José Martí American Porter
Cigar City Brewing

José Martí American PorterJosé Martí American Porter
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Style:
Porter - American
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 10.27%
Reviews:
272
Ratings:
971
From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
91
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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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Reviews by tpd975:
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tpd975 from Florida

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consumed this one numerous times both on draft and from the bottle.

A: Pours a nice rich deep black. Nice tall espresso like head that lasts and lasts. Nice thick lace all the way down the glass.

S: Wonderful roasted malt aromas with loads of chocolate and light coffee. The hops are there in a big way as well.

T: Wonderful rich roasted flavors. Wonderful chocolate balanced by equal amounts of bitter coffee. The roast is bold just shy of what I would call smokey. The hops are very earthy and green with a light citric undertone.

M: Medium in body, smooth, drinkable, with a bit of hoppy bite in the finish.

D: Great, I love this beer. Will miss it when it's gone.

Sep 16, 2010
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mendvicdog from Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Sep 08, 2013
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readbaron from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with plentiful tan foam and excellent lacing (3 fingers).

Nose is sublte but pleasant - malty with hints of chocolate and a strong dose of coffee. Finishes sweet.

Taste is more intense than the nose. It's potent - almost stout like. Starts off with a blast of bitter hops and coffee, then mellows into a faint malty molasses sweetness.

For as dense as it is, it doesn't feel overwhelmingly thick - feels somewhat thin. Not quite as creamy as I'd like either.

Overall - a really solid brew. I wish all the variations I've tried also as intended (had a number of infected bottles).

Oct 04, 2011
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MarkyMOD from Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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davegray from California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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edfinn from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10%

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InVinoVeritas from Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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thechrisq from New York

4.5/5  rDev +10%

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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Devil's Den on 6/3/11 for the Bella Vista Rare Beer event during Philly Beer Week.

A - Deep chestnut brown liquid with a creamy tan head that yielded some thin lacing around the glass.

S - Whoa! I went in expecting a hoppy porter, but instead I was greeted to a plethora of exotic Indian spices, with clove and cumin at the forefront, but also hints of tarragon, cinnamon, nutmeg and tarragon. Overall, the nose is quite fragrant with lots of floral, herbal and perfumy notes, as well as a hint of chocolate and mild bar soap.

T - Exotic spices mingle with dark chocolate and woody notes, giving this porter the flavor of spicy Indian cuisine with a touch of sweetness to counterbalance all of the heavy spices. Clove is definitely apparent, as well as cinnamon and nutmeg. Finishes with a hint of perfumy hop bitterness and cooling chocolate sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel soft texture. Finishes quite spicy with a hint of light bitterness on the palate.

D - This one really grew on me. At first, I was thrown off, because I thought the "India" referred to "hoppy" (akin to an IPA) and not the actual country itself. This was indeed a pleasant surprise. Leave it to Cigar City to come up with something like this. I'd love to try a cedar-aged version of this puppy!

Jun 06, 2011
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Boulevard tulip. Bottled in November 2011.

A: Pours a very deep brown. There are some reddish hues towards the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of really nice looking tight bubbled light tan head. Really pretty beer. Alcohol feet and lacing sheets.

S: Lots of dark roast coffee, espresso. And also the chocolate: milk and dark. Some earthy hops are there hidden behind all the roast and chocolate.

T: I get a lot of bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Either hops or coffee or dark chocolate, it's a lot. Then in the middle you lots of those roast character. I do get dark coffee notes: espresso. Those earthy hops are adding to the bitterness I am pretty certain. Its pretty much a bitter finish too, dry.

M: Medium leading to full.

Feb 27, 2012
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Drucifer from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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OldeSchool from Florida

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thrilled to be able to try another gem from ccb, my man todes sent me this one to knock off my list of ccb greats. poured cool and into a pint glass, this one was enjoyed on 10/01/2010.

what a big pour on this one. rich ark brown in color with a nice two finger head of creamy tan that stays on top for what seems like forever and leaves a ton of lacing on the sides of the glass.

aroma is to die for. rich roasted malts, warm cocoa and coffee, mixes with a deep resinous hop note and capped with a smooth dose of vanilla, wth is this thing? i am getting a bit confused now as i sip on it and pick up flavors that should not be blended together, but are and it works. rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee are mere accents to a wonderful citrus bouguet and warming roasted notes. really just sublime. hints of tobacco and leather come through as it hits room temp, and the long, smooth, rich and sweet finish defies any expectation of what was coming next.

overall i am unsure of what to make of this one, but for some damn reason i am in love with it. a wonderful beer.

Oct 02, 2010
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ncaudle from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Arithmeticus from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in tall ale glass

A: Solid black, thin head; medium carbonation
S: stout aroma
T: smoke, hops, very complex, very boozy; not sweet; this can't be a porter--it's more like a stout

This is an amazing beer, with the power to be a closer

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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 971 ratings