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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: 256
Hads: 911
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 106
Gots: 123 | FT: 10
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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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Reviews: 256 | Hads: 911
Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark brown with a great look. A dirty tannish cap with some substantial stamina leaving behind a nice amount of bubbles and moderate lacing

S: A green like funk, grains and sordove husky. A moderate roastiness with bakers powder cocoa and light coffee

T: Immediate astringency with roast and baking cocoa, grains, a lingering funky, taint rides the taste buds until the finish. There is a borderline harsh bitterness, astringency on the end which is a little to much for the style.

M: Medium leaning full bodied, well carbonated, harsh roast and lingering greeny like seaweed funk and skunk on it

O: Average porter at best (638 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark red color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade with poor retention.

S: I'm sure a fresher bottle would provide a better hop profile, but in its current state, it offers light notes of citrus and herbal pine. The malt itself provides light chocolate, hazelnut, toffee, and roasted malt.

T: The hops are evident at the onset - and even in their faded state, still offer notes of grapefruit peel and evergreen. After a while the hops fade to reveal more of the dark, chocolaty malts. Like many robust porters, it's ultimately too acidic, especially near the finish. The hop profile picks back up after the midtaste. Not bad, but there's something here holding back (maybe the catty Simcoe-esque tone on the aftertaste? That's what ruined Night Stalker for me) its potential.

M: It features a strangely chalky dryness to it - for some reason, it makes this very hard to drink. Or maybe that's because of how heavy it feels. At least the carbonation fits its resiny, heavy texture.

O: Don't hate it, don't love it. I'm finding it hard to drink, if not quite completely unpalatable. These robust porters never fully work for me. Still, I'd like to try this fresh - we can't look a gift horse in the mouth, can we? (1,304 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jose Marti pours near black with some ruby highlights around the edges. On top a creamy light tan head forms. As the foam dissolves some spots and lines of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of roast malt, chocolate, nuts, a touch of grass, and some alcohol.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth, creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor is malty with notes of chocolate, roast malt, caramel, nuts, ripe fruit (strawberry?) and toffee. It finishes somewhat bitter and a little grassy. Once gone the grass and chocolate lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty beer that's easy to drink for 8% abv. The flavors definitely come through as the beer warms. (701 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly transparent but very dark brown, with a foamy tan head that dissipates to a ring leaving some tan lacing on the glass.

Smells of roasted malt, brown sugar, vanilla, and west coast hops.

Nice roast malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla flavors, balanced by spicy hops, with a bit of orange/citrus in the finish. Really roasty with a little tartness and not a lot of bitterness.

Body is light and carbonation a bit fizzy. Develops a slightly creamy mouthfeel if held a bit before swallowing.

This is a really flavorful roasty porter with notes of dark chocolate and citrus in a light body. The many layers of flavor remind me of a Belgian praline. 8% ABV comes at you toward the end, but is otherwise well hidden. (735 characters)

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle – 8.0ABV – Bottle Date: Oct. 06, 2012
Poured into an Imperial pint glass at 50 degrees or so.

Appearance: Dark Brown color body with a light tan head. Very mild carbonation throughout and the head resides to a ringed lacing. There is also some sediment floating and collecting around the bottom.

Aroma: Dark cocoa, brownie batter, bittersweet chocolate, mildly roasted malts, roasted coffee, lingering bitter and sweet hops, cherry, and other subtle dark fruits. The fruit characters and roast in the aroma really reminds me of a Baltic porter.

Taste: This is delicious; the aroma really reflects the taste. Rich dark and sweet chocolate, cocoa powder, smooth as silk caramel and molasses, roasted coffee and malts, dark fruit, and bitter hops that compliment. The chocolate, roast qualities and the hops are the front runners here and all are quite balanced. The dark fruits that are nicely present make me think of a English-style porter. The alcohol literally doesn’t exist and the finish is semi-dry.

Mouth feel: Medium to full bodied, medium viscosity, somewhat sessional.

Overall: This is an excellent American/English-style porter that had everything I like and I enjoyed this thoroughly. Overall, this was pretty straight forward porter that was very well-balanced and truly easy to enjoy. If you’re a fan of porters, definitely give this a shot! (1,380 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in tall ale glass

A: Solid black, thin head; medium carbonation
S: stout aroma
T: smoke, hops, very complex, very boozy; not sweet; this can't be a porter--it's more like a stout

This is an amazing beer, with the power to be a closer (250 characters)

Photo of AltBock
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this unreviewed winner in my phone. On tap at Cigar City on November 21, 2012. I decided to take this one with me in a growler. Out of the growler and into an imperial pint glass.

It appears to pour a solid midnight black, but a closer look led me to believe that it's more of a deep dark cola brown color. On top was a dark tan 3/4 to 1 inch head of foam. It had good retention that left behind a thin tan film and huge number of streaks and spots of lace.

The strong scent of roasted coffee beans was just pouring out off this beer. I didn't even need to stick my nose in to the glass to get this fine roasted coffee aroma. Behind the coffee was some dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a subtle splash of sweet caramel. If its swirled around, a dark fruit or two will emerge. Nice and roasted!

Unlike the aroma, the taste was equally balanced between all the dark roasted flavors. The first roasted flavor that's up to bat is the dark roasted malt. That's followed by the roasted coffee beans, and then the dark chocolate. After all the roasted tastes had their turn in the spotlight, the beer then finishes up with subtle caramel sweetness and a fine roasted hop bitterness. Great roasted Porter!

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a nice thick long lasting roasted aftertaste. You get more roasted coffee, malt, and dark chocolate in the aftertaste. You'd think the same tastes over and over again would get boring, but they didn't. It will take more than one glass of water to cleanse your mouth of this roasted aftertaste.

I didn't have high hopes for this beer, but Cigar City smashed that! This is a fine roasted Porter from Cigar City. I would definitely buy this again. Another winner from Cigar City.  (1,737 characters)

Photo of RppIII
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased in the winter of 2012 and consumed during the same season. The beer was poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass after acclimating to room temperature for 30 minutes. No “freshness date” visible.

Appearance: The pour is a matte black with a sundry mix of carbonation and a one-finger dark-tan head that quickly dissipated into a sparsely occupied covering on a sea of translucent black. There does not seem to be any traces of lacing within the glass, not surprising given the poor head retention. Aesthetically, the beer is not remarkable.

Smell: The aroma of this ale is made immediately apparent as the cap is popped. Coffee and roast grains pervade the senses and give way to a much more reserved citrus presence. There are hints of grapefruit juxtaposed against a mix of semi-bitter dark chocolate and coffee, which creates a very pleasing aromatic experience.

Taste: Malt, not sweet but bitter and the hop flavor is not overpowering but still very present and very well balanced. Bitter chocolate, coffee, and roast grains play against a slightly puckering citrusy, grapefruit taste which creates an impeccable coalescence of flavors. Still, there is no alcohol presence, which is astounding given the 8% abv of this brew.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied with carbonation that will make you aware of its presence. This is the quintessential Porter. There is no drying that one might notice with a beer of the same alcohol percentage, just a pleasing concoction of carbonation and semi-chewy body.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, especially at an astounding 8% abv. This beer drinks more like a session beer, which could bode not so well for some. Overall, a very well executed example of a porter from a brewery known for its consistency, quality, and ingenuity. Well done, Cigar City! (1,831 characters)

Photo of wyatt13
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"I am good, and like a good thing I will die with my face to the sun." Really excited, my first beer from Cigar City.

A - Pours a very dark brown, with a one and a half finger head with a khaki tinge. Sticky lacing all the way down.

S - Scads of roasted notes, some chocolate and sweet caramel. Perhaps a little vanilla as it warms.

T - Man, that is smooth. Toasted caramel and chocolate for sure, with a creaminess. Some warming booze on the finish with a great bitterness that lingers.

M - Maybe a tad thinner than expected, but plenty of carbonation.

O - In my opinion, right in line with GL Edmund Fitzgerald, which is one of my favorites. A well-crafted porter that I wish I could drink with regularity. (716 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from botle purchased at total wine in Ft. Myers, FL, and travelled back to NY...
Pours a deep brown with slight off white head. Big hop aroma, mixed with bitter dark coffe malts. Taste is bitter coffee malts mixed with crisp hop flavor. Its a bit over bitter, over carbonated, and thin, but still has a nice flavor. Nice brew, not the best porter out there, but good and nice to drink. (392 characters)

Photo of scottyshades
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly a well-hopped porter, but balanced nicely. Hops are more complimentary than primary.

Rich malty profile, chocolate, a hint of lactose. Very smooth and creamy, drinks like a 4% beer but lacks real depth or complexity.

Pairs well with food (250 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (2,879 characters)

Photo of IcarusComplex
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
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)! (972 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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! (676 characters)

Photo of JPortillo
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark blackish brown color with 1 fingers worth of a tan head...nicely carbonated.
S- Great roasted malty caramel smell
T- Nice hoppy roasted malt taste with a dry finish to it.
M- nice dry mouthfeel on this porter.
O-overall another great beer from cigar city...highly recommended porter. (290 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark dark brown, essentially opaque. Approximately one finger's worth of tan head, but it doesn't last. There are quite a lot of large, floating pieces of sediment here. Don't remember that from before, not sure it bodes well.

S: Coffee-roasted sweet malt aroma hides just a bit of pine hop smell.

T: After giving the beer several minutes for the mystery floaters to settle out, I find that the taste follows the nose well - heavy on the burnt coffee flavor, hop bitterness. Hints of cacao. A not-unpleasant bitterness hangs for a little while after the swallow.
UPDATE: I do find this better when fresh. The hop flavors are brighter, but blend better with the roastiness. Pine with some grassiness, and the roasty bitter blends with the hop bitter well.

M: Smooth, and more weight to the mouthfeel than many American Porters, which is a welcome variation to me. Alcohol extremely well-hidden.

O: This wasn't as good as I remember it. Not sure if something was wrong with the bottle that caused the precipitates, but the hop presence wasn't what I remembered. When I have a chance to pick up another bottle, I'll update the review. (1,181 characters)

Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruby-brown with a wisp of light foam. Aroma is of rich chcocolate. Taste is tart and chocolaty;, medium modied with a bite of carbonation, and leaves behind a slight taste of grapefruit. Further into the glass, a roasted quality becomes more noticeable along with a mild spiciness.

Overall, this is a highly drinkable, tasty brew. (342 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Total Wine (St Pete, FL). 8.88/ 4pk. Bottled 12/11. Served in a pint glass. 

Pours dark mohogany brown with 2 fingers lively pale tan head. Nice clumps of lacing left on the glass. 

A mild but pleasant nose with sweet cocoa, roast malt and a sweet almost burnt sugar aroma. 

Nice blend of flavors. Coffee, cocoa, roasty but with a noticeable piney hop flair behind it. The alcohol is only vaguely perceptable. Nice bittersweet mocha aftertaste. 

Medium light body with a nice carbonated zest. Swirling the glass renews a nice tan layer of head.

This is one of my favorite porters. It has a great blend of typical dark roasty flavors with a great bitter hop bite. Certainly worth a try if you get a chance.  (733 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from November 2011 into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to vonschplieffen for this one.

A: Intense for a Porter, with a fully black body sitting placidly underneath two inches of dense, steady, meringue-like light-brown head that leaves tons of lace. Perfectly beautiful.

S: Spicy hops, chocolate malt, graham cracker, and a bit of vanilla. Pleasant, but not spectacular.

T: Hoppy up front, with both spice and pine notes; solid chocolate malt fills out the middle along with some caramel sweetness, and the finish delivers powerful bitterness, light coffee roastiness, and a touch of booze. Again, good but less than great.

M: Very frothy, with tons of carbonation overwhelming what seems like it might have been a medium body. Not as much heft as I'd like from an 8% beer, but still pleasantly creamy.

O: I feel like this might have been a pretty solid Black IPA if it were really fresh, but after 5 months the hops are present more in their bitterness and spiciness than in terms of any distinctive flavors or aromas. It's an enjoyable beer, but I was expecting more.

Cheers! (1,086 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
2.94/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep to moderate brown with crimson highlights from a 12 oz. bottle and into a large wine glass. Clear and bright on the pour with half an inch of mocha cap which offers good retention.

Nose of roasted malts and an intriguing fruit quality. More in the English style. Odd raspberry/strawberry milk aromas present at times.

Offers a robust coffee flavor with a bit of espresso, and some dark cherry and chocolate notes as well. Deeper chocolate with warming along with a fair dose of earthy hops. Flavors are a bit short however and don't linger for long. Lacks complexity overall.

Feel is moderate and offers a bit of viscous fruit, again reminiscent of an English yeast, but is overall rather thin for the style, particularly at 8%. Interesting yet a bit of a miss for me. (784 characters)

Photo of claspada
2.63/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a big sticky tan head and some nice rings of lacing.

Aromas begin with huge roasted maltiness; some bitter coffee and chocolate notes are close behind. There are some really strong hop aromas here too, quite earthy and faintly citrusy.

The tastes, like the aromas, are an assault of bitterness on the palate. A ton of roasted/charred malts; the black coffee flavors are almost as intense as the roasted/burnt graininess, with some bitter dark chocolate on the backend. The hop notes are more citrus than the nose lets on, but still quite earthy. Astoundingly bitter, and really just not a flavor combination I am a fan of.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Bitterness is overwhelming here and wrecks your palate in the finish.

Overall I could not drink this beer. Too much bitterness, too much hops, just too much. I do not enjoy hoppy dark ales so this just totally didn't work for me. This is not a porter in my opinion, but a black IPA/Cascadian dark ale. Not my cup of tea for sure. (1,068 characters)

Photo of QuentinCall
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On gravity cask at The Porter in the ATL.
This beer arrives still and surprisingly cold, resembling ultimately, in its umber opaqueness, really turbid pond water. Interestingly, the character of its opacity seems agitated, almost roiling in the snifter, as if it will soon separate into approximately equal light and dark halves ... it doesn't.
The nose is primarily composed of an expressive, though muted, roast profile, a citrusy hop fragrance bores through this, providing some nice ballast. While there are lingering vestiges of wood and greenery to be found here it is really only the orange and citrus notes that effectively announce themselves.
The taste follows appropriately: bright coffee tones and brighter hop moments that are balanced by milk, esters, chocolate, and, perhaps, a trace of oak. All of this however is thoroughly encompassed by the preeminent roasted malts. Once brought up to temperature, the varied components of this beer merge into an admirable whole -- tenebrous but burnished, smooth but gently enkindled -- lovelylovelylovely.
Feel-wise this does everything it needs to: it is astoundingly creamy, substantial, and sufficiently carbonated; certainly near the top of my own personal list.
Overall, this is another wonderful offering from Cigar City, a clear example that they, most assuredly, have their shit together in Tampa. A dark/dense, straightforward Porter that also happens to be elegantly hopped and possessive of a unique enough constitution to keep one guessing and intrigued. (1,526 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City Tulip
A ~ Pours black with Mahogany edges. Cocoa powder head with twinges of cream color throughout. Divine lace. Simply a beautiful looking beer.

S ~ BIG whiffs of molasses-like maltyness, dates, & smoked meat. There is an earthy mossy undercurrent. Mixed nuts & black coffee pop up here & there.

T ~ Dark Raisin bread with thick layers of Cinnamon-Sugar Butter, fading into chocolate ganache & carmelized peaches (deeep notes of caramelized peaches)..Roasted Coffee notes reminiscent of a good Cafe au Lait. . Slight orange & strong pine resin. Flavors are constantly evolving here.

M ~Very exciting feel. Lively carbonation that carries things through & a deep rooted & focused roastyness that pushes you along the settling into a bone-dry, chalky finish.

D ~ One of the best American porters I have had to date. Very focused flavors, a substantial ABV, no heat, no boozyness, & a great finish. Delectable! Big ups to my Papa in FL for this one! (964 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 20DEC11

Pours a pretty brown/black with a slow falling finger of latte foam. Nice lace. Smells of grass, mint, resin, cold coffee and dry malts. Bitter up front with a kick of dry, porter malts and a woody toasted malt finish. The flavor is progressive and fun. Medium bodied with a little higher carb than preferred for the style and a hint of dryness on the finish (which is nice). A good beer from my standpoint. The nose is a little meh, but the hops are not overdone, and that was a fear. They have done a decent job walking the line between ABA and Porter. (571 characters)

Photo of greenmonstah
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black with a finger of tan head with nice fat bubbles. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Hoppy for a porter, with clean roast notes, a touch of pine, cocoa, and chocolate.

T - Follows the nose closely, with a hoppy and grassy finish. Bittering from both cocoa and hops come first, with some roasted malt character. Just a touch of booze.

M - Medium body, sharp carbonation. Goes down easy but you certainly don't forget you're drinking it!

O - Overall a fine porter. Over-hopped, just as they describe. Great flavors working together to make a delicious beer. (570 characters)

José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.