daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2011
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. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2011
On draft at Funky Buddha for Cigar City Tap Takeover. This has everything you expect in a Hunaphu’s and more. The aroma is full of chocolate, oak, wood chips, and chili pepper. Flavor is peppery and chocolately. The oak presence is there but there is no real distinct alcohol flavor, hence the virgin oak. Quite amazing. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Thanks Jason for sharing this 32 oz bottle. The beer pours to a pitch black 12 month old used 75+ weight oil. A huge dark brown head sits on top. The aroma is hugely oak. Lots of vanillin from the wood. Earthiness from the peppers. The flavor is deeply chocolate with lots of earthy and lightly spicy peppers. Super rich milk and dark 70%+ chocolate. Really thick and syrupy, but not sugary and sticky. This beer is really damned good. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2011
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! 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.
drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2011 9/24/11. On tap at BA Hunahpu. Jet black pour with a small brown head. Slightly sour, roasty chocolate and coffee aroma with a touch of oaky vanilla in there. Nice roasty coffee and chocolate flavor, some ash, a touch of tartness, and a subtle hint of oaky vanilla as well. Nice! Retry from the growler shows even more vanilla and coconut in the flavor. Awesome. Jlo7399 (218) - Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Pours jet black. Aroma is sweet and roasty. The oak comes through on the nose as well. Taste is complex with coffee, chocolate, wonderful smoothness from the oak, and great heat on the end. Sticky mouthfeel...this one will stay with you. Fantastic. burg326 (5482) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Poured a jet black with very little head straight from a 32 ounce growler. Aroma of chocolate, oak, chilis, vanilla, and more oak. Flavor tastes like the regulare Hunahpu, with a heavy oak treatment. Really good overall, and has a real nice oak aftertaste, and a slight hint of smoke. BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 19, 2012
From notes. 9/24/11
This brew poured black with a tan head which disappeared quickly.
Nose has a lot of big chocolate aromas, there is a nice woody presents with hints of dark malts, vanilla and coffee.
Taste follows the nose, lots of chocolate with sweet roasted malt, oak flavors, vanilla, a bit of coffee bitterness and just a little heat in the finish.
Mouth feel is silky smooth, nice big round body, slightly bitter finish that ends in a nice warming. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Growler, just like the pic. Poured inky black with a sinister head that wasn’t much lighter. The aroma picked up sweeter cocoa and vanilla upfront, with darker chocolates, molasses, and biscuity malts not far behind.. spicy pepper joined on the back of the nose.. well-balanced, but a tad more oak presence would’ve been nice. The flavor opened with tart oak and spicy, smoked guajillos.. blended chocolates and vanilla were decadent at the core.. smoky peppers, cinnamon, and alcohol warmth over a fine bed of malts on the long finish.. delicious! Heavy-bodied with low-moderate carbonation on the palate.. warm, but well-balanced.. the oaky dryness worked well, especially in the end.. loved it!