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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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Reviews: 263
Hads: 943
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 19.75%
Wants: 109
Gots: 133 | FT: 10
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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

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.

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Reviews: 263 | Hads: 943
Photo of sendsilk
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 12 oz. single for $2.99. Poured into my "Crab House" Pint glass.

A 2" thick frothy head on it takes several minutes to abate and leaves streaks all over the glass. The foam is still sitting on the glass 15 minutes after I poured.

A- Dark, dark, dark brown, almost black. No light getting though here. Looks great, more like a stout than a porter.

S- Nice roasted malts and coffee.

T- Absolutely the best porter I have ever had. I love stouts and that's usually my choice. Every once in a while I venture into a porter just to see. Usually a disappointment but not this time. Nice roasted nutty flavor and coffee present but not overwhelming. There's more hop taste in this than any other porter that I've ever had.

M- Great! Almost like a stout. Alcohol is well hidden but a rugged roasted flavor grabs your mouth by the balls and sticks around for quite some time.

D- Yeah, it's there. I could drink a bunch of these. Started the review after the pour and the glass will be gone by the time I'm done here.

Try one. I did and I'm not a huge porter guy but it was well worth it.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Thirtsybird for sharing this find brought back from his trip down South. Pours an opaque dark brown with a creamy, tan-colored head that dissipates into a skim and a cluster of bubbles. Nose reveals dark roasted malts and a slightly muted herbal/medicinal quality. Aromas of brown sugar and/or molasses also present in the nose. Taste follows nose - perhaps a little ashy. A roasted character also comes out as it warms, as well as coffee grounds. A light hops bittering lingers at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly creamy texture and a pleasant carbonation. A decent porter, but doesn't really rate high on my list.

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Photo of peabody
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Haver.
This is a great beer here. Dark brown murky with 1/2 finger of tan suds. Lacing of course.
Toasted malts and dark roast coffee with a hint of fruit like dates and oranges. Weird.
Taste is bitter at first then the sweet caramel and spices complete a very nice flavor. I really like this porter.
Mouthfeel is sticky and some alcohol shows up here for a time but quickly goes away.
Might drink two at a time but three or more is out of the question.

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Photo of popery
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather delicious porter with lots hop flavor. This is an interesting beer. The aroma is limes and grapefruit with chocolate and roast. There's also some nice dark stone fruit, raisins and caramel. Taste is fairly sweet for a porter, but it works well. There's vanilla, grapefruit juice, coffee and maple syrup, as well. The mouthfeel is smooth and full. The beer is dark brown with a small tan cap. It's a fairly sweet, hoppy beer. Very tasty.

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Photo of argock
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear stemmed glass wine goblet. No freshness date. Single purchased at Knightly Spirits (Orlando, FL) for $2.29.

A: Black with almost white 1-finger cap of head that provides a cool contrast in the look of this brew. Head retention is good and the lacing is spectacular along the rim.

S: Solid porter aroma of dark and roasted malt with an acrid edge coupled smoothly with citrus and earthy tobacco hops which work well with the acrid black malt edge.

T: The flavor is even more full and united with black malt acrid bite leading but falling away to more caramel and subtler sweetness. The hops note is citrus and tobacco.

M: Slightly more than medium bodied with soft carbonation and a solid coating feel with a mix of citrus hops and acrid burned malt in the aftertaste.

D: A delicious superb porter with the right mix of hops aggression and malt-forward presence. A really exceptional beer from a brewery known better for other styles.

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Photo of WrathsU
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured a beautiful black color with a dark tan head. The head retention was moderate.

S - It smells deliciously like caramel, cappuccino, and toffee.

T - This is where it really stands out. The first malty, sweet, caramel flavors are definitely there, but as you tip it back in your mouth to swallow you get hit with the hoppy side of the beer. It is quite frankly delicious.

M - It's a high 8% abv beer but you wouldn't believe it by letting it rest in your mouth. Minimal alcohol burn, heavy on the tongue, and very filling.

D - Don't get me wrong it's a delicious beer but I definitely couldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting. It is very filling and full bodied.

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Photo of liquidsunshine
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nine bucks for a four pack of this 8% abv brew at my local liquor store. Pours with a thumb of light tan head which lingers briefly before reducing down to only a light covering. Dark brown in colour with perhaps a hint of ruby around the edges when held to the light. Sweet slightly syrupy alcohol notes in the bouquet along with coffee, light bitter cocoa, and a date/raisiny scent. This brew tastes excellent, and the flavour develops nicely over the palate shifting from an initial bitter twang to a sweeter finish. Roasted malt and coffee linger on the tongue. Surprisingly easy to drink considering how dark it is. Overall a great beer, one I have bought a few times and will buy again. Excellent example of the porter style.

Cheers Matt

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Photo of grub
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

brought home from a recent trip to FL, courtesy of Jw347. thanks john!

12oz bottle. sampled nov 13/2010.

pours dark brown and showing pretty good clarity at the edges. a small dense dark tan head forms, quickly dropping to a ring around the glass and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is great. dark and milk chocolate with citrusy west coast hops and a bit of tropical character. orange and tangerine. pineapple. hint of alcohol. multi-grain bread and a bit of biscuit.

taste is good. bittersweet chocolate. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. grapefruit and orange. bit of pineapple and coconut. whole wheat bread and biscuit. herbal and slightly earthy. just over medium bitterness level. bit of alcohol.

mouthfeel is great. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. pretty well balanced, showing some interesting cigar city flare adding another layer to it.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Jose Marti is nearly black, with garnet highlights penetrating only when the brew is held to the light. Head is a touch weak, but overall this brew looks pretty enticing.

S: Deep black chocolate, and touch of espresso, and a hint of walnut create a rich bouquet.

T: Slightly sweet malt is balanced by bitter dark chocolate and coffee, topped off by a touch of Pacific Northwest hops. this brew is incredibly enjoyable.

M: Full bodied and chewy. The texture perfectly complements the richness in flavor.

D: A fantastic brew from the South's greatest asset, Cigar City. This is definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on it, as it is one of the better American Porters out there.

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Photo of sisterray
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Ale and the Witch in downtown St. Pete.

I should preface this by saying that while I enjoy all different forms of beer, I don't find myself often loving Porters. Perhaps it's any easy style to mess up, but typically I find something just off enough to prevent my enjoyment from becoming full-fledged beer love.

I can love this Porter.

A: Deep brown. Tan head.

S: Freshly ground, fresh-brewed coffee. Bittersweet chocolate. Subtle earthy hops.

T: The coffee dominates, but the chocolate comes around to add a nice twist, and the hops peak through to add some spice.

M: Creamy, moderately thick, not overbearing. Provides a great template for the flavor and lingers nicely.

D: While 8.0% ABV is tame by some standards, you can get into trouble with this beer. It goes down so easy and calls you back. If I had the money and time to blow, I can see myself putting away a few pints of these.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: its a sexy deep black with a half finger mocha head. the carbonation provides very fine bubbles that swirl deep when you give it a spin. lacing lingers nice and sticky on the sides of the glass.
S: roasty, bittersweet chocolate notes. nice slightly buffed up american porter.
T: bittersweet chocolate again, plus coffee notes that come through on the backend and linger on your tongue. roasty toasty goodness all over the place.
M: good mouthfeel for a full flavored porter, and i love the feeling thats left over as if youve just taken a sip of espresso. its the solid bitterness that makes it so attractive.
D: i never rate a porter hugely high because i usually just enjoy one and done, but if i had more id drink em. quite delicious.

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Photo of Pellinore1
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CoastieSimon for sending this bottle.

Pours deep, nearly opaque brown into a pint glass. A finger of light tan head fades slowly, leaving some lacing.

Very pleasant nose of roasted malt, hints of coffee, and just a bit of smokiness.

All of the aromas come through in the flavor as well. I also notice bitter chocolate, and hops. The finish is dry, with a long lasting roastiness on the tongue.

This beer is smooth, and quite drinkable. If I could get Cigar City locally, I'd happily pick this up again.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark brown with a touch of ruby highlights and a big and rocky tan head.

Chocolatey and roasty presence in the nose. Also a sweet and woody presence, somewhere between mosquite and cedar. Strong coffee notes as well, perhaps chicory.

The taste is much more sweet with a strong roasty finish. Still getting a woody mesquite flavor. Light citrusy hop backbone.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, a dry bitter finish that lasts and lasts. Moderate alcohol warmth.

Semi drinkable, it has a strong syrupy residual that could lead to yours palete tiring quickly. Otherwise not too filling and not super strong in the alcohol department.

A very nice porter from the folks at cigar city. So far they haven't really disappointed me. Good job fellas.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously provided by Dave. Thanks for the trade and the opportunity!

12 oz bottle into a snifter pours dark brown with ruby highlights and tinted edges. Initial tan finger wide fluff settles to a spotty lacing and small islands of bubble coverage that muddle the surface.

Bitter coffee, dark roast, citric hops, and a dirty earthiness on the nose. Though I don't believe this is oak aged, I certainly pull a woody presence.

Much of the nose presents itself in the taste, with the hops riding hard atop the very bitter coffee and roast wave. The dirtiness from the nose really shines here as peppery. Again, like the nose, there is a tannic presence that suggests some barrel influence, though I don't believe this beer has been groped by wood.

Long and tingling pepper bitterness last long into the aftertaste and finishes very dry. On the heavier side of medium bodied with a low-medium level of carbonation.

Overall, a pretty solid porter. My gut reaction to many of the Cigar City beers I've had the opportunity to drink is that they are a rough and tumble bunch, with a diverse flavor profile that mostly hit their mark. This is no exception.

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Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black with ruby highlights. modest little head that never completely disappears and leaves some splotches of lace. nose is cocoa on top of a nice roast, vanilla and some fruity undertones. taste reveals a fairly roasty profile that is also generously hoppy, with flavors of citrus, earth and pine really shining through all the way to the pleasantly bitter finish. on the heavy side of medium body, or the light side of full... it's a rich and creamy beer that starts silky and ends fairly dry. goes down way too easy for an 8%abv beer. another winner from cigar city. really glad i decided to try a few of their more accessible offerings.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  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.

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Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again...I'm indebted to kkipple for another great beer.

José Martí pours a dark chocolate brown color. It's not opaque. Backlighting reveals some nice garnet highlights. A soft tan head caps it off. It stands about a finger and a half tall, and recedes to a surface covering somewhat quickly. It holds steady there for a bit. Lacing was a little light, but sticky.

The nose is damn impressive. It kicks off with a nice mix of roasted and cocoa-esque chocolate malts. A healthy dose of roasted coffee is in the mix, and is the perfect complement to the malts. If I stopped here it'd be very good. Fortunately, there's an impressive hop presence that bumps it up a notch. The hop profile features a little citrus grapefruit and orange. There's also a floral and piney twist to them. Alcohol is blended very well for 8%. Damn impressive.

The flavor is very good, but falls a little shy of the nose. The malt base is very tasty. The strong cocoa presence blends very well with the roasted malts. The infusion of coffee adds quality depth and complexity. Hops certainly liven up the flavor. They have a bit of citrusy flavor featuring white grapefruit and orange, together with some pine and floral notes. It's a little bitter, but not over the top. Alcohol is noticeable, but it is masked pretty well. Finishes malty, a little bitter, and dry.

José Martí has a light-medium body. It feels a tad thin, but isn't bad by any stretch. Carbonation is light, and it definitely feels smooth. Perhaps a bit more malt improve it? Drinkability is good. This is a tasty American Porter that certainly satisfies. The abv may limit drinkability a little, but I wouldn't shy away from a second bottle.

Cigar City Brewing brews some really interesting beer. This is easily the hoppiest American Porter I've ever encountered. Does it work? You betcha. The hops certainly add an interesting, lively flavor to the mix. The novel aspect of it is really nice. Maybe a little more body would be a good thing. This is really impressive beer though. Easily recommended.

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Photo of route66pubs
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolate. Decent tan-ish head retreats to the sides of the glass, where it clings in earnest.

Just a hint of roasted chocolate in the aroma. Surprisingly not overwhelming at all, but disappointedly somewhat lacking. With each successive sip, the roasted malts gain in their aroma, raising the score.

Roasted coffee bean and some small amount of chocolate in the mouth overwhelm any other flavor from possibly being noticed. This is quite enjoyable and rides the perfect balance flavor here. Very little can be better.

There are definitely some hops in there somewhere as can be attested to by the bitterness I FEEL but do not taste. It combines with what feels like a slight alcohol burn.

Yes, this feels like 8%. No, I have no problem with that. More please, as this is very easy drinking.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown, almost black, thin cream colored head

S-very strong dark roasted malts, almost too malty. there's a good coffee scent in there as well.

T-comes in with a long lasting hit of strongly dark roasted coffee malts. It lasts awhile and then fades in to a slight bitterness that is accompanied by the dark coffee malts.The after-taste is long lasting and dominated by this dark coffee taste and bitterness. I am very, very impressed with this porter.

M- this is a very heavy and thick beer. there's a good smooth medium carbonation but with a slightly dry finish. everything about this mouth feel is good except the finish is a bit striking

D-definitely not a porter you can slam, but i don't necessarily think any porter should be consumed quickly. the tastes stay, this is quite an enjoyable beer to the finish. its one of my favorite porters yet. i wouldn't mind having another one and i plan on recommending this to others.

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Photo of adam42381
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a very dark brown, almost coffee black with a 1 finger tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, toffee, vanilla and coffee with faint fruity notes floating in the background.

Taste: Sweet roasted malt up front followed by coffee and dark chocolate in the middle and a nice hoppy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is bold and somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability considering the ABV %. You could knock back multiple bottles on a cool evening.

Overall: Very good porter overall. I'm usually impressed by Cigar City and this instance does not change that in any way. I would recommend checking this one out.

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Photo of rivalrome
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a CCB Pint Glass at ~49ºF

Forms a medium one-finger tan head with minimal lacing. Coloring is reminiscent of a deep cherrywood.

Initially smells of hops, coffee, malts, and chocolate. Slight undertones of fruits. Has a very rich smell!

Wow, this is impressive. It tastes almost like a cross between a porter and a Strong Ale. Initial hopiness is high, hints of chocolate as well as everything else that I smelled in the taste. Medium body and carbonation. As the glass goes down, zero head and zero lacing; straight dark brown.

Overall a solid beer from CCB; I expect no less!

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light brown, almost dark red stout has a rich, barely tan head. Aroma has dark chocolate, light caramel and cocoa with a hint of whiskey. Taste is light and smooth for the strength. Alcohol hides well, but the malty body is still very thick. Lots of chocolate and burnt coffee notes. Overall the best brew I have had from Cigar City. A perfect brew in cool weather. Highly recommend.

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Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an interesting beer! Pours dark with lots of ruby red highlights and a nice creamy light brown head that leaves a generous amount of lacing as you drink.

The aroma has generous amounts of dark roasted malts with chocolate hints and a nice hop bite to it as well.

Definitely "porteresque" in nature but with a hint of smokiness to it though that may be my imagination. The dark roasted malts with a nice lightly bitter chocolate and caramel vibe to them are matched by a fair amount of hop bitterness and resiny taste with a touch of citrus in the background. There definitely seems to be a peaty/smoke flavor, whether it's from actual smoked malts or not is the question. There also seems to be a touch of vanilla flavor in there as well. Just a touch of alcohol is noted on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium, somewhat cewy, but with a nice porter feel to it. Carbonation lends a creaminess and a touch of harshness combined with the alcohol that is actually pleasant on the back of the palate.

Despite some of the unusual attributes and flavors skillfully combined in this beer it is quite drinkable and enjoyable. It has a Dogfish Head Palo Santo meets Terrapin India Brown meets Weyerbacher Fireside feel to it though that doesn't quite describe it.

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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.