daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2012
OMG. Black. Dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, chiles, booze. Flavor is rich and amazing. Rum, cocoa, cinnamon, fucking amazing. Wow. Wow. Wow. BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Bottle opened by Dak at Woodshed 1.0! Ridiculous how amazing this beer is! Jet black pour that stains the glass with a burnt caramel head that left spotty lacing. An explosion of intense flavors bombard the senses with rich molasses, vanilla, oak, cinnamon sticks, chili, brownie batter, and fudge all present. Had the whisky barrel after and it seems to hide or muddle the other flavors. Every aspect of Hunahpu is accentuated and shines through. Thick and luxurious...this one definitely deserves the score! ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Aroma: big dose of chocolate - the cocoa nibs really come through and work with the malt for a sweet, punchy cocoa nose. Lots of caramel and dark sugars, plums and dates, also coffee. The cinnamon and chilies are fairly pronounced, I don’t get a lot of barrel character in the nose, very similar to standard Hunahpu - which isn’t a bad thing. Pours black, completely opaque with the consistency of motor oil, very faint tan head from an aggressive pour, but dissipates quickly. Flavor generally follows the nose: tons of cocoa and dark chocolate, fairly sweet with some balance from the hop and dark grain bitterness, caramel and molasses as well. Very nice spice notes from the cinnamon, and a very pleasant heat from the chilies, all well balanced with nothing being particularly overwhelming. The barrel notes are subtle - I do get a bit of rum, but it just adds a bit of complexity rather than stealing the show. Roasty notes and plenty of coffee, warming alcohol, gets a bit boozy as it warms up. Very viscous, coats the palate and lingers, carbonation is medium. Fantastic brew - very well done. Ibrew2or3 (8989) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Big thanks to Dak for this one. Pours deep darkness with hints of the classic Hunahpu infra red edges, but not actually getting there as some of the very early test treatments of Hunahpu did, mocha head and fully dark staining sheets along the inner edges of the glassware. The aroma is boozy rum and sweet coconut followed by boozy heat that rolls right into dark chocolate and highly roasted maltiness. The taste is straight up yum with velvety smooth dark chocolate, rich dark roasted maltiness and moving into sweet smooth rum, vanilla and coconut. To midway yummy capsaicin chili pepper mildly warms the palate. Darn, velvety dark chocolate, sweet smooth rum and pepper chili heat all playing well together and snugging up to some sweet coconut. The barrel time is ‘money’ for my taste and the rum only adds to the experience with increased smoothness and allows the amazing base beer shine. (Ok, up on soap box) After tasting this level of balance and harmony you realize how often this is executed so poorly at just about all breweries I can think of including this one. Once in a while a barrel treatment nails it on the head and the result is pure palate pleasing poetry. But it seems lots of barrel aged beers cover up base beer elements or entirely wipe them all out. Take note this is how you gracefully barrel age a beer. jtclockwork (17770) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle. Pours motor oil black with dark brown head. Nose of rum, oak, chili peppers, rich dark chocolate, mocha pie, vanilla and cinnamon. Thick mouth feel. Taste is the same. Oily, dark and decadent. The chili pepper is a bit less prominent due to the barrel aging, but the heat is there on the back of the palate. The rum barrel may my favorite treatment thus far, though I still slightly favor the untreated Hunahpu.