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Puppy's Breath Porter - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 48
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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 afksports

New York

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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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South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2011 13:51:22 | More by thagr81us
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District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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
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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-dark black with a tan head

S-smells like a cup full of ground coffee. has an aged tobacco leaf smell to it. good strength

T-comes in with a very strong and slightly bitter taste of ground coffee. there's a slightly bitter after-taste but its mostly made up of the same ground coffee taste. its very flavorful.

M-thick medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-overall this is a great and thick porter. its very easy drinking and flavorful. its not unique but its still an amazing example.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 17:43:17 | More by AdamBear
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3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mini Growler - thanks to Hopscotch for this one. Shared with Ratman. Dark rich pour with nice lacing, Nose of chocolate and espresso. Offers up a tasty maltiness, with a dusty? / dry ? coffee and molasses character. Finishes a bit bitter but still nice overall. Liked this beer. .

Serving type: growler

12-24-2010 08:05:43 | More by Doodler
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Broken Barrel in Palm Bay, FL. Looks delightful. The smell is etherial - chocolate, coffee and cherry with a whiff of alcohol.

Taste is smooth with a complex, warming afterburn. Mouthfeel is full-bodied goodness. This beauty is perfectly carbonated, and leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Exceptionally drinkable. The wife says "Thank G-- you listened to me, babe!" - she recommended it as our 'dessert' beer. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 00:24:46 | More by Triples
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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2010 14:43:32 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 11:26:27 | More by gunnerman
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-25-2010 18:00:34 | More by mikesgroove
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3.98/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 04:03:57 | More by nickfl
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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark rich black. Nice tall tan head with good retention and lace.

S: Loads of roasted malt and rich chocolate. Light coffee with some dark fruit and a touch of molasses.

T: Wonderfully roasted. Loads of chocolate with strong espresso notes. Hints of smoke and pipe tobacco. Bold and roasty goodness.

M: Medium in body, uber roasty, a bit bitter and dry in the finish.

D: Nice and drinkable. Love this one and the Jose Marti.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2010 23:25:54 | More by tpd975
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler I bought two days ago at the brewery.

Pours almost totally black with a brown head that quickly reduces to a thin ring in my glass.

Nice complex aroma of coffee and chocolate.

The taste is very good. I actually sampled this at the brewery and it didn't taste as good as it does now. My other samples must have blown out my palate. This is rich and chocolaty, with coffee and lots of roasted malt flavors. The higher alcohol level is well hidden.

Nice, glassy body.

Overall this is a very nice porter and one of the best of the style -- which is saying something. Seek this out.

Serving type: growler

09-15-2010 03:49:52 | More by Shaw
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4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: deep black body with a thick frothy tan head.

S: Nice dark chocolate notes in the nose with whole grains (oat-like) with toffee and touch of smoke and coffee.

T: Tasty. It's a bigger version of their Jose Marti. Big roasted grains up front give it a nice coffee feel accompanied by burnt sugar and dark bitter chocolate. Nice earthy/piney bite at the finish with a persistent coffee note. There are touches of dark fruit in the background but coffee and chocolate are dominant.

M: A little thin probably due to low carbonation. Finishes dry with medium a body.

D: Nice porter. Good blend of smokey coffee like malt and earthy hop bite. Well put together.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2010 01:20:58 | More by electrobunny
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3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
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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Puppy's Breath Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.