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Anvil Porter - French Broad Brewing Co.

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Anvil PorterAnvil Porter

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BA SCORE
83
good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 11-18-2010)
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Reviews by AlexanderSelby:
Photo of AlexanderSelby
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

AlexanderSelby, Apr 27, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

oberon, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Mantooth, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of kwkdmk
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

kwkdmk, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Prado in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of deep roasted malts with hints of char and unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly harsh roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by even deeper dark malt flavors. Midway through the sip moderate amounts of unsweetened chocolate come into play. Finally, mild amounts of char make an appearance before fading out into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without much problem however I would not look forward to another.

Overall, the appearance and mouthfeel were easily about this beer, otherwise the roastiness and lack of balance were too much.

glid02, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

LXIXME, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Jonmoore89
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Jonmoore89, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of seavercm
4/5  rDev +8.7%

seavercm, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of twowheelssoar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

twowheelssoar, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

tdm168, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

russpowell, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of rvajohn
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

rvajohn, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

GRG1313, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of MCDub
3/5  rDev -18.5%

MCDub, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev +8.7%

stampfler07, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of utvol
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

utvol, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of HipHopinHooligan13
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

HipHopinHooligan13, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

EgadBananas, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +8.7%

tclapper, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

metter98, May 27, 2013
Photo of NastyNate11
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

NastyNate11, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +8.7%

freduardo, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

plaid75, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of sgoro
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

sgoro, Jun 02, 2012
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Anvil Porter from French Broad Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.