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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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840 Ratings
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Ratings: 840
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 100
Gots: 112 | 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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1/5  rDev -75.4%

MyTBeerDrinker, Jul 10, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.4%

tjsmith910, Jan 24, 2013
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1/5  rDev -75.4%

dtbook, Jan 22, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.4%

Aubreyann227, Nov 23, 2012
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2/5  rDev -50.7%

agsourdough1, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of azorie
2.13/5  rDev -47.5%
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.

azorie, Sep 17, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

ArchEnemyBrew, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of claspada
2.55/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a big sticky tan head and some nice rings of lacing.

Aromas begin with huge roasted maltiness; some bitter coffee and chocolate notes are close behind. There are some really strong hop aromas here too, quite earthy and faintly citrusy.

The tastes, like the aromas, are an assault of bitterness on the palate. A ton of roasted/charred malts; the black coffee flavors are almost as intense as the roasted/burnt graininess, with some bitter dark chocolate on the backend. The hop notes are more citrus than the nose lets on, but still quite earthy. Astoundingly bitter, and really just not a flavor combination I am a fan of.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Bitterness is overwhelming here and wrecks your palate in the finish.

Overall I could not drink this beer. Too much bitterness, too much hops, just too much. I do not enjoy hoppy dark ales so this just totally didn't work for me. This is not a porter in my opinion, but a black IPA/Cascadian dark ale. Not my cup of tea for sure.

claspada, Mar 23, 2012
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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.

kingcrowing, Oct 22, 2011
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2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Three porters on tap? Love it!
Pours an extremely dark brown though dark red at the edges. Good head, tan colored with decent retention.
Smell is hops and very light malt.
Taste is hops first then light malt with a hint of coffee in the back.
Medium bodied with a light effervescence. Pretty good beer but way too hoppy for this malthead and the style. More of a DIPA vibe from it.

PorterLambic, Jan 05, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep to moderate brown with crimson highlights from a 12 oz. bottle and into a large wine glass. Clear and bright on the pour with half an inch of mocha cap which offers good retention.

Nose of roasted malts and an intriguing fruit quality. More in the English style. Odd raspberry/strawberry milk aromas present at times.

Offers a robust coffee flavor with a bit of espresso, and some dark cherry and chocolate notes as well. Deeper chocolate with warming along with a fair dose of earthy hops. Flavors are a bit short however and don't linger for long. Lacks complexity overall.

Feel is moderate and offers a bit of viscous fruit, again reminiscent of an English yeast, but is overall rather thin for the style, particularly at 8%. Interesting yet a bit of a miss for me.

HalfFull, Apr 01, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown bording on pitch black, with a fluffy two fingers of foam leaving thick lacing. The nose is a dose of ethel alcohol, roasted malts, coconut vodka, and barrel aged rum. Taste has has bitter roasted malts, toasted coconut, myers dark rum and a somewhat hoppy finish. Full bodied with a somewhat astrigent finish in the mouth. Really not that excited about this beer and it wraps up a somewhat disappointing night of beer drinking.

Trilogy31, Apr 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

ricksrealm, Jan 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

DIPADude01, Jul 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Shooter1960, Dec 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

ygtbsm94, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

DmanGTR, Jan 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into CC snifter - thanks to sendsilk

Pours a deep black color with a nice, buoyant tanned head. Retains really nicely, leaving plenty of patchy lacing all over the glass.

A swirl of pine hops and roasted malts in the nose, mixed with cocoa/chocolate notes. There's a spike of metallic (almost brett-like) weirdness going on though, which was slightly alarming.

Decent hoppiness up front with pine and some sticky resin. Thick malt bill, boasting cocoa and dark chocolate, along with some hints of caramel. Touches of nuttiness and roasted coffee. The off scents in the nose are more subdued in the flavor profile, although I could still detect something strange happening towards the middle. Slightly sweet and bitter towards the finish, very small touch of alcohol.

Fuller medium body, overcarbonated, chewy and full on the tongue, but prickly as well. A pretty interesting take on the porter, although the off scents/flavor were interfering with what might otherwise be a delicious beer. I love CC, but this is the 2nd time I've gotten an off bottle.

xnicknj, Jul 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

BrownAleMale, May 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

drummermattie02, Mar 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark brown with a great look. A dirty tannish cap with some substantial stamina leaving behind a nice amount of bubbles and moderate lacing

S: A green like funk, grains and sordove husky. A moderate roastiness with bakers powder cocoa and light coffee

T: Immediate astringency with roast and baking cocoa, grains, a lingering funky, taint rides the taste buds until the finish. There is a borderline harsh bitterness, astringency on the end which is a little to much for the style.

M: Medium leaning full bodied, well carbonated, harsh roast and lingering greeny like seaweed funk and skunk on it

O: Average porter at best

barleywinefiend, Jan 31, 2013
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3.04/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark red color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade with poor retention.

S: I'm sure a fresher bottle would provide a better hop profile, but in its current state, it offers light notes of citrus and herbal pine. The malt itself provides light chocolate, hazelnut, toffee, and roasted malt.

T: The hops are evident at the onset - and even in their faded state, still offer notes of grapefruit peel and evergreen. After a while the hops fade to reveal more of the dark, chocolaty malts. Like many robust porters, it's ultimately too acidic, especially near the finish. The hop profile picks back up after the midtaste. Not bad, but there's something here holding back (maybe the catty Simcoe-esque tone on the aftertaste? That's what ruined Night Stalker for me) its potential.

M: It features a strangely chalky dryness to it - for some reason, it makes this very hard to drink. Or maybe that's because of how heavy it feels. At least the carbonation fits its resiny, heavy texture.

O: Don't hate it, don't love it. I'm finding it hard to drink, if not quite completely unpalatable. These robust porters never fully work for me. Still, I'd like to try this fresh - we can't look a gift horse in the mouth, can we?

ThisWangsChung, Jan 28, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a dark black with brown highlights, 1 finger of frothy brown head, nice lacing.

S: weird sweetness on the nose up front followed by a combination of smoke, roast, and oak. The oak and smoke seem to compete with the sweet quality. Something I'm not digging here.

T: a little bit of sourness starts things off with smoke and oak coming through, the oak has a very raw presence and overshadows the base. Perhaps the oak is teaming up with the hops and bullying out the chocolate and roast that I'm searching for.

MF: medium body, mid level of carbonation

O: another unique brew from CCB, this one doesn't work for me though. The flavors seem to be competing with each other which takes away from the drinkability.

homebrew311, Sep 11, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

InVinoVeritas, May 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

mikeburd1128, May 10, 2013
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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 840 ratings.