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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: 837
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 100
Gots: 111 | 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 PittBeerGirl
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/11-review written from notes

A- Body is a translucent very dark brown hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy light tan head that leaves some lacing all the way down the glass.

S- The hops are unmistakable in the nose. A really good dose of grapefruit accents a big bold roasted coffee base. The slightest hint of mocha and pine are there as well.

T- An accent of grapefruit and a much bigger, bolder roasted malt backbone. Coffee and a hint of mocha. The finish is almost all roasted malt and mocha-but there is a faint accent of pine there as well. There isn't much residual lingering bitterness-just impressions of the overall flavor.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a medium weight drinkable body.

D- I had to look at the label a few times to make sure it wasn't a "black IPA" or whatever name that style is going by today. This is an excellent hoppy porter and one of my favorite porters overall-actually it was better than both EITHER and OR. Job very well done by cigar city.

PittBeerGirl, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of vapodge
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A - black, nice coffee-colored head, great lacing

S - roasted malts and more than a little coffee -- whole bean

T - nice and roasty, but not smoky; there's some hop bitterness in there as well that balances things out nicely; a little bit of acidity

M - very smooth and super creamy; moderate carbonation

D - alcohol is there so can't have too many, but the ones you can are super-enjoyable; great porter

vapodge, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour is dark as the night. One finger light brown head that sticks around for a bit and has some lacing.

S: Coffee and roasted malts big time for me. Perhaps some chocolate.

T: Lots of coffee on the taste. Some roasted malts and chocolate up font, but really dominated by wonderful coffee.

MF: Dry finish, nice full body. Not watered down like I've found some porters to be.

D: Very nice. The dryness at the end keeps you coming back.

russwbeck, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque brown with a dense and creamy tan head that has lots of staying power.

S - Lots of chocolate in the nose right from the start from the malts. No hint of hops whatsoever. Nice smoky aroma from the grain bill as well. Very pleasing.

T - Not as bold as the aroma would suggest but it does have a big flavor. Again, chocolate flavors can be detected from the start (assuming from the malts) and it has a just a little bitterness throughout. There's a little smokiness at the end accompanied by a sweet malt sugar flavor. This one is a prime candidate for barrel aging!

M/D - Medium-heavy body that is very creamy on the palate with low volumes of carbonation. No detection of heat/feel from the alcohol either. Finishes semi-sweet. Super easy to drink, wonderful flavors and use of malt. Wish it were easier to get!

VaTechHopHead, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

return trip after the Cigar City event night, enjoyed on tap at Rattle N Hum. Big head and a good porter, above average mouthfeel. A little towards the baltic porter or imperial porter. Average drinkability.Chocolate and roasted malts.Nice that "coffee" taste is in secondary.

Sammy, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of jale
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with 2 fingers of tan head.

S: roasted malt, a little coffee, slight sour aroma and some citrus hops.

T: Roasted malt, a little coffee and substantial hop bitterness. Slight sourness. Aftertaste is that burnt flavor with this style.

M: Medium-thick body with good carbonation.

D: Would drink another.

jale, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near black color with a short yet dense khaki colored head that settles into a small ring. Just has a solid look to it.

The aroma is a nice mix between a bready malt and citrus hops. Both aspects not too distinguishable. There seems to be some coffee/chocolate notes from the malt and there is an overall fruitiness from the hops.

The taste is mostly malt. Toasted brown bread, slight roast with a dash of bitter coffee. Hints of caramel adds some sweetness. There is noticable hop presence that adds some citrus flavors but it takes a back seat to the malt.

Moderate to full feel with semi-soft carbonation. Some roasted bitterness in the finish as well as some stickiness.

This is a fine porter. It sides on robust and just has a nice depth to it. I like that you can taste a hop presence without it taking away from the malt. A very good base porter for CCB to work their magic with.

Gmann, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -Pours black and light carbonation. slight lacing in glass.

S - Smells of raosted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Solid but not particularly standout.

T - Taste is similar to the smell. Sweet roasted malt and chocolate gives way to the bitterness of coffee. My issue is that it isn't as potent as other in the style.

M - Comes off as diluted/weak. Not bad but could easily be better.

D - Is a solid porter. Coudl drink a few of these.

Not bad, just that CCb has much better offerings.

socon67, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with garnet highlights. The head is tan, sticky, & small, but sticks around. Great lacing.

S: The nose is pleasent, but a little light. Roasted chocolate malts, coffee, & tobacco are all present in the nose giving a nice earthy aroma.

T: A great upfront flavor of chocolate & roasted malts, followed by notes of coffee, and finishes with a subtle earthy, hoppy bite. Very smooth and flavor is long lasting.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation, and a smooth and creamy texture.

D: A great example of an American Porter and another good one from Cigar City. Very easy to drink and the high ABV isn't noticable making this one high drinkability.

BrewCrew2010, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bunch of cigar city beers from Jefe73 in the Regional Growler GIF. Thanks man

Pours a beautiful black with a foamy light tan head. Great lacing.

Aroma of lots of roasted grains and a bit of hops. Interesting. Mostly smells like a solid porter but with a bit of hop aroma.

Taste is interesting. It's a nice and smooth porter with roasted grains and a bit of smooth chocolate but then it has like a pale ale or almost an IPA bitterness. Can't really taste any hop flavor. Just a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is along the lines of a porter. Maybe a bit more carb would be good.

Anyway this is a pretty good beer. I liked it more the more I drank it. I don't think I would specifically trade for more but if I had access to it I would drink it often. But get one to try at least.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Gtreid
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes, 10/8/10. Poured into a tulip.

A: Dark brown color. The pour produced a big 2 finger head that left great lacing and retained well.

A: Smells of big roasted malts and earthy hops. Some light coffee and dark fruit are present as well.

T: Again, big roasted malt character. Some light coffee, figs, and dried cherries. Hops are rather prevelent and unexpected. Finishes sharp with a pretty noticable alcohol burn.

M: Creamy and smooth. Probably the best aspect of the brew. Good carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is on the lower side for me. Overall, I don't think this is one of CCB's best. Not a bad beer, I just thought the flavor profile was lacking. Was hoping for more. Skal.

Gtreid, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark, almost black.
S-not much smell. By the way it tastes, i would expect a larger coffee smell
T-very strong coffee smell with hints of chocolate
M-medium balanced and smooth
D-very drinkable. Great coffee after taste.

No idea why this says india porter. No where is that indicated on label. Very confusing

brew3crew, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/17/11

A big thanks goes out to a great trader for this one, UMCaner74. Cheers Dave!

A: Look at the head on this one! 3+ fingers on a somewhat agressive pour. It's frothy and thick - creamier then any porter of recent memory. Dark as night. If I didn't know any better, I'd think it was a stout.

S: Kona coffee on the nose, with bitter hints of hops and alcohol. Surprisingly - when I inhale deeper, it comes off somewhat sweet. This isn't a bad thing, as it actuallly pairs quite well with the traditional chocolate smoke that brings it all together.

T: Toffee and toasty hops. I pick up the alcohol on the mid-palate. The finish is just outstanding - as the charry, asphalt malts really stick around for what seems to be an eternity.

M: One of the creamiest and most luxurious porters I've had the pleasure of quaffing. Great weight for the style, with mild and well balanced carbonation.

O: This is the second Cigar City brew I've had, and yet again I've been wowed. Jose Marti India Porter is of the highest quality, every aspect of it shines. There's a reason we're all talking about CCB: because they make outstanding suds like this. A wonderful beer.

Rhettroactive, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of gawnphishin
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to McDiddyPop for this.

A - This beer is an opaque red to brown with a small head that dissipates quickly and leaves a good lacing.

S - Wow! I can smell the beer from 3 feet away as I am pouring it. Great roasted notes and a hit of booze. As the beer warms there is a lot of vanilla. The hops are present but in the background.

T - Very similar to the smell. There are a lot of roasted and boozy notes at the beginning, followed by vanilla and more booze. There is a good but small hop bitterness to the beer.

M - The mouthfeel is superb. This beer has an amazing viscosity. The beer is slightly over carbonated.

D - Jose Marti has some very powerful flavors, it really highlights roasted malt; however, there is an agressive booze flavor that coincides with the 8% ABV.

Overall, I would love to have this beer again. The boozy nature of the beer complements the aggressive malt profile. Great job Cigar City.

gawnphishin, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 12 oz. single for $2.99. Poured into my "Crab House" Pint glass.

A 2" thick frothy head on it takes several minutes to abate and leaves streaks all over the glass. The foam is still sitting on the glass 15 minutes after I poured.

A- Dark, dark, dark brown, almost black. No light getting though here. Looks great, more like a stout than a porter.

S- Nice roasted malts and coffee.

T- Absolutely the best porter I have ever had. I love stouts and that's usually my choice. Every once in a while I venture into a porter just to see. Usually a disappointment but not this time. Nice roasted nutty flavor and coffee present but not overwhelming. There's more hop taste in this than any other porter that I've ever had.

M- Great! Almost like a stout. Alcohol is well hidden but a rugged roasted flavor grabs your mouth by the balls and sticks around for quite some time.

D- Yeah, it's there. I could drink a bunch of these. Started the review after the pour and the glass will be gone by the time I'm done here.

Try one. I did and I'm not a huge porter guy but it was well worth it.

sendsilk, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Thirtsybird for sharing this find brought back from his trip down South. Pours an opaque dark brown with a creamy, tan-colored head that dissipates into a skim and a cluster of bubbles. Nose reveals dark roasted malts and a slightly muted herbal/medicinal quality. Aromas of brown sugar and/or molasses also present in the nose. Taste follows nose - perhaps a little ashy. A roasted character also comes out as it warms, as well as coffee grounds. A light hops bittering lingers at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly creamy texture and a pleasant carbonation. A decent porter, but doesn't really rate high on my list.

Jwale73, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of peabody
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Haver.
This is a great beer here. Dark brown murky with 1/2 finger of tan suds. Lacing of course.
Toasted malts and dark roast coffee with a hint of fruit like dates and oranges. Weird.
Taste is bitter at first then the sweet caramel and spices complete a very nice flavor. I really like this porter.
Mouthfeel is sticky and some alcohol shows up here for a time but quickly goes away.
Might drink two at a time but three or more is out of the question.

peabody, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of popery
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather delicious porter with lots hop flavor. This is an interesting beer. The aroma is limes and grapefruit with chocolate and roast. There's also some nice dark stone fruit, raisins and caramel. Taste is fairly sweet for a porter, but it works well. There's vanilla, grapefruit juice, coffee and maple syrup, as well. The mouthfeel is smooth and full. The beer is dark brown with a small tan cap. It's a fairly sweet, hoppy beer. Very tasty.

popery, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of argock
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear stemmed glass wine goblet. No freshness date. Single purchased at Knightly Spirits (Orlando, FL) for $2.29.

A: Black with almost white 1-finger cap of head that provides a cool contrast in the look of this brew. Head retention is good and the lacing is spectacular along the rim.

S: Solid porter aroma of dark and roasted malt with an acrid edge coupled smoothly with citrus and earthy tobacco hops which work well with the acrid black malt edge.

T: The flavor is even more full and united with black malt acrid bite leading but falling away to more caramel and subtler sweetness. The hops note is citrus and tobacco.

M: Slightly more than medium bodied with soft carbonation and a solid coating feel with a mix of citrus hops and acrid burned malt in the aftertaste.

D: A delicious superb porter with the right mix of hops aggression and malt-forward presence. A really exceptional beer from a brewery known better for other styles.

argock, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of WrathsU
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured a beautiful black color with a dark tan head. The head retention was moderate.

S - It smells deliciously like caramel, cappuccino, and toffee.

T - This is where it really stands out. The first malty, sweet, caramel flavors are definitely there, but as you tip it back in your mouth to swallow you get hit with the hoppy side of the beer. It is quite frankly delicious.

M - It's a high 8% abv beer but you wouldn't believe it by letting it rest in your mouth. Minimal alcohol burn, heavy on the tongue, and very filling.

D - Don't get me wrong it's a delicious beer but I definitely couldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting. It is very filling and full bodied.

WrathsU, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of liquidsunshine
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nine bucks for a four pack of this 8% abv brew at my local liquor store. Pours with a thumb of light tan head which lingers briefly before reducing down to only a light covering. Dark brown in colour with perhaps a hint of ruby around the edges when held to the light. Sweet slightly syrupy alcohol notes in the bouquet along with coffee, light bitter cocoa, and a date/raisiny scent. This brew tastes excellent, and the flavour develops nicely over the palate shifting from an initial bitter twang to a sweeter finish. Roasted malt and coffee linger on the tongue. Surprisingly easy to drink considering how dark it is. Overall a great beer, one I have bought a few times and will buy again. Excellent example of the porter style.

Cheers Matt

liquidsunshine, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of grub
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

brought home from a recent trip to FL, courtesy of Jw347. thanks john!

12oz bottle. sampled nov 13/2010.

pours dark brown and showing pretty good clarity at the edges. a small dense dark tan head forms, quickly dropping to a ring around the glass and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is great. dark and milk chocolate with citrusy west coast hops and a bit of tropical character. orange and tangerine. pineapple. hint of alcohol. multi-grain bread and a bit of biscuit.

taste is good. bittersweet chocolate. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. grapefruit and orange. bit of pineapple and coconut. whole wheat bread and biscuit. herbal and slightly earthy. just over medium bitterness level. bit of alcohol.

mouthfeel is great. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. pretty well balanced, showing some interesting cigar city flare adding another layer to it.

grub, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Avagadro
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Jose Marti is nearly black, with garnet highlights penetrating only when the brew is held to the light. Head is a touch weak, but overall this brew looks pretty enticing.

S: Deep black chocolate, and touch of espresso, and a hint of walnut create a rich bouquet.

T: Slightly sweet malt is balanced by bitter dark chocolate and coffee, topped off by a touch of Pacific Northwest hops. this brew is incredibly enjoyable.

M: Full bodied and chewy. The texture perfectly complements the richness in flavor.

D: A fantastic brew from the South's greatest asset, Cigar City. This is definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on it, as it is one of the better American Porters out there.

Avagadro, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of sisterray
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Ale and the Witch in downtown St. Pete.

I should preface this by saying that while I enjoy all different forms of beer, I don't find myself often loving Porters. Perhaps it's any easy style to mess up, but typically I find something just off enough to prevent my enjoyment from becoming full-fledged beer love.

I can love this Porter.

A: Deep brown. Tan head.

S: Freshly ground, fresh-brewed coffee. Bittersweet chocolate. Subtle earthy hops.

T: The coffee dominates, but the chocolate comes around to add a nice twist, and the hops peak through to add some spice.

M: Creamy, moderately thick, not overbearing. Provides a great template for the flavor and lingers nicely.

D: While 8.0% ABV is tame by some standards, you can get into trouble with this beer. It goes down so easy and calls you back. If I had the money and time to blow, I can see myself putting away a few pints of these.

sisterray, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled Last night; Sampled January 2011
A vigorous pour into my CCB tulip produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, stained tan colored head that leaves some light lacing on the sides of my glass as I work my way through it. The beer is a concentrated brown that looks a lot like dark chocolate; when held up to the light the beer shows a deep, concentrated ruby color. The beer smells of lightly herbal hops and dark, toasted malt up front. The toasted grain character gets bigger towards the finish and makes me think of a dense, darkly browned, whole grain bread crust. There is a subtle berry like fruitiness to this beer that is at times drowned out by the toasted malt character. The malt aromatics on this beer are huge, at times they drown out all the other aromatic notes found in this beer, but at other times I am actually able to get notes of orange zest, tangelo peel and even a hint of something like kumquat. I wasn't expecting the hop character in this beer for some reason, it is dominated by a hugely aromatic malt character that isn't really roasted, but definitely dark leaning; the hop character does add a nice layer to the nose though.

Bitter hops up front are tempered a bit by a dry, crystal malt sweetness (if that makes any sense) and the beer has a viscousness to it and caramel quality as it sits on the tongue. As the beer slides down my throat the ample hop character comes through in spades by contributing flavors of Curacao orange zest, bright tangelo and kumquat peel as well as an herbal and pine like hop character that is a bit secondary to the fruity hop notes (almost the reverse of the nose). The dark malt and the hop citrus notes really make me think of an orange-oil infused dark chocolate. The finish has a touch of roasted grain burnt notes that has a touch of burnt bitterness to it, but really gets subsumed by the herbaceous hop character of the finish. There are times that this beer can get a bit harsh in the finish; the roast grain mixes with a green, astringent hop character that almost tastes like burnt toothpaste, luckily this isn't quite so evocative after most sips of this brew.

I am definitely digging the dark beer focus of this brewery, somehow there does seem to be dearth of these around, especially one that executes this well. I really like a well made Brown Ale and this is the second I have had from this brewery and I am looking forward to others. Despite the harsh at times hop flavors this is a beer I am definitely going to enjoy finishing my cute half growler of it.

Gueuzedude, Jan 31, 2011
José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 837 ratings.