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Sex Panther - SanTan Brewing Co.

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.8%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: can

01-22-2013 01:10:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Serving type: can

02-26-2014 23:10:49 | More by brentk56
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 22:06:25 | More by Gueuzedude
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-30-2013 23:31:47 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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arizcards

Arizona

3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-09-2013 23:31:05 | More by arizcards
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Phelps

Arizona

2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from the tap at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Southwest Festival of Beers and poured into a small tasting glass. SanTan’s seasonal chocolate barleywine, this one’s made with bits of real panther, so you know it’s good!

Deep cherry red, blending to darker brown. The darkness of the brew obscures everything behind it, making it appear nearly opaque. A frothy one-finger head the color of latte foam becomes a thick ring.

The nose: mild sweet cocoa, figs, dark chocolate and a small amount floral hops.

I’m starting to think labeling this beer a barleywine was a mistake. The flavors of acrid roast, burnt coffee, raisins and floral hops just don’t add up, and there’s almost none of the chocolate promised by the nose. Odd.

Light, massaging carbonation in a somewhat thin, medium-light body.

An interesting attempt, but it misses the mark on both chocolate and barleywine. Sixty percent of the time, I wouldn’t drink this every time.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2011 19:17:06 | More by Phelps
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.08/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: can

01-27-2013 02:14:30 | More by yemenmocha
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2013 23:40:37 | More by JerzDevl2000
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Serving type: can

04-03-2014 03:59:33 | More by sommersb
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-09-2013 23:06:00 | More by LXIXME
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Gatch

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ. After reading some of the other reviews, it's clear that this beer was mislabeled as a barleywine. It's correctly classified as a porter on this site. The rating might be a bit higher if the last few reviews were rated to the style of a porter.

A: Deep, dark, blood red on the edges but mostly pitch black. Light brown, bubbly head with no lace and little head retention.

S: Some roasted and chocolate malt but mostly unimpressive.

T: Great chocolaty body with a smooth, roasted malt finish. A smoky, roasted flavor fills the mouth. A nice sweetness at the end, as well.

M: Easy and enjoyable to drink. The body isn't watered down like most porters. Good flavor.

O: Solid offering from SanTan. Can stand with most porters out there.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 04:17:13 | More by Gatch
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.51/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-22-2014 04:43:06 | More by BryanCarey
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ISmith87

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: can

01-08-2014 02:35:58 | More by ISmith87
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: can

02-26-2013 05:27:03 | More by TempeBeerMan
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bigbelcher

Arizona

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 07:29:18 | More by bigbelcher
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matttttYCE

Arizona

3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
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).

Serving type: can

07-11-2013 10:41:21 | More by matttttYCE
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ottovon

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours out a dark brown with a tan head. the head faded quickly, but this might also be due to the fact that is was poured from a growler and could have lost some carbonation.

S: smells of toffee and roasted malt. i get a little bit of coffee and dark chocolate in the aroma as well. i get some fruit, like plum and date. has a nice sweet aroma without being overly sweet.

T: i get some caramel/toffee, roasted malt and there is definitely some chocolate notes. It finishes pretty dry and with a little bitterness like a dark chocolate would. there is also some alcohol in there.

M: it has a medium-thin body, with a little carbonation. it is a smooth beer.

D: it is pretty easy to drink and i could see myself ordering more than one of these.

this is a chocolate barleywine. a friend got a growler from the brewer and shared it last night with us. overall this was a good beer, and i really like the chocolate notes in the barleywine.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 16:38:04 | More by ottovon
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bambam2517

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-23-2013 22:27:02 | More by bambam2517
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kbm

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2014 04:17:21 | More by kbm
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kwc017

Arizona

3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-18-2014 03:51:32 | More by kwc017
Sex Panther from SanTan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.