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Anvil Porter - French Broad Brewing Co.

Anvil PorterAnvil Porter

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 9.54%

Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: atsprings on 11-18-2010)
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Photo of Mojo


4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into snifter

A - deep black with a two inch caramel colored head , not much retention, good lacing

S - subtle nose, rich chocolate and honey notes along with fresh baked cookies.

T - chocolate, caramel, toffee, roasted nuts with a clean sweet finish.

M - thinner than I would have thought, but pretty yummy

O - good, but not great offering, maybe just a smidgen too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 04:30:59 | More by Mojo
Photo of bmwats


3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tumbler.

A: Black. Pours a 1+ finger, foamy, tan head. Settles slowly, and lingers. Light lacing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, and fresh tea.

T: Candied malt. Raisin, caramel, and a little peat.

M: Thick and hearty. Has something of a synthetic feeling sweetness that lingers on the palate.

D: Sessionable.

Atmosphere is okay. Fair head, and some light lacing. Nose is characteristic of the style... coffee and chocolate most notably. Roasted malt, with some unusual fruity sweetness and a bit of unwelcome pungency. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 03:56:38 | More by bmwats
Photo of GPHarris


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick creamy tan head into a snifter that left thin sheeting throughout. the body was dark brown near black.
s - hints of chocolate and caramel with a little nuttiness.
t - caramel then some bittersweet chocolate and a hint of roast.
m - creamy but a little thin for the style.
o - good porter but i've had better.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 23:11:57 | More by GPHarris
Photo of EgadBananas


3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours mostly black, with a light brown head, no lace, ok lacing. The aroma is nice. Plenty coffee, some chocolate, and roast. Taste has some nice chocolate and roasted malt, lighter coffee notes though. Feel is medium bodied, slight,y higher carbonation. Drinks well, easy.

Really enjoy the coffee aroma, but its nit amazing otherwise. Still a pretty good porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 03:21:05 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of metter98

New York

3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color as it has traces of amber near the edges of the glass when held up to a bright light. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died own, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose along with hints of coffee.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has slight hints of sweetness and hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The light-bodied nature of this porter makes it very east to drink. I would have no problem drinking several of these in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 03:15:45 | More by metter98
Photo of csparace


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poors a dark dark resin. Starts off with a really friendly smell. You get some sweet (sugary) notes along with the advertised chocolates. Taste is a little better than expected. Roasted malts are present along with the chocolate. Nutty toffee is also present. Its much thinner than you would typically expect, which makes you think that it might be watery or of poorer quality.

This is a pretty decent porter. Like the review I posted for the Wee-heavier, it seems like a good warm up beer or a good starter. Its not bold by any means, but does have some great flavors (particularly the roasted malts and chocolates) going on.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 04:09:32 | More by csparace
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque very dark amber in color with some amber highlights and moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger tall tan head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of dark roasted malts with some lighter flavors of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Just a hint of vanilla, licorice, and caramel. Light amounts of bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth. Maybe just a hint on the thin side.

O: Very enjoyable, I like the different complexities to the flavors/aromas that are slightly sweet but do not contribute overall sweetness to the beer. Pretty easy to drink and well balanced. Definitely one I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 02:15:07 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of drabmuh


4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler labeled "porter" served in a shaker pint. Beer is dark brown / black with a nice tan head of small bubbles, decent retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is coffee / roasty, a little sweet.

Beer is medium to light in body and sweet with a mild roast with a nice coffee flavor throughout. It is a very drinkable beer. I'd have it again if this were my local beer.

Serving type: growler

12-03-2012 20:01:06 | More by drabmuh
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a near black hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malt, charcoal and dry black coffee.

The taste followed the aroma and finished with a touch of sweetness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty, easy drinking porter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2012 18:59:20 | More by plaid75
Photo of Ryan011235


2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 7/30/12

Dark brown, especially once in the glass. Faded ruby highlights. The head is sandy brown and just shy of two fingers. Retention is thinner, though lacing is good enough.

Roasted chocolate and burnt coffee dregs fill much of the aroma. Drifting about are caramel notes a la cheap Halloween candy. Faint overtones of earth and roasted twang. The flavor, however, is packed with tangy roast with a bitter coffee finish; not much chocolate in this department. The finish is a fussy, crackly medium-light body. Carbonation is full and very fizzy; it's too much for the beer. Roast lingers on the finish.

Overall impression - This is a pedestrian take on the style. Sure, it's easy to drink, but it lacks anything that would set it out in a crowd. Reasonably priced, at least when purchased at the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 03:38:09 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of Dope


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown pour with just a tinge of red in it. Good sized fizzy tan head. Fades pretty quickly but leaves a nice 1/4" residual head approximately forever.

S: Smells like milk chocolate and roasted malt. Some caramel or perhaps caramelized sugar. Molasses. Touch of coffee and cream. Hint of earthiness? Or perhaps that's just smoke.

T: Lots of creamy milk chocolate, I assume this must have lactose in it, it tastes like a weaker milk stout. Cocoa with a hint of coffee. A bit of caramel and molasses in there too. Bitter roasted malt and coffee lingers in the aftertaste.

M: A bit thin and watery, but it IS only 6%.

O: A tasty porter for sure. Creamy and chocolaty. Only real downside is that it's a touch thin but it didn't detract too much.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 03:53:04 | More by Dope
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish black with a half inch of loose, creamy, off white head. The nose is musty with notes of roasted malts and coffee. The flavor is primarily coffee with musty undertones and a faint but rich chocolaty finish. This beer is medium bodied but thin at times; there's very little carbonation.

This is a good porter; to style, but simple. The coffee notes definitely dominate the flavor and the mustiness is off putting but not overwhelming. It's also a little thin for my liking. Overall, it was a good one to try, but it's probably not something I'll seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 18:08:48 | More by tdm168
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

black with no light shining through at all. Very thick look with a large tan colored head rising up from the bottom and coming to a height of around two inches before finally settling down

good dose of coffee and chocolate was inside here, and that became evident from the very beginning. Lots of roasted malts here with a good bit of sweetness, a bitter dark coffee flavor, mixed in with baker's chocolate. Some nice vanilla maybe in there sweetening it up, but very light. Nice touches of lactose as well in here. Though I have to say I was hoping it would be a little stronger of a flavor, as by the time, it warmed up it started to fade and it all blended together. The finish started as bitter, but faded back to sweet licorice and caramel flavor, odd finish, but still very nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 03:00:54 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of July2Nov


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown. Almost black in color, with a tan lacing head.

Smell: Dark chocolate and smoky molasses.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium in mouthfeel. Slight carbonation. Burnt caramel in flavor, along with a semi-sweet chocolate. Thinner in it's tasting.

Overall: Excellent Porter that is done right. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 03:38:47 | More by July2Nov
Photo of PorterLambic


2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with effectively no light penetration. Small, quickly dissipating tan head leaves no lace behind.
Smell is toasted malts, coffee, light hops and perhaps a burnt sugar note.
Taste is strong on coffee and burnt malt. A somewhat acidic, almost metallic note.
A surprisingly thin body with a sharp, tangy effervescence on the tip of the tongue. Watery. Fortunately this was not an over-hopped West Coast style American porter.. Sadly, it just wasn't that good. The pour was the high point.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 00:58:05 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Black color. First pour gave me a huge head and the second pour resulted in two fingers of tan, foamy soda pop-like head. Retention was not good, but the last quarter inch made a good effort to stick around londer. Sparse and irregular lacing.

3.5 S: Dry, cocoa powder chocolate vibe. Roasty with hints of coffee. Minor crystal malt sweetness. Pleasant, but simple and borderline boring.

3.0 T: Taste is like the nose. Calm, simple, and reserved. Cocoa powder again is the frontrunner with roast, coffee, and crystal sweetness to follow. No sign of hops again.

3.0 M: Light body. Carbonation is a good bit higher than what is preferred. Not creamy at all, but smooth.

3.0 D: I'm not pissed that I'm drinking this, but I really doubt I'll ever buy another bottle. There's too many good beers out there to drink a boring one.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 02:44:21 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of alpinebryant


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in trade.
Pours a strong dark coffee bean color with a small cocoa head.

Aroma of roasted malts, some molasses and chocolate.

Taste is on par with what I was expecting. A nice bittersweet chocolate flavor with roasted malts and a light smoke presence. It finishes dry and sweet and was easy to drink. Overall a nice American Porter.

Medium bodied with a medium on the higher side carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 12:52:13 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of tan-colored, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A slightly muted aroma of malt, coffee, and a bit of chocolate.

T: Tasted of malt more than anything, with traces of coffee and chocolate. Mainly, this beer was a bit thin and watery. Not nearly bold enough to be interesting.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick, watery finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is, for the most part an average beer. Hardly the worst I've ever had, but not very good either.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 13:09:55 | More by avalon07
Photo of russpowell


4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty chestnut/mahogany with a poinky of mocha colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Smokeyness & & roastyness

T: Follows the nose, some vanilla & herbal hop notes as well up front. Dryness & woody hops as this warms, plus roastyness & some chcolate & minty notes. Finishes with choclatey & smokey notes, dry oakyness as well

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation & oilyness

A good porter, that stays true to style. One of the best beers I've had while visiting NC this time!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 03:04:11 | More by russpowell
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deeply roasted chesnut brown with a ceeamy-like beige colored head,a great pour.Roasted nuts and coffee dominate the nose,bittersweet chocolate underneath,the aromas are spectacular!Just a little light in the feel,not anything major but if this was spot this beer to me would be off the charts.Roast and more roast on the palate with sweet caramel malt playing a small role,roasted nuts and deep roast coffee really meld in nicely.This is a great porter,I would love to try this on an engine,its complex and very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 21:40:49 | More by oberon
Photo of ArrogantB


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this porter in a recent trade but can't remember for the life of me who sent it, thanks to whoever you are. Dark black color, boring smell that only briefly suggested malts. The flavor however was malt heavy, robust, not bad at all but I am a huge sucker for any porter. Overall I would not purchase this beer but I was happy to have had the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 22:44:48 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of AlexanderSelby

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color as expected and well done. Nice creamy off-white head. Smells nutty with some caramel notes. The "dark" flavors hit the palate quite briskly. So in other words, this is a bright dark beer. Nutty and slightly tangy, like an old school English porter. A good amount of roasted qualities, though, which take it from average to good. Body doesn't feel muddy or heavy. Because of it's lighter approach, while still showcasing roasty and sweet qualities, this beer would be a great one to pair with foods, may it be hamburgers, rich pastas or deserts.

If you couldn't tell by my ratings, this is a good beer. Good. That's about where its stops, but in truth, good is something I can rely on.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 20:27:50 | More by AlexanderSelby
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly reddish sable with a decent, if not too persistent, tan head. Aroma is strong and oily with smoky, nutty and semi-sweet chocolate tones - very appealing. Smoky flavor has tones of coffee, unsweet chocolate, nuts and oak. Texture is smooth, fizzy and grainy, not as thick as a stout but still pleasing. Look for it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2011 02:01:03 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of babaracas


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clearish dark brown with thin tan head and a couple blobs of lace along the glass. Smell: moderately roasty, an acidic coffee note, caramel, raisin, herbal and grassy. Taste: a semi-astringent roasted grain, caramelized sugar and a little bakers chocolate, sweet black plum. The mild sweetness is rather fleeting and balanced by herbal and grassy hop flavors. Carbonation is fairly sharp upfront but becomes creamy. Out of the bottle a little overcarbed. Pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 05:41:51 | More by babaracas
Photo of raszputini

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Nose includes roasted (burnt) malts, light chocolate and coffee and a hint of darker fruits. Mouth feel is very thin and the taste matches somewhat - its a little weak. The taste, as I mentioned, is a little weaker than I'd prefer, but not horrible. It's decently balanced with notes of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Hops are very understated. Its a decent porter, but there are certainly better ones.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 22:41:07 | More by raszputini
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Anvil Porter from French Broad Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.