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Anvil Porter - French Broad Brewing Co.

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Anvil PorterAnvil Porter

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
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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Photo of Ryan011235
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Ryan011235, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

LXIXME, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of NoCurse2012
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

NoCurse2012, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of PorterLambic
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

PorterLambic, Aug 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

MCDub, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of TheBoozeTraveler
3/5  rDev -18.5%

TheBoozeTraveler, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of robertjskelton
3/5  rDev -18.5%

robertjskelton, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

DavoleBomb, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

avalon07, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of rvajohn
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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

grumpygerman, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Kerrie
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Kerrie, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of bmwats
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

bmwats, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

ArrogantB, May 15, 2011
Photo of raszputini
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

raszputini, Mar 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

kwkdmk, Oct 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

twowheelssoar, Jul 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

utvol, Jan 17, 2014
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
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

sgoro, Jun 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

nleaders, Jul 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Rifugium, May 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ChaseTheAce, Jul 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

AngusOg, Nov 29, 2012
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Anvil Porter from French Broad Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.