State Pen Porter - Santa Fe Brewing Company
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Reviews by beergoot:
3.94/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Dark brown body crowned with a thick, creamy light tan head; clinging rings of foam down the glass. Mocha and coffee notes comprise the bulk of the aroma, coupled with hints of light chocolate notes and some barely perceptile woody hop scents. Solid roasted and chocolate malts dominate the flavors with a subtle hop bitterness backbone. Medium bodied, dry finish.
This is a very solid porter. It has excellent flavor and is well-balanced with nice complexity that lets you explore new dimensions to this beer with every sip.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2013 21:33:19 | More by beergoot
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4.34/5 rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is another of my local, in-person trader, tone77's cache of bottles. I am not a frequent purchaser of bottles, but he knows to keep me focused, otherwise it would be all CANs, all the time. He also brings me widely varied styles, which is also good for this self-avowed hophead. Another life-long passion of mine is reading mystery, crime and detective novels and stories and I am immersed in the Akashic Books Noir series, so this fits right in.
The beer fit right into my glass, producing a pseudo-cascade that was eminently visible as it settled. I initially had two fingers of dense, light-tan head with good retention that began to produce some nice lacing as it slowly fell. Color was a deep, dark-brown with garnet highlights (SRM = > 34, < 44) and NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of dark chocolate, light smoke, roasted nuts, and pine hops. For some reason, I tend to favor porters over stouts when I am faced with that type of choice, and this would be a good example. I just like the complexity of flavors in porters and now my mouth was beginning to water. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste was nutty and chocolaty, kind of like a Reese's peanut butter cup, or chocolate peanut butter ice cream. Wow! Definitely not something that I would have picked up on my own, but a pleasant surprise all the same. Finish was rather sweet and I would probably recommend it more as a dessert beer than as a staple. Still, a very nice example of a Porter.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 21:43:11 | More by woodychandler
State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.