Puppy's Breath Porter | Cigar City Brewing

88 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Puppy's Breath PorterPuppy's Breath Porter

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark in color with a ruby hue with forward notes of chocolate and caramel and light toffee notes in the aroma. Flavor has big notes of bittersweet chocolate with notes of caramel and toffee and moderate hop bitterness and more caramel and toffee and slight hints of char. A big take on a classic style.

40 IBU

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-04-2009

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 635
Photo of Triples
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Broken Barrel in Palm Bay, FL. Looks delightful. The smell is etherial - chocolate, coffee and cherry with a whiff of alcohol.

Taste is smooth with a complex, warming afterburn. Mouthfeel is full-bodied goodness. This beauty is perfectly carbonated, and leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Exceptionally drinkable. The wife says "Thank G-- you listened to me, babe!" - she recommended it as our 'dessert' beer. Very nice.

 444 characters

Photo of CraftyViki
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Puppy's Breath Porter is as delicious as its name is cute. This porter is big on flavor without being sharp. And now it is available in cans : )
In my top favorite porters for sure.

 184 characters

Photo of PorterLambic
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Arrives the darkest possible brown with a silky, creamy dark tan head resting gently on top. Head lasts a good long time and leave a very thick film and great lacing. Think Guinness.
Smell is toasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and light cardboard. Balance is really good, fairly complex.
Taste is toast, coffee, malt, semisweet chocolate, light vanilla and cardboard notes.
Rich, silky smooth, full body, light effervescence. This just floats across the tongue. Warming from start to way after the finish. Possibly the single smoothest beer I've ever had.

 566 characters

Photo of codysjb
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve had this on draft at the brewery and from a 1 gallon growler multiple times since I was at the brewery eight days ago. This particular is from some of the beer from the growler which was siphoned into a wine bottle, corked and sealed with wax. It has held up incredibly well. Served in a pint glass.
A: Black and brown beer with little head (same as from brewery).
S: Roasted malts and caramel.
T: Malty, caramel and some small notes of vanilla and that sweetness that Cigar city dark beers have. Not as evident as Marshal Zhukov but still there.
M: A little bit of a coffee taste and the same roasted, caramel goodness that accompanies the rest of the beer.
O: This is a great porter that has held up extremely well since I bought it. I wish this was bottled because it rivals some of the better six pack porters that I like as regular everyday beers (Founders, Ballast point…).

 888 characters

Photo of ordybill
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. The appearance is a black color with a very small brown head. The aroma is a simple mix of caramel and roasted malt, excellent smell. The taste matches the aroma. A very good porter.

 226 characters

Photo of daveruman
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

nice big head when poured

A:dark brown, nice hue

S: nice porter smell, chocolate and caramel

T: slightly bitter, dark, gritty, dark chocolate nice character

M: nice low carbonation, smooth on the tongue, stays nice and strong cold and warmed up.

O: I didn't think I would like it as much as I did. One of my favorite porters now, quite honestly. It has a good balance and isn't as overwhelming as the founders porter for me. I think it is a pretty damn good porter.

 472 characters

Photo of Doodler
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mini Growler - thanks to Hopscotch for this one. Shared with Ratman. Dark rich pour with nice lacing, Nose of chocolate and espresso. Offers up a tasty maltiness, with a dusty? / dry ? coffee and molasses character. Finishes a bit bitter but still nice overall. Liked this beer. .

 280 characters

Photo of Shaunbkgb
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Tasted from can. Possibly my favorite straight porter of all time. Creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic balance and a long, interesting finish. Highly recommend.

 154 characters

Photo of TX-Badger
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on nitro at the brewery. Pours a dark, dark brown with creamy ivory head. Chocolate, caramel, and a hint of toffee on the nose, just a little sweetness; follows onto the palate. Finishes with notes of roasted malt. Very nice.

 229 characters

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 for sending me a growler of this for consumption on my birthday weekend! Served from growler into a Funky Buddha snifter (also compliments of Jeff in this package). Poured pitch black with a half finger light brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, and a hint of smoke. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew was nothing short of excellent. This style has really been growing on me lately as I have enjoyed quite a few offerings of this style. The flavor on this one is great and quite complex. While holding this complexity it is very smooth, making it QUITE easy to drink. The aroma was very nice and inviting and pretty much spot-on for what I enjoy about Baltic Porters. My only complaint... That this was only a 32 oz growler. I could have drank a 64 oz of this no problem, even at 8%. A definite must try for sure as this is a stellar brew.

 1,169 characters

Photo of electrobunny
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: deep black body with a thick frothy tan head.

S: Nice dark chocolate notes in the nose with whole grains (oat-like) with toffee and touch of smoke and coffee.

T: Tasty. It's a bigger version of their Jose Marti. Big roasted grains up front give it a nice coffee feel accompanied by burnt sugar and dark bitter chocolate. Nice earthy/piney bite at the finish with a persistent coffee note. There are touches of dark fruit in the background but coffee and chocolate are dominant.

M: A little thin probably due to low carbonation. Finishes dry with medium a body.

D: Nice porter. Good blend of smokey coffee like malt and earthy hop bite. Well put together.

 664 characters

Photo of humuloner22
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very well made porter here. Not the best that I have ever had because its fairly straightforward but it is also not a bad porter. Very well represented for the style.

Appearance: Dark brown no light penetration at all. The head develops pretty intensely in the beginning and then settles to a nice lacing pattern for the rest of the pour. I read below some commenting that they noticed red notes in this one but either my lighting is different or they got a different batch, but mine has no noticeable red notes its pure dark pulchritude.

Aroma: Some dark chocolate notes fairly inoffensive its got that nice dark roasted barley thing going for it.

Taste: Chocolate and malts blend well together very flavorful and creamy and sweet but not overly sweet, spot on. I love stouts and I consider a porter to be basically a light stout and this one is no different, its a very enjoyable beer no doubt.

Overall: Another feather in the cap of Cigar City. I wish I lived in Florida or a state that got its distribution. Thankfully I have an amazing trading partner who hooks me up when I need my fix!

 1,097 characters

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark orange brown with a huge tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: chocolate, nuts, tons of malt, light coffee, brown sugar, toffee, caramel

T: tons of coffee and dark chocolate flavor, sweet malts abound balance by just enough lemon citrus hops to keep the sweetness in check, bittersweet chocolate, toffee, hazelnuts

M: medium with nice carbonation

O: a beautiful porter true to the style, the body is light enough for it not to be a stout, well done

 520 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to a good friend who sent me up some extra special ccb offerings this week. i decided to crack this one open this afternoon as i needed to get a jump start on my day! served col and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 09/25/2010.

a rich dark pour produces a nice light tan head that quickly fades to a thin lacing around the sides and a few scarce bubbles. dark as night with an abyss looking color to it.

the aroma is huge, deep roasted malts, touches of chocolate an vanilla. lovely notes of dark fruits and a touch of vanilla and coffee. amazing and the perfect way to start my day. not as thick as i thought it would be, but i have to say it still works well. rich chocolate waves rush across the palate and are smushed aside by a deep resonant coffee note. this coffee only gets stronger as we let it come up to room temperature. really an amazing beer i have to admit. dark fruit notes and vanilla come through on the finish after the last of the coffee flushes from the mouth.

overall i was freakin impressed with this one. amazing depth and ungodly drinkability. i would have this all day.

 1,127 characters

Photo of Gtreid
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz. growler poured into my ccb tulip.

A: Pretty much black. The pour dropped a 2 finger sand colored head that faded to a thin Rim and left excellent lace.

A: Chocolate, roasted, and smoked malts. Nice assault on the nose. Notes of cocca nibs, tangy molasses,and earthy hops.

T: More chocolate, but the smoke is a bit more prevalent. Nice balance of malts, smoke, roast, chocolate, and black. Finishes a bit sweet and bitter, no hint of the abv.

M: Medim body, just as I would suspect from a porter. And as usual, perfect carbonation from the guys at ccb.

O: I like this one so much better then Jose marti. Much more dramatic flavor profile, and justa better beer. This is the porter they should bottle. Excellent brew. Skal.

 733 characters

Photo of oline73
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some red hints where the light hits the beer. There is a two finger, smooth off white head. This beer has good retention and really great lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet and roasty malt right off the bat. Dark chocolate with some mild caramel. Nice and smooth.

Taste: Just as roasty as the smell. The roast from the malt is just little bit bitter. Some dark chocolate and sweetness. The finish is roasty and bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with aggressively tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really easy drinking porter. I couldn't taste the alcohol at all. Simple and extremely smooth. Really glad I got to try this one.

 748 characters

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber to black color with a light tan head. In the aroma, coffee and chocolate that is quite pronounced. In the taste, coffee, dry chocolate and a hit of hoppy bitterness. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry roasty coffee in the aftertaste. A nice coffee and chocolate taste, nice hop presence, really freakin' good.

 346 characters

Photo of BMMillsy
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at House of Beer in Gainesville. Pours dark opaque brown with minimal head. Smell of huge coffee here with significant chocolate, earthy and sweet all in one. Heavy coffee flavor with chocolate finish, the flavor is incredible bordering on semisweet chocolate syrup, with the coffee more subdued than the palate . Medium heavy mouthfeel. Exceptionally creamy. Yum.

 371 characters

Photo of gunnerman
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the tap house at CCB, Poured a pitch black with a nice lace on the glass, small hints of ruby shine through the blackness. A nice roasted malt profile with hints of cocoa, coffee, and sweetness. Taste was very impressive, a double maduro brown ale, this has that maduro base but is more complex with a nice smoked roast flavor towards the front end, and a bitter chocolate coffee aftertaste. Overall another fine offering from CCB this brewery continues to impress me, can't wait for this to be bottled.

 513 characters

Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My midwest and New England experience has emibttered me, apparently, because I was shocked by the ubiquity of Cigar City around Tampa. Try finding Three Floyds at any random place in Chicago. Or Trillium outside of a handful of good beer bars. The best brewers are supposed to be super exclusive, right? Providing kegs only to hipster bars?

Not Cigar City. It's at hockey games and hotel bars. And Puppy's Breath was everywhere, right alongside Jai Alai.

Pours dark red with a medium head. Smells intense, much bigger than I was expecting from a widely available flagship. The aroma is that of a standard porter--rough, bittersweet barley and dry hops--only amplified.

Tastes as it smells. Bitter and sweet malt dominates throughout, balanced at the end by hops and char and punctuated throughout by little bursts of chocolate and fruit. Wonderfully large and variegated, yet smooth throughout.

The availability is awesome and the fact that they would choose an 8% ABV porter as one of their flagships is equally awesome.

 1,039 characters

Photo of sendsilk
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Cigar City

A: Not much of a head. Very dark beer, nice lacing on the glass.

S: Mild chocolate notes. Some smell (almost bitersweet) that's difficult to quantify into terms.

T: This is nice. A mid palate explosion that fades over very quickly. Nothing really left on the palate afterward. A rich beer with a touch of maltiness, coffee and chocolate.

M: While drinking this its' extremely nice, but the finish is a bit abrupt and dry. Luckily I can keep taking another sip of this delicious beer!

Overall: Very nice. I have had this many times at the tasting room. Unfortunately it was only available for a short time.

 636 characters

Photo of adam42381
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 9/29/11.

Poured on draft into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cola brown, almost black, with a 1 finger creamy light tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Sweet and roasted malt with a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Fruity bitterness and roasted malt up front followed by chocolate in the middle before ending with hoppy bitterness and sweet malt at the finish. Aftertaste is bittersweet. Definitive CCB flavor comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. The elevated ABV% would keep you from drinking multiples, but the flavor is very good.

Overall: Very good beer overall. This isn't your typical porter, so it's more closely related to an imperial stout. Definitely try this one if you get the chance.

 827 characters

Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark rich black. Nice tall tan head with good retention and lace.

S: Loads of roasted malt and rich chocolate. Light coffee with some dark fruit and a touch of molasses.

T: Wonderfully roasted. Loads of chocolate with strong espresso notes. Hints of smoke and pipe tobacco. Bold and roasty goodness.

M: Medium in body, uber roasty, a bit bitter and dry in the finish.

D: Nice and drinkable. Love this one and the Jose Marti.

 444 characters

Photo of Immortale25
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Bought from the Cigar City tasting room.

A- Pours a solid black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that soon slips down to an 1/8 inch thin head and has nice spackled lacing coating the entire circumference of the glass.

S- A fresh, clean malt nose that's quite sweet and has notes of chocolate.

T- Rich, roasty chocolate with a bit of caramel in the aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden beautifully as every sip is better than the last. A hint of glass but that's expected from such a malty brew.

M- Robust as CC's description promised. Not too heavy that it becomes a sipper though. Medium-high carbonation keeps things interesting all the way down.

O- Much better than the Jose Marti porter IMHO.

 734 characters

Photo of syrupjoe
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gtreid for a fresh growler of this goodness.

This thing pours so beautifully. It is a deep deep brown color with shades of dark cinammon on the edges. Head is about one finger of creamy deliciousness that is the color of the inside of an almond.

Nose gives off notes of chocolate, roast, slight vanilla, chocolate cookies, and dairy. Slight smokiness.

Taste is very rich with roastiness, slight malt sweetness, and is lightly acidic and smoky.

Moderate carbonation with an overall very well balanced flavor profile. Easy on the uptake with a gritty and roasty but clean finish.

Very delicious.

 609 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Puppy's Breath Porter from Cigar City Brewing
4.07 out of 5 based on 635 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.