Cigar City Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Stranahan's Whiskey Barrel Aged

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

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Hunahpu Imperial Stout aged in a Stranahan’s whiskey barrel.

Served on draft and as a 2011 Limited Bottle Release

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4.6
Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Thanks to FittyBelair for the share! At a small tasting to try out the different treatments of hunahpu’s side-by-side and this one impressed me the most. Poured the typical hunahpu’s inky black with a thin brown, mocha head that dissipated into lacing soon after. The Nose threw me for a loop! Got this big waft of dark chocolate fudge, little bit of ripened banana and a mellow bit of vanilla . . . I could have sworn I was about to eat a banana split! The palate followed in step with the exception of the banana which had disappeared. Cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa and a faint touch of chili. I was happy except it left e wondering what happened to the whiskey. But I did not wonder that for long! The back-palate moved in slowly, delivering the full range of stranahan flavors and a mild amount of alcohol warmness. Exceptional!

4.6
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 30, 2011
bottle courtesy of freshbeercesar, thank you so much! had this next to pappy dark lord, and was very surprised to find this beer more cloying. a very boozy and thick stout, has the uberviscous body as usual, all the spices and all the barrel are there, slightly distracted by the palate. this is one of the rare cases where i am gonna give a slight edge to the base beer it think. very slight. looking forward to trying the other variations and seeing if its across the board or just with this particular treatment. world class stuff, hope i get to try this one in about a year or so!

4.6
chrisv10 (18497) - DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle @ FOneFan, Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2012. Black with small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, whiskey, chocolate, coffee with notes of alcohol. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, chocolate, coconut, vanilla, liquorice, intense and thick.

4.6
stevencon (525) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Rbwg! Dark black dark brown head. Sweet wood and roast malts. Some chili and cinnamon. Sweet coconut up front followed by roasted malts and ends with a nice pepper heat. Wow this beer has gotten better over time.

4.6
sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2013
75cl bottle courtesy of ibrew2or3. Thanks a lot Dave for hauling this one to Belgium. Split at Delirium Hoppy Loft with 77ships and the Delirium crew. Couleur noire huile de moteur laissant un léger filament huileux et doré sur le verre, ce dernier s’atténue rapidement. Le col de couleur moka se dissipe rapidement. Arôme garde ici tout le bouquet généreux de Hunahpu tel que je m’en souviens. Malté, chocolat riche s’entrechoquent avec des notes d’épices suivi d’une rondeur boisée de whiskey donnant une pointe douce vanillée. Caramel sur côté toffee. La chaleur des piments reste modérée mais ajoute un bouquet subtile qui garde une pointe d’épice avec le renfort de la cannelle. Palais est simplement sublime. Chocolat est profond et épais sur un léger pimenté qui vient titiller chaque gorgée. Le whiskey est doux, rondeur du boisé américain typique qui donne une belle douceur vanille en bouche. Cette dernière accompagne un palais très complexe. Retrouve un chocolaté généreux et épais agrémenté par cette fine chaleur de piments. Le tout couvre une pointe de fumé qui suit en fin de bouche. Seul point négatif, bière à boire à t° de pièce mais qui en se réchauffant commence à prendre des notes de soja. Reste une bière unique, qui se vaut d’être partagée. Du gros calibre à boire, que dis-je, à déguster tranquillement. Une expérience gustative. Le whiskey est subtile, présent mais sans pour cela dominer. Cela laisse à la version de base assez de place pour briller tout en profitant de mûrissage.

4.5
scotchzi (372) - Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Pour is deep syrupy molasses black again. Smell is very pungent with large amounts of vanilla sage cherry a little ash. Taste is vanilla bomb charcoal a lot of red pepper some ancho sweetness little bit of alcohol.

4.5
OmegaX (1383) - Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Incredible. Nose is full of decadent aromas. Huge nose of vanilla, roast, some chocolate/mocha notes, whiskey and alcohol notes with some slight ethanol/permanent marker. Woah. Pours darker than a black hole with equally dark head. Amazing. Taste is slightly boozy but not much for such a big beer. Tastes like fudge and mocha with some roast and vanilla notes coming through. I like the whiskey and alcohol notes being in the background, adding a nice balance to this one. The heat is not lost at all from the chiles and a definite earthy tone gained from them is very appealing. Overall, this is a wonderful beer that everyone should have the chance to try.

4.5
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Pours a nice black body with an almost black head as well. The aromas were spicy, full of smoky coffee and chocolate, with a nice alcoholic presence as well. Altogether the scent resembles a dry erase marker and it wasn’t that bad at all! The taste was rich and bold, LOADS of hops, coffee and roasted malts - some sweet chocolate and smooth spicy alcohol too. Finished nice and mellow with a dry nutty/herbal funk. This beer was fantastic, and one of the most complex brews I’ve encountered. Thanks to OmegaX for sharing!

4.5
BeerandBlues2 (13814) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle shared by GT2. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast malt, oak and whiskey, light vanilla and tobacco with earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt dominant, spicy whiskey, oak, dark fruity esters and a sweet finish. Full body, high warmth and light carbonation.

4.5
sonnycheeba (6342) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque black with average, fizzy dark tan head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is whiskey, woody notes, roasted malt, dark chocolate, light smoke, and espresso. Flavor is heavy malt and some supporting dark fruit esters; whiskey and espresso undertones throughout; dry, ashy finish. Full body, medium carbonation, and high warmth.


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