State Pen Porter | Santa Fe Brewing Company

State Pen PorterState Pen Porter
BA SCORE
3.81/5
347 Ratings
State Pen PorterState Pen Porter
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,225
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
347
pDev:
10.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
51
Trade:
0
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Photo of SPThirtyThree
1.93/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Back when I lived in Austin, a guy from work brought a sixer of these in, and I remember it being tasty and delicious, so it will be nice to try it again and give it a proper review...

A: State Pen Porter pours deep, dark brown with a creamy, one-finger, beige head. The cap contains big bubbles interspersed in a thick cream.

S: Maybe my snifter is dirty, but the most noticeable odor is bandaids. Very little else is apparent.

T: More band-aid tastes. Mostly phenolic. WTF?!

M: Slightly creamy, but the mouthfeel is overshadowed by the awful flavor.

d: Low: see below.

I was excited to retry this beer with a computer in front of me for review; however, this time around, this bottle has gone awry. It tastes very medicine-y and slightly like vinegar. The roasty character and mouthfeel are good, but this bottle has obviously become infected... :( Most aspects of the beer are fine, so I suspect that the failure happened during bottling, when the beer had already developed most of its character.

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Photo of olinwp
2/5  rDev -47.5%

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.03/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks go out to Santa 2010 GabrielM for this beer.

State Pen Porter has a dark brown to black body with a substantial brown head and decent retention and lacing.

The aroma has mostly dark malts with roasted, coffee and chocolate scents. There is also a hint of sourness lurking in the background.

The beer opens up with loads of roasted malt, a slight dark bread flavor, and then transitions into a little bit of chocolate and good bit of coffee. Next comes a flash of sourness, and at this point I'm really digging this porter. The finish, however, has something strange going on. I can't put my finger on the flavor, but it reminds me of over-ripe fruit without a specific fruit characteristic to it. With every sip I like the beginning, but notice the finish even more.

Mouthfeel is nice; creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation.

State Pen has the making of a great porter, but it is held back by an unpleasant flavor that is just off.

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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 Sludgeman
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of mooseisloose
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

More BOTMC, love this style, time to give it a whirl. Great label, its got to be good. Popping the top I smell a cornucopia of flavors choclates, toasted malts, chaulky hops, the whole enchilada. Pours like motor oil into a tulip glass with a nice thin tan head. There is no light coming through this brew. First sip is a little thin in the mouthfeel department with a little too much carbonation. Makes it tough to get the full flavor with a high carbonation. Taste is not as complex as I expected but more steady throughout, roasted malts with a bitterness in the background. Sure this isn't a porter light suitable to serve to inmates? Not much here after I got charged up by the cool label. Tasty but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of losdizzel
2.97/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of kew
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Joe1019
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of nzerbe
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

Photo of chocosushi
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz->Oktoberfest Mug

A ~ Pours dark brown with a great cap of brown head that's gone in 60 after leaving globs of foamy lacing about the glass that is on par for the style.

S ~ Vanilla extract, weak coffee, dark malts

T ~ Starts a little too sweet. Reminiscent of Diner Coffee with too much french vanilla added to it...Herbal/Earthy hop flavors in the midst of the sweet flavors. Malt & lactose sweetness make up the bulk of the body.

M ~ Finish is nice. Too effervescent, which doesn't play well with the sweetness. Needs more dry roasty bitterness.

D ~ Wouldn't revisit, but not a drain pour by any means. Worth a shot, but maybe get a single to try.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Nicely, it pours solid black. One-finger head of tan foam forms and rapidly dissipates, leaving a crescent of film on top. After a few minutes this, too, fades away. Lacing is okay, but slippery.

Big dark roasted malt nose. Notes of milk and dark chocolates. Light hints of capuccino. Hints of molasses and traces of brown sugar. Slight nuttiness.

Dark roasted chocolate malts. A touch of coffee. Toasted nuts. Slight hint of smoke.

A weak medium body. Very thin, almost watery. Carbonation is totally off.

Sure, it's drinkable, but I won't be running back to it any time soon. Nice starter porter for your BMC friends.

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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 lillitnn92
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Kopfmeister60
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of rojapa
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of quadhog
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 347 ratings
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