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: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aged in Apple Brandy barrels.

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4.2
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Growler shared by Armin. Thanks for a cool one! Pour is as dark as anything I have ever seen. Viscous, pitch black, very dark mocha head, that fades to a small skim with a bit of sticky lacing. Aroma is all barrel. Booze, brown sugar, light chili heat right at the very end. Not much of the base beer makes it through. The taste though...wow. Perfect blend of chocolate, lots of chocolate, more chocolate, some smoke, earth, a bit of spicy chili heat, light wood, brown sugar and booze. Thick mouthfeel and a lasting finish. Great, great taste, but the aroma doesn’t do it for me.

4.2
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Big fliptop shared by Tooch. Thanks, buddy. Really exciting beer to finally try. Pours a rich inky black thick pour, a small dark brown head atop dies to a ring, laces small. Thick and inky, dark and ominous. Aromas are richer chocolate chip cookies, cocoa, and biscuits. Touches of oak, vanilla, and touches of apples grow. Cocoa, coffee, and vanilla, gentle spirit, touches of dark fruit. A gentle kiss of spice. Initial is fuller bodied, with cocoa and caramel, smoothed out barrel elements offer oak, vanilla, and some mellow apple brandy spirit. Smooth spirit, brandy, and oak, well integrated with richer fudge, roast, and mellow coffee roast. Smooth, the barrel integrates well with a kiss of spice. A very well done barrel aged stout, firm sweetness countered with a touch of thinness with barrel, oak, and brandy. Vanilla, touches of roast, toast, smokey elements still stick around. No real spice. But smokey, smooth and silky, with a good barrel presence that integrates well. It loses the base nature of the beer, but still tastes great. I’m still out the Bourbon version, but so far, this one of my favorite barrel variant of the series. Very nice.

4.5
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2012
black color, aroma of chillies, chocolate, coffee, toffee, dark fruits, brandy, booze, flavors are the same, supper thick like used motor oil, bitterness that lingers for some time, this stuff is amazing

4.6
ICEatALAMO (1350) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2012
The apple brandy version. Pours like motor oil and has tons of legs on the glass. The aroma is a sweet brandy. The taste is as thick as a milkshake. Wow this is a good beer. You get some cocoa in the end and burnt creme brûlée in the middle. A great whale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
mikem409 (2027) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2012 Thanks meadme!!!! Jesus Christ this beer is so damn thick. Aroma of huna and apple. Taste so damn good thick cinninib chocolate goodness Rerated with growler that is actualy carbonated and bigity bam perfect score

5
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
32oz growler from the most recent release with HUGE thanks to a great FL friend and an amazing FL trader. thanks a ton, guys! i’m a fairly eloquent guy and as you can see from my ratings, a bit verbose but this beer brought me to a level where the only words i could utter were "fuck me sideways, this is perfect". yeah, it’s that good. pours as only a CCB imperial stout can. thick as motor oil but silky smooth capped by a rich, dense, red-clay colored head that stains the hell out my Hunahpu’s snifter and leaves beautiful rings of lace. aroma is nothing short of divine with all that is great about the base beer...dense dark chocolate, heavy roast, a touch of toasted cedar, burnt cinnamon, smoked chilis, molasses, and espresso backed by elegant notes of wet oak, baked cinnamon apples, and sweet, boozy brandy that really pops as it warms in the glass. flavor is a near out-of-body experience with the oak, sweet brandy, and subtle apple notes complimenting and adding a level of complexity to the heavy dark chocolate fudge, espresso, vanilla, cinnamon, and smoked notes of the base Hunahpu’s but allowing the rich toasted cedar and mild chili spice to still shine on the back end. palate is sheer perfection as well with the bold, imposingly thick, yet smooth as silky mouthfeel i’ve come to love in the base Hunahpu’s with a long, lingering finish of subtle chili spice, dark chocolate, and sweet brandy. overall, this may be the single best beer i’ve ever tasted. it’s an absolute marvel and a testament to barrel aging. wow.

5
kabsetter (103) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Stumbled across this while picking up a case of Barrel aged church on the hill at the Cigar City tasting room yesterday. I asked what they had in the unmarked tap handle and the bartender said ’’ apple brandy barrel aged hunahpu’’. After I picked myself off the floor I ordered 2 snifters, sat down and was in awe. The aroma, totaly unique, ballanced smokey sweet, chocolate spice. Tasted just as unique with the peper ballanced perfectly to give you a warm swallow of smooth greatness. This is the most exceptional beverage Ive ever had. My expcetations were high, and this exceeded on every level. IMHO, the nectar of the godz. , perfect!

4.3
Dunt (316) - Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Growler sent from an awesome regular trading partner, thanks Dave! Pours a pitch black in color with a small amount of dark brown head. Nose is light on the apple brandy, but it’s there. There is chocolate, malt, vanilla, brandy, boozy, cracker, and cinnamon. The apple brandy is subdued in the flavor as well, but it layers the base beer nicely. In comparison to the brandy Zhukov, this is far more balanced. Mouthfeel is medium to thick, with good carbonation, and a long finish. Lives up to the hype, another superb barrel treatment of Hunahpu. The apple brandy compliments the base beer (which is an unreal imperial stout) very well.

4.7
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Big thanks to Adam on this one. Aroma: lots of chocolate and vanilla, cinnamon, slight hints of the apple brandy, molasses, cocoa, fairly sweet, noticeable alcohol. Pours like black ink, very viscous, faint brown head dissipates fairly quickly. Flavor is fantastic - starts with a hefty dose of chocolate, like chocolate cake without being overly sweet. Apple notes, some warming alcohol, earthy/woody hints, coffee, molasses, roast malts, medium bitterness with minimal hop character. The vanilla is fairly pronounced and the cinnamon is certainly present, the heat from the peppers has dissipated compared to the base, but is still just barely lurking in the background. Extremely full bodied without being overly sweet, just the right amount of carbonation, very smooth and silky. An excellent beer, glad I was able to try it.

4.3
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this beer. The beer pours a black color with a huge brown head. The aroma has a ton of chocolate in it, as well as some roasted malt, oak and brandy. The flavor is similar. Upfront I get a ton of sweet apple brandy notes, with some chocolate and roasted malt coming through as well. I get a hint of spiciness and pepper, but the brandy and chocolate come through the strongest. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Awesome.


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