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State Pen Porter - Santa Fe Brewing Company

State Pen PorterState Pen Porter

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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%

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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Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 01:32:52 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 01:10:01 | More by brentk56
Photo of BEERchitect


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a nice, volumptuous pour that shows a good viscous quality with dark brown colors, froathy head formation that rises above the beer, and retention that could have done better. Still, a bit of lacing left behind. A pretty standard Porter look, but already I'm expecting a heavy texture on this one.

Aromas of cocoa and chocolates, heavy roasted chocolate, burnt toast, and a lot of caramel scented malts. Medium breadiness and yeastiness also found in the nose along side of some low-lying fruitiness (plumbs, dates, and figs)

Flavors of caramel and toffee malts lead the way but the coffee and chocolate notes soon catch up. Big flavors from these roasted/toasted grains dwarf the more subtle fruits, nuts, and bready notes burried deep within.

The body is where this beer is at. Very expansive and creamy; but also with a heavy, full, and rounded weight similar to Oatmeal stouts. Alcohol warmth cuts through the caramels and chocolates and makes the malts easily drinkable.

A very nice Porter that could push the envelope a bit further but really doesn't show many flaws.

Thanks BlueOkie!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 04:41:28 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a bubbly, light beige head.

Smell: Roasty, chocolaty aroma with pleasing, pointed notes of both licorice and black coffee.

Taste: Blending of sweet roasty malts along with tastes of coffee, chocolate, and licorice. Restrained roasty bitterness. The chocolate component grows and swells into a choco-coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite good! Very tasty and keenly drinkable. I would definitely welcome another.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 00:27:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of TMoney2591


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to papollo for this bottle!

The first chip in my recently-acquired New Mexico iceberg. It pours a nearly opaque, very dark brown, highlighted in deep garnet, topped by a finger or so of light tan foam. The nose comprises oats, roasted malts, puffed rice, and a very light twinge of coffee. The taste is very similar, with a very wheaty/grainy gelatin suspending a decent amount of light roasted malts. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a decent porter, but not one to write home about, due to the somewhat tame flavoring and overall dull experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 04:40:24 | More by TMoney2591
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Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from jhammerly, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a thin light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very creamy with roasted coffee, chocolate, dark malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is full of milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malts with a little smokiness and dark fruit. It seems a little creamier than most porters that I’ve had. There’s a mild hops presence that provides a little bit of balance, all of the flavors fade into a slightly chalky after-taste.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, sticky and very dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good representation of style, nice kick, it’s a good beer that I could drink a few of, but there are definitely a few others that I would choose first within the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 02:54:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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?

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 04:45:11 | More by russpowell
Photo of Mora2000


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 21:27:42 | More by Mora2000
Photo of zeff80


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a tan, foamy, one-finger head that left nice lacing.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and had floral notes.

T - It tasted of roasted malt (burnt toast flavor) and had a bitter hop kick.

M - It was crisp yet soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice porter. Great label, too.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 12:24:02 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy, almost three-finger thick, light brown colored head that clings quite thickly to the sides of my glass as it slowly recedes. The beer is a nice, burnt, dark chocolate color, but if held up to the light it shows a dark, brilliantly clear, ruby colored luminescence in the depths of its dark body. The aroma has a nice roast fruitiness to it that is noticeable upon pouring it. Other aromas of chocolate, well toasted grain, burnt cherry & berry notes and lightly roasted coffee beans are noticed upon deeper inspection. The roast / dark malt notes can get a little sharp / harsh at times, but overall this is quite a nicely aromatic nose.

Lightly sweet, with quite a bit more body fullness than I was expecting. The sweet malt notes feel velvety even and this beer coats & clings to the mouth like one would expect of a much bigger beer. There seems to be a bit of an off flavor here, which is really a shame as the richness of this brew was really quite something. This off flavor is very subtle, but seems to contribute a mix of flavors reminiscent of burnt, cooked cabbage / broccoli and perhaps something a bit like spoiled watermelon. Up front this beer has a rich, chocolate flavor to it, but it gets more roasted and slightly burnt towards the finish where it picks up some roast bitterness, a light burnt grain acidity, flavors reminiscent of black and darkly roasted coffee. As the beer warms up a bit it loses a bit more of the previously subtle off-flavors and becomes even more like a chocolate elixir.

This would be an incredibly good Porter if not for that bit of off character. The texture is very nice (not too heavy, but still rich and satiating) and this beer reminds me quite a bit of Fullers London Porter, but more roasted.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 02:59:55 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of RblWthACoz


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a real thin tan head. Nose is super sticky sweet. Coffee is there too. Chocolate appears later on. Flavor is thick with dark chocolate. Robust malty tones. Feel is thick on liquid and a low but appropriate carbonation. Very easy to drink and very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 18:28:38 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of mactrail


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and thick nice creamy beige foam. Lots of roasted malt and dark caramel. A good impression of coffee, too. Great mouthfeel with some substance and plenty of carbonation. Flavors seem to rise up to take the edge off the sweet malt. A nice bitterness starts on the tongue and provides a long aftertaste. A hint of butter with sharp tangy flavors as well. Dark toast but not too much charred taste. Seems to have the best qualities of a rich Porter and a hoppier Stout in one totally drinkable package.

From a 12 oz bottle bought in Santa Fe six months ago.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 04:56:12 | More by mactrail
Photo of tempest


3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 01:14:53 | More by tempest
Photo of DoubleJ


4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly dark cola color with pretty decent head retention and good lacing. The nose isn't bad, showcasing a lot of roasty malt, dry hazelnut, coffee and considerable licorise. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, but I have to say this beer is pretty well crafted for a 5% abv. beer. By that I mean there's a considerable amount of flavor, and what I get is interesting and complex. The beer starts off with some light, sweet licorise, but I then get some light coffee, dark (dry) chocolate and a touch of hoppy bitterness in the finish. In fact, the finish is actually pretty dry and fairly fulll. The mouthfeel is a bit thin I guess, but that's hard to avoid in a 5% abv. porter. Drinkability is quite good. Not only does the beer have a fairly low amount of alcohol, but there's enough flavor to keep me interested.

While hardly anything mind blowing, I was nevertheless quite impressed with this porter. Really wish this beer was available in my neck of the woods... I'd be buying this by the 6 pack and 12 pack during the winter holiday months. Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 01:08:26 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured some sweet malt, chocolate and coffee.

The taste was upfront burnt grain, with elements of caramel, coffee and smoke.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a tasty and robust porter. A touch sweeter than most examples.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 03:23:18 | More by plaid75
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 22:11:35 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Gusler


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 21:42:51 | More by Gusler
Photo of Tone


3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of roasted malt, hops, slight alcohol, sweet malt, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, hops, hint of alcohol, sweet malt, and a hint of dark citrus. Overall, better than average, backing any outstanding qualities.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 01:03:29 | More by Tone
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 00:49:12 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of scruffwhor


4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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
Photo of tpd975


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice rich dark matte black hue with a nice tall mocha colored head. Wonderful retention with nice sheets of lace.

S: Wonderful roasted aromas. Nice dark malt, coffee, and rich bakers chocolate.

T: Very roasty and good. Coffee up front with a huge blast of roast. The chocolate is in the middle with hints of char. The finish is roasty with more coffee, and more deep roasted malt.

M: Medium in body, smooth, crisp and tasty.

D: Really good porter. Could drink it all night long. Love the level of roast in this one. It is very aggressive without being over the top.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 20:50:42 | More by tpd975
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black ruby with brown highlights around the edge. Not very thick looking as the head seems to break up after a 3 finger presence.

Aroma is slightly burnt toast, chocolate, black instant coffee and some dark fruit without much sweetness.

Flavors go from more chocolate favored to coffee to dark fruit. Nothing really stands out and the move across flavors is seamless and quick. A dark toast malt background really plays nicely with the dark fruit finish.

Easy drinking, fine porter

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 07:55:44 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - very dark brown, almost black with a fluffy tan head which fell to a layer that left some good lacing behind.

S - roasty aroma.

T - sweet roasted malt flavor, hints of coffee and chocolate, very light bitterness on the finish.

M - medium bodied with mild carbonation feel.

D - easy to drink, but it might be a bit too sweet to have more than 1 or 2.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 23:11:26 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Vancer


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer send by naproxen in the Nobody wants to see a naked beer geek BIF - thanks again!

Almost black pour into the Corsendonk tulip glass, tan head appears but subsides in a few minutes, leaving bits of lace here and there.

Nice powdery aroma of burnt toast with a sturdy dose of malt. Classic taste of sour ale with hints of dark chocolate, anise and fig. Rich and smooth body with a chalky finish.

Tasty little porter - enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 18:48:12 | More by Vancer
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State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.