Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by ngandhi:
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2003 00:04:16 | More by ngandhi
More User Reviews:
4.14/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A - dark brown, near black, creamy tan head, patching lacing
S - coffee, molasses, caramel, black malts, candied sugars
T - roasted malt, coffee, sweetness from some dark fruits like figs and dates, molasses, slight bitterness
M - medium to full bodied, some carbonation, chewy, creamy
O - Really great porter. Great combination and balance between the smell and taste from the roasted malt malts to the sweet molasses/caramel and dark fruits. Would certainly drink again,
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 22:45:23 | More by mthomp081
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,902 ratings.