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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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tjsdomer2

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2012 19:21:29 | More by tjsdomer2
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-02-2012 01:21:19 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-29-2012 23:00:32 | More by Texasfan549
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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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station815


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-19-2012 06:15:32 | More by station815
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NeverSettle

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

04-19-2012 01:10:58 | More by NeverSettle
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

04-17-2012 01:27:23 | More by rydev24
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zachgroves

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

04-15-2012 04:44:09 | More by zachgroves
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Horbar

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-09-2012 01:58:05 | More by Horbar
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 04:01:49 | More by vette2006c5r
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 22:03:36 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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MumboJumbo

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-04-2012 19:44:07 | More by MumboJumbo
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dseiters

Nevada

4/5  rDev +5%

04-02-2012 08:28:41 | More by dseiters
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rjpetrizzo


4/5  rDev +5%

03-30-2012 03:25:34 | More by rjpetrizzo
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wastedrockranger


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 13:55:22 | More by wastedrockranger
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Leschber

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

03-20-2012 13:59:57 | More by Leschber
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kyleelton

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice toasty porter. Only other beer I've had from Sante Fe is their rather impressive canned IPA. This one meets that standard. Great mouthfeel. At 6% ABV this is milder tasting than expected, but great flavor. My nose is a little stopped up so I won't judge the smell. I'm getting nothing, but that's me, not the beer.

I really like this porter. A great choice for a cold rainy night.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:37:16 | More by kyleelton
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-09-2012 02:07:29 | More by THECPJ
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EddieJoe

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-03-2012 19:23:34 | More by EddieJoe
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-09-2012 06:38:57 | More by Kornoms
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kew

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

02-03-2012 14:27:28 | More by cdwil
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xpdrinker

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 12oz poured into New Belgium globe. Pours dark cola brown with a finger-thick tan head, little lacing

S - Cocoa powder, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate. Really dry.

T - Malted milk balls, light espresso, cream, a little vanilla. Little bit of roasted coffee bitterness & hops on the back end.

M - Full-bodied and creamy, very drinkable.

O - Got this as a trade extra from Robtobfest (thanks!) and really enjoyed it. Would definitely buy more if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 03:45:53 | More by xpdrinker
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Black in color with a brown ring on the edges. 3/8 inch head and good retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Great coffee nose

Taste: Roasted malt with a touch of ash and some subtle coffee and tobacco notes

Mouthfeel: Close to medium body and medium carbonation and a carbonation bubble tingle

Overall: I think this is a very good and underrated beer. Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 18:44:22 | More by DarthKostrizer
State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.