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José Martí American Porter | Cigar City Brewing

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José Martí American PorterJosé Martí American Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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 SSEngelbrecht
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass.

This pours super dark brown with a light tan head that fades quickly. Bits of lacing remain on the glass as it is emptied, not heavy.

The smell of this beer is amazing. It has roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, smoke and molasses very prominently.

The taste is quite smoky and tangy at first with a burnt smoky finish and bitter hop after taste. I really didn't know what to make of it. As it came up to room temperature, the flavors really bloomed. The complex roasted malts and caramel, the hoppy bitterness, the smokiness that were all present in the aroma came out fully.

I also picked up flavors of dark fruit, earthy leather, cocoa and tobacco that I found pleasant.

Overall, this is a really complex porter that stands out among those I've tried. I think its better as it warms to 65-70 degrees. The smoke is heavy on this one and the aftertaste is really strong

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a Cigar City sniffer glass (yeah, kinda nerdy but it seemed right). Near black with deep mohogany accents and a 1.5 finger tan head. Solid retention as a cake of creamy head remained on top all the way to finish. Very nice lacing. Not sure why this porter seems to receive such average appearance ratings. It's a mean looking porter.

S- Big chocolate, toffee, mocha, and roasted malt notes. Chalky, earthyness also comes through with coffee on the back end. Similar to Maduro, but more intense.

T- Just like the nose indicates, but the hops step up to the plate a little more here. Just the way I like my porter...Lots of chocolate, caramel, and hop bitterness to finish it off. Bitter and dry.

M- Full flavored, mid body. Avg drinkability, but a wonder creamy feel. At 8%, it lets you know what you are getting yourself into without taking over the palate.

O- Certainly an american style porter with the hop presence. Love the balance and complexity. Maybe not for those that prefer the English style porters with lower IBUs, but damn, it's so good. Right there with COOP Gran Sport as my favorite porters.

No bottled on date that I could find
$7.49 for a 4 pk

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Photo of ffOpusx
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this via trade!

S - roasted malt, chocolate and some hops

A - dark brown color with a brown head little lacing

T - roasted malt comes through with chocolate flavors, nicely hopped

M - Nice full body

O - This is a good beer easy drinking, will enjoy the rest of it!

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out deep brown, almost black, solid tan head, moderate lace.

Roasted chocolate, earth and heavy citrus make up most of the smell.

Chocolate, roasted malts and lemon rind start this off. Wood and earth follow, with a nice roasted, grassy finish. Does down thick and smooth.

Very nice, heavily hopped porter. Would certainly grab another if given a chance.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice deep brown color with a moderate tan head on top. The retention and lacing are very good on this beer. The smell of the beer is robust and hoppy. The taste is bitter, plenty of piney hops in there with a chocolatey roast flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry, nice bitterness also. Overall this beer is basically a Black IPA but very good regardless.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured black with a two finger brown head that was thick and creamy. Good carbonaiton coming up. Great lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Yup this was robustly hopped. Vanilla, cocoa beans, coffee bean fruits?

T - Nice hop profile. Nice and roasty, citrus and lot's of sweet malt. Some dark fruit, roast, and light coffee.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, dry and slighty bitter finish. Lacking a little body.

O/D - Complex and very drinkable. A tasty, hoppy porter. Pleaseure to sip and the 8% is well masked.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Very dark brown body that lets no light through. Frothy mocha-colored head that stays around and leaves an absolute mess of sticky lacing all over the glass.

S- Lots of roasty malt, hints of bitter coffee, an earthy/herbal hop aroma, some grainy bread aromas.

T- Leads off with lots of roasted malt flavor, with the hops coming through in the middle. The earthy and herbal flavors come through along with a hint of pine. The finish is roasty with lots of bitterness.

M- Comes through full at the beginning with medium carbonation. The middle has a slight carbonation tingle and the finish is dry.

O- This is a great porter with big flavors. The hops and roasty malts compliment each other very nicely.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Always good to try another Cigar City offering.

Pours dark brown with a thin, quickly receding head. Typical porter look but I wouldn't describe it as robust. Smells more of dried fruit than your typical porter. Some hints of chocolate, cherries, malt, and a little smokiness. Taste is interesting, bittersweet chocolate and heavy on the dried fruits. Finishes with smoke, charcoal, and raisin. Nice flavor but definitely not a classic porter in the sense. Mouthfeel is thin and light bodied, very little carbonation. Soft on the palate. Overall another excellent CCB offering. I love everything this brewery produces and this one is no exception.

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Photo of rudzud
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep brownish black hue with a one finger mocha head that fades to leave a thin thin cloud and light halo.

S - Aromas of nice roast malts and chocolate. Good bitterness too thanks to some hops. Light citrus too.

T - More of the heavy roast, nice chocolate and coffee grounds. Very lingering burnt/biter finish. Like a much more roasty, less hoppy black IPA.Dont get me wrong, theres a good amount of hop bitterness and faint citrus, but it just comes across like a weak black IPA.

M - Mouthfeel was a bit on the astringent side with a dry finish. Fairly solid.

O - Overall, not a bad porter, just wish the flavors were a bit more well rounded with each other.

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Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into wine glass.

Appearance: Very dark chocolate with moderate tan head.

Smell: Heavily roasted aroma with chocolate and coffee. Some bitter notes, with a hint of citrus.

Taste: Strong roasted backbone, with chocolate, coffee, char and burnt molasses. The hops are a mix of citrusy, floral and spicy notes. Finish is somewhat bitter, partially from the hops, but mostly from the slightly distracting burnt character.

Feel: Medium to full body that is fairly creamy with a nice dry finish. Carbonation is in check.

Overall: This is more-than-solid hoppy strong porter. Too bad the burnt notes take away from the hops and the core complexity of the roasted malts.

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Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. Vigorous pour only yields a modest light tan head that dies down quickly. Decent lacing on the glass. Clear but very dark brown and essentially opaque in the glass.

Rich, complex aroma has dark chocolate notes over plenty of roasted malt and a suggestion of coffee grinds. A bit of piney/herbal hops lie in the background. The flavor displays a more intense roasted malt character, but the chocolate and hops have faded quite a bit. Some coffee in the mildly bitter and long-lasting aftertaste. Mildly marred by a bit too much burnt quality.

Mouthfeel: near full body with moderate carbonation levels. Slightly astringent up front and dry in the finish.

Overall: a very rich porter appropriately described as a "robustly hopped American porter" and properly classified as an Imperial porter. Higher ABV is fairly well hidden.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -25.9%
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

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
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?

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of AltBock
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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. 

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Photo of RppIII
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

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Photo of wyatt13
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of fmccormi
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of IcarusComplex
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
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)!

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Photo of Duff27
4.12/5  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!

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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.