Review: Sex Panther, SanTan Brewing

Sex Panther
SanTan Brewing Co. — Chandler, AZ

  • Style:  Double Chocolate Porter
  • Bitterness:   20 IBUs
  • ABV:  6.9%
  • Malts:  2-Row, White Wheat, Caramel , Munich, Special Roast, Chocolate
  • Hops:   Columbus / CTZ
  • Sampled:  12 oz. can

Description:  "Sex Panther 2013 Double Chocolate Porter is a late Winter Seasonal that is brewed with Colonial Rosewood Cocoa and large amounts of Chocolate malt giving this beer a huge chocolaty flavor combined with hints of truffle and molasses. White Wheat is added to give Sex Panther a smooth, creamy head that lasts all night! Perfectly paired with smoked meats and sweet treats, Sex Panther is 6.9% ABV and dark as Chocolate. Enjoy!" — SanTan Brewing Co.

Random thoughts: I first tasted this beer in 2011 at SanTan's brewpub in Chandler. It's now being released for the first time in cans, so I thought I'd revisit it. I bought it on a recent trip to Arizona.

The tasting: Dark brown in color with reddish-orange highlights. It has a tan head that dissipates slowly. Strong cocoa aroma along with some coffee notes. The chocolate really comes through in the nose! Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, as well as some light toffee sweetness. Hop bitterness is very low and alcohol is well masked in both aroma and taste. Sex Panther is medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and has a smooth mouth feel.  It finishes with roasted malt, chocolate, and a touch of light earthy hop bitterness.

Rating: 4 star. Really Good!  I want this again!  Sex Panther's name and artwork are good reasons for trying this beer. It that's not enough for you, rest assured knowing this is an excellent porter! If you happen to live in one of the regions where SanTan distributes, be sure to give it a try before it disappears for the year.

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