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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor PorterAnchor Porter

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,863 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,863
Reviews: 1,420
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 113
Gots: 110 | 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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Reviews by GusDom:
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GusDom

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Found a bottle for just under 4 bucks so I did not hesitate to try it out.

Pour it into the glass and you get a decent sized head, probably bigger than I expected and mocha in color. The beer itself is a couple shades under black and dark red on the edges.

I love the smell, its pretty complex but not strong. I get hints of vanilla, dark chocolate, banana, and light coffee. The smell lingers but in a mildly soft manner.

Taste is pretty good. The coffee is more pronounced on the palette than on the nose. I get some banana, dark chocolate, vanilla, and hops in the blend. There is quite some lingering of flavor in the mouth, particularly with the coffee. You can taste the alcohol in the background. Drinkability is not too high because this is a thicker beer with a bit of a lingering taste. Again, this is a porter so it's pretty much expected that it is more of a sipping beer than anything else.

Overall, I was truly amazed at the taste and smell of the beer, very much above the price I paid for it. I'm happy I tried it and will probably buy more in the future. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 01:47:21 | More by GusDom
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12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Abysmally dark brown, nearing black. Some ruby red highlights around the bottom of the glass when held up to my iPhone flashlight. A large mocha colored head starts out large, but fades down to a 1/4" creamy cap leaving vast amounts of lacing down the glass. A work of art in a glass.

S: Lots of dark roasted malts with some bittersweet cocoa, definitely closer to bitter than sweet though. A little bit of smokiness and some faint hop presence. Not overly complex or unique, but the aroma is strong and deeply enticing.

T: Man, oh man, this flavor is blissful. It's initial impression is sweet, but quickly fades. Dark roasted malts are rich and powerful, with some mild black coffee notes. The bittersweet chocolate fades back in towards the end, and the finish is primarily roasted malts with a strong smokiness. Complex; boastful; delicious.

M: Mouthfeel is solidly medium, smooth with lots of creaminess, but stays casual enough to quaff with relative ease. Low-ish ABV makes it a choice session beer.

O: I've heard this beer roll off the tongues of many a craft drinker, oft times with great praise following. Embarrassingly, it has taken me this long to try it—and for that, I'm kicking myself in the ass. It's so easily accessible here that I've often overlooked it, but now that I've finally grabbed it, I'm in love. It's everything I look for in a porter. Huge, rich flavors, with a solid mouthfeel and sessionable qualities. Sorry, Guinness, but I think I've found my new black beauty.

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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.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,863 ratings.