sonnycheeba (5915) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle (56/84). Pours opaque black with medium, fizzy tan head; short retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, brandy, earthy notes, black pepper, and dark fruit. Flavor is heavy malt with some supporting dark fruit esters; dry, ashy finish. Full body, medium carbonation, and high warmth.
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL gold wax #56/84. Super wale DONG thanks to ygtbsm94. . Ink SRM pour with towering, Martian red head. Huge formation. Nice retention. No lace. Sweet vanilla nose, quite subtle, roasted chilies, some green olive. Taste is super tangy and fruity with some unlikely acidity and quenching character. Lighter palate. Palate is very soft, muted booziness, some heavy dark chocolate with lemon acidity. No apple brandy character I can detect, and I just spent 10 days touring the calvados region of France. Palate gets quite chalky and powdery. I like the acidic lemon and very bitter cocoa powder and dark chocolate, but there’s no barrel character at all.
BeerandBlues2 (13073) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 56/84 shared by ygtbsm94. Pours opaque with a dark brown head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is brandy, coffee, roast and chocolate malt, light chilies, dates, prunes, and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant, chocolate and roast, dark fruity esters, brandy and a sweet finish. Full body, high warmth and medium carbonation.
Travlr (24008) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 56/84 courtesy of ygtbsm94, holy cow! Almost completely black, large dark brown head, decent retention. Aroma of perfume, subtle port. Taste is plums, dates, raisins, port. Very nice.
sebletitje (9955) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Entering old rates. Draft @ CCB Hunahpu release 2010. Arôme donne bien l’aspect des piments se mélangeant avec la vanille et les morceaux de cacao laissant une impression légère de malt fumé. Palais est épais, chocolaté avec les piments qui donnent juste assez d’épice sans pour cela prendre le dessus sur l’expérience. Cette bière arrive à une nouvelle dimension avec le bourbon qui est frais boozy et réchauffant. Le tout reste un peu lourd sur le chocolat, note de café, soyeuse en bouche. Le brandy est plus agréable que la version bourbon. Bière reste épaisse et demande à prendre son temps pour être appréciée. Les piments se mélangent parfaitement avec le vieillissement en fût.
radagast83 (7907) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 750ml bottle. Poured a pitch black color with a small wispy tan head. Aroma was dark chocolate notes, no chilies, dark malts. Barrel comes out, brandy notes are there most definitely - enjoyable to the hilt. Enjoyed it so much. Retired? So sad.
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2014 This was the first beer I ever took notes on...and still one of the best beers I have ever had...Served on-tap into a mini snifter at Capone’s during the Cigar City party for Philly Beer Week 2010...wow that was a lot of words...
A - Pours absolutely pitch black with a small dark brown head that leaves sticky brown lacing down most of the glass.
S - A bit on the sweet side with a strong aroma of brandy. A bit of chocolate and some sort of spices? Could that be the chillies from the non-BA version? I might need another glass to determine if it is...
T - Starts out with some mild sweetness from the apple brandy slowly developing into an amazing line-up of cinnamon, chocolate, and some faint spices. Most of the things I don’t like about the normal version of hunahpu’s are all cleared up with the barrel aging. Absolutely one of the best stouts I have ever had. I can only hope to have it again in the future.
M - Heavy body and flavor with good carbonation. It has a very full body but it is very well rounded. The brandy flavor is strong but not too overpowering.
O - I could drink this all day. I drank it side by side with regular version and it was like drinking a completely different beer. This one was so much more complex and smooth. Absolutely amazing. So glad I got to try this one.
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yo. This company is no joke. There beers rock.
Strong black pour with thin, beigehead. Chocolate and brady aroma. And a perfect blended chocolate, brandy and some vanilla taste. Damn Good.
fbm115 (187) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
big thanks to Jon for sharing. rate from notes. pours a thick black motor oil with a small dark brown head, perfect as far as i’m concerned. smell is very complex mix of roast, char, choco, chili and fairly intense brandy oak character. The taste is just as complex as the smell and super rich. mouthfeel is velvety smooth and rich. touch of alcohol is masked by a bit of sweetness. highly drinkable, very enjoyable.
DialSquare (4880) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An old note from the first Hunahpu tasting. We had all four of the bourbon and brandy stouts lined up at the same time. I mainly just have scores for each. I liked this better than the bourbon Hunahpu, but less than the Zhukov’s treatments. 7.8