State Pen Porter
Santa Fe Brewing Company

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From:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
 
New Mexico, United States
Style:
Porter - American
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 10%
Ratings:
365
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 26, 2019
Added:
Apr 14, 2007
Wants:
  14
Gots:
  52
SCORE
86
Very Good
State Pen PorterState Pen Porter
Notes: 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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3.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Dec 26, 2019
 
3.83 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 29, 2019
 
3.75 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Feb 20, 2019
 
3 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Dec 16, 2018
 
3.82 by gmale9000 from New York on Dec 06, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

Black opaque with small pale tan head
Smell is toasty with mild sweetened cocoa and roasted nuts
Mouthfeel is good with mild sweetness roast and lightly bitter texture with dry finish moderately carbonated
Taste is great with full nastiness with chocolate malt and caramel taste light yeast in flavor
Overall this is a very good Porter with nice balance

Oct 06, 2018
 
4 by goblue30 from Michigan on Aug 28, 2018
 
4.39 by corywalston from North Dakota on Jul 11, 2018
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3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Mitchster from Michigan

Pours out to a clear deep Walnut near brown with a fair amount of yeast sediment forming a modest light tan head with poor retention and average lacing. Nose of baking chocolate, Black walnut. Medium bodied and moderately acidic mouthfeel. The taste opens with baking chocolate and black walnut followed by moderate roast acidity and chalk in the aftertaste. Bitterness is medium low.

An ok porter. A bit too acidic but drinkable.

May 09, 2018
 
3.44 by Mortarforker from Texas on Apr 28, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

in american craft brewing the porter style has tended more and more towards the robust porter, with a more bitter and roasty dark malt complexion and less of the mid range chocolates and crystals, as well as less of the old world yeast characteristics, a trend i have often found agreeable, but it is also really nice to drink what i would term a session porter. not because its low alcohol, but because its rather mild in comparison to what is happening out there in the style, and i think its mellow enough to want to drink a few of them at least, almost no roasted bitterness here at all, a little mid palate sweetness but dry at the end, and without a ton of body. i get notes of toasted chestnuts, instant chocolate milk, and faint hazelnut, english yeast, and coffee cake. its mild and autumnal and really very well balanced and built. i know this is not the kind of porter that gets headlines, but it really is an excellent example of the style, a bit of a throwback to the porters of the early american craft movement. better than many!

Apr 16, 2018
 
4 by andyjeigh from Oklahoma on Apr 02, 2018
 
3.92 by BeerorDie from New Mexico on Mar 31, 2018
 
3.82 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Mar 29, 2018
 
3.75 by chefbigjon from Arizona on Feb 20, 2018
 
4.14 by Klub98 from Texas on Jan 05, 2018
 
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 03, 2018
 
3.48 by sbuck from New Mexico on Oct 28, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by puck1225 from Texas

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Dark brown body with small short lived head and good lacing. Nice chocolate smell. Taste of chocolate and roasted malt. Overal, a good porter.

Oct 05, 2017
 
4.42 by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico on Sep 14, 2017
 
3.94 by animal69 from Louisiana on Jul 29, 2017
 
3.4 by fryeguy52 from New Mexico on Jul 01, 2017
 
4.02 by Gene-Colorado from Colorado on Jun 28, 2017
 
3.5 by Bryan12345 from Texas on Jun 01, 2017
 
3.82 by SmellsofMahagony from Texas on Apr 23, 2017
 
3.75 by akolb from Colorado on Apr 11, 2017
 
3.37 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts on Apr 05, 2017
 
3 by Dface from Texas on Mar 31, 2017
 
4.24 by Rootscipio from Texas on Mar 09, 2017
 
4.06 by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania on Feb 24, 2017
 
3.79 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Feb 12, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by hopflyer from Pennsylvania

Best by 1/20/17. Obtained from beer of month club but received after 1/20/17! Shouldn't matter with this being a porter.

Pours cola brown with red highlights and light tan head.

Smells very nutty, and a little light roast coffee.

Taste is a little sweet and includes the nut flavor. Some subtle cocoa along with slight coffee like bitterness.

Feel is lighter side of medium bodied and lower side of medium carbonation. A bit light bodied but alllows it to be very drinkable.

Pretty good above average porter. Carries some good combo of flavors well within an easy drinking light bodied feel.

Feb 12, 2017
 
4 by archero from Texas on Feb 05, 2017
 
3.68 by flyersfan900 from Virginia on Nov 26, 2016
 
4.27 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania on Nov 23, 2016
 
4.25 by batt6343 from Texas on Oct 26, 2016
 
3.75 by BdM from Netherlands on Sep 03, 2016
 
4 by Stengelfoot from California on Aug 27, 2016
 
3.75 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Jul 10, 2016
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4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by J_T_Arlington from New Mexico

Looks like soda pop. Dark deep red when light is shone through. Has a two-three finger head that quickly diminishes to a thin ring.

Smells of honey, earth, and espresso.

Tastes of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee (maybe toffee, even). Something a little woody or oaky in there too. Mild hop flavor comes through at the end. Aftertaste of hops and dark roasted malts go away with seconds.

Feels like. Thick, and full-bodied.

Nothing revolutionary or out of the ordinary for a porter, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I wouldn't hesitate to serve this at a party where porters were desired. I think this is a good benchmark porter by which to judge other porters. It has all the flavors and complexities that one would expect from a porter, and it does this well, but it does this without pushing the envelope or making experimentations. In this, it meets expectations without deviating from them.

Jul 09, 2016
State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 365 ratings