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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: 764
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 93
Gots: 92 | FT: 8
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 MasterSki


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tpd975 for sending me a few bottles of this one. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of tan foam that slowly settles to a medium cap and leaves some solid lacing. Body is a very dark brown that reveals some transparency and red highlights under illumination.

S - Big roast character, caramel, baker's chocolate, coffee, some floral hops. As it warms, maybe the faintest bit of the 8% ABV makes itself known.

T - Taste is much more bitter, with notes of char, smoke, burnt malt, and espresso. Finish has some citrus hop bitterness mixed with a roast bitterness that lingers well into a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. This could use a bit more sweetness to keep things in balance, and seemed like a complete 180° from the nose. This is probably a 3.75 for me, but I suppose I'm a "homer by proxy" thanks to my positive experiences with the Florida crew.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium body that seems a touch watery and undersized for 8%. Otherwise pretty smooth and pleasant.

D - I finished my 12oz bottle fairly quickly, but the char aftertaste got a little bit off-putting by the end. Still, it was pretty easy to finish for a strong, dark brew. Can't wait for the barrel-aged version.

NOTE - More orange citrus hop flavor comes out as it warms up - weird.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 03:55:32 | More by MasterSki
Photo of rmolledo


4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Solid Dark Brown with a small 1 inch tan head. Nice tan lacing.

S: Amazing Caramels, Roasted Malts, Chocolate. Toasted Malts. Pleasant Citrusy Hop Aroma.

T: Amazing Depth of flavor. Bitter Chocolate. Burnt Cookies. Cocoa Powder. Very Hoppy. Chocolate Covered Orange Peels.

MF: Slick with a moderately heavy body. Moderate Carbonation.

D: Another amazing beer from Cigar City. This beer in many ways is similar to Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale but with more of a malty body and thicker mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 22:30:43 | More by rmolledo
Photo of AgentZero


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

A - A black pour with a light, tan head. Not a ton on it, no lacing, not much retention.

S - Smells very sweet, I get a lot of sweet chocolate and some sort of dark fruit. It's sweet enough that it almost seems like berries.

T - A very sweet porter. Chocolate and dark fruit, quite sweet, not really what I was anticipating when I saw it was a porter. Good roasted malts.

M - A nicely bodied porter with good depth.

D - Pretty solid beer, I liked it, and the alcohol is well hidden. Not a world beater, but a pretty good one.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 03:47:46 | More by AgentZero
Photo of aepb1


4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with little to no head, some white lacing on the edge

S- Roasted coffee (fair trade certified Cafe Estima my girlfriend tells me!), sweet malts and some alcohol too

T- Roasted coffee again, earth (green tasting) hops finish, seems to be a lot going on here!

M- Medium bodied with a nice smoothness and good carbonation

D- Very interesting take on the American Porter, the hoppy finish really entices me back. Wish it were not a limited release!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 04:12:52 | More by aepb1
Photo of CampusCrew


4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: Pitch black low head but nice streaking lace down the glass.

smell: heavy coffee

taste: Wow, another gem. nice big porter, lots of coffee flavor backed up by a heavy bitter hop dosage. Might be better than black butte

mouthfeel: heavy body

drinkability: Probably the best porter Ive had and one of the best CC's too.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 01:34:29 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Sean9689


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to Kan.

A - Pours black, light tan head, no lacing, no retention.

S - Dark chocolate, oak, big bitter notes, vanilla.

T - Chocolate and hops, pretty straight forward. I'm digging this beer. If you're looking for an as-advertised beer, this is it. A hoppy porter.

M - Light to medium, subtle carbonation, creamh finish.

D - I like this offering. A nice straight forward hoppy porter. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 15:15:17 | More by Sean9689
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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Bells tulip...Medium brown pour, light tan, not much to note...SUPER sweet aroma, what is going on here? Tons of chocolate and cocoa powder...Taste is a complete 180 from the aroma, all the sweet chocolate is gone replaced by coffee, roasty, bitter coffee, light chalk finish, distracting end.

Interesting because its not at all what you expect, give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 06:33:21 | More by jrallen34
Photo of thetomG


3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown color - nice tan ring of foam but very little lacing left on the glass. Aroma is very strong roasty malts with a nice hint of baking chocolate. Flavor is insanely more robust. Just massive flavors of roasted malts dominate through and through.

Well carbonated and very drinkable, especially considering the relatively high ABV.

I'd definitely drink more of this, but probably only one at a time due to the intense flavors present.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 04:49:56 | More by thetomG
Photo of blivingston1985

North Carolina

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

Streaming a DVD quality version of Iron Man 2 online while drinking this little surprise I found 2 the store tonight. Dark, rich and the lightest bitter on the back of the tongue Well crafted American Porter from Cigar City. Even my girlfriend liked it. Coffee in the nose and makes up much of the taste, but is very well balanced between the 8% ABV and the rich malts. Yum. And a reasonable price for CCB. Just over $10 with tax.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 05:12:09 | More by blivingston1985
Photo of tpd975


4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consumed this one numerous times both on draft and from the bottle.

A: Pours a nice rich deep black. Nice tall espresso like head that lasts and lasts. Nice thick lace all the way down the glass.

S: Wonderful roasted malt aromas with loads of chocolate and light coffee. The hops are there in a big way as well.

T: Wonderful rich roasted flavors. Wonderful chocolate balanced by equal amounts of bitter coffee. The roast is bold just shy of what I would call smokey. The hops are very earthy and green with a light citric undertone.

M: Medium in body, smooth, drinkable, with a bit of hoppy bite in the finish.

D: Great, I love this beer. Will miss it when it's gone.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2010 23:05:34 | More by tpd975
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South Carolina

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

Poured from the bottle into my pint glass. Thank you Todes for trading me this.

A - Dark brown body, almost black with a circle of white head on top

S - Very chocolaty with a hint of roast also maybe a bit salty?

T - Chocolaty flavor matches the nose, Also some light roasted notes. Not much going on with the hops in this one but I wasn't expecting it. All the flavor is up front in this one with a little bit of coffee flavor in the finish but not much. Really gives more of a chocolate flavor as it warms and an overall bigger flavor.

M - light carbonation, medium to heavy body

D - Pretty drinkable. A nice porter but nothing that blows me away. Provides a lot more chocolate flavor than most with a mix of milk and dark chocolate notes. I enjoyed this and would drink it again but doubt I'd seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 01:29:58 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of adkirkish


3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark brown with a thin light tan head w/ quick dissipation.

A: Roasted and dark malts, medium coffee aroma, no hop aromatics.

F: Roasted cubano coffee flavor from start to finish with some residual malt sweetness and backing. This is a breakfast beer for sure. I didn't get any hop bitterness. The coffee was the dominating flavor to me.

M: Medium body and mouthfeel w/ light carbonation, no warmth. No creaminess.

O: I enjoyed this beer. Well brewed with no major defects. I would have liked some more smoothness / carbonation. I would pair this beer with my morning eggs and bacon.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 22:34:15 | More by adkirkish
Photo of babaracas


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

(Oh, hey i CAN review retired beers that aren't actually retired. cool, here's my review from last week.)

Pours an opaque-ish very dark brown with dense two finger khaki head, half inch sticks around indefinitely. Intensely roasty, dark chocolate, slight wood smoke, and a bunch of hops - earthy, leafy, and orange citrus. Taste: robust might be the word here. Pretty damn hoppy, but this is no quasi IPA, it's a serious porter. Very roasty, just a little burnt, and lots of leafy and orange citrus hops. Bitter orange chocolate lingers after the sip. Mouthfeel: splitting hairs but it could be a bit creamier upfront (it gets there eventually). A win for CCB.

Brewed late August 2010, drank 9/3/2010.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 05:16:48 | More by babaracas
Photo of jsanford


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

Just got this filled at the brewery on 9/1/10. Poured into my Stone IRS tulip.

A - Pours a dark-as-possible-without-being-black brown with a 1-finger, creamy ivory head that never fully dissipates. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S - Everything about this screams "porter", but in a really well-done way. Dark roasted malt, sweet coffee, milk chocolate and a slight hint of dark berries, perhaps blackberries.

T - Oh man. Super "roasty", right on course with the nose. Chocolate is really jumping out at me. Very well-balanced.

M - Medium bodied, extremely creamy. Carbonation is nice and prickly.

D - Like all CC brews, this one is incredibly drinkable and potentially dangerous at 8% ABV.

Easily one of the best Porters I've ever had, but given Cigar City's track record this comes as no surprise. They're doing some great thing down there in Tampa!

Serving type: growler

09-05-2010 05:34:53 | More by jsanford
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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
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