State Pen Porter | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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State Pen PorterState Pen Porter

Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by UberWasser on 04-14-2007

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Ratings: 361 |  Reviews: 142
Reviews by DavidST:
Photo of DavidST
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, coded bottle date. This pours a dark coke like color with an okay tan head which has good retention. The smell is a little light, but good, roasted malts and a little coffee. The feel is medium, but the carbonation makes it a little creamy. The taste is good, some roasted malts and a little smoky flavor.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a medium brown with a small fluffy light tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts with some acidic coffee notes.

The flavor is roasted grains with some sweet chocolate and coffee notes and some smoky peat. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with some slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a solid porter with nice notes of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours dark brown to black with a nice sized beige head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. The flavor is roasted malt, coffee and some citrus hop bitterness at the end of the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is low.

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Photo of mattster
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 fl oz bottle into Nonic Glass.

Nice dark coffee brownish/black color, no head a little lace on top.

Smell is mostly malty/barley. When I opened the bottle, I got a slight whiff of plastic, but didn't smell it in the glass.

Taste is of nice dark barley and hoppy malts. Hints of chocolate, mocha and a woodyness make this a pleasant taste.

Very smoth beer. Nice body would leave me to believe that it is more than the 6.4% as noted on the label, but alcohol taste is not present.

All In all, an good brew from Santa Fe.

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in May shipment of my Beer of the Month Club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Opaque and looks almost black, but is really a very dark reddish-brown. Tan head fades to a thin layer with slight lacing.

Smell: Slightly sweet malts with chocolate and coffee undertones. Not much roasted malt or hop presence in the smell. A little weak for a Porter.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate with a light roast and coffee character. Very little bitterness. Roasted malts became more prominent at the end and as the beer warmed.

Feel: Very smooth for a regular Porter. Low to moderate carbonation, medium body but a little thin, ever so slightly warming.

Drinkability: Easy drinking Porter with a nice smoothness and chocolate malt backbone.

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Photo of deebo
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear. Black with tints of brown. Pillowy carbonated tan head with staying power that laces the pint glass nicely.
S-Really nice-moderate roast dark malt dominates. Caramel and toffee notes present with a hint of flowery hops.
T-Yep, tastes like a porter, dark malt dominates, a little burnt.
M-Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, lacks creaminess. Smooth finish with just a hint of bitter bite.
D-Average for a porter. Alcohol is well hidden.
O-A nice porter-well done.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from the 12oz into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown with not much head or lacing. Smells of sweet roasted malts, some nuttiness. Carries over to the flavor. A sweet porter with a lighter and thinner body. Notes of chocolate and molasses. Roastiness not very perceptible. An OK porter overall.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another porter/stout that is equal parts brown and black. If I had to lean in one direction, I'd say 51% black, 49% dark brown, together at last! Solid thickness, good light brown/beige head on it, better than average retention, better than average sticky lace along the glass.

Aroma was all roast. Big malt, big roast. Straight forward, no adjuncts.

Taste, chewy. Chewy malt, roasted to near perfection. Clean for what it is. Not weighed down with exotic extracts of coffee or chocolate, sure, there is plenty of chocolate malt. This is nice and simple. A working man's porter. Straightup. Easy drinking. No harsh bitterness. Quintessential porter without the bells and whistles. Well balanced.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of frankiepop
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is not a classic Porter, but its a good Porter especially for summer. I call it an American Neo-Porter. This Santa Fe Porter has a real refreshing quality.

The appearance was a little difficult to evaluate since it was served to me at an outdoor restaurant at night in Albuquerque. But it was dark lol. Nice head - nothing special.

Smell- Sweet Classic aroma of a Porter..maybe a little stronger. Thumbs up.

Taste- The flavor is not as strong and sweet as most porters, but it is flavorful, subtle, and with a nice smooth bubbly finish that is a lttlle bitter that's nice and refreshing.

So this Porter goes down with well with good summer jazz fest music with a little body to it. I recommend something like the classic Max Roach and Abby Lincoln lp We Insist: Freedom Now Suite or how about some Weather Report...?? Santana? Wilco??? hmmmm Counting Crows???? No CC would be tooo dreary for a nice refreshing summer Porter.

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Photo of gmale9000
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OKbrew89
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Color is black with a one finger tan head that leaves a small ring of lacing at the top of the glass. Aroma is oaky with notes of coffee and chocolate. Taste is a oaky, slightly smoky, body with subtle notes of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Medium body and medium-light carbonation with no aftertaste. Very smooth and slightly silky in texture.
A good, classical porter that is definitely quaffable. Hits all the right notes and is a year rounder.

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Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours dark and bleak like it's namesake. Almost completely black with yellowish red highlights. The head is soft and quick to form but the tan bubbly lace fades too soon for my taste.

Nose hits me with some coffee right away and then moves into some dark chocolate roastiness. I can tell by the scent that this is going to be a beer that tastes like a glass of charred and roasted grains... That's a good thing.

Bold grain body that really uses roasting to make it's point. The taste starts out in coffee town and slowly moves into bittersweet chocolate village. After those two tongue punching flavors I get a hint of dark candied fruit that makes me think more imperial porter or stout then just regular old porter. Well done!

Love the flavors but the feel of this beer slips a little for me. I'm not a coffee or chocolate eater so the dominating flavors also have a dominating bitterness. To me it's like sipping cold, old black coffee. The finish is really abrupt too. It starts to develop a sweet grain vibe but it never materializes which is truly a shame. That's not a deal breaker in my book. This is a great beefy porter chock full of big flavor so I can overlook the poorer finish.

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Photo of Dface
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the delicious La Choza restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The beer arrived with a great, frothy, khaki-colored head that had some crystal-like radiance within it. Lots of sticky lace stuck to the sides of the glass as the beer dissipated. The liquid was pitch black and opaque.

A good nose on this one, albeit not as complex as I'd hope for. I got coffee and dark roasted malt notes, followed by sweet notes of vanilla and toffee.

The taste is a step up, however, as all the above-mentioned characteristics make their way around my palate, with a few additional notes. My tongue first detects the dark roasted malts, then the sweet vanilla and toffee, but then then the coffee and some brown sugar linger on the back of my tongue.

State Pen Porter is smooth enough, has some creamy aspects, but is a bit more carbonated than I'd like. The beer finishes sweet, which I liked.

I think this is a tasty beer and certainly one I could go to regularly. It's smooth and easy-drinking, yet has plenty of flavor. Plus, there's enough complexity to keep me interested. I endorse.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Santa Fe- Penn State Porter

A- Dark deep cola brown with a moderate size tan head. Good thick ringed lacing around the top half of the glass.
S- Dusty dry cocoa powder, chocolate malt, and molasses.
T- Sweet chocolate malt with dry truffle cocoa and a touch of molasses. Slight grassy hop presence.
M- Good thick chocolate malt with a nice tangy earthy grassy hop finish.

Overall- Another decent offering from Santa Fe. Not an A+ beer here, but a good solid drinkable porter!

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Photo of king75
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off I'm wondering if something was wrong with mine because my grade is dramatically lower than most. I guess thats the beauty of personal palate though.

Pours out the expected pitch black, with some cherry hues where light dared penetrate. Two fingers tanhead.

Smells of base malts and cocoa puffs, kinda nice childhood flashback.

Slight tin flavor at the offset, then roasted malts cocoa and thats it. Very simple, and honestly not that impressive.

Feels like a porter very creamy with some nice medium carbonation to it.

I do not know if I could recommend this to someone. In the state of CO you really could have a much better porter without looking too hard. But then again, you will never know until you try it.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite dark. A very nice stout. A nice layer of white head. Definitely an enticing porter.

Smell: Perfect combination of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Very standard porter smells done well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet coffee. Mocha- or caramel-like overall. Mouthfeel lacks a bit of creaminess though.

Overall: A great porter.

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Photo of ackbar556
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, it poured near black with a short tan head. I found this beer to be a typically tasty and standard American porter. Drinkable and full of dark roast coffee, cocoa, and burnt grain. The body is lighter than most, but that just makes this a good candidate for a session beer. There's nothing terribly outstanding or different, but it's a clean, solid beer.

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State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 361 ratings