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Puppy's Breath Porter - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 543
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 92
Gots: 101 | FT: 10
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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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Reviews: 79 | Hads: 543
Photo of huysmans
3.11/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at Whole Foods around the corner from the brewery and consumed a day later. Poured into a pint glass (half full as I was sharing) a nice dark color with a nice light brown one to two finger head. Did not hold it up to any light, so not sure about the ruby hue. Very little if any nose, even after the head dissipated. Just a mild and typical porter smell. Taste followed the nose. I did not get much for such a highly rated and higher ABV porter. Warmer sips after letting it sit did not really change things. Average a best. (535 characters)

Photo of danh53
3.12/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Highly carbonated with hop bitterness provide a bite that I do not care for. This is a fine porter. Itsbetter than average but didn't really stand out. (151 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can

A- Dark black with khaki head, low in retention. Carb sticks to the glass.

S- Bland, void; some malt

T- It comes off as a really light porter with a weird aftertaste. The aftertaste is minimal, but comes off as a vegetable. V8

M- Very light, some decent carb follows down the throat

O- Just not impressed. CCB is a top brewery for me; this one just didn't hit the spot. (385 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
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. (453 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Forgot to check the canning date, but should have been fairly fresh. Thanks Doug. Poured into a Lawson's snifter today, 5/1/2014.

A- Dark brown body, one finger offwhite head with little retention. Some lacing. Looks like a decent porter, pours watery though compared to Cigar City stouts even though thats not a fair comparison.

S- Chocolate, a little coffee and that's about it. No roast malt, no earthiness, quite a sweet nose that isn't complex but nevertheless is fairly enjoyable.

F- Sweet chocolate, slight coffee, perhaps a little lactose. Nothing special. Don't really get any hop contribution, no earthiness or noble notes. Not a complex or interesting flavour profile, but it is certainly not bad at all.

M- Thin bodied, a bit watery but it is quite drinkable. No creaminess like in Black Butte. There is a slight sweet aftertaste that doesn't get in the way of enjoying this beer, though.

O- Not that great of a porter but it's not terrible; in my neck of the woods, Edmund Fitzgerald is far better, and if you're comparing nationally, this is nothing compared to Everett. I definitely don't recommend trading for this if you can get Edmund Fitzgerald or Black Butte. (1,194 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sort of a strange, if unappealing name for a beer, but anyway....after pouring this, I can say honestly that this might be the darkest porter I have yet seen. Not much in the way of heading here. Musty nose, followed by some dark fruit, pumpernickel bread, and a little bit of roast. Some bitter coffee kicks things off, with just a tiny bit of dark fruit and cocoa in the finish. The body is definitely robust, though the alcohol is non existent. This is a nice sipping beer, even with the lower alcohol content. Not Cigar City's best, but tasty overall and sessionable. Cheers (578 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the brewery WAY out of season!

A: Dark as can be, thick as melted licorice, and with a nice 1/2 finger or so mocha head that stuck around throughout the session.

S: I smell the bitterness already. Dark malt, not much coffee, a tinge of booze, and a slight, slight, slight bit of fruit.

T: Much more bitter than I like with my Baltic Porters. Malty as he'll, but this was a tad boost and off-putting.

M: Thick, chewy, and very appropriate for this style, however, I found the ash-like bitterness a bit much for my tastes.

O: I was really looking forward to this one, so I ordered it first and on a fresh palate. however, it just didn't do it for much... Especially compared to the rest of CCB's delicious line-up. (742 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

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. (412 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.77/5  rDev -8%
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 (699 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (1,024 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: loaded coffee, and heavy chocolate aromas

taste: there was a slight sourness tinge to it, but it didn't ruin the beer. not overly complex at all which is a surprise from CC.

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, high carbonation for stout

drinkability: nice beer, definitly not my favorite CC, but solid offering. (368 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to my never ending CCB supplier fogdog. Poured into my tulip.

A: Yet another leaky CCB growler leads to little or no carbonation. So zero head and zero lace. Pitch black in color. One of the darkest porters I've seen.

S: Lots of smoked roast malt, dark chocolate and black coffee. Smells inviting.

T: Pretty much a mirror of the nose. Loads of roadt malt and black coffee. Bitter but not excessively bitter. Smooth chocolate in the finish.

M: Hardly any carbonation yet still has a touch of mouthfeel.

D: Overall without the leakage issues this beer is a top notch Baltic porter. (601 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of afksports
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Al Alvarez for bringing this to a rooftop party and sharing with the group while we opened some fun brews. I was a bit drunk by the end of the night, but that's ok because better ingredients make better pizza. On to the review.

Coffee char and roastiness come through in taste and smell, and this Baltic porter from Cugar City was round both the first and second time I visited the growlers. Maybe not the best of heads, in fact there's not much at all, but a pitch black appearance makes me pro-porter all the same. It starts sweet and slightly hoppy bitter, and finishes roasty bitter, but there's too much burnt and not enough sweet. The girlfriend likes it, but I'll say it's about average. A tough one to find though, so I'm happy to have had it.

And honestly, rooftop parties aside, I probably only thought it average because I don't like dogs. I mean seriously, they're allowed to piss on sidewalks, but I'm not. What gives? (943 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

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. (347 characters)

Photo of Zraly
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (976 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head, dark,no light getting through. Amazing lace.

S: mild roast, touch of spice and smokey.

T: roasty, malt with a touch of coffee and chocolate notes.

M: drinkability is solid though the dry finish was a little too dry for me. flavor erupts and subsides quickly.

Overall: Solid all the way around. I got a lot of notes from this one. (357 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid porter with dry chocolate malts, light roasted coffee, lots of char, embers, roast and a line of cherry like sweetness. Well done and easy to drink. (164 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,110 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - small light brown head, settles quickly, leaves moderate lace.

S - intense aroma of brown caramel malts. Notes of spiced coffee, nutty caramel, and molasses.

T - dark caramel malt and molasses up front. Some dark cola notes and earthy hops in the middle. Finishes with more cola and toasted nuts as well as a strong spiced coffee note. Lingering burnt caramel and chicory.

M - med thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - this is a very intense porter with a very strong molasses character. The malt is almost too strong with a flavor that isn't so much roast as it is very dark caramel. It leaves a lingering flavor that really reminds me of the taste of a cigar that has been smoked too long. Worth trying if you come across it,but not one of my favorite cigar city beers. (808 characters)

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

A - pours a typical porter black with a foamy, latte-like brown head that lasts. Very good lacing given the nice density of the beer

S - Has a nice cocoa and lactic acid aroma. The sweet sugar pairs well with the light roasted/bitter malts. Finishes with a cold coffee and slight metallic hint

T - Flavor relies heavily on the grains with a wonderful toasted biscuit flavor and light chocolate. Finishes chalky like tart sugars and the aftertaste is a rich roasted chocolate

M - heavy body for a porter with light carbonation. Velvety on the palate with an aftertaste that lasts. Each sip fills the palate but is very easy to drink. No alcohol reminance either

O - drunk this for brunch and it was perfect for the occassion. Overall it's one dimensional but classic. Another solid ccb brew (793 characters)

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Puppy's Breath Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.