Sex Panther - SanTan Brewing Co.

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Sex Panther
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81
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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 19
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Huge mouthfeel of chocolate and caramel malts, nutty dried fruit flavors with a big chocolate finish. It has bits of real panther in it...so you know its good!

(Beer added by: ottovon on 02-05-2011)
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1/5  rDev -72%

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2/5  rDev -44%

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2.21/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted On: 12-26-2014
Freshness: Canned on 10-29-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

No carbonation, very flat with no head. Smell is malty with no hint of chocolate. Taste predominately of dark malt with metallic finish, reminiscent of a flat Guinness. Overall I found this beer to be incredibly underwhelming, definitely not made with real panther.

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2.25/5  rDev -37%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I know a lot of beer geeks have been talking about this beer but I found it to be very disappointing. This certainly is not a barleywine as labeled here but a chocolate porter. Murjy brownish black color. Mouthfeel was very thin. Flavor was weak bittersweet chocolate. Tan head. Nice name, mediocre beer. I wish someone would tell me why this beer had so much hype.

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.75/5  rDev -23%

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2.75/5  rDev -23%

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2.89/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Silly, sophomoric name is sure to sell this product - and the can artwork is only going to help.

Pours very dark brown to black depending on light. Even with a very aggressive pour the head was minimal and receded very quickly.

Nose was surprisingly light, even in my original, authentic Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Faint cocoa and roasty aromas noted.

On the palate it is surprisingly light bodied. Decent amount of roasty flavors with some chocolate control the show, but nothing overly flavorful. Easy drinking and rather light, perhaps made to be approachable to an extremely wide audience that might be put off by too much character in the porter.

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3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

CAN:"Crafted on 10/14/14." 12 fl oz. Aluminum, with a pull-tab. Okay label art and design.

Reviewed live as a "porter brewed with chocolate." 6.90% ABV. Served cold into a pilsner glass in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Five fingers wide. Khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Has a smooth, even complexion and a nice supple soft consistency. Retains well - for at least 5-6 minutes.

BODY: Dark auburn. Nontransparent but translucent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. It's not the dark black colour I expected, but it's decent-looking.

Appears well-carbonated. It's not unique or special, but it has a nice head.

AROMA: Amber malts, vague fruit, berries, caramel, faint plum, light bread crust, a kiss of brown sugar, and perhaps a bit of anise. As for chocolate, I find none. And I don't find the signature dark malts or chocolate malts you'd expect in a porter, either. It has some herbal hop character, though. If anything, it smells like more of an amber or English style winter warmer. I do find it appealing though; it's just an abysmal aroma for a purported chocolate - nay, strike that - double chocolate - porter. Fairly toasty. I do find some bright ale esters and herbal character from the yeast.

No alcohol or off-notes are detectable. It's a pleasant aroma overall of mild strength.

TASTE: Caramel, amber malts, herbal hop notes, English yeast character, bread crust, hints of brown sugar, a trace of licorice/anise, toasted grains...yeah, this just plain isn't a porter. Nor is it chocolatey - at all. It's decently balanced, with an English winter warmer vibe and plenty of herbal and estery character. Hints of rosewood lend the flavour profile pleasant cohesion. Notes of fig and faint plum on the periphery. It's definitely fruity, in a vague nondistinct sense.

Overall, it's decently balanced (outside of style conventions), and I find it fairly well built so long as we disregard its alleged style. I do like it, but it's far from complex/intricate, subtle, or nuanced, and while it's certainly cohesive, it never feels like a gestalt whole.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, overcarbonated, lightly refreshing, medium-bodied, and aptly thick. Not too overbearing or heavy on the palate. It's not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy, or rough. Could be creamier and/or softer.

This texture is a nice companion to the taste, but it's worth saying it's not apt for an ostensible porter by any means. Style aside, the execution is decent but not ideal.

OVERALL: The rosewood is lovely, and it's a drinkable...whatever it is. But it's terrible for a purported porter - let alone double chocolate porter. If I served you this blind, you wouldn't tell me you tasted chocolate. It's nice for what it is, and I do like it, but I wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends. The misleading marketing doesn't affect my rating. Not sure these brewers know what they're doing, but this beer at least turned out okay.

C+

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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Sex Panther from SanTan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.