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State Pen Porter - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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State Pen PorterState Pen Porter

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86
very good

236 Ratings
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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A trademark beer of the Santa Fe Brewing Company’s master brewer, Ty Levis, the State Pen Porter has every reason to be one of his favorites. It is flavorful, swimming with notes of nuts and chocolate; it is drinkable, so drinkable that it is almost as if pint after pint were drinking itself.

(Beer added by: UberWasser on 04-14-2007)
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Reviews by joshuadlight:
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joshuadlight

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

Almost completely black, but yields when held up to bright light. Decent head and lacing. There are minor notes of what you would expect from a standard porter or stout, but nothing stands out. Very reserved coffee and roasted malts aromas and flavors are present, but not enough to be enjoyable. Its drinkable, to say the least, nothing is strong enough to be offensive. Its a decent session brew that I like to have on the mountains, but I won't keep it in a regular rotation at home.

08-04-2009 03:58:49 | More by joshuadlight
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

12oz bottle. Pours a medium brown with a small fluffy light tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts with some acidic coffee notes.

The flavor is roasted grains with some sweet chocolate and coffee notes and some smoky peat. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with some slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a solid porter with nice notes of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

02-13-2011 03:34:38 | More by Beaver13
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

The beer pours dark brown to black with a nice sized beige head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. The flavor is roasted malt, coffee and some citrus hop bitterness at the end of the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is low.

02-15-2010 21:27:42 | More by Mora2000
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mattster

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from 12 fl oz bottle into Nonic Glass.

Nice dark coffee brownish/black color, no head a little lace on top.

Smell is mostly malty/barley. When I opened the bottle, I got a slight whiff of plastic, but didn't smell it in the glass.

Taste is of nice dark barley and hoppy malts. Hints of chocolate, mocha and a woodyness make this a pleasant taste.

Very smoth beer. Nice body would leave me to believe that it is more than the 6.4% as noted on the label, but alcohol taste is not present.

All In all, an good brew from Santa Fe.

12-30-2007 08:38:13 | More by mattster
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Received in May shipment of my Beer of the Month Club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Opaque and looks almost black, but is really a very dark reddish-brown. Tan head fades to a thin layer with slight lacing.

Smell: Slightly sweet malts with chocolate and coffee undertones. Not much roasted malt or hop presence in the smell. A little weak for a Porter.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate with a light roast and coffee character. Very little bitterness. Roasted malts became more prominent at the end and as the beer warmed.

Feel: Very smooth for a regular Porter. Low to moderate carbonation, medium body but a little thin, ever so slightly warming.

Drinkability: Easy drinking Porter with a nice smoothness and chocolate malt backbone.

06-11-2009 02:39:14 | More by bsp77
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deebo

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%

A-Clear. Black with tints of brown. Pillowy carbonated tan head with staying power that laces the pint glass nicely.
S-Really nice-moderate roast dark malt dominates. Caramel and toffee notes present with a hint of flowery hops.
T-Yep, tastes like a porter, dark malt dominates, a little burnt.
M-Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, lacks creaminess. Smooth finish with just a hint of bitter bite.
D-Average for a porter. Alcohol is well hidden.
O-A nice porter-well done.

12-04-2011 23:25:01 | More by deebo
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Another porter/stout that is equal parts brown and black. If I had to lean in one direction, I'd say 51% black, 49% dark brown, together at last! Solid thickness, good light brown/beige head on it, better than average retention, better than average sticky lace along the glass.

Aroma was all roast. Big malt, big roast. Straight forward, no adjuncts.

Taste, chewy. Chewy malt, roasted to near perfection. Clean for what it is. Not weighed down with exotic extracts of coffee or chocolate, sure, there is plenty of chocolate malt. This is nice and simple. A working man's porter. Straightup. Easy drinking. No harsh bitterness. Quintessential porter without the bells and whistles. Well balanced.

03-01-2013 22:11:35 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

This is not a classic Porter, but its a good Porter especially for summer. I call it an American Neo-Porter. This Santa Fe Porter has a real refreshing quality.

The appearance was a little difficult to evaluate since it was served to me at an outdoor restaurant at night in Albuquerque. But it was dark lol. Nice head - nothing special.

Smell- Sweet Classic aroma of a Porter..maybe a little stronger. Thumbs up.

Taste- The flavor is not as strong and sweet as most porters, but it is flavorful, subtle, and with a nice smooth bubbly finish that is a lttlle bitter that's nice and refreshing.

So this Porter goes down with well with good summer jazz fest music with a little body to it. I recommend something like the classic Max Roach and Abby Lincoln lp We Insist: Freedom Now Suite or how about some Weather Report...?? Santana? Wilco??? hmmmm Counting Crows???? No CC would be tooo dreary for a nice refreshing summer Porter.

08-06-2012 16:11:31 | More by frankiepop
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +5%

11-21-2013 00:00:00 | More by LXIXME
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +1%

This beer pours dark and bleak like it's namesake. Almost completely black with yellowish red highlights. The head is soft and quick to form but the tan bubbly lace fades too soon for my taste.

Nose hits me with some coffee right away and then moves into some dark chocolate roastiness. I can tell by the scent that this is going to be a beer that tastes like a glass of charred and roasted grains... That's a good thing.

Bold grain body that really uses roasting to make it's point. The taste starts out in coffee town and slowly moves into bittersweet chocolate village. After those two tongue punching flavors I get a hint of dark candied fruit that makes me think more imperial porter or stout then just regular old porter. Well done!

Love the flavors but the feel of this beer slips a little for me. I'm not a coffee or chocolate eater so the dominating flavors also have a dominating bitterness. To me it's like sipping cold, old black coffee. The finish is really abrupt too. It starts to develop a sweet grain vibe but it never materializes which is truly a shame. That's not a deal breaker in my book. This is a great beefy porter chock full of big flavor so I can overlook the poorer finish.

01-14-2011 23:34:40 | More by jbphoto88
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.19/5  rDev +10%

On tap at the delicious La Choza restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The beer arrived with a great, frothy, khaki-colored head that had some crystal-like radiance within it. Lots of sticky lace stuck to the sides of the glass as the beer dissipated. The liquid was pitch black and opaque.

A good nose on this one, albeit not as complex as I'd hope for. I got coffee and dark roasted malt notes, followed by sweet notes of vanilla and toffee.

The taste is a step up, however, as all the above-mentioned characteristics make their way around my palate, with a few additional notes. My tongue first detects the dark roasted malts, then the sweet vanilla and toffee, but then then the coffee and some brown sugar linger on the back of my tongue.

State Pen Porter is smooth enough, has some creamy aspects, but is a bit more carbonated than I'd like. The beer finishes sweet, which I liked.

I think this is a tasty beer and certainly one I could go to regularly. It's smooth and easy-drinking, yet has plenty of flavor. Plus, there's enough complexity to keep me interested. I endorse.

01-17-2014 17:27:38 | More by ONovoMexicano
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Santa Fe- Penn State Porter

A- Dark deep cola brown with a moderate size tan head. Good thick ringed lacing around the top half of the glass.
S- Dusty dry cocoa powder, chocolate malt, and molasses.
T- Sweet chocolate malt with dry truffle cocoa and a touch of molasses. Slight grassy hop presence.
M- Good thick chocolate malt with a nice tangy earthy grassy hop finish.

Overall- Another decent offering from Santa Fe. Not an A+ beer here, but a good solid drinkable porter!

05-17-2009 22:16:11 | More by NJpadreFan
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -28.3%

First off I'm wondering if something was wrong with mine because my grade is dramatically lower than most. I guess thats the beauty of personal palate though.

Pours out the expected pitch black, with some cherry hues where light dared penetrate. Two fingers tanhead.

Smells of base malts and cocoa puffs, kinda nice childhood flashback.

Slight tin flavor at the offset, then roasted malts cocoa and thats it. Very simple, and honestly not that impressive.

Feels like a porter very creamy with some nice medium carbonation to it.

I do not know if I could recommend this to someone. In the state of CO you really could have a much better porter without looking too hard. But then again, you will never know until you try it.

02-18-2011 23:44:23 | More by JoeAmerican77
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Appearance: Quite dark. A very nice stout. A nice layer of white head. Definitely an enticing porter.

Smell: Perfect combination of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Very standard porter smells done well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet coffee. Mocha- or caramel-like overall. Mouthfeel lacks a bit of creaminess though.

Overall: A great porter.

05-05-2012 19:21:29 | More by tjsdomer2
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

From the bottle, it poured near black with a short tan head. I found this beer to be a typically tasty and standard American porter. Drinkable and full of dark roast coffee, cocoa, and burnt grain. The body is lighter than most, but that just makes this a good candidate for a session beer. There's nothing terribly outstanding or different, but it's a clean, solid beer.

10-07-2009 01:14:53 | More by tempest
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kyleelton

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Nice toasty porter. Only other beer I've had from Sante Fe is their rather impressive canned IPA. This one meets that standard. Great mouthfeel. At 6% ABV this is milder tasting than expected, but great flavor. My nose is a little stopped up so I won't judge the smell. I'm getting nothing, but that's me, not the beer.

I really like this porter. A great choice for a cold rainy night.

03-10-2012 01:37:16 | More by kyleelton
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Hessian257

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-05-2012 22:36:08 | More by Hessian257
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Bottle conditioned & purchased @coaltrain here.

Pours mahogany with 1 finger of mocha colored head. No lacing or head retention

S: Slight coffee notes & iron

T: Singed coffee & iron up front. Roasted grain & bitter chocolate as this warms. A little booze warmth/burn also surfaces. Finishes a little grainy with some booze warmth & loads of coffee ( not a great thing IMO)

MF: Oily , slick with low carbonation

Drinks fairly easy despite some burn presence. Will interested to track the flavor profile as this ages, since this bottle conditioned. A good porter from a part of the country that surely needs one, but what's the story with the name?

06-01-2007 04:45:11 | More by russpowell
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bkeller04

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-10-2014 01:33:50 | More by bkeller04
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DaveMarner

New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a rich dark choclate color. Medium amount of a light brown head.

S - Some chocolate and sweet molasses.

T - Just a touch of hops initially. Then a bit of sweetness. It finishes with a hearty maltyness of barley.

M - Smooth feeling as it rolls over the tongue. A good amount of carbonation, definitely not lacking.

D - A very solid porter. Easy to have several of these. I will be drinking this again.

10-29-2010 18:50:52 | More by DaveMarner
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +5%

11-22-2011 06:22:48 | More by Beertracker
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blindpiggie

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-01-2014 20:53:27 | More by blindpiggie
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-26-2013 00:00:17 | More by dexterk1
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-19-2012 20:14:37 | More by dtx00
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gva

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

07-31-2012 07:40:14 | More by gva
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State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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