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Sex Panther - SanTan Brewing Co.

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Sex Panther
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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 21
Gots: 28 | 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:
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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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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Sex Panther from SanTan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.