José Martí American Porter | Cigar City Brewing

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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
Ratings:
972
Reviews:
272
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.37%
 
 
Wants:
106
Gots:
136
For Trade:
10
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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

return trip after the Cigar City event night, enjoyed on tap at Rattle N Hum. Big head and a good porter, above average mouthfeel. A little towards the baltic porter or imperial porter. Average drinkability.Chocolate and roasted malts.Nice that "coffee" taste is in secondary.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black. No light getting through. single finger head

S: toasted malt with dark chocolate and notes. Hops are mild but are there if you search for them.

T: roasty, nice stout. The typical stout taste but done very well. Very nice hop flavor. This is my first stout with this amount of hop flavor and it was excellent.

M: medium body, moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish.

Overall: Drinkable and the right amount of hop flavor with a solid stout background.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice deep brown color with a moderate tan head on top. The retention and lacing are very good on this beer. The smell of the beer is robust and hoppy. The taste is bitter, plenty of piney hops in there with a chocolatey roast flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry, nice bitterness also. Overall this beer is basically a Black IPA but very good regardless.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a hint of light coming through at the edge. There is a finger of fluffy tan head that reduces down to a layer.

Smell: Very roasty with some smoke and a little sweetness and grain.

Taste: Quite bitter with a mild sweetness and a ton of roast. A bit smokey with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I really liked this porter. I enjoyed the fact that the bitterness overpowered the sweetness, but still allowed some other flavors to come out. Smokey and smooth.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a nice thick off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium dry coffee notes with some black chocolate and some roasted malt. Taste is very smooth with a nice balance between some roasted malt with black chocolate notes and light dry coffee at the end. Body is quite full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation. I quite like this one and wouldn’t mind having it more often.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle consumed on 10.20.2010. Received fresh today.

Hard pour yields a single finger of thick light tan form with plenty of large carbonation bubbles visible on tap. It fades somewhat quickly, but lacing is already apparent. Damn, Cigar City really knows how to make a beer look good. The body is near black, although it was merely a darker shade of caramel coming out of the bottle. Nearly opaque.

After a good swirl of my tulip, I dive in for a whiff and am rewarded with some really nice semi-dark chocolate notes as well as some lightly-roasted malt and fine-tuned coffee grinds. A slight amount of piney hops linger in the background and round out the edges of an already delicious-smelling brew.

The flavor really draws back a good deal from the hugely-intense nose. It retains a good deal of the roasted malt character, but the chocolate has faded quite a bit, although at the same time the dark nature of it melds well with some nice hop bitterness. A bit of coffee exists as well.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I would expect with moderate carbonation levels. Slightly dry in the finish. Overall, a really nice darker beer coming from CCB and I enjoyed it a bit more than their brown ales. However, their stouts are still king.

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Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

India Porter... hmm unique style.

Poured into ccb snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is a copper brown.

Aroma: A lot of earthy, piney hops with a massive amount of roast. It has some chocolate malt and some light citrus showing. Very odd aroma.

Taste: Wow, this thing is hoppy. So much pine mixed with roasted malts. Chocolate malt, some citrus. I just can't believe how hoppy it is. It is too roasted for me. It almost has a smoked nut flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and robust. Very roasty. Medium body with a medium amount of carbonation. A bit of booze shows. Ends sticky and dry.

Overall, it was a unique concept, and the more I drank the more I like it. However, it was too roasted for me which took a lot away from the beer. Somewhat drinkable for me.

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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 oberon
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep roasted chesnut brown with 1/2 tan colored head that lasted pretty well,maybe the biggest hop profile I have ever come across in a porter,not ony in the nose but on the palate as well.Resiny hop mixed with roast and a hint of unsweetened chocolate,dry and appetizing.Again the huge hop profile on the palate with hefty roast,its quite dry and the alcohol is extremely well hidden.My only small complaint would be maybe I would like a little more complexity and or sweetness to mix with the hops,but in saying that I think its a great porter.I love the big hops going on here.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one thanks to kkipple.

A nice fluffy 1+ finger head rises and fades slowly with a bit of lacing, over very dark brown almost black, with hints of light coming through.

Nose is essentially an English IPA mixed with American Porter. Comes with some light roasty and dark crystal malts to start, a little creamy malt aroma as well, then blasts with earthy herbal hops, plenty of them. A bit of bubblegum and fruit from the hops, and hints of caramel and vanilla.

Taste comes on more porter at first, bringing lots of dark creamy malts, some dark crystal with caramel, plenty of roasted malts bringing a hint of coffee and toffee, as well as a bit of minerality, and a bit of black patent malt I think. A hint of vanilla, and touch of warming booze, a slight fluffy nougat as well. The hops come out more on the finish, as it gets more and more bitter, especially late after the swallow. Again with the earthy and herbal hops. It starts a little sweet and finishes slightly dry, with a bit of sticky residue and long bitter finish.

Mouth is a little heavier bodied, fluffy, with lots of carbonation and a hint of warming booze.

Drink is decent, just a hint of booze, a slight dry finish to the slight sweetness to start, the bitterness gets a little much as it builds more and more, and combines with a hint of minerality to give it a slight slower drink.

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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 chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. Vigorous pour only yields a modest light tan head that dies down quickly. Decent lacing on the glass. Clear but very dark brown and essentially opaque in the glass.

Rich, complex aroma has dark chocolate notes over plenty of roasted malt and a suggestion of coffee grinds. A bit of piney/herbal hops lie in the background. The flavor displays a more intense roasted malt character, but the chocolate and hops have faded quite a bit. Some coffee in the mildly bitter and long-lasting aftertaste. Mildly marred by a bit too much burnt quality.

Mouthfeel: near full body with moderate carbonation levels. Slightly astringent up front and dry in the finish.

Overall: a very rich porter appropriately described as a "robustly hopped American porter" and properly classified as an Imperial porter. Higher ABV is fairly well hidden.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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