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Puppy's Breath Porter - Cigar City Brewing

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Puppy's Breath PorterPuppy's Breath Porter

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496 Ratings
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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 79
Gots: 93 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-04-2009

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: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 496 | Reviews: 78
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of humuloner22
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very well made porter here. Not the best that I have ever had because its fairly straightforward but it is also not a bad porter. Very well represented for the style.

Appearance: Dark brown no light penetration at all. The head develops pretty intensely in the beginning and then settles to a nice lacing pattern for the rest of the pour. I read below some commenting that they noticed red notes in this one but either my lighting is different or they got a different batch, but mine has no noticeable red notes its pure dark pulchritude.

Aroma: Some dark chocolate notes fairly inoffensive its got that nice dark roasted barley thing going for it.

Taste: Chocolate and malts blend well together very flavorful and creamy and sweet but not overly sweet, spot on. I love stouts and I consider a porter to be basically a light stout and this one is no different, its a very enjoyable beer no doubt.

Overall: Another feather in the cap of Cigar City. I wish I lived in Florida or a state that got its distribution. Thankfully I have an amazing trading partner who hooks me up when I need my fix!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My midwest and New England experience has emibttered me, apparently, because I was shocked by the ubiquity of Cigar City around Tampa. Try finding Three Floyds at any random place in Chicago. Or Trillium outside of a handful of good beer bars. The best brewers are supposed to be super exclusive, right? Providing kegs only to hipster bars?

Not Cigar City. It's at hockey games and hotel bars. And Puppy's Breath was everywhere, right alongside Jai Alai.

Pours dark red with a medium head. Smells intense, much bigger than I was expecting from a widely available flagship. The aroma is that of a standard porter--rough, bittersweet barley and dry hops--only amplified.

Tastes as it smells. Bitter and sweet malt dominates throughout, balanced at the end by hops and char and punctuated throughout by little bursts of chocolate and fruit. Wonderfully large and variegated, yet smooth throughout.

The availability is awesome and the fact that they would choose an 8% ABV porter as one of their flagships is equally awesome.

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4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled Nov 21st 2014.

Very good sized thick head creation, four fingers with control, bubbling and cascading wonderfully out of the bottle. Head settles to two fingers with a very light tan color and clumpy character. Body is classic dark walnut brown, very opaque and can't see through at all, with some nice ruby red hue tones to match.

Excellent classic porter aroma. Dry whispy grain and hints of milk chocolate. Mild senses of aroma and coffee but great malt sensing roast coming off this as well. Not amazing, but definitely better than average by far with a hint of vanilla and chewy carob nib like quality.

Palate comes off though just solid. Mid palate has a little bit more depth than average but stays away from sweetness or a watery texture. Mild sensing qualities of grapefruit on the finish, with lots of powdered cocoa notes in the mid palate. Finish of hinting fruit also brings out a nice coffee quality as well with some dry roasting grains to match, almost piping warm. Hints of cocoa are just all over this everywhere, mid palate full, with also a good airy aftertaste to match. Can't shake this fruit seems sensing grapefruit which is really just hinted at, barely distinct but really rounds out the flavors nicely and fully.

A real solid porter, with just a touch of excellence. Not quite into greatness but really darn good and pretty close to it.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, bottled 1/28/15, poured into a snifter

A- pours a pitch black color with a creamy and sudsy khaki colored head that seems to retain forever

S- nice roasty aromas of bitter-sweet chocolate and coffee, some char and smoke, also a hint of toffee and burnt sugar

T- smoky and roasty charred malt brings flavors of dark chocolate and coffee with some smoked woodsy notes, some herbal hop flavors kick in before finishing long with a linger of more chocolate and coffee

M- medium-viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that finishes foamy and slightly warming

O- a very flavorful, yet drinkable porter that hides the ABV quite well

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Puppy's Breath Porter from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.