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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

228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
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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SPThirtyThree

Colorado

1.93/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Back when I lived in Austin, a guy from work brought a sixer of these in, and I remember it being tasty and delicious, so it will be nice to try it again and give it a proper review...

A: State Pen Porter pours deep, dark brown with a creamy, one-finger, beige head. The cap contains big bubbles interspersed in a thick cream.

S: Maybe my snifter is dirty, but the most noticeable odor is bandaids. Very little else is apparent.

T: More band-aid tastes. Mostly phenolic. WTF?!

M: Slightly creamy, but the mouthfeel is overshadowed by the awful flavor.

d: Low: see below.

I was excited to retry this beer with a computer in front of me for review; however, this time around, this bottle has gone awry. It tastes very medicine-y and slightly like vinegar. The roasty character and mouthfeel are good, but this bottle has obviously become infected... :( Most aspects of the beer are fine, so I suspect that the failure happened during bottling, when the beer had already developed most of its character.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 03:11:08 | More by SPThirtyThree
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olinwp

Delaware

2/5  rDev -47.5%

07-06-2014 17:04:42 | More by olinwp
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks go out to Santa 2010 GabrielM for this beer.

State Pen Porter has a dark brown to black body with a substantial brown head and decent retention and lacing.

The aroma has mostly dark malts with roasted, coffee and chocolate scents. There is also a hint of sourness lurking in the background.

The beer opens up with loads of roasted malt, a slight dark bread flavor, and then transitions into a little bit of chocolate and good bit of coffee. Next comes a flash of sourness, and at this point I'm really digging this porter. The finish, however, has something strange going on. I can't put my finger on the flavor, but it reminds me of over-ripe fruit without a specific fruit characteristic to it. With every sip I like the beginning, but notice the finish even more.

Mouthfeel is nice; creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation.

State Pen has the making of a great porter, but it is held back by an unpleasant flavor that is just off.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 17:53:04 | More by Hojaminbag
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 23:44:23 | More by JoeAmerican77
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

08-07-2013 04:20:55 | More by Sludgeman
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mooseisloose

Florida

2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

More BOTMC, love this style, time to give it a whirl. Great label, its got to be good. Popping the top I smell a cornucopia of flavors choclates, toasted malts, chaulky hops, the whole enchilada. Pours like motor oil into a tulip glass with a nice thin tan head. There is no light coming through this brew. First sip is a little thin in the mouthfeel department with a little too much carbonation. Makes it tough to get the full flavor with a high carbonation. Taste is not as complex as I expected but more steady throughout, roasted malts with a bitterness in the background. Sure this isn't a porter light suitable to serve to inmates? Not much here after I got charged up by the cool label. Tasty but not worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 23:45:28 | More by mooseisloose
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-12-2012 03:19:38 | More by ygtbsm94
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kew

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-04-2012 21:28:43 | More by kew
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Joe1019

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-09-2014 23:52:50 | More by Joe1019
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nzerbe

New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

03-03-2013 22:39:00 | More by nzerbe
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz->Oktoberfest Mug

A ~ Pours dark brown with a great cap of brown head that's gone in 60 after leaving globs of foamy lacing about the glass that is on par for the style.

S ~ Vanilla extract, weak coffee, dark malts

T ~ Starts a little too sweet. Reminiscent of Diner Coffee with too much french vanilla added to it...Herbal/Earthy hop flavors in the midst of the sweet flavors. Malt & lactose sweetness make up the bulk of the body.

M ~ Finish is nice. Too effervescent, which doesn't play well with the sweetness. Needs more dry roasty bitterness.

D ~ Wouldn't revisit, but not a drain pour by any means. Worth a shot, but maybe get a single to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 21:00:22 | More by chocosushi
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Nicely, it pours solid black. One-finger head of tan foam forms and rapidly dissipates, leaving a crescent of film on top. After a few minutes this, too, fades away. Lacing is okay, but slippery.

Big dark roasted malt nose. Notes of milk and dark chocolates. Light hints of capuccino. Hints of molasses and traces of brown sugar. Slight nuttiness.

Dark roasted chocolate malts. A touch of coffee. Toasted nuts. Slight hint of smoke.

A weak medium body. Very thin, almost watery. Carbonation is totally off.

Sure, it's drinkable, but I won't be running back to it any time soon. Nice starter porter for your BMC friends.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 15:13:29 | More by coldmeat23
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deebo

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 23:25:01 | More by deebo
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

05-11-2012 07:53:06 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Kopfmeister60

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

09-17-2012 22:10:07 | More by Kopfmeister60
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

05-20-2014 16:35:03 | More by Whiskeydeez
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quadhog

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

03-03-2013 18:18:29 | More by quadhog
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Graham21

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Dark, almost black in color. mm head nice and off white. good lacing.

The nose is very nice. Rich dark malt and coffee scents. some floral aromas with a hint of nut and malts.

Very pleasant flavors. Not as deep and rich as expected. Carmael and coffee flavores. Lots of nutiness. almost too sweet. Good carbonation, but lacking in other areas.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 03:56:09 | More by Graham21
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Padron4KM

Arizona

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

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 05:35:49 | More by Padron4KM
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2012 16:11:31 | More by frankiepop
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 00:38:27 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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joshuadlight

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost completely black, but yields when held up to bright light. Decent head and lacing. There are minor notes of what you would expect from a standard porter or stout, but nothing stands out. Very reserved coffee and roasted malts aromas and flavors are present, but not enough to be enjoyable. Its drinkable, to say the least, nothing is strong enough to be offensive. Its a decent session brew that I like to have on the mountains, but I won't keep it in a regular rotation at home.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 03:58:49 | More by joshuadlight
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jnezda

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz to pint glass. Poured a luscious dark brown, almost black with very little light allowed through. Thins dark eggshell head that was fine in texture and faded quickly while leaving little to no lacing. Aroma was dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate. The toasted/roasted flavor went right along with the smell and was pleasant to taste but seemed a bit watery for a porter. The flavors were full but I was hoping for a bit more body from a porter. All in the beer seems representative of an American Style Porter and when looking for a dark full flavored beer that sits lightly on the tongue and stomach this would be a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 06:13:27 | More by jnezda
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 00:50:48 | More by andrewjraab
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blindpiggie

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-01-2014 20:53:27 | More by blindpiggie
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State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.