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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 timtim
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black with ruby highlights. modest little head that never completely disappears and leaves some splotches of lace. nose is cocoa on top of a nice roast, vanilla and some fruity undertones. taste reveals a fairly roasty profile that is also generously hoppy, with flavors of citrus, earth and pine really shining through all the way to the pleasantly bitter finish. on the heavy side of medium body, or the light side of full... it's a rich and creamy beer that starts silky and ends fairly dry. goes down way too easy for an 8%abv beer. another winner from cigar city. really glad i decided to try a few of their more accessible offerings.

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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 Stoutfan23DJ
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle – 8.0ABV – Bottle Date: Oct. 06, 2012
Poured into an Imperial pint glass at 50 degrees or so.

Appearance: Dark Brown color body with a light tan head. Very mild carbonation throughout and the head resides to a ringed lacing. There is also some sediment floating and collecting around the bottom.

Aroma: Dark cocoa, brownie batter, bittersweet chocolate, mildly roasted malts, roasted coffee, lingering bitter and sweet hops, cherry, and other subtle dark fruits. The fruit characters and roast in the aroma really reminds me of a Baltic porter.

Taste: This is delicious; the aroma really reflects the taste. Rich dark and sweet chocolate, cocoa powder, smooth as silk caramel and molasses, roasted coffee and malts, dark fruit, and bitter hops that compliment. The chocolate, roast qualities and the hops are the front runners here and all are quite balanced. The dark fruits that are nicely present make me think of a English-style porter. The alcohol literally doesn’t exist and the finish is semi-dry.

Mouth feel: Medium to full bodied, medium viscosity, somewhat sessional.

Overall: This is an excellent American/English-style porter that had everything I like and I enjoyed this thoroughly. Overall, this was pretty straight forward porter that was very well-balanced and truly easy to enjoy. If you’re a fan of porters, definitely give this a shot!

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a Cigar City sniffer glass (yeah, kinda nerdy but it seemed right). Near black with deep mohogany accents and a 1.5 finger tan head. Solid retention as a cake of creamy head remained on top all the way to finish. Very nice lacing. Not sure why this porter seems to receive such average appearance ratings. It's a mean looking porter.

S- Big chocolate, toffee, mocha, and roasted malt notes. Chalky, earthyness also comes through with coffee on the back end. Similar to Maduro, but more intense.

T- Just like the nose indicates, but the hops step up to the plate a little more here. Just the way I like my porter...Lots of chocolate, caramel, and hop bitterness to finish it off. Bitter and dry.

M- Full flavored, mid body. Avg drinkability, but a wonder creamy feel. At 8%, it lets you know what you are getting yourself into without taking over the palate.

O- Certainly an american style porter with the hop presence. Love the balance and complexity. Maybe not for those that prefer the English style porters with lower IBUs, but damn, it's so good. Right there with COOP Gran Sport as my favorite porters.

No bottled on date that I could find
$7.49 for a 4 pk

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Photo of JackMcAwesome
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: A dark bottle with that shiny CCB label I'm coming to know and love. Pours a solid black that shows very little light through the glass. The head, with a moderately aggressive pour, was fairly thin. The lacing is almost non-existent. I'm always a a fan of lacing, just because it looks awesome, but at the end of the day, meh, who cares.

Smell: A very woody smell. like it's been aged in a barrel. (For all I know, it has.) The usual suspects show up here, cocoa, coffee and the like. Also a bit of "greeness" to it as well. Perhaps the hops the claim have robustly filled it? The smell unfortunately fell off quite a bit after the pour, so I wasn't able to pick up much else, or enjoy what I initially picked up.

Taste: BAMM! This packed a lot of punch. Again, I'm getting the "aged in a barrel" taste. Wood is there to go along with a strong cocoa presence. There's definitely something else there, I will assume it's the hops. It's making for an interesting combo. I wish I was a bit more refined so I could pick it out, but this is very great!

Feel: Medium bodied, light on the carbonation. The ABV is hidden quite well, and there isn't any heat at all. Which I kind of prefer, but with the added bitterness to it, makes me think this would be a perfect summer porter.

Overall: Very impressed with this offering. I like most of the CCB stuff, and figured this would be top notch as well, but it really surprised me, and could very well be my favorite porter. It kills me there stuff isn't more available. C'mon CCB, step it up. I want to roll into a store and buy a six of this any time I want. Otherwise, I just go with someone else.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in a trade. CCB is my favorite brewery so glad to find more from them I have not tried yet. Let's see if this is a winner. 12oz bottle...

A: A dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades slowly to a bubbly lace atop the brew.

S: Smells great! A nice sweet malty start blended with a nice creamy bourbon. Some great caramel scents in the middle with some mild chocolate on the backend. Very good!

T: A bitter bite blended with great sweet malt, nut, caramel, and chocolate. Very well balanced. Hard to find where each flavor resides in the profile because it's so well balanced. A little watery but very good.

M: Medium body with a hard carbonation. A clean slightly dry finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a fantastic beer! Very well balanced. Has a lot of great flavors and scents bouncing around. Definitely try this if you like CCB and porters. Well done!

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours an absolutely positively PITCH BLACK with a one finger tan colored head. When I say pitch black, I mean PITCH BLACK. No hints of brown...straight black. The head is solid and sticks around for awhile too. Looks perfect

S- coffee, chocolate, and...citrus hops? Yeah, citrus hops. Nice combination of IPA and porter flavors in this...its labeled as an "India Porter", so I assume that means its hoppy as well as roasty. Loving the combination, though the scents could be a little stronger

T- quite a bunch of interesting flavors...the main one being bitterness, but in several different forms. Chocolate, coffee, and some hoppiness...all bitter. The finish is actually citric and a tad bit sweet. Its like a party in my mouth...and everyone's invited!

M- I'd like it to be a little thicker. Getting more of the IPA body from it as opposed to a porter body

D- only real letdown was the body. Fantastic beer. I wish I was closer to Philly and could get Cigar City easier, because this is fantastic

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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 saintwarrick
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light brown, almost dark red stout has a rich, barely tan head. Aroma has dark chocolate, light caramel and cocoa with a hint of whiskey. Taste is light and smooth for the strength. Alcohol hides well, but the malty body is still very thick. Lots of chocolate and burnt coffee notes. Overall the best brew I have had from Cigar City. A perfect brew in cool weather. Highly recommend.

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Photo of tpd975
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of sisterray
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Ale and the Witch in downtown St. Pete.

I should preface this by saying that while I enjoy all different forms of beer, I don't find myself often loving Porters. Perhaps it's any easy style to mess up, but typically I find something just off enough to prevent my enjoyment from becoming full-fledged beer love.

I can love this Porter.

A: Deep brown. Tan head.

S: Freshly ground, fresh-brewed coffee. Bittersweet chocolate. Subtle earthy hops.

T: The coffee dominates, but the chocolate comes around to add a nice twist, and the hops peak through to add some spice.

M: Creamy, moderately thick, not overbearing. Provides a great template for the flavor and lingers nicely.

D: While 8.0% ABV is tame by some standards, you can get into trouble with this beer. It goes down so easy and calls you back. If I had the money and time to blow, I can see myself putting away a few pints of these.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/11-review written from notes

A- Body is a translucent very dark brown hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy light tan head that leaves some lacing all the way down the glass.

S- The hops are unmistakable in the nose. A really good dose of grapefruit accents a big bold roasted coffee base. The slightest hint of mocha and pine are there as well.

T- An accent of grapefruit and a much bigger, bolder roasted malt backbone. Coffee and a hint of mocha. The finish is almost all roasted malt and mocha-but there is a faint accent of pine there as well. There isn't much residual lingering bitterness-just impressions of the overall flavor.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a medium weight drinkable body.

D- I had to look at the label a few times to make sure it wasn't a "black IPA" or whatever name that style is going by today. This is an excellent hoppy porter and one of my favorite porters overall-actually it was better than both EITHER and OR. Job very well done by cigar city.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of light brown foam on top of a black body with no light showing through. The head settles slowly and leaves very nice, thick lace.

S - A nice, dark malt aroma with notes of chocolate and spiced coffee. Chicory and cardamom with a hint of cinnamon and some pine hops in the background.

T - Sweet malt come up first with notes of molasses and light coffee bitterness. Some hop bitterness and pine character comes out in the middle with increasing coffee/chocolate malt character. Finishes with espresso notes and some spicy characteristics of allspice and clove balanced by moderately sweet molasses flavors. Lingering spiced coffee and pipe tobacco flavors with moderate pine/herbal hops.

M - Thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a really excellent porter. The malt character is both complex and smooth while the significant hop presence balances things out and also provides an unusual character for a beer of this style. I am especially enjoying the lingering spicy coffee flavor that comes in the aftertaste as it shows the best of the beer's smooth, but robust character. More nice work from Cigar City, this is the best of several porters that they have put out recently.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City Tulip
A ~ Pours black with Mahogany edges. Cocoa powder head with twinges of cream color throughout. Divine lace. Simply a beautiful looking beer.

S ~ BIG whiffs of molasses-like maltyness, dates, & smoked meat. There is an earthy mossy undercurrent. Mixed nuts & black coffee pop up here & there.

T ~ Dark Raisin bread with thick layers of Cinnamon-Sugar Butter, fading into chocolate ganache & carmelized peaches (deeep notes of caramelized peaches)..Roasted Coffee notes reminiscent of a good Cafe au Lait. . Slight orange & strong pine resin. Flavors are constantly evolving here.

M ~Very exciting feel. Lively carbonation that carries things through & a deep rooted & focused roastyness that pushes you along the settling into a bone-dry, chalky finish.

D ~ One of the best American porters I have had to date. Very focused flavors, a substantial ABV, no heat, no boozyness, & a great finish. Delectable! Big ups to my Papa in FL for this one!

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Photo of Nutwood
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice deep mahogany, a bit of reddish at the lit edge; rich tan head leaves moderate lace.
S: Coffee and rich roasted malt with slight leather and tobacco.
T: Dark bread well toasted with smooth medium roast coffee, like a coarse breakfast. Hops punch through the middle and finish with a noticeable yet subtle hint of tobacco. The finish leads into an aftertaste return of the coffee and hop bitterness.
M: Mouth feel is right on for the style and matches the other attributes at medium to medium full with fine carbonation.
O: This beer was a real treat for me, being a gift from my TB area sis whiIe on vacation at the beach. In my estimation it's a fairly special beer that demands some quiet contemplation, for when you want something better than good. Jose Marti American Porter gets high marks for depth, subtlety, complexity and balance.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle generously given by Chaney- Thanks man!

A- Pours a dark brown almost black w/ an amazing two finger chocolate head. Head sticks around for a long time, and is just about perfect. Decent carbonation and great lacing. This beer is impossible to see through- really nice for the style!

S- Wow. Leather, cigar, malt, hops, coffee, chocolate. This beer is fantastic smelling, and very complex. Very balanced as well. Nose improves w/ warming. Getting a little vanilla as well. Very close to giving this category a 5.

T- Coffee, leather, hops, and chocolate come out in the taste, w/ hops and cigar evident on the aftertaste. Beer definitely improves w/ a little warming. Really nice, especially for the style.

M- Medium bodied w/ some hop bite/malt smoothness. Fairly dry finish as well. Very balanced, complex, and well done.

O- Fantastic beer for the style. I highly recommend this beer to everyone. Check it out!

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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 ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

Deep, dark brown in color with a thick, overflowing khaki head. Lots of lacing down the glass.

A rich, chocolatey aroma along with roasted malt, some piney hops, and a nice, warm breadiness. Complex yet accessible.

A complex, rich, divine flavor profile, consisting of melted chocolate, roasted coffee and malts, freshly baked bread, and bitter and piney hops. A tremendous porter. No alcohol heat whatsoever. Flawless!

Medium to thick bodied, no alcohol heat, quite luscious. An absolute pleasure.

One of my favorite offerings from Cigar City. This porter is just about perfect.

Thanks again sendsilk!

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a mug shot of the famous Cuban poet philosopher & his poem "A Morir [To Die]" on the side. Good stuff.

Pours a big thick deep black down the middle of my snifter forming a little khaki head. Moderate lacing & descent alcohol legs.

Roasted coffee & sweet dark chocolates in the nose. Mouth watering!

Big roasted coffee smacks the palate up front along with some sweet chocolates. A smooth transition, like a passing of the torch, into a subtle but building dark chocolate bittering & warming alcohol burn in back. Starts sweet & roasty, finishes dry and fairly hoppy. Floral hops, hello.

Thick body (8/10) here, but what else would you expect from a big American Porter? Head wasnt huge, but the carbonation on the tongue is pleasant.

12oz bottle for $1.99. Would I do it again? Hell yes.

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Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Sammy, 12oz bottle into a tulip. Thanks again.

Pours a completely opaque deep brown, with a fluffy cocoa brown head. Webbed lace, some big chunks retain. Nose is a luscious milk chocolate, some roasted notes, lighter vanilla bean, a touch of alcohol and molasses/caramel. A substantial dose of hops as well. Taste has some chocolate, lighter roasty notes, cocoa, some light alcohol again. A similar vanilla sweetness to the nose and a some goof hop bitterness which works well with everything else going on here. Mouthfeel is full, super creamy and velvety, just spot on. Great drinkability and an awesome American porter.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GallowsTheif for this bomb extra!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Maudite snifter.

This one pours a dark nut brown color akin to cola. It settles very dark brown, almost black, with cola colored edging. A fingers worth of caramel tinted, creamy head sits briefly. Spotty lacing clings throughout.

The nose gives way to some hops (which is a little surprising) some roasty malts and some espresso. A boozy burn hits my nostrils at the end of each whiff.

The taste is out of control good. At first, I taste hops that fade and give way to a chocolate infused espresso similarity. The chocolate tastes sweet at first and then transforms into a bitter dark chocolate taste. The back end involves coffee roast and a bit of smoke. Still, some hops lie under the dessert-like tastes.Yum

The mouthfeel is pretty chewy and satisfying. A subtle amount of carbonation suites this brew just fine. Sweetness up front makes way for a nice dry finish.

Overall, every time I am giving the opportunity to try a Cigar City beer I am knocked on my ass with awesome flavors. This beer is no exception. Tons of great melded flavors come together in a balanced fashion and they win me over.

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Photo of SSEngelbrecht
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass.

This pours super dark brown with a light tan head that fades quickly. Bits of lacing remain on the glass as it is emptied, not heavy.

The smell of this beer is amazing. It has roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, smoke and molasses very prominently.

The taste is quite smoky and tangy at first with a burnt smoky finish and bitter hop after taste. I really didn't know what to make of it. As it came up to room temperature, the flavors really bloomed. The complex roasted malts and caramel, the hoppy bitterness, the smokiness that were all present in the aroma came out fully.

I also picked up flavors of dark fruit, earthy leather, cocoa and tobacco that I found pleasant.

Overall, this is a really complex porter that stands out among those I've tried. I think its better as it warms to 65-70 degrees. The smoke is heavy on this one and the aftertaste is really strong

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Photo of aepb1
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with little to no head, some white lacing on the edge

S- Roasted coffee (fair trade certified Cafe Estima my girlfriend tells me!), sweet malts and some alcohol too

T- Roasted coffee again, earth (green tasting) hops finish, seems to be a lot going on here!

M- Medium bodied with a nice smoothness and good carbonation

D- Very interesting take on the American Porter, the hoppy finish really entices me back. Wish it were not a limited release!

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

Pours super dark black with thick tan head. Nose is full of roasted notes and some piney-evergreen notes. Palate is big yet dry. Tons of dark flavors of coffee beans, roasted nuts, toasted oak, and dark chocolate. Long finish that is nice and bitter and dry. An excellent porter but definitely in the imperial or double area. ABV doesn't show other than in effect though.

This is stellar! I had never heard of this one and just stumbled across it in the cooler section at Knightly. Really impressed. Should get more buzz.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler into in a pint glass. Thanks go to Jw347 for this in a recent trade.

Pours black in the glass, with 2 stiff fingers of mocha colored head. This retains with a rigid ½ finger of rich creamy froth that just drenches the sides of the glass with lacing that sticks to the sides in heavy swathes. The aroma is fresh and flora feeling up front, with a bit of a spicy wet tobacco leaf thing going on with it. Smooth notes of chocolate and roasted coffee rise up underneath but it's those notes of herbs and tobacco that are really sticking with me.

Hops prickle the tongue up front in the taste, with green citrus and biting spiciness spreading out into the mouth. A thick layer of chocolate and some lesser caramel flavor envelops those hops and leaving a good bit of heavy sweetness behind but it is well balanced by the deep burnt bitterness of the roasted malts. Same as the nose, I'm also picking up that herbal and dank leathery tobacco presence, which mingles in the finish with lingering charred smoke from the roast and the dry spiciness of the hops. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a sharp feel up front that prickles the tip of the tongue but then gets more slick and creamy as this moves out into the rest of the mouth. I'm getting no alcohol except some heft in the body for 8% and it actually blew my mind that the ABV was that high although I did have a sneaking suspicion after starting to feel it once I got into a couple of glasses of this.

I really enjoyed this! A solid hop presence, dark sticky sweetness, and that aforementioned tobacco flavor all combined to make this quite the complex and tasty take on a Porter. The body on this was just spot for all of that heavy feeling sweetness and I still can't believe that this was 8%. It drank like a champ! This is definitely of the better Cigar City offerings that I've had recently.

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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
4.05 out of 5 based on 970 ratings.
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