1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Puppy's Breath Porter - Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
Puppy's Breath PorterPuppy's Breath Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

479 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 479
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 72
Gots: 86 | 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
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 479 | Reviews: 77 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MNBeerGeek
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of matthewwarner
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.

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 dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

holy cow! this is 8% abv? i would have guessed it closer to 6, man does it hide itself well. what a rich and beautiful porter, maybe the best one i have had in 2015 so far. its dark dark brown in color, sporting a bright luster, and holding an inch of tan head on it, looks airy for the dark thick beer. the nose on it is dark chocolate and heavily roasted barley. i get the middle malt spectrum too, but thats more in the taste, with a sweetness like butterscotch, and more of a milk chocolate vibe. notes of coffee and molasses and even raisin are present mid palate, and the finish is decidedly roasty, hugely robust, and unique for that it has a slight coconut complexion, giving it a tropical flavor and lightness despite being so big and dark. its silky smooth, and it lingers on the tongue awhile after the swallow. you wouldnt think imperial porter in warm florida weather, but this one somehow fits in there really well. one of the best cigar city beers i have had, and with so little fanfare, i am surprised.

Photo of Jaywalsh20
2.64/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Think I had a bad bottle

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a nice medium bodied dark chocolate brown with 2 full fingers of lingering tan head. Lacing was slight. Smells of dark or bitter chocolate, toffee and caramel with roasted malts. Tastes much the same. After taste is bitter chocolate and toffee. Medium bodied in the mouth as well. Not chewy but not watery in the mouth. Very drinkable. Downed the bomber easily. Really excellent porter.

Photo of IPAchris
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Seamus
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tommy5
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 fenlop54
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Flight317
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mta11c
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dcc449
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2-star
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Puppy's Breath Porter from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.