State Pen Porter | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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345 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
345
Reviews:
138
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
50
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 345 |  Reviews: 138
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass, with a half finger khaki head that dissipates to patches and light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt and cocoa, lightly nutty. Flavor is dark toasted malt with a hint of char, coffee, hint of licorice and dark fruit. Medium bodied with a pleasant light creaminess. A nice North American style porter with a good blend of coffee and malt char flavors and hints of fruit that make the finish quite satisfying. Well made and enjoyable.

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Photo of MasterRigger
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheStoutLord
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Very dark brown with a tannish head that leaves lacey.

S: Smells nutty with a lot of roasted tones, along with a hint of chocolate. The roasted maltiness really comes through on the smell though, which is very nice.

T: Malty and tasting of roasted nuts. So good, exactly what a porter needs in terms of malt levels and bitterness. The complex elements of chocolate, and a little caramel I think coupled with the highly prominent roasted malts makes this beer. Somewhat reminds me of Santa Fe's Nut Brown, but much better in my stout-biased opinion.

F: Kind of light for a porter and very drinkable. The 6% ABV is completely unnoticeable.

O: What a great porter. I would definitely buy it again if I had the chance.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
2.03/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of Amp
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ehmdubya
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of losdizzel
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of aknalley
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More black and brown, brown of a lighter shade on the head, lace and retention were excellent. Tons of roast is the grant total of the aroma.

Very chewy mouthfeel, lots of malt, chocolate malt. Kept the ibu's in check despite high roastiness. Well done every day porter.

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Photo of Slarson7
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fps_dean
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black color into a glass with a little head that leaves moderate lacing around the glass.

Smells rather feint, of malts, coffee and chocolate.

Tastes very much like it smells except the flavor is very solid. No noticeable taste of alcohol, although it has the flavor of a stronger porter.

It is very watery and lightly carbonated. For a beer with this much flavor, I would have expected a moderate body, but I did find it goes down extremely smoothly, and thus quickly.

I received this in a beer of the month mailing and was quite pleased. I would gladly buy this again if I ever find this in a store, but I don't think it's available in Massachusetts yet.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of girljosh
4.82/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nmann08
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twenteone
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DelMontiac
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I received State Pen Porter in a care package from my buddy, Sean. The color is a nice standard cola brown topped off by two fingers of mocha which quickly fizzles down to a light skim of fine bubbles. Lace is widely spaced and spotty. Aromas are of two primary components - nuts (pecan and walnut) and cocoa powder. Maybe a hint of vanilla creme brulee if we want to sound all sophisticated here. This beer has some tongue appeal as well. Hints of chocolate cake , English toffee, and caramel are the primary characters. Hints of vanilla latte seep through at the end. This porter is pretty typical is body, but a bit more prickly on the tongue which I feel interferes with the various stages in flavor change, especially when cold. Not so much of an issue upon warming during the last quarter of the glass. Overall, I think this is a good porter. Maybe not my first choice in porterland, but definitely worth a look if you fancy walking the cell block Santa Fe style.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Quick Take: The big brother of this brewery's Nut Brown Ale! This version has a near-black mahogany color, okay aroma and boasts a balanced, malt-forward stance for the style.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bakkerman1
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BranfordBound
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Braz
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(review about a week after) 12OZ; Globe; we both enjoyed, but not as good as Founder's Porter.

Maybe on Re-buy.

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State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 345 ratings.
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