Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by MadeInOregon:
3.5/5 rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
I had this one once a long time ago and remember it being pretty good but hadn't tried it again since it's always so freakin expensive due to the "Anchor" in the title. Well, it finally went on sale for $7.99 at a local BevMo so I couldn't resist cuz I'm a big porter fan.
Poured into my cup it had a HUGE smoky, brown head. It was very pillowy and nice looking. Seems pretty big for a porter. Held up to the light the brew was pitch black; no light getting through at all. Cool.
Also on the topic of appearance: the bottle is one of the nicest bottles I've seen. The glass itself makes it feel like you're about to drink something classy; it's so smooth and solid feeling. Maybe the gentle curves that make the bottle seem like some kinda torpedo justify the high price (?). Also, the label is nice. Nowadays it seems like the motif of choice for American micro/semi-microbrewery labels is something that plays on words, is quirky, or comes across as borderline inappropriate. This one, like the bottle itself, is simple and to the point. It's not trying to be funny or push any envelopes, though it also doesn't come across as cheap. Well done, Anchor.
As for the taste, like someone else mentioned, it's best to try to let this brew warm up a bit. The first taste right out of the fridge was pretty flat and empty--even when I take into the account that I've been drinkin a lot of IPA's and winter brews lately. If I hadn't let it warm up a lot I would've been pretty disappointed cuz the initial tastes are certainly sub-par, even though there is a pretty nice warming effect from the alcohol.
Once it warms up to, say, 55 it's great! It has a strong coffee aftertaste, the head tastes like marshmallows (seriously!), and the body itself is quite creamy.
The smell is also pretty nice: chocolate, raisins, and bourbon. Impressive for a straightforward porter!
Alas, this is not the best porter out there despite the hype (and the price). The fact that so much of its flavor can be masked at a low temperature is both interesting and disappointing, and it is that fact that earns this beer lower marks from me.
The king of porters, as far as I'm concerned, is still Deschutes' Black Butte. Tastes great at any temperature, cup or no cup and definitely more worth the price than Anchor's.
Serving type: bottle
04-30-2009 00:43:34 | More by MadeInOregon
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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.