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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor PorterAnchor Porter

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2,720 Ratings

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Ratings: 2720
Reviews: 1411
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%

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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Nothing like kicking back on a cold, rainy night with a dark beer of great quality.

Appearance: Pours a thick, inky jet black with hints of ruby barely penetrating the body. The beer is topped by a fat, rocky head of dark tan foam that sticks around for a long time, leaving broken sip rings down the glass that fade throughout the session.

Smell: A little surprising for a porter. I get a lot of notes of bread/biscuit from the malts out front. There's also a pretty rich scent of milk chocolate and the coffee undertones standard for a porter. I also pick up some sugar, molasses, and just a little bit of smokiness and some earthy hops in the back for balance. Very appetizing and well-done.

Taste: Everything a porter should be, and more. Hearty roasted malts with caramel hit the front of the palate and soon merge with some notes of dark fruit mid-palate. There's also a long, LONG lingering finish of chocolate and coffee, very well done and elegant. Also some notes of smokiness come in the finish. Finishes pretty dry, but not in a bad way. Wallops of black malt, chocolate, coffee, and all things dark is what you'll get in this porter. Excellent stuff.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, but not flat. The flavors linger long into the finish and become a little more drying as the beer warms.

Drinkability: Fantastic. This is a great porter for any time of year, but based on its price, it's not something I would buy on a regular basis. If you like porters, though, you owe it to yourself to try this.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 04:47:13 | More by Groomsy
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Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of creamy, tan foam, which slowly melts into 1 cm of decent surface head. Beer is an opaque black, with no visable carbonation.
Smell: Malty, caramel, sweet. Like sniffing a bucket of brown sugar. Pleasant, but damn sweet.
Taste: Sweet, but toasty. From the smell, I was anticipating the taste to be totally cloying, but it is rather dry, with a nice, slight chocolate and strong aftertaste of coffee and malt. Very complex, and a nice surprise.
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Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark woodsy brown; opaque black in the glass with just a hint of mahogany showing near the edges.Four big fluffy fingers of creamy chocolate mocha head. Leaves behind nice rings of fluffy lace. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of barley roast, notes of chocolate / coffee, earthy yeast, brown bread, oatmeal / caramel malt character, and lots of vinous dark fruit character - cherries, figs, plums, dates.

T - Taste follows the nose - barley roast, brown bread, molasses, cola, notes of chocolate / caramel malt, and maybe just a hint of indistinct spicing present, but I could be imagining it. I think it's really there, however.

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Anchor Porter ---4/5.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
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