KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 10/31/2011. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Taste side by side with 2011 Hunahpuís and the Virgin Oak Aged Hunahpuís.
The pour is a gorgeous chocolate ebony color with a tightly wound chocolate colored creamy head. Eventually fading to a collar, a little bit of lace is left down the sides of the glass.
I did not think that Hunahpuís aroma could improve, but aging in these whiskey barrels managed to do it. Sweet whiskey, dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and a bit of coffee blend and balance ever so nicely.
The flavor is phenomenal as well. Dark chocolate works in with sweet whiskey flavors, cinnamon, vanilla, roasted malt, a bit of espresso and cream. Some light dry oak tannins come in toward the middle, mixing with more chocolate and whiskey toward the end.
With an incredibly thick body, the flavors really have a chance to settle on the tongue. The carbonation is on the light side, which really lets all of the flavors come through. A strong sticky flavor rests on the tongue and lips.
So balanced, so incredible. This is one of the top beers I have ever had. adnielsen (10605) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Bottle with friends, courtesy of doodler. Muchas gracias, Scott! Black appearance with a small dark brown head. Toffee, somewhat peppery spicy, vanilla, dark chocolate, light whiskey aroma. Deep chocolate, rich caramel, chocolate spicy, vanilla, toffee/whiskey flavor with more pepper spiciness on the finish. readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Thanks to KickInChalice for the chance to try this. Chocolate brownie and vanilla bourbon on the nose. Some alcohol as well. Hard to believe theyíve improved the regular, but they have. Impressive. Pour is beautiful Ė viscous, super dark, a touch of dark brown head. Flavor is incredible. Rich chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, a bit of cinnamon. Viscous, thick, rich, decadent. Without a doubt one of the best beers Iíve had.
Doodler (318) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2012
750 with gobs of blue wax - Bill took about 15 minutes to get through the thing.. Glad he had a Sawzall and a mini-blowtorch. Poured black as night with an oily thin head. Big Stranahan whiskey nose and vanilla aromas. Taste is thick with dark chocolate, whiskey-soaked wood chips, Nilla wafers and cocoa puffs. Sticky sweet but nice finish. Residual spices and roasted malts make this one a winner. Yummy stuff.... arminjewell (9585) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, this one big thanks to Scott. Thick black pour with dark chocolate brown head, oily out of the bottle but plenty of carbonation. Aroma brought big vanilla, sweet caramel and chocolate notes, bitter espresso bean with a hint of the whiskey poking through. Taste is similar, with vanilla and sweet fruits up front going into bitter earthy spice, chocolate and espresso, hints of whiskey in there but fairly subtle once again, finishing fairly dry and sweet.
Ratman197 (14692) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2012
750 ml bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of whiskey, roastiness, dark chocolate, light pepper and light vanilla. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and light whiskey with a smooth warming lingering cinnamon finish. Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Big thanks to Dak for this one. ours deep darkness with hints of the classic Hunahpu infra red edges, mocha head and fully dark staining sheets along the inner edges of the glassware. The aroma offers up dark roasted maltiness, dark chocolate, chocolate flavored marshmallows, smooth sweet whiskey and faint chili pepper meat. The taste is smooth yet brighter and punchier after trying that rum treatment. I get smooth whiskey rolling into coconut, dark roasted maltiness and velvety dark chocolate goodness. I also get growing chili pepper heat that only attains a mild influence over the experience into finish on a velvety dark chocolate carpet ride, oh man! Great barrel time here where I get a pleasing dose of the amazing base beer but the whiskey didnít lend the soft pillowy smoothness the rum treatment somehow mustered up. Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Part of our Hunahpuís vertical/horizontal tasting. Growler poured into tasting glass.
A - Like Hunahpuís. Black, tan-colored head, thin collar, wisps.
S - The whisky is the perfect compliment to the base beer. The chili notes, smooth booze, oak, vanilla and chocolate are excellent. The spices arenít all too forward, but you can pick them out, if you concentrate.
T - Excellent stuff. I donít really pick out any chili, but the chocolate sweetness of the base beer mixed with the whiskey is just delicious! Burnt sugars, oak, vanilla, chocolate, smooth booze and light char. All work together wonderfully.
M - Full body, rich and smooth, motor oil, creamy finish.
O - My favorite of the 2011 variants but not quite as good as the Brandy version from 2010. I think this will be even better in a year or so, as the booze is still pretty in-your-face (yet still excellent). Would search out again for sure! Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Tasted side-by-side with regular, Bourbon, Rum, and Virgin Oak. Thanks to everyone for making this happen. Served in a Cigar City snifter.
Pours a deep brown color with a thin light mocha head. Small cap and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some faint whiskey along with backing chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and chiles. The base beer is much more prominent here than in the Rum and Bourbon versions. The flavor has a good whiskey backing plus chocolate, roast, and some nice spicing. Medium body with good carbonation. Quite tasty, but not quite at the level of the other barrel-aged blends. Boom.
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Bottle thanks to GRG1313. Blue Label and Purple wax. Pours with a inky black hue. Very dark with a deep brown head. Looks both imposing and beautiful as do most CCB Imperial Stouts. Aromas are of rummy flavors, spicy, bready, chocolate, sweet, whiskey, fudge and a lot of alcohol. Quite hot. Flavors are biscuity and bready, mild roast, chocolate, whiskey and boozy. Mild cinnamon. A bit of a dry chalkiness that I tend to get on all of the Hunahpu beers. Lighter carbonation. Very full bodied.