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Puppy's Breath Porter - Cigar City Brewing

Puppy's Breath PorterPuppy's Breath Porter

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark in color with a ruby hue with forward notes of chocolate and caramel and light toffee notes in the aroma. Flavor has big notes of bittersweet chocolate with notes of caramel and toffee and moderate hop bitterness and more caramel and toffee and slight hints of char. A big take on a classic style.

40 IBU

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-04-2009)
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another 12oz can extra received in a great trade with madnismo... Shared with the usual suspects... Thanks Nathan!

Pours a pretty standard black with hints of garnet escaping from the stem end of my glass... long lasting dark tan head with good sheets of lacing.

Nose is exactly what I expected... nearly perfect bigger porter... sweeter/nutty/bittersweet chocolate.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a drier (than the aroma) palate... still a nice bittersweet chocolate essence... fermented out caramel/toffee... a bit of darker malt with warmth.

Body does not make me think 8%.. surprisingly drinkable.

I really liked this one and normally don't appreciate standard porters.

4/3.75/3.75/3.75/3.75

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 05:23:05 | More by JohnGalt1
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Brenden

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of 6 samples at the tasting room 1/29/14

There's no question this is a nitro-tap: the dense brown cream that forms the head takes a full two minutes to develop before capping the dark brown beer beneath it. After it's fully formed and the beer falls slowly down the glass, it remains clinging to it as an almost unbroken sheet to the very bottom.
The main features of this porter are roast and dryness. There's a bit of woodiness and toffee/caramel sweetness to counter a dose of hops stronger than most porters receive but unobtrusive to its character overall. The gently bitter dryness serves to balance very nicely without interfering negatively.
The dry, medium-full body is very smooth. It's not as exceptionally smooth as some nitro beers (surprising, really, given the look), but it's got it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-04-2014 22:33:32 | More by Brenden
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Cigar City, Tampa, FL

Dark brown-black pour, topped with a small tan head that receded to a wispy layer, and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Smell was that of a basic porter, roasty dark malts, light notes of coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Taste was about the same, dark malts, coffee, maybe just a touch of unsweetened chocolate, and some burnt caramel. Medium body and carbonation. An okay porter, nothing really memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 02:10:44 | More by Rifugium
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KarlosT

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being from New England (w/ lots of great micro-brews), my brother proudly took me to Cigar City Brewing in Tampa Florida. And I must say I was very impressed with both the quality and the number of excellent craft-brews on tap. The organization is very well run, and I fully expect to find their beers in the New England region in the near future ( I can see them expanding nationally).
I started with a taster rack of Jai Alai (IPA), Resonator Double Bock, El Lector English Style Dark Ale, and the Puppy Breath Porter. All were excellent.

Had the Puppy's Breath in a small 4oz tasting glass.

Appearance:
Compared to the beers in the rack, with was definitely the darkest. Very dark, black, with no translucency

Smell:
Strong coffee notes

Taste:
strong coffee notes. very complex. Nice burnt notes to the hops. Surprised that it was 8% ABV. No sense of high alcohol

MF:
heavy bodied beer. leaning more toward a stout. Nice Effervescence.

Overall:
Excellent Porter. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2012 13:01:37 | More by KarlosT
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at House of Beer in Gainesville. Pours dark opaque brown with minimal head. Smell of huge coffee here with significant chocolate, earthy and sweet all in one. Heavy coffee flavor with chocolate finish, the flavor is incredible bordering on semisweet chocolate syrup, with the coffee more subdued than the palate . Medium heavy mouthfeel. Exceptionally creamy. Yum.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2012 18:22:00 | More by BMMillsy
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap (nitro) at CCB tasting room. Poured into pint glass.

A: Dark dark auburn in color, opaque, with an off-white one finger head. Beautiful nitro cascading motion in the glass.

S: Dark malt, toffee, and dark iced coffee.

T: Dark roasted malt, caramel & toffee notes, chocolate-covered espresso beans. Just a hint of hop bitterness.

M: Smooth mouthfeel (as expected with nitro), and a mild bitter chocolate hang. Alcohol content well-hidden.

O: Very good beer, especially on nitro. There are a few other porters I would prefer, but this one is certainly recommended.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-15-2012 14:54:05 | More by macrosmatic
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Arrives the darkest possible brown with a silky, creamy dark tan head resting gently on top. Head lasts a good long time and leave a very thick film and great lacing. Think Guinness.
Smell is toasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and light cardboard. Balance is really good, fairly complex.
Taste is toast, coffee, malt, semisweet chocolate, light vanilla and cardboard notes.
Rich, silky smooth, full body, light effervescence. This just floats across the tongue. Warming from start to way after the finish. Possibly the single smoothest beer I've ever had.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-21-2012 19:18:05 | More by PorterLambic
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GallowsThief

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the House of Brews in Jensen Beach, Fl.

A – Poured out black with a nice solid finger and a half of creamy tan head that stuck around and left nice lacing.

S – Dark chocolate, molasses, toffee with a burnt wood aroma.

T – Nice sweet and roasted malts to start. Has some light sweetness from cocoa and dark chocolate. Has a smoky like quality. Finishes off with a solid hop bite that gives it a burnt like quality.

M – Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry on the palate. Leaves a smoke taste in your mouth,

O – Easy drinker and a solid brew all together. A little on the heavy smoke side for my tastes but all together well worth a drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2012 14:25:10 | More by GallowsThief
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown color with a tan head that left some good stick behind. This is a pretty good looking beer.

S - It's not particularly sweet, and has some good roast. Smells

T - It's not particularly sweet, but with a touch of it. Has some good roast and a bit of a sticky taste on the end of it. There's a little bit of coffee and some smoke. I like this one.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, has a good dryness on the end.

O - Good beer, a little bit different. Wouldn't necessarily seek it out, but would drink it again if offered.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 04:11:34 | More by AgentZero
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Zraly

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost black with a touch of crema head. A funky, earthy note up front coupled with roasted malts.

Rich chocolate and coffee notes predominate. This is followed by earth, spice and tobacco -- had quite the dank quality to it. The hop bite in the finish helps balance the front-heavy malt bill and smooths out the mouthfeel. Carbonation rounds the composition out well and, overall, this is quite balanced. Very enjoyable to drink.

Would be quite nice with something gamey or a late-night cigar run. CCB does some pretty things with porters.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 02:11:53 | More by Zraly
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syrupjoe

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gtreid for a fresh growler of this goodness.

This thing pours so beautifully. It is a deep deep brown color with shades of dark cinammon on the edges. Head is about one finger of creamy deliciousness that is the color of the inside of an almond.

Nose gives off notes of chocolate, roast, slight vanilla, chocolate cookies, and dairy. Slight smokiness.

Taste is very rich with roastiness, slight malt sweetness, and is lightly acidic and smoky.

Moderate carbonation with an overall very well balanced flavor profile. Easy on the uptake with a gritty and roasty but clean finish.

Very delicious.

Serving type: growler

01-18-2012 23:21:53 | More by syrupjoe
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codysjb

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve had this on draft at the brewery and from a 1 gallon growler multiple times since I was at the brewery eight days ago. This particular is from some of the beer from the growler which was siphoned into a wine bottle, corked and sealed with wax. It has held up incredibly well. Served in a pint glass.
A: Black and brown beer with little head (same as from brewery).
S: Roasted malts and caramel.
T: Malty, caramel and some small notes of vanilla and that sweetness that Cigar city dark beers have. Not as evident as Marshal Zhukov but still there.
M: A little bit of a coffee taste and the same roasted, caramel goodness that accompanies the rest of the beer.
O: This is a great porter that has held up extremely well since I bought it. I wish this was bottled because it rivals some of the better six pack porters that I like as regular everyday beers (Founders, Ballast point…).

Serving type: growler

01-07-2012 04:05:31 | More by codysjb
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Bought from the Cigar City tasting room.

A- Pours a solid black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that soon slips down to an 1/8 inch thin head and has nice spackled lacing coating the entire circumference of the glass.

S- A fresh, clean malt nose that's quite sweet and has notes of chocolate.

T- Rich, roasty chocolate with a bit of caramel in the aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden beautifully as every sip is better than the last. A hint of glass but that's expected from such a malty brew.

M- Robust as CC's description promised. Not too heavy that it becomes a sipper though. Medium-high carbonation keeps things interesting all the way down.

O- Much better than the Jose Marti porter IMHO.

Serving type: growler

01-05-2012 02:24:51 | More by Immortale25
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, almost black with a two finger tan head that sticks around and leaves nice rings of lace.

The aroma is of chocolate with coffee hints and burnt edges. Toffee notes and grassy hints.

Nice balance. On the sweeter side. Loads of toffee in the middle with a touch of smoke and vanilla. Loads of milk chocolate and some earthy/grassy elements.

Nicely balanced, medium body

Very good porter

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 17:27:48 | More by JayS2629
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fields336

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into CCB snifter

A:black as night 1 finger creamy beige head, recedes but still leaves some thicker creamy lacing behind.

S: some light chocolate and sweet malts

T: dark chocolate, burnt charcoal, toffee, bittersweet chocolate

M: medium body, good carbonation

O: good example of a baltic porter, not my favorite style but an excellent change of pace beer

Serving type: growler

12-26-2011 23:44:44 | More by fields336
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Frank (lurchingbeast) for sharing this one. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Voluminous foam with great retention, eventually settling to a thick collar and wispy near-complete cap, leaving spotty lace behind. Very dark brown with some reddish glints at the edges.

S - Roasty, with light vanila and baker's chocolate, dark grains, and a touch of soapiness. Very dry, with low sweetness to it.

T - Taste is a touch sweeter, with some milk chocolate presence mingling with heavily roasted malts, cocoa powder, and hint of coffee. Finishes very dry and smokey. Thankfully the soap is gone.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry and toasty texture, and a hint of warming alcohol in the finish.

D - Solid, but not really my thing. Is this a true Baltic Porter made with lager yeast, or is it just a really attenuated American Porter? In any case, a bit too toasty and dry for my tastes, but no major flaws. I preferred Hot Blooded by a significant margin.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2011 04:21:26 | More by MasterSki
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler, thanks to lurchingbeast! Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a dark brownish color, tan-colored head, sticky lace.

S - Sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, some toffee, chocolate. The sweetness isn't over-the-top, it's just right. Just how I like my BP's.

T - Roasted malt, dark fruity sweetness, chocolate, some caramel, and a touch of coffee. The finish is dark chocolate sweet and bitter, very nice.

M - Medium, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - A solid Baltic Porter that I would have often, if available in my area. I will definitely keep an eye out when this is offered at CCB again and have someone send me a growler. Very good stuff.

Serving type: growler

12-19-2011 16:52:43 | More by Sean9689
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oline73

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some red hints where the light hits the beer. There is a two finger, smooth off white head. This beer has good retention and really great lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet and roasty malt right off the bat. Dark chocolate with some mild caramel. Nice and smooth.

Taste: Just as roasty as the smell. The roast from the malt is just little bit bitter. Some dark chocolate and sweetness. The finish is roasty and bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with aggressively tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really easy drinking porter. I couldn't taste the alcohol at all. Simple and extremely smooth. Really glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: growler

12-11-2011 02:40:51 | More by oline73
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Spider889

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, thin bodied with a dark tan head. No lace.

This smells like a stout right off the bat, so Baltic Porter isn't hard to believe.

Very well roasted aroma and flavor. Lots of cocoa powder to be found as well. There's a nice bitterness going on, but it seems to be more from the black malt than the hops.

Dry finish. Overall I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 16:58:35 | More by Spider889
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Gtreid

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz. growler poured into my ccb tulip.

A: Pretty much black. The pour dropped a 2 finger sand colored head that faded to a thin Rim and left excellent lace.

A: Chocolate, roasted, and smoked malts. Nice assault on the nose. Notes of cocca nibs, tangy molasses,and earthy hops.

T: More chocolate, but the smoke is a bit more prevalent. Nice balance of malts, smoke, roast, chocolate, and black. Finishes a bit sweet and bitter, no hint of the abv.

M: Medim body, just as I would suspect from a porter. And as usual, perfect carbonation from the guys at ccb.

O: I like this one so much better then Jose marti. Much more dramatic flavor profile, and justa better beer. This is the porter they should bottle. Excellent brew. Skal.

Serving type: growler

10-29-2011 00:53:01 | More by Gtreid
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adam42381

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 9/29/11.

Poured on draft into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cola brown, almost black, with a 1 finger creamy light tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Sweet and roasted malt with a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Fruity bitterness and roasted malt up front followed by chocolate in the middle before ending with hoppy bitterness and sweet malt at the finish. Aftertaste is bittersweet. Definitive CCB flavor comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. The elevated ABV% would keep you from drinking multiples, but the flavor is very good.

Overall: Very good beer overall. This isn't your typical porter, so it's more closely related to an imperial stout. Definitely try this one if you get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 22:45:00 | More by adam42381
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bierguru

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - deep dark brown pours a thin tan head laces out and sticks to the rim of the glass very well

S - deep sweet roasted notes with almost a chocolite finish

T - sweet chocolatie roasted maltiness with some slight bitterness

M -very rich and bold no overly sharp notes and nothing unpleasant

O - gave this beer a 4 overall just because this is my first baltic but this beer was really awesome

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 19:02:43 | More by bierguru
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rel

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the CCB tasting at Cervezas.

Very dark beer, little head, but nice lacing.

Roasty and smokey smells...

...smokey smells turned into BBQ flavors in my mouth. There was definitely roasted malts, some chocolate, and mostly it was like a smokey chocolate/bbq sauce in my mouth without any of the sweetness in either of those. More like a BBQ potatochip or chipotle... but this is still a porter, no doubt.

Light-medium body. Dry beer, flavor dissipates quickly.

Another sip solves that problem.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 20:03:45 | More by rel
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sendsilk

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Cigar City

A: Not much of a head. Very dark beer, nice lacing on the glass.

S: Mild chocolate notes. Some smell (almost bitersweet) that's difficult to quantify into terms.

T: This is nice. A mid palate explosion that fades over very quickly. Nothing really left on the palate afterward. A rich beer with a touch of maltiness, coffee and chocolate.

M: While drinking this its' extremely nice, but the finish is a bit abrupt and dry. Luckily I can keep taking another sip of this delicious beer!

Overall: Very nice. I have had this many times at the tasting room. Unfortunately it was only available for a short time.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 15:35:00 | More by sendsilk
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generously hooked up from Jcartamdg. Thanks Jason.

Poured into a Grolsch 7oz taster glass.

Muddy brown colored beer with a half fingers width of head. Smell is coffee and chocolate notes. In the taste coffe and chocolate up front followed by what I only can describe is peanut butter. Damn this is tasty. Like the chex mix puppy chow. What a solid beer. Glad I was able to try it.

Serving type: growler

08-06-2011 00:10:23 | More by TheDudeRules
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Puppy's Breath Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.