Sex Panther | SanTan Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States
santanbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Huge mouthfeel of chocolate and caramel malts, nutty dried fruit flavors with a big chocolate finish. It has bits of real panther in it...so you know its good!

Added by ottovon on 02-05-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
272
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
13.96%
 
 
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25
Gots:
57
For Trade:
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Photo of DrSpaceman
2.22/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted On: 12-26-2014
Freshness: Canned on 10-29-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

No carbonation, very flat with no head. Smell is malty with no hint of chocolate. Taste predominately of dark malt with metallic finish, reminiscent of a flat Guinness. Overall I found this beer to be incredibly underwhelming, definitely not made with real panther.

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Photo of bigbelcher
2.55/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I know a lot of beer geeks have been talking about this beer but I found it to be very disappointing. This certainly is not a barleywine as labeled here but a chocolate porter. Murjy brownish black color. Mouthfeel was very thin. Flavor was weak bittersweet chocolate. Tan head. Nice name, mediocre beer. I wish someone would tell me why this beer had so much hype.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Rookie move. Fell for the goofy label and name. Damn it all.

A: Looks good enough. Deep hazelnut color on the pour settles to a nearly black with a thin tan head in the glass. Some moderate lace.

S: You're welcome for the 3 bucks, San Tan. Bastards. This smells nearly exactly like my cat after we realize we've left him out in the rain and we finally let him in and then he's been glaring at us from the couch for an hour trying to warm up and he's almost dry enough to pet, but he keeps staring at us and he smells dander-y so we stay away. It smells exactly like that. Maybe a hint of dark chocolate as well.

T: I mean, did they even try on this? Or did they think of the name and realize it didn't matter what they put in the can, idiots like me would buy it? It's like a Michael Bay film in a glass. Thin, an absolute mess, and nothing close to what was advertised. Chocolate? Maybe the faintest hint of that white stuff you scrape off the top of your halloween candy after you find it in the back of your closet where it's been hiding for seven years and you know it's a really bad idea but you don't have any other chocolate in the house so you're game. Don't take the bait, beer friends.

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Photo of Siggy125
2.69/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Light brown in color. Pretty light for a porter. Khaki head that cleared fairly quick. A good amount of carbonation.

Roasted malts, instant coffee on the nose. Very little chocolate.

For a "double chocolate" porter, I'm pretty disappointed on the lack of chocolate flavors. Maybe a little cocoa powder notes, but that's it. Typical roasted malts flavors. No abv heat at all. Very, very average tasting porter.

Decent mouthfeel, fairly smooth. Nothing special.

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Photo of jamesmk48
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I couldn't have been more disappointed. I fell for the name and label that says "double chocolate". Its thin, barely any chocolate flavor and for the price you could get much better flavors elsewhere.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.04/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Silly, sophomoric name is sure to sell this product - and the can artwork is only going to help.

Pours very dark brown to black depending on light. Even with a very aggressive pour the head was minimal and receded very quickly.

Nose was surprisingly light, even in my original, authentic Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Faint cocoa and roasty aromas noted.

On the palate it is surprisingly light bodied. Decent amount of roasty flavors with some chocolate control the show, but nothing overly flavorful. Easy drinking and rather light, perhaps made to be approachable to an extremely wide audience that might be put off by too much character in the porter.

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Photo of DevWand
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This Sex Panther needs some Viagra, or at the very least a shit ton more chocolate...

Pours a light black, not nearly as dark as you would expect from a 2x chocolate porter. The feel is lacking as well (more of a black IPA as far as the look/feel of the beer)

I guess the title could be changed to a (weakass) chocolate porter, but don't let the Panther fool you with promises of double chocolatey goodness!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

CAN:"Crafted on 10/14/14." 12 fl oz. Aluminum, with a pull-tab. Okay label art and design.

Reviewed live as a "porter brewed with chocolate." 6.90% ABV. Served cold into a pilsner glass in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Five fingers wide. Khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Has a smooth, even complexion and a nice supple soft consistency. Retains well - for at least 5-6 minutes.

BODY: Dark auburn. Nontransparent but translucent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. It's not the dark black colour I expected, but it's decent-looking.

Appears well-carbonated. It's not unique or special, but it has a nice head.

AROMA: Amber malts, vague fruit, berries, caramel, faint plum, light bread crust, a kiss of brown sugar, and perhaps a bit of anise. As for chocolate, I find none. And I don't find the signature dark malts or chocolate malts you'd expect in a porter, either. It has some herbal hop character, though. If anything, it smells like more of an amber or English style winter warmer. I do find it appealing though; it's just an abysmal aroma for a purported chocolate - nay, strike that - double chocolate - porter. Fairly toasty. I do find some bright ale esters and herbal character from the yeast.

No alcohol or off-notes are detectable. It's a pleasant aroma overall of mild strength.

TASTE: Caramel, amber malts, herbal hop notes, English yeast character, bread crust, hints of brown sugar, a trace of licorice/anise, toasted grains...yeah, this just plain isn't a porter. Nor is it chocolatey - at all. It's decently balanced, with an English winter warmer vibe and plenty of herbal and estery character. Hints of rosewood lend the flavour profile pleasant cohesion. Notes of fig and faint plum on the periphery. It's definitely fruity, in a vague nondistinct sense.

Overall, it's decently balanced (outside of style conventions), and I find it fairly well built so long as we disregard its alleged style. I do like it, but it's far from complex/intricate, subtle, or nuanced, and while it's certainly cohesive, it never feels like a gestalt whole.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, overcarbonated, lightly refreshing, medium-bodied, and aptly thick. Not too overbearing or heavy on the palate. It's not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy, or rough. Could be creamier and/or softer.

This texture is a nice companion to the taste, but it's worth saying it's not apt for an ostensible porter by any means. Style aside, the execution is decent but not ideal.

OVERALL: The rosewood is lovely, and it's a drinkable...whatever it is. But it's terrible for a purported porter - let alone double chocolate porter. If I served you this blind, you wouldn't tell me you tasted chocolate. It's nice for what it is, and I do like it, but I wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends. The misleading marketing doesn't affect my rating. Not sure these brewers know what they're doing, but this beer at least turned out okay.

C+

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Photo of uberabr
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolately/coffee stouts and porters are my thing. Was excited to try this seasonal offering. I've been pretty impressed with SanTan after moving from SoCal to Phoenix, but this beer is not the best representation.

The taste is OK ...definitely more cocoa flavor than chocolate. Wouldn't call this one "double" anything. Roasted malts come through.... Wheat...Molasses... fairly drinkable. But there's something a little unsettling in the aftertaste that I can't quite put my finger on. Tastes kind of chemical. Licorice?

Definitely not a lot of body, but not necessarily in a bad way. Again, somewhat drinkable.

The big point deduction comes in the aroma. Again, something chemical. Hate to leave a mediocre review for these guys but with such provocative branding they need to bring a little more to the table. Maybe if it was called a cocoa-nut brown ale or something it would be a little more agreeable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with a cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer for the style with a better smell than taste.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz can dated 10/29/16

It is a very dark, almost black, mahogany. Initially there was a frothy dark brown head, but by the time I sat the can down it was almost gone.

Smells pungent. It stings the nostrils... Ok, seriously it smells like cocoa powder, milk chocolate, oats, and a touch of slightly charred grains and metal.

It tastes like Nesquick cocoa powder stirred with a Twix bar. There is a little more roasted barely than in the aroma with some oatmeal flavor. The metallic taste is there in the end though to bring it down a bit. Also, the flavors don't have a lot of depth. Comes across a little watered down. There is a little bit of lingering ashiness, but more of a wheat flavor though.

The body is pretty appropriate for an American Porter, but a bit thin considering the ABV level. The carbonation is on the lower side too.

Drinkable enough, but the name is the best part. Not sure if it is made with bits of real panther or not. That may be the problem. Ok. I'm done.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cola brown color, murky, with a tan head about a finger high. Good retention and moderate lacing. Aroma is light/faint. What I do pick up is hints of dark chocolate and cocoa, light roasted malts, caramel, and dark fruits. Taste is the same but the flavors are a bit more pronounced. I also get some nutty qualities and a bit of hop notes in there. The mouthfeel is light-medium (just a tad watery but not too bad). Smooth and light consistency, medium carbonation, light-medium body, and a smooth finish.

Overall this is nothing outstanding but it is a decent, slightly better than average porter, especially for an AZ brewed one. But if we're talking AZ brewed porters, this is a 'nothing' in comparison to Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter or their D-Dub Porter (even though both are only seasonal beers).

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Chocolate, Thin, Declawed

“Yep, it's made with bits of real panther, so you know it's good.” Not really, but it’s a great name. Unfortunately, it stops there. What’s touted as a “silky smooth Double Chocolate Porter” with “large amounts” of malts is thin, acrid, metallic, nutty and wheaty. The chocolate flavors from cocoa and malts is there, along with some faint molasses, but there’s not much to back it up with. The addition of white wheat seems overdone and out of place, too; it lingers in the finish. Not bad, just expected more.

STYLE: American Porter | ABV: 6.9% | AVAILABILITY: Spring

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Photo of snaotheus
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2017-03-04
12oz can served in some samplers. Crafted on 10/28/16.

Pours dark brown with very little head. Smell is mild porter -- roasty and chocolatey, but not too strong. Taste is strong chocolate, moderate or light vanilla. Roasty -- kind of like a strong brown ale, really.

Mouthfeel is fairly light. Overall, it's a fine beer. I won't seek it out, but I wouldn't hesitate to order it unless there were better options.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and black appearance, pretty much standard. Mild chocolate aroma.

Taste delivered more chocolate, pretty smooth mouthfeel. Viscosity might be slightly lower than most porters these days. Neat to have in a can. Creamy texture. Carbonation subdued but right for this style of beer. I dunno where the double chocolate comes from, its there, but hardly 'double'.

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Photo of arizcards
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer in late January from Total Wine for $6.99.

Beer poured cola brown with a nice tan head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is nothing special. Very faint roasted malts.

Taste is a light roasted malt, some chocolate, and a decent amount of hopping so that it is not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and disappointing.

Overall this is a decent brew and would drink if offered. It is lacking the body i would expect from a beer with a 6.9 abv.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a pint glass

Dark brown thin taupe ring

Roast malt aroma

Roast malt taste, light flavor

Thin , slight lingering aftertaste

Okay beer

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Photo of ISmith87
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is drk brown/black in color with a minimal off white head that leaves no lacing. It smells like roasty dark malts with chocolate and coffee. The taste is of a nice light porter (imo) that is roasty, chocolaty and coffee-like. Very light vanilla/creamy notes. Mouthfeel is medium, with light roasty aftertaste and no alcohol is detectable. Well balanced session beer but nothin to write home about.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a pint glass.

L - very dark brown color with a beige head that hung around as a thin layer/ring.

S - cocoa powder.

T - the chocolate flavor is there from start to finish with some roastiness about midway through.

F - medium bodied with a smooth, sometimes creamy feel.

O - worth a try but there are much better porters out there.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color but with a clear body, Sex Panther Double Chocolate Porter has a nose of cocoa and roasted malt. Foam is nice and leaves some slight lacing as it subsides.

This beer has a taste that is chocolaty more than anything, with flavors of light roasted malt, nuts, caramel, molasses, and even a hint of black licorice. The flavor of cocoa sticks with you throughout the tasting experience, but there are some good malt and fruity hops to back it up.

Sex Panther Double Chocolate Porter is a good brew, but it is just a touch thinner in body than I would prefer. With the word double in the name, I expected it to offer a much fuller, richer flavor profile. As it stands, however, it is still good and it does afford a nice level of decadence to make it worthy of your time. It is brewed with real cocoa and has a sweetness level that isn’t extreme. It’s a good dessert beer and chocolate lovers will enjoy it very much.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a can of Sex Panther whilst in Ft. Lauderdale to take on a cruise. The beer poured a opaque black in color with off-white head that left a spotty lace. The scent and taste carried hints of chocolate and roast. The mouthfeel was lighter than I prefer my porters and with smooth carbonation. Overall it was ok....the name is much better than the beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at 1702; February 2011
Arrives from the tap with a dark, concentrated brown color that shows a clear, rich brown hue when held up to the light. The head is a lightly browned, darker tan colored head. The aroma smells of toasted malt character that has lots of browned bread character. There is an underlying fruitiness that almost has a tartness to it and it reminds of plums, a suggestion of cherries and lightly roasted raisins.

Lightly sweet tasting and actually quite fruity with notes of plums and rum soaked raisins (though without the heat), accentuating brown sugar notes, chewy toasted brown grain flavors, lots of nutty notes (almost hazelnut like in character). At times the body of this can seem somewhat rich, but at others it seems like it is a bit on the thin side for a beer of this type; there is a touch of creaminess to the texture and the carbonation is fairly slight. There is a touch of herbal, definitely bitter (but not overly so) hop character in this beer that supports the more dominant malt / sweet character of this beer. A touch of dark grain character also seems to contribute a bit to the bitterness in the finish. As the beer warms a touch of cola like spiciness comes out and this seems to be accentuated by the lightly sweet malt and toasted grain edge to the finish.

Not bad, but it doesn't seem to quite do it for me either; the biggest thing for me is that it seems to get quite thin after only a couple sips and the flavors suggest / require a big, chewy beer to support the character properly.

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Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can:

Pours black with a creamy off-white head. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate with a wheat tang. Different. A bit odd.

The taste is of chocolate/cocoa nibs with a dark wheat tang. Tastes more like a dark wheat ale than a porter. Not bad, though.

If could be fuller for a "double chocolate porter". But it's smooth and not watery. Aftertaste lingers.

A unique brew - chocolate and wheat. Interesting, though could be fuller and more aromatic and flavorful. Worth checking out.

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Photo of kwc017
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a old faithful inn pint glass. Nice color, nice and dark. Smell is different than I thought it would be. Not as chocolate as I though it would be. Double chocolate is a bit much. Nice and nutty, a little chocolate but I was expecting super chocolate. Being from Arizona, this beer was kinda a white elephant but it just didn't blow me away. A solid brew but I just wasn't blow away. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of BigBry
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pint in Phoenix at the Yardhouse.
Pours a clear, mahogany brown color with a tall long lasting head, lots of lacing.
Smells of chocolate and cocoa, caramel and some nuttiness.
Taste has more chocolate base, nuts, dried fruits, earthy hops in the finish.
Medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth but might be a bit thin.
A very good porter, enjoyed this one.

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