State Pen Porter - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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State Pen PorterState Pen Porter

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273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 13
Gots: 19 | 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:
Beer added by: UberWasser on 04-14-2007

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.
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Ratings: 273 | Reviews: 124
Reviews by tjsdomer2:
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of mattster
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of deebo
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of frankiepop
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kyleelton
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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?

Photo of DaveMarner
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a beige head and brown color. Aroma is dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla and caramel malts. Flavor is reflective of the smell, with a nice cocoa finish. Mouthfeel is light for style but within bounds. A tasty, complex and satisfying Porter.

Photo of bonbini26
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the beer of the month club

Pours a dark ruby/brown, almost black, tan head fades quickly with some lacing. The smell is of sweet chocolate malts and coffee, the roasted hints are a little weak in this one for the style. Medium bitterness with semi-sweet roasted coffee/caramel/chocolate flavor. Roasted malts come out more as the beer warms. Goes down pretty smooth at 6.4%, moderate carbonation and body. A pretty easy drinking porter went well with a steak dinner the 3 times i drank this. Finally a better beer from this beer of the month club

Photo of Padron4KM
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. No freshness date noted. Dark brown with ruby highlights.
Creamy tan head leaves patchy lace.

Roasty chocolatey aroma, touch of vanilla extract.

Flavor is alcohol, chocolate, vanilla, with a hint of bitter coffee on the finish.

Body was a bit thin and the alcohol was quite noticeable, losing points on drinkability

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this is a very dark amber ale (almost black) and is topped off with a lovely dark tan head that has hints of red hues in it. The head itself is very bubbly, thick and creamy with a thick wall of lacing…the head also sticks around for a while(starts off at about two and a half fingers and withers out to about one finger(and I have fat fingers). Roasted malts caressed by mild hops aromas fill the air, and they aren’t alone either, sweet floral aromas mixed in with coffee beans and chocolate make your mouth water. Crisp at first, refreshing, slightly bitter overall this is a good porter. Its got a medium body and the flavors are plentiful, Mild, mild hops, some citrus zest comes through and it has almost no alcohol flavor in its aftertaste. This is one good beer! I will definitely look for this one again.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, near black, slight ruby around the edges. Big tan head, with lots of lacing and good retention.

Sell is of fresh cocoa and roasted malts. It's pleasantly sweet smelling, but not overboard. There is a tiny bit of coffee present.

The taste is more bitter chocolate, and roasted, toasty malts. Notes of espresso are there as well. There is a bit of a balancing bitterness, but hard to tell if it's do to the coffee tastes or a hop presence. Either way, It works well.

The feel is medium bodied, slightly sticky, and creamy.

This is a very solid porter that hits the notes that I like most about the style quite a lot.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown that just about obscured all light from the glass. A nice three inch head of off white foam that came up the side of the glass and hung around for a good bit before finally settling down into the glass and leaving behind tons of side glass lace.

The smell was loaded with chocolate. Rich notes of sweet chocolate that were blended in with a touch of burnt coffee grinds balanced throughout the profile. Really nice profile here, with the dark yeast strain that really showed off some nice fruit and cocoa notes, especially as it warms. The flavor was more of the same, rich, with a health does of chocolate

Photo of Flashsp2
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Santa Fe State Pen Porter

A slow pour generated a big, dense tan head that with great retention. Poured from a 12oz into a straight sided pint glass. Lots of taffy-like sticky lace,and the head stays all the way through. Very dark brown with golden edges.

Aroma is roasty, with some molasses and grain. Faint floral hops give a nice balance, as well as some dark chocolate notes.

Taste is roasty, sweet malty, and some molasses. Some powdered chocolate, and some hop spice is there to balance out the sweetness and the roasty malts, and some bitterness from the roasting as well.

Mouthfeel is solid, medium to full bodied. Alcohol seems to be hidden pretty well, no presence is made at all, even as it warms.

Good beer, nothing amazing, but good for sessioning, even with the elevated ABV.

Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer disembarks the brown 12 ounce bottle a deep brown with some ruby highlights, the head is typical in size, the color a nice tan color and the texture creamy, as it erodes the lace forms a thin and somewhat patchy sheet. Nose is toasted grain, hints of coffee and a bit of bittersweet chocolate, quite pleasant to the schnozzle. Start has a decent grain presence, sweet with a bit of burnt grain bitterness, light to moderate in feel. Finish is nicely hopped, with the sweetness and the bitterness sticking to the end, dry aftertaste, and a nice porter overall, not as heavy as most, but that's not a bad thing in my book.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nearly black color with a thin, fine-bubbled light tan head. Not much foam, even with an aggressive pour. Retention and lacing are both decent.

Smell is mostly of roasty and milk chocolaty malts. Fairly straightforward, but what is there smells pretty nice. Nose is more akin to a stout than a porter, I don't get any fruitiness or toast.

Tastes pretty good as well. By far the best brew from Santa Fe I have had. It's pretty one-dimensional, with chocolate and cocoa dominating the taste. Has a few hints of dark berries and honey with a mild hop bitterness at the end. I would have never guessed the ABV is above 6. I would say this a nice surprise and would be happy to have this on tap after hitting the slopes at Taos.

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State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.