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Sex Panther | SanTan Brewing Co.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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 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 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 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 arizcards
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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 yemenmocha
3.04/5  rDev -13.6%
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 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 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 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 JerzDevl2000
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at the Blue Hound in Phoenix before the Suns game I went to last week. This was good and filling, unlike the tiny portions that constituted my dinner. I wanted something local for my beer there and thankfully, this was available. It wasn't as filling as other Porters that I had before but this was a great choice and a nice offering from SanTan, that held it's own easily.

The pour to this was a very dark brown with just a hint of light streaming in around the edges. Nice head as well with lacing that stuck around after each sip. The aroma was like that or licorice or anisette with a good amount of caramel to reinforce that in the taste. It felt like a Scotch Ale since there was some stickiness too although the chocolate fit in well with this, it felt out of place since this was a Porter. Thankfully, this was creamy enough with a low amount of carbonation, allowing it go down nice and smoothly.

As for the alcohol, it was just right. I could only feel it once I finished off my pint, the buzz finally set it but it wasn't anything excessive or distracting from the flavors of the beer. While this wasn't a terribly heavy beer, I enjoyed it and the chocolate flavor lends itself to this being just as good as a Stout for an after-dinner drink. Nice job on this one by SanTan - too bad I can't get any of it back east here.

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Photo of Phelps
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I don't know how no other brewery snatched up the name "Sex Panther" before SanTan did, but I'm ecstatic they all missed out, because now I get to pepper this review with Anchorman quotes. Thank you, other breweries' name-creation guys. Next time we hang out, I'm taking you to Pleasure Town.

Sex Panther debuted on draft at SanTan's Chandler brewpub in early 2011 as a chocolate barleywine -- a unique style in the beer world. Reception was mixed, and it only worked every time 45 percent of the time as opposed to the preferred 60 percent, so in 2012 brewers switched the style to "double chocolate porter." The current recipe contains Colonial Rosewood Cocoa, white wheat, heaping helpings of chocolate malt and bits of real panther, so you know it's good.

In a pint glass, the brew's dusky as a chunk of dark chocolate but gives up lighter amber hues at the edges. Stick your nose close, if you dare. It's a formidable scent, and stings the nostrils with surprisingly tangy notes of raisins, figs, red wine and Dr. Pepper. Hints of toasted sourdough bread can also be picked out amid a background of coffee, cocoa and peanut skins.

The front of the flavor is similar to the front of the nose: prunes, figs, grape skins, a hint of vanilla. But it isn't until the swallow that this kitty really starts purring. Huge notes of dark chocolate, espresso, truffle, molasses and cocoa powder meld in mild sweetness before a looong roast cacao finish. Summit hops provide some floral bitterness (20 IBUs), but most of the astringency comes from heavily roasted malts.When it all comes together, its almost like a dark-chocolate covered fig. The alcohol content -- a saucy 6.9 percent -- is nowhere to be found.

My only complaint? The body's a little thin, and the watery mouthfeel doesn't gel with Sex Panther's chewy, roasty flavors. Maybe Santan will put the beer on nitro to remedy this.

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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 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 Gatch
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ. After reading some of the other reviews, it's clear that this beer was mislabeled as a barleywine. It's correctly classified as a porter on this site. The rating might be a bit higher if the last few reviews were rated to the style of a porter.

A: Deep, dark, blood red on the edges but mostly pitch black. Light brown, bubbly head with no lace and little head retention.

S: Some roasted and chocolate malt but mostly unimpressive.

T: Great chocolaty body with a smooth, roasted malt finish. A smoky, roasted flavor fills the mouth. A nice sweetness at the end, as well.

M: Easy and enjoyable to drink. The body isn't watered down like most porters. Good flavor.

O: Solid offering from SanTan. Can stand with most porters out there.

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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 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 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 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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Sex Panther from SanTan Brewing Co.
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