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Sex Panther | SanTan Brewing Co.

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3.52/5
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275 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#40,298
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
275
pDev:
13.92%
Bros Score:
3.36
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
58
Trade:
0
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.04/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
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 GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of spycow
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

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 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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Photo of SocalKicks
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark dark reddish colored beer rests below a big tan head. A nice lacing and a small biscuity mound remain long after the head has receded on this American Porter.

Dark chocolates, light black licorice and a hint of alcohol aroma.

Roasted grain malts with a edge towards dark bakers chocolate taste with just a hint of hops bitterness.

A dry aftertaste on this full bodied beer with a light darker chocolate taste staying around.

Decent tasting easy drinking porter, worth a try. I think pairing this with the right food and it would only get much better.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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 Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SadMachine
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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Sex Panther from SanTan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 275 ratings
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