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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,961 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,961
Reviews: 1,427
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 124
Gots: 143 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Now I know why its their best rated beer. A superior porter, with all of the Anchor creamy easy on mouth mouthfeel/flavour. One of the few porters I desire again. Mocha bittersweet rather than chocolate and still rich, not too toasty coffee. Just easy and smooth. Roast, anise nice at end of meal, carbonation on tongue as it sooths it.

07-11-2004 04:24:54 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small random dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted dark malt, dark fruits, and some slight cocoa and vanilla aromas. Taste is of roasted dark malt, cocoa, vanilla, and a slightly sour dark fruit flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good porter but the sour/fruity aspect was unexpected.

01-11-2012 17:31:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

04-19-2014 16:15:24 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -17.3%

Thanks to my dad for picking this up at International Beverage Selections in Grand Rapids. Served in a Hill Farmstead Wine Glass.

Pour yields a very dark brown-colored brew with a really nice tan head and quite a bit of lacing. Solid retention as well. The nose brings forward some light chocolate and roast. There is also a bit of toffee and caramel lingering in the background. The taste is similar, leaning more toward the chocolate with a bit of malt sweetness. Body is too thin and undercarbonated. Not my favorite from Anchor.

03-14-2011 10:58:03 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

12-14-2011 04:13:54 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

A: The beer is near black in color (traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light). It poured with a two finger high creamy tan head that has good retention properties, consistently leaving a layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell is rather sweet yet is also quite interesting because it has contrasting aromas of licorice.
T: Like the smell, the taste is also sweet but is much more complex with flavors of chocolate, licorice, molasses and toffee.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer goes down very easily and is quite flavorful, making it very sessionable.

02-19-2011 04:01:36 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

Deep, dark brown with garnet highlights. It's very nearly opaque and is, therefore, one of the darker porters that I've seen. The light brown head is on the large side, is somewhat stiff and leaves lace in chunky, broken rings. The nose could be stronger: roasted malt with some chocolate and a whiff of hops. I had to get my nose deep into the glass to appreciate those aromas. Perhaps it'll open up with time and warming.

This is one flavorful porter! It tastes like well-kilned black malt, chocolate liqueur, weak coffee, hops and a little smoke swirled in for good measure. I got all that at an estimated 55 degrees, so this should be quite the flavor bomb closer to room temperature. It starts out sweet, becoming less sweet as the mouthful progresses, but never does achieve dryness. The mouthfeel is impressively smooth and creamy and the relatively low ABV makes it quite the session beer.

I'm impressed. I'm a lover of IPAs and I like Anchor Liberty Ale, but Anchor Porter just might be the better beer. It hits all the right notes from start to finish.

04-06-2004 23:27:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearance: Pours an inky black/brown color with some ruby highlights; the massive tan head retains nicely and leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Toffee and plenty of dark fruit (dried plums and cherries)

Taste: Starts out with a sweet toffee flavor and adds the dried dark fruits to the mix through mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a touch of roasted coffee bitterness; the finish, however, returns to the dark fruit flavor

Mouthfeel: Just above medium thickness with modest carbonation

Drinkability: The fruity flavors dominate this porter; different and quite enjoyable

12-31-2005 18:56:21 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

07-19-2014 08:28:46 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-20-2011 21:55:39 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%

An often overlooked great beer. Everyone should keep stock in their fridge. Pours a nearly-opaque brown-black with hints of dark ruby highlights. Moderately carbonated and shows good proteins and retention. Smells unmistakenly chocolate and coffee with a light toffee sweetness and a mild lactose softness. Tastes boldly of bittersweet cocoa, columbia coffee, roasty and toasty. Lightly hopped for balance, but not flavor. A soft sweetness lingers into the aftertaste. Has a full, rich, soft feel to the mouth with a lightly roasty bitter finish. The acidity seems a bit high, combined with roastedness and a light scrubbed carbonation, are the only factors keeping this beer out of my top 10.

02-18-2006 16:00:06 | More by BEERchitect
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a slightly above average foamy head with good retention. Aroma of roasted malt is well blended with some flavourful coffee. Taste is a mix between well balance roasted malt and coffee with a medium bitter finish. Body is real creamy and quite full. Probably one of the best porter I have had so far.

07-06-2006 14:00:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%

The pour was very nice, deep and dark brown in color with a nice head of tan that took shape across the top of the glass. Rich lacing then came forward and draped the entire insides of the glass. Aroma is typical for the style again with nice notes of coffee and chocolate malts. Hints of light grain and a brown sugar touch as it warms. Towards the end of the session we started to pick up hints of smoke. Smooth, delicate flavor as I take the first sips. Nice roasted notes start to come through now, hints of cocoa, light brown sugar touches as well. Very interesting. Not the most complex thing in the world, but still very solid. Smooth, medium body has a nice bit of carbonation to it and this keeps it feeling fresh and new. Nice easy, smooth, and clean sipper, I would have no issue at all with having a couple of these as they went down quite nicely.

Overall a very solid ale here, nothing over the top or out of the ordinary, just a solid after dinner treats.

02-26-2011 21:14:43 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a finger of mocha colored head that recedes after a short while.

S: Nose is quite roasty with some bitter dark chocolate notes. There's a touch of nuttiness along with licorice, toffee, and even a bit of sweetness.

T: Some bitterness up front with plenty of roasted malts, coffee, and bitter dark chocolate. There's a touch of licorice to go with some dark molasses sort of flavors.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Pretty damn easy to drink and enjoyable porter, here. I'd gladly drink this beer again.

12-21-2010 03:14:33 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

12-02-2011 22:28:22 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-29-2012 02:29:13 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

12-21-2011 20:26:42 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-24-2013 18:57:15 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-31-2013 23:47:35 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +1%

A: single finger head on a dark body with red hues made by the passing light.

S: there are distinct vanilla and chocolate notes in this one which are more stout like. Lacks smokey or roasted notes one would expect.

T: roasted malt, vanilla and smokey flavors. Dark chocolate notes and mild hop bitterness are also in the flavor.

M: medium body. Some porters are too light but this one is done right. moderate carbonation.

Overall: I am not a big fan of porters but this is one of the better ones.

04-18-2012 23:43:16 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%

$1.99 at Total Wine (& More) in Kennesaw, GA.

Appearane: Pours a dark brown body with a small, beige-colored head.

Smell: Creamy chocolate maltiness with bright, tart-smelling raisin fruitiness.

Taste: The taste of chocolate-coated raisins, like a glass filled to the brim with Raisinets. Hints of tobacco and citrus on the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly, I'd say its almost a medium-full body. Very creamy and smooth. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: This is actually alot better than I thought it'd be.

07-12-2007 00:34:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

10-20-2013 13:42:32 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%

This porter pours out with a very dark brown body with a tan colored head on it that fades after drinking a few sips. The aroma is kind of a little bit like old leather to me and roasted malts. Not much else on the nose. The flavor was roasted, and a little bitter and dry in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for a beer of this color. It's not bad but I feel that there are more impressive porters out there.

04-22-2011 04:54:06 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a real deep brown with a small almond colored head that leaves some decent lacing,the aroma is of deeply roasted malt and a little earthiness.The taste is a variety of different flavors,some roasted malt in the start with a almost caramel sweet middle ending woody and smoky,Real nice body feel one of the best American porters that I have had.

07-28-2003 13:30:07 | More by oberon
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

01-10-2013 00:57:11 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,961 ratings.