José Martí American Porter - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by QuentinCall:
4.14/5 rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On gravity cask at The Porter in the ATL.
This beer arrives still and surprisingly cold, resembling ultimately, in its umber opaqueness, really turbid pond water. Interestingly, the character of its opacity seems agitated, almost roiling in the snifter, as if it will soon separate into approximately equal light and dark halves ... it doesn't.
The nose is primarily composed of an expressive, though muted, roast profile, a citrusy hop fragrance bores through this, providing some nice ballast. While there are lingering vestiges of wood and greenery to be found here it is really only the orange and citrus notes that effectively announce themselves.
The taste follows appropriately: bright coffee tones and brighter hop moments that are balanced by milk, esters, chocolate, and, perhaps, a trace of oak. All of this however is thoroughly encompassed by the preeminent roasted malts. Once brought up to temperature, the varied components of this beer merge into an admirable whole -- tenebrous but burnished, smooth but gently enkindled -- lovelylovelylovely.
Feel-wise this does everything it needs to: it is astoundingly creamy, substantial, and sufficiently carbonated; certainly near the top of my own personal list.
Overall, this is another wonderful offering from Cigar City, a clear example that they, most assuredly, have their shit together in Tampa. A dark/dense, straightforward Porter that also happens to be elegantly hopped and possessive of a unique enough constitution to keep one guessing and intrigued.
Serving type: cask
03-21-2012 06:01:21 | More by QuentinCall
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired in a trade
A- pours a deep brown translucent body with a 2 finger off white head the reduces slowly to frothy foam.
S - molasses, toffee, heavy bread and pine, resin, slight roasted coffee. Very aromatic
T- starts off with toffee, fresh coffee, the follow through is pretty hoppy with resin and pine, the finish is roasty malt, biscuity, and toasty.
M- medium body and carbonation
Overall a nicely crafted porter. I'd put it more in the black IPA category.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 01:42:05 | More by gcamparone
José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.