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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

787 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 94
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jsurfs82, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

RVALawyer, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

godmare, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

mcorwin, Dec 27, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -15.5%

Brought a 32oz growler back from FL and drank it in July, also sampled a bottle tonight (Dec).

I have averaged the scores since the option to review multiple serving types is about to be sacked. Given my notes, there is a definite difference between the two samplings.

Growler (3 day old growler consumed 7/19/11):
A - Black with decent thickness for a porter. Tall sandy head, excellent lace. (4.5)

S - Green hops and a dry light dusting of some phenols. Bitter roast with a mild sweetness to it. (3.5)

T - Sweet, mild bakers chocolate. Quite hoppy with nice bitterness in the form of pine and some citrus. (4)

M - Very dry, moderate carbonation. (3)

O - Not bad at all. A nice take on an "India Porter." A bit sweet for the style, but I liked this as a balance to all of the hops. (3.5)
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Bottle (stamped on the label is NOV 2011 EIGHT):
A - Seemed much less carbonated. Barely any head, no lace. (3)

S - Not phenolic at all, which allows more of the roast and chocolate to shine. Hops aren't as green. (4)

T - The hops are coming through as very bitter and provide a minty quality that I am finding more and more distracting. (3)

M - The "mintiness" and the alcohol are tickling/warming the back of my throat as if I chewed up a mint and then took a sip of cool water. Not entirely unpleasant, but worse off than the growler I had. Sticky, lingering palate coating effect. The first time I had this beer (growler) I never even noticed the abv, and thus never would have guessed this beer was 8%. This time I have no struggle in believing it. (2)

O - Still a solid beer, but fresh from the source on tap has got to be the way to go here. Also, who knows what type of batch variation a brewery like CCB sees? (3)

Spider889, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

whartontallboy, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

oneturbucfan, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

phishinNYC, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Advance note: This brew is mislabeled here at Beeradvocate. The word India doesn't appear anywhere on the bottle, labeling, or carrier. It is labeled as Jose Marti Robustly Hopped American Porter, as can be seen in the image on BA's own page. Anyway...on to the review:

A-Pours a deep, dark Coca Cola shade of brown/mahogany. Fair amount of bone colored head, receding to leave a subtle bit of lacing around edge of my CCB snifter.

S-Very pleasant roasted coffee and rich malt, and a light undertone of hops fights to for some play as well. The aroma grows in intensity and pleasantness as the glass pour warms.

T-Nice bite of roasted coffee and dry chocolate, with a mildly hoppy finish. As with the aroma, the hop character grows in intensity as the glass warms.

M-Well balanced and medium carbonation, overall a dry but refreshing mouthful.

O-Cigar City did it right once again with this one. This is a nice brew, and a nice blend. Recommended!

Salud!

sirdrinkwell, Dec 24, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -8.1%

A- pours a dark brown color with a finger of light tan head. Ok retention. Some lacing.

S- aromas of burnt caramel, dark chocolate and sweet roasty malts hit the nose at first. Finishes with a rather assertive leafy herbal hop character.

T- roasty malt and leafy herbal hop flavor hit the palate at first. Black strap molasses flavors in the middle with some sweet malt sugar notes. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness and some dark chocolate flavors.

MF- slick sugary mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- good drinkability

overall a good hoppy porter.

Viciousknishs, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

THECPJ, Dec 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Shooter1960, Dec 18, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a reddish brown color with a massive three finger creamy tan head. Aroma is grassy hops, licorice, dark chocolate, some smoke, and bitter espresso. Extremely complex. Taste is similar, but the hops are most dominant from beginning to end. Extremely dry finish. Overall, this is a delicious porter. My biggest complaint is that the hops are a little too present, which as a result mutes the other flavors that I was getting in the aroma.

hmf05, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Discordian, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

cosmo4u, Dec 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

dcs1548, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

wchris21, Dec 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

leschkie, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

cmrillo, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

CGMLS3, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

uturn, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Reviewed from notes. 12 oz bottle received as an extra a while back. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Pours a deep, dark brown color. A HUGE 3 finger head forms, light tan in color. Some nice lacing is left along the glass.

S - Rich, big roasted malt aroma right out of the gate. Bitter coffee, milk chocolate and a good amount of earthu hops come next. The hops really give this an earthy and almost citrusy aroma.

T - Lots of roasty goodness like the nose. Bitter coffee flavor comes next along with rich chocolate. The hops again add a nice earthiness to the beer which really makes it an interesting porter.

M - Medium bodied beer with a nice moderate level of carbonation.

O - I was surprised by how much I ejoyed this one. The hops took this one in a different direction than just being a regular porter. Nicely done!

KAP1356, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

csiewert, Nov 29, 2011
José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.