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José Martí American Porter - Cigar City Brewing

José Martí American PorterJosé Martí American Porter

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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 244
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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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 7/30/2013, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/24/2013. Thanks to R.J. for sending this one for me to try.

Pours a watery black body with a helluva thick mocha head that has excellent retention, leaving thick swaths of filmy lacing on the glass and on the surface. At no point does it ever recede completely. Lots and lots of lacing.

Smells very earthy. Some strong notes of roast, dark chocolate and some molasses. But the earthy character of the hops is very strong, accentuated by some floral notes.

Lots of chocolate, molasses, some roast malts. A good bit of floral notes that make this feel like a lighter Storm King in that it is rather bitter, but as the beer warms up, the malt aspect comes out more which is very enjoyable. Complex, sweet and hoppy.

Fantastic mouthfeel. Medium bodied, very creamy and well-carbonated. Aftertaste is predominantly roasty, charred barley accentuated by an earthy bitter hoppiness.

Very interesting porter. I'd argue this is more of a hoppy stout. Reminds me a bit of Storm King in how hoppy it is, but lighter in mouthfeel, just as creamy and hoppy in a different way. But the roasty character is great. Definitely more interesting than Edmund Fitzgerald or Black Butte Porter, but a bit less enjoyable than these two.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 00:32:36 | More by Stevedore
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown to black with subtle creamy head. Aroma is roasted chocolate, coffee, and a definite piney hop presence. Flavor is huge chocolate and coffee. Sweet and chewey mouthfeel with a surprising hop bitterness. Very good stuff and lots of complexity all the way through. This is one of my favorite porters up there with Black Butte and CCB's Puppy's Breath.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 20:59:29 | More by BMMillsy
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle picked up at the brewery in Tampa FL

Appearance - Brown colour with a massive size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 10 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, hops, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some grains and alight smokiness and some hops.

Overall - A really enjoyable beer. The carbonation level kind of threw me off, but it works. The beer has a fantastic balance of flavours and the alcohol is very well hidden. A great beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 00:12:10 | More by spinrsx
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roger617

Indiana

3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Acquired via trade with Chingringo as an extra, thanks for this one!

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

A: 3.5 Pours a deep dark brown with less than 1 finger of khaki colored head that reduces fairly quickly leaving just a little lacing.
S: 4.25 Very complex! I detect a sweetness, as well as roasty and hoppy. Nothing is overpowering, leaving a well balanced aroma.
T: 3.75 Slightly roasty, pretty sweet, lingering roast and hops. Medium dry finish. The taste is a little too thin for the style, which I had anticipated with the appearance of the pour.
M: 4.25 Despite being a little too thin, the feel is great. Silky smooth, medium to low carb level which I expect for this style.
O: 3.75 While the porter style is not my go to brew, I enjoy a good porter every now and then. This one certainly fits the bill, and is a good representation of the style. The roast aroma and flavor certainly take lead, and I have a feeling the 'over hopped' description has faded with time.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 18:49:41 | More by roger617
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dowen17

Alabama

3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a perfect tan head on top. Holds at two fingers for a while and leaves good lacing down the glass. Didn't notice the sediment at the bottom of the bottle and poured the rest into my glass after taking a few sips. Big chunks. Fuck.

On the nose is sweet malt and citrus notes from the hops. A slight hint of earthiness as well.

Interesting flavor. Sweet malts with a slight hint of chocolate at the end. A bit of citrus from the hops but no bitterness here for me.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin but very smooth and easy to drink.

Really tasty beer. Worth the try for sure. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 01:38:00 | More by dowen17
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aMILESupreme

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark with a thin khaki colored head.

S: lots of malts with a hint of hops.

T: Nice porter taste, with the uniqueness of a slight hop punch.

O: Nice beer, worth tasting. Not my all time favorite CCB brew. but definitely one of my favorite Porters.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 23:01:55 | More by aMILESupreme
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 18 August 2013.

Pours black, as black as many stouts. Even light behind it lets little color through, only a bit of brown on the edges. One finger of medium tan-brown head, good retention and really nice lacing. Excellent.

Smell is stunning. Somehow all the pieces come together as a fruit-infused milk chocolate. Rich, sweet, and full, topped with a twist of citrus. That fullness is one point that really impresses me, as the smell has no gaps, no holes between the pieces.

Taste is quite good, even if it can't match the level of the smell. Rich and roasty, followed about mid-way through by a blast of hop and char bitterness. I don't think I've had a more bitter porter than this, and it's not necessarily bad, but I think it's a bit over the top. It washes away many of the more subtle flavors that I'd otherwise be enjoying.

Feel is really good. Big and full, chewy but not heavy. Moderate carbonation is spot-on. Medium persistence, letting the flavors dance and then exit. It's a combination of unobtrusive and supportive. Excellent.

I really like this beer. I'd like it a whole lot more if it were about 1/4 less bitter than it is. The rich chocolate aromas are amazing, and the feel is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:49:16 | More by zeledonia
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours Virtually black. Pretty thick head. A nice looking porter. Very stout like in appearance.

Roasty smelling with a healthy dose of earthy, bitter hops.

A very distinct hop bitterness is the most noticeable followed by powdery coco, roasted malt and a little coffee.

Moderate on the carbonation.

Nice porter overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 01:42:36 | More by Powderhornphil
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Drew966

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jose Marti American Porter pours a dark brown with a thick tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma has some dark malt, but citrus like hops also come into the mix. The flavor is quite nice, notes of cocoa up front then a wallop of citrus hop flavor. Nice mouthfeel, definitely a little on the thicker side. Stronger than a typical porter. Excellent beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 22:15:33 | More by Drew966
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a four pack of this and am excited to try it. Pours from the 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Emerges opaque and is topped with a frothy, thick, mocha colored head.

Aroma is really nice. Mostly, the aroma is filled with coffee and chocolate. There is also a clear hop presence in the nose. Kind of a piney, resiny hop note.

This one is nice. Almost like a blend of an american porter and a black IPA. super smooth and creamy on the tongue. The hops are present in flavor, but add a little bit of bitterness as well, not overpowering. Bitter bite way in the back in the finish. Coffee and dark chocolate flavors.

The mouthfeel on this is outstanding. Creamy, smooth, slight bit of bitterness, slightly oily, a little bit of everything.

I had this last week as a night cap and didn't enjoy it nearly as much as having this one alone. Really a great beer. Complex, different, delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 15:31:17 | More by SaCkErZ9
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flagmantho

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black with just little fimbriations of brown around the edges. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam with a nice lace left on the glass as it slowly dissipates. Quite attractive!

Smell: piercing hoppy aroma right up front with a lot of piney, resiny character; this fits easily on top of a caramelly, chocolatey maltiness. It's almost more reminiscent of a strong ale or barleywine, albeit with a little more chocolate character. One very nice thing is that, despite being both hoppy and dark in color, there's none of the characteristic vegetal hop aroma that happens with that combination. Nice!

Taste: a very well-balanced combination of malty strong-porter complexity (caramel, dark fruit, a little chocolate) and relatively strong hoppiness (again with a piney character). This pulls off a challenge that many American Black Ales attempt but fail. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a big carbonation and a giant, smooth, satisfying creaminess that has remarkable staying power. I love it.

Overall: while this beer's strength and somewhat raspy hoppiness could theoretically detract from its drinkability, I think its skilful balance and successful execution of the elusive dark-yet-hoppy paradigm make it a simply delightful beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 21:17:53 | More by flagmantho
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

In my tulip, José Martí has a rich, deep chocolate appearance. Thick and viscous, it is visibly apparent that this is a bold porter. A robust tan mocha head lasts for the duration of the sip, leaving layers of lace down the glass.

The aroma has two separate parts. A blend of full of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and creamy coffee comes through nicely, and pine, orange citrus, and spicy hops provide a strong and interesting counter.

From the first sip I can tell this is a winner. The hops actually shine through up front, at least partially due to their outsized strength. Orange, tangerine, and a bit of grapefruit provide juicy citrus notes, with some spicy pine adding support. The main component of the flavor, however, is the dark chocolate and roasted malt component. Bits of coffee and cream, smoke, and tobacco work in as well, but ultimately the dark chocolate flavor really carries the beer. The finish does have a nice, lingering bitterness, which seems to come from the hops and from the coffee and roast grain flavors.

The body is definitely on the full side for the style, but it never drags with a hop presence that really cuts through the flavor and keeps it fresh. It has a smooth, easy going carbonation that is more creamy than anything.

Other hoppy porters have not really impressed me that much, but this is top notch. I would definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 04:21:22 | More by KickInTheChalice
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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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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a reddish surface hue. Minimal carbonation.

Dark roast coffee, chocolate, and piney and earth hop aromas.

True to word, it's a hoppy porter. The chocolate and roast are the dominating flavors with a hefty dose of pine. The finish is a brown leafy taste.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with good carbonation. It's just a little chalky.

It's a very nice hoppy porter. The hops didn't overtake the roast characteristics and it is still recognizable as a porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 23:44:00 | More by Vonerichs
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SSEngelbrecht

Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass.

This pours super dark brown with a light tan head that fades quickly. Bits of lacing remain on the glass as it is emptied, not heavy.

The smell of this beer is amazing. It has roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, smoke and molasses very prominently.

The taste is quite smoky and tangy at first with a burnt smoky finish and bitter hop after taste. I really didn't know what to make of it. As it came up to room temperature, the flavors really bloomed. The complex roasted malts and caramel, the hoppy bitterness, the smokiness that were all present in the aroma came out fully.

I also picked up flavors of dark fruit, earthy leather, cocoa and tobacco that I found pleasant.

Overall, this is a really complex porter that stands out among those I've tried. I think its better as it warms to 65-70 degrees. The smoke is heavy on this one and the aftertaste is really strong

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 01:08:38 | More by SSEngelbrecht
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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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ffOpusx

California

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this via trade!

S - roasted malt, chocolate and some hops

A - dark brown color with a brown head little lacing

T - roasted malt comes through with chocolate flavors, nicely hopped

M - Nice full body

O - This is a good beer easy drinking, will enjoy the rest of it!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 18:49:42 | More by ffOpusx
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out deep brown, almost black, solid tan head, moderate lace.

Roasted chocolate, earth and heavy citrus make up most of the smell.

Chocolate, roasted malts and lemon rind start this off. Wood and earth follow, with a nice roasted, grassy finish. Does down thick and smooth.

Very nice, heavily hopped porter. Would certainly grab another if given a chance.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 21:47:19 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice deep brown color with a moderate tan head on top. The retention and lacing are very good on this beer. The smell of the beer is robust and hoppy. The taste is bitter, plenty of piney hops in there with a chocolatey roast flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry, nice bitterness also. Overall this beer is basically a Black IPA but very good regardless.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 02:36:39 | More by Knapp85
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured black with a two finger brown head that was thick and creamy. Good carbonaiton coming up. Great lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Yup this was robustly hopped. Vanilla, cocoa beans, coffee bean fruits?

T - Nice hop profile. Nice and roasty, citrus and lot's of sweet malt. Some dark fruit, roast, and light coffee.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, dry and slighty bitter finish. Lacking a little body.

O/D - Complex and very drinkable. A tasty, hoppy porter. Pleaseure to sip and the 8% is well masked.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 19:41:46 | More by tbeckett
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Very dark brown body that lets no light through. Frothy mocha-colored head that stays around and leaves an absolute mess of sticky lacing all over the glass.

S- Lots of roasty malt, hints of bitter coffee, an earthy/herbal hop aroma, some grainy bread aromas.

T- Leads off with lots of roasted malt flavor, with the hops coming through in the middle. The earthy and herbal flavors come through along with a hint of pine. The finish is roasty with lots of bitterness.

M- Comes through full at the beginning with medium carbonation. The middle has a slight carbonation tingle and the finish is dry.

O- This is a great porter with big flavors. The hops and roasty malts compliment each other very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 15:58:47 | More by stephenjmoore
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mattsdenney

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Always good to try another Cigar City offering.

Pours dark brown with a thin, quickly receding head. Typical porter look but I wouldn't describe it as robust. Smells more of dried fruit than your typical porter. Some hints of chocolate, cherries, malt, and a little smokiness. Taste is interesting, bittersweet chocolate and heavy on the dried fruits. Finishes with smoke, charcoal, and raisin. Nice flavor but definitely not a classic porter in the sense. Mouthfeel is thin and light bodied, very little carbonation. Soft on the palate. Overall another excellent CCB offering. I love everything this brewery produces and this one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 02:28:15 | More by mattsdenney
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep brownish black hue with a one finger mocha head that fades to leave a thin thin cloud and light halo.

S - Aromas of nice roast malts and chocolate. Good bitterness too thanks to some hops. Light citrus too.

T - More of the heavy roast, nice chocolate and coffee grounds. Very lingering burnt/biter finish. Like a much more roasty, less hoppy black IPA.Dont get me wrong, theres a good amount of hop bitterness and faint citrus, but it just comes across like a weak black IPA.

M - Mouthfeel was a bit on the astringent side with a dry finish. Fairly solid.

O - Overall, not a bad porter, just wish the flavors were a bit more well rounded with each other.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 04:24:40 | More by rudzud
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 00:34:59 | More by chinchill
José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.