ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
32oz growler from the most recent release with HUGE thanks to a great FL friend and an amazing FL trader. thanks a ton, guys! iím a fairly eloquent guy and as you can see from my ratings, a bit verbose but this beer brought me to a level where the only words i could utter were "fuck me sideways, this is perfect". yeah, itís that good.
pours as only a CCB imperial stout can. thick as motor oil but silky smooth capped by a rich, dense, red-clay colored head that stains the hell out my Hunahpuís snifter and leaves beautiful rings of lace. aroma is nothing short of divine with all that is great about the base beer...dense dark chocolate, heavy roast, a touch of toasted cedar, burnt cinnamon, smoked chilis, molasses, and espresso backed by elegant notes of wet oak, baked cinnamon apples, and sweet, boozy brandy that really pops as it warms in the glass. flavor is a near out-of-body experience with the oak, sweet brandy, and subtle apple notes complimenting and adding a level of complexity to the heavy dark chocolate fudge, espresso, vanilla, cinnamon, and smoked notes of the base Hunahpuís but allowing the rich toasted cedar and mild chili spice to still shine on the back end. palate is sheer perfection as well with the bold, imposingly thick, yet smooth as silky mouthfeel iíve come to love in the base Hunahpuís with a long, lingering finish of subtle chili spice, dark chocolate, and sweet brandy. overall, this may be the single best beer iíve ever tasted. itís an absolute marvel and a testament to barrel aging. wow.
ctipping (1606) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
32 oz. screw-top growler graciously shared by Dave. Originally reviewed 6/29/2012.
Pours an incredibly flat inky black. Glass-staining, as always. Viscous, but no head. Bummer. Growler, maybe?
Nose is brandy, booze, and, well, standard Hunahpu aromas. Chilies and chocolate. And more booze. The brandy aroma is a little on the sickly sweet side, though. Really detracts, I think.
Tastes awfully sweet at the start. Brandy comes through, but it isnít an imposing flavor, except for the sweetness. Chocolate and chilies are still pretty potent in this treatment. Thick and sweet and syrupy, though. Every bit of sugar is amplified by the brandy.
Thick and boozy. Still has the wonderful viscosity of Hunahpu, though, but it tastes every bit of 11.5% and then some. The sugar doesnít help.
Not an impressive treatment. Itís still a fascinating combination of flavors, but not something that improves upon the original beer.
zappbranagan (11) - Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best beers I have had the pleasure of drinking. Just amazing. Great barrel character. CCB should do more stouts with Apple Brandy. Possibly Vanilla as well.
kirarockrocks (10) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet brandy alcohol heat that adds amazing complexity. Subtle oak and vanilla blending in with the vinous dark fruit notes. Chewy viscous body with lots of silky chocolate maltiness that is balanced out by the vinous apple brandy barrel notes. Slightly earthy oak that is very vinous with hints of dark fruit and vanilla balancing out the chilli and roasted malt perfectly.
HonusWagner (2131) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
As good as it gets for barrel-aging synergizing with the base flavors. Rich spiciness and heat from the barrel, chocolatey and fudgy, that signature CCB stout mouthfeel, jesus christ this beer is amazing. I of course gave away one bottle and traded the other. Oh well.
slowrunner77 (10780) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Man, this is my 3rd version of this stout and they have all been soooo delicious. Harmonious blend of apple brandy, chocolate, dark fruit, very very subtle peppers. Super smooth dessert beer!"
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle kindly shared by Fux at the CMLSG14 tasting. The Apple Brandy distinguishes through a rather harsch brandy aroma, added with green spicy notes.
tom10101 (5694) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (750 ml). # 2 / 84. Huge thanks for sharing this huge whale Fux! Cigar City black with a small ring of brown head and almost no lacing. Aroma is surprisingly well balance with dark chocolate, vanilla, brandy, light fruity notes, coffee, light green peppers and hints of chili peppers. Taste is slightly sweet with dark chocolate, brandy, vanilla, light coffee, raisins, very light oxidation notes and a light but lingering nice warming finish from the chili peppers. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Thick mouthfeel. Light spiciness in the finish. Iím not sure I would be able to recognize the Apple Brandy in a blind tasting, but the complexity and the balance of this beer are impressive. And itís actually quite easy to drink.
JulienHuxley (5691) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2/84 at tasting. Black pour with no head. Aroma is quite mellow compared to the other Huna (tasted side by side with 2010 regular version), faint spirit notes, nothing identifiable as apple brandy however, just a more integrated, mellow spiciness, cocoa, cinnamon notes. Taste is balanced, lots of cocoa, light spirit flavors, spicy finish, light alcohol warmth. Nice stout.
kermis (12037) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #2 of 84 shared at the 2014 tasting in the Cellar of Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Pours near black with no head. Aroma is fairly light with the vegy chilli , roast, dark chocolate and caramel. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. The palate as well is somewhat subdued, maybe from the age. Itís lovely, but subtle. The apple brandy aspects come out lightly but nothing much. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Great, but so subtle compared to the fresh normal huna drunk side by side.
alexsdad06 (9686) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared by some local beer guys. Pours dark brown to black with a small, dense tan head. The aroma has big dark chocolate, cinnamon, apple brandy, wood, lighter peppery notes, vanilla and coconut, all building anticipation for the first taste. The flavor has much of the same; chocolate, cinnamon, peppers, wood, brandy, coconut, full bodied, flavorful and definitely worth seeking out. Another home run in the Hunahpus line.