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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor PorterAnchor Porter

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,902 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,902
Reviews: 1,423
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 117
Gots: 119 | FT: 2
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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ngandhi

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The starless night slowly overcome by clouds. Black body. Enticing tan head that settles down to an off-white eighth to quarter inch. A little fizzy, but not as much (as bad?) as Sierra Nevada Porter.

Smell: Dark, dry malt.

Taste: There's almost a sweetness garnered from Anchor Porter's dryness because it's so damn juicy like a stoved virginia flake pipe tobacco. Rich roasted malts that call into question the line between porter and stout.
Light phenol. Nutty. A lot of coffee and subdued chocolate comes out with the beer's creaminess. Finish is burnt, but controlled.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy but goes down without a hitch; a bowling ball down a well-greased lane.

Drinkability: Anchor Porter weighs a little heavy in the stomach and was a moderately difficult midday drink for me with a meal (I'm a vegetarian). This would gorgeously complement any rare or medium rare steak or, better yet, a nice piece of lamb (both of which I used to eat a lot of). Though I think all good beer stands on its own, there's no doubt that the right food would help bring some delicate sweetness out of this beer that is otherwise short. The alcohol content is perfect; exceptional brewing technique and standards. Certainly not an all-day drink, but on an early fall night, as the dead leaves just begin to hit the air, this would be spectacular.

Notes: I prefer a slightly sweeter, less burnt style. but Anchor Porter is part-and-parcel what a porter should be, an expert execution of style. The malts are thick and chewy and eventually overpower each other which is why I know there's better out there. The bottle says the beer is balanced with hops, but I have a tough time finding them -- perhaps only there for bittering.

Pull the boat into harbor, throw down your Anchor, and stay a while -- the water is fine.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 00:04:16 | More by ngandhi
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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,902 ratings.