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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: 787
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 95
Gots: 91 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

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

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-11-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Evan, Jul 07, 2012
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.

JPortillo, Jul 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

millerbuffoon, Jun 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

SWMeyer4141, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

macrosmatic, Jun 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

tree777, Jun 04, 2012
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.

JohnQVD, Jun 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

eawolff99, May 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

HopsJunkiedotcom, May 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Blakeo, May 11, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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. 

ThickNStout, May 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 29, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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.


woosterbill, Apr 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

IrishColonial, Apr 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

acurtis, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

marvin213, Apr 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

closisinthehouse, Apr 04, 2012
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2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

HalfFull, Apr 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Deshon2688, Mar 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

nmann08, Mar 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Scout11, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of claspada
2.55/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

claspada, Mar 23, 2012
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4.14/5  rDev +2%
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.

QuentinCall, Mar 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

SHCC, Mar 19, 2012
José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.