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José Martí American Porter - Cigar City Brewing

José Martí American PorterJosé Martí American Porter

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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%


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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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle – 8.0ABV – Bottle Date: Oct. 06, 2012
Poured into an Imperial pint glass at 50 degrees or so.

Appearance: Dark Brown color body with a light tan head. Very mild carbonation throughout and the head resides to a ringed lacing. There is also some sediment floating and collecting around the bottom.

Aroma: Dark cocoa, brownie batter, bittersweet chocolate, mildly roasted malts, roasted coffee, lingering bitter and sweet hops, cherry, and other subtle dark fruits. The fruit characters and roast in the aroma really reminds me of a Baltic porter.

Taste: This is delicious; the aroma really reflects the taste. Rich dark and sweet chocolate, cocoa powder, smooth as silk caramel and molasses, roasted coffee and malts, dark fruit, and bitter hops that compliment. The chocolate, roast qualities and the hops are the front runners here and all are quite balanced. The dark fruits that are nicely present make me think of a English-style porter. The alcohol literally doesn’t exist and the finish is semi-dry.

Mouth feel: Medium to full bodied, medium viscosity, somewhat sessional.

Overall: This is an excellent American/English-style porter that had everything I like and I enjoyed this thoroughly. Overall, this was pretty straight forward porter that was very well-balanced and truly easy to enjoy. If you’re a fan of porters, definitely give this a shot!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 22:34:30 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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tpd975

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consumed this one numerous times both on draft and from the bottle.

A: Pours a nice rich deep black. Nice tall espresso like head that lasts and lasts. Nice thick lace all the way down the glass.

S: Wonderful roasted malt aromas with loads of chocolate and light coffee. The hops are there in a big way as well.

T: Wonderful rich roasted flavors. Wonderful chocolate balanced by equal amounts of bitter coffee. The roast is bold just shy of what I would call smokey. The hops are very earthy and green with a light citric undertone.

M: Medium in body, smooth, drinkable, with a bit of hoppy bite in the finish.

D: Great, I love this beer. Will miss it when it's gone.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2010 23:05:34 | More by tpd975
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light brown, almost dark red stout has a rich, barely tan head. Aroma has dark chocolate, light caramel and cocoa with a hint of whiskey. Taste is light and smooth for the strength. Alcohol hides well, but the malty body is still very thick. Lots of chocolate and burnt coffee notes. Overall the best brew I have had from Cigar City. A perfect brew in cool weather. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 05:19:33 | More by saintwarrick
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in a trade. CCB is my favorite brewery so glad to find more from them I have not tried yet. Let's see if this is a winner. 12oz bottle...

A: A dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades slowly to a bubbly lace atop the brew.

S: Smells great! A nice sweet malty start blended with a nice creamy bourbon. Some great caramel scents in the middle with some mild chocolate on the backend. Very good!

T: A bitter bite blended with great sweet malt, nut, caramel, and chocolate. Very well balanced. Hard to find where each flavor resides in the profile because it's so well balanced. A little watery but very good.

M: Medium body with a hard carbonation. A clean slightly dry finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a fantastic beer! Very well balanced. Has a lot of great flavors and scents bouncing around. Definitely try this if you like CCB and porters. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 01:28:31 | More by steve8robin
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a Cigar City sniffer glass (yeah, kinda nerdy but it seemed right). Near black with deep mohogany accents and a 1.5 finger tan head. Solid retention as a cake of creamy head remained on top all the way to finish. Very nice lacing. Not sure why this porter seems to receive such average appearance ratings. It's a mean looking porter.

S- Big chocolate, toffee, mocha, and roasted malt notes. Chalky, earthyness also comes through with coffee on the back end. Similar to Maduro, but more intense.

T- Just like the nose indicates, but the hops step up to the plate a little more here. Just the way I like my porter...Lots of chocolate, caramel, and hop bitterness to finish it off. Bitter and dry.

M- Full flavored, mid body. Avg drinkability, but a wonder creamy feel. At 8%, it lets you know what you are getting yourself into without taking over the palate.

O- Certainly an american style porter with the hop presence. Love the balance and complexity. Maybe not for those that prefer the English style porters with lower IBUs, but damn, it's so good. Right there with COOP Gran Sport as my favorite porters.

No bottled on date that I could find
$7.49 for a 4 pk

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 17:03:03 | More by Bosoxfan20
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nickfl

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of light brown foam on top of a black body with no light showing through. The head settles slowly and leaves very nice, thick lace.

S - A nice, dark malt aroma with notes of chocolate and spiced coffee. Chicory and cardamom with a hint of cinnamon and some pine hops in the background.

T - Sweet malt come up first with notes of molasses and light coffee bitterness. Some hop bitterness and pine character comes out in the middle with increasing coffee/chocolate malt character. Finishes with espresso notes and some spicy characteristics of allspice and clove balanced by moderately sweet molasses flavors. Lingering spiced coffee and pipe tobacco flavors with moderate pine/herbal hops.

M - Thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a really excellent porter. The malt character is both complex and smooth while the significant hop presence balances things out and also provides an unusual character for a beer of this style. I am especially enjoying the lingering spicy coffee flavor that comes in the aftertaste as it shows the best of the beer's smooth, but robust character. More nice work from Cigar City, this is the best of several porters that they have put out recently.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 06:07:38 | More by nickfl
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours an absolutely positively PITCH BLACK with a one finger tan colored head. When I say pitch black, I mean PITCH BLACK. No hints of brown...straight black. The head is solid and sticks around for awhile too. Looks perfect

S- coffee, chocolate, and...citrus hops? Yeah, citrus hops. Nice combination of IPA and porter flavors in this...its labeled as an "India Porter", so I assume that means its hoppy as well as roasty. Loving the combination, though the scents could be a little stronger

T- quite a bunch of interesting flavors...the main one being bitterness, but in several different forms. Chocolate, coffee, and some hoppiness...all bitter. The finish is actually citric and a tad bit sweet. Its like a party in my mouth...and everyone's invited!

M- I'd like it to be a little thicker. Getting more of the IPA body from it as opposed to a porter body

D- only real letdown was the body. Fantastic beer. I wish I was closer to Philly and could get Cigar City easier, because this is fantastic

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 21:56:51 | More by bigfnjoe
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sisterray

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Ale and the Witch in downtown St. Pete.

I should preface this by saying that while I enjoy all different forms of beer, I don't find myself often loving Porters. Perhaps it's any easy style to mess up, but typically I find something just off enough to prevent my enjoyment from becoming full-fledged beer love.

I can love this Porter.

A: Deep brown. Tan head.

S: Freshly ground, fresh-brewed coffee. Bittersweet chocolate. Subtle earthy hops.

T: The coffee dominates, but the chocolate comes around to add a nice twist, and the hops peak through to add some spice.

M: Creamy, moderately thick, not overbearing. Provides a great template for the flavor and lingers nicely.

D: While 8.0% ABV is tame by some standards, you can get into trouble with this beer. It goes down so easy and calls you back. If I had the money and time to blow, I can see myself putting away a few pints of these.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2011 14:25:24 | More by sisterray
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/11-review written from notes

A- Body is a translucent very dark brown hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy light tan head that leaves some lacing all the way down the glass.

S- The hops are unmistakable in the nose. A really good dose of grapefruit accents a big bold roasted coffee base. The slightest hint of mocha and pine are there as well.

T- An accent of grapefruit and a much bigger, bolder roasted malt backbone. Coffee and a hint of mocha. The finish is almost all roasted malt and mocha-but there is a faint accent of pine there as well. There isn't much residual lingering bitterness-just impressions of the overall flavor.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a medium weight drinkable body.

D- I had to look at the label a few times to make sure it wasn't a "black IPA" or whatever name that style is going by today. This is an excellent hoppy porter and one of my favorite porters overall-actually it was better than both EITHER and OR. Job very well done by cigar city.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 21:43:40 | More by PittBeerGirl
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City Tulip
A ~ Pours black with Mahogany edges. Cocoa powder head with twinges of cream color throughout. Divine lace. Simply a beautiful looking beer.

S ~ BIG whiffs of molasses-like maltyness, dates, & smoked meat. There is an earthy mossy undercurrent. Mixed nuts & black coffee pop up here & there.

T ~ Dark Raisin bread with thick layers of Cinnamon-Sugar Butter, fading into chocolate ganache & carmelized peaches (deeep notes of caramelized peaches)..Roasted Coffee notes reminiscent of a good Cafe au Lait. . Slight orange & strong pine resin. Flavors are constantly evolving here.

M ~Very exciting feel. Lively carbonation that carries things through & a deep rooted & focused roastyness that pushes you along the settling into a bone-dry, chalky finish.

D ~ One of the best American porters I have had to date. Very focused flavors, a substantial ABV, no heat, no boozyness, & a great finish. Delectable! Big ups to my Papa in FL for this one!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 21:40:26 | More by chocosushi
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Nutwood

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice deep mahogany, a bit of reddish at the lit edge; rich tan head leaves moderate lace.
S: Coffee and rich roasted malt with slight leather and tobacco.
T: Dark bread well toasted with smooth medium roast coffee, like a coarse breakfast. Hops punch through the middle and finish with a noticeable yet subtle hint of tobacco. The finish leads into an aftertaste return of the coffee and hop bitterness.
M: Mouth feel is right on for the style and matches the other attributes at medium to medium full with fine carbonation.
O: This beer was a real treat for me, being a gift from my TB area sis whiIe on vacation at the beach. In my estimation it's a fairly special beer that demands some quiet contemplation, for when you want something better than good. Jose Marti American Porter gets high marks for depth, subtlety, complexity and balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 00:41:15 | More by Nutwood
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GallowsTheif for this bomb extra!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Maudite snifter.

This one pours a dark nut brown color akin to cola. It settles very dark brown, almost black, with cola colored edging. A fingers worth of caramel tinted, creamy head sits briefly. Spotty lacing clings throughout.

The nose gives way to some hops (which is a little surprising) some roasty malts and some espresso. A boozy burn hits my nostrils at the end of each whiff.

The taste is out of control good. At first, I taste hops that fade and give way to a chocolate infused espresso similarity. The chocolate tastes sweet at first and then transforms into a bitter dark chocolate taste. The back end involves coffee roast and a bit of smoke. Still, some hops lie under the dessert-like tastes.Yum

The mouthfeel is pretty chewy and satisfying. A subtle amount of carbonation suites this brew just fine. Sweetness up front makes way for a nice dry finish.

Overall, every time I am giving the opportunity to try a Cigar City beer I am knocked on my ass with awesome flavors. This beer is no exception. Tons of great melded flavors come together in a balanced fashion and they win me over.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 21:49:01 | More by ChugginOil
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Sammy, 12oz bottle into a tulip. Thanks again.

Pours a completely opaque deep brown, with a fluffy cocoa brown head. Webbed lace, some big chunks retain. Nose is a luscious milk chocolate, some roasted notes, lighter vanilla bean, a touch of alcohol and molasses/caramel. A substantial dose of hops as well. Taste has some chocolate, lighter roasty notes, cocoa, some light alcohol again. A similar vanilla sweetness to the nose and a some goof hop bitterness which works well with everything else going on here. Mouthfeel is full, super creamy and velvety, just spot on. Great drinkability and an awesome American porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 19:07:24 | More by liamt07
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hoptualBrew

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 22:27:25 | More by hoptualBrew
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ehammond1


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:24:47 | More by ehammond1
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle generously given by Chaney- Thanks man!

A- Pours a dark brown almost black w/ an amazing two finger chocolate head. Head sticks around for a long time, and is just about perfect. Decent carbonation and great lacing. This beer is impossible to see through- really nice for the style!

S- Wow. Leather, cigar, malt, hops, coffee, chocolate. This beer is fantastic smelling, and very complex. Very balanced as well. Nose improves w/ warming. Getting a little vanilla as well. Very close to giving this category a 5.

T- Coffee, leather, hops, and chocolate come out in the taste, w/ hops and cigar evident on the aftertaste. Beer definitely improves w/ a little warming. Really nice, especially for the style.

M- Medium bodied w/ some hop bite/malt smoothness. Fairly dry finish as well. Very balanced, complex, and well done.

O- Fantastic beer for the style. I highly recommend this beer to everyone. Check it out!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 21:14:03 | More by jayhawk73
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aepb1

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with little to no head, some white lacing on the edge

S- Roasted coffee (fair trade certified Cafe Estima my girlfriend tells me!), sweet malts and some alcohol too

T- Roasted coffee again, earth (green tasting) hops finish, seems to be a lot going on here!

M- Medium bodied with a nice smoothness and good carbonation

D- Very interesting take on the American Porter, the hoppy finish really entices me back. Wish it were not a limited release!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 04:12:52 | More by aepb1
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured basically black with a slight hint of brown in the light with a one and a half finger tan head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, bitter hops, and chocolate. The flavor was of roasted malt, bitter hops, dark chocolate, and coffee. It had a heavy feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was quite excellent for an American Porter. Had a very nice mouthfeel and nice aroma to match. The flavor was very well balanced with a nice hop bite and coffee taste at the end of the sip. Not a whole lot missing on this one. Nice job CCB!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 12:22:02 | More by thagr81us
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler into in a pint glass. Thanks go to Jw347 for this in a recent trade.

Pours black in the glass, with 2 stiff fingers of mocha colored head. This retains with a rigid ½ finger of rich creamy froth that just drenches the sides of the glass with lacing that sticks to the sides in heavy swathes. The aroma is fresh and flora feeling up front, with a bit of a spicy wet tobacco leaf thing going on with it. Smooth notes of chocolate and roasted coffee rise up underneath but it's those notes of herbs and tobacco that are really sticking with me.

Hops prickle the tongue up front in the taste, with green citrus and biting spiciness spreading out into the mouth. A thick layer of chocolate and some lesser caramel flavor envelops those hops and leaving a good bit of heavy sweetness behind but it is well balanced by the deep burnt bitterness of the roasted malts. Same as the nose, I'm also picking up that herbal and dank leathery tobacco presence, which mingles in the finish with lingering charred smoke from the roast and the dry spiciness of the hops. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a sharp feel up front that prickles the tip of the tongue but then gets more slick and creamy as this moves out into the rest of the mouth. I'm getting no alcohol except some heft in the body for 8% and it actually blew my mind that the ABV was that high although I did have a sneaking suspicion after starting to feel it once I got into a couple of glasses of this.

I really enjoyed this! A solid hop presence, dark sticky sweetness, and that aforementioned tobacco flavor all combined to make this quite the complex and tasty take on a Porter. The body on this was just spot for all of that heavy feeling sweetness and I still can't believe that this was 8%. It drank like a champ! This is definitely of the better Cigar City offerings that I've had recently.

Serving type: growler

11-16-2010 17:50:16 | More by Kegatron
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route66pubs

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolate. Decent tan-ish head retreats to the sides of the glass, where it clings in earnest.

Just a hint of roasted chocolate in the aroma. Surprisingly not overwhelming at all, but disappointedly somewhat lacking. With each successive sip, the roasted malts gain in their aroma, raising the score.

Roasted coffee bean and some small amount of chocolate in the mouth overwhelm any other flavor from possibly being noticed. This is quite enjoyable and rides the perfect balance flavor here. Very little can be better.

There are definitely some hops in there somewhere as can be attested to by the bitterness I FEEL but do not taste. It combines with what feels like a slight alcohol burn.

Yes, this feels like 8%. No, I have no problem with that. More please, as this is very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 03:14:45 | More by route66pubs
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sjccmd

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another thanks to Lerxst!

Pours almost black with a bit of amber highlights. Frothy tan head that slowly recedes. Lots of lacing.

Chocolate covered raisins comes out strongly in the aroma. Dark roasted coffee, dark fruits, and some citrus.

The taste begins with a good dose of citrussy hops. Lots of orange and pine. Balanced with roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Finishes with hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel is creamy but with a good amount of carbonation. The hop profile with the carbonation seems to create a cooling sensation, almost suggesting something akin to mint.

Overall, a very good beer. When I first tasted it, I was quite surprised by the amount of hops. (The bottle just says "American Porter." I didn't realize it is an "India" porter.) The Black-IPA style has taken off recently. I think many of these beers just go over-the-top, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I like how this is still a very well balanced and easy to drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 22:05:49 | More by sjccmd
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

Pours super dark black with thick tan head. Nose is full of roasted notes and some piney-evergreen notes. Palate is big yet dry. Tons of dark flavors of coffee beans, roasted nuts, toasted oak, and dark chocolate. Long finish that is nice and bitter and dry. An excellent porter but definitely in the imperial or double area. ABV doesn't show other than in effect though.

This is stellar! I had never heard of this one and just stumbled across it in the cooler section at Knightly. Really impressed. Should get more buzz.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 01:46:03 | More by SFLpunk
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raznug

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Jose pours black in color with a few reddish hues like I expect out of a porter. A top sits an inch of tannish head that leads to thick Belgian lacing all the way down the glass.
Smell: I smell a lot of roasted malt and maybe waifs of peat here and there.
Taste: The taste of roasted coffee and the smallest amount of hops to provide added bitterness shine through. I can especially taste the hops upon the first belch. Very tasty beer even on a warm summer evening.
Mouthfeel: This is another beer that has a nice lingering effect on the tongue without being too heavy.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 10:41:59 | More by raznug
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grittybrews

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cola brown with a finger of light khaki head. Nice aroma with hints of cocoa and coffee.

Moderate carbonation and a full, rich mouthfeel. Lots of malty chocolate and toffee sweetness up front followed by smooth espresso and an interesting smoky/spicy character.

Really enjoyed the balance of flavors with this one--an excellent and complex porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 02:47:15 | More by grittybrews
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Blazer06. Into a DFH Signature glass. Bottle says November 2011 Eight.

A: Pours a very, very dark brown with a khaki colored head that bubbles up to half an inch and quickly fades back down to a thin cap. A few nice globs of lacing left behind. Completely opaque.

S: Huge coffee and roasted malts, a fair amount of citrusy hops, and a ton more coffee/espresso. Some dark fruits and a touch of caramel find their way into the nose as well. Smells pretty nice.

T: Huge flavors all the way around. Tons of coffee, burnt malts, and citrusy hops. Tons of hop resins linger for a long time after the swallow. Excellent bitterness that balances a really sweet malt backbone. Caramel and chocolate, and brown sugar pair with the coffee and citrusy hops to make a unique, yet really damn tasty beer. This beer has thoroughly impressed me.

M: Medium body,with moderate carbonation, finish is just right for a porter, not too sticky, not too dry. Absolutely spot on.

O: Wow, I didn't know what to expect with this beer at all, and I have been more than impressed. The amount of hops and coffee make for an interesting flavor, that really works nicely. Very well done beer. Glad I could try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 01:35:03 | More by pokesbeerdude
José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.