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Sex Panther | SanTan Brewing Co.

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Sex PantherSex Panther

Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

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!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is very dark color with a nice foamy head. Smells of chocolate, malt, coffee, and maple. Taste is exceptional, very smooth chocolate coffee flavors hit ya, you can taste malt and some candy like items like butterscotch or something in there. Very clean and refreshing beer I am a big fan of this one.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. can with an Oct. 2015 canning date on th bottom.

Poured a dark mahogany color with a moderate-large tan, frothy head. Above average lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention.

Aroma: toffee, chocolate, warm caramel, and dark fruit bread.

Flavor: chocolate, roasty malts, roasted nuts, some dark fruits. A hint of coffee in the aftertaste. More toffee than expected for style but more chocolate flavors and excellent sweet/bitter balance..

Feel: Medium+ body. Creamy texture. Lively,medium carbonation.

Overall: tasty and well worth seeking out, although not up with Youngs Double Chocolate and some others.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a case of this at TW, they where blowing it out for 3.99 a six pack. For that price I loaded up, hopefully it pans out. Popping the top I get a nice black licorice smell. Pours into a pint with a nice dark root beer color with a big tan head. On the taste this brew has a deep milk chocolate taste with some butterscotch and a nice bittersweet finish. Very silky smooth mouthfeel, good body. A decent brew and for the price, SCORE, I'm glad I picked up a case.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev 0%
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 MikeWard
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a half pint glass.canned date of 10/19/15.

looks very good off white head which dissipates to a thick ring. black/brown body.

only getting roasted malt from the noose. no chocolate at all.

taste is good, but this is billed as a double chocolate porter and i'm not finding any chocolate/cocoa at all. still tastes pretty good though.

mouth is medium.

Overall, a good tasting porter, just wish there was more chocolate.

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Photo of Alpha309
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip.

Opaque in color. Hints of mahogany around the edges. Very thin layer of foamy head that quickly dissipates into a halo around the edge of the glass.

Chocolate on the nose. Hints of earth tones. Very small tiniest bit of onion.

Very heavy on roasted and chocolate malt flavors. A bit on the sweet side, very little to no bitterness.

Creamy mouthfeel. Almost that of milk.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.34/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours into what appears to be a jet black beer, until you hold it up to the light, when it shines a very dark brown with flecks of light illuminating the top and bottom. The head is a nice foamy, dark khaki, and leaves behind no lace. It smells ever so slightly of peanut butter. It tastes great, with a nice smooth malt taste coming in first, but leaving with a peanut butter finish. The feel is really quite good. It's smooth and yet doesn't finish watery. Overall, I'm impressed with this beer. I wasn't sure how it would hold up, but I'd track another can down just to enjoy another glass!

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of m86
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark brown ale, good head retention, beautiful lacing. Thin mouth feel with a hint of dark malts and chocolate. Nothing extraordinary but it is pretty easy to drink if you like dark beers.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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 rodbeermunch
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
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 DevWand
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
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 jamesmk48
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
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 BucannonXC5
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.69
Purchased: June 12, 2015
Consumed: June 20, 2015
Misc.: Crafted on Nov. 25, 2014

Poured a dark brown, mahogany color with two fingers of tan, frothy head. Above average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled chocolate, artificial chocolate, dark toffee, caramel, roasty malts, nuts, plum and dark fruits. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste was better than the smell. Got chocolate, roasty malts, roasted nuts, plum, dark fruits, toffee, dark chocolate and smooth dark cocoa nibs. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium-to-full body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, smooth finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was decent, but not spectacular. I was wavering on a few of my ratings, but went with what I went with. (Overall - 3.75)

3.71 | 84 | B

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Photo of HappyDays
4.82/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best porter I've had this season. It's light, but so robust in flavor. Great balance of chocolate deliciousness and the perfect beer!! Will not disappoint, it taste like heaven!!! Happy Day's to the best Chocolate Porter I've had in a while!

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.63/5  rDev -25.3%
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 Pegasus
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque dark amber in color,with a large, dense rocky tan head, and scattered, Belgian-style lacing.

Aroma: Prominent dark caramel allayed with bitter cocoa, and coffee.

Taste: The toast begins with dark caramel, which soon drifts towards chocolate, mild coffee, vanilla, nuts, and sweet alcohol. Later in the taste, bitter cocoa dominates along with dark roasted malt. Finishes with a lingering, mild burnt note.

Mouth feel: Very soft and full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Really quite nice, better than I could reasonably expect. The price of $8.99 for a six-pack of cans seems very reasonable.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Siggy125
2.69/5  rDev -23.6%
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 McAndrew
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was not expecting this to be as good as it was. The chocolate is very pronounced in this easy drinking porter. The smell was maltness and sweet. Silky smooth. Very good

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Photo of DrSpaceman
2.22/5  rDev -36.9%
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 BigBry
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of That_One_Guy
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

It's not my favorite brew from SanTan. It's nice, bold and full of flavor, but it seems to kind peter-out about half way through. I was expecting a mouth full of flavor with some thickness (perverts), but it just didn't have that feel to it. It is worth a taste, but just lower your expectations a little.

WIFE TAKE: What the hell, isn't that racist (I have no idea what she is talking about)

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
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.


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Photo of sommersb
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 04-02-2014
Freshness: Canned on 02-26-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received from a friend

Beer is dark brown with red highlights and capped by a large cream-colored head. Shows good head retention, and a sexy lace is left in the glass.

Aromas bring to mind chocolate malts and moderately roasted coffee.

The taste is very malt-centered, but is not sweet. Flavors include dark brown breads, roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate.

The beer has a creamy texture and finishes dry, with lingering tastes of coffee and chocolates.

Overall a very good porter. The awesome can design and reminder of Anchorman are an added bonus!

Thanks to Craig for this one!

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with an impressive head that leaves all matter of lacing around the glass

Smell: Chocolate, marshmallow, caramel and nuts

Taste: Chocolate with a marshmallow edge, up front, with the caramel and nut flavors developing in the middle; some earthy hop flavors arrive, after the swallow; hints of coffee in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; surprisingly thin, as others have noted

Overall: I rather enjoyed the flavor and the aroma here, though the mouthfeel doesn't live up to my expectations; a bigger chocolate malt profile and a fuller mouthfeel would make this beer outstanding - it is all about expectations and calling it "double" chocolate is a mistake as, apparently, was the idea of calling it a chocolate barleywine, when it was first released

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Sex Panther from SanTan Brewing Co.
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