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Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout - Virgin Oak Barrel Aged

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (7925) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2012
Growler shared by hallinghansen at hallinghansen grand tasting. Wow. Thanks! Pours jet black with a creamy brown head. The aroma is tar, oak, spices, hard roasted malt, vinous, sweetness and chocolate. The flavour is oak, spices, chili, hard roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, liquorice and dark fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Tasted side-by-side with regular, Bourbon, Rum, and Whiskey versions. Thanks to everyone for making this happen. Served in a Cigar City snifter. Pours near black with a good light mocha head. Thin collar throughout. The nose is pretty heavy on the oak with some vanilla, chocolate, and stout behind that. Base beer is a bit hidden in the flavor as the oak comes more forward. Still some spice, vanilla, and chocolate. Body is medium with a nice oakiness plus a good dosage of vanilla. Slight tannins. Really tasty. Boom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
a very big and exceptional beer, with some short comings, in the end just a really good beer. lol!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2011
big thanks to kan, Pours black with dark tan head nose dark chocolate, raisin, vanilla, and some green apple that tended to fade as it opened up. flavor of dark chocolate, raisin, vanilla, touch sharp soy and wood character, med body. clearly the weakest of bunch but overall still solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
growler... light oily black, very thin light tan head... the aroma has tons of fresh oak, a bit too hot, a bit of vanilla, charred finish... taste is really rough, harsh oak, alcohol and char dominate, a bit of pine, finish is chocolatey but it doesn’t save this... disappointing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Big thanks to Kan for this special delivery. Pours a syruppy black with a thin brown head. Strong nose of espresso and burnt wood. Oxidized with vegetables and espresso acidity. Medium body with low carbonation. Lots of oak, coffee, and chocolate flavors. The oxidation appeared to diminish or at least not bother me after a minute or two. Lots of espresso acid and wood on the sides of my tongue. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (7041) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2011
32 oz growler shared by Kan. Thanks! Pours an inky blackish pour, thick and rich, viscious with a decent frothy darker brown head, dies to small ring and laces small. Aromas are a lot of vanilla and oak, vanillin and some touches of butter, peppers and roast, toast, cocoa and sweet rich toffee, coffee. Tons of oak, some black olive and green apple acetelhyde comes into play. Gentle spice. Initial is thicker bodied, though thinned from the base. Smoky up front, roasty and toasty, peppery and gentle spice. Lots of oak, sweet sticky and full body, enveloping the palate. Rich roast, toast, and sweet sticky malts. Smokiness, earthy and ash, toast. Nice and rich, the green apple stays present, pulling this one down for me. Lots of sticky malts, but quite toasty and roasty. Thick and big, the vanilla and sweetness very much mute out the base spice.. And the green apple thing does it too. This isn’t bad, it’s good. But side-by-side with 2011 Hunah Base, it’s quite simply blown out of the water. Spices killed off, it’s ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
1 liter growler fill. Courtesy of a generous rateberrian... Pours a viscous deep thick motor oil like consistency with a thn to medium darker than tan head that quickly retreating deeper than tan head... Aroma has an assertive apple contingent. A touch of char and burnt notes alongside bittersweet chocolate. The aforementioned notes totally take presence and overwhelm the base beer. Lost the cinammon and gained a little vanilla... Flavors toned down a bit from the apple nature as suggested by the aroma. More char and deeper fudgey chocolate notes as well as the vanilla addition. Woody again with the charred burnt notes which gets better as it warms. Thick viscous body but doesn’t have the complexity of the base hunahpus. Soft carbonation overall. Pales in comparison to the original.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6516) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2011
growler, thanks to ericandersnavy, nice deep black brown suede color with big vanilla extract and whiskey aroma, flavor is nice smooth maple syrup, waffle butter, whiskey , roast, home depot, good beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 25, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2012 32 oz growler courtesy of MikeLuke23. Thanks Mike. Pours a dark black, about as dark as a beer can be, with a small very dark tan head that leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is heavenly. Big vanilla, cinnamon, some fudge, light coffee, a bunch of oak, a bit of pepper grassiness, and some light alcohol. The taste is sweet with fudge, decent vanilla, some cinnamon, possibly a bit of pepper, and some oak. The finish has a light bitterness as well as a lingering cinnamon flavor. A lingering pepper heat remains. Full, creamy mouthfeel that is slick, not syrupy. Relatively low carbonation. Certainly one of the best beers that I have had. It was drank side by side with a 2010 Hunahpu’s. The aroma was significantly better, but I feel most of that was the age on the 2010 rather than the oak improving the base beer. The 2010 tasted great, but the Virgin Oak was still better. Compared to a fresh Hunahpu’s I feel like the oak may have been a slight improvement on an already great beer.

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