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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: 839
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 100
Gots: 112 | FT: 11
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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Photo of ffejherb
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Devil's Den on 6/3/11 for the Bella Vista Rare Beer event during Philly Beer Week.

A - Deep chestnut brown liquid with a creamy tan head that yielded some thin lacing around the glass.

S - Whoa! I went in expecting a hoppy porter, but instead I was greeted to a plethora of exotic Indian spices, with clove and cumin at the forefront, but also hints of tarragon, cinnamon, nutmeg and tarragon. Overall, the nose is quite fragrant with lots of floral, herbal and perfumy notes, as well as a hint of chocolate and mild bar soap.

T - Exotic spices mingle with dark chocolate and woody notes, giving this porter the flavor of spicy Indian cuisine with a touch of sweetness to counterbalance all of the heavy spices. Clove is definitely apparent, as well as cinnamon and nutmeg. Finishes with a hint of perfumy hop bitterness and cooling chocolate sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel soft texture. Finishes quite spicy with a hint of light bitterness on the palate.

D - This one really grew on me. At first, I was thrown off, because I thought the "India" referred to "hoppy" (akin to an IPA) and not the actual country itself. This was indeed a pleasant surprise. Leave it to Cigar City to come up with something like this. I'd love to try a cedar-aged version of this puppy!

ffejherb, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark mahogany with some great ruby red hints on the edges. There is a thin (~0.25) head that forms with some nice light brown hints.

S - Bready and roasty malt. Earthy grains and fresh baked toasty bread. The grain profile also exudes some oat notes. Slight chocolate and burnt malt notes are present. Sweet coca powder chocolate. Mild caramel notes as well mixed in with the brown sugar.

T & M - Ooo. Very nice. Roasty and burnt malt notes. Some slight espresso mixed in with some nice chocolate cake sweetness. There is some really nice espresso notes to this beer. Reminds me of Founders Porter a bit o the coffee notes. Not as balanced though, very forward on the roast notes and some nice bitter dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I though it would be but still quite delicious beer. Very roasty porter.

O - Very good flavors. Well crafted beers with some nice roast and some slight chocolate sweetness. Its a bit crisp

JoEBoBpr, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 4.18.11

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown in color with a tan head made up of tiny bubbles, nice retention.

S - Sugar and old fruit.

T - Coffee, raisins, and old fruit.

D - Little carbonation, coats the mouth fully.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of GallowsThief
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle purchased at House of Brews, Jensen Beach.

A – Pours a deep and dark brown. Good two fingers of head that left nice lacing all the way to the end.

S – Roasted malts, mocha and darn chocolate.

T – Much like the smell its tastes of a nice roasted malt right off the bat. Moves into some light sweetness from the dark chocolate and mocha. Tastes like there is a bit of a caramel flavor in it. Each sips finishes with a nice smooth smokiness.

M – Creamy and medium bodied. Average carbonation. Get some nice alcohol burn at the end.

B – Another very nice offering from the gang at CCB. If you are a fan of porters this one will do you well. The smokiness if also a great feature and makes for a pretty complex taste.

GallowsThief, May 31, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sendsilk for this extra
12 oz bottle into a tulip

A: It pours a deep dark brown color with some ruby highlights in the light. There is a large off white head that has good retention and leaves a bit of lacing behind.

S: The nose on this one is really interesting. It is a combination of dark roasted malts and some tropical fruity hops. The malts are super rich giving off the scent of coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco and toasted oak. Not to be out done, the hops add a sweet burst of fruit flavor that holds the bitterness at bay.

T: Whoa mama, the deep sultry flavors are out of control on this one. Dark chocolate, espresso, burnt oak, and tobacco greet my taste buds first. There is a sweet rush mid palate that suggests cherries and orange rinds. It finishes with another hit of the roasted malts, some bitterness from the hops and a lingering smokiness.

M: A little thin with a good amount of carbonation to bump it up.

O: Really fascinating brew. It is hard to wrap my head around all of the flavors that just assaulted my mouth. I look forward to the next Cigar City molesting...

Neffbeer, May 28, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

Pours super dark black with thick tan head. Nose is full of roasted notes and some piney-evergreen notes. Palate is big yet dry. Tons of dark flavors of coffee beans, roasted nuts, toasted oak, and dark chocolate. Long finish that is nice and bitter and dry. An excellent porter but definitely in the imperial or double area. ABV doesn't show other than in effect though.

This is stellar! I had never heard of this one and just stumbled across it in the cooler section at Knightly. Really impressed. Should get more buzz.

SFLpunk, May 24, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Troy for this one....

Pours a very respectable dark reddish brown with a bit of off-white head. Not a whole lot to the appearance but the hue is phenomenal. Smells sweet and malty. Tons of caramel coupled with a nice light roast. Some hops present on the nose as well. Tastes sweet and bitter at the same time. A perfect balance of roast and caramel on the tongue. The hops balance the sweetness and roastiness out not a great beer.

Urbancaver, May 17, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade from BrewCrew2010! Thank you Jared and Danielle!!!

A- Poured deep, dark, and dank brown into a tulip glass... Two finger head that hangs out for a bit... but leaves sticky lacing and legs that won't go away!

S- Toffee, coffee, cocoa, and yeast with a beautiful sweetness!!! Raisins, dried cherry, leather, and fresh rolled cigars... WOW! Not too many Porters smell like this! Absolutely UNREAL!!!

T- Dripping with dried fruit, coffee, tabacco, caramel and chocolate! Like a Belgian Porter... some hints of banana, cinnamon and clove underneath all of the deep, roasted nut and malty sweetness!

M- Touches of alcohol... sweet and sour fruit, coffee and malt! Perfect thickness for this style!!! Nice bitterness that gives way to the sweetness of the roasted tabacco malt flavor!

O- If you are in the mood for something dark and different but don't want a stout... open up one of these, take a toke... and let it blow your mind!!!

Thickfreakness, May 17, 2011
Photo of deathcharms
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle. Thanks to BastionShaw for this one.

Pours a very deep shade of brown, but distinctly brown and not an abyss of black. About a half finger worth of head out of the bottle. The nose has a very powerful dark unsweetened chocolate punch to it, almost like I am smelling hot chocolate. The taste is almost nothing like the nose, instead it takes a turn to very roasted coffee. The coffee almost over powers the taste and leaves very little trace that this is actually a beer. The mouthfeel is almost like drinking cold coffee, kind of stings the tongue with bitterness. The bitterness is overwhelmingly the after taste.

Overall a decent beer, I don't think I would trade for it again though. I wish the dark chocolate came through more in the taste.

deathcharms, May 16, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GallowsTheif for this bomb extra!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Maudite snifter.

This one pours a dark nut brown color akin to cola. It settles very dark brown, almost black, with cola colored edging. A fingers worth of caramel tinted, creamy head sits briefly. Spotty lacing clings throughout.

The nose gives way to some hops (which is a little surprising) some roasty malts and some espresso. A boozy burn hits my nostrils at the end of each whiff.

The taste is out of control good. At first, I taste hops that fade and give way to a chocolate infused espresso similarity. The chocolate tastes sweet at first and then transforms into a bitter dark chocolate taste. The back end involves coffee roast and a bit of smoke. Still, some hops lie under the dessert-like tastes.Yum

The mouthfeel is pretty chewy and satisfying. A subtle amount of carbonation suites this brew just fine. Sweetness up front makes way for a nice dry finish.

Overall, every time I am giving the opportunity to try a Cigar City beer I am knocked on my ass with awesome flavors. This beer is no exception. Tons of great melded flavors come together in a balanced fashion and they win me over.

ChugginOil, May 11, 2011
Photo of StLThrash
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from urwithdave. Thanks Dave.

12 ounce bottle poured into snifter.

A - Very deep, dark brown, almost black. No light shining through this one. Slightly aggressive pour resulted in about a one finger tan head. Dissipated and left a nice little cap throughout.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, roasted malts and alcohol. Very reminiscent of a bourbon barrel aged stout or porter. Very pleasing on the nostrils.

T & M - Lots of roasted malts coupled with sweetness of dark chocolate and bitterness of coffee. Very nicely balanced. Not a whole lot of hop characteristics, but wasn't expecting it. As with the smell, this tastes like it has been aged in bourbon barrels. The alcohol comes through pretty strong, but not too strong. Medium body and decent carbonation.

Overall - another quality effort from Cigar City. I've tried 3 of their beers now and they have all been good. I would definitely drink again. They are slowly starting to be one of my favorite breweries. Wish they distributed here in 'The Lou'.

StLThrash, May 11, 2011
Photo of Bennettrox
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black, cream half finger head. Pours silky smooth.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel.

T - Malts up front, strong bittersweet chocolate in the middle, and the end is the biggest treat of all. Ends with an enormous chocolate/coffee backbone that makes this beer special. Also a bit nutty.

M - Surprisingly easy to drink. Almost too easy. Very thin with medium carbonation.

O - Really enjoyed this offering. Drinks and taste like a stout to me, but half the time I can't even tell the difference so I'm reviewing it as I see it - a fantastic CCB beer. Would like a 6 of this.

Bennettrox, May 10, 2011
Photo of steve8robin
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in a trade. CCB is my favorite brewery so glad to find more from them I have not tried yet. Let's see if this is a winner. 12oz bottle...

A: A dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades slowly to a bubbly lace atop the brew.

S: Smells great! A nice sweet malty start blended with a nice creamy bourbon. Some great caramel scents in the middle with some mild chocolate on the backend. Very good!

T: A bitter bite blended with great sweet malt, nut, caramel, and chocolate. Very well balanced. Hard to find where each flavor resides in the profile because it's so well balanced. A little watery but very good.

M: Medium body with a hard carbonation. A clean slightly dry finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a fantastic beer! Very well balanced. Has a lot of great flavors and scents bouncing around. Definitely try this if you like CCB and porters. Well done!

steve8robin, May 07, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to sendsilk for sending me this beer in a trade. Thanks a lot Matt!

Appearance: This beer pours a deep brown color that appears black in the glass. I can detect slight deep ruby hues around the edges when I hold it up to light. About 1.5 fingers of light tan head forms that has decent retention and pretty nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts in this beer, as well as some smoke. A very smoke/roast heavy porter. Maybe a few hints of bitter dark chocolate as well, and definitely some hops too. It's really pretty hoppy when I get my nose in it more.

Taste: Very roasted malt and smoke heavy. Some slightly sweet dark chocolate and a good dose of hops as well to help balance it out a bit.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Just under medium bodied with great fine carbonation. Very creamy. I've been very impressed by the amount of body Cigar City has in their brews. Overall, a pretty solid porter, especially if you like a big roasted/smoke characteristic. I was impressed with this.

zhanson88, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of BeerDawgs
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A chocolate coffee looking stout. Nice tan head and some lace retention on the glass.

S - A roasty chocolate coffee smell. Roasted malts, and lots of them.

T - Very sweet. Sweet malts and maybe chocolate up front, and smoked malts and vanilla flavor afterwords. A smoky flavor throughout, which is not surprising coming from a brewery named Cigar City. Alcohol is very present.

M - Very crisp, full bodied. Nice sharp bite at the end of the sip.

D - Drinkability is fairly low. It is a little too boozy. But a very good porter.

BeerDawgs, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of jbone78
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought me a couple of these from Tampa.

Pours deep brown/might be a tad hazy, but I'm in a dark room. Because that's where I drink my dark beers. I personally don't smell very well, but I think I get a little vanilla and light maltiness. Tastes a little complex. Starts off with some roasty characters, fades into vanilla and finishes with an earthy semi-dry character that reminds me of that taste of cigar resin. If that makes sense? But I like it. Drinks well for an 8%er. I'd buy more, if we could get it in the Panhandle.


jbone78, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with dark mahogany edges, a thin white head with descent lacing. The smell is very roasted and malty. Chocolates laced with hints of coffee and earthy grass tones. A mixture of woody oak and dark chocolate. Very hoppy for a porter. Nice chocolate tones upfront with hints of coffee in the back. Lots of roasted goodness. Hint of smoke and a background of oak and wood tanins. A good earthy hop flavor throughout. Thick, and full bodied. Very drinkable and interestingly balanced between a strong earthy hop feel, a good roasted malt, and some woody tones. Very complex and interesting, but very drinkable and simple.

JayS2629, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
8% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Thorpe429 for this Florida brew!

A - Near silent, José pours with perfect clarity into the pint dark brown with caramel highlights that accent the beer near the bottom. A tan head rests gently on top and wispy lace clutches the sides.

S - Chocolate rich, there's a ton of roasted malts in this guy. Cocoa nibs, dark, bittersweet chocolate, wisps of molasses, and a fairly prominent earthy hop balance lines the malt. A good start!

T - Black, strong espresso overwhelms the once strong chocolate profile. Smoky notes involve themselves with bitter chocolate chunk and a cocoa finish. Heavily roasted black malts are quite huge here. Well-balanced with hops though.

M - Full-bodied and rich, there is little carbonation but it doesn't feel thin or flat. Very smooth across the palette but harshly acrid bitter on the finish. Balanced very well here.

O - This would make a fantastic dessert beer with chocolate cake or freshly baked, damp, chocolate chip cookies. I can't imagine drinking this in Florida though unless it got pretty cold at night. A delicious porter with a decent level of drinkability.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Trilogy31
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown bording on pitch black, with a fluffy two fingers of foam leaving thick lacing. The nose is a dose of ethel alcohol, roasted malts, coconut vodka, and barrel aged rum. Taste has has bitter roasted malts, toasted coconut, myers dark rum and a somewhat hoppy finish. Full bodied with a somewhat astrigent finish in the mouth. Really not that excited about this beer and it wraps up a somewhat disappointing night of beer drinking.

Trilogy31, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown, lighter edging. A nice full bubbly head with good retention

S - Not a lot to go on here. Coffee, chocolate, pine and hazelnut

T - Nice chocolate flavour. Weaker coffee in the back but balanced well with the hops. It wasn't overly bitter and I was expecting a stronger hop presence since it is an "india porter". No idea why it would be called that.

M - Medium, drying, slight burn from the 8%

O - A strong porter. Not overly difficult to drink although you can tell the 8% ABV is not a lie.

OakedCanuck, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cyrusthepup for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, not much of a head on this one, and some minimal sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, lots of chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is malty, chocolate/toffee, and caramel. Medium Body, very nice dry/bitter finish. A pretty tasty brew.

Wasatch, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of sjccmd
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another thanks to Lerxst!

Pours almost black with a bit of amber highlights. Frothy tan head that slowly recedes. Lots of lacing.

Chocolate covered raisins comes out strongly in the aroma. Dark roasted coffee, dark fruits, and some citrus.

The taste begins with a good dose of citrussy hops. Lots of orange and pine. Balanced with roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Finishes with hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel is creamy but with a good amount of carbonation. The hop profile with the carbonation seems to create a cooling sensation, almost suggesting something akin to mint.

Overall, a very good beer. When I first tasted it, I was quite surprised by the amount of hops. (The bottle just says "American Porter." I didn't realize it is an "India" porter.) The Black-IPA style has taken off recently. I think many of these beers just go over-the-top, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I like how this is still a very well balanced and easy to drink beer.

sjccmd, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep roasted chesnut brown with 1/2 tan colored head that lasted pretty well,maybe the biggest hop profile I have ever come across in a porter,not ony in the nose but on the palate as well.Resiny hop mixed with roast and a hint of unsweetened chocolate,dry and appetizing.Again the huge hop profile on the palate with hefty roast,its quite dry and the alcohol is extremely well hidden.My only small complaint would be maybe I would like a little more complexity and or sweetness to mix with the hops,but in saying that I think its a great porter.I love the big hops going on here.

oberon, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Agold
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with sendsilk.

Pours with about a quarter inch of medium colored head which recedes very quickly to a film. The aroma hits you in the face with chocolate and roasted malts with a little bit of citrus hop character just underneath. The taste is the same. Sharp roastiness and chocolate come through with a bit of citrus hops and bitterness just to balance. Medium light mouthfeel. Really impressive beer, and even at 8% goes down like a champ.

Agold, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of godfathermg57
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Not surprisingly pours a dark brown/black with a white head.
S: Chocolate Malt and a hint of a fruit that I can't quite get my finger on. Overall not as strong of a smell as I would have liked however..
T: No surprise here: malt and chocolate but pretty well rounded. One of the better tasting porters I've had (I prefer their RIS cousins)
M: It's a bit thin for me. I prefer my dark beers with a little bit more body to them.
O: Overall its a decent brew and one I'd probably buy again.

godfathermg57, Apr 03, 2011
José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 839 ratings.