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State Pen Porter - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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86
very good

126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 291
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | 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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Reviews: 126 | Hads: 291
Photo of wastedrockranger
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of kyleelton
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of xpdrinker
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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 (383 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear. Black with tints of brown. Pillowy carbonated tan head with staying power that laces the pint glass nicely.
S-Really nice-moderate roast dark malt dominates. Caramel and toffee notes present with a hint of flowery hops.
T-Yep, tastes like a porter, dark malt dominates, a little burnt.
M-Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, lacks creaminess. Smooth finish with just a hint of bitter bite.
D-Average for a porter. Alcohol is well hidden.
O-A nice porter-well done. (474 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jon for sharing this one.

This pours almost black with some brown highlights and a short khaki head. On the nose there is a delicious aroma of cocoa and roasted malt. There isn't a whole lot of breadth but the depth is outstanding. In the mouth those chocolate flavors intermingle with some dark fruit. There is little hop presence but some bitterness from the roasted malts to balance things out. The body is medium with a smooth carbonation and medium finish heavy on chocolate.

Overall, this is a nice porter, sweeter than the Ed Fitz take on the style but still a really nice beer. (594 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, coded bottle date. This pours a dark coke like color with an okay tan head which has good retention. The smell is a little light, but good, roasted malts and a little coffee. The feel is medium, but the carbonation makes it a little creamy. The taste is good, some roasted malts and a little smoky flavor. (351 characters)

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

nice pour with a good head good laceing. Has almost a chocolate cola like taste but a little burnt with a slight frutienes Smell about the same
Overall a good slightley different tasting stout would drink agian prolly wouldnt buy a whole case though (250 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kevin hooked me up with this beer recently, much to my surprise. It's a new brewery and a new beer and I'm looking forward to it! Thanks again, Kevin.

Pouring into a New Glarus pint glass. Dark mahogany with great clarity and a thin, well-retained medium tan head.

Roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate. Slightly earthy.

Slightly sweetened hot cocoa up front with a brewed coffee following behind. Light toffee noted. Heavily toasted malts. Earthy hop, medium level of bitterness. Medium finish leaves a lingering chocolate on the palette.

Medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation.

Overall this is a great introduction for me to this brewery! Solid malt foundation includes cocoa/coffee with a hint of dark fruit. Enough hop flavor and bitterness to keep a pleasant level of drinkability. Well done! (819 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Fresh 2011 bottle brought back by Nick's dad from New Mexico. Poured into two globe glasses.

A: Deep dark brown, borderline black, rustic hues around the upper edges in the light. Fizzy, slightly off-white head with tight bubbles does dissipate rather quickly. Looks very carbonated without much lace sticking around. Head retention is okay, just a thin ring.

S: Roasted chocolate malts, dark roast coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate and some bitter notes. Very rich, robust, dark aromas without being overwhelming on any front. Towards the back end a bit of vanilla seems to creep out.

T: More of the same from the nose, roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate make their mark. Mid-palate has some caramel malt flavors, toffee and a bit of a bitter roast. After the swallow, a certain "green" bitterness is on the palate seemingly from some hops which is nice and helps break up the dark flavors.

M: Way too carbonated, thin and fizzy on the palate. Feels more like a highly carbonated soda than a beer. To me, Porters should have a robust medium body with a certain slickness or creaminess to them; something I don't get here.

For a standard Porter, this is really well done. The flavor profile doesn't have anything offensive or off about it, and is quite flavorful. Not my favorite style, but this was an easy one to split and I wouldn't mind drinking it again. Tone down that carbonation and this is a winner. (1,420 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass. No date.

Appearance - Black body. Pours two finger light brown webby head with decent lacing and moderate retention.

Smell - Very peppery. Roasted coffee. Oaky. Some alcohol and very slight dark fruit.

Taste - Dark fruit turns into peppery cardboard, then finishes metallic with a dark fruit and coffee aftertaste. Mostly dry but with some noticeable malt here and there.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Creamy and only slightly solvent.

Overall Drinkability - Could use a little more malt balance. Otherwise a decent to good beer. (570 characters)

Photo of greybeardloon
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No date.

A: Dark brown with light brown head.

S: Roasty dark chocolate with some dark fruit. Smells good.

T: More roasty chocolate with some dark fruit ant a hint of vanilla. There is a tickle of hops at the end, and the hops linger nicely after the finish. There is only the slightest touch of char.

M: Feels about right.

O: This is a tasty beer that goes down really easily. If the abv were lower, this would be a great "session" porter. I would probably have this regularly if it were readily available to me. (522 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 (618 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of biggmike
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very attractive dark brown color with a nice off-white head that hung around a while. The aroma was roasty with some dark fruit undertones. Roasted malts and coffee come through on the palate. Mouthfeel was nice and it left nice lacing around the glass. I really enjoyed this beer. (289 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz->Oktoberfest Mug

A ~ Pours dark brown with a great cap of brown head that's gone in 60 after leaving globs of foamy lacing about the glass that is on par for the style.

S ~ Vanilla extract, weak coffee, dark malts

T ~ Starts a little too sweet. Reminiscent of Diner Coffee with too much french vanilla added to it...Herbal/Earthy hop flavors in the midst of the sweet flavors. Malt & lactose sweetness make up the bulk of the body.

M ~ Finish is nice. Too effervescent, which doesn't play well with the sweetness. Needs more dry roasty bitterness.

D ~ Wouldn't revisit, but not a drain pour by any means. Worth a shot, but maybe get a single to try. (664 characters)

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

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a motor oil black with a nice, dense off-white head. Head falls apart halfway down the glass, leaves behind a wall of tan lacing.

S - A good dose of chocolate and crystal (?) malt with a hint of plum and earthy hops.

T - Sweet chocolate upfront. The body is malt driven with plenty of chocolate and dark fruit flavors (plum, date, etc) balanced by a sufficient amount of earthy hops. This flavor profile is really just cranked up a notch as the beer passes over the back of the tongue with perhaps a touch more chocolate. Leaves a date dipped in chocolate finish.

M - Full bodied with a good dose of carbonation, but only moderate creamyness.

State Pen is a damn good porter and redeems Santa Fe brewery in my eyes after their somewhat awkward and lackluster brown. Though a little spendy at around $8.50 a six, it is a good change of pace (although certainly not better) from my standby - Black Butte. (962 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours black with amber around the rim. Minimal head that dissipates with no lacing on the glass. Smells like dark roasted malt, almost of dry coffee bean. Taste is pretty smooth, coffee dark chocolate. A solid porter, wish it was sold in my area, bit will pick up on my next visit to Santa Fe. (339 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to coldmeat23 for this awesome NM bottle! Have had it on my wants for awhile. Glad to finally give it a try.

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black with light garnet on the edges. Small tan head. No lace. The nose is pretty basic: faint coffee aromas, roasted malts, mild leafy hops on the finish.

Good moderate body. Carbonation level melds with a creamy feel to liven it up a bit. This beer starts out with a bounty of roasted goodness. Some coffee, mild nuttiness, dark bitter chocolate. But on the finish there's a really flavorful hop presence that caused me to double-take. Wasn't expecting that, but it is much appreciated. This wouldn't be confused with a Black IPA, but it's close. Nice juicy hops that jive well with the roasted aspect. I dig this. I'd love the chance to try it again. (829 characters)

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

State pen is a tasty porter, displaying a nose with bits of coffee, strong sweet roasted malts and slight fruit notes. The taste is textured with hops that bitter the sweeter roasted malts, and some nice black coffee/dark chocolate type bitterness. As I sip this it becomes evident that it is heavier on the hops than other examples of the style, which may be positive or negative depending on your opinions of hop levels in American Porters. To me, this is a plus as the hops meld in nicely with the chocolate and roasted barley notes. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with high carbonation (in part due to the lower temperature at which I am drinking this).

Conclusion: This is a very nice porter, and in my experience it scores in the top 20% easily. Great work Santa Fe! I wish there was more beer of this quality coming from New Mexico. (842 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off I'm wondering if something was wrong with mine because my grade is dramatically lower than most. I guess thats the beauty of personal palate though.

Pours out the expected pitch black, with some cherry hues where light dared penetrate. Two fingers tanhead.

Smells of base malts and cocoa puffs, kinda nice childhood flashback.

Slight tin flavor at the offset, then roasted malts cocoa and thats it. Very simple, and honestly not that impressive.

Feels like a porter very creamy with some nice medium carbonation to it.

I do not know if I could recommend this to someone. In the state of CO you really could have a much better porter without looking too hard. But then again, you will never know until you try it. (730 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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 (492 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a medium brown with a small fluffy light tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts with some acidic coffee notes.

The flavor is roasted grains with some sweet chocolate and coffee notes and some smoky peat. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with some slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a solid porter with nice notes of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. (451 characters)

State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.