bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap @ the Brandy-barrel release on 5/22. Pours dark black with a much larger head than the brandy barrel...nose is one of the best I’ve ever experienced, notes of spiced chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak and some earthy chile notes. The body doesn’t seem to be as thick as the brandy but is still more prominent than most impy’s I’ve had...flavors were heavy on the chiles, the bourbon almost seems to accentuate the peppers but it doesn’t wear out its welcome by any means. The chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon notes are also apparent. Great brew.
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was definitely let down by this after having the regular version. The bourbon aspect seemed to take so much away from the complexity of flavor in the original. The palate is full. Aroma was a mix of booze, chocolate malt, and light spice. The flavor was strong bourbon up front with the stout itself hiding behind.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Poured dark brown with a nice brown head. Nose is oaky, boozey, peppery, and chocolatey. Taste is similarly oaky, with some pepper, roasted malt, and vanilla. Pitch black pour with a thick sticky brown head. The nose is very peppery and a little bit spicy as well. Finish is warming and body is very thick. Overall, a nice brew.
kramer (6576) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, at brewery, RBWG 2010. Pours a thick pitch black body, rather inky looking, with a large very dark brown head. Huge vanilla and bourbon nose, a little alcohol but not especially boozy. Some light chilies and chocolate peeking thru the barrel treatment, but the nose is much more barrel-centric than anything. The flavor has a bit too much bourbon for me, it covers up a bit too much of the chili pepper, which is my favorite aspect of the beer. Rich vanilla and heavy roast with some sweet chocolate notes. Very rich and intense flavor. Mouthfeel is full and oily with moderate fizzy carbonation. A little sticky on the finish. The more it warmed up, the more the chili pepper did come out, but still a little too overly bourbon flavored for me. Brandy>Regular>Bourbon for me.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a growler. 2/20/10. Mostly black, opaque pour with a thin layer of tight bubbled tan foam. Bold bourbon in the nose - light vanilla, spicy oak, and some sharper alcoholic notes that play interestingly with the pepper characters. Some green apple harshness present intially, but dissipated after warming. I’m getting some of that same cherry gumdrop fruitiness from the regular Hunahpu’s that reminds me of sloe gin. Full bodied, medium-light carbonation with a soft, silky texture. Chocolate nougat malt flavors up front on the palate, accompanied by some mild vanilla and bourbon. Some of the sloe gin flavors come through mid-palate, but less prominent than sans-bourbon, as they seem to be shrouded by the bourbon flavors. The bourbon character seems to be biased more toward the spicy oak and warm alcohol flavor profile than my preferred heavy toast oak vanillin, but then perhaps that can be attributed to the combination of alcohol heat from the bourbon and the peppers. Pleasantly warm finish, with chocolate nougat, bourbon, and mild spice lingering on the palate. Big flavors, but overall I found this to be less refined than the non-BA version.
Lubiere (13548) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. A super aroma of sweet chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, oaken barrel notes. In mouth, a classy imperial stout with loads of torrefied coffee, some bitter chocolate, wood, tons of taste and warming alcohol, all smooth and pleasant. On tap at Cigar City, May 22 2010.
juiceisloose (1386) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Cigar City for the Hunahpu release party. This one pours an oily and visocus, pitch black color that allows zero light to penetrate. The body is crowned by a thick, smooth dark brown head of foam that receds slowly and leaves patches of lace behind. The aroma is absolutely incredible that is as complex as any with layers of rich milk chocolate, bitter sweet dark chocolate, fudge, vanilla beans, and a nice roast component to balance things out. The chili peppers push their way through all the rich and creamy notes adding a nice spicyness to the fold, while oaky bourbon adds its signature notes of warmth and vanilla to round everything out. The flavor is just as rich and decadent as the nose foreshadows with gobs of rich dark and milk chocolates, smooth vanilla bean, roast, and toasted coocnut adding layer after layer of complexity. The chili peppers add a nice little tingly spice to the tongue and some heat on the back end. The additional amount of peppers from the base beer is definitely noticeable, which adds even more to the flavor profile. The oaky bourbon then adds its signature flavors along with more vanilla that seems to balance everything together perfectly. The bourbon is very smooth and overbearing, which is really nice. The mouthfeel is full and viscous and very smooth with subtle carbonation that helps this one to be incredibly drinkable even with the 11% abv. The finish is long with the cocoa and peppers shining through and a nice warming from the barrel. This is an amazing imperial stout. I didn’t think it could get better from the original, but I think this surpasses it. Cheers to Joey and Wayne for brewing such a world class beer
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Pitch black pour with a thick sticky brown head. The nose is very peppery and a little bit spicy as well. Sticky with an intense cocoa flavour. Rich with a bit of bourbon vanillaish character. The pepper in here seems more intense than it does in the regular Hunapuh’s. Rich and chewy with a little bit of anise as it starts to warm up. Long sticky sweet/bitter cocoa finish. Lingering vanilla and a kiss of oaky tannins add quite a lot of complexity to the beer, but it’s quite a subtle treatment. I like this more than the regular.
keepersj12 (3088) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Hawthornes as part of Philly beer week. Sitting out front with my two booze hounds on a hot humid Philly day and this comes out. Pitch black with almost no head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, licorice, toffee, roasted malt and God knows what else. The flavor is intense with coffee, chocolate. The booze hits midway down the throat. Fantastic despite the weather.
pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capone’s. Intriguing brew. Pours dark black with small head. Comes across as a little bit spicy. Flavors of vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon blended went well with bourbon barrel. A nice tasty brew.