Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by Groomsy:
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
More User Reviews:
3.56/5 rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Finger worth of head on the pour which settled in to the edges of the glass while drinking. Above average active carbonation for the style. Some sticky lacing left behind.
Smell: Mossy hops mesh well with a bright malt sweetness. Espresso notes with some dark chocolate bitterness. There is an amber malt, toffee like sweetness on the body. A familiar yeast profile of Anchor beers shows up and adds a unique layer for a porter.
Taste: Toffee, Oats, and a unique yeast brightness really blasts on the front. Mossy hops and untamed oak opens up on the body. The finish is just the body slowly dying out with hits on oak and toffee popping up occasionally.
Mouthfeel: Much brighter and active on the palate then I expected. Carbonation fits. Some coffee ground dryness is left behind.
Overall: This was really something different. I expected the stout-ish porter that some many brewers are making but this is tough to really put a finger on. Odd but worth a shot.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 06:28:23 | More by KFBR392
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,860 ratings.