jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a viscous black with tan head. Aroma of rich dark roasted grain, chocolate, rich espresso, sharp dark roast bitter. Flavor is much the same with rich malt, some sweetness, extreme dark roast bitter. Heavy mouthfeel with very low carbonation. Simply, WoW!
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Growler, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of fresh chopped wood, roasted malt, molasses, anise, cinnamon, dark fruit, light chilies, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, some roasted chilies, vanilla, and fresh wood.
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing a 1L growler of this beer.
The beer pours a pitch black color with a brown head. The beer looks like squid ink with no light coming through the glass, even at the very edges of the beer.
The aroma is very heavy on the chocolate, with some pretty sweet roasted malt mixed in. There is also a very strong oak character in the beer, one of the heaviest oaked aromas I have smelled.
The flavor is very similar. The dominant flavor is the sweet chocolate, but I also get some heavily roasted malt and chocolate. Once again the oak is very heavy in the flavor. There is quite a bit of bitterness from the chocolate and roasted malt. There is also a little bit of pepper flavor in the beer, though not as much as in the regular Hunahpu’s.
Thick, creamy, chewy moutfeel and low carbonation. A very nice stout, glad I got to try it.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
32oz, swingtop growler courtesy of mcdiddypop on BA. thanks, sean! poured into my CCB snifter this on sits a gorgeous, inky, jet black, maybe just a touch thinner than the base Hunahpu’s, with a smooth, sliver of a dark, brick-red head that leaves rich, oily rings of lace on the glass. aroma is fantastic with huge notes of fresh cut oak, vanilla ice cream, and toasted wood backed by rich dark chocolate, mexican coffee, and molasses with subtle notes of cinnamon, smoked chili peppers, burnt cedar, and light black cherry as it warms. flavor is spectacular as well with all the beautiful notes of the base Hunahpu’s...massive dark chocolate, roasted coffee, spicy cinnamon, and sweet molasses backed by subtle, warming chili notes, tobacco, and dark fruit notes of dates and raisins that are beautifully complimented by smooth, fresh cut oak, toasted coconut, and rich vanilla from the virgin oak. palate is rich, smooth, and elegant with perfect carbonation and a lingering, warming chili pepper finish with just a touch of vanilla sweetness. overall, a fantastic treatment of one of the best beers on earth, but what else would you expect from CCB? can’t wait to dive into the other versions!
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - OCT 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Nose is full of chocolate, cinnamon, caramel and molasses, fairly boozy, roast and coffee. Oak notes are present but not overpowering, some vanilla comes out as it warms, also a bit earthy. Pours pitch black, thick and inky, thin brown head dissipates to a ring quickly. Very complex flavor, rich chocolate, oak, just a hint of heat in the background, vanilla, cinnamon is fairly up-front. Lots of roast and coffee flavors, warming alcohol, moderately high bitterness. Very full body, low-medium carbonation. Very interesting, complex, and tasty brew.
hopscotch (11024) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft… This beer rocks!… Pours ink black with a small, creamy, brown head. Good retention. The aroma is an intertwining ribbon of dark chocolate, pouch tobacco, charcoal, dried plum, blackstrap molasses, lots of toasted oak, a gooey sliver of vanilla bean and a rumor of cinnamon. Full-bodied with a 20w50 mouthfeel and subdued carbonation. The flavor offers charcoal bitterness, burnt malts, acrid and acidic notes and a trace of toasted oak. Otherwise, it’s just smack-you-in-the-face Zhukov more so than Hunahpu. Boozy, carbonaceous finish with plenty of peppery warmth as it slides on down the throat. Seems like the oak is taking away more than it’s giving in this example. Still, it’s Hunahpu, which makes it a world class beer in my book!
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(sampled courtesy of Dak). Pours a viscous black color with red hues. Aroma has fresh oak, ripe grapes, chili, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is sweet with some heat. Full bodied with a slick texture. Smooth finish. The oak is very powerful, but its still quite excellent. I love me some Hunahpu!
markwise (5440) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at BA Hunahpu Day. Pours obsidian black with a dark tan head. Nose is much akin to Hunahpu- roast, dark chocolate, hints of cinnamon, hints of vanilla, wood, and coffee. Flavor is similar- lots of dark chocolate, vanilla, wood, pepper, and coffee. This beer is thick in the mouthfeel and the definition of a stout. Outstanding stout, just not quite what the barreled versions are.
daknole (11041) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black pour. Aroma of fresh cut oak trees, cinammon, chocolate, chili, roast. Flavor has so much of what I love in hunahpus. An added level of complexity with the oak. Fabulous.