State Pen Porter - Santa Fe Brewing Company
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Reviews by neonbrown82:
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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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 228 ratings.