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José Martí American Porter - Cigar City Brewing

José Martí American PorterJosé Martí American Porter

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BA SCORE
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737 Ratings
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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)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 03:19:45 | More by Sammy
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 01:41:58 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.15/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 21:46:34 | More by womencantsail
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 20:24:52 | More by Phyl21ca
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 00:56:46 | More by Thorpe429
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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 22:40:09 | More by oberon
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

Thanks to tpd975 for sending me a few bottles of this one. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of tan foam that slowly settles to a medium cap and leaves some solid lacing. Body is a very dark brown that reveals some transparency and red highlights under illumination.

S - Big roast character, caramel, baker's chocolate, coffee, some floral hops. As it warms, maybe the faintest bit of the 8% ABV makes itself known.

T - Taste is much more bitter, with notes of char, smoke, burnt malt, and espresso. Finish has some citrus hop bitterness mixed with a roast bitterness that lingers well into a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. This could use a bit more sweetness to keep things in balance, and seemed like a complete 180° from the nose. This is probably a 3.75 for me, but I suppose I'm a "homer by proxy" thanks to my positive experiences with the Florida crew.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium body that seems a touch watery and undersized for 8%. Otherwise pretty smooth and pleasant.

D - I finished my 12oz bottle fairly quickly, but the char aftertaste got a little bit off-putting by the end. Still, it was pretty easy to finish for a strong, dark brew. Can't wait for the barrel-aged version.

NOTE - More orange citrus hop flavor comes out as it warms up - weird.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 03:55:32 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is brown and clear but dark with a thin tan head of small bubbles. Carbonation low, lacing low.

Beer is strong hoppy in the nose, a mix of grapefruit and pine.

Beer is medium in body and not as hoppy as the aroma would have lead me to believe. It's mildly bitter at the back, like a weak black IPA, drinkability high.

At the time of this review, this is the #29 on the top American Porter list.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 02:21:38 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one thanks to kkipple.

A nice fluffy 1+ finger head rises and fades slowly with a bit of lacing, over very dark brown almost black, with hints of light coming through.

Nose is essentially an English IPA mixed with American Porter. Comes with some light roasty and dark crystal malts to start, a little creamy malt aroma as well, then blasts with earthy herbal hops, plenty of them. A bit of bubblegum and fruit from the hops, and hints of caramel and vanilla.

Taste comes on more porter at first, bringing lots of dark creamy malts, some dark crystal with caramel, plenty of roasted malts bringing a hint of coffee and toffee, as well as a bit of minerality, and a bit of black patent malt I think. A hint of vanilla, and touch of warming booze, a slight fluffy nougat as well. The hops come out more on the finish, as it gets more and more bitter, especially late after the swallow. Again with the earthy and herbal hops. It starts a little sweet and finishes slightly dry, with a bit of sticky residue and long bitter finish.

Mouth is a little heavier bodied, fluffy, with lots of carbonation and a hint of warming booze.

Drink is decent, just a hint of booze, a slight dry finish to the slight sweetness to start, the bitterness gets a little much as it builds more and more, and combines with a hint of minerality to give it a slight slower drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 23:11:40 | More by jlindros
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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
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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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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modest starting head and it dies down to a ring of bubbles. This does leave some spotty ring lace. The color is dark brown where no light will shine through.

Good vanilla and cocoa nose. There's a touch of hop in the aroma as well.

There are extra burnt toast elements that are closer to a dry stout flavor wise. Dry cocoa without sugar as the brew sits in the mouth, but this gives way to a pleasant hop bitterness. The body is very good with a below average level of carbonation. Regardless, this is a very easy-to-drink porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 21:35:27 | More by smcolw
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3/5  rDev -26.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 18:55:05 | More by barleywinefiend
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/05/10 notes. Had at a small tasting courtesy of ygtbsm94; thanks Brad.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, and a tiny hint of alcohol. Pretty nice and balanced.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol. A step down from the smell, and more alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good porter I would drink again. Wish there was a little bit less alcohol in the taste and wish it had sonme of the vanill from the smell, but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 01:11:32 | More by mdfb79
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Wasatch

Utah

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cyrusthepup for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, not much of a head on this one, and some minimal sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, lots of chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is malty, chocolate/toffee, and caramel. Medium Body, very nice dry/bitter finish. A pretty tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 00:02:57 | More by Wasatch
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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
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

Review from notes taken 1/2/11. Thanks to goryshkewych for the chance to try this one.

Shared with a friend and poured into a small wine glass, this brew appears a very dark brown with mahogany highlights and clarity around the edges. A very dark brown head appears and recedes holding tight around the wall of the glass.

The aroma includes notes of chocolate and fruity alcohol with some citrus hops. A little indication of coffee emerges before a hint of an aroma similar to tobacco and cigar ash.

The taste is bitter roasted malt tasting minorly like chocolate, fruit-like hops mixed with alcohol, tobacco and ash. Overall quite earthy leading to a flavor of coffee and dry cocoa that lingers in the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light, enjoyable level of carbonation. Very good and quite drinkable. An awesome take on the style with the "cigar city twist" included. The alcohol is masterfully hidden, I'd surely drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 15:45:12 | More by stakem
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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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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Named after an historic Cuban national, and brewed not far outside of Miami, it's fitting that this beer be coffee-brown, if not black, in colour and that its frothy head be whipped as though it were indeed a café con leche. Although the beer (and even its head) is much darker than the man himself, the lacing it leaves almost resembles the shape of his mustache.

José Martí lived in the 19th century and, indeed, this porter has a light sourness reminiscent of an Old English style porter of the same period. Cocoa nibs and stale coffee grinds factor in, but it's the 'festering berry in chimney sweep' note that sticks the longest. It works for the style and my nose is intrigued, albeit not entirely in a confidently positive manner.

"A grain of poetry suffices to season a century"... and a bunch of grains of barley certainly suffice a 330ml glass. Strong notes of chocolate and coffee occupy the palate, all the while a sooty roast settles in for the long haul. Sweetness is hard to come by, especially given the presence of a (likely unwanted) sourness that bludgeons the beer's leafy, hoppy aftertaste.

The chocolaty, coffee-y notes of this porter play out like a guitar with a broken string. Something is a miss, or at least it should be. While a strong roast registers immediately upon sip, and a prominent Spanish coffee taste lingers, the beer isn't a fraction as decadent or bittersweet as so many American porters. The finish has an almost puckering, chalky dryness.

Normally I wouldn't review a beer I suspected to be compromised. However, I owe a debt of gratitude to the ultra-generous Ultraman9000 for the bottle and, besides, this is still a plenty salvageable beer, the slight sourness notwithstanding. For a brewery quickly becoming renown for over-the-top releases, this moderate offering made a good first impression.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 05:00:37 | More by biegaman
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a dark brownish orange, slightly opaque, medium sized tan head forms and slowly settles to a thick ring around the glass and a thin layer, a lot of lace spots stick to the glass, looks good.

Smell is neat, really hoppy but still retains some porter character, some caramel, light chocolate and coffee roast, quite fruity, some nice coconut and tropical fruit notes, a bit of grapefruit, pineapple, almost a bit of banana or plantain, pretty nice.

Taste is really nice, big and rich, sweet, caramelized, big toffee note, a bit of fruit and coconut, raisin, some brown sugar, a bit of alcohol, light grapefruit hoppiness, a touch of vanilla and some espresso roast, light chocolate milk, toasty and biscuity in the finish, quite nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, a bit of warmth going down but pretty pleasant. Thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 04:10:18 | More by Viggo
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glid02

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with hints of semi-sweet chocolate undertones. Also present are hints of tobacco and lighter hints of earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately bitter semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip slight amounts of tobacco and heavier roasted flavors make an appearance along with hints of spiciness, either from rye or the hops. The spiciness fades out quickly, allowing equal amounts of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and tobacco flavors to carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this beer has the tobacco character that I love in so many of CCB's beers. My only qualm is that the thickness isn't quite there, but it really is a very good beer that's well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 21:33:49 | More by glid02
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

Cultivo Una Rosa Blanca
Por Jose Marti

Cultivo una rosa blanca
En julio como en enero,
Para el amigo sincero
Que me da su mano franca.

Y para el cruel que me arranca
El corazon con que vivo,
Cardo ni ortiga cultivo,
Cultivo una rosa blanca.

A: This beer, named in honor of a Cuban national hero, appears a dark brown hue. There is a nice, thick beige head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Aromas include slightly sweetened malts, cigar smoke, tobacco.

T: The beer tastes good, but not great. I am enjoying the smokiness of the beer, but overall, find it a bit too sweet for my liking.

M: The alcohol could be disguised better. The body is medium-thin with a solid carbonation level.

D: An interesting beer. Even though it's a 12 oz. bottle, I found it optimal for sharing a few ways.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 01:00:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Super giant head off the pour, with perfect uniform pin head sized bubbles, and a wonderful light tan cocoa brown. Retention is clumpy, big, peaks, valleys, it sits on a dark black almost midnight body. This thing looks amazing.

Smell at first had me concerned at first I thought it was infected, it smelled at first bretty, but then it became brown spices of heated clove and cumin, with a malt and chocolate character behind. Salty... airy.. Extremely unique.

Taste is jarring and one of a kind. Incredible dry roast brown spices in the finish masking the chocolate malt backbone. Aggressive, powerful, a hint of heat for the abv turns the roast feeling into coffee on the finish, with a salty saison like quality as well.

Overall this is one of the most unique distinct beers I've ever had. I give it props for being tasty, unique, and a killer look. But not for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:27:29 | More by smakawhat
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

India Porter... hmm unique style.

Poured into ccb snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is a copper brown.

Aroma: A lot of earthy, piney hops with a massive amount of roast. It has some chocolate malt and some light citrus showing. Very odd aroma.

Taste: Wow, this thing is hoppy. So much pine mixed with roasted malts. Chocolate malt, some citrus. I just can't believe how hoppy it is. It is too roasted for me. It almost has a smoked nut flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and robust. Very roasty. Medium body with a medium amount of carbonation. A bit of booze shows. Ends sticky and dry.

Overall, it was a unique concept, and the more I drank the more I like it. However, it was too roasted for me which took a lot away from the beer. Somewhat drinkable for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 00:56:38 | More by mothman
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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

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