José Martí American Porter | Cigar City Brewing

José Martí American PorterJosé Martí American Porter
BA SCORE
4.06/5
973 Ratings
José Martí American PorterJosé Martí American Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,650
Reviews:
272
Ratings:
973
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
135
Trade:
10
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Photo of wjbent
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vande
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigdog3838
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of ipc2000
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of a0lbudman
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

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Photo of Mateo2699
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.

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

Photo of South2NW
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopBomb515
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.

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Photo of xt0n1cx
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
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.

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Photo of CBrodbeck
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HardyA
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of giediprime41
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GTJayG
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hootie159
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
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.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Moose90
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.

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Photo of Jay_P22
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.

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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 973 ratings
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