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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor PorterAnchor Porter

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,719 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2719
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 climax:
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climax

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of Anchor's originals pours black with the faintest ruby highlights, nut only when purposely held to the light. The head is impressive, as is the retention and lace.

The nose definitely indicates a different character than the black abyss that I get visually. It's soft, without bitterness, or very much roasty aromas at all. Toffee, light chocolate, and vague ripened fruit aromas are about all I can decipher. There's a dash of metallic twang too, that keeps below impressed.

Flavor makes up for the rather lack-luster aroma. The chocolate malts add a definite sweetness, yet include the roasted flavor the nose is missing. Subtle licorice, banana, and pepper make brief cameos before the slightly bitter roasted finish takes hold.

It's very easy to drink, remarkably easy in fact. It's not thin, but it has just the right slickness to slide down effortlessly. The carbonation is right on, as well as the semi-dry finish.

It's not the best porter I've had, but it's solid, and would make an excellent session beer. It's easy, smooth, and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:23:55 | More by climax
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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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Maine

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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.7%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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MarkoNm

Slovenia

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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22Blue

Kansas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-12-2014 04:17:26 | More by 22Blue
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boku56

Nevada

4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Spain

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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New York

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Massachusetts

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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

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mfnmbvp

Illinois

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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Oregon

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,719 ratings.