José Martí India Porter - French Oak - Cigar City Brewing
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3.15/5 rDev -9.7%
Reviewed from tasting notes.
Poured out a dark brown with two cm of tan head on top that lasts for about a minute and a half, minimal lacing.
Smells of garam masala, dark chocolate, black coffee, charred malt, and a touch of licorice.
Tastes of bitter tannic oak, combined with a splash of acidic soy sauce over the typical porter chocolate /coffee. In some ways, the oak wood is almost like a hopping substitute. In other ways, the oak wood is a completely overwhelming force that drowns out many of the other subtle flavors that probably would have existed if the wood wasn't there.
In summary, this one has a bit TOO much wood. Because it has gotten to the point where it is obvious that the wooden flavor is obscuring some of the more delicate nuances of a beer's flavor.
08-12-2012 21:19:29 | More by WastingFreetime
2.5/5 rDev -28.4%
750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Black with a big off-white head. Good retention. Great lacing.
Smell - Hops, coffee, and lots of oak. Serious oak.
Taste - Tastes like regular Jose Marti at first. Hoppy, coffee, chocolate. Then the oak hits. Like a train wreck of oak. Strong, ashy, dry oak. Bad.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Terrible finish of oak. Medium carbonation.
Overall - Really ruined by the oak. The oak flavor is overpoweringly bad. The beer starts off good and ends up nearly undrinkable.
07-21-2012 19:38:00 | More by Alieniloquium
4.28/5 rDev +22.6%
Received in trade from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid dark brown with a huge bubbly tan head that slowly recedes to lots of sticky lace. Smells of chocolate and roast with a hint of licorice, earthy and herbal with some faint woody notes. The flavor comes through with chocolate and roast up front that segue's to a vinous and earthy herbal flavor. The finish is a bit heavy on the woody, but nothing like the cedar aged stuff I've tried. Medium body with a moderate to heavy level of carbonation and a bubbly earthy oaky almost ashy mouthfeel. I've gotta hand it to Cigar City for always surprising my taste buds, this is another wonderfully unique beer that I'm glad I was able to sample.
07-08-2012 01:56:48 | More by johnnnniee
4.18/5 rDev +19.8%
Big thanks to sendsilk for this bottle. It ranks as one of my top 3-5 CCB beers to date.
Black with a tan head. leaves excellent lacing on my glass.
Wow the aroma is flush with white oak. The French oak is actually distinguishable - it has a new furniture and more floral quality than American oak does. Nice char aroma from the malt with green hoppiness.
The flavor begins with big oaky notes as well. The oak tastes fresh, dry, and grainy. Loads of bitter green hops - the base beer is considered an "India Porter" by the brewery I believe.
Super dry mouthfeel from all that oak.
Overall the oak is borderline overpowering, and I do feel like half the people i shared this with at Jackie O's felt as much. But for me this was extremely delicious and showcases just how powerfully positive oak can be in the right beer.
05-30-2012 20:41:59 | More by Spider889
3.38/5 rDev -3.2%
Thanks Rhettroactive for sharing this one. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured black in color thick foamy head. Pretty nice looking beer of the style.
The aroma has a pretty bold, woody oak presence to it. It mixes with some sweeter cocoa and a little hoppiness as well. The French oak seems to dominate a little too much though making it seem too one dimensional.
The taste also shows a lot of the woody oak to it, especially in the finish. A little more sweeter caramel and chocolate to it along with some hoppy, herbal bitterness. Again, the woody oak just seems to dominate it a little too much.
The mouthfeel feels a little thin for the style with moderate carbonation. Overall, it was a decent but not great beer. It felt one dimensional with the oak being the dominant flavor. The oak just didn't compliment it all that well.
04-10-2012 13:22:18 | More by billab914
District of Columbia
2.95/5 rDev -15.5%
From 750mL bottle to Portsmouth glass on 4/5/12
A: God damn dark. Rich brown to black hue gives this the appearance of an RIS, not a Porter. A .5 finger creamy head leads to a good collar and solid lacing.
S: Herbaceous. Freshly shoveled earth. Wood chips. A touch of hops circle my nose too, yet it's all a bit one note and not all that appealing.
T: Way too much wood. There's not enough balance or complexity, as the French oak bludgeons the base beer. Jose's typical hop bill is sorta-kinda there, but muted in a really negative way by the tannic and off-putting wood. They don't marry well in the slightest. Even when I'm finished with each sip, I can't get the char out of my mouth.
M: Plenty thick and rich. CCB has a history of top shelf body, and this is no exception.
O: I can't recommend this beer. It's unbalanced in a way that comes off as lazy and uninspired. Maybe a rum barrel or some type of agave nectar infusion would be cool. But as it is, this is most certainly not very good.
A (somewhat) rare miss for CCB.
04-09-2012 23:36:18 | More by Rhettroactive
3.58/5 rDev +2.6%
750ml bottle courtesy of blazer06. Into a Deschutes Snifter.
A: Pours a deep brown with 2 inches of tan colored head that doesn't want to go away. Incredibly dense head. Nice rings of lacing that are left behind as the head slowly recedes.
S: Interesting mix of wood, slightly burnt malts and caramel. Some decent notes of coffee and chocolate. Fresh cut wood really dominates the nose.
T: A lot like the base beer, with a huge charred oak presence. Still fairly hoppy with some citrus thrown in the mix. Decent amount of hop resins in here as well. Chocolatey and slightly roasty. All of this lies under a MASSIVE amount of wood. Oak flavors linger on the tongue forever after the swallow. If the oak was knocked back by about 40% it would be so much better.
M: Nice here, medium body with lower carbonation finish is mostly dry which is probably a result of the oak.
O: Just too oaky for my tastes. I like the oak to impart subtle woody characteristics, this just over does it, even more so than the Odell Woodcut beers. Glad I got to try it though!
03-04-2012 22:51:22 | More by pokesbeerdude
2.08/5 rDev -40.4%
Reviewed from notes. Split with lookitsmp.
A- Pours a dark brown with a tight finger of head that leaves nice lacing, but recedes to a cap fairly quickly.
S- Huge notes of oak followed by some coffee, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, and some booze. Extremely wood-forward beer.
T- Huge oak/wood again followed by some roasted notes, but mostly trumped by a plastic taste that permeates the entire beer. If you've ever smelled burning Styrofoam or plastic cups...it tastes like that.
M- Thin and highly carbonated.
O- Strangest porter I've had. Strongest woody/off flavors I've encountered in a brew. Really disappointing since I love Jose Marti so much.
01-15-2012 10:05:51 | More by stxSS07
3.6/5 rDev +3.2%
Bottle shared at the December iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours dark brown with a fluffy khaki head. Fresh-cut wood/sawdust aroma, vague lime fruitiness, and dark chocolate. Biter chocolate flavor, well-married to a very prominent woodiness (cigar box/fireplace notes). Too much wood but not bad.
01-03-2012 09:55:09 | More by illidurit
3.38/5 rDev -3.2%
Big thanks to Andrew for the hookup on this one. Split with Dave and Casey...
Poured from a bomber into a RR snifter...
A - Pours black with a one finger light brown head. Head retention is decent and there is a good amount of sticky lacing to be had...
S - Wow, this one is definitely oak foward. Strong oak notes with a little vanilla in the background...
T - Like the nose, oak dominates here. Vanilla and a little chocolate also make an appearance, but oak comes through very strong, and is a little overwhelming. Not a bad tasting beer per se, but kind of one dimensional...
M - Mdium bodied with a moderate amount of carboantion, and an incredibly dry finish...
O - Way to much oak to be had here. Overpowers the base beer, and makes for a one dimensional oak bomb. First CC beer that has let me down...
12-27-2011 21:35:37 | More by comfortablynumb1
3.68/5 rDev +5.4%
Thanks to chefmonty for sharing. Poured into an Overlord approved Cigar City snifter.
Pours pitch black with faint mahogany edges and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Huge toasted oak aroma with a dominating charred wood presence with some roasted dark malts underneath. As the beer warms the maltnotes become more evident.
Medium bodied with a bery prominent dry oak presence that dominates the flavor, lingering into a bone dry finish. As the beer warms and the palate adjusts to all of the oak flavor, there is a nice roasts malt haracter hidden underneath. Hints of dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, toast and oatmeal. ABV is well masked but this could be tough to drink for those who aren't into virgin oak beers.
11-29-2011 21:58:36 | More by corby112
José Martí India Porter - French Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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