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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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258 Reviews
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Reviews: 258
Hads: 923
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 19.75%
Wants: 105
Gots: 128 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 258 | Hads: 923
Photo of harrymel
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 20DEC11

Pours a pretty brown/black with a slow falling finger of latte foam. Nice lace. Smells of grass, mint, resin, cold coffee and dry malts. Bitter up front with a kick of dry, porter malts and a woody toasted malt finish. The flavor is progressive and fun. Medium bodied with a little higher carb than preferred for the style and a hint of dryness on the finish (which is nice). A good beer from my standpoint. The nose is a little meh, but the hops are not overdone, and that was a fear. They have done a decent job walking the line between ABA and Porter.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black with a finger of tan head with nice fat bubbles. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Hoppy for a porter, with clean roast notes, a touch of pine, cocoa, and chocolate.

T - Follows the nose closely, with a hoppy and grassy finish. Bittering from both cocoa and hops come first, with some roasted malt character. Just a touch of booze.

M - Medium body, sharp carbonation. Goes down easy but you certainly don't forget you're drinking it!

O - Overall a fine porter. Over-hopped, just as they describe. Great flavors working together to make a delicious beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Boulevard tulip. Bottled in November 2011.

A: Pours a very deep brown. There are some reddish hues towards the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of really nice looking tight bubbled light tan head. Really pretty beer. Alcohol feet and lacing sheets.

S: Lots of dark roast coffee, espresso. And also the chocolate: milk and dark. Some earthy hops are there hidden behind all the roast and chocolate.

T: I get a lot of bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Either hops or coffee or dark chocolate, it's a lot. Then in the middle you lots of those roast character. I do get dark coffee notes: espresso. Those earthy hops are adding to the bitterness I am pretty certain. Its pretty much a bitter finish too, dry.

M: Medium leading to full.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of a khaki head, fairly creamy. Nice lacing and good retention. Pitch black body with no light coming through.

Smells not too big overall but fairly pleasant. Roasted malts, fruity yeasty esters, as it warms quite a bit of earthy hops come out.

Tastes fairly roasty, lots of earthy dirt like hops, some bitter yeasty like notes. Lingering earthy and roasty finish. Not even a hint of the 8%.

Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation keeps this one quite drinkable. Somewhat creamy in the texture. Some what sharp and bitter on the palate similar to an IPA is no surprise.

Overall this is quite tasty. Firm bitterness and roasty notes live up to the clear description on the label. Nice job CCB.

$2 a single

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Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle brought back from Florida.

A- Pours a dark black, slight off-white brownish head. Nice layered lacing.

S- Roasted coffee, chocolate, licorice, hops, a little bit of dark fruits.

T- Coffee, chocolate, stout flavor mixed with a spicey hop flavor. A hybrid of a stout and an IPA. A little bit sweet but also a little bit bitter from the hops.

M- Smooth, well balanced, easily drinkable, alcohol well balanced at 8%.

O- This is my favorite beer I've had so far from CCB- I've had the Jai Lai, Maduro, and Humidor Series IPA (still have Bolita to try). I liked the balance between the coffee, chocolate sweetness of it paired with the hops which creates an interesting taste to the beer. The only downside is that the hops takes a little bit away from the sweetness from the beer, which is why I like regular porters a little bit better.

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Photo of GameFreac
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12. oz bottle dated December 2011.

Appearance: Huge head, even with a minimal light pour. It looks like a milk shake or some whipped cream you put on top of ice cream. Takes about 5 minutes for the head to dissipate. Brown/black color. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Smells of hops, chocolate, and roasted malts. One of the hoppiest porters I've smelled.

Taste - Tastes starts off with the citrus hop flavor, then you get the roasted malts and chocolate at the back of the tongue and the aftertaste. Again, very hoppy for a porter and I'm usually not a fan of this, since I like to drink an IPA then a Stout when I'm in a session to get different ends of the spectrum, but it's really good and work well here. Alcohol is very well hidden but creeps up a tiny bit as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and very creamy.

Overall: Glad I got to get this while I was in Florida. It's a great porter. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Treebs
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in Darkness Tulip. Great extra from Eric(Holland), Thanks man!

A: Pours an opaque brown, almost black color with a thin light tan head forming on the pour. The bubbly head recedes to a thin collar, but doesn't offer much else.

S: Piney and citrus hops up front lead way to a light bitter chocolate and coffee bean. There is a touch of roasted malts on the backend.

T: Light piney hops up front with a dark fruit sweetness. That quickly fades to a chocolate malt and bittering roasted coffee finish.

M: Medium body with a solid drinkability. Medium carbonation with a slight drying finish.

O: I'm not the biggest fan of hop forward porters and stouts, but this one was very solid overall. The hops didn't linger around too long and the malt bill was solid from start to finish.

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Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to miamichael3. Bottled in September 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very deep brown color, almost black but not quite. A massive 3+ finger head of thick tan foam develops and falls slowly. A good half finger or so of foam sits on top of the beer and leaves spotty but thick foam lacing.

Roasty and earthy notes stand out in the nose. There is a lesser chocolate aroma and perhaps some coffee that come through as well. The roast and earthiness are pretty strong but they do allow for the chocolate and coffee to be picked up.

The taste follows extremely closely with the nose with the exception of some nice hop character. Each sip is full of dark roast, some chocolate and a touch of coffee. There is also a nice pleasant earthy hop character that brings some bitterness to the finish.

The body is on the higher end of medium with medium carbonation. It gives the beer a mouthfeel that walks the line between medium and full.

This is a very good, surprisingly hoppy porter. Great roast aroma and flavor dominate but allow some other nice characteristics to come through. It gives the feeling of something bigger without being a really huge beer.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Markwise

Look: Black and totally opaque with a 1/2 inch tan head and great retention that settles to a crazy 1/4 inch collar

Smell: Quite a bit of floral hops on the nose actually with some chocolate undertones

Taste: Again the beer starts off with the floral hops then there is some roasted malt mid palate and finishes with chocolate and coffee

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: Honestly I wasn't the biggest fan of this beer I didn't really care to much for it being hops forward.

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Photo of Naugros
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duh-ude! If you want a full-flavored, roasty, toasty porter then look for this one. Let's get past the appearance...it appears as a porter. Enough of that. The smell is of sweetened, strong, black coffee with half a shot of ouzo. Yeah, there's a bit of licorice in the smell to go along with the coffee and chocolate.

But the taste steals the show. OMG, how did they chock so much flavor into a porter? Tons of roasted malts and strong, bitter-ass coffee with a touch of chocolate. The hops come across as pine which you'd think would clash with the rest, but not here. It works in really well as a cohesive whole. Screw chicory in the black-ish beers, piny hops bring it.

The body is nearly that of a stout in the fullness of the body and the ashy feel in the mouth. Really nice and if you didn't know better you'd think that you had a hopped imp stout in your glass.

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Photo of iadler
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Aiptasia.

A- Pours a dark brown with a thick 2 finger head. Subtle lacing is left behind.

S- Roasted malt, barley, dark chocolate, grassy and earthy hops, orange, grapefruit, char and smoke.

T- Roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa powder, brown sugar, char and a hint of orange.

M- Medium carbonation with a full body that finishes dry. with the char and roasted malt lingering.

O- I was expecting more hop presnce in the taste following the aroma, but it seemed to be quite subdued. It still however was a nice porter with plenty of roast presence.

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Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown boarding on black with a mountain of brown, coffee-colored head. The head is soft and dense with incredible retention. The nose is more hoppy than malty; the hop aromas are floral, piny, earthy. There are some faint chocolate and roasted malt aromas as well. The flavor is intense all around. The malt character is bready, roasty, chocolaty, and coffee-like all at once. The hop character is very forward with citrusy and piny characteristics; I get some notes of grapefruit and pineapple. This is a full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. The alcohol adds some warth, but is otherwise unnoticeable.

This is fantastic. This could make an argument about when does a porter/stout become a black IPA. I could drink several of these.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to nerdrocker101 for this bottle way back when. had it on growler in the past. poured into ccb snifter.

a - poured a pitch black with a generous off white head. lacing is slippery.

s - chocolate with sharp notes of vanilla to balance things out. some caramel in there too. really nice and unique.

t - much like the nose chocolate with some vanilla and a strong line of caramel. almost a tanginess to it. more of a milk stout than a porter. none of the charred flavors that i expect. quite nice though.

m - not your typical porter. no char. lots of burt bakers chocolate.

o - overall, this is a unique porter. less char, more tang. interesting indeed.

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

12oz bottle in pint glass (xmas in ft myers)
no date

A: Very dark brown, no light comes through but it is obviously brown vs. black. One finger cappuchino head that lingers and leaves a solid amount of lace as it drops.
S: Muted nose, some roast and some hoppy bitterness, nothing really jumps out.
T: Sharp roasted malts and citrus hops, a little bit of ash on the back. No sign of alcohol, kind of surprising since it is 8%.
M: Crisp, a little round, with a high level of carbonation.
O: I like this a lot, a very good robust porter. A very good beer, glad I tried it. I would buy again depending on the price.

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Photo of marcdalke
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle from my haul that I brought back home over Xmas vacation.
First impressions: wow! Beautiful blackish color. Nice dark tan head that starts quite thick, then dissipates leaving a nice lacing on my glass.
The smell is hops up front, followed quickly by a somewhat earthy malt and maybe even some coffee.
The taste just confirms what my nose already knows. It's smooth, hoppy, malty, roasty...yeah, this one is a keeper.
I would believe you if you told me it was a black IPA.
Call it what you want...this is a beer that I am stocking up on next time I am in Florida.

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Photo of Holland
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a black color with brown highlights and a tan head. Retention is good for the whole glass.

S: very hoppy, with earthy tones, huge roasted malt profile, and a slight bitterness and smoothness if you can smell such things.

T: taste is huge on roasted malt flavors, neither sweet nor dry, and slightly bitter at the end.

M: medium-heavy body, medium carbonation. Wish it was slightly smoother like the glass I had on tap.

T: Excellent beer, but may need some time to mellow the hops a bit. $10 per 4 pack or so. I'd do it again. Excellent beer.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Blazer06. Into a DFH Signature glass. Bottle says November 2011 Eight.

A: Pours a very, very dark brown with a khaki colored head that bubbles up to half an inch and quickly fades back down to a thin cap. A few nice globs of lacing left behind. Completely opaque.

S: Huge coffee and roasted malts, a fair amount of citrusy hops, and a ton more coffee/espresso. Some dark fruits and a touch of caramel find their way into the nose as well. Smells pretty nice.

T: Huge flavors all the way around. Tons of coffee, burnt malts, and citrusy hops. Tons of hop resins linger for a long time after the swallow. Excellent bitterness that balances a really sweet malt backbone. Caramel and chocolate, and brown sugar pair with the coffee and citrusy hops to make a unique, yet really damn tasty beer. This beer has thoroughly impressed me.

M: Medium body,with moderate carbonation, finish is just right for a porter, not too sticky, not too dry. Absolutely spot on.

O: Wow, I didn't know what to expect with this beer at all, and I have been more than impressed. The amount of hops and coffee make for an interesting flavor, that really works nicely. Very well done beer. Glad I could try it.

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Photo of Spider889
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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)

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)

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!


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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of hmf05
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of KAP1356
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Gehrig
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown body with mahogany trim topped by two fat fingers of light tan froth; good lacing and head duration on the trusty ol' DAB mug. Nice but somewhat subtle nose with roasted French coffee, dark chocolate, and a whiff of tobacco--all of which could be more pronounced.

The taste more than atones for the understated smell, with loads of coffee bean taste accompanied by vanilla, dark chocolate, and toasted almond. This is really delicious porter, so enhanced by excellent, smooth texture. The advertised hops do not, to me, emerge so strongly in the taste except at the end, with some bite, a bit of heat and with some welcome resin in the texture. Jose Marti manages to present robust flavors in a highly accessible way.

CCB has proven to me to hit much more often than miss, and has been a most welcome revelation here in Tampa. Jose Marti has quickly planted itself in my top ten porters, taking its place by GL Edmund Fitzgerald, Zwyiec, and FD Gonzo Imperial. Very well done by CCB, and heartily recommended.

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Deschutes snifter.

A- Pours dark brown with little light penetration and a one-finger, root beer float-like head that fades to 1/4" then stays throughout.

S- chocolate brownies with faint cherry.

T- similar to the smell, but with subtle hints of coffee.

M- The frothy head remains for the duration of each sip; the medium mouthfeel is perfectly complimented by this.

O- Cigar City has not let me down yet. This is a very interesting porter. It does not depart from the style, yet manages to make its own mark.

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Photo of scott2269
4.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12oz bottle, dated 8/2011, into my DFH sniffer. Appearance is very pretty, dark with a big head. Smell is similar to a chocolate cake. After a few big sips, I declare this is one of the best porters I have had to date. Very complex, tons of chocolate, smokey malts, and a hint of coffee. Glass is coated with tons of sticky lacing. This tastes like a stout, but drinkablity is amazing with ABV at 8%. I wish I had better access to Cigar City beers, as this would be a staple in my fridge.

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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.