José Martí American Porter - Cigar City Brewing
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4.1/5 rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Straight pour from 12oz bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; no freshness dating visible. I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to be some smudgy red ink near the top of the label, à la most 12oz bottles of Jai Alai these days, but it’s shitty ink and seems to rub off easily. Cigar City, please use a better printing technique. That said, when I picked it up I was told by the beer guy at that particular Whole Foods that it had come in just this past Thursday, so this little bastard is brand-spanking-new.
Appearance (3.0): One finger of dark tan head, bubbling away actively, rises from a straight pour capping a dark, dark brown, not really opaque, dark reddish-amber at the edges, body. There’s some very modest lacing and even less remarkable retention, but not it’s not awful. A few small suds here and there.
Smell (4.5): Lots of good coffee, toffee, and roasted, toasted grains come forth from the bottle; from the glass, there’s more chocolate (like 70-80% cacao kind of dark chocolate) and some fruity, acidic red grapefruit juice kind of citrus tones mixed in. Excellent aromas, and very fragrant.
Taste (4.0): A very nice mixture of bitter chocolate, medium-roast coffee, and some hickory-type charred character dominates the flavor, but there are some bitter, citrus pith-type acidic hop notes that add a counterpoint that comes out more in the finish than in the body. More coffee and toffee, as per the nose, but this does not come off as particularly sweet at all—it’s just a moderately toasted caramel character, but very subtle and tucked underneath the bitter roast and hops. The hoppy citrus character sweetens as it warms up, which makes for a nice counterpoint to the roast, even if it doesn’t mesh perfectly. More bitter cacao and coffee toward the finish. No sign of alcohol, although it likely gets washed away in the bitter roast character of the malt and contributes to the drying character that the hoppy finish provides.
Mouthfeel (4.5): Excellent feel, spot-on for what I think a porter should be: there’s a creamy, smooth, actively foaming carbonation that tingles assertively here and there but expands substantially on the way down, while the body is medium-weight, hop-oily in that almost astringent, drying way, and finishes dry, as well. It drinks like an IPA.
Overall (4.0): This is a damn good American porter. I like that it maintains all the trappings of a dark beer that drinks and feels like an IPA, but without coming off as an ABA/CDA/IBA, etc. As for the relatively low appearance score, it may be that I poured this on the cold side and, for what it’s worth, I seem to weigh appearance much more heavily than most people, but it’s still not a bad looking beer. I just can’t get enough head, in most cases (har har, I know . . . ). Definitely worth trying, if you like porters and / or hoppy dark beers.
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2012 01:53:39 | More by fmccormi
4.63/5 rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Oh wow. I have to run, so I'll return to this soon and edit it with all the particulars, but to just summarize my notes, this tastes like some masterbrewer's private homebrew. From three centuries back in time.
Detectable yeast with complex and balanced esters, earthy and assertive hops, spot-on chocolate, coffee and roasted barley notes that are far and away from the blunt and deragotory shouting of flavours (sadly) in most American-brewed porters. Hazed opaque, deep, deeeep brown colour with reddish tints towards the glass's edges, rather than a flat black all the way through. Instant classic in my book, tastes REAL in a way that's hard to pin, just nothing is off, or excessive or blunt. The beer is a whole being, ingredients playing together really well. I loved this last year, but never reviewed it, and I think I may have fallen for it even harder this release. A must-try for Porter fans, and one of CCB's best brews, in my opinion (FL native here, too)!
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2012 21:34:59 | More by IcarusComplex
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A- Half-inch medium mocha head on a dark brown body. Visible chunky sediment floating about. Leaves a strong collar and somewhat of a cap, no lacing.
S- Surprisingly, I am not blown away by a large hop presence but instead greeted with chocolate notes on the nose.
T- Okay, there are the hops....really come out at the end of each sip and in the aftertaste. Mouthwatering chocolate on the forefront. Really delicious. Well hidden 8%ABV.
M- A nice and thick porter in the mouth. Low but fitting carbonation level.
D/O- It's hoppiness sets it apart from 98% of porters out there, just short of over the top. I found the cocoa and bitterness to play well off each other. Yum!
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2012 03:25:33 | More by Duff27
José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.