José Martí American Porter - Cigar City Brewing

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José Martí American PorterJosé Martí American Porter

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 104
Gots: 126 | FT: 13
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 08-11-2010

This is a heavily hopped high gravity porter featuring the hopping levels of an India Pale Ale with the rich and roasty malt profile of a robust porter. Heavy hop rates, while uncommon in today's porters were not unknown historically and recipes from the British porter producers of the 1800's evidence hopping rates far in excess of what is common for the style today.

65 IBU
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Ratings: 905 | Reviews: 256
Reviews by Drew966:
Photo of Drew966
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jose Marti American Porter pours a dark brown with a thick tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma has some dark malt, but citrus like hops also come into the mix. The flavor is quite nice, notes of cocoa up front then a wallop of citrus hop flavor. Nice mouthfeel, definitely a little on the thicker side. Stronger than a typical porter. Excellent beer!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep roasted chesnut brown with 1/2 tan colored head that lasted pretty well,maybe the biggest hop profile I have ever come across in a porter,not ony in the nose but on the palate as well.Resiny hop mixed with roast and a hint of unsweetened chocolate,dry and appetizing.Again the huge hop profile on the palate with hefty roast,its quite dry and the alcohol is extremely well hidden.My only small complaint would be maybe I would like a little more complexity and or sweetness to mix with the hops,but in saying that I think its a great porter.I love the big hops going on here.

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 ouncer

A:dark like an espresso bean.

S:espresso,toffee,hops.

T:pretty much the same as smell.

M:chewy but smooth.

O:Very nice spin on a porter.I've never had a porter that was so hop forward.I really like the toffe and hop flavor I'm getting.I would deff drink again and would recommend if you like porters and IPA's.

Photo of warnerry
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep brown with two fingers of dense tan head. Head has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing behind. Pours a bit like a stout and looks fantastic.

S - Massive bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts. Also hints of pine hops. Quite a bit of sweetness in the smell.

T - Taste is similar to smell, with a more pronounced hop presence. Very nice. Finishes bitter and roasty.

M - Full mouthfeel with a nice creaminess. Feels like a stout until the bitter hop finish.

O - I really enjoyed this. If I were strictly rating to style I might dock it a bit for being more like a stout. But this is a very nice beer.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of a khaki head, fairly creamy. Nice lacing and good retention. Pitch black body with no light coming through.

Smells not too big overall but fairly pleasant. Roasted malts, fruity yeasty esters, as it warms quite a bit of earthy hops come out.

Tastes fairly roasty, lots of earthy dirt like hops, some bitter yeasty like notes. Lingering earthy and roasty finish. Not even a hint of the 8%.

Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation keeps this one quite drinkable. Somewhat creamy in the texture. Some what sharp and bitter on the palate similar to an IPA is no surprise.

Overall this is quite tasty. Firm bitterness and roasty notes live up to the clear description on the label. Nice job CCB.

$2 a single

Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into wine glass.

Appearance: Very dark chocolate with moderate tan head.

Smell: Heavily roasted aroma with chocolate and coffee. Some bitter notes, with a hint of citrus.

Taste: Strong roasted backbone, with chocolate, coffee, char and burnt molasses. The hops are a mix of citrusy, floral and spicy notes. Finish is somewhat bitter, partially from the hops, but mostly from the slightly distracting burnt character.

Feel: Medium to full body that is fairly creamy with a nice dry finish. Carbonation is in check.

Overall: This is more-than-solid hoppy strong porter. Too bad the burnt notes take away from the hops and the core complexity of the roasted malts.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a very dark brown with a small brown head, no lacing. Nose is woody, sweet and slightly funky.

Taste is also kinda tart, a bit sweet and a multitude Ness with some really good odd off flavors I can't name. Mouthfeel is light and slightly sharp.

Photo of ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

Deep, dark brown in color with a thick, overflowing khaki head. Lots of lacing down the glass.

A rich, chocolatey aroma along with roasted malt, some piney hops, and a nice, warm breadiness. Complex yet accessible.

A complex, rich, divine flavor profile, consisting of melted chocolate, roasted coffee and malts, freshly baked bread, and bitter and piney hops. A tremendous porter. No alcohol heat whatsoever. Flawless!

Medium to thick bodied, no alcohol heat, quite luscious. An absolute pleasure.

One of my favorite offerings from Cigar City. This porter is just about perfect.

Thanks again sendsilk!

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass, this porter pours a very very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights when held to the light. The head is about 2 inches thick and is a peanut shell tan.

S: The aroma is lacking a level of roastiness that I love in porters, but is good none-the-less. The is a floral fruity hoppyness that I have found in other Cigar City beers, such as Jai Alai IPA. I swear its almost a banana smell.

T: The roastiness pokes it's head out in the flavor. Still the are some fruity floral notes that aren't characteristic of a porter in this brew. These notes are definitely coming from the Hops, cuz this thing is definitely hopped up.

MF: Mouthfeel is a little light, but thickens as the beer warms of course.

D: Drinkability is great. 8%? No problem!

Overall, I'm excited to see CCB bottling more brews in 6 packs. Seems like Jose Marti might need a little work to achieve greatness, but this really is a solid porter with an interesting twist. Wait and watch for my review of the Maduro Brown they put out. That brew blew me away.

Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. Vigorous pour only yields a modest light tan head that dies down quickly. Decent lacing on the glass. Clear but very dark brown and essentially opaque in the glass.

Rich, complex aroma has dark chocolate notes over plenty of roasted malt and a suggestion of coffee grinds. A bit of piney/herbal hops lie in the background. The flavor displays a more intense roasted malt character, but the chocolate and hops have faded quite a bit. Some coffee in the mildly bitter and long-lasting aftertaste. Mildly marred by a bit too much burnt quality.

Mouthfeel: near full body with moderate carbonation levels. Slightly astringent up front and dry in the finish.

Overall: a very rich porter appropriately described as a "robustly hopped American porter" and properly classified as an Imperial porter. Higher ABV is fairly well hidden.

Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with hints of semi-sweet chocolate undertones. Also present are hints of tobacco and lighter hints of earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately bitter semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip slight amounts of tobacco and heavier roasted flavors make an appearance along with hints of spiciness, either from rye or the hops. The spiciness fades out quickly, allowing equal amounts of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and tobacco flavors to carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this beer has the tobacco character that I love in so many of CCB's beers. My only qualm is that the thickness isn't quite there, but it really is a very good beer that's well worth a shot.

Photo of azorie
2.14/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: sadly too cold out the tap, Standard in Florida. Its a dark brown ale, filtered, no cloudiness. no lacing or head period.
I give it a pass since its poured to the top of glass.

S: overpowering nose of smoke, cigars and some chocolate malt. no hops detected. as it warms up it gets no better, in fact it gets more smokey. I had and love Stone and Alaska smoked porters and this one is overkill.

T: Bitter sour smokey mess of a beer. Balanced hop to malt ratio, about all the good I can say for it. If I not paid 5 bucks for it , I might have just left it on the bar. YUCK. chalky which is surprising. Some chocolate in there, its just overpowered by the cigar bomb that went off in the brew barrel.

M: medium body, medium to low Carbonation

O: overall I never pay for one these again. and I had a few years ago version that did not seem so bad. This 1 is a drain pour sadly.

Photo of rivalrome
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a CCB Pint Glass at ~49ºF

Forms a medium one-finger tan head with minimal lacing. Coloring is reminiscent of a deep cherrywood.

Initially smells of hops, coffee, malts, and chocolate. Slight undertones of fruits. Has a very rich smell!

Wow, this is impressive. It tastes almost like a cross between a porter and a Strong Ale. Initial hopiness is high, hints of chocolate as well as everything else that I smelled in the taste. Medium body and carbonation. As the glass goes down, zero head and zero lacing; straight dark brown.

Overall a solid beer from CCB; I expect no less!

Photo of seavercm
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown. Tan, creamy head that was somewhat thick but dissolved quickly.

Smell: A sweet combination of caramel, citrus hops and coffee. Every time I smelled it I picked up something different, which was also the case with the taste.

Taste: A rich malty caramel is quickly followed by citrus and hops. There was smoke, chocolate and some roasted/burnt notes. A lot going on here but it was very unique and balanced. Definitely not your typical porter.

Mouthfeel - Great carbonation, a little thick and sticky. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall: I'm actually not a fan of overly hoppy beers but really enjoyed this one. There are so many different flavors here yet its very enjoyable and quite drinkable. I really like how well the porter and hops played well together. Another solid outing from Cigar City.

Photo of dowen17
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a perfect tan head on top. Holds at two fingers for a while and leaves good lacing down the glass. Didn't notice the sediment at the bottom of the bottle and poured the rest into my glass after taking a few sips. Big chunks. Fuck.

On the nose is sweet malt and citrus notes from the hops. A slight hint of earthiness as well.

Interesting flavor. Sweet malts with a slight hint of chocolate at the end. A bit of citrus from the hops but no bitterness here for me.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin but very smooth and easy to drink.

Really tasty beer. Worth the try for sure. Would definitely drink again.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

return trip after the Cigar City event night, enjoyed on tap at Rattle N Hum. Big head and a good porter, above average mouthfeel. A little towards the baltic porter or imperial porter. Average drinkability.Chocolate and roasted malts.Nice that "coffee" taste is in secondary.

Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown boarding on black with a mountain of brown, coffee-colored head. The head is soft and dense with incredible retention. The nose is more hoppy than malty; the hop aromas are floral, piny, earthy. There are some faint chocolate and roasted malt aromas as well. The flavor is intense all around. The malt character is bready, roasty, chocolaty, and coffee-like all at once. The hop character is very forward with citrusy and piny characteristics; I get some notes of grapefruit and pineapple. This is a full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. The alcohol adds some warth, but is otherwise unnoticeable.

This is fantastic. This could make an argument about when does a porter/stout become a black IPA. I could drink several of these.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City Brewing "José Martí India-style Porter"
22 oz. brown glass bottle, Bottled on 10/14/14
$9.99 @ Total Wine & More #901, Tampa, FL (less than a half mile from the brewery - I should have went there and paid less!).

So is it "American Porter" or "India-style Porter"? Well there is no "India-style Porter" and there never was, but as they point out on the label, many beers in the 1800's were produced with far higher hop rates than today. The question is how much bitterness was extracted? Were they really as bitter as the beers we're making today, or were they just using more, but less potent, hops. But I digress... it doesn't really matter what it's called, and it doesn't really matter how bitter it is as long as it's balanced - and it is.

The nose suggests a very rich dark chocolate maltiness, and the flavor confirms it. It's chocolatey with dark chocolate, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, and just a hint of burnt sugar. It's also a touch nutty, and that combined with the roasted side of the chocolate suggests coffee - strong black coffee. It doesn't suffer from being overly malty to get that richness, however. In fact, it's simply medium to medium-full in body. It's just intense.

And what of the hops? It's bitter, yes, boldly so, but within such roasty and chocolatey richness you don't notice it as much. It's like drinking coffee, you expect the bitterness so it doesn't particularly seem that bitter. Of course it's got to be around 70 IBUs, and if you put that into a golden ale it'll stick out!

What I find the most interesting, and what I think really makes the beer work, is that they've held back on hop flavor to allow the chocolatey and roasty flavors to shine. I'm assuming they've used mostly English hops (or an equivalent) as they're mainly leafy and grassy with just a hint of citrus coming through. They back the chocolate/roast and give it a background edge but don't really show until the finish, which is bitter, dry, herbal, leafy, and grassy with just a spritz of clementine.

An impressive beer to say the least. It has aggression, but it's throttled back. It harkens back to an older time but still makes progress in the new age. Without a deft hand in both formulation and production a beer of this magnitude could easily jump the tracks. If you're a fan of roast and chocolatey beers this one's worth seeking out!

Photo of socon67
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -Pours black and light carbonation. slight lacing in glass.

S - Smells of raosted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Solid but not particularly standout.

T - Taste is similar to the smell. Sweet roasted malt and chocolate gives way to the bitterness of coffee. My issue is that it isn't as potent as other in the style.

M - Comes off as diluted/weak. Not bad but could easily be better.

D - Is a solid porter. Coudl drink a few of these.

Not bad, just that CCb has much better offerings.

Photo of rmolledo
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Solid Dark Brown with a small 1 inch tan head. Nice tan lacing.

S: Amazing Caramels, Roasted Malts, Chocolate. Toasted Malts. Pleasant Citrusy Hop Aroma.

T: Amazing Depth of flavor. Bitter Chocolate. Burnt Cookies. Cocoa Powder. Very Hoppy. Chocolate Covered Orange Peels.

MF: Slick with a moderately heavy body. Moderate Carbonation.

D: Another amazing beer from Cigar City. This beer in many ways is similar to Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale but with more of a malty body and thicker mouthfeel.

Photo of cjgator3
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Pours a dark blackish color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts with some fresh citrusy hops as well. I love the aroma, there is plenty of roastiness from the malts and a good dose of hops as well. I think I am going to like this beer.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with sweet roasted malts that make way for a good amount of bitterness in the finish from the hops. Wow, delicious!

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amOunt of carbonation. Spot on.

D- Overall, Cigar City knocked this one out of the ballpark. This beer is immediately right up there among my favorite Porters. Must try beer, highly recommended!

Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again...I'm indebted to kkipple for another great beer.

José Martí pours a dark chocolate brown color. It's not opaque. Backlighting reveals some nice garnet highlights. A soft tan head caps it off. It stands about a finger and a half tall, and recedes to a surface covering somewhat quickly. It holds steady there for a bit. Lacing was a little light, but sticky.

The nose is damn impressive. It kicks off with a nice mix of roasted and cocoa-esque chocolate malts. A healthy dose of roasted coffee is in the mix, and is the perfect complement to the malts. If I stopped here it'd be very good. Fortunately, there's an impressive hop presence that bumps it up a notch. The hop profile features a little citrus grapefruit and orange. There's also a floral and piney twist to them. Alcohol is blended very well for 8%. Damn impressive.

The flavor is very good, but falls a little shy of the nose. The malt base is very tasty. The strong cocoa presence blends very well with the roasted malts. The infusion of coffee adds quality depth and complexity. Hops certainly liven up the flavor. They have a bit of citrusy flavor featuring white grapefruit and orange, together with some pine and floral notes. It's a little bitter, but not over the top. Alcohol is noticeable, but it is masked pretty well. Finishes malty, a little bitter, and dry.

José Martí has a light-medium body. It feels a tad thin, but isn't bad by any stretch. Carbonation is light, and it definitely feels smooth. Perhaps a bit more malt improve it? Drinkability is good. This is a tasty American Porter that certainly satisfies. The abv may limit drinkability a little, but I wouldn't shy away from a second bottle.

Cigar City Brewing brews some really interesting beer. This is easily the hoppiest American Porter I've ever encountered. Does it work? You betcha. The hops certainly add an interesting, lively flavor to the mix. The novel aspect of it is really nice. Maybe a little more body would be a good thing. This is really impressive beer though. Easily recommended.

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a mug shot of the famous Cuban poet philosopher & his poem "A Morir [To Die]" on the side. Good stuff.

Pours a big thick deep black down the middle of my snifter forming a little khaki head. Moderate lacing & descent alcohol legs.

Roasted coffee & sweet dark chocolates in the nose. Mouth watering!

Big roasted coffee smacks the palate up front along with some sweet chocolates. A smooth transition, like a passing of the torch, into a subtle but building dark chocolate bittering & warming alcohol burn in back. Starts sweet & roasty, finishes dry and fairly hoppy. Floral hops, hello.

Thick body (8/10) here, but what else would you expect from a big American Porter? Head wasnt huge, but the carbonation on the tongue is pleasant.

12oz bottle for $1.99. Would I do it again? Hell yes.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bunch of cigar city beers from Jefe73 in the Regional Growler GIF. Thanks man

Pours a beautiful black with a foamy light tan head. Great lacing.

Aroma of lots of roasted grains and a bit of hops. Interesting. Mostly smells like a solid porter but with a bit of hop aroma.

Taste is interesting. It's a nice and smooth porter with roasted grains and a bit of smooth chocolate but then it has like a pale ale or almost an IPA bitterness. Can't really taste any hop flavor. Just a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is along the lines of a porter. Maybe a bit more carb would be good.

Anyway this is a pretty good beer. I liked it more the more I drank it. I don't think I would specifically trade for more but if I had access to it I would drink it often. But get one to try at least.

Photo of deathcharms
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle. Thanks to BastionShaw for this one.

Pours a very deep shade of brown, but distinctly brown and not an abyss of black. About a half finger worth of head out of the bottle. The nose has a very powerful dark unsweetened chocolate punch to it, almost like I am smelling hot chocolate. The taste is almost nothing like the nose, instead it takes a turn to very roasted coffee. The coffee almost over powers the taste and leaves very little trace that this is actually a beer. The mouthfeel is almost like drinking cold coffee, kind of stings the tongue with bitterness. The bitterness is overwhelmingly the after taste.

Overall a decent beer, I don't think I would trade for it again though. I wish the dark chocolate came through more in the taste.

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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.