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José Martí American Porter | Cigar City Brewing

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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:
#2,708
Reviews:
272
Ratings:
973
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
135
Trade:
10
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Ratings: 973 |  Reviews: 272
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark brown with a great look. A dirty tannish cap with some substantial stamina leaving behind a nice amount of bubbles and moderate lacing

S: A green like funk, grains and sordove husky. A moderate roastiness with bakers powder cocoa and light coffee

T: Immediate astringency with roast and baking cocoa, grains, a lingering funky, taint rides the taste buds until the finish. There is a borderline harsh bitterness, astringency on the end which is a little to much for the style.

M: Medium leaning full bodied, well carbonated, harsh roast and lingering greeny like seaweed funk and skunk on it

O: Average porter at best

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark red color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade with poor retention.

S: I'm sure a fresher bottle would provide a better hop profile, but in its current state, it offers light notes of citrus and herbal pine. The malt itself provides light chocolate, hazelnut, toffee, and roasted malt.

T: The hops are evident at the onset - and even in their faded state, still offer notes of grapefruit peel and evergreen. After a while the hops fade to reveal more of the dark, chocolaty malts. Like many robust porters, it's ultimately too acidic, especially near the finish. The hop profile picks back up after the midtaste. Not bad, but there's something here holding back (maybe the catty Simcoe-esque tone on the aftertaste? That's what ruined Night Stalker for me) its potential.

M: It features a strangely chalky dryness to it - for some reason, it makes this very hard to drink. Or maybe that's because of how heavy it feels. At least the carbonation fits its resiny, heavy texture.

O: Don't hate it, don't love it. I'm finding it hard to drink, if not quite completely unpalatable. These robust porters never fully work for me. Still, I'd like to try this fresh - we can't look a gift horse in the mouth, can we?

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jose Marti pours near black with some ruby highlights around the edges. On top a creamy light tan head forms. As the foam dissolves some spots and lines of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of roast malt, chocolate, nuts, a touch of grass, and some alcohol.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth, creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor is malty with notes of chocolate, roast malt, caramel, nuts, ripe fruit (strawberry?) and toffee. It finishes somewhat bitter and a little grassy. Once gone the grass and chocolate lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty beer that's easy to drink for 8% abv. The flavors definitely come through as the beer warms.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly transparent but very dark brown, with a foamy tan head that dissipates to a ring leaving some tan lacing on the glass.

Smells of roasted malt, brown sugar, vanilla, and west coast hops.

Nice roast malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla flavors, balanced by spicy hops, with a bit of orange/citrus in the finish. Really roasty with a little tartness and not a lot of bitterness.

Body is light and carbonation a bit fizzy. Develops a slightly creamy mouthfeel if held a bit before swallowing.

This is a really flavorful roasty porter with notes of dark chocolate and citrus in a light body. The many layers of flavor remind me of a Belgian praline. 8% ABV comes at you toward the end, but is otherwise well hidden.

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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