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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: 876
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 98
Gots: 121 | FT: 12
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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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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a hint of light coming through at the edge. There is a finger of fluffy tan head that reduces down to a layer.

Smell: Very roasty with some smoke and a little sweetness and grain.

Taste: Quite bitter with a mild sweetness and a ton of roast. A bit smokey with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I really liked this porter. I enjoyed the fact that the bitterness overpowered the sweetness, but still allowed some other flavors to come out. Smokey and smooth.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Ryan for this extra!

12oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around 60F.

Pours dark brown with a large fluffy beige head that leaves some clumpy spots of lacing and holds a small foamy cap.

Aroma is roasted & toasted malt, nuts, caramel, toffee, coffee, a bit of chocolate, bread, some pine and earthy hops. Very good strength.

Flavor is brown sugar, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, some chocolate & coffee, good pine hop character at the end with moderate sweetness and some moderate bitterness on the finish. A bit of alcohol is detected but overall well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, soft and creamy with low to medium carbonation.

Robust is the word here. Layers of complexity and tons of flavor. Reminds me a bit more of an Imperial Brown such as Ode To Mercy more than an Imperial Porter, but either way this is a mighty tasty brew.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into an unmarked snifter. Thanks to sendsilk for the extra!

A great-looking porter, this. Dark, mulch-brown body with a towering head of khaki bubbles. Excellent retention. Aroma is hoppy with earthy musk and leather from what I assume is Cedar-aging. A tinge of tart, minty sourness resides in the background. Strange aroma, but still enticing.

Bitter, overly acrid roasted malt notes slam the palate with each sip, and the finish is both ashy and hop-laden. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a medium body and drying, sticky finish. Can't decide if this is an overly hoppy Porter, or an overly roasted Black Ale. Either way, it doesn't quite work for me.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown to light black colored body. Light tan head. Lacing sticks everywhere on the glass.

Smell: Piney hops and some coffee. Hops inate the nose. Coffee is subtle.

Taste: This pretty tasty offering. Almost a coffee forward porter, but the hops come in and add some balance. The coffee tastes strong and even a bit burnt. You also get some bitter and somewhat sour notes from the hops. Piney and grassy tasting hops behind a decently amount of malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer excels in the mouthfeel department because its nice a creamy which seems to bring some balance the malts and hops.

Overall: Solid porter from Cigar City Brewery. This is my first beer from the brewery and I can't wait to try the other beers i have from them! I normally enjoy my porters on the malter side with just a dash of hops, but this was a well done beer.

Photo of biegaman
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Named after an historic Cuban national, and brewed not far outside of Miami, it's fitting that this beer be coffee-brown, if not black, in colour and that its frothy head be whipped as though it were indeed a café con leche. Although the beer (and even its head) is much darker than the man himself, the lacing it leaves almost resembles the shape of his mustache.

José Martí lived in the 19th century and, indeed, this porter has a light sourness reminiscent of an Old English style porter of the same period. Cocoa nibs and stale coffee grinds factor in, but it's the 'festering berry in chimney sweep' note that sticks the longest. It works for the style and my nose is intrigued, albeit not entirely in a confidently positive manner.

"A grain of poetry suffices to season a century"... and a bunch of grains of barley certainly suffice a 330ml glass. Strong notes of chocolate and coffee occupy the palate, all the while a sooty roast settles in for the long haul. Sweetness is hard to come by, especially given the presence of a (likely unwanted) sourness that bludgeons the beer's leafy, hoppy aftertaste.

The chocolaty, coffee-y notes of this porter play out like a guitar with a broken string. Something is a miss, or at least it should be. While a strong roast registers immediately upon sip, and a prominent Spanish coffee taste lingers, the beer isn't a fraction as decadent or bittersweet as so many American porters. The finish has an almost puckering, chalky dryness.

Normally I wouldn't review a beer I suspected to be compromised. However, I owe a debt of gratitude to the ultra-generous Ultraman9000 for the bottle and, besides, this is still a plenty salvageable beer, the slight sourness notwithstanding. For a brewery quickly becoming renown for over-the-top releases, this moderate offering made a good first impression.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3rd sample in my CCB box from Alieniloquium - Cheers bro!

*notes from 06/18/11

"A grain of poetry suffices to season a century"

A: Jose Marti pours super dark with just the slightest hints of garnet around the edges. A mammoth dark tan head formed and seemed to take on a life of it's own as it bubbled and frothed about. Some collective lacing here and there.

S: Aroma is smoky burnt grains with a definite earthy wood and nuttiness to it. Almost like combining the character smells of a brown and a stout.

T: Tastes of deep earthy and smoky toasted grains with that slight nuttiness mentioned in the aroma. Chocolatey. Coffee even. Rather complex. Slight tart in the finish. A real delight.

M: Mouthfeel is so smooth, with a light-med body and creamy texture like that of a well made root beer. Sleek and just softly coats the palate.

D: Drinks more like a big malty stout with all of the complex flavors here but with that light-med body and superb mouthfeel. This one really took me by surprise. Probably one of the best Porters I have had period.

I gotta say I am enjoying this brewery more and more as I make my way through there lineup! CCB are definitely master maltsers. I can see why their big Stouts are so highly sought after...can't wait to land some of my own! Wish they distributed here in Cali...Stone make it happen and release another collab or something!!!

Photo of GregSVT
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a deep brown with a dark tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is cocoa, coffee, dark fruits, and a slight vanilla aroma.

T: The taste is a huge punch of espresso and hops with a nice chocolate and vanilla flavor towards the finish. The coffee is the main focus here but the other flavors are pretty complex.

M: The feel is on the fuller side of medium and very creamy.

O: Very tasty coffee porter but if you don't like coffee this wouldn't be for you. I would have a this around a lot if I could get it. Good stuff.

Photo of khumbard
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of CoastieSimon... thanks for the nice extra!

Pours a dark brown with a good sized white head, decent head retention leaving lace down the glass. Nice

Smell is pretty interesting. Decent amount of roast, quite a bit of spice character, and chocolate. Not much hop to speak of.

Taste is sweet, with quite a bit going on. The roast and spice are juxtaposed with a malty chocolate backing. Pretty nice and interesting.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation is on point.

Overall this is a pretty enjoyable and uniquely flavored porter. I enjoyed it.

Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Super giant head off the pour, with perfect uniform pin head sized bubbles, and a wonderful light tan cocoa brown. Retention is clumpy, big, peaks, valleys, it sits on a dark black almost midnight body. This thing looks amazing.

Smell at first had me concerned at first I thought it was infected, it smelled at first bretty, but then it became brown spices of heated clove and cumin, with a malt and chocolate character behind. Salty... airy.. Extremely unique.

Taste is jarring and one of a kind. Incredible dry roast brown spices in the finish masking the chocolate malt backbone. Aggressive, powerful, a hint of heat for the abv turns the roast feeling into coffee on the finish, with a salty saison like quality as well.

Overall this is one of the most unique distinct beers I've ever had. I give it props for being tasty, unique, and a killer look. But not for everyone.

Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Sammy, 12oz bottle into a tulip. Thanks again.

Pours a completely opaque deep brown, with a fluffy cocoa brown head. Webbed lace, some big chunks retain. Nose is a luscious milk chocolate, some roasted notes, lighter vanilla bean, a touch of alcohol and molasses/caramel. A substantial dose of hops as well. Taste has some chocolate, lighter roasty notes, cocoa, some light alcohol again. A similar vanilla sweetness to the nose and a some goof hop bitterness which works well with everything else going on here. Mouthfeel is full, super creamy and velvety, just spot on. Great drinkability and an awesome American porter.

Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured absolutely beautifully dark and frothy into a tulip glass. One of the most beautiful beers I’ve seen in awhile as it’s big old head stayed strong and laced my glass like a lady in waiting.

Loads of roasted coffee and hoppy fruitiness engulfed my eager nostrils.

Taste was pitch perfect for what they are calling American Black Ales (or IBAs, or Black IPAs). I love when the style dives deep into dark-side of ales and calling this anything but a hopped-up porter would do it an injustice. Chocolate, coffee and all manner of roasted flavors balanced well with a modest, but ideally hopped spirit. Thick, delicious and an absolutely perfect end to my weekend.

My first (of many) Cigar City beers did not disappoint and I can’t wait to crack into some more!

Photo of benpopper
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle a deep rich brown with a little tan head that spritzes away to a hazy ring. Not much lacing if any at all, leaves a fine film on the glass.

It smell super solid with an extra bit of spice to it. Lots of roasted malt up front. There are hints of chocolate and a sweeter sugar as well.

Taste follows the smell nicely. Roasted malt surrounded by what seems to be chocolate and coffee. Toasted malt to finish, almost like baked bread.

Creamy in the mouth. Light on the carbonation makes me want to take huge sweeping chugs of this and let some of it linger. Wouldn't ever believe this is 8%.

Overall I was very pleased and found it a great drink even out of dark beer season. Can a porter be refreshing? This one seems to be. Thanks TKEbeerman!

Photo of ffejherb
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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...

Photo of SFLpunk
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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.

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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!!!

Photo of deathcharms
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of StLThrash
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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'.

Photo of Bennettrox
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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!

José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 876 ratings.