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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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509 Ratings
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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 81
Gots: 99 | FT: 12
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
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Ratings: 509 | Reviews: 80
Reviews by gunnerman:
Photo of gunnerman
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the tap house at CCB, Poured a pitch black with a nice lace on the glass, small hints of ruby shine through the blackness. A nice roasted malt profile with hints of cocoa, coffee, and sweetness. Taste was very impressive, a double maduro brown ale, this has that maduro base but is more complex with a nice smoked roast flavor towards the front end, and a bitter chocolate coffee aftertaste. Overall another fine offering from CCB this brewery continues to impress me, can't wait for this to be bottled.

More User Reviews:
Photo of codysjb
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
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…).

Photo of adamjhepler
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Great smooth taste with bitter notes of toffee and chocolate. Subtle beginnings but the after taste is amzing, tasting every flavor once is washes over your tounge.

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Brass Tap (Tampa).
Opaque and essentially black in the glass. Excellent, sticky lacing.
Flavor is about mid-way between Amer. Porter (with extra hops) and Baltic Porter. Black coffee in the finish and aftertaste, with a touch of smoke. Mildly bitter, increasing into the aftertaste.

O: a fine porter.

Photo of Brenden
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into brandy snifter

A: nice brown brackish color almost no head

S: chocolate, roast, a little coffee malty

T: nice roasted barley taste with some chocolate layered in

M: it's thin the porters downfall too me

O: this is a solid beer and if you like a good porter this is well made if nothing exciting

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a shaker pint.

Appearance - Big creamy head. Pillowy cream color. Excellent retention. Black body.

Smell - Roasty aroma. Some milk chocolate.

Taste - Roasty and a little sweet up front. Dark chocolate. Nutty malts in the back. Slightly bitter dark roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium light. Creamy. Mildly bitter.

Overall - Tasty. And a nice drinkable porter.

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 for sending me a growler of this for consumption on my birthday weekend! Served from growler into a Funky Buddha snifter (also compliments of Jeff in this package). Poured pitch black with a half finger light brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, and a hint of smoke. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew was nothing short of excellent. This style has really been growing on me lately as I have enjoyed quite a few offerings of this style. The flavor on this one is great and quite complex. While holding this complexity it is very smooth, making it QUITE easy to drink. The aroma was very nice and inviting and pretty much spot-on for what I enjoy about Baltic Porters. My only complaint... That this was only a 32 oz growler. I could have drank a 64 oz of this no problem, even at 8%. A definite must try for sure as this is a stellar brew.

Photo of bierguru
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Photo of Treyliff
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

Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid porter with dry chocolate malts, light coffee, lots of char, roast and a line of cherry like sweetness. Well done.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

32 oz growler split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.

Last taste of the night, thanks Beerwolf77!

A - No carbonation at all, it pours without a touch of head. It was even sealed with that heat-shrink wrap. Missing about 8 oz from the growler. Wtf? Clear and dark brown with mahogany highlights.

S - Tons of rich roasted malts with a smooth nose and smooth coffee aroma! Hints of hops come through on the back end. Very nice Baltic porter aroma.

T - Strong bitter coffee overwhelms the roasted malts, nothing like the nose suggested the coffee to be. Good Baltic porter flavor through, it finishes with a balanced hop flavor.

M - Somewhat flat, it's not missing all carbonation, it's got a bit on the finish. Relatively bitter as it should be, but it's nicely balanced overall. A touch dry.

D - A little dry and bitter for my liking for drinkability, the problem is the shitty caps that Cigar City uses on the growlers. Even with that shrink wrap stuff it still comes out. Oh well, it's still a nice Baltic porter.

Photo of smakawhat
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to a good friend who sent me up some extra special ccb offerings this week. i decided to crack this one open this afternoon as i needed to get a jump start on my day! served col and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 09/25/2010.

a rich dark pour produces a nice light tan head that quickly fades to a thin lacing around the sides and a few scarce bubbles. dark as night with an abyss looking color to it.

the aroma is huge, deep roasted malts, touches of chocolate an vanilla. lovely notes of dark fruits and a touch of vanilla and coffee. amazing and the perfect way to start my day. not as thick as i thought it would be, but i have to say it still works well. rich chocolate waves rush across the palate and are smushed aside by a deep resonant coffee note. this coffee only gets stronger as we let it come up to room temperature. really an amazing beer i have to admit. dark fruit notes and vanilla come through on the finish after the last of the coffee flushes from the mouth.

overall i was freakin impressed with this one. amazing depth and ungodly drinkability. i would have this all day.

Photo of Immortale25
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of CraftyViki
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Puppy's Breath Porter is as delicious as its name is cute. This porter is big on flavor without being sharp. And now it is available in cans : )
In my top favorite porters for sure.

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

A-Black in the glass, but clear amber brown when pouting.

S-Chocolate and some coffee dominate with a little bit of roasted malt.

T-Starts with a nice chocolate flavor and a nice bit of coffee. Some brown sugar and roasted malt as well.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation and a tad watery.

O-The flavor is good but the watery mouthfeel detracts.

Photo of syrupjoe
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of oline73
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of JayS2629
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Photo of silverking
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It pours a deep cola color with a short lived tan head. Excellent lacing though.

S- toffee, milk chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a touch of malt that's almost burnt.

T- more coffee than the aroma let on. Complex and roasted. The finish is almost purely deeply roasted coffee, but there is also a touch of hop bitterness lost in there as well.

M- medium bodied, gentle carbonation, a little slick.

O- I was expecting another aggressively hopped porter from cigar city, but it just isn't the case here. Nice balance and overall a great beer.

Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Sonny for sending this can my way.

A- 12oz can poured to a snifter with a black body and a light mocha head. Texture of the cap is creamy and foamy. Head retention is good as the foam falls to medium ring. Legs are plentiful as lacing forms in some sheets and spots.

S- Roast malts off the top with notes of cocoa, chocolate malts, caramel, toast and toffee. Hints of hops in the backdrop of the malts with dark fruits. Clean ale yeast.

T- As in the aroma, the roast malts are the main thing showing in this beer. Malts lend a portfolio of slightly burnt cracked grains, chocolate, coffee, caramel, toasted nuts and slight sweets. Hints of light fruits, raisin and some light hops that are of the earthy and citrus variety.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a creamy texture that brings a bit of chewiness. Carbonation at a moderate level and it seems to boost the roast flavors. Finishes with some roast and hop bitterness lingering on the taste buds.

Roast-forward Porter that delivers a nice mix of cocoa, coffee and caramel flavors. Good for those looking for a nice dose of those burnt dark grains.

Photo of sendsilk
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of zac16125
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%

12oz can into a pint glass
canned on: 8/7/14

Thanks to allisonmichelle for sending this one over as an extra

A: Pours an opaque black with 3 fingers width of tan colored head. Head dissipates down fairly slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Semi-sweet cocoa, blonde roast coffee, lactose-like heavy cream. Straightforward, but just what a basic porter should be IMO. 4.25

T: Similar too, but not as good as the aroma. Decent amount of black coffee bitterness, lactose, cream, and subtle chocolate. 4

M/D: Medium body, carbonation higher than I like in the style, drinkability is good. 3.75

O: Pretty good standard porter. Not mind blowing, but certainly above average. 4

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Puppy's Breath Porter from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.