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Puppy's Breath Porter - Cigar City Brewing

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Puppy's Breath PorterPuppy's Breath Porter

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 550
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 23.77%
Wants: 98
Gots: 103 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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: 550
Photo of fields336
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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

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Photo of Lerxst
4/5  rDev -2%
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 armock
4/5  rDev -2%
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 KillerJigger
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A good slight sweetness to a heavy roasty taste that sticks to the tongue. Liked it for a Porter. Great with a meal. Warm alcohol In the stomach. All in all a good beer.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of silverking
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It pours a deep cola color with a short lived tan head. Excellent lacing though.

S- toffee, milk chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a touch of malt that's almost burnt.

T- more coffee than the aroma let on. Complex and roasted. The finish is almost purely deeply roasted coffee, but there is also a touch of hop bitterness lost in there as well.

M- medium bodied, gentle carbonation, a little slick.

O- I was expecting another aggressively hopped porter from cigar city, but it just isn't the case here. Nice balance and overall a great beer.

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Photo of KarlosT
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out very black in color, not translucent with a nice two-finger light brown head with decent retention and decent lacing.

Smell is dark malts, and a nice sweet smell, I don't get anything else out of the nose but is certainly smells nice.

Taste is dark malts, some nice coffee but not overwhelming, some chocolate, but I would say the malt backbone is the most prominent here. Quite nice tasting.

Mouthfeel is a definitely not thin due to the carbonation but not on the thicker side either. On a 1 to 5 scale on thickness I would say it is a 2 but nice and silky.

Overall I really liked this beer and was surprised by how good it was. I have tried many CCB beers at the brewery and thought many were great but the last time I was there they had a limited tap selection (probably due to being close to Huna Day) and was underwhelmed. This beer has me back on the train again. It's not overly complex but it is pretty good.

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Photo of maximum12
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to fiver29 for this 22 oz. bottle: he is one of many people who know I’ll drink anything that comes out of CC’s tanks. Split with my wife.

The pour is black, fairly still. The nose is pedal to the metal chocolate, with that sweet, nutty undercurrent that you get in really good Belgian chocolate. Wow. Not I want to go back to Brussels.

Puppy’s Breath Porter is a lovely marriage of chocolate & beer: how could I not like this? Big mouthful of decadent chocolate up front, with the sweetness cut only marginally by CCs trademark roast in the middle. Back-of-mouth bitterness rounds it out, but really sticks in one’s craw (in a good way). Full, & my glass is halfway gone about three minutes after the first sip: either my glass is helping itself, or one of my kids is sneaking drinks. I can’t think of another reason it’s vanishing so fast.

This is a Greg Maddux fastball; nothing special to look at, not going to light up the radar gun, but just a pretty little work of art. Very good beer.

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Photo of thetomG
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Pourharddrinkslow
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look - Really dark brown with minimal head and no lacing. The color appears black until you hold it up to the light which reveals the true colors.

Smell - Slight coffee with a mouthwatering sweet milk chocolate aroma that got me amped to give this beer a try!

Taste - A little disappointing considering the great nose on it. Pretty mild overall taste with some coffee, milk, and cocoa.

Feel - Just slightly carbonated, but the best part of the mouthfeel is the smoothness of the brew. Very easy to drink. Practically begging you to have more.

Overall - Easy drinking, smooth stout with mild overall flavors.

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Photo of adamjhepler
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Great smooth taste with bitter notes of toffee and chocolate. Subtle beginnings but the after taste is amzing, tasting every flavor once is washes over your tounge.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into brandy snifter

A: nice brown brackish color almost no head

S: chocolate, roast, a little coffee malty

T: nice roasted barley taste with some chocolate layered in

M: it's thin the porters downfall too me

O: this is a solid beer and if you like a good porter this is well made if nothing exciting

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Photo of Ratman197
4.07/5  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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%

12oz can into a pint glass
canned on: 8/7/14

Thanks to allisonmichelle for sending this one over as an extra

A: Pours an opaque black with 3 fingers width of tan colored head. Head dissipates down fairly slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Semi-sweet cocoa, blonde roast coffee, lactose-like heavy cream. Straightforward, but just what a basic porter should be IMO. 4.25

T: Similar too, but not as good as the aroma. Decent amount of black coffee bitterness, lactose, cream, and subtle chocolate. 4

M/D: Medium body, carbonation higher than I like in the style, drinkability is good. 3.75

O: Pretty good standard porter. Not mind blowing, but certainly above average. 4

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Photo of uvachief
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a nice medium bodied dark chocolate brown with 2 full fingers of lingering tan head. Lacing was slight. Smells of dark or bitter chocolate, toffee and caramel with roasted malts. Tastes much the same. After taste is bitter chocolate and toffee. Medium bodied in the mouth as well. Not chewy but not watery in the mouth. Very drinkable. Downed the bomber easily. Really excellent porter.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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 rel
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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 rudzud
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark brown hue with a good half finger mocha head that fades to leave a light creamy halo and some gentle clouding.

S - Aromas of roast malts, chocolate, coffee grounds, light toffee, caramel. Dark, rich, roasty.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, big roasted malts, coffee, smooth caramel and toffee. The chocolate is much more pronounced and there is a nice smokey char before the hop bitterness on the finish. Tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, lightly carbonated. The alcohol is a bit noticeable.

O - Overall, this was a tasty porter, one I certainly would not pass up drinking again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

holy cow! this is 8% abv? i would have guessed it closer to 6, man does it hide itself well. what a rich and beautiful porter, maybe the best one i have had in 2015 so far. its dark dark brown in color, sporting a bright luster, and holding an inch of tan head on it, looks airy for the dark thick beer. the nose on it is dark chocolate and heavily roasted barley. i get the middle malt spectrum too, but thats more in the taste, with a sweetness like butterscotch, and more of a milk chocolate vibe. notes of coffee and molasses and even raisin are present mid palate, and the finish is decidedly roasty, hugely robust, and unique for that it has a slight coconut complexion, giving it a tropical flavor and lightness despite being so big and dark. its silky smooth, and it lingers on the tongue awhile after the swallow. you wouldnt think imperial porter in warm florida weather, but this one somehow fits in there really well. one of the best cigar city beers i have had, and with so little fanfare, i am surprised.

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Photo of Shaw
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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 AdamBear
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Treyliff
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, bottled 1/28/15, poured into a snifter

A- pours a pitch black color with a creamy and sudsy khaki colored head that seems to retain forever

S- nice roasty aromas of bitter-sweet chocolate and coffee, some char and smoke, also a hint of toffee and burnt sugar

T- smoky and roasty charred malt brings flavors of dark chocolate and coffee with some smoked woodsy notes, some herbal hop flavors kick in before finishing long with a linger of more chocolate and coffee

M- medium-viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that finishes foamy and slightly warming

O- a very flavorful, yet drinkable porter that hides the ABV quite well

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