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

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

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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aged in Apple Brandy barrels.

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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Batch # 68189 - thanks to ericandersnavy! Enjoyed at "pre-tasting" at Freetail Brewing before Ananke bottle release. Pours black as night with a deep creamy tan head and beautiful thick elegant lacing which almost stains the glass yellow. Smells of deep, roasty chocolate and sweet spice...amazing! Taste is nothing but chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. . Creamy goodness! Slightly sweet and slightly alcohol. Overall this one is out of this world...YUM!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
2010 bottle number 61/84 with a big thanks to alen. Pours with an inky, staining body and a small white head that fades to nothing. Completely glass coating. Aroma is lightly smokey, strong apple brandy, chocolate, fudge, spicy, nose burn, oily, iodine, cinnamon. Taste is HUGE, chocolaty, chewy, ashy, cocoa, bready, and some cinnamon. No peppers (thankfully), and less chalky than the regular version. Huge, thick, mouthcoating with light carbonation.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
largadeer (17) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Thanks for sharing this rarity, Nick. Black as pitch and quite viscous, there isn’t much of a head, but it does have nice legs. It smells strangely muddled. Bittersweet dark chocolate, a touch of tart apple, some leathery oxidation. The barrel aging seems to have actually simplified the beer and covered up most of the pepper, vanilla and cinnamon. As it warms, it becomes dominated by heavily roasted, tarry, almost burnt malt and sweet brandy. Not bad, but haphazard. The apple brandy flavor comes through pretty strongly on the palate. It hints at apple, but it’s more of an indistinguishable fruity sweetness. There’s a little vanilla and oak, lots and lots of bitter baking chocolate, barely perceptible chili pepper. This is a huge, chewy imperial stout, almost Dark Lord-esque in viscosity. The finish is mildly boozy with lingering flavors of bitter chocolate, licorice, earthy oxidation and faint chili pepper. Barrel aging seems to have covered up the boldness of the adjunct ingredients in this beer, transforming it into something that’s enjoyable but ultimately muddled. Perhaps Hunahpu’s wasn’t the best beer to put in a barrel. Pretty good, I enjoyed my glass, but it’s not outstanding. There are a number of better and less rare barrel aged imperial stouts out there.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (6114) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
(750ml bottle #64/89 thanks to ericandersnavy) Cigar City does it again. Another imperial stout that just knocks it out of the park. Black pour, coats the glass like motor oil with a few tan bubbles. Nose of cinnamon, brandy, chile peppers, fudge, and alcohol when swirled in the glass. Taste of brandy, smooth, fudge, cinnamon, mild alcohol, bourbon notes, medium dry finish with espresso in the linger. Complex and surprisingly easy to drink for 11%. So smooth. I liked this better than regular Hunahpu’s.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adrian910ss (2570) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2010
On draft at Capones. Pours a pitch black with a small to medium sized brown head. Aroma of spicy peppers, vanilla, brandy and chocolate. Taste of spicy peppers, brandy, vanilla, cocoa and light cinnamon. Tasty stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2010
I never would have gotten to try this if it wasn’t for the kind heartedness of tampa. i shared this down at the bottle release of the freetail ananke. as soon as i popped the bottle, people were lining up behind me for a pour. it poured black as can be with a copper colored head. aroma was lots of dark goodness, some oak character, slight brandy, and just so much goodness intertwining with one another. the flavor was dark chocolate, fudge, brandy, and just a hint of spicyness that was being covered by the brandy in my opinion. the body is thick like a milk shake. i can’t believe how good this thing is. i am truly honored to have tried this.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Tap @ the brewery release on 5/22...pour was such a deep, black color with almost no head to speak of. Nose had strong notes of the barrel, chocolate and cinnamon but the brandy notes seemed to hide the chiles more than I expected. Thick as f*#@...coats the glass like no other brew I’ve had outside of Dark Lord. Flavors consisted of heavy woodiness, brandy, some plum, chocolate and spice...again, the chiles seem to be missing. Very minor complaint about the chile notes, not enough for me to dislike this in any manner though. World-class brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (22437) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2010
bottle at halloweeen tasting ... HUGE HUGE thanks to my BIG Florida friend for this ... Bottle 62 of 89 ... dark black ... thin tan lacing ... huge chocolate nose ... warming alcohol front ... maybe a bit too much brandy in the front for me ... but then the beautiful chocolate shines through ... lots of toffee malts ... little vanilla ... really nice but heavy.... i think i want to score a little lower as its very heavy.. but its just way to nice ... A bottle to share. but a bottle to savour.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Bottle. This thing pours a very, very thick black/brown color wtih minimal head. Coats the glass and almost leaves legs running down. Whoa! Brandy, brandy, and more brandy are in the nose along with dark, raosted malts, vanilla, and some spice but for sure the brandy takes center stage. The flavor is extremely intense and complex at the same time. The brandy again is the first flavor you are hit with followed by the roast, vanilla, and spice. Heavy mouthfeel. Some tobacco and leather in the taste as well. A very intense sipper that is pretty well done. Tough to drink a ton of it for me due to the intense brandy taste, I wish the brandy was just a little dialed down.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (4381) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 On tap at hawthornes. 8oz pour in tulip glass. A: Pitch black. No head, no skim, no lacing. Just a thick motor oil look alike. S: Light apple brandy lays atop the profile from start to finish. Underneath are spicy chili peppers, cinnamon, roasted malt, cocoa and traces of vanilla and oak. T: Like the nose, its clear right away that the beer was treated with some time in apple brandy barrels. It isn;t overwhelming however and complements the rich spicy flavors of the base beer well. Chili peppers pop out on the tongue and are rounded out with sweet cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla and a bit of caramel. M: Thick and smooth. Lightly carbonated (in a good way). A bit of warming heat, but not overpoweringly boozy. O: I plowed through this beer fairly quickly (unintentionally). It just went down real well despite its massive body and substantial flavoring. As noted above this was much better than the pour I got the day before at Capones. Its amazing how different they were. Capones was almost all brandy, killing off the peppers and cinnamon. The Hawthorne’s sample really was like Hunahpus + Apple Brandy... which was nice to get. Cigar City guys... do you guys know what happened to the Capone’s keg???


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