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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor PorterAnchor Porter

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2,865 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,865
Reviews: 1,420
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 113
Gots: 110 | 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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Reviews by rundocrun:
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4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Has two fingers of billowy light brown head with ultra fine bubbles. Very good retention. The beer itself is deep brownish black with only a hint of translucency. Thick sheets of lace form all the way down the glass. One good looking porter.

S - A lot more caramel aroma than I am used to getting with a porter. It almost has the smell of a big malty old ale or barleywine. Hints of cocoa and roasted grains. Quite complex.

T - Again, much more caramely malt in this beer than I am used to for a porter, but I have to admit I like this better than most porters I've tried. Maybe this is how a porter should REALLY taste? Amid the caramel are some mildly fruity esters and a good dollop of coffee-like roasted barley flavor. The roasted grains provide just enough of a sharper, more bitter flavor to effectively balance out the sweetness. The sweetness takes on a slightly tangy note toward the finish, but it is accompanied by some bitter cocoa flavor wich makes for a delicious finish.

M - Medium-bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style. The finish is sticky-sweet, but not cloying.

Overall- an immensely complex and beautiful porter with all the makings of greatness. Favorite porter. Hands-down.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 03:16:21 | More by rundocrun
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12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Abysmally dark brown, nearing black. Some ruby red highlights around the bottom of the glass when held up to my iPhone flashlight. A large mocha colored head starts out large, but fades down to a 1/4" creamy cap leaving vast amounts of lacing down the glass. A work of art in a glass.

S: Lots of dark roasted malts with some bittersweet cocoa, definitely closer to bitter than sweet though. A little bit of smokiness and some faint hop presence. Not overly complex or unique, but the aroma is strong and deeply enticing.

T: Man, oh man, this flavor is blissful. It's initial impression is sweet, but quickly fades. Dark roasted malts are rich and powerful, with some mild black coffee notes. The bittersweet chocolate fades back in towards the end, and the finish is primarily roasted malts with a strong smokiness. Complex; boastful; delicious.

M: Mouthfeel is solidly medium, smooth with lots of creaminess, but stays casual enough to quaff with relative ease. Low-ish ABV makes it a choice session beer.

O: I've heard this beer roll off the tongues of many a craft drinker, oft times with great praise following. Embarrassingly, it has taken me this long to try it—and for that, I'm kicking myself in the ass. It's so easily accessible here that I've often overlooked it, but now that I've finally grabbed it, I'm in love. It's everything I look for in a porter. Huge, rich flavors, with a solid mouthfeel and sessionable qualities. Sorry, Guinness, but I think I've found my new black beauty.

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Appearance: Finger worth of head on the pour which settled in to the edges of the glass while drinking. Above average active carbonation for the style. Some sticky lacing left behind.

Smell: Mossy hops mesh well with a bright malt sweetness. Espresso notes with some dark chocolate bitterness. There is an amber malt, toffee like sweetness on the body. A familiar yeast profile of Anchor beers shows up and adds a unique layer for a porter.

Taste: Toffee, Oats, and a unique yeast brightness really blasts on the front. Mossy hops and untamed oak opens up on the body. The finish is just the body slowly dying out with hits on oak and toffee popping up occasionally.

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Overall: This was really something different. I expected the stout-ish porter that some many brewers are making but this is tough to really put a finger on. Odd but worth a shot.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,865 ratings.