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Sex Panther - SanTan Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 220
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 39.37%
Wants: 25
Gots: 41 | 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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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 220
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.69
Purchased: June 12, 2015
Consumed: June 20, 2015
Misc.: Crafted on Nov. 25, 2014

Poured a dark brown, mahogany color with two fingers of tan, frothy head. Above average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled chocolate, artificial chocolate, dark toffee, caramel, roasty malts, nuts, plum and dark fruits. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste was better than the smell. Got chocolate, roasty malts, roasted nuts, plum, dark fruits, toffee, dark chocolate and smooth dark cocoa nibs. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium-to-full body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, smooth finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was decent, but not spectacular. I was wavering on a few of my ratings, but went with what I went with. (Overall - 3.75)

3.71 | 84 | B

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Photo of HappyDays
4.82/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best porter I've had this season. It's light, but so robust in flavor. Great balance of chocolate deliciousness and the perfect beer!! Will not disappoint, it taste like heaven!!! Happy Day's to the best Chocolate Porter I've had in a while!

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque dark amber in color,with a large, dense rocky tan head, and scattered, Belgian-style lacing.

Aroma: Prominent dark caramel allayed with bitter cocoa, and coffee.

Taste: The toast begins with dark caramel, which soon drifts towards chocolate, mild coffee, vanilla, nuts, and sweet alcohol. Later in the taste, bitter cocoa dominates along with dark roasted malt. Finishes with a lingering, mild burnt note.

Mouth feel: Very soft and full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Really quite nice, better than I could reasonably expect. The price of $8.99 for a six-pack of cans seems very reasonable.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Siggy125
2.69/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of McAndrew
4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was not expecting this to be as good as it was. The chocolate is very pronounced in this easy drinking porter. The smell was maltness and sweet. Silky smooth. Very good

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Photo of DrSpaceman
2.22/5  rDev -36.2%
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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Photo of BigBry
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of That_One_Guy
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

It's not my favorite brew from SanTan. It's nice, bold and full of flavor, but it seems to kind peter-out about half way through. I was expecting a mouth full of flavor with some thickness (perverts), but it just didn't have that feel to it. It is worth a taste, but just lower your expectations a little.

WIFE TAKE: What the hell, isn't that racist (I have no idea what she is talking about)

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
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.


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Photo of sommersb
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with an impressive head that leaves all matter of lacing around the glass

Smell: Chocolate, marshmallow, caramel and nuts

Taste: Chocolate with a marshmallow edge, up front, with the caramel and nut flavors developing in the middle; some earthy hop flavors arrive, after the swallow; hints of coffee in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; surprisingly thin, as others have noted

Overall: I rather enjoyed the flavor and the aroma here, though the mouthfeel doesn't live up to my expectations; a bigger chocolate malt profile and a fuller mouthfeel would make this beer outstanding - it is all about expectations and calling it "double" chocolate is a mistake as, apparently, was the idea of calling it a chocolate barleywine, when it was first released

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of kwc017
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of kbm
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A full bodied slightly hoppy porter with outstanding chocolate notes. Clocking in at 6.9% it drinks mighty quick, partly due to it's dryness and nice full body with slightly assertive carbonation.

When the pub pairs it with something, listen. They take their pairings seriously and they are almost always spot on.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
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).

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark dark reddish colored beer rests below a big tan head. A nice lacing and a small biscuity mound remain long after the head has receded on this American Porter.

Dark chocolates, light black licorice and a hint of alcohol aroma.

Roasted grain malts with a edge towards dark bakers chocolate taste with just a hint of hops bitterness.

A dry aftertaste on this full bodied beer with a light darker chocolate taste staying around.

Decent tasting easy drinking porter, worth a try. I think pairing this with the right food and it would only get much better.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at the Blue Hound in Phoenix before the Suns game I went to last week. This was good and filling, unlike the tiny portions that constituted my dinner. I wanted something local for my beer there and thankfully, this was available. It wasn't as filling as other Porters that I had before but this was a great choice and a nice offering from SanTan, that held it's own easily.

The pour to this was a very dark brown with just a hint of light streaming in around the edges. Nice head as well with lacing that stuck around after each sip. The aroma was like that or licorice or anisette with a good amount of caramel to reinforce that in the taste. It felt like a Scotch Ale since there was some stickiness too although the chocolate fit in well with this, it felt out of place since this was a Porter. Thankfully, this was creamy enough with a low amount of carbonation, allowing it go down nice and smoothly.

As for the alcohol, it was just right. I could only feel it once I finished off my pint, the buzz finally set it but it wasn't anything excessive or distracting from the flavors of the beer. While this wasn't a terribly heavy beer, I enjoyed it and the chocolate flavor lends itself to this being just as good as a Stout for an after-dinner drink. Nice job on this one by SanTan - too bad I can't get any of it back east here.

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Photo of arizcards
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a dimpled mug.

A - Opaque dark-brown with ruby edges, with a one and 1/2 finger head of light brown foam. Nice sheet of lacing coats the glass.

S - Rich aroma of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and a hint of almond.

T - Taste follows the nose almost exactly. Lots of cocoa flavors with a nice nuttiness rounding things out. Quite sweet. Hops are basically non-existant. Cocoa flavors maybe a tad bit artificial.

M - Light bodied. Low carbonation and creaminess lead to an extremely silky feel. Wished it was just a little thicker.

O - A nice, solid porter. A little gimmicky with the chocolate, but tasty enough to be forgiven.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
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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Photo of bambam2517
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Sex Panther from SanTan Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.