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State Pen Porter - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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State Pen PorterState Pen Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
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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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

5/5  rDev +31.2%

05-30-2012 01:10:44 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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MorSlaught

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

09-04-2013 01:40:39 | More by MorSlaught
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionaly good. One of the best porters i have ever had. Cola colored with a tan head. Toasty malt aromA. Flavor is majestic. Toasty, dark chocolate. Rich smooth texture with a nice bitter backbone.

Rich rich rich. Velvey goodness. Exquisitely good. A work of art. Rapturoulsy good.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 08:13:36 | More by jmbranum
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

State Pen Porter pours a black color, with a small lacing head. There is a strong fresh coffee bean smell, with hints of chocolate. The taste has a strong coffee taste, very fresh, and has a nice bitterness, on a smokey malty backbone. Very easy to drink, has a nice full coffee taste. Overall I find this a very full and flavorful porter, a must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 04:01:49 | More by vette2006c5r
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davisln1


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

11-06-2012 03:40:28 | More by davisln1
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callieokc


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

07-26-2014 22:49:25 | More by callieokc
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-16-2014 13:53:23 | More by Fettpopps
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wastedrockranger


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - poured into a 16oz mug coming out black with a cream colored head leaving a beige ring on the glass

smell - everything you would expect from a good porter. nutty, coffee, chocolately, with a little dash of the smokey smell.

taste - chocolate malt taste with some coffee hints and smoked nut flavors

mouthfeel - thick and creamy but refreshing. left my mouth feeling of a morish taste. meaning i need more of this stuff!

overall - a very good example of a porter. glad i found this one and will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 13:55:22 | More by wastedrockranger
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DoubleJ

California

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I wait for the water on my stove to boil...why not review a beer? Got this one while I was in Arizona two weeks ago. On to the beer:

The head forms low and slightly tanned on top this ebony liquid. Major coffee aroma upon first sniff. It mellows out...molasses and powdered chocolate tend to dominate the nose here, with a pinch of chocolate liquer. Rich and sweet upon my first impression. Mellow, yet there's some roastiness to it. It's medium bodied, with a mild carbonation. Flavors...cold coffee, chocolate syrup, low amount of roastiness on the palate. A faint kick of booze can be felt warming me on the inside. It becomes more chocolatey in both aroma and flavor as it warms.

I think this is my first beer from New Mexico, and I'm impressed. Just a well-balanced, enjoyable brew I could drink for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 02:12:08 | More by DoubleJ
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from Glenvargas (RB) in a trade.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Smokestack goblet. Poured the darkest I've ever seen for a porter. While it is inky black, it has dark ruby notes when held up to the light. Aroma is roasty with hints of chocolate and what I think is mint. Taste is rich; chocolate and roasted malts with hints of cream. Mouthfeel is full. I would say this is more like a stout than a porter which is probably why I think it is one of the best porters I've ever drank.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 02:31:44 | More by hwwty4
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DaveMarner

New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 18:50:52 | More by DaveMarner
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jake87

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L. Black with a thick tan head
S. Toasted malts followed by a faint floral sweetness
T. MMM-mmmh Toasty malts and nuts fading into a strong mocha coffee flavor
F. Light carbonation flowing into a very smooth mouthfeel with no stickyness

A very good beer, I would buy a keg of this stuff and have a mug or two every night. Definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 19:24:50 | More by jake87
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biggmike

Mississippi

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very attractive dark brown color with a nice off-white head that hung around a while. The aroma was roasty with some dark fruit undertones. Roasted malts and coffee come through on the palate. Mouthfeel was nice and it left nice lacing around the glass. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 05:19:51 | More by biggmike
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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
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GregSVT

Texas

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a deep cola, almost black, with a nice light tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of roasty coffee and cocoa smells. Very nice aromas come from the glass everytime I put my nose up to it.

T: The taste is full on roasted coffee with chocolate and a bit of vanilla on the finish. This is up there with some of the better porters I've ever tasted.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy. The carbonation leaves bigger bubbles in the mouth...if this has smaller bubbles it would have scored a bit higher.

D: Very tasty and I was surprised I liked it so much. Great porter that I would buy all the time if it was available.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 04:14:18 | More by GregSVT
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BrewerB

Florida

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

Kevin hooked me up with this beer recently, much to my surprise. It's a new brewery and a new beer and I'm looking forward to it! Thanks again, Kevin.

Pouring into a New Glarus pint glass. Dark mahogany with great clarity and a thin, well-retained medium tan head.

Roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate. Slightly earthy.

Slightly sweetened hot cocoa up front with a brewed coffee following behind. Light toffee noted. Heavily toasted malts. Earthy hop, medium level of bitterness. Medium finish leaves a lingering chocolate on the palette.

Medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation.

Overall this is a great introduction for me to this brewery! Solid malt foundation includes cocoa/coffee with a hint of dark fruit. Enough hop flavor and bitterness to keep a pleasant level of drinkability. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 05:25:20 | More by BrewerB
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass. No date.

Appearance - Black body. Pours two finger light brown webby head with decent lacing and moderate retention.

Smell - Very peppery. Roasted coffee. Oaky. Some alcohol and very slight dark fruit.

Taste - Dark fruit turns into peppery cardboard, then finishes metallic with a dark fruit and coffee aftertaste. Mostly dry but with some noticeable malt here and there.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Creamy and only slightly solvent.

Overall Drinkability - Could use a little more malt balance. Otherwise a decent to good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 18:04:27 | More by ZenAgnostic
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black in color. Poured with a healthy beige foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap that left sticky lacings on the glass. Dark roasted and burn malt aromas with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Body is on the heavier side with a creamy feel up front and aggressive carbonation thru the middle. Dark and burnt malt flavors up front with a hint of sweet chocolate before hop bitterness rolls thru the middle. Coffee flavors transition from the bitterness along as a smoked flavor slowly rolls to the end. Finishes with a bitter coffee and burnt malt aftertaste. Nice body and flavor complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 19:38:11 | More by IronLover
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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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Cheeser

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-16-2014 23:49:26 | More by Cheeser
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

11-27-2011 06:16:50 | More by TheBishopco
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Leavittbeerguy

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

01-05-2014 00:24:00 | More by Leavittbeerguy
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BryantForestry

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-12-2013 01:45:17 | More by BryantForestry
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you n8dietz for the pick-up.

Very darl cola brown color with a one finger head and an almost uniform film of foam after numerous sips.

Great roasty malt raomas of light coffee bean, cocoa powder, and what seem to be some yeasty roasted fruits as well.

LOve the upfront roasty malt kick in the mouth that follws through to the finish with velvety smoothness. The roasted mlats have you standard coffee and chocolate flavors, but that creamy texture just melds everything together so well. This would be my choice for a session porter, if the abv. was as a little lower.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 00:59:21 | More by scruffwhor
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soonerlight

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

03-30-2014 17:03:21 | More by soonerlight
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State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.