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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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Ratings: 895
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 102
Gots: 123 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black with just little fimbriations of brown around the edges. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam with a nice lace left on the glass as it slowly dissipates. Quite attractive!

Smell: piercing hoppy aroma right up front with a lot of piney, resiny character; this fits easily on top of a caramelly, chocolatey maltiness. It's almost more reminiscent of a strong ale or barleywine, albeit with a little more chocolate character. One very nice thing is that, despite being both hoppy and dark in color, there's none of the characteristic vegetal hop aroma that happens with that combination. Nice!

Taste: a very well-balanced combination of malty strong-porter complexity (caramel, dark fruit, a little chocolate) and relatively strong hoppiness (again with a piney character). This pulls off a challenge that many American Black Ales attempt but fail. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a big carbonation and a giant, smooth, satisfying creaminess that has remarkable staying power. I love it.

Overall: while this beer's strength and somewhat raspy hoppiness could theoretically detract from its drinkability, I think its skilful balance and successful execution of the elusive dark-yet-hoppy paradigm make it a simply delightful beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

In my tulip, José Martí has a rich, deep chocolate appearance. Thick and viscous, it is visibly apparent that this is a bold porter. A robust tan mocha head lasts for the duration of the sip, leaving layers of lace down the glass.

The aroma has two separate parts. A blend of full of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and creamy coffee comes through nicely, and pine, orange citrus, and spicy hops provide a strong and interesting counter.

From the first sip I can tell this is a winner. The hops actually shine through up front, at least partially due to their outsized strength. Orange, tangerine, and a bit of grapefruit provide juicy citrus notes, with some spicy pine adding support. The main component of the flavor, however, is the dark chocolate and roasted malt component. Bits of coffee and cream, smoke, and tobacco work in as well, but ultimately the dark chocolate flavor really carries the beer. The finish does have a nice, lingering bitterness, which seems to come from the hops and from the coffee and roast grain flavors.

The body is definitely on the full side for the style, but it never drags with a hop presence that really cuts through the flavor and keeps it fresh. It has a smooth, easy going carbonation that is more creamy than anything.

Other hoppy porters have not really impressed me that much, but this is top notch. I would definitely drink this again.

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A: Pours a nice deep mahogany, a bit of reddish at the lit edge; rich tan head leaves moderate lace.
S: Coffee and rich roasted malt with slight leather and tobacco.
T: Dark bread well toasted with smooth medium roast coffee, like a coarse breakfast. Hops punch through the middle and finish with a noticeable yet subtle hint of tobacco. The finish leads into an aftertaste return of the coffee and hop bitterness.
M: Mouth feel is right on for the style and matches the other attributes at medium to medium full with fine carbonation.
O: This beer was a real treat for me, being a gift from my TB area sis whiIe on vacation at the beach. In my estimation it's a fairly special beer that demands some quiet contemplation, for when you want something better than good. Jose Marti American Porter gets high marks for depth, subtlety, complexity and balance.

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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
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