Puppy's Breath Porter - Cigar City Brewing
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4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
09-25-2010 18:00:34 | More by mikesgroove
3.93/5 rDev -3%
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.
07-30-2011 23:03:31 | More by kylehay2004
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
09-19-2010 04:03:57 | More by nickfl
3.93/5 rDev -3%
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.
12-20-2011 04:21:26 | More by MasterSki
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
12-29-2012 02:10:44 | More by Rifugium
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
12-11-2011 02:40:51 | More by oline73
3.76/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
04-16-2014 05:23:05 | More by JohnGalt1
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
10-13-2010 12:35:10 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
07-11-2011 13:51:22 | More by thagr81us
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
Pours a deep amber to black color with a light tan head. In the aroma, coffee and chocolate that is quite pronounced. In the taste, coffee, dry chocolate and a hit of hoppy bitterness. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry roasty coffee in the aftertaste. A nice coffee and chocolate taste, nice hop presence, really freakin' good.
10-17-2010 14:43:32 | More by OWSLEY069
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
02-20-2012 04:11:34 | More by AgentZero
Puppy's Breath Porter from Cigar City Brewing
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