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What? You actually thought I would start with something original for a beer called Sex Panther? Do you even know me? ;-)
^^^I left Doug’s intro in there because CLASSIC!^^^
This beer. You guys. We asked our dear friends to pick this up for us in Arizona (shoutout to Rob and Jena!), and pick it up they did. You think to yourself, there’s no way it’s as good as it sounds, I mean, sex panther, amirite? How can the flavor actually beat the name…and symbol.
SanTan Brewing is out of Chandler, Arizona. Their tagline is that they make beer for the hot climate, so it’s light, crisp, and refreshing. Even this beer, at 6.9% ABV, is a ‘lighter’ dark beer. Here is what SanTan’s website has to say about its double chocolate porter:
Sex Panther Double Chocolate Porter is a 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!
A smooth, creamy head that lasts all night? Now we’re talkin’.
Wait. This is about beer, right? (Doug should not have let me write the bulk of the intro. *smirk*)
Sadly, the above banner is inaccurate. It is not, in fact, out right now. However, you need this beer in your life, so here is the basic information:
Price point - Was a gift, but I am finding it online for $8-$12 a sixer (and worth every penny…that we didn’t pay…#friendship).
Cellar-able - It has a pretty low ABV at 6.9% and the flavors are pretty subtle already. I wouldn’t cellar it.
Availability - From January to March where ever SanTan is sold, which is Arizona, California, and Texas. So basically, if you don’t live in one of those states, you best have amazing friends, like Doug and I!
On with the tasting, with the man himself:
Aroma - Definite malt, with a lot of chocolate and caramel as well. It’s a very sweet, but subtle aroma.
Appearance - It is a really dark amber color. I would say it is a 27-28 on the SRM scale. The head is a bone color with tiny bubbles that stuck around throughout the tasting. (Head AND bone in the same sentence. Tell me you didn’t laugh. You didn’t? YOU ARE A LIAR!)
Taste - Extremely smooth and creamy. Very up-front chocolate flavor, but it’s a dark chocolate. A lot of malt flavor as well with a touch of caramel.
Palate - Medium to low carbonation. This is a pretty heavy mouthfeel and extremely creamy for a porter. It lingers for quite a bit and sticks on the lips. (I just….I can’t.)
Overall - This is a really nice beer to drink. It is one of the better chocolate beers that I have had. There are a lot of subtle nuances to it that make it fun to drink…and I don’t just mean the name!
Git it, folks. This is a good one, and you will NOT regret it. We can safely say, it does not smell like a used diaper filled with Indian food.
Until next time,