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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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2,951 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,951
Reviews: 1,425
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 123
Gots: 139 | 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.

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Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours two shades shy of black with an opaque clarity. Head is two inches, khaki-colored and rocky. Head slowly collapses to half its volume within minutes. Thin, concentric bands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Not much happening with the nose - some faint, roasted malt character and perhaps a hint of lactose sweetness. Flavor profile expresses light, roasted malt, a hint of cocoa, a slightly metallic character and perhaps some nuttiness. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively, effervescent carbonation. All and all, not a bad porter, but carbonation is a little too assertive, approaching fizzy, and the flavor seemed just a little off.

11-01-2010 00:32:16 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Shrews629


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearance - Full, lush, creamy, cream colored head. Color is almost pitch black. Just the faintest dark red, ruby highlights around the edges. This brew looks outstanding. The head is really sticking around and it leaves a copious amount of lacing.

Smell - A rich chocolate and coffee malt comes to the forefront of the nose. The smell is also evoking a roasted and smokey hint that is very delightful.

Taste - The taste is very similar to the smell by recalling the chocolate and coffee. Not overly sweet but just enough sweetness for a teasing. The smokey flavor adds enjoyment by appearing in a delicate way in the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium to Full mouthfeel. Chewy and very smooth. Creamy. The coating of the tongue and throat are very delightful as it hangs around easily until the next drink.

Drinkability - I really, really, really like this brew. I haven't had a tremendous amount of Porters in my life, but this one has to be at the top of my list of ones I have had thus far. Perfect for those late Autumn and Winter days and evenings. Easily drinkable. This is a beer that I will have to visit every year at some point or another. Thanks Anchor.... for brewing it.

10-31-2010 05:42:43 | More by Shrews629
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with two fingers of khaki colored head that settles down after awhile. Leaves nice lacing throughout the drink.

Smell: Cocoa, roasted malt, some coffee and some slight fruity sweetness (not a lot, but just a hint).

Taste: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee. This starts off semi-sweet and finish bitter - think dark chocolate, not hops bitter. Very nice porter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and robust.

Drinkability: With an iconic brewery like Anchor you don't get a lot of gimmicky beers, what you get are really good examples of the style. I often over look their beers, but every time I go back, I am never disappointed. I've already finished off half of the six pack I bought last night, but I will definitely start keeping this in the regular rotation.

10-31-2010 01:33:13 | More by Axic10
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

A - black with tall dark head that left nice lacing
S - dark coffee bean and sweet caramel, along with burt roasty malt, very subtle chocolate
T - stronger coffee flavour with burt malt and caramel hints
M - chewy velvet smooth, thinning on the finish
D - a straight ahead no frills porter that represents the style well, goes down very smooth, a sessionable porter

10-29-2010 03:57:11 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. 9NK punched in the label (Nov. 11, 2009).

A - Pitch black, the mild pour continued to inflate a large three-finger khaki head. A bit of cascading occurred before the head showed an incredible display of endurance. Thick lace is left on the glass as well. Brilliant.

S - Sweet but equally tart Belgian-like fruit esters give the rich roasted malt nose some interesting counter-parts. The raisin and plum add to the bitter-sweet chocolate and burnt toast aroma well. Hints of dark, maduro tobacco leaf are also present.

T - Heavily roasted malts have a beautiful complexity of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and mocha with molasses hints. The fruitiness comes in again with a touch of raisin and plum. No real hops are tasted here. The roastiness keeps the sweetness at bay.

M - Very dry and loaded with acrid bitterness, Anchor's porter is rich and smooth. Medium-full-bodied and completely loaded with flavor, it has a nice feel.

D - As complex and wonderful as this beer is, I personally find it to be a little on the dry, bitter side. A bit too much for me to have more than one pint of. It's a fantastic beer regardless.

10-28-2010 12:27:01 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of Sneers

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours nearly jet black, capped with a tan head that leaves a respectable amount of lacing.

The first thing on the nose is chocolate, but more like a dry cocoa than a sticky sugary chocolate (like some stouts have). Mild coffee, a little vanilla, and a slight breadiness as well.

The coffee becomes a bit stronger relative to the cocoa in the taste, but doesn't overwhelm any of the remnant of the aroma. There's a mild hop bitterness that is at a spot right where I like it. Too many American hops in porters, in my opinion, makes for an odd mix between the coffee/chocolate and the citrus/pine; this beer lets the former dominate. The hops, instead of adding too much bitterness, provide something like spice. Noticeably, but mildly, sweet, with a slight dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation. Very drinkable. Probably one of the best porter's I've have.

10-28-2010 02:16:01 | More by Sneers
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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Pours with a big, two finger head of light brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The rocky head dissipates slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - A light roasted malt note with lots of caramel, brown sugar, and a hont of molasses. Subtle spicy notes of licorice, anise, and a bit of a nutty aroma.

T - Sweet caramel and cola notes up front with a hint of brown sugar. Licorice pops up in the middle along with more cola character. The malt darkens somewhat in the finish with a bit of bittersweet chocolate and more anise, balance by mild malt bitterness. LIngering dark malt character grows more complex in the aftertaste with notes of coffee, licorice, cola, and light smoke.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable, the malt is perfectly balanced by the roast character with just a touch of hops to bring everything together. This is one of the very few porters that really stands out as stylistically different from a stout. The roast character is quite subtle and only really comes out in the finish. Dark sugar characteristics dominate with a spiciness that seems to be more in line with what a porter would have traditionally been expected to taste like. A nice, drinkable beer and a good reminder of why Anchor has withstood the test of time.

10-26-2010 07:18:09 | More by nickfl
Photo of CraftAleRookie


4.15/5  rDev +1%

Poured in a DFH Pint Glass

Deep Darkness- like what all us Phillies fans are experiencing this week in the City of Brotherly Loss...THICK, two finger (and I have large fingers) head, nice and tan on a sea of blackness.

I smell hints of vanilla, and characters of cocoa and chocolate pudding. And some sweet malts! This brew has a VERY intriguing aroma.

Malts on the front of the taste, along with slight bitter bite; very light chocolate, and a very medium body.

Mouthfeel of this brew is very good- fizzy, yet light for a very dark beer. A bit of silkyness, but balanced with the fizz.

Someone gave me this bottle to try- I wish I had a four-pack! This is a good everyday dark beer as it's well balanced and not too overpowering.

10-26-2010 00:24:42 | More by CraftAleRookie
Photo of beerprovedwright


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Wow this is a dark, dark beer with a three finger head of light brown thick bubbles. The head clamed down after about two minutes. Wonderful lace left of the side of the glass. The color rates a 40, as dark as it gets, can't see any light through this brew. Smell of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses. Nice sweet taste very close to the smell. Rich dark cocoa, sweetness of sorghum and malt. Heavy silk feeling in my mouth, doesn't get much better than this porter. Yes this is on the top of my shopping list for beers to share with friends that are into a treat.

10-22-2010 19:18:11 | More by beerprovedwright
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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

A - Dark garnet color with a large, foamy, thick, creamy tan head. Good retention that sticks around for awhile. Leaves a nice layer of lace.

S - Sweet malt with cocoa and some anise (along with some raisin) aroma gives it a chocolaty and tart aroma. Slightly roasted malt with some caramel. Could be a little stronger, but pretty good.

T - Similar to the nose with chocolate, some anise, and some raisin come out along with the roasted, sweet, caramel malt. Some earthy and nutty flavors come out along with a touch of spiciness. Hints of coffee, but fairly faint. Very nice mix of flavors and pretty well balanced.

M - Fuller side of medium body with a good level of carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy. Just gets a touch of a drying feel at the end.

D - Very easy to drink porter with a nice mix of flavors that is well balanced. Keeps me wanting to drink more.

Notes: A very nice porter with mixes of cocoa, anise, raisin, nutty, earthy, and caramel malt flavors. Sweet, tart, spicy, and roasted tones all come in and out. Might not be world class, but a great beer for a good price. Recommend picking one up.

10-21-2010 06:58:48 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of malloyca

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours with a frothy off-white head and shows opaque brown color with some dark red around the edges. Aromas of toffee, bitter chocolate and vanilla-oak. Very well proportioned and balanced toffee and roasted malt flavors are backed by pleasant carbonation that gives this a vibrant mouthfeel and makes for a very drinkable porter that is light on its feet while bringing a heavy flavor profile.

10-18-2010 23:20:29 | More by malloyca
Photo of Homebrew35


4.03/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a big three finger head, tan in color. Beer is black with dark red around the edges.
Smells of toffee, some sweet malt, a hint of white wine smell somehow.
Tastes sweet at first, a bit of coffee, chocolate, bitter sweet chocolate lingering finish.
Light carbing, medium full mouthfeel. I could drink a few of these every night.

10-16-2010 21:10:49 | More by Homebrew35
Photo of Fyourface316

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured from a bottle to a glass. Noticed a nice dark colored frothy head around a nice dark ruby beer. Many fruity aromas. Almost a belgian triple taste but smoother. Would recommend but definitely not the best porter out there.

While it is a pleasant beer, I was disappointed. Seeing the grade it was given, I was expecting more. I'm surprised it's listed as #5. The Robust Porter listed at #6 is better.

10-15-2010 23:18:49 | More by Fyourface316
Photo of GilGarp


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Stamped OLN.

12oz. tapered brown bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Visually, a fantastic porter. Deep dark brown color with good clarity on the pour. Thick tan head that turns rocky as it settles. Great lace left all over the glass.

Aroma is malty sweet with lots of nice roast. There is brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and creme brule. Very nice.

Flavor is expertly done and likely hasn't changed in the 36 years it's been made. Smooth roasted malts, mild milk chocolate sweetness, and just enough hops to bring it all home.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and somewhat light in body. Carbonation is perfect.

Overall a fantastic American porter. It just keeps getting better as it warms, too. Great flavor and just about perfect mouthfeel.

Surely, one of the granddaddys of American craft porters.

10-14-2010 20:59:30 | More by GilGarp
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3.88/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a dark brown color with a thin head, not much in the way of lacing on the glass.

Smell is primarily dark roasted malt with hints of coffee.

The coffee comes through stronger in the taste than the aroma, a dark chocolate coffee bitterness happens in the aftertaste, the roasted malt rounds out the flavors, carbonation is quite assertive but at the same time rather soft.

10-12-2010 02:04:45 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of GusDom


4.15/5  rDev +1%

Found a bottle for just under 4 bucks so I did not hesitate to try it out.

Pour it into the glass and you get a decent sized head, probably bigger than I expected and mocha in color. The beer itself is a couple shades under black and dark red on the edges.

I love the smell, its pretty complex but not strong. I get hints of vanilla, dark chocolate, banana, and light coffee. The smell lingers but in a mildly soft manner.

Taste is pretty good. The coffee is more pronounced on the palette than on the nose. I get some banana, dark chocolate, vanilla, and hops in the blend. There is quite some lingering of flavor in the mouth, particularly with the coffee. You can taste the alcohol in the background. Drinkability is not too high because this is a thicker beer with a bit of a lingering taste. Again, this is a porter so it's pretty much expected that it is more of a sipping beer than anything else.

Overall, I was truly amazed at the taste and smell of the beer, very much above the price I paid for it. I'm happy I tried it and will probably buy more in the future. Cheers!

10-10-2010 01:47:21 | More by GusDom
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

Tasted this at BeerFest and really enjoyed it, so was looking forward to formally reviewing it!

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque, with a nice red hue on the edges. Solid thumb of mocha coloured head with incredible retention and settles into a smooth mountainous terrain. The lacing leaves chunky mocha hills on the side of the glass. Fantastic!

S - Soapy milk chocolate and roasted nutty almond malts. Slightest sweet espresso presence with a hint of vanilla and a bit of woody smoke on the finish.

T - The flavours are nicely balanced with coffee and espresso slightly edging out a semi-sweet dark chocolate flavour. The slighest alcohol is detectable but gives it a nice sweet touch on the finish. Roasted almonds and the roasted coffee lingers on the tongue. Scrumtious!

M - The head is reminiscent of Guiness with a light silky feel to it, the body has a medium feel with a noticeable. A bit of a lighter bodied porter, which is nice. Bubbles up nicely on the tongue. Finishes smooth, definitely no complaints here.

D - This porter has it all and is highly recommended to any porter fan! The appearance is fantastic with look, scent and mothfeel all contributing the a fabulous experience. The flavours are nicely balanced, not overly bitter and the higher ABV goes largely unnoticed.

10-09-2010 00:28:42 | More by andrenaline
Photo of birchstick


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

A - pours super dark with a nice two finger dark beige head

S - The most dominant scent on the nose was chocolate malt, which was complemented by a touch of sweet vanilla and molasses. I also got some darker fruits.

T - The taste starts primarily with burnt malt / coffee flavors, which I wasn't expecting due to its lack of presence in the nose. This fades to a nice chocolate taste that evolves into a little bit of the vanilla and a lot of the dark fruits picked up from the nose. This is a nice complex little porter here. Definitely a little different from the norm of the style, however this is in a more subtle than obvious way. Good stuff.

M - between a medium and full body that goes down nicely

D - Porters are one of my favorite styles due to their flavor profile and not-so-crazy abv's. This is one of the better ones I have tried and was a pleasure to try. I'll have to buy this again.

10-07-2010 00:16:52 | More by birchstick
Photo of Dspohn


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Tricky little code on the back of the bottle, 0AT, which coincides with 04/20/10 after using the invaluable website created by another BA. http://sites.google.com/site/freshbeeronly/ its pretty much scripture.

5 and 1/2 months old.

A. Very dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges when held to the light. Quite nice looking and complimented by a 1 inch dark khaki head.

S. Dark dark fruit and roasty malts immediately. Smells almost dubbel like but has a fantastic roasted malt scent that is all american porter. Raisins and figs abound and there is a small hop profile, slightly grassy with a touch of pine. A little alcohol actually but I don't get it in the taste.

T. More porter-esque than the nose for sure. Delicious dark roasted malt is on the forefront but the darker fruits are definitely present. Some of the fig and raisin flavor with definite coffee/dark chocolate flavor. Slightly bitter aftertaste that is really spot on in this beer, its a wonderful dark chocolate/pine hop sort of flavor that I think really makes the taste pop.

M&D. Mouthfeel is maybe a little thin but for a porter with such a nice aftertaste it doesn't bother me. Maybe a little undercarbonated though, just a slight bump in carbonation would really help the front/middle of this beer unleash some more of the flavors that I love about this beer.

Overall a great porter, I'm a definite fan.

10-05-2010 02:33:32 | More by Dspohn
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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

The smell of molasses greets the nose when the two-finger head slides back as I swallow the first big mouthful of the dense brew. The chocolately-tan head stays thick and foamy through the last sip, settling down to about a half inch thick.

A dark reddish-brown color and rich with creamy carbonation, this Porter has a nice coffee/toffe profile with a brown sugar and cocoa background and the bite of a bittering hop accent.

Obviously made with care, a good selection for an evening roasting chestnuts in the fireplace with a side of eggnog on the hearth.

10-04-2010 01:10:11 | More by tubacharlie
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Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

355ml bottle, a single from Zyn's wall of single orphan goodness in Calgary.

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruby-brown colour, with three fingers of billowy, creamy, and bubbly beige head, which maintains some solid retention, eventually giving up some nice layered hanging webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of lightly roasted grainy malt, a bit of dry chocolate, ethereally funky yeast, today's coffee, and musty floral hops. The taste is dry chocolate, gritty pale malt, a bit of coffee grounds, mildly sour black fruit, a hint of lactic acridity, and floral, leafy, bitter hops, with a near-silent echo of background warming alcohol.

The carbonation is average, just a tight frothiness emanating throughout, the body more or less dense in its quotidian medium weight, a tad creamy, and mostly just plainly smooth. It finishes clean, with that fruity, chocolaty malt squaring off against the softly bitter, almost citrusy, floral hoppiness.

A pretty decent porter, so suitable for such a rainy autumn day. The undercurrent of fruity and (maybe milky?) sour notes adds a pleasant further dimension to the solid malt/hop interplay. Sure went down easy, this one did - too bad I only procured the one.

09-28-2010 21:46:39 | More by biboergosum
Photo of mjurney


4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

Very dark brown with ruby red hue. Thick and creamy tan head, lacing looks awesome on the glass.

Roasted malts, dark fruit, some coffee and chocolate, a little molasses. Aroma is pretty mild for a porter, but smells very delicious.

Roasted malts up front, coffee, some dark chocolate, pinch of molasses. I could detect some dark fruit, a little prune like. There's some smokey in the taste. Hop character is pretty mild, I get some spicy-earthly hops. Finish off very smooth with roasted nuts aftertaste. Body is nice and creamy. Carbonation is perfect for the style.

Very good. A true classic American Porter.

09-26-2010 17:26:30 | More by mjurney
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Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1%

355ml bottle poured into pint glass sept21 2010

A thought it was dark as night until I held it to the light where it has a little color at the edges, a gentle pour still gives a massive mocha head that had good retention and leaves some patches of lace

S lots of milk chocolate with some molasses with a little coffee

T chocolates a little darker in the mouth and perhaps some dark fruit or chocolate covered raisin

M fairly full and a little creamy no problems here

D good flavors for a session beer, easy to drink and no real issues with anything, well matched with this chilly evening

I don`t drink enough of this stuff it`s a treat and well priced here in the Calgary the city of summer snow

09-22-2010 03:31:59 | More by wordemupg
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

A-black, 1/2" light brown head, good lacing

S-licorice, roasted coffee, pumpernickel bread

T-dark and toasted but also very smooth with a perfect level of bitter,

M-excellent, pretty thin for as dark as it appears,

D-great for a porter and one of the best from Anchor as far as I'm concerned.

09-19-2010 10:04:35 | More by culver501
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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Almost opaque black. Thick two finger tan head has excellent retention and leaves a good deal of lacing.

S: Dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso.

T: Immense flavors of dark fruit strike the palate first. Blackberries, plums, tart cherries, and a little twang of sourness are all apparent. Citric hops provide a nice balance. Roasted malt flavors, chocolate, and espresso are all evident in the dry finish.

M: Thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Excellent mouthfeel.

D: Drinkability is high.

Notes: This is a classic American Porter that garners a considerable amount of praise. It is a very good beer and there is some complexity to it. However, I found the dark fruit flavors to be a bit too dominating. There is a bit of an astringent quality to it as well that I find to be mildly annoying. This is still a very good beer, and really a must-drink for any beer enthusiast.

09-19-2010 03:51:32 | More by ryan1788a5
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,951 ratings.