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Anvil Porter - French Broad Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 115
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: atsprings on 11-18-2010

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 115
Photo of ernie33
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great with Willapoint Osyters. Price was right and the brewery local. Would certainly like to try as a draft. Crisp without an after-taste with oysters. Will certainly drink again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Mojo
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of MTNboy
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brand new beer from French Broad just kegged yesterday on-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a dark brown with a thin slowly diminishing head. Aroma is decent dark malts and subtle chocolate. The taste is a nice amount of dark malts, cocoa and burnt caramel. The beer is quite light and smooth with decent carbonation. Another great beer from French Broad, they seldom disappoint!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a jet black coloring with hazelnut highlights, and a frothy, low profile, light tan head. Nose of cocoa nibs, roasted coffee, and subtle cream highlights. Flavors are roasted and bitter cocoa nib forward, with a bitter coffee undertone. Thin, dry body, with a bittersweet aftertaste. The finish is heavily roasted, lingering on a dry, smooth feel. Solid representation of the Porter style.

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Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, chocolate, hint of roasted malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of piney hops. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of chocolate, strong sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of oatmeal, hint of piney hops, and sight alcohol. Overall, very chocolaty (almost like chocolate cake), but not cloyingly sweet. Decent blend and good body.

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of csparace
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  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.

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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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  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.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, recent release. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours thin dark brown, red under light, with a one finger light brown head that leaves some short-lived lacing and holds a wispy cap.

Aroma is roasted malt, a touch burnt, some chocolate and coffee, hints of dark fruits and a touch of herbal hops, quite nice. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is weaker than the aroma but still good, features chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some raisins/dark fruit, fairly sweet with a bit of hop bitterness for balance. Starts to develop a cola-like flavor as it goes on.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, medium to high carbonation.

Solid Porter, pretty drinkable, but not as robust as others on the market.

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Anvil Porter from French Broad Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.