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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

230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | 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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neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the newest breweries available at Beertopia in Omaha, this was the pick of the litter according to the staff. It's a good porter. Nothing special, really, but it exceeded my expectations. I'm not disappointed, and I may even try singles of the others.

The beer pours to a black color with a big ruby hue. Shows fairly clear through the light, but still heavily shrouded in deep brownish reds. A little tan head caps the beer and recedes almost immediately to a film over the top of the liquid. Leaves a meager lacing.

The smell is kind of non-descript. Perhaps my sample is still a bit cold to fully unlock all of the potential, but usually there is at least SOMETHING to work with. As it warms, there is a subtle hint of chocolate and black patent malt with a little bit of copper. Very hard to gather much from the nose, however.

The taste is much more fulfilling than the nose. The roasty flavors explode on the palate. Roasted Barley, Black Patent, chocolate, coffee, ash, light smoke, burnt caramel / toffee, hazelnut. Has a light bitterness in the finish, but the hops flavors are indistinguishable. It's a good drinking beer, nonetheless, but not much different from your regular random-beer-off-the-shelf variety porter.

The mouthfeel is thin, about where it should be, but the carbonation is maybe a little more sharp than I like for a porter. The light body combined with the light roasty flavors is mouthwatering, however. Every time I have a porter I think to myself, "I should drink more porters." But alas, there are few that really stand out from the others. Kind of a moot point, however, because I haven't had a porter than I didn't care for (at least that I can recall).

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 07:47:21 | More by neonbrown82
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State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.