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State Pen Porter - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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State Pen PorterState Pen Porter

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252 Ratings
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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 120
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.

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Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

dtx00, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of davisln1
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

davisln1, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of abex44
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

abex44, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Kopfschuss, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of M_C_Hampton
4/5  rDev +5%

M_C_Hampton, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Woodysbeard
4/5  rDev +5%

Woodysbeard, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of ScubaSteve00
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ScubaSteve00, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Kopfmeister60
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Kopfmeister60, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Tsrohnek
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Tsrohnek, Aug 14, 2012
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.

frankiepop, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of gva
4/5  rDev +5%

gva, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of dragomni
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

dragomni, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Bluestar
4/5  rDev +5%

Bluestar, Jun 30, 2012
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.

Lawl3ss, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of cbcrunch
4/5  rDev +5%

cbcrunch, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of andrewjraab
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.

andrewjraab, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Onemic
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Onemic, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +5%

Hopmodium, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Ispeakforthetrees, May 30, 2012
Photo of Havion383
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Havion383, May 25, 2012
Photo of IronLover
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.

IronLover, May 19, 2012
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

vickersspitfire, May 19, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

4DAloveofSTOUT, May 11, 2012
Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Hessian257, May 05, 2012
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

tjsdomer2, May 05, 2012
State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.