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

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

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unknown

on tap
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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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ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2013
750ml, yellow wax bottle, via some awesome traders. pours as remarkably imposing, rich, oily, and dense as the marvel that is Hunahpu’s and is topped off by a dark, rusty head that leaves thick sheets of oily lace that stains the sides of my Hunahpu’s snifter. aroma is absolutely stunning with huge notes of cocoa, Mexican coffee, cinnamon rolls, vanilla oils, and smoked peppers backed by elaborate touches of oak, dark fruits, brandy spirits, spices, toasted coconut, and subtle touches of cedar. flavor is nothing short of perfection with huge roasted malts, cinnamon icing, spiced chocolate cake, toasted coconut, vanilla, and hints of toffee backed by perfectly integrated notes of black cherry, dates, figs, and spiced brandy with that unmistakable Hunahpu’s finish of smoky, spicy peppers. palate is magnificently rich, smooth, oily, and dense with light carbonation and a lingering finish of spices, roast, and brandy. overall, could this really be as good as the Apple Brandy version? honestly, yes. it’s just another remarkable variation of this perfect beer.

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Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Pours black, rich tan head, still always impressed with this color, dark as can be. Amazing sticky lacing left. Smell rich roasty and fruit, coco, nutty, and huge coffee, light brandy. Taste is a perfect balance of chocolate syrup, chili, graham cracker, cinnamon, vanilla and red fruit. Still obviously the base beer, but the barrel treatment enhances it without overpowering it. Fuller bodied, rich creamy mouthfeel. Chewy. This beer is worth the hype, and I can’t imagine anything being much better. This is the pinnacle.

5
rbrazell (1763) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Draft at CCB Christmas Day. Thick ink black pour with a small ruby brown head. Amazing aroma of sweet brandy wood, licorice, dark chocolate, subtle chili pepper heat, tobacco, light coffee and ash. Mouth coating viscous body with chewy chocolate malts, licorice, tobacco leaf, brandy wood, vanilla and wonderful balance of chili heat at the end. Silky body and mild booze. Goddamn beautiful.

5
ebone1988 (2124) - 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.

5
koleminer20 (3976) - 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 might’ve wept into the open bottle once I realized it was all gone. Fuck this was good.


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