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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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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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

Added by mcallister on 08-11-2010

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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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Photo of PorterLambic
2.82/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Three porters on tap? Love it!
Pours an extremely dark brown though dark red at the edges. Good head, tan colored with decent retention.
Smell is hops and very light malt.
Taste is hops first then light malt with a hint of coffee in the back.
Medium bodied with a light effervescence. Pretty good beer but way too hoppy for this malthead and the style. More of a DIPA vibe from it.

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Photo of drewba
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nearly opaque brown with burgundy tints around the edges. Three finger khaki head is big, bubbly and chunky. A thin, bubbly layer hangs around for the duration of the beer with light lacing.

S - Smells exactly like a porter should: straight up coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. But, there is a very tiny hint of hops somewhere in the smell - just a little lemon tinge.

T - The chocolate is forefront in the flavor and thanks to the coffee, this tastes reminiscent of mocha. The roasted malt is backing up the mocha and making this into a lovely, rich porter. Just as you think you're done tasting all Jose Marti has to offer, some hops jump out of the bushes and slaps you in the face with a rubber chicken. But in a good way...anyways, a faint lemon and pine hop presence work its way out near the end of the taste. The pine does stick around in the aftertaste as a mild bitter. What a twist!

M - Very rich, medium to thick mouthfeel with somewhat low carbonation.

D - The base porter is amazing, and the hops only make this more unique. I was a little caught off guard, but ended up really enjoying this. If you're looking for a traditional porter, you may want to pass on this, but if you're looking for a hoppy porter, this is a great choice.

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Photo of maximum12
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to moose3285 for this, nestled amongst a gigantic bed of Cigar City goodness delivered directly to my door from the hand of a great BA. Cracked open on a Sunday night, when I usually am alcohol free. But what the hay.

Pours is black-tie dark, capped by seashore foam. Nose is a bit odd, hoppy, nutty, caramel, with just an undercurrent of...wierdity. Almost a sour undercurrent, but not quite. Can't put my finger on it.

Jose Marti harkens from a line I'm really beginning to enjoy, hoppy browns. This one has a nice melding of hops & malts, a wild combo that leaves my tongue tingling & bruised a bit, but smiling sweetly at the same time. Cigar City's trademark roast/char comes through like a linebacker; that's what I was smelling. It offsets oddly with the hops - not unpleasant, just odd. Hints of coffee. Hops fade quickly, & the char settles in on the end.

Creamy & full, impressive in the mouth, seeping into every nook & cranny, like whole milk, without the milk or the white color. Whip-smart on the drinkability, that rare porter that is both tasty, thick, & easy to down. That's good magic in there.

Good beer. Not sure the 'india' part quite works with the roast, it takes a while to tease it out & rationalize it, but ultimately, this is a smooth-drinking porter that smells not-quite-right.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Pours a dark blackish color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts with some fresh citrusy hops as well. I love the aroma, there is plenty of roastiness from the malts and a good dose of hops as well. I think I am going to like this beer.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with sweet roasted malts that make way for a good amount of bitterness in the finish from the hops. Wow, delicious!

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amOunt of carbonation. Spot on.

D- Overall, Cigar City knocked this one out of the ballpark. This beer is immediately right up there among my favorite Porters. Must try beer, highly recommended!

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Photo of sholland119
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bhalter8 for the chance to try this one.

A-Pours dark brown, almost opaque with a massive mocha head and lots of stickiness.

S-Chocolate and roasted coffee with a good bit of citrus hops in the nose.

T-Leathery with roasted coffee and just a bit of hoppiness. Nice.

M-A bit thin for the stye, light to medium bodied.

D-A nice beer, a bit ho hum maybe, and that is probably my fault for not drinking this in September when I got it.


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Photo of BigBlacke
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just had this one on tap at Cigar City Brewery. A nice 1/2 inch light tan head that slowly dissipates to leace a nice ring. Smells of robust coffee and molasses. Taste is of toasty coffee and molasses with a fruity hop background. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and drinkability is through the roof. Excellent porter in my opinion.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 12/17/10

Pours black with a light bubbly head which recedes. Not much else to talk about here.

Nice hints of chocolate, coffee, dark malts, oatmeal, and some alcohol heat.

Malt and molasses combine with coffee-like bitterness to produce a bold dark flavor. The bitterness seems to overpower the rest of the beer with quite a bit of heat in the backend. I may detect a bit of oatmeal as well. As it warms, what I described above improves and the flavors meld a bit.

Medium in the mouth but thins near the end.

This is a solid porter but the bitterness is a bit overpowering.

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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.