José Martí American Porter - Cigar City Brewing

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José Martí American PorterJosé Martí American Porter

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Ratings: 859
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 100
Gots: 122 | FT: 13
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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 SFLpunk
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Photo of zhanson88
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to sendsilk for sending me this beer in a trade. Thanks a lot Matt!

Appearance: This beer pours a deep brown color that appears black in the glass. I can detect slight deep ruby hues around the edges when I hold it up to light. About 1.5 fingers of light tan head forms that has decent retention and pretty nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts in this beer, as well as some smoke. A very smoke/roast heavy porter. Maybe a few hints of bitter dark chocolate as well, and definitely some hops too. It's really pretty hoppy when I get my nose in it more.

Taste: Very roasted malt and smoke heavy. Some slightly sweet dark chocolate and a good dose of hops as well to help balance it out a bit.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Just under medium bodied with great fine carbonation. Very creamy. I've been very impressed by the amount of body Cigar City has in their brews. Overall, a pretty solid porter, especially if you like a big roasted/smoke characteristic. I was impressed with this.

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

A - A chocolate coffee looking stout. Nice tan head and some lace retention on the glass.

S - A roasty chocolate coffee smell. Roasted malts, and lots of them.

T - Very sweet. Sweet malts and maybe chocolate up front, and smoked malts and vanilla flavor afterwords. A smoky flavor throughout, which is not surprising coming from a brewery named Cigar City. Alcohol is very present.

M - Very crisp, full bodied. Nice sharp bite at the end of the sip.

D - Drinkability is fairly low. It is a little too boozy. But a very good porter.

Photo of jbone78
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought me a couple of these from Tampa.

Pours deep brown/might be a tad hazy, but I'm in a dark room. Because that's where I drink my dark beers. I personally don't smell very well, but I think I get a little vanilla and light maltiness. Tastes a little complex. Starts off with some roasty characters, fades into vanilla and finishes with an earthy semi-dry character that reminds me of that taste of cigar resin. If that makes sense? But I like it. Drinks well for an 8%er. I'd buy more, if we could get it in the Panhandle.


Photo of JayS2629
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with dark mahogany edges, a thin white head with descent lacing. The smell is very roasted and malty. Chocolates laced with hints of coffee and earthy grass tones. A mixture of woody oak and dark chocolate. Very hoppy for a porter. Nice chocolate tones upfront with hints of coffee in the back. Lots of roasted goodness. Hint of smoke and a background of oak and wood tanins. A good earthy hop flavor throughout. Thick, and full bodied. Very drinkable and interestingly balanced between a strong earthy hop feel, a good roasted malt, and some woody tones. Very complex and interesting, but very drinkable and simple.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
8% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Thorpe429 for this Florida brew!

A - Near silent, José pours with perfect clarity into the pint dark brown with caramel highlights that accent the beer near the bottom. A tan head rests gently on top and wispy lace clutches the sides.

S - Chocolate rich, there's a ton of roasted malts in this guy. Cocoa nibs, dark, bittersweet chocolate, wisps of molasses, and a fairly prominent earthy hop balance lines the malt. A good start!

T - Black, strong espresso overwhelms the once strong chocolate profile. Smoky notes involve themselves with bitter chocolate chunk and a cocoa finish. Heavily roasted black malts are quite huge here. Well-balanced with hops though.

M - Full-bodied and rich, there is little carbonation but it doesn't feel thin or flat. Very smooth across the palette but harshly acrid bitter on the finish. Balanced very well here.

O - This would make a fantastic dessert beer with chocolate cake or freshly baked, damp, chocolate chip cookies. I can't imagine drinking this in Florida though unless it got pretty cold at night. A delicious porter with a decent level of drinkability.

Photo of Trilogy31
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown bording on pitch black, with a fluffy two fingers of foam leaving thick lacing. The nose is a dose of ethel alcohol, roasted malts, coconut vodka, and barrel aged rum. Taste has has bitter roasted malts, toasted coconut, myers dark rum and a somewhat hoppy finish. Full bodied with a somewhat astrigent finish in the mouth. Really not that excited about this beer and it wraps up a somewhat disappointing night of beer drinking.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown, lighter edging. A nice full bubbly head with good retention

S - Not a lot to go on here. Coffee, chocolate, pine and hazelnut

T - Nice chocolate flavour. Weaker coffee in the back but balanced well with the hops. It wasn't overly bitter and I was expecting a stronger hop presence since it is an "india porter". No idea why it would be called that.

M - Medium, drying, slight burn from the 8%

O - A strong porter. Not overly difficult to drink although you can tell the 8% ABV is not a lie.

Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cyrusthepup for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, not much of a head on this one, and some minimal sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, lots of chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is malty, chocolate/toffee, and caramel. Medium Body, very nice dry/bitter finish. A pretty tasty brew.

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

Another thanks to Lerxst!

Pours almost black with a bit of amber highlights. Frothy tan head that slowly recedes. Lots of lacing.

Chocolate covered raisins comes out strongly in the aroma. Dark roasted coffee, dark fruits, and some citrus.

The taste begins with a good dose of citrussy hops. Lots of orange and pine. Balanced with roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Finishes with hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel is creamy but with a good amount of carbonation. The hop profile with the carbonation seems to create a cooling sensation, almost suggesting something akin to mint.

Overall, a very good beer. When I first tasted it, I was quite surprised by the amount of hops. (The bottle just says "American Porter." I didn't realize it is an "India" porter.) The Black-IPA style has taken off recently. I think many of these beers just go over-the-top, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I like how this is still a very well balanced and easy to drink beer.

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

Poured a deep roasted chesnut brown with 1/2 tan colored head that lasted pretty well,maybe the biggest hop profile I have ever come across in a porter,not ony in the nose but on the palate as well.Resiny hop mixed with roast and a hint of unsweetened chocolate,dry and appetizing.Again the huge hop profile on the palate with hefty roast,its quite dry and the alcohol is extremely well hidden.My only small complaint would be maybe I would like a little more complexity and or sweetness to mix with the hops,but in saying that I think its a great porter.I love the big hops going on here.

Photo of Agold
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with sendsilk.

Pours with about a quarter inch of medium colored head which recedes very quickly to a film. The aroma hits you in the face with chocolate and roasted malts with a little bit of citrus hop character just underneath. The taste is the same. Sharp roastiness and chocolate come through with a bit of citrus hops and bitterness just to balance. Medium light mouthfeel. Really impressive beer, and even at 8% goes down like a champ.

Photo of godfathermg57
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Not surprisingly pours a dark brown/black with a white head.
S: Chocolate Malt and a hint of a fruit that I can't quite get my finger on. Overall not as strong of a smell as I would have liked however..
T: No surprise here: malt and chocolate but pretty well rounded. One of the better tasting porters I've had (I prefer their RIS cousins)
M: It's a bit thin for me. I prefer my dark beers with a little bit more body to them.
O: Overall its a decent brew and one I'd probably buy again.

Photo of suspect
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: A wonderful dark brown color comes put of this bottle. A mildly aggressive pour leads to three fingers of thick, creamy tan head that lingers throughout the session. Lacing sticks and stays the whole time too.

S: chocolate malt hits the nose first and really is present throughout the nose. Really wonderful smell here.

T: very nice chocolate malt flavor followed the smell exactly as expected. Booze here is extremely well hidden.

M: Creamy goodness here as well with the booze hidden here too.

O: quite frankly this is my favorite porter. It's really too bad it's not available around these here parts.

Photo of billab914
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Three Floyds glass. It poured dark brown in color with a thin tan head covering the top. The head was small, but remained through drinking it as well as leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a lot of hoppiness to it. I get a citrusy, juicy aroma mixed with some chocolaty, porter flavors. It has a bit of a fruity, cherry like flavor to it as well. Very interesting aroma.

The taste shows off the hoppiness in it as well with some bold citrus flavors throughout the beer. I get some roasted and bitter chocolate flavors coming through as well. It's an interesting combination of flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and moderately silky smooth. Carbonation is a little below average, but fits a porter pretty nicely. Overall, this was an interesting beer but not one of my favorites. It wasn't bad at all, but things needed to mesh better for me for it to be something outstanding.

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.

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

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.

José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 859 ratings.