José Martí American Porter | Cigar City Brewing

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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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Blazer06. Into a DFH Signature glass. Bottle says November 2011 Eight.

A: Pours a very, very dark brown with a khaki colored head that bubbles up to half an inch and quickly fades back down to a thin cap. A few nice globs of lacing left behind. Completely opaque.

S: Huge coffee and roasted malts, a fair amount of citrusy hops, and a ton more coffee/espresso. Some dark fruits and a touch of caramel find their way into the nose as well. Smells pretty nice.

T: Huge flavors all the way around. Tons of coffee, burnt malts, and citrusy hops. Tons of hop resins linger for a long time after the swallow. Excellent bitterness that balances a really sweet malt backbone. Caramel and chocolate, and brown sugar pair with the coffee and citrusy hops to make a unique, yet really damn tasty beer. This beer has thoroughly impressed me.

M: Medium body,with moderate carbonation, finish is just right for a porter, not too sticky, not too dry. Absolutely spot on.

O: Wow, I didn't know what to expect with this beer at all, and I have been more than impressed. The amount of hops and coffee make for an interesting flavor, that really works nicely. Very well done beer. Glad I could try it.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Spider889
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought a 32oz growler back from FL and drank it in July, also sampled a bottle tonight (Dec).

I have averaged the scores since the option to review multiple serving types is about to be sacked. Given my notes, there is a definite difference between the two samplings.

Growler (3 day old growler consumed 7/19/11):
A - Black with decent thickness for a porter. Tall sandy head, excellent lace. (4.5)

S - Green hops and a dry light dusting of some phenols. Bitter roast with a mild sweetness to it. (3.5)

T - Sweet, mild bakers chocolate. Quite hoppy with nice bitterness in the form of pine and some citrus. (4)

M - Very dry, moderate carbonation. (3)

O - Not bad at all. A nice take on an "India Porter." A bit sweet for the style, but I liked this as a balance to all of the hops. (3.5)

Bottle (stamped on the label is NOV 2011 EIGHT):
A - Seemed much less carbonated. Barely any head, no lace. (3)

S - Not phenolic at all, which allows more of the roast and chocolate to shine. Hops aren't as green. (4)

T - The hops are coming through as very bitter and provide a minty quality that I am finding more and more distracting. (3)

M - The "mintiness" and the alcohol are tickling/warming the back of my throat as if I chewed up a mint and then took a sip of cool water. Not entirely unpleasant, but worse off than the growler I had. Sticky, lingering palate coating effect. The first time I had this beer (growler) I never even noticed the abv, and thus never would have guessed this beer was 8%. This time I have no struggle in believing it. (2)

O - Still a solid beer, but fresh from the source on tap has got to be the way to go here. Also, who knows what type of batch variation a brewery like CCB sees? (3)

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Advance note: This brew is mislabeled here at Beeradvocate. The word India doesn't appear anywhere on the bottle, labeling, or carrier. It is labeled as Jose Marti Robustly Hopped American Porter, as can be seen in the image on BA's own page. Anyway...on to the review:

A-Pours a deep, dark Coca Cola shade of brown/mahogany. Fair amount of bone colored head, receding to leave a subtle bit of lacing around edge of my CCB snifter.

S-Very pleasant roasted coffee and rich malt, and a light undertone of hops fights to for some play as well. The aroma grows in intensity and pleasantness as the glass pour warms.

T-Nice bite of roasted coffee and dry chocolate, with a mildly hoppy finish. As with the aroma, the hop character grows in intensity as the glass warms.

M-Well balanced and medium carbonation, overall a dry but refreshing mouthful.

O-Cigar City did it right once again with this one. This is a nice brew, and a nice blend. Recommended!


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3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark brown color with a finger of light tan head. Ok retention. Some lacing.

S- aromas of burnt caramel, dark chocolate and sweet roasty malts hit the nose at first. Finishes with a rather assertive leafy herbal hop character.

T- roasty malt and leafy herbal hop flavor hit the palate at first. Black strap molasses flavors in the middle with some sweet malt sugar notes. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness and some dark chocolate flavors.

MF- slick sugary mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- good drinkability

overall a good hoppy porter.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color with a massive three finger creamy tan head. Aroma is grassy hops, licorice, dark chocolate, some smoke, and bitter espresso. Extremely complex. Taste is similar, but the hops are most dominant from beginning to end. Extremely dry finish. Overall, this is a delicious porter. My biggest complaint is that the hops are a little too present, which as a result mutes the other flavors that I was getting in the aroma.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

José Martí American Porter from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 87.1% out of 100 with 972 ratings
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