Anvil Porter - French Broad Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev +16%
16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.
Appearance: Effectively, a black body, though, as you drink it down, some mahogany shades appear at the edges. Scant, beige head, but they really fill 'er up here at Taco Mac.
Smell: Dark kilned malts, though not overtly roasty or burnt, instead calmly leaning towards sweetish chocolate and caramel.
Taste: Dark maltiness prominently featuring sweet chocolate tones, though a bit Tootsie Roll-esque. Also, some sweet caramel. It's never particularly roasty, at best you're given a hint of sugar sweetened coffee. A few drops of prune juice. Understated hoppiness and a low level of bitterness. Remains chocolaty approaching the finish, picking up a bit of vanilla, and ends with still a bit of residing residual sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Stays on the soft, sweet, malty side of things, making for a pleasing, tasty brew.
01-27-2011 16:35:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.22/5 rDev +14.4%
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!
06-18-2011 03:04:11 | More by russpowell
4.18/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
06-12-2011 21:40:49 | More by oberon
4.13/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
04-24-2011 02:01:03 | More by Cyberkedi
4.05/5 rDev +9.8%
I thought this was a nice beer. The little bar I was drinking in as I passed through Asheville had only a few taps and most were local. When I said I wanted to try the beers this one got a few mixed reviews but I enjoyed it. The body was dark it also formed a nice head and lace. The aroma was malty more than anything. The flavor was not overly roasty but just right. The roasty bitterness equaled out the toffee and chocolate tones well. The mouthfeel was just a little bit thinner than most porters. Overall it was a good beer.
12-26-2010 13:31:07 | More by MTNboy
4.05/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
12-03-2012 20:01:06 | More by drabmuh
4.04/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
03-29-2014 04:30:59 | More by Mojo
4/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
11-10-2012 18:59:20 | More by plaid75
4/5 rDev +8.4%
Pours black to look at it deep dark walnut when held to the light with a nice sized tan head that falls slow to cap and laces well.
Aroma is roasted malts, nice dark chocolate hints with some smoky notes and hints of dark fruits.
Taste is like aroma nice malty notes lightly roasted some bakers chocolate notes pop up and linger for a while until finish thats got herbal grassy hops mixed with smoky notes. Very tasty have been enjoying some baltic porters latley and have to remind myself what a real porter is.
Mouthfeel is is smooth solid medium feel just a touch of pep that comes out in the finish.
Drinkability is good an enjoyable solid brew from a local brewery.
02-20-2011 01:43:08 | More by mntlover
Anvil Porter from French Broad Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.