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Puppy's Breath PorterPuppy's Breath Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
627
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
24.02%
 
 
Wants:
101
Gots:
140
For Trade:
12
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Photo of MacQ32
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours near black with a dense finger+ of mocha colored head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Super sweet chocolatey notes, some bitter dark chocolates too, minimal tofee and coffee aromas.

T - Initially a bit dry a roasty, transitions into overwhelming amounts of sweet chocolate goodness. Finish is long and minimally roasty and a bit sweet

M - Medium bodied or maybe a bit more, fairly silky but decent carbonation. Pretty ideal drink ability for a porter

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Photo of CraftyViki
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

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Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

The beer comes in a black color.

The aroma hits of chocolate, roasted malt, and the familiar aroma of slightly robust porter.

The flavor hits of a medium to light porter. Light roasted malt, a hint of creaminess, mild chocolate. After 5 seconds on the palate, the beer finally explodes of huge chunky chocolate, brownie, a luscious sweetness, and then a coffee bitterness on the finish.

A perplexing beer that offers so little on the front, but a gorgeous finish that is deserving of an 8% porter.

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Photo of daveruman
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a shaker pint.

Appearance - Big creamy head. Pillowy cream color. Excellent retention. Black body.

Smell - Roasty aroma. Some milk chocolate.

Taste - Roasty and a little sweet up front. Dark chocolate. Nutty malts in the back. Slightly bitter dark roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium light. Creamy. Mildly bitter.

Overall - Tasty. And a nice drinkable porter.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

A-Black in the glass, but clear amber brown when pouting.

S-Chocolate and some coffee dominate with a little bit of roasted malt.

T-Starts with a nice chocolate flavor and a nice bit of coffee. Some brown sugar and roasted malt as well.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation and a tad watery.

O-The flavor is good but the watery mouthfeel detracts.

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Photo of zac16125
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%

12oz can into a pint glass
canned on: 8/7/14

Thanks to allisonmichelle for sending this one over as an extra

A: Pours an opaque black with 3 fingers width of tan colored head. Head dissipates down fairly slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Semi-sweet cocoa, blonde roast coffee, lactose-like heavy cream. Straightforward, but just what a basic porter should be IMO. 4.25

T: Similar too, but not as good as the aroma. Decent amount of black coffee bitterness, lactose, cream, and subtle chocolate. 4

M/D: Medium body, carbonation higher than I like in the style, drinkability is good. 3.75

O: Pretty good standard porter. Not mind blowing, but certainly above average. 4

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Photo of Shaunbkgb
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can

A- Dark black with khaki head, low in retention. Carb sticks to the glass.

S- Bland, void; some malt

T- It comes off as a really light porter with a weird aftertaste. The aftertaste is minimal, but comes off as a vegetable. V8

M- Very light, some decent carb follows down the throat

O- Just not impressed. CCB is a top brewery for me; this one just didn't hit the spot.

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out very black in color, not translucent with a nice two-finger light brown head with decent retention and decent lacing.

Smell is dark malts, and a nice sweet smell, I don't get anything else out of the nose but is certainly smells nice.

Taste is dark malts, some nice coffee but not overwhelming, some chocolate, but I would say the malt backbone is the most prominent here. Quite nice tasting.

Mouthfeel is a definitely not thin due to the carbonation but not on the thicker side either. On a 1 to 5 scale on thickness I would say it is a 2 but nice and silky.

Overall I really liked this beer and was surprised by how good it was. I have tried many CCB beers at the brewery and thought many were great but the last time I was there they had a limited tap selection (probably due to being close to Huna Day) and was underwhelmed. This beer has me back on the train again. It's not overly complex but it is pretty good.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Forgot to check the canning date, but should have been fairly fresh. Thanks Doug. Poured into a Lawson's snifter today, 5/1/2014.

A- Dark brown body, one finger offwhite head with little retention. Some lacing. Looks like a decent porter, pours watery though compared to Cigar City stouts even though thats not a fair comparison.

S- Chocolate, a little coffee and that's about it. No roast malt, no earthiness, quite a sweet nose that isn't complex but nevertheless is fairly enjoyable.

F- Sweet chocolate, slight coffee, perhaps a little lactose. Nothing special. Don't really get any hop contribution, no earthiness or noble notes. Not a complex or interesting flavour profile, but it is certainly not bad at all.

M- Thin bodied, a bit watery but it is quite drinkable. No creaminess like in Black Butte. There is a slight sweet aftertaste that doesn't get in the way of enjoying this beer, though.

O- Not that great of a porter but it's not terrible; in my neck of the woods, Edmund Fitzgerald is far better, and if you're comparing nationally, this is nothing compared to Everett. I definitely don't recommend trading for this if you can get Edmund Fitzgerald or Black Butte.

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Photo of silverking
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It pours a deep cola color with a short lived tan head. Excellent lacing though.

S- toffee, milk chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a touch of malt that's almost burnt.

T- more coffee than the aroma let on. Complex and roasted. The finish is almost purely deeply roasted coffee, but there is also a touch of hop bitterness lost in there as well.

M- medium bodied, gentle carbonation, a little slick.

O- I was expecting another aggressively hopped porter from cigar city, but it just isn't the case here. Nice balance and overall a great beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark brown hue with a good half finger mocha head that fades to leave a light creamy halo and some gentle clouding.

S - Aromas of roast malts, chocolate, coffee grounds, light toffee, caramel. Dark, rich, roasty.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, big roasted malts, coffee, smooth caramel and toffee. The chocolate is much more pronounced and there is a nice smokey char before the hop bitterness on the finish. Tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, lightly carbonated. The alcohol is a bit noticeable.

O - Overall, this was a tasty porter, one I certainly would not pass up drinking again.

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Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Sonny for sending this can my way.

A- 12oz can poured to a snifter with a black body and a light mocha head. Texture of the cap is creamy and foamy. Head retention is good as the foam falls to medium ring. Legs are plentiful as lacing forms in some sheets and spots.

S- Roast malts off the top with notes of cocoa, chocolate malts, caramel, toast and toffee. Hints of hops in the backdrop of the malts with dark fruits. Clean ale yeast.

T- As in the aroma, the roast malts are the main thing showing in this beer. Malts lend a portfolio of slightly burnt cracked grains, chocolate, coffee, caramel, toasted nuts and slight sweets. Hints of light fruits, raisin and some light hops that are of the earthy and citrus variety.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a creamy texture that brings a bit of chewiness. Carbonation at a moderate level and it seems to boost the roast flavors. Finishes with some roast and hop bitterness lingering on the taste buds.

Roast-forward Porter that delivers a nice mix of cocoa, coffee and caramel flavors. Good for those looking for a nice dose of those burnt dark grains.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another 12oz can extra received in a great trade with madnismo... Shared with the usual suspects... Thanks Nathan!

Pours a pretty standard black with hints of garnet escaping from the stem end of my glass... long lasting dark tan head with good sheets of lacing.

Nose is exactly what I expected... nearly perfect bigger porter... sweeter/nutty/bittersweet chocolate.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a drier (than the aroma) palate... still a nice bittersweet chocolate essence... fermented out caramel/toffee... a bit of darker malt with warmth.

Body does not make me think 8%.. surprisingly drinkable.

I really liked this one and normally don't appreciate standard porters.

4/3.75/3.75/3.75/3.75

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Photo of Brenden
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of 6 samples at the tasting room 1/29/14

There's no question this is a nitro-tap: the dense brown cream that forms the head takes a full two minutes to develop before capping the dark brown beer beneath it. After it's fully formed and the beer falls slowly down the glass, it remains clinging to it as an almost unbroken sheet to the very bottom.
The main features of this porter are roast and dryness. There's a bit of woodiness and toffee/caramel sweetness to counter a dose of hops stronger than most porters receive but unobtrusive to its character overall. The gently bitter dryness serves to balance very nicely without interfering negatively.
The dry, medium-full body is very smooth. It's not as exceptionally smooth as some nitro beers (surprising, really, given the look), but it's got it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Cigar City, Tampa, FL

Dark brown-black pour, topped with a small tan head that receded to a wispy layer, and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Smell was that of a basic porter, roasty dark malts, light notes of coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Taste was about the same, dark malts, coffee, maybe just a touch of unsweetened chocolate, and some burnt caramel. Medium body and carbonation. An okay porter, nothing really memorable.

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Photo of KarlosT
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being from New England (w/ lots of great micro-brews), my brother proudly took me to Cigar City Brewing in Tampa Florida. And I must say I was very impressed with both the quality and the number of excellent craft-brews on tap. The organization is very well run, and I fully expect to find their beers in the New England region in the near future ( I can see them expanding nationally).
I started with a taster rack of Jai Alai (IPA), Resonator Double Bock, El Lector English Style Dark Ale, and the Puppy Breath Porter. All were excellent.

Had the Puppy's Breath in a small 4oz tasting glass.

Appearance:
Compared to the beers in the rack, with was definitely the darkest. Very dark, black, with no translucency

Smell:
Strong coffee notes

Taste:
strong coffee notes. very complex. Nice burnt notes to the hops. Surprised that it was 8% ABV. No sense of high alcohol

MF:
heavy bodied beer. leaning more toward a stout. Nice Effervescence.

Overall:
Excellent Porter. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap (nitro) at CCB tasting room. Poured into pint glass.

A: Dark dark auburn in color, opaque, with an off-white one finger head. Beautiful nitro cascading motion in the glass.

S: Dark malt, toffee, and dark iced coffee.

T: Dark roasted malt, caramel & toffee notes, chocolate-covered espresso beans. Just a hint of hop bitterness.

M: Smooth mouthfeel (as expected with nitro), and a mild bitter chocolate hang. Alcohol content well-hidden.

O: Very good beer, especially on nitro. There are a few other porters I would prefer, but this one is certainly recommended.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the House of Brews in Jensen Beach, Fl.

A – Poured out black with a nice solid finger and a half of creamy tan head that stuck around and left nice lacing.

S – Dark chocolate, molasses, toffee with a burnt wood aroma.

T – Nice sweet and roasted malts to start. Has some light sweetness from cocoa and dark chocolate. Has a smoky like quality. Finishes off with a solid hop bite that gives it a burnt like quality.

M – Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry on the palate. Leaves a smoke taste in your mouth,

O – Easy drinker and a solid brew all together. A little on the heavy smoke side for my tastes but all together well worth a drink.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown color with a tan head that left some good stick behind. This is a pretty good looking beer.

S - It's not particularly sweet, and has some good roast. Smells

T - It's not particularly sweet, but with a touch of it. Has some good roast and a bit of a sticky taste on the end of it. There's a little bit of coffee and some smoke. I like this one.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, has a good dryness on the end.

O - Good beer, a little bit different. Wouldn't necessarily seek it out, but would drink it again if offered.

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Photo of Zraly
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost black with a touch of crema head. A funky, earthy note up front coupled with roasted malts.

Rich chocolate and coffee notes predominate. This is followed by earth, spice and tobacco -- had quite the dank quality to it. The hop bite in the finish helps balance the front-heavy malt bill and smooths out the mouthfeel. Carbonation rounds the composition out well and, overall, this is quite balanced. Very enjoyable to drink.

Would be quite nice with something gamey or a late-night cigar run. CCB does some pretty things with porters.

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Photo of syrupjoe
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Puppy's Breath Porter from Cigar City Brewing
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