José Martí American Porter
Cigar City Brewing

José Martí American PorterJosé Martí American Porter
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From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Style:
American Porter
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 10.34%
Reviews:
272
Ratings:
699
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 05, 2019
Added:
Aug 11, 2010
Wants:
  104
Gots:
  133
SCORE
91
Outstanding
José Martí American PorterJosé Martí American Porter
Notes: 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
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Rated: 3.94 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Mar 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by wjbent from Florida

Sep 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.17 by vande from Illinois

May 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.49 by bigdog3838 from Florida

Feb 13, 2017
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
CCB drops into the big hop realm for a porter on this one. Brown beer, brown pour, lighter brown 1/3" head. Aroma of brown malt and PacNW hops.

Taste, well carbonated mouth feel compliments heavy dose of hops, brown malt. Hearty amount of roasted malt going on here. Coffee from the malt tones. Somewhere in between those hoppy porters of Black Butte and SN realm, but with a blast of black ipa along the way. I liked it, but wouldn't set up trades for it or anything.
Nov 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.03 by ipc2000 from New York

Sep 27, 2016
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Reviewed by a0lbudman from Alabama

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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
Sep 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Mateo2699 from Texas

3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
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.
Aug 15, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by JamLand from District of Columbia

Aug 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by South2NW from Oregon

Jul 24, 2016
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Reviewed by HopBomb515 from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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.
Jul 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by xt0n1cx from Virginia

Jun 23, 2016
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Reviewed by tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
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.
Jun 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by CBrodbeck from Florida

Jun 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by krome from Illinois

May 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by jgunther71 from Illinois

May 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by fredmugs from Indiana

May 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.17 by giediprime41 from Florida

May 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.18 by GTJayG from Georgia

Apr 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.09 by costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

Apr 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by Hootie159 from Massachusetts

Apr 09, 2016
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
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.
Apr 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by HeartofMiami from Florida

Mar 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Moose90 from Washington

3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
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.
Mar 22, 2016
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Reviewed by Jay_P22 from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
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.
Mar 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

Mar 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.37 by sliprk314 from Pennsylvania

Mar 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Feb 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by elvisdoc from Florida

Feb 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.23 by boogerisu from Iowa

Feb 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey

Feb 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.62 by crobinso from Colorado

Jan 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by DevWand from Oregon

Jan 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.33 by BeerTheater from Florida

Jan 24, 2016
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Reviewed by brewskis from Indiana

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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).
Jan 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.83 by Kuges from Texas

Jan 20, 2016
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Reviewed by madelfonatree from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.
Jan 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4.17 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Jan 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by SweetChicken from Massachusetts

Dec 26, 2015
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Reviewed by beerjerk666 from Florida

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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!
Dec 25, 2015
José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 971 ratings