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RATINGS: 398   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3469) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 28, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to Blazer06. Pours very dark brown with a one-finger tan head that leaves a nice film. Great hoppy and slightly roast with a little cedar, like a black IPA, CDA, or whatever almost. Cedary and roasty flavor with lots of earth and herbal hops. A little milk chocolate and char. Fairly light, dry, and bitter on the mouthfeel with a good carbonation level. Solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8019) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Bottle thanks to drowland. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of cedar, burnt grain, chocolate, coffee grounds, tobacco, hops roasted malts and vanilla. A little more hoppy than I usually like my porters, but this one worked and was well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2172) - Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Bottle. I actually drank it out of the bottle, so am going to make this brief. It’s just a little too hoppy for me. I prefer the Puppy’s Breath....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Nice earthy/tobacco quality in the nose arising from a mesh of citrus hops and semi-sweet but not rich malt flavors. Taste follows the nose, hops come into the picture early on and linger through to a surprisingly low bitterness finish. Very nice. Good flavor profile, a bit too much of the aforementioned earthiness interfering with the malt flavors I really like in a porter, but it’s a darn good beer and a substantial improvement over some of the recent CCB offerings which have been letdowns.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2010
bottle, thanks to kan. pours blk with creamy tan head nose caraway, bread, choco, fl choco, rye , choc roasty, piney, dry finish, some booze, good stuff. reminds me of Tim Marshall’s Prichard#4 from RB Lombard. an side note the next day after sampling this I noticed an honorary street named Jose Marti in my neighborhood (logan square,chi)!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
12 oz bottle given to me by Kan. Thanks, bud! Pours a dark brownish black hue, near opaque with ruby red edges, a nice moderate light brown head that laces well, stays decent sized. Pretty nice. Aromas are creamy and dark chocolate, brown malts en masse, coffee, floral hops provide a decent hop nose, a nice earthy tobacco feel. But, sweeter brown malts, vanilla, cocoa, and caramel win it over. Initial is medium bodied, a bit fuller on the palate with some good roast, brown malts, biscuits, toffee, dark chocolate. Beer moves towards the backend with bigger floral and piney hops, significant roastiness, creamy maltiness of brown malts, earthy tobbacco, cocoa, and caramel. Pretty nice, pretty good hopping. I preferred the nutty and earthy qualities of the Puppy’s Breath a little more. But this beer is great too, good roast and solid hopping. I’m quite surprised by the 8 percent this beer is throwing down. Offering hops, roast, and earthy sweet brown malts. More simple than the Puppy’s Breath, good solid hopping throws some citrus, pine, florals moves into a lingering earthy roast and sweet finish. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4266) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Bottle many thanks to drowland. Very dark brown pour, almost black, thin light tan head. Lots of sweet chocolate malt, some roasted coffee, piney bitter hops, and citrus. Interesting porter, split between malt and hops, but neither are very complex.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fluffy (1501) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2010
wow, this one is kind of hard to review. the flavors are so immense that it takes a while to decipher everything. it looks like a porter, smells like a porter, and tastes like some sort of frankenbeer combining the piney citrus of the IPA with a buttery roasty grains of a porter. im not a hophead, so this one is probably not one id reach for again. doesnt mean its very well done for what it is. a great crossover beer if you are a IPA fan looking to dry something darker, or vice versa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2010
12 oz bottle. The pour yeilds a very dark brown body almost black that is topped by a smooth, well retained head of kahki colored foam. Thick rings of lacing stick to the glass nicey. The aroma shows huge notes of roasted barley, dark cocoa, roasted coffee, and plenty of bitterness from the earthy, piney hops. The flavor follows suit and is just as roasty as the nose suggests with loads of dark barley and some cocoa to sweeten things up. Some roasted coffee grounds push their way through while the earthy hops add ample bitterness on the back end. Full bodied and smooth on the palate with balanced carbonation and a long roasty, bitter finish. This is a really nice hoppy porter that is best drank fresh. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2010
aroma is strong java cut with piney hops, little cocoa here, coffee is real and delectable. appearance is opaque with oil slick head and touches of lacing. flavor is joe up front with IIPA like booze flash mid way. java returns to close things out with some chocolate showing up for the party. another great coffee beer from CCB, in some ways the imperial cousin of espresso maduro. this is the strongest coffee inflected beer ive had and those two characteristics get along splendidly.

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