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. BeerFanDan17 (1120) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Quart growler from the brewery. Hands down one of the best porters I’ve ever had. Pours rich black with a rich head that hugs the rims of the glass. Flavors are everywhere with chocolates, a hint of sweet fig, roasted coffee, and malted milk. What makes this special though is the hoppiness of a Pale ale or as much as some IPAs. Yet the sweetness of the malts balances the hop variety perfectly. sloshgator (741) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Cigar City José Martí is one of my favorite porters. Aroma is of oak chocolate flavors. Pour is dark and perfect with a nice thick head. The original note on taste is that of a cigar humidor with lesser chocolate flavors. Taste can come across somewhat variable - sometimes bitter and other times balanced. José Martí is one good porter! barncatmatt (2286) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2012
355ml bottle from knightly spirits.FL VC #17. roasty, coffee, chocolate, resin, citrus, brown, hazy, brown foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, slick feel, soft carbonation, complex long finish, great JBVatkeens (48) - Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Had this from bottle, decent head, very dark. Roasted taste with a little boozy warmth at the end.
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Dark brown pour. Tan head. Cocoa, piney hops, coffee, black pepper aroma. Flavor is nice and hoppy, smooth chocolate, very light coffee with a creamy lactose body. Good shit. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Pours dark brown with a small light brown head. Smells chocolaty with some bitter hop notes. Taste is robust, bitter notes of coffee, and a touch of bitter chocolate. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Cigar City José Martí American Porter finishes with a bitter dryness. BeerKurve (520) - - JUN 29, 2014
Very hop forward with robust chocolate malts, roasted barley and coffee beans. Very smooth overall! madelfonatree (317) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Bottled 11/2/2015 enjoyed 1/13/2016 in a snifter.
Look - Aggressive pour lead to a couple fingers of medium to large bubbled tan head. Body is dark brown. There is quite a bit of lacing. Head settles to more than a ring.
Smell - Chocolate. Char. Toast. Coffee. Bubblegum. Hop.
Taste - Bitter with coffee, chocolate, and hops. Toasty. Slight peppermint.
Feel - Rips tongue in a couple ways. Not boozy. Well carbonated. Dry
Overall - If I didn’t know better I’d think I was drinking a Three Floyds porter. Bitter chocolate. Bitter hops. Even not being in the mood for this, it is still good. tillmac62 (735) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Black pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.
Quite outstanding nose of chocolate, light roast, caramel, molasses and a very light touch of char. In the background is a light floral hop note.
Light full body that is quite smooth and silky, but not quite creamy, in texture. Outstanding carbonation / body balance with a mildly effervescent middle and a nice prickly finish.
The flavor profile is world class. The higher hopping rate adds a new component to this already complex porter. It begins with roast that shifts to bakers chocolate just before the middle. The middle is buttressed by a rich caramel and molasses sweetness that makes the chocolate shine and shift from bakers to sweet chocolate. Here the hops also shine contributing a moderate bitterness and pine/grapefruit note. As the bitterness fades, the hop flavor shifts to light sweet fruit as the solid malt base sweetness ascends into the close. The finish is a delicious slow fade of chocolate and hops. A light char note lingers.