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: 344 |  Reviews: 138
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

State Pen Porter pours a black color, with a small lacing head. There is a strong fresh coffee bean smell, with hints of chocolate. The taste has a strong coffee taste, very fresh, and has a nice bitterness, on a smokey malty backbone. Very easy to drink, has a nice full coffee taste. Overall I find this a very full and flavorful porter, a must try.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep ruddy brown with a thin and very short lasting dark beige head. Aroma of dark fig like fruits and malt. Taste is much better than I expected from the apperance and aroma. It tastes of dark chocolatey malts and dark fruitcake. It has a distinctly alchoholic bite to it. Finishes nicely with a light bitterness.

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Photo of MumboJumbo
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of dseiters
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of wastedrockranger
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - poured into a 16oz mug coming out black with a cream colored head leaving a beige ring on the glass

smell - everything you would expect from a good porter. nutty, coffee, chocolately, with a little dash of the smokey smell.

taste - chocolate malt taste with some coffee hints and smoked nut flavors

mouthfeel - thick and creamy but refreshing. left my mouth feeling of a morish taste. meaning i need more of this stuff!

overall - a very good example of a porter. glad i found this one and will buy it again.

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Photo of Leschber
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kyleelton
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice toasty porter. Only other beer I've had from Sante Fe is their rather impressive canned IPA. This one meets that standard. Great mouthfeel. At 6% ABV this is milder tasting than expected, but great flavor. My nose is a little stopped up so I won't judge the smell. I'm getting nothing, but that's me, not the beer.

I really like this porter. A great choice for a cold rainy night.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of EddieJoe
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of kew
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of xpdrinker
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 12oz poured into New Belgium globe. Pours dark cola brown with a finger-thick tan head, little lacing

S - Cocoa powder, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate. Really dry.

T - Malted milk balls, light espresso, cream, a little vanilla. Little bit of roasted coffee bitterness & hops on the back end.

M - Full-bodied and creamy, very drinkable.

O - Got this as a trade extra from Robtobfest (thanks!) and really enjoyed it. Would definitely buy more if given the chance.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Black in color with a brown ring on the edges. 3/8 inch head and good retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Great coffee nose

Taste: Roasted malt with a touch of ash and some subtle coffee and tobacco notes

Mouthfeel: Close to medium body and medium carbonation and a carbonation bubble tingle

Overall: I think this is a very good and underrated beer. Highly recommended

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Photo of south33
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and thick nice creamy beige foam. Lots of roasted malt and dark caramel. A good impression of coffee, too. Great mouthfeel with some substance and plenty of carbonation. Flavors seem to rise up to take the edge off the sweet malt. A nice bitterness starts on the tongue and provides a long aftertaste. A hint of butter with sharp tangy flavors as well. Dark toast but not too much charred taste. Seems to have the best qualities of a rich Porter and a hoppier Stout in one totally drinkable package.

From a 12 oz bottle bought in Santa Fe six months ago.

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Photo of deebo
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
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 Tone
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of roasted malt, hops, slight alcohol, sweet malt, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, hops, hint of alcohol, sweet malt, and a hint of dark citrus. Overall, better than average, backing any outstanding qualities.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of EricCioe
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jon for sharing this one.

This pours almost black with some brown highlights and a short khaki head. On the nose there is a delicious aroma of cocoa and roasted malt. There isn't a whole lot of breadth but the depth is outstanding. In the mouth those chocolate flavors intermingle with some dark fruit. There is little hop presence but some bitterness from the roasted malts to balance things out. The body is medium with a smooth carbonation and medium finish heavy on chocolate.

Overall, this is a nice porter, sweeter than the Ed Fitz take on the style but still a really nice beer.

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Photo of DavidST
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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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State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 344 ratings.
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