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Sex Panther - SanTan Brewing Co.

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Sex Panther
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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 16
Gots: 8 | 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:
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

t0rin0, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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

brentk56, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

MarkyMOD, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Gueuzedude, Mar 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

orangesol, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

LXIXME, Apr 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

HuskyinPDX, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

bsuedekum, Feb 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Duff27, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

BGsWo22, May 19, 2013
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

crobinso, Apr 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

SadMachine, Feb 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Kurmaraja, Aug 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Davepoolesque, Mar 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Kmlund, Mar 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

egrace84, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of arizcards
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

arizcards, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of yemenmocha
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

yemenmocha, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Phelps
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

Phelps, Apr 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

jschott75, Apr 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

EyePeeAyBryan, Jun 06, 2012
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Sex Panther from SanTan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.