José Martí American Porter - Cigar City Brewing

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José Martí American PorterJosé Martí American Porter

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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 100
Gots: 122 | FT: 12
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

O: Average porter at best

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev -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.

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown boarding on black with a mountain of brown, coffee-colored head. The head is soft and dense with incredible retention. The nose is more hoppy than malty; the hop aromas are floral, piny, earthy. There are some faint chocolate and roasted malt aromas as well. The flavor is intense all around. The malt character is bready, roasty, chocolaty, and coffee-like all at once. The hop character is very forward with citrusy and piny characteristics; I get some notes of grapefruit and pineapple. This is a full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. The alcohol adds some warth, but is otherwise unnoticeable.

This is fantastic. This could make an argument about when does a porter/stout become a black IPA. I could drink several of these.

Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of billab914
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Three Floyds glass. It poured dark brown in color with a thin tan head covering the top. The head was small, but remained through drinking it as well as leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a lot of hoppiness to it. I get a citrusy, juicy aroma mixed with some chocolaty, porter flavors. It has a bit of a fruity, cherry like flavor to it as well. Very interesting aroma.

The taste shows off the hoppiness in it as well with some bold citrus flavors throughout the beer. I get some roasted and bitter chocolate flavors coming through as well. It's an interesting combination of flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and moderately silky smooth. Carbonation is a little below average, but fits a porter pretty nicely. Overall, this was an interesting beer but not one of my favorites. It wasn't bad at all, but things needed to mesh better for me for it to be something outstanding.

José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 858 ratings.