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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: 896
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 102
Gots: 123 | FT: 13
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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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Ratings: 896 | Reviews: 256
Photo of LiquidBread219
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Great Pour, It is dark deep brown in color, Nice tan head with great retention, also as some nice lacing

S= Kind of a sweet smell you get some of that bittersweet chocolate in the nose and some roasted malts.

T= The Taste is similar to the nose, the finish is great with a bittersweet roasty feeling.

M= Full bodied feels kind of like a stout really like the creaminess in this one.

O= Overall great beer from a great brewery they are really doing great things in Tampa can't get enough of CCB one of my favorite breweries just wish I could get them in my area.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black. No light getting through. single finger head

S: toasted malt with dark chocolate and notes. Hops are mild but are there if you search for them.

T: roasty, nice stout. The typical stout taste but done very well. Very nice hop flavor. This is my first stout with this amount of hop flavor and it was excellent.

M: medium body, moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish.

Overall: Drinkable and the right amount of hop flavor with a solid stout background.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle generously given by Chaney- Thanks man!

A- Pours a dark brown almost black w/ an amazing two finger chocolate head. Head sticks around for a long time, and is just about perfect. Decent carbonation and great lacing. This beer is impossible to see through- really nice for the style!

S- Wow. Leather, cigar, malt, hops, coffee, chocolate. This beer is fantastic smelling, and very complex. Very balanced as well. Nose improves w/ warming. Getting a little vanilla as well. Very close to giving this category a 5.

T- Coffee, leather, hops, and chocolate come out in the taste, w/ hops and cigar evident on the aftertaste. Beer definitely improves w/ a little warming. Really nice, especially for the style.

M- Medium bodied w/ some hop bite/malt smoothness. Fairly dry finish as well. Very balanced, complex, and well done.

O- Fantastic beer for the style. I highly recommend this beer to everyone. Check it out!

Photo of olimpia84
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my last beer of the night after visiting CCB for the first time with the pure intention of taking notes and write my reviews. Since it was my 6th or 7th beer I was pretty buzzed by then but I still did a good job of taking notes with care (I think).
Served on-tap into a pint glass.

A: pours a very dark brown color, opaque enough to not let anything through. One finger coffee colored head and decent lacing. I thought I was looking at a Stout for a second.

S: it was a bit hard at that point of the night for me to get something but I was able to get roasted and burnt malts with dark chocolate.

T: it starts out with a deep malty and sweet chocolate flavor and ends with a hoppy bitter pine-like taste. Pretty good.

M: medium to full body, moderate carbonation

O: another quality product from CCB. I can easily see myself going back to this one, highly recommended.

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

A - Pours deep brown with two fingers of dense tan head. Head has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing behind. Pours a bit like a stout and looks fantastic.

S - Massive bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts. Also hints of pine hops. Quite a bit of sweetness in the smell.

T - Taste is similar to smell, with a more pronounced hop presence. Very nice. Finishes bitter and roasty.

M - Full mouthfeel with a nice creaminess. Feels like a stout until the bitter hop finish.

O - I really enjoyed this. If I were strictly rating to style I might dock it a bit for being more like a stout. But this is a very nice beer.

Photo of stxSS07
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Killian's Pint. Thanks to doppleme!

A- Pours damn near black with a pillowy 2 finger espresso-colored head that leaves awesome cobweb lacing. Nice color for a porter.

S- Wow. First whiff generates scents of leather, sweet sugary and roasted malt, and spicy hoppiness. Some bittersweet chocolate notes come out as the beer warms.

T- First taste is of leather and spicy hops. Follows up with some hop bitterness and flows into a rich dark chocolate/coffee combination that is outstanding.

M- Medium bodied ,but a bit too prickly for my tastes. For a porter this complex I'd like the finish to linger for a bit.

O- One of the most interesting and complex porters I've had. The depth of flavor here is insane. Definitely recommend seeking this one out.

Photo of rel
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the CCB tasting at cervezas. It was the only beer I picked blindly and out of my style preference.

Dark, oil like color with a very thick tan head. Amazing retention and some lacing.

Aroma is burnt/roasted malts, lots of coffee and some woodiness.

I enjoyed this beer for the most part. Very deep roasted flavors, coffee, some smoke... the bitterness made it my least favorite beer of the night.

Dry medium body, but that bitterness stuck around...

But that's just, like, my opinion, man.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Russian River glass on 8/24/11.

Pours a dark black with the slightest hints of cola brown when held to the light. A huge powdery mocha colored head spills into the glass, about three fingers of head. Dissipates very slowly leaving a moderate amount of thick lacing on the glass. Its a pretty color but the carbonation seems off.

Smells sweet roasted malt, mocha, raisins, and dark fruit. I do smell some of that citrus pine hop aroma and its really throwing me off.

Taste is much the same as the aroma and the hops are really throwing me off. It starts out nice with chocolate, and sweet malts and finishes a really confusing hoppy pine bitterness. Not a fan.

Mouthfeel is medium in weight and the pine resin sticks to the pallet leaving an odd bitterness for the style.

Overall this is a huge miss for me. I just can't get past the hop forward profiles in this. Nice to try but I will pass next time.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a nice thick off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium dry coffee notes with some black chocolate and some roasted malt. Taste is very smooth with a nice balance between some roasted malt with black chocolate notes and light dry coffee at the end. Body is quite full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation. I quite like this one and wouldn’t mind having it more often.

Photo of armock
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sendsilk for hooking this bottle up in a trade

A - Poured a dark brown color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with chocolate and some piney hops

T - Theres a good bit of piney hops upfront then the roasted malt comes through with chocolate flavors

M - This beer has a fuller body with medium carbonation to it

O - This is a very good porter thats very easy to drink with its very good taste worth picking up if you ever see it around

Photo of ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

Deep, dark brown in color with a thick, overflowing khaki head. Lots of lacing down the glass.

A rich, chocolatey aroma along with roasted malt, some piney hops, and a nice, warm breadiness. Complex yet accessible.

A complex, rich, divine flavor profile, consisting of melted chocolate, roasted coffee and malts, freshly baked bread, and bitter and piney hops. A tremendous porter. No alcohol heat whatsoever. Flawless!

Medium to thick bodied, no alcohol heat, quite luscious. An absolute pleasure.

One of my favorite offerings from Cigar City. This porter is just about perfect.

Thanks again sendsilk!

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Mucho thanks to nerdrocker101 for the bottle. High-five!

Appearance -- Rich dark brown with mahogany highlights and a creamy mocha brown head that just won't quit and a thick drape of lace. Handsome.

Smell -- Lots of pine-like hoppiness, plus roast malt, leather, anise, some cocoa and coffee. Really hop-forward with that leathery fermentation character. Pleasant, not detracting, but doesn't really blow my hair back.

Taste -- A very hop-forward porter as the name suggests with lots of pine sap bitterness. Roast malt flavors bring to mind iced coffee and cocoa. Additionally there's some pronounced leather and anise notes - both of which might just be the fermentation character commingling with the intense hops, but that's one non-brewer's opinion. Lingering flavors of pine boughs and dark roast.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with soft fluffy carbonation. Slightly slick. Feels like a nice American Imperial Stout - works well for this as well.

Overall -- Well-done, but somehow it didn't come together for me. The hoppy/leathery interplay seemed to dominate and it wore on my palate. Additionally, the hops seemed to mute a lot of the complexity. I prefer Avery's New World Porter for this particular style sub-catetory. Jose Marti is still enjoyable, though. If you have it available to you, I'd suggest that you at least try it.

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

12oz bottle with a mug shot of the famous Cuban poet philosopher & his poem "A Morir [To Die]" on the side. Good stuff.

Pours a big thick deep black down the middle of my snifter forming a little khaki head. Moderate lacing & descent alcohol legs.

Roasted coffee & sweet dark chocolates in the nose. Mouth watering!

Big roasted coffee smacks the palate up front along with some sweet chocolates. A smooth transition, like a passing of the torch, into a subtle but building dark chocolate bittering & warming alcohol burn in back. Starts sweet & roasty, finishes dry and fairly hoppy. Floral hops, hello.

Thick body (8/10) here, but what else would you expect from a big American Porter? Head wasnt huge, but the carbonation on the tongue is pleasant.

12oz bottle for $1.99. Would I do it again? Hell yes.

Photo of polisanl
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft during CCB takeover at Coffee District. Watered down coffee in color with with 2 fingers worth of white foam. I was simply amazed by this brew, as I have never had or heard of the style. Tastes of hops at first, then the usual suspects of a porter emerge afterward. Smell is similar to taste, hoppiness and roasted malts. The name is so fitting. Thin bodied, carbonation throughout and very drinkable. Could be had all day like a session beer, but be aware of the creeping 8% ABV. Wonderful balance of both styles.

Photo of xnicknj
3.01/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into CC snifter - thanks to sendsilk

Pours a deep black color with a nice, buoyant tanned head. Retains really nicely, leaving plenty of patchy lacing all over the glass.

A swirl of pine hops and roasted malts in the nose, mixed with cocoa/chocolate notes. There's a spike of metallic (almost brett-like) weirdness going on though, which was slightly alarming.

Decent hoppiness up front with pine and some sticky resin. Thick malt bill, boasting cocoa and dark chocolate, along with some hints of caramel. Touches of nuttiness and roasted coffee. The off scents in the nose are more subdued in the flavor profile, although I could still detect something strange happening towards the middle. Slightly sweet and bitter towards the finish, very small touch of alcohol.

Fuller medium body, overcarbonated, chewy and full on the tongue, but prickly as well. A pretty interesting take on the porter, although the off scents/flavor were interfering with what might otherwise be a delicious beer. I love CC, but this is the 2nd time I've gotten an off bottle.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into an Ommegang flute on 7/19/11

Shared by Spider889

Dark brown; looks a lot like coffee. One thumb cap of foam. Retention is thinner but leaves pretty good lace.

Aroma is rather hoppy. Floral with notes of pine and, to a lesser extent, citrus. Roasty grains sit underneath; tangy chocolate. Overtones of smoke as it warms. Tastes similar but the hops are better handled by the malts. Bitterness is moderate throughout. Very, very grainy. Modest roasted notes. Sweet-bittersweet chocolate. Simple but tastes just fine. Finishes on the dry side. Medium-full body. Kind of slick but not boozy. Starts smooth then turns toward rolling granular fluffiness.

Overall impression: I can dig it. A very solid hoppy porter. Certainly worth a shot.

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

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Tons of head. A 12 oz bottle that sat in the fridge for a few days was a slight gusher. Took a few pours to get it into the glass. Very clinging head. Extremely dark brown with a reddish hue to it. Not black, not light cannot penetrate.

S- One of the more unique smelling beers to come my way in a while. Tons of hops up front, but the roasted maltiness of the porter comes right behind it (some tobacco in there?), and a grapefruit hop kick right in the end. India porter is a very appropriate name.

T- A sharp bite on the tip of the tongue from the carbonation. The roasted malts of the porter coat the tongue, with the hops coming in as a 2nd wave. There's a lot going on here, and quite frankly it's hard to separate them.

M- Pretty full bodied. Very nice for an 8% abv porter.

O- This is a very, very unique beer, and I wasn't sure to think of it before trying it, but it really comes together nicely.

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

Growler brought up to share by Spider889.

This is a good looking beer. A nice, tall tan head throws superb lacing in precise rings. The beer looks nice and black, but ultimately it is edged in red.

Very hoppy. The fresh, green hoppiness is broken up by roasted malts. Accents of black pepper, coffee and cocoa are interspersed.

Very hoppy and green. So much pine its like a fresh pine sapling. Plenty of roastiness too. The hops and malts come together in the middle to create a chocolate and orange sweetness. The finish is more resinous, oily pine.

The carbonation is nice, its very active, but very soft and fluffy. The beer is thickened by massive amounts of oily, resinous piney hops. The finish is dry and cocoa powdery.

A really good beer. This is probably the best India, or hoppy porters I've had.

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a ton of this stuff on my Orlando/Tampa vacation.

A: First off, I poured this sucker way too hard and summoned up a 3-4 finger head that was only a couple of shades lighter than the brew itself.

S: No other CCB beer puts the "cigar" in Cigar City like this one. Deep seated wood scent and that sucker ain't oak. Hoppy and with a tingle of dried fruit.

T: yeast on the forefront, cigar ash in the middle, and rustic wood and fruit on the finish... And a bitter finish it was! I personally didn't get a single grain of chocolate-like or coffee-like notes at any point during the session. This was in a different realm and in a completely different direction.

M: Not too thick, but thick enough. Bitter, but cigar lovers will love it. Foamy, but low on the carbonation side. Also, dare I say fruity?

O: Excellent and unique, but this one is not formall tastes. My wife hated it but I liked it. Divisive to the 10th power.

Photo of brian44556
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Bell's Pint Glass. Couldn't find a bottle date anywhere on the bottle.

Pours a very dark, dark brown, almost black, but light is able to pierce through the beer a tad showing off its brown color. A small tan head forms and spreads out to the sides of the glass leaving a nice lace around the brim of the glass. This beer smells of coffee and sweet chocolate. I gather small notes of char, like this is a smoked porter. Taste is hoppy, grassy, with an after taste of chocolate and coffee. The taste doesn't seem to be quite in line with the smell. Mouthful is on the thin side and beer seems to be well carbonated. Overall another good beer from CCB. This porter ranks in between the 1st and 2nd tier of its class.

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.

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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.