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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

264 Ratings
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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | 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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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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 beergoot
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of frankiepop
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.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.