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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,065 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,065
Reviews: 1,438
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 132
Gots: 185 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2001)
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Ratings: 3,065 | Reviews: 1,438 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Blueribbon666:
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Blueribbon666, Aug 07, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a real deep brown with a small almond colored head that leaves some decent lacing,the aroma is of deeply roasted malt and a little earthiness.The taste is a variety of different flavors,some roasted malt in the start with a almost caramel sweet middle ending woody and smoky,Real nice body feel one of the best American porters that I have had.

oberon, Jul 28, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – The beer is almost jet black with a moderate head.

Smell – The dark malt has a sweet fruitiness that reminds me of my wife’s fruit salad (bananas, Rainer cherries, grapes, and some other stuff).

Taste – The taste is right on with the aroma. The fruity malt is augmented a little bit with a hint of hops and a splash of coffee. It’s a little shallow for my taste but good nevertheless.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy with little to no carbonation and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – This goes down pretty well. It’s smooth, tasty, and doesn’t have any awkward or obnoxious flavors to slow down the drinker.

Comments – I would have preferred a little more complexity and a heavier body for this one, but it’s still an all around good brew. I think this would be a great porter for introducing a friend to the style.

RoyalT, Aug 11, 2003
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

DanGeo, May 27, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black, deep brown hints barely pull through the edges. Very volatile brew, tan head mildy fluffy but quick to disappear. Tons of roasted malts on the nose, slight hints of chocolate; but the most prominent is a deep fruity sweetness mostly reminiscent of grapes and figs - coupled with the alcohol touch, it is very much like a red wine aroma. Upon first sip, it tastes almost more like an Irish stout than an American porter. Big roasty flavor, unsweetened coffee, some dark chocolate in the very back. Big barley flavor; toasted and dark. Sweet at first, then the bitterness eventually comes into play. Hops are very present in the latter half; leafy and ashy. The sweetness comes back to finish it out - fairly dry all around. Very slight creaminess to the body, but overall a pretty thin mouth and just a touch too watery for the style.

This beer reminds me of Guinness Extra Stout and several other Irish stouts, but its got slightly more flavor. Infusion of wine-like aromas with heavy roasted malts make for an interesting drink. Lots of flavor at only 5.6% ABV.

tectactoe, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

MadScientist, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

tbryan5, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of sgoodship
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm very familiar with Anchor Steam - it's very mainstream in Chicago. This was my first legitimate look at Anchor Brewing.

A: Purchased a 1pt. 6 fl.oz. bottle at EV1 in Evanston. It poured a lovely dark brown - almost black . Burgundy glow against the light. The head was a finger high coffee stained cream fluffy head that left fantastic lacing. As the head dissipated, a nice thin head stayed throughout.

S: Caramel malt, a little bread, coffee. Some pleasing sourness. Good familiar porter smell - not that bold.

T: Initially, I found the carbonation inhibiting my taste. I let it bubble off, so that I could enjoy. Dry front, then a hint of dark fruit, some of the sweet caramel malt payoff and then quickly to the coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Finish was a hint of hops and the aftertaste felt like a mix of hop sourness and burnt molasses. Well balanced overall.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. If you don't pay attention to the carbonation, the drink is actually quite creamy and smooth.

D: A lovely porter. A little too much carbonation for my taste and the aftertaste was a little too burnt for my liking. Not taking away from the quality of this brew - really awesome and I'd be happy to have one anytime.

sgoodship, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of JacobMutberg
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

JacobMutberg, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Dmann
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came well recommended and it did not let me down at all. It poured a very dark brown with a nice big brown head that lasted quite awhile before leaving a nice lace around the glass. The smell was more on the chocolate side but still had a little coffee scent as well. The taste had a slight smokyness to it that was very pleasing and the burnt chocolate flavors really stood out for me. The mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I was expecting from a beer that poured this thick, but it was very nice. This is one of the most drinkable porters I have had and I will most definantly get it again.

Dmann, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of drewkennedy
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

drewkennedy, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown / black with virtually no head. Minimal lacing as well. The smell is burnt, roasted grains with hints of coffee and cocoa as well. Some nice floral hops float in and out.

The first sip has a predominent burnt, almost smoky malt flavor upfront with a background melding of coffee, cocoa and slight hop nuances. Quite a bitter, burnt bread flavor with hints of molasses makes for a interesting porter.

Mouthfeel is good and carbonation is not overwhelming. It goes down smooth and hits the spot...pretty much perfect for the style. Drinkability is good and this would make a tasty session if I was in the mood. If you enjoy porters, this one is worthy of a try.

orbitalr0x, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of loose5682
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

loose5682, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of bulldogg915
3/5  rDev -27%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Anchor chose an appropriate name for their brewery, as it has turned out to be exactly that - an anchor for the craft beer industry. You can always count on them to make a delicious, satisfying product.

This fine porter is a black beauty whose smell only hints at the treat to come. If there was a beer dictionary, it would be appropriate for under the definition of "porter" to say "see Anchor." Everything about this beer is on point - from the deep black hue to the chocolate & roasted undertones in the flavor. Also - very subtle carbonation that dies away as the beer washes down your throat. Excellent for a heavier, darker beer such as this.

This beer is a delight to drink and I will be enjoying it for many years to come.

chOAKbarrell, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of EastBay_Nick
5/5  rDev +21.7%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of bertcat9000
5/5  rDev +21.7%

bertcat9000, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of FadetoBock
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

FadetoBock, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

danthehopslamman, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of andyfrancis
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown while pouring, opaque, smooth black in the glass with a tall, thick, rich, tan head. Beautiful, slow foam reduction and clumping makes me want to shoot a time-lapse video.

Smells of sweet dark malt all the way...roasty notes of chocolate, cherry, and coffee.

Sweet, tastes like it smells with a hint of bitter, goes down very smooth. Good body for a porter. Definitely not one of those watery guys.

Great flavor and mouthfeel, more complex and heavy than most porters. But, given that bold taste and heaviness, I wouldn't mind a bit more alcohol content.

Works great to wash down some Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk washed rind cheese. The porter takes over for a couple seconds, only to have the cheese break back through and play together nicely with the roasty bitterness on your palate.

andyfrancis, May 21, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

csmartin6, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours near black with two fingers of creamy head. Leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - Smell is relatively subtle, but definite notes of chocolate and roasted malts.

T - Taste is fantastic. Wonderful blend of roasted malt with some nice hop bitterness for balance. Creamy and bright at the same time.

M - Medium creamy mouthfeel with some lingering earthiness on the tongue. Very nice.

O - A very well crafted porter that would be easy to sip all day.

warnerry, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of KevinV_85
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%

KevinV_85, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Todd
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1pt 6oz light brown bottle. Batch number on the back, no freshness date.

Appearance: Dark brown to near black with ruby edges in the light. Mily coffee coloured head; creamy, foamy, sticky with a patchy lace of various bubble sizes that stick as it settles to a respectable, lasting lace.

Smell: Ripe dark fruits, black malts, smooth molasses.

Taste: A silky smooth experience on the palate that rides out with a prickly carbonation feel. Medium-bodied. Complex, yet subtle, malt flavours consist of an even dextrin sweetness, date/fig, ripe fruitiness, molasses bite, hint of unsweetened/dry chocolate, burnt edges and an astringent roasted malt flavour that peaks with a near puckering bitter citric edge. Lip smacking! Hops also lend a gentle herbal spice to the flavour. Finish is dry with residual burnt malt flavours.

Notes: Hands down one of the best porters in the US. I'd even go so far as saying one of the best in the world. This is what a modern day porter should be. If you've yet to try this beer, go buy some now.

Todd, Nov 24, 2002
Photo of twi1609372
2.6/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i know i will be the only "bad" review for this beer but i just didnt like it. looks nice, semlls nice, but i cant agree witht he taste. thick, but thick isnt always bad. just a bit too strong for my taste, maybe, but i like other dark beers, i am just unable to reconcile this taste as good in my mind.

twi1609372, Aug 07, 2004
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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,065 ratings.