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Puppy's Breath Porter - Cigar City Brewing

Puppy's Breath PorterPuppy's Breath Porter

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 47
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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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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 00:37:02 | More by jamie2dope
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District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 22:04:51 | More by Chaney
Photo of GallowsThief


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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3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 16:17:26 | More by CampusCrew
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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.

Serving type: growler

10-13-2010 12:35:10 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-26-2010 23:53:57 | More by beerwolf77
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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?

Serving type: growler

07-22-2011 01:27:47 | More by afksports
Photo of Spider889


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
Photo of AgentZero


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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3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 23:03:31 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of MasterSki


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
Photo of Zraly


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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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 04:03:57 | More by nickfl
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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

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 16:06:50 | More by VaTechHopHead
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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
Photo of Lerxst


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks

A-Pours a very dark brown with a two finger khaki head that has good retention and leaves wisps of lace.

S-Roasted malt, hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Not complex, but still very pleasant.

T-Follows the nose with roasted malt and hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

M-Medium bodied, coats the palate fairly well.

D-Goes down rather easily and another is certainly doable.

I liked this one, just not quite as much as the Jose Marti. Still, it is another nice offering from CCB.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 16:48:56 | More by Lerxst
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New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sendsilk for hooking up a mini growler of this in a trade.

A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with coffee scents that smells quite a bit better than my own puppy's breath

T - Follows the nose with strong roasted coffee flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - This is one enjoyable easy to drink beer a little too easy to drink for the abv as the alcohol isn't in the flavor at all definitely worth getting a pint of if you ever see it around

Serving type: growler

07-14-2011 00:52:07 | More by armock
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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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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.

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

Strong coffee notes

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

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

Excellent Porter. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2012 13:01:37 | More by KarlosT
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, roastiness, coffee, light licorice and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roastiness, light coffee and hints of licorice and vanilla with a smooth dry lingering roasty finish.

Serving type: growler

10-09-2010 23:36:17 | More by Ratman197
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a layer of bubbly tan head... decent lacing left around the glass.

Aroma is primarily smokey with a bit of maltiness also coming through. Flavor follows the nose closely, but overall this is very drinkable considering relatively high ABV. Nice smooth mouthfeel. I'd definitely drink this one again...

Serving type: growler

11-25-2010 01:26:08 | More by thetomG
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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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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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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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