Sex Panther - SanTan Brewing Co.

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217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 23
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ottovon on 02-05-2011

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!
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Ratings: 217 | Reviews: 41
Photo of DrSpaceman
2.22/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

Photo of KGP9485
2.31/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

At least it has a cool name!

Photo of jonDGAF
2.45/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-yQPR2GE1w

Sex Panther video review!

Photo of ConradKenney
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Incredibly thin mouthfeel. Almost no hint of chocolate.

Photo of bigbelcher
2.55/5  rDev -28%
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.

Photo of notchucknorris
2.63/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Rookie move. Fell for the goofy label and name. Damn it all.

A: Looks good enough. Deep hazelnut color on the pour settles to a nearly black with a thin tan head in the glass. Some moderate lace.

S: You're welcome for the 3 bucks, San Tan. Bastards. This smells nearly exactly like my cat after we realize we've left him out in the rain and we finally let him in and then he's been glaring at us from the couch for an hour trying to warm up and he's almost dry enough to pet, but he keeps staring at us and he smells dander-y so we stay away. It smells exactly like that. Maybe a hint of dark chocolate as well.

T: I mean, did they even try on this? Or did they think of the name and realize it didn't matter what they put in the can, idiots like me would buy it? It's like a Michael Bay film in a glass. Thin, an absolute mess, and nothing close to what was advertised. Chocolate? Maybe the faintest hint of that white stuff you scrape off the top of your halloween candy after you find it in the back of your closet where it's been hiding for seven years and you know it's a really bad idea but you don't have any other chocolate in the house so you're game. Don't take the bait, beer friends.

Photo of Siggy125
2.69/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Light brown in color. Pretty light for a porter. Khaki head that cleared fairly quick. A good amount of carbonation.

Roasted malts, instant coffee on the nose. Very little chocolate.

For a "double chocolate" porter, I'm pretty disappointed on the lack of chocolate flavors. Maybe a little cocoa powder notes, but that's it. Typical roasted malts flavors. No abv heat at all. Very, very average tasting porter.

Decent mouthfeel, fairly smooth. Nothing special.

Photo of kds2437
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Blah, this is so dumb

Photo of yemenmocha
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
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+

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with a cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer for the style with a better smell than taste.

Photo of matttttYCE
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cola brown color, murky, with a tan head about a finger high. Good retention and moderate lacing. Aroma is light/faint. What I do pick up is hints of dark chocolate and cocoa, light roasted malts, caramel, and dark fruits. Taste is the same but the flavors are a bit more pronounced. I also get some nutty qualities and a bit of hop notes in there. The mouthfeel is light-medium (just a tad watery but not too bad). Smooth and light consistency, medium carbonation, light-medium body, and a smooth finish.

Overall this is nothing outstanding but it is a decent, slightly better than average porter, especially for an AZ brewed one. But if we're talking AZ brewed porters, this is a 'nothing' in comparison to Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter or their D-Dub Porter (even though both are only seasonal beers).

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Chocolate, Thin, Declawed

“Yep, it's made with bits of real panther, so you know it's good.” Not really, but it’s a great name. Unfortunately, it stops there. What’s touted as a “silky smooth Double Chocolate Porter” with “large amounts” of malts is thin, acrid, metallic, nutty and wheaty. The chocolate flavors from cocoa and malts is there, along with some faint molasses, but there’s not much to back it up with. The addition of white wheat seems overdone and out of place, too; it lingers in the finish. Not bad, just expected more.

STYLE: American Porter | ABV: 6.9% | AVAILABILITY: Spring

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.4/5  rDev -4%

Expected more chocolate taste. A little thin and plain.

Photo of arizcards
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer in late January from Total Wine for $6.99.

Beer poured cola brown with a nice tan head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is nothing special. Very faint roasted malts.

Taste is a light roasted malt, some chocolate, and a decent amount of hopping so that it is not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and disappointing.

Overall this is a decent brew and would drink if offered. It is lacking the body i would expect from a beer with a 6.9 abv.

Photo of ISmith87
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is drk brown/black in color with a minimal off white head that leaves no lacing. It smells like roasty dark malts with chocolate and coffee. The taste is of a nice light porter (imo) that is roasty, chocolaty and coffee-like. Very light vanilla/creamy notes. Mouthfeel is medium, with light roasty aftertaste and no alcohol is detectable. Well balanced session beer but nothin to write home about.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a pint glass.

L - very dark brown color with a beige head that hung around as a thin layer/ring.

S - cocoa powder.

T - the chocolate flavor is there from start to finish with some roastiness about midway through.

F - medium bodied with a smooth, sometimes creamy feel.

O - worth a try but there are much better porters out there.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color but with a clear body, Sex Panther Double Chocolate Porter has a nose of cocoa and roasted malt. Foam is nice and leaves some slight lacing as it subsides.

This beer has a taste that is chocolaty more than anything, with flavors of light roasted malt, nuts, caramel, molasses, and even a hint of black licorice. The flavor of cocoa sticks with you throughout the tasting experience, but there are some good malt and fruity hops to back it up.

Sex Panther Double Chocolate Porter is a good brew, but it is just a touch thinner in body than I would prefer. With the word double in the name, I expected it to offer a much fuller, richer flavor profile. As it stands, however, it is still good and it does afford a nice level of decadence to make it worthy of your time. It is brewed with real cocoa and has a sweetness level that isn’t extreme. It’s a good dessert beer and chocolate lovers will enjoy it very much.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at 1702; February 2011
Arrives from the tap with a dark, concentrated brown color that shows a clear, rich brown hue when held up to the light. The head is a lightly browned, darker tan colored head. The aroma smells of toasted malt character that has lots of browned bread character. There is an underlying fruitiness that almost has a tartness to it and it reminds of plums, a suggestion of cherries and lightly roasted raisins.

Lightly sweet tasting and actually quite fruity with notes of plums and rum soaked raisins (though without the heat), accentuating brown sugar notes, chewy toasted brown grain flavors, lots of nutty notes (almost hazelnut like in character). At times the body of this can seem somewhat rich, but at others it seems like it is a bit on the thin side for a beer of this type; there is a touch of creaminess to the texture and the carbonation is fairly slight. There is a touch of herbal, definitely bitter (but not overly so) hop character in this beer that supports the more dominant malt / sweet character of this beer. A touch of dark grain character also seems to contribute a bit to the bitterness in the finish. As the beer warms a touch of cola like spiciness comes out and this seems to be accentuated by the lightly sweet malt and toasted grain edge to the finish.

Not bad, but it doesn't seem to quite do it for me either; the biggest thing for me is that it seems to get quite thin after only a couple sips and the flavors suggest / require a big, chewy beer to support the character properly.

Photo of kwc017
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a old faithful inn pint glass. Nice color, nice and dark. Smell is different than I thought it would be. Not as chocolate as I though it would be. Double chocolate is a bit much. Nice and nutty, a little chocolate but I was expecting super chocolate. Being from Arizona, this beer was kinda a white elephant but it just didn't blow me away. A solid brew but I just wasn't blow away. Worth a try for sure.

Photo of BigBry
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pint in Phoenix at the Yardhouse.
Pours a clear, mahogany brown color with a tall long lasting head, lots of lacing.
Smells of chocolate and cocoa, caramel and some nuttiness.
Taste has more chocolate base, nuts, dried fruits, earthy hops in the finish.
Medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth but might be a bit thin.
A very good porter, enjoyed this one.

Photo of Furlinator
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%

More of a chocolatey brown ale. Not bad.

Photo of Phelps
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I don't know how no other brewery snatched up the name "Sex Panther" before SanTan did, but I'm ecstatic they all missed out, because now I get to pepper this review with Anchorman quotes. Thank you, other breweries' name-creation guys. Next time we hang out, I'm taking you to Pleasure Town.

Sex Panther debuted on draft at SanTan's Chandler brewpub in early 2011 as a chocolate barleywine -- a unique style in the beer world. Reception was mixed, and it only worked every time 45 percent of the time as opposed to the preferred 60 percent, so in 2012 brewers switched the style to "double chocolate porter." The current recipe contains Colonial Rosewood Cocoa, white wheat, heaping helpings of chocolate malt and bits of real panther, so you know it's good.

In a pint glass, the brew's dusky as a chunk of dark chocolate but gives up lighter amber hues at the edges. Stick your nose close, if you dare. It's a formidable scent, and stings the nostrils with surprisingly tangy notes of raisins, figs, red wine and Dr. Pepper. Hints of toasted sourdough bread can also be picked out amid a background of coffee, cocoa and peanut skins.

The front of the flavor is similar to the front of the nose: prunes, figs, grape skins, a hint of vanilla. But it isn't until the swallow that this kitty really starts purring. Huge notes of dark chocolate, espresso, truffle, molasses and cocoa powder meld in mild sweetness before a looong roast cacao finish. Summit hops provide some floral bitterness (20 IBUs), but most of the astringency comes from heavily roasted malts.When it all comes together, its almost like a dark-chocolate covered fig. The alcohol content -- a saucy 6.9 percent -- is nowhere to be found.

My only complaint? The body's a little thin, and the watery mouthfeel doesn't gel with Sex Panther's chewy, roasty flavors. Maybe Santan will put the beer on nitro to remedy this.

Photo of bambam2517
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had a fresh growler of this filled for me yesterday, brought straight home and shared with friends.

A - Pretty standard opaque inky appearance, forms a nice creamy froth on top and it leaves some thick lace down the glass as its consumed.

S - Chocolate and malty sweetness, sweet milk. Very dessert-like. A bit more subdued with the chocolate than other chocolate brews I've had in the past.

T - Delivers with the sweetness and the chocolate, but it stops there. Just doesn't feel complete, something missing. Easy drinking though.

M - Really oily, and a flat unimpressive finish. Just OK for me.

O - I think its an interesting offering, I'd drink another esp. after dinner. San Tan seems to be getting better and better.

Photo of sommersb
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 04-02-2014
Freshness: Canned on 02-26-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received from a friend

Beer is dark brown with red highlights and capped by a large cream-colored head. Shows good head retention, and a sexy lace is left in the glass.

Aromas bring to mind chocolate malts and moderately roasted coffee.

The taste is very malt-centered, but is not sweet. Flavors include dark brown breads, roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate.

The beer has a creamy texture and finishes dry, with lingering tastes of coffee and chocolates.

Overall a very good porter. The awesome can design and reminder of Anchorman are an added bonus!

Thanks to Craig for this one!

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Sex Panther from SanTan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.