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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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857 Ratings
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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 102
Gots: 116 | FT: 11
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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Ratings: 857 | Reviews: 253 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kkipple:
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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Righteous tip o' the cap to Todes & Bobby8405 for hooking me up with this one. Cracked before dinner at my favorite German joint... I might have refrained if I had noticed the 8% on the bottle sooner. What are those kids at CCB smoking anyway?

A. Pours a fine looking deep walnut brown with a very dark tan head that has some staying power and leaves a bit of lace to boot. Purty.

S. Wow, this is lush. Big roast notes here, espresso / coffee, and more than usual hops in the nose. There's a hefty sweetness here; rich sugars and swirls of nuts and tobacco. Strong, lively, and solid. Robust, for sure. I like it a great deal.

T. Huge immediate roast-sweet hit, followed by a big bag of citrus hops that *almost* tip the whole thing over. Sweet coffee, grapefruit, dark, roasted, almost-burnt chocolate malts and a little bit of licorice are all here, held together by some warming booze heat. Hop and roasty bitterness compete and eventually settle into an uneasy truce. Long finish. Hmm... basically a super-robust porter with a ton of hop presence that somehow manages to work. Not sure how, but it does.

M / D. Goes down easy 'nuff, but the booze is there and the sheer flavorfulness of this means you won't drink more than a couple. Maybe. Slick, dense mouthfeel and the carbonation is spot on, keeping it from being overwhelmingly heavy. This is good.

Cigar City has my vote for one of the most interesting breweries in the country right now. Jose Marti isn't really a go-to porter, but it IS unique, tasty and another feather in the cap of the the white-hot guys from Tampa.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of sicilian
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
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
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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 marvin213
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Homebrew35
3.98/5  rDev -2%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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 standardcherry
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of kingcrowing
2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
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 bpfrush
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ehammond1
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
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