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Puppy's Breath Porter | Cigar City Brewing

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Puppy's Breath PorterPuppy's Breath Porter

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-04-2009

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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 592
Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Spider889
3.82/5  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.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz. growler poured into my ccb tulip.

A: Pretty much black. The pour dropped a 2 finger sand colored head that faded to a thin Rim and left excellent lace.

A: Chocolate, roasted, and smoked malts. Nice assault on the nose. Notes of cocca nibs, tangy molasses,and earthy hops.

T: More chocolate, but the smoke is a bit more prevalent. Nice balance of malts, smoke, roast, chocolate, and black. Finishes a bit sweet and bitter, no hint of the abv.

M: Medim body, just as I would suspect from a porter. And as usual, perfect carbonation from the guys at ccb.

O: I like this one so much better then Jose marti. Much more dramatic flavor profile, and justa better beer. This is the porter they should bottle. Excellent brew. Skal.

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Photo of adam42381
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 9/29/11.

Poured on draft into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cola brown, almost black, with a 1 finger creamy light tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Sweet and roasted malt with a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Fruity bitterness and roasted malt up front followed by chocolate in the middle before ending with hoppy bitterness and sweet malt at the finish. Aftertaste is bittersweet. Definitive CCB flavor comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. The elevated ABV% would keep you from drinking multiples, but the flavor is very good.

Overall: Very good beer overall. This isn't your typical porter, so it's more closely related to an imperial stout. Definitely try this one if you get the chance.

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Photo of bierguru
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - deep dark brown pours a thin tan head laces out and sticks to the rim of the glass very well

S - deep sweet roasted notes with almost a chocolite finish

T - sweet chocolatie roasted maltiness with some slight bitterness

M -very rich and bold no overly sharp notes and nothing unpleasant

O - gave this beer a 4 overall just because this is my first baltic but this beer was really awesome

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Photo of rel
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Cigar City

A: Not much of a head. Very dark beer, nice lacing on the glass.

S: Mild chocolate notes. Some smell (almost bitersweet) that's difficult to quantify into terms.

T: This is nice. A mid palate explosion that fades over very quickly. Nothing really left on the palate afterward. A rich beer with a touch of maltiness, coffee and chocolate.

M: While drinking this its' extremely nice, but the finish is a bit abrupt and dry. Luckily I can keep taking another sip of this delicious beer!

Overall: Very nice. I have had this many times at the tasting room. Unfortunately it was only available for a short time.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generously hooked up from Jcartamdg. Thanks Jason.

Poured into a Grolsch 7oz taster glass.

Muddy brown colored beer with a half fingers width of head. Smell is coffee and chocolate notes. In the taste coffe and chocolate up front followed by what I only can describe is peanut butter. Damn this is tasty. Like the chex mix puppy chow. What a solid beer. Glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of afksports
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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?

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
3.66/5  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.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Lerxst
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Doodler
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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. .

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Photo of thetomG
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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...

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Photo of Triples
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Puppy's Breath Porter from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.