1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

José Martí American Porter - Cigar City Brewing

José Martí American PorterJosé Martí American Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

737 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 737
Reviews: 246
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 737 | Reviews: 246 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of AltBock
AltBock

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this unreviewed winner in my phone. On tap at Cigar City on November 21, 2012. I decided to take this one with me in a growler. Out of the growler and into an imperial pint glass.

It appears to pour a solid midnight black, but a closer look led me to believe that it's more of a deep dark cola brown color. On top was a dark tan 3/4 to 1 inch head of foam. It had good retention that left behind a thin tan film and huge number of streaks and spots of lace.

The strong scent of roasted coffee beans was just pouring out off this beer. I didn't even need to stick my nose in to the glass to get this fine roasted coffee aroma. Behind the coffee was some dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a subtle splash of sweet caramel. If its swirled around, a dark fruit or two will emerge. Nice and roasted!

Unlike the aroma, the taste was equally balanced between all the dark roasted flavors. The first roasted flavor that's up to bat is the dark roasted malt. That's followed by the roasted coffee beans, and then the dark chocolate. After all the roasted tastes had their turn in the spotlight, the beer then finishes up with subtle caramel sweetness and a fine roasted hop bitterness. Great roasted Porter!

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a nice thick long lasting roasted aftertaste. You get more roasted coffee, malt, and dark chocolate in the aftertaste. You'd think the same tastes over and over again would get boring, but they didn't. It will take more than one glass of water to cleanse your mouth of this roasted aftertaste.

I didn't have high hopes for this beer, but Cigar City smashed that! This is a fine roasted Porter from Cigar City. I would definitely buy this again. Another winner from Cigar City. 

Serving type: growler

01-13-2013 21:35:09 | More by AltBock
Photo of Spider889
Spider889

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought a 32oz growler back from FL and drank it in July, also sampled a bottle tonight (Dec).

I have averaged the scores since the option to review multiple serving types is about to be sacked. Given my notes, there is a definite difference between the two samplings.

Growler (3 day old growler consumed 7/19/11):
A - Black with decent thickness for a porter. Tall sandy head, excellent lace. (4.5)

S - Green hops and a dry light dusting of some phenols. Bitter roast with a mild sweetness to it. (3.5)

T - Sweet, mild bakers chocolate. Quite hoppy with nice bitterness in the form of pine and some citrus. (4)

M - Very dry, moderate carbonation. (3)

O - Not bad at all. A nice take on an "India Porter." A bit sweet for the style, but I liked this as a balance to all of the hops. (3.5)
____

Bottle (stamped on the label is NOV 2011 EIGHT):
A - Seemed much less carbonated. Barely any head, no lace. (3)

S - Not phenolic at all, which allows more of the roast and chocolate to shine. Hops aren't as green. (4)

T - The hops are coming through as very bitter and provide a minty quality that I am finding more and more distracting. (3)

M - The "mintiness" and the alcohol are tickling/warming the back of my throat as if I chewed up a mint and then took a sip of cool water. Not entirely unpleasant, but worse off than the growler I had. Sticky, lingering palate coating effect. The first time I had this beer (growler) I never even noticed the abv, and thus never would have guessed this beer was 8%. This time I have no struggle in believing it. (2)

O - Still a solid beer, but fresh from the source on tap has got to be the way to go here. Also, who knows what type of batch variation a brewery like CCB sees? (3)

Serving type: growler

12-26-2011 08:34:42 | More by Spider889
Photo of Ryan011235
Ryan011235

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into an Ommegang flute on 7/19/11

Shared by Spider889

Dark brown; looks a lot like coffee. One thumb cap of foam. Retention is thinner but leaves pretty good lace.

Aroma is rather hoppy. Floral with notes of pine and, to a lesser extent, citrus. Roasty grains sit underneath; tangy chocolate. Overtones of smoke as it warms. Tastes similar but the hops are better handled by the malts. Bitterness is moderate throughout. Very, very grainy. Modest roasted notes. Sweet-bittersweet chocolate. Simple but tastes just fine. Finishes on the dry side. Medium-full body. Kind of slick but not boozy. Starts smooth then turns toward rolling granular fluffiness.

Overall impression: I can dig it. A very solid hoppy porter. Certainly worth a shot.

Serving type: growler

07-21-2011 03:39:57 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of MbpBugeye
MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler brought up to share by Spider889.

Appearance
This is a good looking beer. A nice, tall tan head throws superb lacing in precise rings. The beer looks nice and black, but ultimately it is edged in red.

Aroma
Very hoppy. The fresh, green hoppiness is broken up by roasted malts. Accents of black pepper, coffee and cocoa are interspersed.

Taste
Very hoppy and green. So much pine its like a fresh pine sapling. Plenty of roastiness too. The hops and malts come together in the middle to create a chocolate and orange sweetness. The finish is more resinous, oily pine.

Mouthfeel
The carbonation is nice, its very active, but very soft and fluffy. The beer is thickened by massive amounts of oily, resinous piney hops. The finish is dry and cocoa powdery.

Overall
A really good beer. This is probably the best India, or hoppy porters I've had.

Serving type: growler

07-20-2011 15:39:23 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of Gmann
Gmann

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near black color with a short yet dense khaki colored head that settles into a small ring. Just has a solid look to it.

The aroma is a nice mix between a bready malt and citrus hops. Both aspects not too distinguishable. There seems to be some coffee/chocolate notes from the malt and there is an overall fruitiness from the hops.

The taste is mostly malt. Toasted brown bread, slight roast with a dash of bitter coffee. Hints of caramel adds some sweetness. There is noticable hop presence that adds some citrus flavors but it takes a back seat to the malt.

Moderate to full feel with semi-soft carbonation. Some roasted bitterness in the finish as well as some stickiness.

This is a fine porter. It sides on robust and just has a nice depth to it. I like that you can taste a hop presence without it taking away from the malt. A very good base porter for CCB to work their magic with.

Serving type: growler

03-03-2011 05:16:00 | More by Gmann
Photo of socon67
socon67

New York

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

A -Pours black and light carbonation. slight lacing in glass.

S - Smells of raosted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Solid but not particularly standout.

T - Taste is similar to the smell. Sweet roasted malt and chocolate gives way to the bitterness of coffee. My issue is that it isn't as potent as other in the style.

M - Comes off as diluted/weak. Not bad but could easily be better.

D - Is a solid porter. Coudl drink a few of these.

Not bad, just that CCb has much better offerings.

Serving type: growler

03-03-2011 01:47:36 | More by socon67
Photo of Gueuzedude
Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled Last night; Sampled January 2011
A vigorous pour into my CCB tulip produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, stained tan colored head that leaves some light lacing on the sides of my glass as I work my way through it. The beer is a concentrated brown that looks a lot like dark chocolate; when held up to the light the beer shows a deep, concentrated ruby color. The beer smells of lightly herbal hops and dark, toasted malt up front. The toasted grain character gets bigger towards the finish and makes me think of a dense, darkly browned, whole grain bread crust. There is a subtle berry like fruitiness to this beer that is at times drowned out by the toasted malt character. The malt aromatics on this beer are huge, at times they drown out all the other aromatic notes found in this beer, but at other times I am actually able to get notes of orange zest, tangelo peel and even a hint of something like kumquat. I wasn't expecting the hop character in this beer for some reason, it is dominated by a hugely aromatic malt character that isn't really roasted, but definitely dark leaning; the hop character does add a nice layer to the nose though.

Bitter hops up front are tempered a bit by a dry, crystal malt sweetness (if that makes any sense) and the beer has a viscousness to it and caramel quality as it sits on the tongue. As the beer slides down my throat the ample hop character comes through in spades by contributing flavors of Curacao orange zest, bright tangelo and kumquat peel as well as an herbal and pine like hop character that is a bit secondary to the fruity hop notes (almost the reverse of the nose). The dark malt and the hop citrus notes really make me think of an orange-oil infused dark chocolate. The finish has a touch of roasted grain burnt notes that has a touch of burnt bitterness to it, but really gets subsumed by the herbaceous hop character of the finish. There are times that this beer can get a bit harsh in the finish; the roast grain mixes with a green, astringent hop character that almost tastes like burnt toothpaste, luckily this isn't quite so evocative after most sips of this brew.

I am definitely digging the dark beer focus of this brewery, somehow there does seem to be dearth of these around, especially one that executes this well. I really like a well made Brown Ale and this is the second I have had from this brewery and I am looking forward to others. Despite the harsh at times hop flavors this is a beer I am definitely going to enjoy finishing my cute half growler of it.

Serving type: growler

01-31-2011 14:44:37 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Kegatron
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
Photo of jsanford
jsanford

Georgia

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

Just got this filled at the brewery on 9/1/10. Poured into my Stone IRS tulip.

A - Pours a dark-as-possible-without-being-black brown with a 1-finger, creamy ivory head that never fully dissipates. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S - Everything about this screams "porter", but in a really well-done way. Dark roasted malt, sweet coffee, milk chocolate and a slight hint of dark berries, perhaps blackberries.

T - Oh man. Super "roasty", right on course with the nose. Chocolate is really jumping out at me. Very well-balanced.

M - Medium bodied, extremely creamy. Carbonation is nice and prickly.

D - Like all CC brews, this one is incredibly drinkable and potentially dangerous at 8% ABV.

Easily one of the best Porters I've ever had, but given Cigar City's track record this comes as no surprise. They're doing some great thing down there in Tampa!

Serving type: growler

09-05-2010 05:34:53 | More by jsanford
Photo of cpetrone84
cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is black with tons of tight tan head and a thick lacing. Nose has a robust malt up front of milk chocolate and roasted malt. Aggressively hopped citrus behind and hop resin behind. Taste is heavier roast, still fairly rich and malty, some citrus hop and a hint of an herbal note. Silky smooth body with an assertive carbonation and a fairly dry chalky finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 23:39:44 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of portia99
portia99

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (no date that I can find...definitely has a couple of months in my fridge on it minimum and I assume it was fresh when purchased) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours so brown in the glass that it is almost black in color. Some mild translucence shows ample carbonation and a bit of floating particulate in the body of the beer. A nice one finger cap of densely bubbled foam of a deep tan color resides on top for a minute or so and slowly falls leaving behind some foamy lace on the glass.

S - Berry like fruity-ness with mild astringency on first smell followed by some charred, deep roasted malt, molasses and dark caramelized sugar, a bit of yeasty-ness and some grassy hops although hops are at a low level, especially for a "robustly hopped" porter.

T - Charcoal, burnt and a bit astringent with a lingering smokiness. Green, grassy hops - more assertive than in the aroma - but I still would not classify as robust. Lots of dark roasty flavors, touch of tobacco, burnt toast.

M - Medium body with a lowish medium carbonation that provides plenty of life but light on the tingly/prickly sensation in the mouth. Finely bubbled and smooth in feel. Mild caramelly sweetness. Lingering char/smokiness after the swallow.

O - Nice beer though not memorable. I could easily drink more of this without complaint. It just doesn't stand out as something special. Somewhere between a porter and a black IPA - probably more black IPA. Very drinkable - scary to think this is an 8% beer - really doesn't make the alcohol presence known at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 23:16:22 | More by portia99
Photo of gueuzedreg
gueuzedreg

Colorado

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

A- Pitch black, translucent around the edges. Minimal lacing no legs.

S- Nice malty backbone, vanilla, toffee some dark fruit. Nice hop character. Def like this style

T- I am getting some vanilla, the malt backbone along with the big hop character.

M- Somewhat thick, perfect amount of carb

O- I love CCB. Great job again guys!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 22:21:02 | More by gueuzedreg
Photo of Kendo
Kendo

New York

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes following a FL vacation.

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is dark brown with a half-finger tan head.

S: Pleasant porter nose - chocolate malt and roasted malt.

T: Roasted barley malt, chocolate malt and piney hops at the finish. Touch of coffee but it's not overwhelming.

M: Medium in heft, good carbonation and overall feel.

O: Good stuff. I had a bunch of Cigar City beers while in FL and this was one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 18:50:15 | More by Kendo
Photo of DMXLOX22
DMXLOX22

Pennsylvania

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

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civerta's Deli in Drexel Hill, PA. Let's see how this matches up. Heard a few good things about it. Worth a try.

Appearance: Pours a dark, robust, stout-like, but perfect for a porter color and has some lacing that follows down. Not too bad. Quite inviting.

Smell: Caramel aromas are the first noticeable flavors. Some coffee and slight chocolate scents are the second in line. Very quaint aroma of citrus-y flavors. Not too bad. Kind of uninspiring.

Taste: Dark roasted malts are definitely the first noticeable. Coffee is also a quite strong flavor that helps to bring in the malts and a slight flavor of citrus. Dark chocolate rounds out the flavor department. Kind of typical of from the looks of it. Good, rounded out, well-balanced flavors, but nothing that grasps.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a somewhat dry aftertaste. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Coming into this, I was really into it, but couldn't help but lose interest towards the end. Uninspiring like I said. Not a bad porter. Almost perfect introduction if your new to the category, but something I most likely wouldn't try again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 02:03:15 | More by DMXLOX22
Photo of woodychandler
woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I just scored a bottle of this at The Fridge a couple of days ago and I am between IPA reviews right now, so I figured that this might make a nice bridge between Founders Centennial and Cigar City's Jai Alai White Oak Aged. We shall see.

From the bottle: "A grain of poetry suffices to season a century. - Jose Marti"; "I wish to leave the world/By its natural door:/In my tomb of green leaves/They are to carry me to die./Do not put me in the dark/To die like a traitor:/I am good, and like a good thing/I will die with my face to the sun[.] "A Morir [To Die] (1894)".

Wow, poetry incorporated with beer?!? I am both stunned and ecstatic! I have become immersed in poetry since becoming a high school English teacher over a decade ago, but usually Bukowski goes with beer.

My initial, heavy handed pour resulted in a pseudo-cascade which created three fingers od dense, deep-brown head with great retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44) with garnet highlights. Nose smelled more of dark things - tar, charcoal, tobacco, dark chocolate, dried dark fruits, leather than of hops, but the proof of the pudding is in the tasting. My first sip filled my mouth with a big, thick dollop of dark chocolate pudding. No, I mean, beer, but it was like a Jell-O pudding cup and I thought about inviting Bill Cosby over to share this with him. It had a bitterness, to be sure, but it went more towards enhancing the coffee-like inherent bitterness than making it "American" in terms of its hops. I was reminded of the fact that I am not a fan of Black IPAs for almost the same reason. The dark malts get in the way of the hops, almost wasting the hops, as opposed to showcasing them. This was not quite as much of a turn-off for me, but I have also had Porters that I enjoyed much more. The finish was dry and bitter, but whether due to the malts, to the hops or a combination thereof, I could not discern. If they decide to CAN this beer, I will revisit it, but otherwise, this was a one-and-done.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 00:39:41 | More by woodychandler
Photo of rlee1390
rlee1390

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, clear brown when pouring. One finger off white head that leaves some lacing.

S-Roasted malt, chocolate, not much coffee or hop presence.

T-Roasted malt and chocolate, but the balance isn't exactly there. Slight coffee. Some hops that have an earthy tone.

M-Lighter to medium in body, a tad watery.

O-The beer isn't as fresh as it could have been, but still the balance wasn't were it should have been.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 02:37:55 | More by rlee1390
Photo of KYGunner
KYGunner

Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deepest and darkest of browns this poured a significant head with moderate thickness and decent retention.

The nose has nice character with Graham Cracker, tobacco, chocolate malt, and a a spicy pepper.

The flavor takes the nose and amps it up. Huge chocolate and Graham Cracker mixes with peppery capsaicin and a soft tobacco.

The feel is properly full but dry and the higher ABV is disguised by the capsaicin heat.

This has a ton of personality and originality and I found this to be yet again a triumph for CC.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:35:01 | More by KYGunner
Photo of seavercm
seavercm

Georgia

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown. Tan, creamy head that was somewhat thick but dissolved quickly.

Smell: A sweet combination of caramel, citrus hops and coffee. Every time I smelled it I picked up something different, which was also the case with the taste.

Taste: A rich malty caramel is quickly followed by citrus and hops. There was smoke, chocolate and some roasted/burnt notes. A lot going on here but it was very unique and balanced. Definitely not your typical porter.

Mouthfeel - Great carbonation, a little thick and sticky. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall: I'm actually not a fan of overly hoppy beers but really enjoyed this one. There are so many different flavors here yet its very enjoyable and quite drinkable. I really like how well the porter and hops played well together. Another solid outing from Cigar City.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 02:58:17 | More by seavercm
Photo of ItsMe
ItsMe

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured from a 12 oz bottle into the trusty ol' snifter.

Appearance - Two finger off white head that dissipates quickly into a thin ring of lacing. Nice alcohol legs sticking to the glass.

Smell - Huge roasted malts, lots of red wine, the earthiness of beets, and Oolong tea. The usual coffee/chocolate characteristics are in there somewhere, but not in the forefront.

Taste - HOPS! Nice bitterness upfront is met with a burnt/roasted malt characteristic. A nice coffee flavor near the back end with an almost smoky finish.

MF- Wow! This is my favorite part of this beer, in my humble opinion. It's so smooth and velvety. Medium body with a nice light carbonation.

Overall - This is my first offering from CCB and it did not disappoint. I feel like this would be the quintessential Porter for IPA fans.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 01:26:58 | More by ItsMe
Photo of JackMcAwesome
JackMcAwesome

Florida

4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: A dark bottle with that shiny CCB label I'm coming to know and love. Pours a solid black that shows very little light through the glass. The head, with a moderately aggressive pour, was fairly thin. The lacing is almost non-existent. I'm always a a fan of lacing, just because it looks awesome, but at the end of the day, meh, who cares.

Smell: A very woody smell. like it's been aged in a barrel. (For all I know, it has.) The usual suspects show up here, cocoa, coffee and the like. Also a bit of "greeness" to it as well. Perhaps the hops the claim have robustly filled it? The smell unfortunately fell off quite a bit after the pour, so I wasn't able to pick up much else, or enjoy what I initially picked up.

Taste: BAMM! This packed a lot of punch. Again, I'm getting the "aged in a barrel" taste. Wood is there to go along with a strong cocoa presence. There's definitely something else there, I will assume it's the hops. It's making for an interesting combo. I wish I was a bit more refined so I could pick it out, but this is very great!

Feel: Medium bodied, light on the carbonation. The ABV is hidden quite well, and there isn't any heat at all. Which I kind of prefer, but with the added bitterness to it, makes me think this would be a perfect summer porter.

Overall: Very impressed with this offering. I like most of the CCB stuff, and figured this would be top notch as well, but it really surprised me, and could very well be my favorite porter. It kills me there stuff isn't more available. C'mon CCB, step it up. I want to roll into a store and buy a six of this any time I want. Otherwise, I just go with someone else.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 22:44:56 | More by JackMcAwesome
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 07:54:43 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
Photo of CaptCleveland
CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Guest tap at Ft Pierce, FL, Sailfish brewing.

Dark brown to black elixir, tan head, thick lacing.

Caramel, molasses, chocolate, pine, earth.

Really comes through on the taste: smooth pine hops, mild char mixed with baker's chocolate.

Medium thick mouthfeel, smooth hop bitterness lingers, well carbonated.

Different take on the traditional porter I am accustomed to--GLBC's Eddy Fitz, but wonderful in its own right.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2013 02:18:36 | More by CaptCleveland
Photo of jdb288
jdb288

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours dark brown with minimal tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is pine needle, grass, chocolate.

Taste is bitter, resin, dark chocolate, burnt coffee. Long bitter finish. Lots of carbonation here. A unique porter for sure. I'd never had a porter that was so hop forward; wasn't bad but wasn't something I had expected.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 12:44:28 | More by jdb288
Photo of itsscience
itsscience

Florida

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with two fingers of tan head that dissipates slowly.

Smell: Initially the smell is dominated by herbal hops, but chocolate comes through slightly. As the head goes down, the smells of chocolate and roasted malt come out along with a hint of coffee and vanilla.

Taste: Very earthy, reminiscent of a tea. The hop bitterness is met with chocolate and roasted malt notes to provide a unique and satisfying overall taste. Has a nice roasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. More carbonated than similarly dark porters or stouts that I've tried.

Overall: A distinctive beer to say the least, Jose Marti balances a big hop presence with big chocolate and roasty characteristics and against all odds makes it work seamlessly. It's a highly drinkable porter that hides its alcohol content well.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 03:38:29 | More by itsscience
Photo of Stevedore
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
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.