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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; and it packs a punch, so much so that its drinkability rapidly gives way to a euphoric intoxication that only a true Porter drinker can understand. Malts: 2-row pale, 30-37 l. Crystal, 70-80 l. Crystal, Chocolate. Hops: Cluster, Cascade, Willamette.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2008
There’s something funky down here, what it is ain’t exactly clear. Fruity, dark roast malt aroma. Nicely dark with crimson edges. Too much berry-like acidic fruitiness. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JUN 17, 2008
From the Papago Cooler. Very malty - malty to the point of too much. Lots of roasty malt flavors with very little hop profile to provide even the slightest balance. Slight metallic taste that I hope dissipates after some decanting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Bottled. Poured dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted notes, and soil with a medium strength. Flavor is light soil with a hint of sweet chocolate, and a slight roast. Body is medium/thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a soapy brown head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, caramel, coffee. Flavor is roasted coffee, chocolate, malt a touch of fruit. Pretty good porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1645) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Pours a lustrous chocolate brown topped with a thin film of mocha beige. Cinnamon, milk chocolate, moist graham cracker aroma. Like a stale s’more. Some tinny tartness and weird fruit. Flavor is smooth though somewhat sharp with lactic sweetness; with a firm swallow, lots of dry chocolate, barely roasted coffee and brown spices mingle briefly. Wild citrusy tanginess and rindy bitterness, seeming at times to linger on an uneasy balance of mineral acridity and sharp cinnamon sugar and maple syrup. Bit of pistachio sweetness as well; bright and unripened, recalling citrus peels and nutty oils moreso than pastry crusts. Medium palate is oily and soft with mild carbonation; finishes with a warm, crusty breadiness and a reticent, understated caramel sweetness. Spritzy, sugary fruit touches of fig, melon and citrus are too dominant throughout, effecting a prickly tanginess on an otherwise pleasantly smoky and autumnally dark, malt heavy experience. This one seems elusive in some way, as if some indescribable flaw is lending an inordinately degenerate character to this very drinkable porter. Thanks Joshua!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Bottle. Pours an opaque black with a one finger light brown head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, alcohol and a touch of roasted malt. Palate is much the same: mild coffee, cocoa and roasty malt with a touch of hops in the end. Medium mouth feel with spotty lacing. Better than I thought it would be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (2078) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 11, 2008
bottle poured into a pint glass has a dark brown color bordering on black and a thick frothy one finger head that is light brown. aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, hazelnut, and caramel. mouth feel is medium with a higher carbonation frothing it up. flavor is lightly sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, and underlying hops. very well put together and easy to drink. i had seen there add in a beer magazine "state pen porter, just released" with the prison picture and there advertising worked as i remembered it and picked one up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2008
12 oz bottle from Trade. New State for me…Thanks! Very dark walnut pour that leans toward black. No head. Charcoal-licorice aroma with some sweet sharp fruit of some kind. Additionally I note some toasted caramel and honey. Not a bad tasting porter overall. There is a bit of toasty grain but it is over powered somewhat with figgy dark fruit and caramel. There is a touch of dry grain but it also finishes fruity. Lingering flavor in a good way. Med-full body, good carbonation, creamy. Quite enjoyable. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NMBeerMan (7) - USA - APR 9, 2008 does not count
I’m a fan of this beer, served at my favorite bar in SF. It’s heavy enough you know it’s a porter, but smooth enough to have 3 or 4.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Shared by Dickinsonbeer. Dark Brown in color, almost black. Aroma: chocolate malt, and some caramel and dark fruit. Taste is chocolate, with some dark crystal malts, caramel, and light notes of dark fruit. Light to medium bodied.

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