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State Pen Porter - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | 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:
Beer added by: UberWasser on 04-14-2007

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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Ratings: 269 | Reviews: 124
Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Photo of joshuadlight
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of bonbini26
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the beer of the month club

Pours a dark ruby/brown, almost black, tan head fades quickly with some lacing. The smell is of sweet chocolate malts and coffee, the roasted hints are a little weak in this one for the style. Medium bitterness with semi-sweet roasted coffee/caramel/chocolate flavor. Roasted malts come out more as the beer warms. Goes down pretty smooth at 6.4%, moderate carbonation and body. A pretty easy drinking porter went well with a steak dinner the 3 times i drank this. Finally a better beer from this beer of the month club

Photo of wagenvolks
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter. Diggin' the triangular Santa Fe labels.

State Pen, with its dark coffee color, pours nicely but fails to build much of a head despite my attempts to harness the vigor of gravity during its evacuation. Nevertheless, small, sandy-taupe bubbles form a retained collar at the edge of the glass, thanks in part to a lively carbonation level. Not a whole lot going on aromatically, but what's there is pleasing. Roasted tobacco leaves and charred earth blend amidst a backdrop of pale chocolate malts. A faint kiss of pungent hops settles within the graininess.

The flavor starts with a somewhat watered down maltiness, but immediately picks up with notes of black pepper spice, toasted patent malts, Baker's chocolate, and a tinge of earthy hops. My rating for the taste would be in-between a 3.5 and a 4.0, but this time leaning toward the lower range. The mouthfeel, on the other hand, is spot-on for the porter style with a medium-light, bubbly body that dries on the finish with a hint of sourness. All in all, a respectable American Porter, but not a standout for its style. Drinkable, but State Pen is probably not something I'd purchase again.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - deep dark amber with a thick foamy head which settles into a decent collar

S - roasted, smoky, coffee-like grain aroma, with a touch of hops

T - malty at first with the dark grain character really coming through but the hops assert themselves very quickly and with a relatively strong finish

M - medium to light body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent robust porter. It might benefit from slightly more body, but still decent for the style.

Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in May shipment of my Beer of the Month Club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Opaque and looks almost black, but is really a very dark reddish-brown. Tan head fades to a thin layer with slight lacing.

Smell: Slightly sweet malts with chocolate and coffee undertones. Not much roasted malt or hop presence in the smell. A little weak for a Porter.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate with a light roast and coffee character. Very little bitterness. Roasted malts became more prominent at the end and as the beer warmed.

Feel: Very smooth for a regular Porter. Low to moderate carbonation, medium body but a little thin, ever so slightly warming.

Drinkability: Easy drinking Porter with a nice smoothness and chocolate malt backbone.

Photo of Vancer
3.97/5  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.

Photo of bonkers
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this as part of a BOTMC. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a jet black with ruby highlights, moderate white head. There are roasted chocalate notes in the aroma. The flavor consisted of bitter chocolate. The brew is light bodied, lightly hopped and easy drinking. A solid porter, but not outstanding.

Photo of WJVII
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOM May 2009
It was suggested to try this brew at several temps and I had a few from my BOM so I did just that. My review is at a moderate coolness as that was what I enjoyed best. I had brew in the fridge let sit out for about 10 minutes, poured and let sit another 5 before enjoying. I had also tried strait out of the fridge (half bottle) then let the other half sit about 25 minutes before sampling.

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a dark brown cola color with a light tan head that rose quick with the pour and dissipated just as fast with light lacing. The aroma was very roasted malt heavy with hints of chocolate and toffee. There was a little bitterness in the nose as well. The taste was dry right off the bat and I notice the alcohol in the finish. The brew was lighter than I would like and the chocolate malts tasted burnt. Decent brew, but have had better in the style.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Santa Fe- Penn State Porter

A- Dark deep cola brown with a moderate size tan head. Good thick ringed lacing around the top half of the glass.
S- Dusty dry cocoa powder, chocolate malt, and molasses.
T- Sweet chocolate malt with dry truffle cocoa and a touch of molasses. Slight grassy hop presence.
M- Good thick chocolate malt with a nice tangy earthy grassy hop finish.

Overall- Another decent offering from Santa Fe. Not an A+ beer here, but a good solid drinkable porter!

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.82/5  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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle on a recent Arizona visit, bottle poured to a pint glass.

A: An extra park porter, virtually 'black' but for slender ruby shards cutting through the edges of the glass. Not a huge head, but the 1/2-finger is creamy and mocha-colored, leaving jagged bands of clinging lace ans a swirl of film as it drops.

S: Has a mineral/chalky aroma, followed by chocolate and hints of vanilla. Maybe a little oxidation, a touch of souring and cardboard.

T: A sweeter chocolate, lightly smoky. An idea of burnt coffee grounds, bits of spice, a hint of tart apple (?).

M: Very smooth, perfectly velvety feel. A creamy, medium-bodied porter, feels/finishes nearly perfectly. 6.4% ABV is hardly notable.

D: Would have this again, it's got a good balance, nice sweetness and finish.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.39/5  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.

Photo of stephens101
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the great things about beer is the abundance of styles available. I haven't haven't had a porter in a while, and even though it's not my favorite genre of brew, I'm thankful it exists, because (pardon the cliche) variety is the spice of life. This one pours impremiably black. A dense, deep tan head grows quickly to the rim of the pint, halts for a few seconds, and slowly fades, leaving a skinny sheet of lace behind. The smell is not overly bold, but hints of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, burnt sugar, and pine float to the nose. Tastes of roasted malts, caramel malts, more dark chocolates, and some spice, which adds a nice affect. Everything mixes together quite nicely on the palate, and this one suffers from none of that waterery essence that some porters tend to have. This is a surprisingly good, medium to heavy bodied porter that lacks nothing in the taste department, yet remains quite drinkable.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 15 Oct 2008.

Served in a shaker pint glass. Small light brown head. Dark brown, almost opaque. Roasty sweet, coffee and chocolate aroma. Deep mocha flavors with a hint of tobacco and smoke. Roasty and coffee throughout. Ethanol subdued but shows up at the end. Aftertaste is somewhat tart. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Med-heavy body.

Thought this was slightly better than the imperial version.

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

A. A black brew with a tan 3/4 in. head and good lacing.

S. Toasty, nutty and some sweet maltiness.

T. Strong mocha coffee, slightly over roasted nuts, but good. A hint of toffee in the aftertaste.

M. Very smooth going down, with a hint of stickiness after swallowing.

D.A highly enjoyable brew that goes great with Italian.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a brown 12oz bottle - Pours a dark brown - close to black color. Smells lovely with coffee and deep roasted malts coming through. Very below average carbonation. First sip is both sweet - all coffee and roasted malts but could use a stronger malt backbone. Weak mouthfeel as it appears to be slightly under carbonated. I would really like to try the Imperial version of this!

Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Frothy tan head that doesn't lack very long, leaving only a thickish collar. No lacing in this glass.

I sniff roasted malts and a significant fruit presence that doesn't quite make up for the fact that it's not particularly strong.

Quite sweet, full enough but about medium for style. Sticky and long lasting action on the palate, which is both a positive (nice bitterness) and negative (DMS is overpowering).

And here lies the rub: there is a significant amount of off-flavors involved here. The roasted character is pleasant, but the finish is thin and weak, and acrid enough that I don't care to have another.

Photo of jake87
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L. Black with a thick tan head
S. Toasted malts followed by a faint floral sweetness
T. MMM-mmmh Toasty malts and nuts fading into a strong mocha coffee flavor
F. Light carbonation flowing into a very smooth mouthfeel with no stickyness

A very good beer, I would buy a keg of this stuff and have a mug or two every night. Definately worth a try.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled out of the bottle after it was dragged 3000 miles across the US back to Vermont! Poured an opaque black with a brown meniscus and a khaki head. Weak retention of the cap but laced in thin bands. Aromas of coffee, bakers chocolate and charcoal. Very dark and ominous (State Pen like?) flavors for a porter and more suggestive of a stout. Again, dark chocolate, bitter espresso, roasted malt and some liquid smoke. Medium to heavy body and light carbonation. Bitter finish coats the tongue. Drinkable and deep, a good example of the style from my itty bitty hometown.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  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.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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