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RATINGS: 402   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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An aggressively hopped robust porter named for the Cuban national hero who also spent a significant amount of time in Tampa and gained prominence in Latin American literature from the poetry, essays, and publications he contributed to in his lifetime.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgb9348 (4851) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2014
Ridiculously rich, chewy, chocolatey brown coloured body with a thick, three centimetre tall deep brown head and only the slightest bit of light coming through when held up to a light, around 95% opaque. Aroma of rich milk, chocolate, coffee, cherries, vanilla, oak and tons of caramelised sugars. Full-bodied; Very rich chocolate and roasted malt flavours with a deep milky and caramel finish showing some oak and dryness at the tail end. Aftertaste shows a good complexity with some alcohol, hops, cherries and more vanilla coming through - nice and deep. Overall, a very good porter with some deep flavours and a very nicely layered flavour. This one shines through and regardless of the label on the front, it’s quite simply a very good beer, and i’m glad I brought it home with me! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Knightly Spirits (Orange Blossom) on 31-December-2013 for US$1.99 sampled at home in Washington on 04-April-2014.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ricoslim (116) - - MAR 27, 2014
Pours nice and dark with a thick head. Aroma has hints of chocolate. Some hops with nice smokey taste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3646) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 22, 2014
Very nice and thick. Arome of fine chocolate malts and nice aftertaste. It was good in all ways. Just the name "maduro" I do not get.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
scampycampy (39) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2014 This is one of my top 3 favorite Cigar City beers. It’s always available and tasty. Pours dark brown with average thickness for a porter. It’s minimally hopped with more toasted/smoky flavor, average/light carbonation with a relatively dry finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (995) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Nearly black, 3 finger dark brown head. Chocolate and roast in the nose. Flavor follows, chocolate, medium roast. More of a stout than a porter. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is hops, roasted malt, and smoke. Flavor is roasted malt, hops, coffee, smoke, and caramel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
deepeary (173) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
12 oz. bottle produced on 11.27.13 (three months old). This is really unique and tasty brew. Very well balanced coffee/cocoa flavours with citrus hoppiness., Both elements come through on the nose as well. When I read "robustly hopped American porter" on the bottle I was a bit skeptical about the combination, but Cigar City has really done something lovely here. Reminiscent some some black IPA I’ve had, but the porter notes really come through. I find that the early sips taste more porter like, but by the end of the glass the roasted malt flavours fade and the hops stand out more. It’s like drinking two beers in one glass!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crispy34 (416) - Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2014
12oz bottle. Aroma is hoppy and dark malt. Appearance is a very dark brown with some tan head. Taste is super hoppy with some dark malt. There is also an earthy wooden taste at the end. Palate is very dry and hoppy. Overall, a decent beer. A little too much going on that really doesn't as well as it should. More if a black IPA than a porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6975) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting - thanks to the person who shared this! From a styrofoam cup... Lost my Sierra Nevada taster glass... 12oz bottle. Dark brown, thin khaki color. Dots and ropes of lace. Nice coffee, robust aroma, dark fruit, hint of dark chocolate. Good near black color. Lighter khaki head, with respectable retention. Good lace. Moderate sweet, light bitter taste, light hint of the alcohol. Smooth, chewy, lighter carbonation. Bigger body. More dry finish. Lighter carbonation. Good chewiness. Nice imperial porter. Maybe just a light hint of tartness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (10074) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, dates and figs with earthy and spicy hops. Flavor is dark malt dominant with dark fruits, tobacco, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.


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