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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor PorterAnchor Porter

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,730 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2730
Reviews: 1412
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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Todd

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1pt 6oz light brown bottle. Batch number on the back, no freshness date.

Appearance: Dark brown to near black with ruby edges in the light. Mily coffee coloured head; creamy, foamy, sticky with a patchy lace of various bubble sizes that stick as it settles to a respectable, lasting lace.

Smell: Ripe dark fruits, black malts, smooth molasses.

Taste: A silky smooth experience on the palate that rides out with a prickly carbonation feel. Medium-bodied. Complex, yet subtle, malt flavours consist of an even dextrin sweetness, date/fig, ripe fruitiness, molasses bite, hint of unsweetened/dry chocolate, burnt edges and an astringent roasted malt flavour that peaks with a near puckering bitter citric edge. Lip smacking! Hops also lend a gentle herbal spice to the flavour. Finish is dry with residual burnt malt flavours.

Notes: Hands down one of the best porters in the US. I'd even go so far as saying one of the best in the world. This is what a modern day porter should be. If you've yet to try this beer, go buy some now.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2002 12:29:36 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz short brown. No freshness date.

Appearance: Black in colour with dark brown hues on the edges. A very creamy tan lace retains well.

Smell: Sweet toffee, caramel and light coffee. Faint alcohol is present also.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy, semi chewy mouth feel from a hefty malt back bone of grain, malt sweetness, light burnt malt and rounded caramel. Hop bitterness is just enough to balance out the malt a bit. The after taste is fading burnt caramel and toffee.

Notes: Rich yet not overwhelming, a porter to reckon with in drinkability ... it gets very addictive.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2002 16:51:28 | More by Jason
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djbrown13

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-25-2014 00:22:54 | More by djbrown13
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Spider889

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

04-24-2014 14:43:40 | More by Spider889
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grahuba

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-23-2014 21:14:31 | More by grahuba
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Tasted 23 April 2014.

Pours very dark, almost black. One finger of light tan head, good retention and lacing. Very nice.

Smell is rich, sweet, and roasty. Has an oat-like light sweetness that I really like. A little char. Great depth.

Taste is good, but it's thinner and less complex than I remember it being. Sort of woody, lightly charred, a bit bitter. Just not all that interesting.

Feel is the low point. Sort of flat, thinner than I'd like. And those characters bring out the worse sides of the beer, leaving it slick, charred, and bitter on the tongue.

The last time I had this beer, I thought it was top-notch. Now I'm finding it mediocre. Weird. Thin, sort of flat, and lacking depth in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 20:10:41 | More by zeledonia
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jscheuf

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

04-23-2014 15:20:13 | More by jscheuf
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RanchHand

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-23-2014 00:19:27 | More by RanchHand
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dizztracted

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

04-21-2014 23:57:10 | More by dizztracted
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afsdan

Colorado

5/5  rDev +21.7%

04-21-2014 06:42:01 | More by afsdan
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justinp

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

04-20-2014 23:22:19 | More by justinp
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Guinnesswasmyfirstlove

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-20-2014 18:04:17 | More by Guinnesswasmyfirstlove
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mikeyt89

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-19-2014 19:13:26 | More by mikeyt89
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

04-19-2014 16:15:24 | More by djrn2
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Nardster

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

04-18-2014 06:52:27 | More by Nardster
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Henrich

Missouri

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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meehandennis

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-17-2014 00:41:47 | More by meehandennis
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AndyH

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

04-15-2014 02:39:35 | More by AndyH
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PhilMiller

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

04-15-2014 02:07:52 | More by PhilMiller
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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bismarksays

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

04-14-2014 02:18:34 | More by bismarksays
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-13-2014 17:03:48 | More by thatoneguymike
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bkonk10

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-13-2014 02:17:34 | More by bkonk10
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-12-2014 18:28:55 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,730 ratings.