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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: 888
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 99
Gots: 122 | 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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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.

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!

José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.