José Martí American Porter | Cigar City Brewing

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José Martí American PorterJosé Martí American Porter

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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

Added by mcallister on 08-11-2010

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L-black with a light brown head that does not fade away and leaves a large lacing
S-chocolate and hop smell
T-has a chocolate taste that turns into a hop aftertaste that stays with you for a while
F-Medium carbonation and full body
O-gives you a different porter with the heavy hops, first sip was porter all the way then the hops kicked in Enjoyed it

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a dark brown, nearing black hue. Khaki colored head that lasts for the whole session. Nice lacing. Aroma is roasted malt foward, hints of licorice, bakers chocolate, and slight coffee. Taste follows the nose, big roasty malts, hints of licorice and tabacco leaf, dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is relatively velvety, still a little thin. Low carbonation. A solid stout, nothing too complex.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nearly pitch black with a big light tan head with great retention and lacing. Huge aromatic nose on this one. Notes of dry bakers cocoa, caramel, toffee, light citrus, lightly overdone toast, light char and burnt marshmallow. Medium body, approaches creamy but falls short with a light prick of carbonation and a semi dry finish. This is a fantastic Porter, well done all around and big roasted char flavor.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Quite outstanding nose of chocolate, light roast, caramel, molasses and a very light touch of char. In the background is a light floral hop note.

Light full body that is quite smooth and silky, but not quite creamy, in texture. Outstanding carbonation / body balance with a mildly effervescent middle and a nice prickly finish.

The flavor profile is world class. The higher hopping rate adds a new component to this already complex porter. It begins with roast that shifts to bakers chocolate just before the middle. The middle is buttressed by a rich caramel and molasses sweetness that makes the chocolate shine and shift from bakers to sweet chocolate. Here the hops also shine contributing a moderate bitterness and pine/grapefruit note. As the bitterness fades, the hop flavor shifts to light sweet fruit as the solid malt base sweetness ascends into the close. The finish is a delicious slow fade of chocolate and hops. A light char note lingers.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light blackish brown with a frothy tan head.

Jose Marti is more like a brown ale, with an addition of smooth hop attributes, coffee and raisin.

An all around unique profile, the hops weren't quite as bitter and overpowering to me as others have mentioned, but were there just enough to make this a confusing brew.

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Photo of Moose90
3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into 16 oz glass, no discernible date, but this was received in late 2015

A — Pours a really nice deep dark brown color, almost black, a little bit less viscous and thinner than it would have you believe upon first glance. A nice mocha colored head forms and sits on top, leaving behind some solid lacing with each sip.

S — Smell is roasty, bitter, and fruity. Some light chocolate and coffee aromas as well as some subtle dark fruit notes of plum and raisin. Some piney and citrusy notes as well.

T — Bitterness comes to the forefront, fruity as well, some dark fruits, raisins, plums, figs, dates, and a real piney dank resinous quality to it. A little bit of char and roast, but overall super hoppy and bitter. Missing any real American Porter quality of roast and mellow malts, really dominated by hops.

M — Medium bodied, a nice carbonation level, bubbly and bright.

O — Very nice overall, though it is quite off from an American Porter, just way too hoppy, this however is quite a tasty Black Ale or Black IPA. I like it, but not sure I'd seek it out again.

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Photo of Jay_P22
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Florida last week. Drinking from a snifter.

Looks deep brown with a nice foamy head that leaves significant lacing.

Smell cocoa, hint of coffee and very pleasing.

Tastes like a good Porter with a hint of hops. I wouldn't go as far as a India style Porter, but you can tell the hops are hidden in there which make it a tad complex. The marks are heavy and linger.

Feels coffee ish as it hangs around for a bit. You know you drank a serious beer.

Overall I enjoyed it. I'm not sure if I would buy again or not, but I do think it's worth trying, especially for Porter and stout fans. It's a complex, malty Porter with a hint of hops.

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Photo of brewskis
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/coca cola color with over a finger of head.

Aroma consists of roasted malt, light coffee, bittersweet chocolate, light carmel sweetness, and floral and piney hops.

Taste follows the aroma quite well. Up front brings roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate with light floral notes from the hops. Middle is more of the same with more of a roasty/coffee presence and some pine from the hops. Light sweetness is there too to balance everything out. Finish dries out the beer tremendously and brings with it a pine resin bitterness, as well as some bitter roast and chocolate.

High medium body with ample carbonation. It's creamy and then fades into a sticky and oily finish.

I'm not a huge fan of hoppy porters/stouts, but this one isn't too bad. The hops are definitely there, but they don't overshadow the awesome porter qualities. Nevertheless, I would still prefer this as a straight porter. As an earlier reviewer pointed out, this is very reminiscent of a Floyds porter (in particular Alpha Klaus with the piney hops).

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

Bottled 11/2/2015 enjoyed 1/13/2016 in a snifter.

Look - Aggressive pour lead to a couple fingers of medium to large bubbled tan head. Body is dark brown. There is quite a bit of lacing. Head settles to more than a ring.

Smell - Chocolate. Char. Toast. Coffee. Bubblegum. Hop.

Taste - Bitter with coffee, chocolate, and hops. Toasty. Slight peppermint.

Feel - Rips tongue in a couple ways. Not boozy. Well carbonated. Dry

Overall - If I didn't know better I'd think I was drinking a Three Floyds porter. Bitter chocolate. Bitter hops. Even not being in the mood for this, it is still good.

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Photo of jhartley
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Belgian tulip.

Deep dark brown body with a head of tight tiny bubbles; tons of lacing left in the glass.

Aromas of roasted malts, slight amount of coffee and chocolate and of course piney hops.

Taste follows suit with the aroma: Light roasted malts up front and then those hops come through on the end with a nice amount of bitterness from the hops. Subtle and easy to drink.

Nice full mouth feel full of roasted malts and bittering hops.

Overall, a great beer! Really comes through on what it promises! Should have picked up more than one bottle when this came out!

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Photo of FBGordon
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a room temperature tulip.

A: Pours a deep chocolate brown, nearly black, with a thick khaki head that maintains well and laces throughout.

S: Some coffee and quite a bit of grassy hops. A little more chocolate as it warms and opens up.

T: The malty chocolate it balanced well with aggressive hops. This is indeed a hoppy porter; there is both coffee and chocolate initially which is quickly overtaken by the hop bitterness, which fades into a subtle chocolate and coffee aftertaste on the palate.

M: Nicely full with tight carbonation, this porter is smooth and easy to drink.

O: One of the hoppier porters I've ever had, it is nonetheless a solid American take on a classic style, well-balanced and with a solid ABV that allows you to indulge.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

outstanding porter, dark and smoky, smooth and rich. Black with creamy beige head. Roast grain aroma, taste is more dark grain, burnt toast and a bite of hops. Not a hint of the higher alcohol, just some warm general toastiness after the fact. Excellent.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bomber into tulip. Four fingers of dark khaki head. Dissapates slowly. Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a sliight hop sweetness. Taste is chocolate and earth. Slight hop presence dissernable behind all that malt. Great finish. Very clean, easy drinking dark brew with great mouthfeel.

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Photo of tshanahan
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Going straight outta the bottle on this brew. Landed as an extra from the generous @rotero24. A strange and different beer, I dig. The hops are big as is the porter, even after over a year. They go head-to-head. Malty, roasty, slightly spicy, rich full hop flavor. Apparently this is how they used to do it back in the 1800s. Unique and yummy.

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Photo of Domvan
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a spikey hoppiness, a thin bodied pour brown colored. This was a little too hoppy/bitter for my taste in terms of porters, but I guess I should have just read the label. Interesting beer, wasn't a big fan of this though

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black from the bottle with a finger of foamy light brown head. It dissipates quickly, leaving very little lacing. Smells of chocolate, breadymalt malts and roasted coffee. The taste is all that, but so much bigger. Dark chocolate, roasted, smokey coffee and a nice hoppy bitterness on the end. Several have compared it to a black IPA, but it's definitely a porter first-and-foremost. Medium thick mouth that's fairly oily. I really, really like this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City Brewing "José Martí India-style Porter"
22 oz. brown glass bottle, Bottled on 10/14/14
$9.99 @ Total Wine & More #901, Tampa, FL (less than a half mile from the brewery - I should have went there and paid less!).

So is it "American Porter" or "India-style Porter"? Well there is no "India-style Porter" and there never was, but as they point out on the label, many beers in the 1800's were produced with far higher hop rates than today. The question is how much bitterness was extracted? Were they really as bitter as the beers we're making today, or were they just using more, but less potent, hops. But I digress... it doesn't really matter what it's called, and it doesn't really matter how bitter it is as long as it's balanced - and it is.

The nose suggests a very rich dark chocolate maltiness, and the flavor confirms it. It's chocolatey with dark chocolate, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, and just a hint of burnt sugar. It's also a touch nutty, and that combined with the roasted side of the chocolate suggests coffee - strong black coffee. It doesn't suffer from being overly malty to get that richness, however. In fact, it's simply medium to medium-full in body. It's just intense.

And what of the hops? It's bitter, yes, boldly so, but within such roasty and chocolatey richness you don't notice it as much. It's like drinking coffee, you expect the bitterness so it doesn't particularly seem that bitter. Of course it's got to be around 70 IBUs, and if you put that into a golden ale it'll stick out!

What I find the most interesting, and what I think really makes the beer work, is that they've held back on hop flavor to allow the chocolatey and roasty flavors to shine. I'm assuming they've used mostly English hops (or an equivalent) as they're mainly leafy and grassy with just a hint of citrus coming through. They back the chocolate/roast and give it a background edge but don't really show until the finish, which is bitter, dry, herbal, leafy, and grassy with just a spritz of clementine.

An impressive beer to say the least. It has aggression, but it's throttled back. It harkens back to an older time but still makes progress in the new age. Without a deft hand in both formulation and production a beer of this magnitude could easily jump the tracks. If you're a fan of roast and chocolatey beers this one's worth seeking out!

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Photo of zeronumber
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

you know, coffee is coffee, a roasted beverage that on its own uses bitterness and roast taste to fine advantage. Jose Marti does the same. but my only complaint is the roast malt taste is too pronounced. its like a char rather than a toast. kudos to Cigar City for a fine brew, but not a favorite for me. I enjoy the hops but, honestly it just make me crave a guiness instead. More hops! Less Roast! please

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Photo of zac16125
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling dates

A: Opaque black, 3 fingers of tan colored head, tons of brown speckle floaties. Head has great retention and leaves lots of nice lacing. 4.25

S: As expected, there are roasted malts, cocoa, and coffee. Unexpectedly , there is a big hop presence, with lots of piney and citrus rind notes. Almost like a black IPA. Not what I was expecting, and ok, but not great. The different components don’t complacent one another very nicely. 3.5

T: Taste is more traditional porter, and is better than the aroma. Strong roasted malt and bitter black coffee. Subtle cocoa. Hops are much more restrained, with just a hint of piney bitterness. 4

M/D: Fuller side of medium body, carbonation on the higher end but appropriate, drinks like a lower ABV beer, drinkability is good. 3.75

O: Pretty good, but nothing special. Not something to avoid but I wouldn’t seek it out. 3.75

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

November 15, 2014

22 oz. bomber, snifter

A – Black, possibly with the slightest hint of brown. A small, dark tan head on top with moderate retention.

S – Reminds me of barrel aged character, with vanilla, light molasses, some oakiness. Malt is also sweet with a very roasty, slightly charred or chicory backbone. American hops, spic with somewhat piney notes.

T – Very sweet upfront, followed by a wallop of roasty, slightly charred bitterness and hop bitterness. Hops are spicy again, even peppery, mostly contributing bitterness though. Vanilla and chocolate extremely mild in the background. This one has a bite.

M – Thinner than it looks, but in keeping with a porter. Mild to moderate carbonation, definitely noticeable. And bitter, bitter, bitter.

O – Has the build of a traditional porter, but with the bitterness of a hard American Imperial stout. Interesting and memorable, and a tough one to break down, as well as a tough one to drink easily.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours with a tall very thick head. The body is deep and dark with light passing just at the edge of my glass.
Aroma is of roasted burnt malts with a bold slightly more pronounced hop smell.
The taste features a heavy ashen and roasted nearly burnt malt bill.
The hops themselvies aren't very pronounced. I thought they would be a bit more bolder.

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Photo of floridadrift
4/5  rDev -1.2%

A: Brownish

T: Very hoppy, could be a porter, could be a Black IPA if it was a little less thick

M: Medium and very smooth

O: Worth it if you like fresh hops

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Photo of gcamparone
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired in a trade

A- pours a deep brown translucent body with a 2 finger off white head the reduces slowly to frothy foam.

S - molasses, toffee, heavy bread and pine, resin, slight roasted coffee. Very aromatic

T- starts off with toffee, fresh coffee, the follow through is pretty hoppy with resin and pine, the finish is roasty malt, biscuity, and toasty.

M- medium body and carbonation

Overall a nicely crafted porter. I'd put it more in the black IPA category.

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Photo of lochef81
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This outstanding porter pours a near black with an almost tan head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is very dark and roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate offset by a pleasing hop presence. The mouth is rich and creamy with a very full body given the style. The flavor is a delicious blend of hops, coffee, and chocolate. Very well balanced and pleasantly warming with its alcohol presence. This is an awesome porter, obe of the best that I've had. I just wish I could get it more often and easily.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is black with tons of tight tan head and a thick lacing. Nose has a robust malt up front of milk chocolate and roasted malt. Aggressively hopped citrus behind and hop resin behind. Taste is heavier roast, still fairly rich and malty, some citrus hop and a hint of an herbal note. Silky smooth body with an assertive carbonation and a fairly dry chalky finish.

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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
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