Cigar City Hunahpuís Imperial Stout - California 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: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Aged in California brandy barrels

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4.7
BSchnab (118) - Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Aroma roast sweet dark fruits, dark black appearance, taste is sweeter hunahpu with some chillies on the palate amazing


4.3
rouhlas (3588) - GREECE - MAY 9, 2017
750 ml bottle @ Radikal whale slaying, Thessaloniki. Thank you Anton! Black color with brown head. Roasted malty aroma, spicy, cinnamon, some licorice and chocolate, dark dried fruits, wood, alcohol. Moderate sweet and moderate bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

4.5
Klimaet (2539) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 16, 2017
Bottle split on day 2 of Coconut/Cinnamon Death 2017. Pours pitch black with a small dark dense brown head. Aromas of cinnamon, fruity barrel notes, lots of raisins and prunes, sweet brandy, dark chocolate, ashy and licorice. Taste has lots of cinnamon, prunes, dark thick chocolate, vanilla, coconut, chili heat, light ashy, roasty bitter finish.

4.5
Desverger (11122) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 14, 2017
Bottle (massive thanks to Tad & co) - black pour with thin tanned head. Aroma and taste is rich sweet malty with prominent brandy coming in, lovely opulent decadent chocolate, some caramel and treacle notes, some lovely spices with some cinnamon, some slight chilli edge, rich brandy soaked wooden accents into the finish, immense.

4.4
GlasgowTAD (1768) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 14, 2017
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a thick modest brown head which recedes to a brown ring around the circumference. Aroma is cinnamon, chilli spice, oak, liquorice, burnt ash, tobacco, leather. Taste is liquorice, vanilla, cocoa bitter, coconut, chilli heat, coffee sweet, oak, little bit of brandy, roasty ash. Full bodied.

4.2
ctipping (1937) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2017
750 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 8/5/2013. Viscous black. Dark mocha head. Medium collar and a few islands. Smells of tons of brandy. Peppers and chocolate. Dark chocolate and a green aroma from the peppers. Tastes of rich chocolate. Brandy is less distinct than the nose, but still present. More chocolate. Peppers and some other spices. Very thick. Medium carbonation. Iím still not convinced that barrels improve on Hunahpu at all.

4.1
Abijen (2571) - ís-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2016
Pikkie zwart met een kleine bruine schuim kraag. Ruikt naar donker fruit, geroosterd, mout, koffie. Smaakt overrijp fruit, geroosterd, mout.

4.5
Countbeer (6592) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2016
Bottle @ Itís raining cats and whales tasting: Served in a taster: Black beer. No head. Nose of apples, roast, light cinnamon, apple pie, some sweet chocolate, cookies, sweet dusty malt roast, light mocha... Flavours of roast, bitters, apples, brandy, hints of liquorice and chocolate, dust, light cinnamon, bread, sweet crust (yet friendly spicy).... Aftertaste is bitter, vanilla, apple, roast, light spice and some dusty apple pie... Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, full bodied.

5
koleminer20 (3470) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2016
From notes. I shared this bottle with ebone1988 and Eddie, because why the fuck not?! The pour is jet black. This thing is like night in a glass. There is a thick collar of medium to dark brown head and no last. The aroma is spectacular. Tons of cocoa, chile heat, a light coffee, and a great sweet brandy presence. Got damn. I love this because the brandy barrel cuts the intensity of the normal Huna just enough. This is magic. The flavor is very similar. Lots of chocolate, coffee, spice and chilis, with just enough of a brandy sweetness and light oak to really balance and tie it together beautifully. The mouth feel is thick and chewy with a soft carbonation that makes it last and hang around for days! The aftertaste is lightly spicy and sweet brandy dragging out forever. I mightíve wept into the open bottle once I realized it was all gone. Fuck this was good.

5
ebone1988 (1857) - 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 (2804) - 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. Thereís a prominent barrel presence in the nose but thankfully it doesnít 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 doesnít 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 thatís from the barrel or hunah. Also, quite a bit of cinnamon and chili after it warms. Complex, inviting nose with great barrel character thatís not overly boozy. The mouthfeel of this beer is perfect and I canít image how it could be improved. Thick and chewy luscious body thatís not oily or slick. Feels like a boozy chocolate shake with chilies and cinnamon. Probably best mouthfeel of any beer Iíve ever had. Again, thereís a really strong barrel presence but itís 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.


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