State Pen Porter - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 284
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 6.28%
Wants: 13
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of 1Bonehed
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LOOK: Poured into 25oz mug down the side & finishing with center pour. Left a little more than finger worth of this medium/dark tan head which was quite thick in appearance which dissipated relatively slowly leaving a nice cascade of lacing. Body was very dark, nearly black with slight mahogany/amber hue to it.

SMELL: Dark roasted coffee aroma with a bit of bitter chocolate & somewhat malty. Couldn't really isolate any particular aromas specifically, everything kind of blended together. None of the aromas really jumped out at you, wasn't a very strong smell profile.

TASTE: The taste was similar to smell profile, but considerably more prominent. Strong dark roasted coffee & bitter chocolate flavor with a hint of dark fruitiness. Very slight nutty & somewhat unique light smoky after taste. The malt really balanced out the flavors nicely & the alcohol was just slightly noticeable near the finish.

FEEL: I guess, if there was anything to be disappointed about, it was the mouth feel. Contrary to it's look, smell & flavor, it actually came across to me as being a bit watery. Was really looking forward to that creamy medium/heavy texture that just wasn't there. It was a very drinkable beer, but a bit light on the palate for what I expected.

OVERALL: I really enjoyed this beer. Would I buy it again...SURE. Would I recommend it to a friend...ABSOLUTELY. It's up in the "Looking forward to drinking another one" category, so yea, good beer in my book. Especially, if you looking for a somewhat heavy flavor profile, but don't want a "heavy" beer.

Hope you enjoyed the review...CHEERS (1,605 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Samuel Smith conical pint glass.

Look: Rich dark chocolate color, through the light more ruby appears. Cream colored head that holds well, lots of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, burnt coffee beans, faint black licorice?

Taste: Said burnt malts, burnt toast, coffee, licorice, slightly boozy.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, boozy, alcohol really comes through.

Overall: Even at "only" 6.4% this feels boozy. Otherwise an average porter, good coffee notes. (475 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a black brew...capped with a tan head. Appropriate appearance, with a nutty, chocolate-like, and coffee scent. Some roastedness, but it isn't as in-the-face as some porters. The taste is balanced...some malt, and a decent smokey character. The body is full and smooth...almost silky. Good, but not outstanding. (323 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, and slight smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle. (571 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (249 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

From the bottle, the beer poured a dark black with a centimeter of foam. Roasted coffee and chocolate dominate the aroma along with some lingering barley hull. Nicely roasted malt swarm the palate up front, depositing a little bite through the center. It finishes with hint of hops, although a dash more would be great. A smooth enjoyable way to end the day. (359 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (1,500 characters)

Photo of Greenchileman
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Other than the one brewed by Bells, this is my favorite Porter out there. Wonderful aroma, taste, aftertaste, you name it. The only problem is that Santa Fe Brewing doesn't sell their beer in Georgia, yet. I say yet, hopefully, because if they did, I would buy it. For not, however, I haul this and their Imperial Java Stout, and Happy Camper IPA back to ATL in my checked luggage. Please Santa Fe Brewing company, please start selling your beer in GA. At least in Atlanta!! Have a great day everyone. (501 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (1,088 characters)

Photo of JDababneh
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty nice beer. This pours a nice dark brown color with a tan head. You have the nice smell of malts, caramel, and chocolate. Just like the smell, you can taste the malts, caramel and chocolate; what I think you should expect from a porter. Drinking the beer left a lingering taste in the mouth with some bitters at the end. (336 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an unbranded stemmed British ale glass

Pours a dark cola brown capped by a one and a half finger light beige head. Average retention, little to no lacing. HInts of toffee, roasted malt, and bakers chocolate on the nose. Roasty dark chocolate malt, hints of caramel, and nutty cashew-like notes. Medium body, fairly high level of carbonation especially for a porter that adds a bit of crispness. Overall, a decent porter that is smooth, however it leans to being a bit overcarbonated for a porter. (530 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - dark brown color with a decent tan head and some lacing

S-roasted malt, chocolate, earthy

T-roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, earthiness, slightly bitter finish

F- medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O- a decent porter with good balance (253 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown body crowned with a thick, creamy light tan head; clinging rings of foam down the glass. Mocha and coffee notes comprise the bulk of the aroma, coupled with hints of light chocolate notes and some barely perceptile woody hop scents. Solid roasted and chocolate malts dominate the flavors with a subtle hop bitterness backbone. Medium bodied, dry finish.

This is a very solid porter. It has excellent flavor and is well-balanced with nice complexity that lets you explore new dimensions to this beer with every sip. (526 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a creamy/rocky tan head that leaves a few dots and dashes

Smell: Roasty, almost ashen, aroma with underlying chocolate elements

Taste: Black bread, up front, with a developing chocolate aspect; after the swallow, the chocolate and roasty coffee flavors take over

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Glad I had a chance to revisit this one as it was much better the second go round

Thanks, BlueOkie, for the chance to re-visit (522 characters)

Photo of frankiepop
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (935 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a 12 oz tulip.

Look- Opaque cola color with lighter highlights, finger and a half of mottled cocoa-powder brown head that falls quickly to nothing, leaving a few streaks of lace.

Smell- Cocoa, vanilla, roasted barley, fairly sweet. Swirling brings out a nutty aroma.

Taste- Starts with blackened grains and mellow tealike hops. Once this has faded it goes through a number of nutty/bready/toffeelike flavors, starting with the darker shades and ending with the lighter. Finishes with a bit of char and caramel. Aftertaste is of toasted crusty bread. Well-balanced, and the quality of the ingredients shows.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, moderate to heavy carbonation. Pretty smooth, but the carbonation leans towards prickly. Dry finish.

Overall- Pretty good. Not anything surprising, but solid nonetheless, and very reasonably priced. I'll probably pick it up again at some point. (908 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown almost black color. A solid two inches of thick creamy white head after an attacking pour.

S - Coffee, chocolate, sweet malts, caramel, vanilla. This smells like a sweet breakfast drink. Very enticing.

T - Not as sweet as I would imagine which is a good thing. Mildy sweet up front with a nice balance of bitterness. Very smooth and drinkable. Medium bodied with nice balance.

O - This is a real nice Porter and possibly one of the best Porters I have had. (476 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours solid black. If held to the light there is a little bit of a brown rim at the bottom of the glass. A nice off brown head forms on top of the beer.

The aroma is of roasted coffee and dark malts. It is strong and makes a good impression.

The beer is pretty normal for a porter. It tastes like coffee and finishes bitter. There are roasted flavors but not a lot of depth.

The mouthfeel is full and the body is medium.

Overall this is a good example of a porter. It is nothing to write home about though. (519 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.56/5  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. (351 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep ruddy brown with a thin and very short lasting dark beige head. Aroma of dark fig like fruits and malt. Taste is much better than I expected from the apperance and aroma. It tastes of dark chocolatey malts and dark fruitcake. It has a distinctly alchoholic bite to it. Finishes nicely with a light bitterness. (323 characters)

Photo of wastedrockranger
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (524 characters)

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State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.