José Martí American Porter - Cigar City Brewing

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José Martí American PorterJosé Martí American Porter

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Reviews: 255
Hads: 909
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 4.93%
Wants: 102
Gots: 122 | FT: 9
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

This is a heavily hopped high gravity porter featuring the hopping levels of an India Pale Ale with the rich and roasty malt profile of a robust porter. Heavy hop rates, while uncommon in today's porters were not unknown historically and recipes from the British porter producers of the 1800's evidence hopping rates far in excess of what is common for the style today.

65 IBU
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Photo of route66pubs
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (943 characters)

Photo of adam42381
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of rivalrome
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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! (595 characters)

Photo of saintwarrick
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (955 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,263 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
2.82/5  rDev -30.5%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of drewba
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,257 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (1,321 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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! (710 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

HV (450 characters)

Photo of BigBlacke
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of TCgoalie
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,361 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, husky brown with some lighter walnut-y edging. About half an inch of tan foam.

Smells faintly of roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee, a bit of tropical hops? coconut? something toasty and plantation-y.

Interesting flavor. More roast and coffee than I expected from the aroma. It could use a bit more subtlety, but quite good.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, though not particularly thick or robust.

Very nice brew. (437 characters)

Photo of Jefe73
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City José Martí - On tap at the Tasting Room poured into a pint glass. 8% abv.

A: Pours a midnight brown with an active, frothy cap of tan foam. Leaves behind a good amount of spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malt, a mixture of herbal hops and semi-sweet chocolate.

T: Dry, overly roasted malt,dark chocolate, spicy herbal hops and ash. Finishes with lingering roast and bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with lively moderate carbonation.

Dl: An exceptional porter. Roasty, chocolaty, hoppy. (493 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Creamy light tan head with excellent retention and plentiful soapy lacing. Mahogany highlights are visible along the edges of the glass.

Heckuva nose on this, a smooth and rich blend of roasted and chocolate malts, mocha, dark fruits and muddled cider. Occasional notions of blackberry and molasses.

Tastes just as good as it smells. The instense dark fruits combined with leather and tobacco actually remind me a bit of HOTD Adam at times, which is high praise indeed. Roasty to the point of being charred occasionally, but the steady warming booziness and chocolate sweetness work well to smooth things out. Thickish body with moderate carbonation. Very lengthy and satisfying finish that starts out sweet, switches to a molasses tanginess and finally a parting dose of burnt malts.

Overall impression: Incredible beer, well worth seeking out. (891 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black pour with thick 2-finger medium cream head. Dark brown streaks adorn the top of the glass. Very nice retention and thick lacing.

Nose is rich cocoa with hints of sweet fig and raisin. Very nice. Getting a little more chocolate as the beer warms.

Lots of chocolate right up front. Sweet, with a bitter finish of chocolate, hops, and rich coffee. Hides the abv fairly well.

Feel is just a tad too thin to stand up to the flavor profile.

Pretty easy to drink for the abv. Sneaky. (492 characters)

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

32 oz growler into in a pint glass. Thanks go to Jw347 for this in a recent trade.

Pours black in the glass, with 2 stiff fingers of mocha colored head. This retains with a rigid ½ finger of rich creamy froth that just drenches the sides of the glass with lacing that sticks to the sides in heavy swathes. The aroma is fresh and flora feeling up front, with a bit of a spicy wet tobacco leaf thing going on with it. Smooth notes of chocolate and roasted coffee rise up underneath but it's those notes of herbs and tobacco that are really sticking with me.

Hops prickle the tongue up front in the taste, with green citrus and biting spiciness spreading out into the mouth. A thick layer of chocolate and some lesser caramel flavor envelops those hops and leaving a good bit of heavy sweetness behind but it is well balanced by the deep burnt bitterness of the roasted malts. Same as the nose, I'm also picking up that herbal and dank leathery tobacco presence, which mingles in the finish with lingering charred smoke from the roast and the dry spiciness of the hops. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a sharp feel up front that prickles the tip of the tongue but then gets more slick and creamy as this moves out into the rest of the mouth. I'm getting no alcohol except some heft in the body for 8% and it actually blew my mind that the ABV was that high although I did have a sneaking suspicion after starting to feel it once I got into a couple of glasses of this.

I really enjoyed this! A solid hop presence, dark sticky sweetness, and that aforementioned tobacco flavor all combined to make this quite the complex and tasty take on a Porter. The body on this was just spot for all of that heavy feeling sweetness and I still can't believe that this was 8%. It drank like a champ! This is definitely of the better Cigar City offerings that I've had recently. (1,872 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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! (697 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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! (904 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (854 characters)

José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.