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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor PorterAnchor Porter

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2,719 Ratings

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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2001)
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3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the shape and feel of Anchor's bottles. Also dig their distinctive labels. Artful simplicity. I'm hoping this beer lives up to that maxim. Acquired at a local SoCal beer store; I don't recall the price. "2YP" on the back of the label. Naturally carbonated. 12 fl oz brown/black glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap ("Use Opener") served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high; I've heard a lot of great things about this beer.

Served cold, straight from a cooler, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a five finger lovely khaki-tan head of good cream, good thickness, and great (~7+ minute) retention. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light uneven inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. The head has a soft frothy consistency that's rather appealing. A spot-on appearance for a porter. Looking good and inviting so far.

Sm: Dry roasted malt, dark malts, hints of chocolate malt, cardboard, and brown sugar. Molasses, dry dark fruit - like emaciated cherry. The dryness of the aroma really holds back the muted plum and raisin. Caramel. Perhaps toffee. I like the roast, but it is rather muted and even a bit cardboard-y. It's a rather dry aroma. It's not subtle, just muted and timid. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Fine roast. Dark plum and raisin. Vague light molasses. Dark malts, chocolate malt, a bit of biscuit malt perhaps. A bit bready. Good body. Not too sweet nor too bitter. Any hopping is very mild and probably generic floral in character. Caramel. I really dig the dark fruits - that's unique for a porter. But the rich dark malting and vibrant chocolate I expect from a good porter is missing here. I do like the roast - which is so often missing in porters. Overall, it's quite balanced. Fairly complex for a porter. Even a bit subtle. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A bit of brown sugar comes through on the finish, which complements the plum nicely.

Mf: Nicely dry and coarse for a porter. They're so often too smooth and wet, but this porter is probably coarser and dryer than your typical oatmeal stout. Complements the flavour profile quite well. Ideal carbonation. Good full body. Great thickness. Nicely done.

Dr: A very drinkable porter with an excellent price point. This will be my go-to porter alongside Deschutes' Black Butte. I love the subtle dark fruit and the roastiness, but it's not without its flaws. Very well executed for a porter; amongst the best I've had. But far from perfect, or even world class territory. I'm confident there's a far better beer to be had in the style, but this one is lovely. Doesn't quite live up to its reputation, but it's very solid stuff. I'd definitely get this again.

Low B+

I'm confident beer biscuits made with this would be fantastic. This would be great in a stew as well.

I like it both cold and warm; it's interesting to see how the dark fruit opens up as it warms.

Drank great from a conical pint glass. I'd recommend a nonic if available. That or a dimpled mug.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 01:40:47 | More by kojevergas
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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.
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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.

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Anchor Porter ---4/5.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
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