probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2011
12 FL. OZ bottle from Lubiere (merci!), served cool in a tulip glass. adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2011
App.: Deep brown-black with a thin mocha head.
Aroma: Rich, delicious cocoa, chocolate, caramel, softer chocolate than the usual for this style (less dark), somewhat fruity with strawberries coming through and other, less obvious fruits, as it warms, there is a woodsy, nutty, earthy note or two, some really inviting brown sugar and toffee notes appear from time to time, Imperial, indeed!
Palate: Medium body, velvety effervescence, a touch powdery.
Flav.: Quite fruity with darker, more serious malts, still some lighter, more playful notes and a touch of fruitiness, more so as it warms (grapes?), lots of dark chocolate, a touch nutty, really rich and deep; off-dry with good bitterness and a long, lingering, mouth coating dark chocolate finish.
Very well-made. Lovely.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Pours a very dark brown, almost coffee black with a 1 finger tan head. Nice lacing.
Smell: Roasted malt, toffee, vanilla and coffee with faint fruity notes floating in the background.
Taste: Sweet roasted malt up front followed by coffee and dark chocolate in the middle and a nice hoppy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is bold and somewhat bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.
Drinkability: High drinkability considering the ABV %. You could knock back multiple bottles on a cool evening.
Overall: Very good porter overall. I’m usually impressed by Cigar City and this instance does not change that in any way. I would recommend checking this one out. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2011
tap at Blind tiger - dark, touch of earthiness. chocolate and pine. finishes with a pleasant astringency. BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2011
I had to research who José Martí was...it’s always warming when beer teaches me something. Pours super black with a cola head. Nose is huge roasted malts, burnt nuts, some pepper, and chocolate. Taste is bold and chewy, with burnt malts gathering against a heavily saturated nutty-like chocolate flavor. This was delicious. PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 12 oz bottle. Dark brown fading to deep purple pour with a light but sticky khaki colored head. Fresh aroma with some liqueur accents and a hint of espresso. Flavor is robust with lots of espresso, some licorice, a bit of dark chocolate and some faint fruitiness - plums come to mind. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Nice one watch the Orange Bowl with.
SpringsLicker (3641) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Thanks to Daknole for this gem!
Opaque black pour that has a small tight tan head.
Rich roast malt aroma - cocoa powder, coffee, smoke.
The flavor is rich and sweet. Roasty bitterness. No hops here; all roast malts.
Very solid Porter. Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2011
A pungent grassy, earthy roast aroma loaded with West coast hops. Good label, almost opaque black-brown, with a two-tone tan head. Sweet and tarry, herbal, strongly bitter, dark cocoa, slightly creosotic. Medium heavy body. Long-lasting hop bitterness and semisweet chocolate in the aftertaste. Another ballsy brew from Cigar City. Market Square Liquors, Timberlane. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) clear rich brown copper color, few bubbles. Nose of fresh espresso, tobacco, dark chocolate, and fudge. Taste of tobacco, cedar, fudge, herbal and a bit medicinal. Nice thick oily body very woody. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2010
12oz bottle. There is some chocolate and roast in the aroma but it is mostly hops, spicy, somewhat citrusy. The color is dark red, nearly brown with a mocha colored head. There is some nice maltiness followed by dark chocolate, roast and earthy, spicy and bright, citrus-like hops. Long, lingering bitter finish with a hint of clean alcohol. Quite possibly one of the more bitter and hoppy porters I have ever had. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Tap at BT. Pours a deep dark brown with a nice long lasting tan head. Aroma is green minty and piny American hops, good coffee, chocolate, roast, nuts, and licorice stick as well. Flavor is tobacco leaf, toasty, chocolate, mineral,tootsie roll, grass, pine, mint, citrus hops, good balance, and very drinkable. I liked this a lot!