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RATINGS: 397   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.


Rmill216's rating

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rmill216 (18) - Northfield, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a thick tan head. Aromas of coffee, roast, chocolate, and hops. Tastea of coffee, dark chocolate, hops, and roasty malts. Very well balanced with a bitter finish.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerKurve (481) - - JUN 29, 2014
Very hop forward with robust chocolate malts, roasted barley and coffee beans. Very smooth overall!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (1219) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Pours a dark brown with off-white head. Coffee, dark roasted malt, and some cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. A little thin on the palate, just an average porter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3138) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Crushed with Jakebra
Pours a dark, almost black color with a small head and some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is roasty & chocolaty with a light ashiness... sort of faint in general no matter how much I swish the glass, s’nice though.

The flavor is big on chocolate and raisin. It’s plenty bitter and pleasantly sweet. The alcohol is noticeable but mild.

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1271) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2014
Pour is black with tons of tight tan head and a thick lacing. Nose has a robust malt up front of milk chocolate and roasted malt. Aggressively hopped citrus behind and hop resin behind. Taste is heavier roast, still fairly rich and malty, some citrus hop and a hint of an herbal note. Silky smooth body with an assertive carbonation and a fairly dry chalky finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (869) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2014
At home on a Friday before heading out to a pool party. Pours black with big foamy grey head. Aroma is dark chocolates, nice bourbon-like alcohol note, lightly roasted malted barley, slight raspberry fruit note that come from the sweet aero writ edge to the beer. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, like whipped cream that disappears when it hits your tongue. Taste is soft dark chocolate, more of that raspberry sweetness, a little marshmallow, heavy malt notes, with a thin body. Finish is long, the malty dark chocolate note sits on the pallet. A very nice stout-like porter at 8%. Would bang again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgb9348 (4626) - 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 (95) - - 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 (3633) - 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 (837) - 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.


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