Cigar City Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel Aged

 
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100
100
style
Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aged in California brandy barrels

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ebone1988 (2165) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20 and Eddy. Aroma is wonderful. Cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, brandy sweetness, chili, fuck fuck fuck. Mouthfeel is heavy body, light carbonation, brandy sweetness, cinnamon and roasted malt aftertaste. Overall, fuck fuck fuck. World class and quite the experience.

4.7
corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger, pillowy dark mocha head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap/ring. Great retention, taking a while to settle with large splotches of soapy lacing clinging to the glass on the way down. Dark oily legs coat the glass.

There’s a prominent barrel presence in the nose but thankfully it doesn’t completely obliterate the characteristics of the base beer. Slight charred oak/wood and sweet and spicy brandy along with vanilla and a strong toasted coconut presence. Excellent brandy character in the nose. Not sweet like the apple brandy, but more of a spicy booziness yet doesn’t smell just like fusel alcohol. Underneath, the elements of the base beer are still present. Subtle roast with robust dark malt notes. Hints of coffee and bitter dark chocolate along with oatmeal, smoke and toffee. Some vanilla bean but not sure if that’s from the barrel or hunah. Also, quite a bit of cinnamon and chili after it warms. Complex, inviting nose with great barrel character that’s not overly boozy.

The mouthfeel of this beer is perfect and I can’t image how it could be improved. Thick and chewy luscious body that’s not oily or slick. Feels like a boozy chocolate shake with chilies and cinnamon. Probably best mouthfeel of any beer I’ve ever had. Again, there’s a really strong barrel presence but it’s perfectly integrated into the awesomeness of Hunahpu. Subtle dry oak wih a touch of char along with silky vanilla bean, cinnamon, marshmallow and toasted coconut. The brandy and barrel flavors really add another dimension to the luscious, silky chocolate and robust, smokey malts while the strong cinnamon and chili presence compliments the spirit perfectly. Deceptively drinkable with prominent alcohol/spirit flavor but only has slight heat in the finish. Another incredible beer from CCB and probably the best Hunahpu variant yet.

4.2
AdamChandler (5183) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Also didn’t think I’d ever get to try this Hunah variant. 2 ounce pour @ Hill Farmstead on Draft. Pitch black, oily, good alcohol legs and nice carbonation that’s resilient and hearty. This is far more fruity than I thought. Brandy is subdued and just comes across as booze or a fine wine at the finish. Hunan in barrels though, it’s melded together perfectly. No alcohol burn, almost juicy with a fruit finish. Thick of course, oily finish, chocolate, raisins and wood. Fantastic.

4.2
WillRunForBeer (2783) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Taster at the Hill. Pours nearly black with a light brown ring. Aroma is chocolate, molasses, brandy. Flavor is chocolate, cinnamon, chili, oak, Brandy and coffee in the finish.

3.8
kraddel (9170) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2015
@ Mega imperial stout tasting part 2.
Pours pure black, smell is very intense cinnamon and dark malts. Bitter. Taste is sharply bitter, very much roasted grains. Very boozy, too boozy to be good. Nice beer, but nothing more than ’nice’ to me

4.5
jtclockwork (17410) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours oil black. Nose and taste of brandy, chocolate cake, cinnamon, vanilla and chili - medium body

4.4
Clownoisseur (488) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2015
2013 bottle, pours a pitch black, minimal mocha colored head that vanishes quickly. Very oily in appearance and has a nice set of legs! Aromas are of brandy sweetness, couples with cocoa, tobacco and cinnamon spice. The brandy almost gives off a nice dark fruit aroma...cherries, blackberry and prune with these adjuncts. Nice. Taste is nicely balanced with the brandy barrel being prominent still. Loads of cocoa and tobacco upfront, with a nice medium bodied mouthfeel that allows the base beer to shine. As it warms the cinnamon steps up and makes it’s presence felt. Light pepper heat warms but never becomes abrasive or prominent. Vanilla oak sweetness couples with dark fruit notes to provide a pretty balanced finish.

4
devman171 (1223) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Tap at huna day, taste is chocolate and sweet booze, solid thick stout, but the flavors are getting hard to detect

4.2
RRistow12 (953) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Tasted from draft. Pours black with a thick dark brown head. Very sweet aroma of brandy, caramel and some fruity notes. Taste is also quite sweet with mild bitterness. Definite brandy flavor with caramel, maple syrup, cinnamon and some dark fruits. Pretty tasty but I think I prefer the regular Hunahpu. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Draft sample Hunahpu day 2015. Pitch black. Brandy aroma with cinnamon, apples, and vanilla flavors. Wow, the brandy barrel adds another level to Hunahpu. Amazing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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