jzzbassman (1631) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Growler courtesy of the Cheeseman. Poured a thick motor oil black with a small tan head. Huge cocoa aroma, a touch of cinnamon and just a hint of the barrel. More chocolate in the flavor, a little bit of pepper heat, and the most caramel flavor I’ve ever had in a beer, like a fine candy. Full long finish, with enough bitterness it manages to not be over sweet. World class. anders37 (26605) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2012
Growler. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate brandy aroma with weak hints of vanilla and coffee. Roasted malty thick chocolate and coffee flavor with nice woody brandy hints. Has a smooth roasted malty thick chocolate and coffee finish with brandy hints in the aftertaste. illidurit (2338) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle shared at RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting. Pours that signature inky black with an otherwordly dark brown head. Delicious rich fudge and chocolate with luscious vanilla rounding out the body and a mild chili influence. Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2013 Growler ’12. Rating off a growler opened yesterday. I get soy and it’s throwing me way off this brew, that wasn’t as apparent yesterday. The chili’s are still around I think this growler is relatively fresh. It’s great...but soy. Update: Had multiple growlers of this batch with the same result. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Poured from a 32 oz. growler into a snifter.
Like the regular Hunahpu’s, the Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Hunahpu’s pours a viscous dark black chocolate color with a barely noticeable tan head around the ring of the glass.
The aroma is full, complex, and somehow elevated beyond the greatness the original Hunahpu’s achieves. The brandy is noticeable and seems to gently overlay the other aromas, which are consistent with the regular Hunahpu’s: dark chocolate, a bit of espresso, vanilla, with a bit of pepper and a slightly fruity apple presence.
Each sip is nearly perfect. The dark chocolate fudge, roasted malt, and creamy espresso notes all blend amazingly well with a brandy flavor. The middle of the sip contains the zenith of its complexity, with the apple coming through, mixing with oak and vanilla from the barrel, and a bit of residual chocolate flavor. The end of the sip wraps the treat up nicely, leaving a nice brandy flavor in my mouth.
The brandy mellows out the sticky sweetness that the base beer contains, and the barrel definitely lightens up the carbonation a little bit as well. It is creamy and smooth, with the brandy cutting through the thickness of Hunahpu’s as well. This beer really just has the perfect body, carbonation, and smoothness that I am looking for.
After tasting Hunahpu’s for the first time I did not think there was any way to improve on it, but after having the whiskey and the brandy, I have changed my opinion. This is such an incredible beer.
Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2012
32oz growler courtesy of LoPo87. Thanks! Small 3 oz pour.
A: Thick as motor oil. No head. Legs on the glass like the lamp from A Christmas Story.
N: Intense caramel, cotton candy, brown sugar, coffee, fudge. This is mostly sugar, though, hence the score.
T: Good god. Diabetes. Cinnamon, chocolate, coffee, a little bit of soy sauce. A very slight pepper. Lots of dark fruits. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty much the epitome of throw everything into the kettle.
M: Heaviest beer I’ve ever tried. A little bit of carbonation. Expands and contracts all over my palate.
O: There’s almost no apple brandy so deducting some points there. Honestly, this is amazing, and then it’s way too much. I compared it to the way Nibbler must feel in Futurama as well as making the Mitch Hedberg joke that it’s like pancakes: When it starts, it’s amazing, by the time you’re done, you’re sick of ’em. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 Growler... Poured jet black like motor oil with a thick, brown head. Nose had brandy, oak, booze and roast. Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Super sweet with brandy, apples, dark fruits like plums and figs, dark chocolate, sweet milk and malted sugars. A dessert in a glass and truly a fine sipping beer. It doesn’t get much better than this for a barrel aged imp. stout. This is on the level of Vanilla Bean Dark Lord amazing. [This was Apple Brandy aged, although I had no hint of ghost chili peppers on it. So I put my rating here for now]. KyotoLefty (10254) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 1, 2012
Growler shared at RBSG Grand Tasting, 2012. Black, oily, ass with long legs. Huge brandy, vanilla, chocolate caramel aroma. Really rich. Very sweet, lots of barrel, comes off as bourbon a bit at first, but, no, it’s brandy. Chocolate. Great, rich, flavorful stout.
VsXsV (4438) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2012
Growler shared at the RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting. Pitch black liquid with minimal tan head and viscous, lacing liquid. Aroma is compared to the regular Huna less driven by the added flavourings but reminds more of a "regular" imp stout. Lots of chocolate, oak, vanilla and sweet fruit. I miss the chili from the regular one. Same flavours dominate the taste with maybe just a tiny hint of the chili. Decent amount of sweetness and raw sugars. Very viscous, full body with low carbonation. Absolutely delicious, but I think I prefer the original. urwithdave (10) - Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Poured from tap into CCB snifter.
Just like the regular version, pours used motor oil. Blacker than black. A good inch of head that has nice retention. Leaves nice lacing. This is my favorite hunahpu variation, with the rum right behind it. The latest batch is even better than previous batches.