José Martí American Porter | Cigar City Brewing

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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
Ratings:
972
Reviews:
272
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.37%
 
 
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105
Gots:
137
For Trade:
10
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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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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this unreviewed winner in my phone. On tap at Cigar City on November 21, 2012. I decided to take this one with me in a growler. Out of the growler and into an imperial pint glass.

It appears to pour a solid midnight black, but a closer look led me to believe that it's more of a deep dark cola brown color. On top was a dark tan 3/4 to 1 inch head of foam. It had good retention that left behind a thin tan film and huge number of streaks and spots of lace.

The strong scent of roasted coffee beans was just pouring out off this beer. I didn't even need to stick my nose in to the glass to get this fine roasted coffee aroma. Behind the coffee was some dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a subtle splash of sweet caramel. If its swirled around, a dark fruit or two will emerge. Nice and roasted!

Unlike the aroma, the taste was equally balanced between all the dark roasted flavors. The first roasted flavor that's up to bat is the dark roasted malt. That's followed by the roasted coffee beans, and then the dark chocolate. After all the roasted tastes had their turn in the spotlight, the beer then finishes up with subtle caramel sweetness and a fine roasted hop bitterness. Great roasted Porter!

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a nice thick long lasting roasted aftertaste. You get more roasted coffee, malt, and dark chocolate in the aftertaste. You'd think the same tastes over and over again would get boring, but they didn't. It will take more than one glass of water to cleanse your mouth of this roasted aftertaste.

I didn't have high hopes for this beer, but Cigar City smashed that! This is a fine roasted Porter from Cigar City. I would definitely buy this again. Another winner from Cigar City. 

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased in the winter of 2012 and consumed during the same season. The beer was poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass after acclimating to room temperature for 30 minutes. No “freshness date” visible.

Appearance: The pour is a matte black with a sundry mix of carbonation and a one-finger dark-tan head that quickly dissipated into a sparsely occupied covering on a sea of translucent black. There does not seem to be any traces of lacing within the glass, not surprising given the poor head retention. Aesthetically, the beer is not remarkable.

Smell: The aroma of this ale is made immediately apparent as the cap is popped. Coffee and roast grains pervade the senses and give way to a much more reserved citrus presence. There are hints of grapefruit juxtaposed against a mix of semi-bitter dark chocolate and coffee, which creates a very pleasing aromatic experience.

Taste: Malt, not sweet but bitter and the hop flavor is not overpowering but still very present and very well balanced. Bitter chocolate, coffee, and roast grains play against a slightly puckering citrusy, grapefruit taste which creates an impeccable coalescence of flavors. Still, there is no alcohol presence, which is astounding given the 8% abv of this brew.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied with carbonation that will make you aware of its presence. This is the quintessential Porter. There is no drying that one might notice with a beer of the same alcohol percentage, just a pleasing concoction of carbonation and semi-chewy body.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, especially at an astounding 8% abv. This beer drinks more like a session beer, which could bode not so well for some. Overall, a very well executed example of a porter from a brewery known for its consistency, quality, and ingenuity. Well done, Cigar City!

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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"I am good, and like a good thing I will die with my face to the sun." Really excited, my first beer from Cigar City.

A - Pours a very dark brown, with a one and a half finger head with a khaki tinge. Sticky lacing all the way down.

S - Scads of roasted notes, some chocolate and sweet caramel. Perhaps a little vanilla as it warms.

T - Man, that is smooth. Toasted caramel and chocolate for sure, with a creaminess. Some warming booze on the finish with a great bitterness that lingers.

M - Maybe a tad thinner than expected, but plenty of carbonation.

O - In my opinion, right in line with GL Edmund Fitzgerald, which is one of my favorites. A well-crafted porter that I wish I could drink with regularity.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from botle purchased at total wine in Ft. Myers, FL, and travelled back to NY...
Pours a deep brown with slight off white head. Big hop aroma, mixed with bitter dark coffe malts. Taste is bitter coffee malts mixed with crisp hop flavor. Its a bit over bitter, over carbonated, and thin, but still has a nice flavor. Nice brew, not the best porter out there, but good and nice to drink.

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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
4.05 out of 5 based on 972 ratings.
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