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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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885 Ratings
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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 98
Gots: 122 | 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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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!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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

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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.