José Martí American Porter | Cigar City Brewing

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José Martí American PorterJosé Martí American Porter
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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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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Treebs
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in Darkness Tulip. Great extra from Eric(Holland), Thanks man!

A: Pours an opaque brown, almost black color with a thin light tan head forming on the pour. The bubbly head recedes to a thin collar, but doesn't offer much else.

S: Piney and citrus hops up front lead way to a light bitter chocolate and coffee bean. There is a touch of roasted malts on the backend.

T: Light piney hops up front with a dark fruit sweetness. That quickly fades to a chocolate malt and bittering roasted coffee finish.

M: Medium body with a solid drinkability. Medium carbonation with a slight drying finish.

O: I'm not the biggest fan of hop forward porters and stouts, but this one was very solid overall. The hops didn't linger around too long and the malt bill was solid from start to finish.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of bcsbeer
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to miamichael3. Bottled in September 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very deep brown color, almost black but not quite. A massive 3+ finger head of thick tan foam develops and falls slowly. A good half finger or so of foam sits on top of the beer and leaves spotty but thick foam lacing.

Roasty and earthy notes stand out in the nose. There is a lesser chocolate aroma and perhaps some coffee that come through as well. The roast and earthiness are pretty strong but they do allow for the chocolate and coffee to be picked up.

The taste follows extremely closely with the nose with the exception of some nice hop character. Each sip is full of dark roast, some chocolate and a touch of coffee. There is also a nice pleasant earthy hop character that brings some bitterness to the finish.

The body is on the higher end of medium with medium carbonation. It gives the beer a mouthfeel that walks the line between medium and full.

This is a very good, surprisingly hoppy porter. Great roast aroma and flavor dominate but allow some other nice characteristics to come through. It gives the feeling of something bigger without being a really huge beer.

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3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Markwise

Look: Black and totally opaque with a 1/2 inch tan head and great retention that settles to a crazy 1/4 inch collar

Smell: Quite a bit of floral hops on the nose actually with some chocolate undertones

Taste: Again the beer starts off with the floral hops then there is some roasted malt mid palate and finishes with chocolate and coffee

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: Honestly I wasn't the biggest fan of this beer I didn't really care to much for it being hops forward.

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Photo of Naugros
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duh-ude! If you want a full-flavored, roasty, toasty porter then look for this one. Let's get past the appears as a porter. Enough of that. The smell is of sweetened, strong, black coffee with half a shot of ouzo. Yeah, there's a bit of licorice in the smell to go along with the coffee and chocolate.

But the taste steals the show. OMG, how did they chock so much flavor into a porter? Tons of roasted malts and strong, bitter-ass coffee with a touch of chocolate. The hops come across as pine which you'd think would clash with the rest, but not here. It works in really well as a cohesive whole. Screw chicory in the black-ish beers, piny hops bring it.

The body is nearly that of a stout in the fullness of the body and the ashy feel in the mouth. Really nice and if you didn't know better you'd think that you had a hopped imp stout in your glass.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Aiptasia.

A- Pours a dark brown with a thick 2 finger head. Subtle lacing is left behind.

S- Roasted malt, barley, dark chocolate, grassy and earthy hops, orange, grapefruit, char and smoke.

T- Roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa powder, brown sugar, char and a hint of orange.

M- Medium carbonation with a full body that finishes dry. with the char and roasted malt lingering.

O- I was expecting more hop presnce in the taste following the aroma, but it seemed to be quite subdued. It still however was a nice porter with plenty of roast presence.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown boarding on black with a mountain of brown, coffee-colored head. The head is soft and dense with incredible retention. The nose is more hoppy than malty; the hop aromas are floral, piny, earthy. There are some faint chocolate and roasted malt aromas as well. The flavor is intense all around. The malt character is bready, roasty, chocolaty, and coffee-like all at once. The hop character is very forward with citrusy and piny characteristics; I get some notes of grapefruit and pineapple. This is a full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. The alcohol adds some warth, but is otherwise unnoticeable.

This is fantastic. This could make an argument about when does a porter/stout become a black IPA. I could drink several of these.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to nerdrocker101 for this bottle way back when. had it on growler in the past. poured into ccb snifter.

a - poured a pitch black with a generous off white head. lacing is slippery.

s - chocolate with sharp notes of vanilla to balance things out. some caramel in there too. really nice and unique.

t - much like the nose chocolate with some vanilla and a strong line of caramel. almost a tanginess to it. more of a milk stout than a porter. none of the charred flavors that i expect. quite nice though.

m - not your typical porter. no char. lots of burt bakers chocolate.

o - overall, this is a unique porter. less char, more tang. interesting indeed.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of wspscott
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass (xmas in ft myers)
no date

A: Very dark brown, no light comes through but it is obviously brown vs. black. One finger cappuchino head that lingers and leaves a solid amount of lace as it drops.
S: Muted nose, some roast and some hoppy bitterness, nothing really jumps out.
T: Sharp roasted malts and citrus hops, a little bit of ash on the back. No sign of alcohol, kind of surprising since it is 8%.
M: Crisp, a little round, with a high level of carbonation.
O: I like this a lot, a very good robust porter. A very good beer, glad I tried it. I would buy again depending on the price.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of marcdalke
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle from my haul that I brought back home over Xmas vacation.
First impressions: wow! Beautiful blackish color. Nice dark tan head that starts quite thick, then dissipates leaving a nice lacing on my glass.
The smell is hops up front, followed quickly by a somewhat earthy malt and maybe even some coffee.
The taste just confirms what my nose already knows. It's smooth, hoppy, malty, roasty...yeah, this one is a keeper.
I would believe you if you told me it was a black IPA.
Call it what you want...this is a beer that I am stocking up on next time I am in Florida.

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José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 972 ratings