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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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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 102
Gots: 123 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 08-11-2010

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
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Ratings: 896 | Reviews: 256
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3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

return trip after the Cigar City event night, enjoyed on tap at Rattle N Hum. Big head and a good porter, above average mouthfeel. A little towards the baltic porter or imperial porter. Average drinkability.Chocolate and roasted malts.Nice that "coffee" taste is in secondary.

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle consumed on 10.20.2010. Received fresh today.

Hard pour yields a single finger of thick light tan form with plenty of large carbonation bubbles visible on tap. It fades somewhat quickly, but lacing is already apparent. Damn, Cigar City really knows how to make a beer look good. The body is near black, although it was merely a darker shade of caramel coming out of the bottle. Nearly opaque.

After a good swirl of my tulip, I dive in for a whiff and am rewarded with some really nice semi-dark chocolate notes as well as some lightly-roasted malt and fine-tuned coffee grinds. A slight amount of piney hops linger in the background and round out the edges of an already delicious-smelling brew.

The flavor really draws back a good deal from the hugely-intense nose. It retains a good deal of the roasted malt character, but the chocolate has faded quite a bit, although at the same time the dark nature of it melds well with some nice hop bitterness. A bit of coffee exists as well.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I would expect with moderate carbonation levels. Slightly dry in the finish. Overall, a really nice darker beer coming from CCB and I enjoyed it a bit more than their brown ales. However, their stouts are still king.

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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black. No light getting through. single finger head

S: toasted malt with dark chocolate and notes. Hops are mild but are there if you search for them.

T: roasty, nice stout. The typical stout taste but done very well. Very nice hop flavor. This is my first stout with this amount of hop flavor and it was excellent.

M: medium body, moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish.

Overall: Drinkable and the right amount of hop flavor with a solid stout background.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a nice thick off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium dry coffee notes with some black chocolate and some roasted malt. Taste is very smooth with a nice balance between some roasted malt with black chocolate notes and light dry coffee at the end. Body is quite full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation. I quite like this one and wouldn’t mind having it more often.

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4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thrilled to be able to try another gem from ccb, my man todes sent me this one to knock off my list of ccb greats. poured cool and into a pint glass, this one was enjoyed on 10/01/2010.

what a big pour on this one. rich ark brown in color with a nice two finger head of creamy tan that stays on top for what seems like forever and leaves a ton of lacing on the sides of the glass.

aroma is to die for. rich roasted malts, warm cocoa and coffee, mixes with a deep resinous hop note and capped with a smooth dose of vanilla, wth is this thing? i am getting a bit confused now as i sip on it and pick up flavors that should not be blended together, but are and it works. rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee are mere accents to a wonderful citrus bouguet and warming roasted notes. really just sublime. hints of tobacco and leather come through as it hits room temp, and the long, smooth, rich and sweet finish defies any expectation of what was coming next.

overall i am unsure of what to make of this one, but for some damn reason i am in love with it. a wonderful beer.

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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike for sending me this one in a recent trade.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a big tan head and some nice rings of lacing.

S: A big roast aroma starts things off. Some bitter coffee and chocolate notes are close behind. There are some strong hop aromas here too, quite earthy and faintly citrusy.

T: Like the nose, we've got a ton of roast character on the palate. The coffee is almost as intense as the roast with some bitter dark chocolate to a lesser extent. The hop notes are more citrus than the nose lets on, but still quite earthy. Moderately bitter, which was pleasant.

M: The body is medium with a medium level of carbonation.

D: I found this one to be really quite enjoyable. Great roast character that's not overpowering and overly bitter, and the hops really kept things interesting.

Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep roasted chesnut brown with 1/2 tan colored head that lasted pretty well,maybe the biggest hop profile I have ever come across in a porter,not ony in the nose but on the palate as well.Resiny hop mixed with roast and a hint of unsweetened chocolate,dry and appetizing.Again the huge hop profile on the palate with hefty roast,its quite dry and the alcohol is extremely well hidden.My only small complaint would be maybe I would like a little more complexity and or sweetness to mix with the hops,but in saying that I think its a great porter.I love the big hops going on here.

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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City Brewing "José Martí India-style Porter"
22 oz. brown glass bottle, Bottled on 10/14/14
$9.99 @ Total Wine & More #901, Tampa, FL (less than a half mile from the brewery - I should have went there and paid less!).

So is it "American Porter" or "India-style Porter"? Well there is no "India-style Porter" and there never was, but as they point out on the label, many beers in the 1800's were produced with far higher hop rates than today. The question is how much bitterness was extracted? Were they really as bitter as the beers we're making today, or were they just using more, but less potent, hops. But I digress... it doesn't really matter what it's called, and it doesn't really matter how bitter it is as long as it's balanced - and it is.

The nose suggests a very rich dark chocolate maltiness, and the flavor confirms it. It's chocolatey with dark chocolate, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, and just a hint of burnt sugar. It's also a touch nutty, and that combined with the roasted side of the chocolate suggests coffee - strong black coffee. It doesn't suffer from being overly malty to get that richness, however. In fact, it's simply medium to medium-full in body. It's just intense.

And what of the hops? It's bitter, yes, boldly so, but within such roasty and chocolatey richness you don't notice it as much. It's like drinking coffee, you expect the bitterness so it doesn't particularly seem that bitter. Of course it's got to be around 70 IBUs, and if you put that into a golden ale it'll stick out!

What I find the most interesting, and what I think really makes the beer work, is that they've held back on hop flavor to allow the chocolatey and roasty flavors to shine. I'm assuming they've used mostly English hops (or an equivalent) as they're mainly leafy and grassy with just a hint of citrus coming through. They back the chocolate/roast and give it a background edge but don't really show until the finish, which is bitter, dry, herbal, leafy, and grassy with just a spritz of clementine.

An impressive beer to say the least. It has aggression, but it's throttled back. It harkens back to an older time but still makes progress in the new age. Without a deft hand in both formulation and production a beer of this magnitude could easily jump the tracks. If you're a fan of roast and chocolatey beers this one's worth seeking out!

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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a hint of light coming through at the edge. There is a finger of fluffy tan head that reduces down to a layer.

Smell: Very roasty with some smoke and a little sweetness and grain.

Taste: Quite bitter with a mild sweetness and a ton of roast. A bit smokey with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I really liked this porter. I enjoyed the fact that the bitterness overpowered the sweetness, but still allowed some other flavors to come out. Smokey and smooth.

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4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
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