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José Martí American Porter - Cigar City Brewing

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José Martí American PorterJosé Martí American Porter

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BA SCORE
91
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781 Ratings
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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 93
Gots: 93 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-11-2010)
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Reviews by benpopper:
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benpopper

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured out of the bottle a deep rich brown with a little tan head that spritzes away to a hazy ring. Not much lacing if any at all, leaves a fine film on the glass.

It smell super solid with an extra bit of spice to it. Lots of roasted malt up front. There are hints of chocolate and a sweeter sugar as well.

Taste follows the smell nicely. Roasted malt surrounded by what seems to be chocolate and coffee. Toasted malt to finish, almost like baked bread.

Creamy in the mouth. Light on the carbonation makes me want to take huge sweeping chugs of this and let some of it linger. Wouldn't ever believe this is 8%.

Overall I was very pleased and found it a great drink even out of dark beer season. Can a porter be refreshing? This one seems to be. Thanks TKEbeerman!

06-16-2011 02:25:54 | More by benpopper
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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

04-06-2011 22:40:09 | More by oberon
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npala86

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-17-2014 16:30:09 | More by npala86
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ricksrealm

Florida

3/5  rDev -26.1%

01-18-2012 21:49:35 | More by ricksrealm
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sicilian

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-01-2014 20:13:06 | More by sicilian
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3.28/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

01-03-2014 07:54:43 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

08-27-2011 22:23:08 | More by warnerry
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marvin213

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-16-2012 21:51:43 | More by marvin213
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-25-2013 04:17:07 | More by TimoP
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iemailjack

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-07-2013 23:27:33 | More by iemailjack
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JasonEames

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-12-2013 23:21:32 | More by JasonEames
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -2%

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

02-26-2012 22:16:05 | More by Homebrew35
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mctizzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-11-2013 18:17:02 | More by mctizzz
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JayEvans813

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-11-2013 03:25:01 | More by JayEvans813
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

03-19-2013 16:19:57 | More by bsp77
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

10-05-2012 23:57:29 | More by standardcherry
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kingcrowing

Vermont

2.85/5  rDev -29.8%

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.

10-22-2011 00:28:44 | More by kingcrowing
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-17-2014 04:18:45 | More by bpfrush
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ehammond1


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

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!

08-08-2011 03:24:47 | More by ehammond1
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-20-2013 12:55:36 | More by Mantooth
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MrBryson

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

08-05-2014 00:59:27 | More by MrBryson
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-24-2013 00:20:07 | More by Cynic-ale
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TKEbeerman

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

09-23-2010 22:13:02 | More by TKEbeerman
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

02-08-2013 00:34:59 | More by chinchill
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-24-2012 15:45:05 | More by SPRichard
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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
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