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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor PorterAnchor Porter

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2,718 Ratings

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Ratings: 2718
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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Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
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New York

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an American pint glass.

A--Pours a deep nearly black, with only a touch of dark ruby toward the bottom when you backlight it. Cap is small, a scant finger maybe, and a creamy burnt sugar. Didn't last long and left no lacing.

S--Maybe the pour wasn't vigorous enough, or it was too cold, because I didn't get much, especially compared with the taste. If anything I got a little plum and raisin, with some slightly more floral notes underneath.

T--Excellent. When cold this is more fruity and round, with some bee-yoo-tiful floral hop overtones. Once it warms though you get the full experience: nice bitter pull and roasted malt on top of all that other stuff. This one really opens up the spectrum toward the end, giving you coffee bitterness and even some black licorice or anise liquer hints along with a little tobacco leaf toastiness. If you have the patience let it sit on your counter an hour or so before imbibing. Well worth the wait.

M&D--Not overly carbonated, but not concrete in your mouth either. Great creaminess to it that smooths the ride--very refreshing.

Of all the American porters I tried, this one seems the most traditional, more Samuel Smith than Sixpoint. Very focused, and solid and smooth, on the grain. Maybe because it's older--is this the oldest porter America has that's still in circulation? In any event, it has the feel of a standard-bearer, the one to measure others in the style against.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 22:32:49 | More by TheycallmeTim
More User Reviews:
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4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.
Mouth-Feel: A slight carbonic bite when it enters the mouth, but quickly yeilding to syrupy thick. Nothing special.
Overall: This is solid. I didn't expect much, but was delighted by the complex taste. This is a sipper, one per evening should satisfy. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 03:46:55 | More by Henrich
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very beautiful deep black color and is covered wit ha decent tan colored head that stays around for some time.
The aroma is slighty roasted, some fruits also present.
The taste starts with a nice bitterness and is followed by slightly roasted body, lots of coffee. Finishes with a decent bitterness.
Not my favourite Anchor, but very nice nad easily enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 12:02:49 | More by MarkoNm
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-12-2014 04:17:26 | More by 22Blue
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-11-2014 22:50:28 | More by boku56
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

04-10-2014 18:03:11 | More by Arriskuwonder
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

04-10-2014 17:01:30 | More by Benesi88
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

04-09-2014 22:26:50 | More by Bear1964
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

04-09-2014 01:58:26 | More by spazx
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with code on the back label BNF it appears. A new beer to me from Anchor Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Expectations are good based on this beer's high praise.

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.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. Silky and chocolately. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Roasty and bitter on the finish.

Overall, a very well-made porter, and it definitely carries on that Anchor vibe very well. An iconic example of a porter, and deservedly so, but I still don't think it holds up when compared to beers like Founders Porter. Recommended; I would have it again.

Anchor Porter ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 17:01:11 | More by mfnmbvp
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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
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