Cigar City Hunahpuís Imperial Stout - Apple Brandy Barrel Aged

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


on tap


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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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 itís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctipping (1715) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2016
32 oz. screw-top growler graciously shared by Dave. Originally reviewed 6/29/2012. Pours an incredibly flat inky black. Glass-staining, as always. Viscous, but no head. Bummer. Growler, maybe? Nose is brandy, booze, and, well, standard Hunahpu aromas. Chilies and chocolate. And more booze. The brandy aroma is a little on the sickly sweet side, though. Really detracts, I think. Tastes awfully sweet at the start. Brandy comes through, but it isnít an imposing flavor, except for the sweetness. Chocolate and chilies are still pretty potent in this treatment. Thick and sweet and syrupy, though. Every bit of sugar is amplified by the brandy. Thick and boozy. Still has the wonderful viscosity of Hunahpu, though, but it tastes every bit of 11.5% and then some. The sugar doesnít help. Not an impressive treatment. Itís still a fascinating combination of flavors, but not something that improves upon the original beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zappbranagan (11) - Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2015
One of the best beers I have had the pleasure of drinking. Just amazing. Great barrel character. CCB should do more stouts with Apple Brandy. Possibly Vanilla as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kirarockrocks (10) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
Sweet brandy alcohol heat that adds amazing complexity. Subtle oak and vanilla blending in with the vinous dark fruit notes. Chewy viscous body with lots of silky chocolate maltiness that is balanced out by the vinous apple brandy barrel notes. Slightly earthy oak that is very vinous with hints of dark fruit and vanilla balancing out the chilli and roasted malt perfectly.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HonusWagner (2131) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2014
As good as it gets for barrel-aging synergizing with the base flavors. Rich spiciness and heat from the barrel, chocolatey and fudgy, that signature CCB stout mouthfeel, jesus christ this beer is amazing. I of course gave away one bottle and traded the other. Oh well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (11258) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Man, this is my 3rd version of this stout and they have all been soooo delicious. Harmonious blend of apple brandy, chocolate, dark fruit, very very subtle peppers. Super smooth dessert beer!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle kindly shared by Fux at the CMLSG14 tasting. The Apple Brandy distinguishes through a rather harsch brandy aroma, added with green spicy notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (5822) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). # 2 / 84. Huge thanks for sharing this huge whale Fux! Cigar City black with a small ring of brown head and almost no lacing. Aroma is surprisingly well balance with dark chocolate, vanilla, brandy, light fruity notes, coffee, light green peppers and hints of chili peppers. Taste is slightly sweet with dark chocolate, brandy, vanilla, light coffee, raisins, very light oxidation notes and a light but lingering nice warming finish from the chili peppers. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Thick mouthfeel. Light spiciness in the finish. Iím not sure I would be able to recognize the Apple Brandy in a blind tasting, but the complexity and the balance of this beer are impressive. And itís actually quite easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5735) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle 2/84 at tasting. Black pour with no head. Aroma is quite mellow compared to the other Huna (tasted side by side with 2010 regular version), faint spirit notes, nothing identifiable as apple brandy however, just a more integrated, mellow spiciness, cocoa, cinnamon notes. Taste is balanced, lots of cocoa, light spirit flavors, spicy finish, light alcohol warmth. Nice stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (12373) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Bottle #2 of 84 shared at the 2014 tasting in the Cellar of Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Pours near black with no head. Aroma is fairly light with the vegy chilli , roast, dark chocolate and caramel. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. The palate as well is somewhat subdued, maybe from the age. Itís lovely, but subtle. The apple brandy aspects come out lightly but nothing much. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Great, but so subtle compared to the fresh normal huna drunk side by side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (9827) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by some local beer guys. Pours dark brown to black with a small, dense tan head. The aroma has big dark chocolate, cinnamon, apple brandy, wood, lighter peppery notes, vanilla and coconut, all building anticipation for the first taste. The flavor has much of the same; chocolate, cinnamon, peppers, wood, brandy, coconut, full bodied, flavorful and definitely worth seeking out. Another home run in the Hunahpus line.

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