snifter. Leaves about a 1/3 of an inch of foamy head at the top. Head has the color of fresh cappuccino.
In the nose I get a lot of sweet brandy notes with hints of alcohol heat, but not overbearing at all. Also some very nice vanilla, caramelized sugar and toffee.
The front palate gets that sweet brandy heat almost right away, followed by oak, dark chocolate, vanilla and in the back that ancho chile that made hunahpu’s famous creeps in slowly.
This is definitely a sipping beer, the mouth-feel is robust and substantial. Viscous. Extraordinary! HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Tap at CCB for the Hunahpus release. Easily the best beer of the night IMHO and the best Hunahpus treatment I’ve had so far. Both the nose and the flavor of this beer are complex and multi layered the brandy is present in both but not over powering, more soft and subtle. I really smell and taste all of the base Hunahpus ingredients with the brandy it’s very harmonious. Huge notes of fudge, roasted malt, cinnamon, and vanilla blended very nicely with notes of brandy, wood, and mild char, at first the peppers are really only experienced in the back of the throat but as the beer warms the peppers become much more apparent in the flavor and nose giving it the character of a mole. Huge creamy, velvety mouth feel, if you like big, full, chewy bodies as I do, I’d say this is perfect. As the pitch black beer retreats it leaves my glass heavily stained as with all CCB stouts. Finishes lightly sweet and roasted with a big hit of chocolate and cinnamon. Excellent. dchmela (3064) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Tap at brewery. Thick black pour with a dark tan head. Big brandy aroma along with chocolate, peppers. Taste is roasted grain, chocolate, creamy, spicy, tobacco with touches of the brandy. Awesome. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Draft. Small brown head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, Brandy, some chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some Brandy, apple, light roast. Smooth medium-full body. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2010 Of all the Hunahpus treatments, this was my favorite by far. The same dark black pour with a creamy brown head. Aroma has the chili, cinammon, caramel, chocolate, roasted malt and some interesting fruit and wood notes. Cant say its apples...more like golden raisins. Flavor is just creamy, smooth and and rich as hell. The spice of regular hunahpus is still evident, but a new rich flavor of apply-raisinss hits and some nice woody tones. Jesus this was amazing. Simply perfect.
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Pours out black with brown head. Lots of spicey chocolate flavor. The brandy barrel treatment is not as good as the bourbon in my opinion. As it warms the brandy really comes through. Adds a apple flavor that doesnt go with the brew. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - MAR 13, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2010 Pours pitch black, no head. Nose is big wood and brandy, chocolate, some spice, vanilla, dark fruits, cinnamon. Flavor is crazy good. Huge chocolate, vanilla, oak, perfect amount of brandy, cinnamon, mild spice from the peppers. Ridiculously good. Huge full mouthfeel. Creamy. Stupid. MeadMe (1662) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2010
On tap at the Hunahpus release.
A: Pours black dark and evil, like all CCB Stouts. Very dark head, excellent retention and a crazy amount of lace.
S: Loads of barrel, woody, with a huge blast of brandy. The roast, earth, chocolate, and spice of the base Hunahpu’s remains as well. It is hard to describe.
T: Pure flavor explosion in your mouth. I really didn’t think you can improve on the base beer but they have. The brandy barrel just puts this one in another class. Huge brandy barrel without being over the top. Tons of charred malt, earthy chocolate, light chili’s and hints of vanilla. Rich chocolate, light molasses, and a dash of unicorn horn.
M: Very full in body, bold, rich, perfect.
D: Not really nor is it made to be. One I could sip on for days though.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2010 Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even a trace of lighter color when held to a light source with a half finger dark chocolate mocha head that quickly fades into a thick lasting ring.
Amazingly complex aroma with a huge chocolate malt presence which is only slightly roasty with hints of toffee and caramel. 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. The spicy cinnamon chilli flavor is prominent in the dry finish. Excellent! I don’t see any way in which it could he improved with the exception of head retention. FSUScott (112) - Rome, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
beautiful syrupy black, with a dark brown head. great roasted aroma with a hint of sweet in the background. creamy texture with a definate barrel feel. sweet and hoppy. really thick, great beer!