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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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2,945 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,945
Reviews: 1,425
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 122
Gots: 137 | 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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Photo of ncredible1


4.68/5  rDev +13.9%

Low Hopped IPA meets a traditional English Porter!

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours near jet-black with minimal mahogany glints where the light manages to fight through. Love the billowy mass of bubbles and lacing-An ideal picture of a porter.

S: This beer displays more out-front black coffee and and molasses notes than other porters, while the chocolate notes sit just within notice.

T: The balance and of flavor is just about perfect. I prefer just a slight less hoppy taste but it depends on what i'm pairing this with.

M: Silky smooth is the best way to describe it. The texture is creamy and slightly sticky, with the perfect amount of carbonation. Full body and not to heavy.

D: Quite addictive and it offers substantial flavor and enough complexity that it never gets boring. I'm always finding something new in this porter that keeps me coming back.

Excellent year round beer and actually might be the best porter for the dollar.

09-02-2010 15:34:43 | More by ncredible1
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.28/5  rDev -20.2%

22 oz bottle pours a near-black color with a massive cap of creamy brown foam. Retention is very good and lacing is great. They dont come a whole lot better looking than this.

Chocolate maltiness and dark bready yeast mix with a light hint of fruit and some chalkiness that I usually get with English porters. Not an overly bold nose, but what is there is fantastic.

Taste has a jab of piney hops with alot more fruit in the flavor than I anticipated. The malts are more roasty and the chocolate fades away a little bit. I could use more texture...a creamier, fuller body would be great. The finish is quite bitter for a porter and not much in the way of sweetness. This is my third or fourth bomber of this and I have come to the conclusion that it is just not really made for my tastes. I'd give it a go on draft though to see if my feelings change.

08-28-2010 22:28:28 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Flightoficarus


4.03/5  rDev -1.9%

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a deep, dark ruby brown, with a nice, thick, creamy sepia head and lacing.

S - Smell is of caramel, roasted espresso, chocolate, and I seem to detect some hints of dark fruit in here.

T - Lots of malts up front! Caramel, molasses, and bittersweet chocolate, with a bready texture make up the main flavors of this beer. Finishes off with some roasted coffee notes and just enough hops to balance things out. Incredibly flavorful!

M - Rich, full bodied, and creamy. Just the way a porter should be!

D - While the full body makes it more of one to savor, the ABV is low enough to session this beer if you wanted to.

Overall - A really nice, solid porter overall. Worth a buy if you're into porters.

08-28-2010 08:45:02 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of dgilks


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%

Moderate coffee aroma with some earthy notes. Nice.

Good dark brown colour. Clear with a small, creamy tan head.

Pleasing chocolate and roast flavour with some fruitiness helping to round out the palate.

Medium body and moderate carbonation accentuate the right notes.

A tasty porter with good flavour but nothing over the top.

08-28-2010 06:32:45 | More by dgilks
Photo of halo21

New York

4.83/5  rDev +17.5%

Appearance: Enjoyed in an imperial pint glass; this opaque black-with-a-hint-of-red beer was capped off nicely by a chunky tan head with nice lacing. The head lasted most of the way down and left nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet toffee and coffee; nice inviting level of roast. A little bit of dark fruit notes.

Taste: A nice balance between the roasted malts and the sweetness of baker's chocolate. Starts off with a bunch of fruit and molasses up front, followed by roast, and a drying hop finish. Very deep.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, dense, and creamy without being too heavy. A nice drying finish.

Drinkability: Big.

Notes: This is everything an American porter should be. A perfect beer from one of my favorite breweries.

08-27-2010 18:28:36 | More by halo21
Photo of charlesbyrd


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours near jet-black with minimal mahogany glints where the light manages to fight through. If poured aggressively, the bottle puts forth a prominent mocha head three fingers in height. The billowy mass of bubbles disperses extremely slowly, and lacing is pretty intense. An ideal picture of a porter.

S: This beer displays more out-front black coffee and and molasses notes than other porters, while the chocolate notes sit just within notice. I also picked up an almost metallic aroma in the back, possibly from burnt malt, and maybe even some alcohol.

T: The balance and of flavor is just about perfect. The front of the tongue is greeted with faintly sweet molasses and a hint of dark fruit. The rest of the palate gets a heavy dose of black coffee and just enough bitterness to round out the profile.

M: Silky smooth is the best way to describe it. The texture is creamy and slightly sticky, with the perfect amount of carbonation. Although it is full-bodied, it's not too heavy on the palate or the stomach.

D: This beer dethrones Rogue Mocha Porter as my new favorite example of the style, although they do have fairly different flavor profiles. It's addictively simple to enjoy one, two, or more at a time, and it offers substantial flavor and enough complexity that it never gets boring.

08-23-2010 21:31:46 | More by charlesbyrd
Photo of Sudsy89


4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a dark brown, has a foamy brown head that lingers, laces the glass. Seems to be thick in the mouth, has a moderate level of carbonation. Aroma is a roasted bitter chocolate, dark coffee, taste reminds me of caramel and a bit of burnt malts. Drinkability is pretty good, I could go through a few of these. Overall taste and aroma is excellent, this is how a porter should be done. Highly recommended.

08-23-2010 02:57:04 | More by Sudsy89
Photo of foogerd

New York

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

A- pours a rich dark chocolate brown with a coffee colored tan head which stayed throughout, plentiful lacing.
S- rich dark fruits chocolate and coffee
T- nice bitterness from the coffee and chocolate perfect porter taste just enough sweetness from the dark fruit taste.
M- rich n thick feeling but at the same time slightly watery if that makes any sense. I think the richness im feeling from the carbonation and foam
D- very drinkable
A definitive porter definitely something to stock up on.

08-22-2010 18:14:35 | More by foogerd
Photo of cpetrone84


4/5  rDev -2.7%

A-pours a black liquid with brown edges, a khaki colred head that leaves a filmy lace.

S-light note of caramel and toffe, hints of chocolate and molasses, tons of malt sweetness, plums, figs, black cherries and a hint of alcohol.

T-notes of toffee, burnt coffee, black malt, dark chocolate. these flavors are subtle up front, tons of malt sweetness, plums, figs, black cherries, lightly bitter finish.

M-this is soft on the palate with a grainy feel to it. well carbonated with a crisp finish and slightly astringent.

D-this packs in huge flavors, lots of malt sweetness with a dark malt balance. good feel to it, very drinkable and tasty.

08-20-2010 01:07:49 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of CajunCavern


4.43/5  rDev +7.8%

12oz bottle - Black with creamy beige/offwhite, longlasting head. Aroma of roasted malt and walnut shell. This is a great smelling brew. Flavors of semi-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and hint of walnut, with bitter hops finish. Solid porter, one of my favorites. I've had this by itself on many occasions, but I tried it with cheesecake and it went surprisingly well.

08-19-2010 19:05:34 | More by CajunCavern
Photo of scottfrie


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: A rough pour yielded a huge dense coco colored head that slowly reduced into a firm mound of thick film over the nearly black liquid. The lace left was plentiful and creamy.
S: Light notes of milk chocolate, dark malt and coffee.
T: Subtle and smooth flavors of milk chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, vanilla, overripe bananas, chocolate pudding, bananas foster, figs, molasses, and slight grassy hops. Aftertaste has a mild dark chocolate bitterness.
M: Light, soft carbonation, and a medium slick body. Alcohol is almost completely masked.
D: One of my favorite porters of all time. The flavors are rich and complex but light enough to make this an extremely drinkable beer. One of the best.

08-17-2010 21:00:46 | More by scottfrie
Photo of MirImage


4.55/5  rDev +10.7%

Appearance: Very dark with a nice khaki/off white head and is slow to dissipate. Really door lacing.

Smell: Smells of burnt candy, Molassass. Dark chocolate mixed with coffee.

Taste: Very dark chocolate, earthy. Reminds me again of mixing a dark hot chocolate with coffee.

Mouthfeel: Sharp on the carbonation otherwise perfect mouthfeel for a porter IMO. On the thicker side.

Drinkablity: Very drinkable for the style.

08-17-2010 04:12:07 | More by MirImage
Photo of claybeer


3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Anchor porter was like draining used motor oil in a pint glass!! It's almost black. The head is as dark as leather on a well used saddle. It has a rich chocolate smell that makes me skip a second sniff just so I can taste it. There is more licorice than chocolate and an herbal quality that I can't pin down? That herbal taste really lingers on the finish with some hoppy bitterness and a pinch of pepper. I also get some cedar and some smoke flavor. Good beer....I'm not sure when I would drink it. Maybe with some beef brisket and Boston baked beans.

08-16-2010 18:26:53 | More by claybeer
Photo of bsp77


4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Almost black mahogany with creamy tan head and some lacing lines.

Smell: Molasses, licorice, roasted malts and some coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Molasses and roasted malts co-mingle with bitter notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Turns more bitter at the finish with nice hop accents.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy body, very dry finish.

Drinkability: Dry and somewhat bitter Porter that surprisingly did not overdo the roasted character to accomplish that feat. Just a very smooth, complex and drinkable Porter.

08-16-2010 18:19:30 | More by bsp77
Photo of king75


4/5  rDev -2.7%

Is very darks, almost black with a creamy cappuccino colored head.

Smells like a chocolate bar.

Taste like chocolate almost to the extent that it is overwhelming. Personally could not get past the overwhelming chocolate flavor to appreciate the other flavors. Can also taste the alcohol in this beer.

Feels light in the mouth, lighter than the average American Porter. Left with a tingling in the cheeks and on the tip of the tongue.

Overall, a very solid beer. Not extremely drinkable only because it is really sweet. A great desert beer, but not a session beer.

08-13-2010 01:00:44 | More by king75
Photo of jjanega08


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

A= Pours a beautiful dark brown almost black color with a great two finger perfectly toasty looking head on it that holds awesome retention and wonderful lacing on the glass.

S= Oh the smell of porters. The one isn't as roasty as most porters I get in the nose. There is a lot of nice sweetness to it as well as some nice toffee in the nose. Really smells a lot like toasty marshmellows. Great smelling porter.

T= The taste is top of the line for a porter. Much more roast in the taste than the nose. There is a nice sweetness still that lies under the roast. Great toffee flavor and less toasted marshmallow. A tasty porter indeed.

M= Great carbonation and a good medium heavy feel to it. Not as silky as I like but still decent.

D= A great porter. Never had it and I heard a ton about it so I went out and got some. Worth the pick up for sure. Porters are my fav and I could sip this one for a while.

08-11-2010 03:23:26 | More by jjanega08
Photo of clarkm04


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

Appearance- Relatively dark for a porter. Pours a nice vanilla coated head

Smell- I get notes of chocolate and some of the other darker malts. Very inviting for a porter.

Taste- Fairly smooth porter. Has chocolate and coffee notes. A slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and crisp.

Drinkability- Pretty good for a porter. Not as smooth as Odell's Cutthroat or Founder's Porter but a fairly solid porter. Very tasty. You could definitely drink a couple of these in a session.

Overall- Very strong entry. I've had porters that are better but I've had many more that are far worse. I like how interesting the profile of this beer is. Overall a solid selection from an American mainstay.

08-11-2010 02:57:09 | More by clarkm04
Photo of Anthony1


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

Very fresh smelling beer. Well balanced aromas; the malt is crisp and clean--chocolate and cream. The hop is subtle but distinct. There is a small touch of yeast, too. Lots of chocolate up front. Hop bitterness comes mid-taste and remains throughout the swallow. Full bodied with high carbonation, this is a rich brew. The aftertaste is largely hop, but sweet carmelized sugar comes through as a balance. The bitterness lingers long after the sweetness dissipates.

08-09-2010 16:58:25 | More by Anthony1
Photo of ddgrant


4.68/5  rDev +13.9%

A - Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a deeply dark brown almost black. A beautiful inch of thick head that fades slowly

S - Smells like sweet chocolate and a hint of coffee

T- Seems sweet at first taste, which leads notes of dark malts and coffee - possibly cinnamon. Maybe it's because of the almost chewy mouthfeel, but a taste of molasses comes through late.

M - I can't stress how much the mouthfeel helps tie this beer together to make it what it is. Upfront it seems medium-full bodied and a bit sticky, but this fades to a lighter finish that reveals it's carbonation while remaining silky.

D - I've already put back two. It's a thicker beer with good flavor. However, it doesn't leave a sticky feeling...a clean finish.

07-30-2010 22:49:42 | More by ddgrant
Photo of jera1350


4.6/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours perfectly into a pint glass. Deepest shade of brown with a huge sudsy and fluffy tan head to fill the glass.

Inviting scents of roasted malts, chocolate, cream, and fruit. Pretty good complexity for the smell.

Wow, why have I waited so long to try this?! Deeply complex as far as porters go. Nice toasty malt, chocolate, toffee, hint of coffee and vanilla. So much flavor going on, it's just awesome.

Creamy and chewy, this beer is somewhere between medium and full bodied. The carbonation is absolutely perfect.

I don't know if brewing so long means that this has been refined over and over or they just hit the nail on the head right away. Either way, I don't care, this is just one damn fine beer. I will call this the one of if not the top American Porter in the land. I will absolutely be getting more of this. Pity it took so long to discover it.

07-30-2010 02:41:04 | More by jera1350
Photo of SBXLII

New York

4.58/5  rDev +11.4%

Pretty sure the average beer drinker is not a proponent of porter and/or stout. This here's a drinker, with a beautiful robust head. Reminded me of Dogfish's Chicory Stout in its pour. The body shouldn't fool you; feels bulky, finishes silky, bit of coffee in the aftertaste. Could easily drink 'em through the night, but would only advise full- or half-blooded Irish to do so. Definitely plan to stock it further.

07-30-2010 01:29:09 | More by SBXLII
Photo of chickenandrice


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Gorgeous rich and black color. Finger worth of a bubbly tan head with lacing started already with the receding head.

S: Pure, deep, rich smell of roasted malts and premium chocolaty sweetness lingering in the nose. Getting excited to drink now!

T: Wow. Such a superior balance of flavor. The expectations that come from the smell do not disappoint. The taste is a fine deep and dark malt, balanced so well with a sweet and slight bitter notes at the finish.

M: Soft but heavy. It seems to be sinking in my mouth.

D: This is a great beer to drink during winter season. I feel that any porter is difficult to drink in multiples. But Anchor Porter is far superior to many out there.

07-25-2010 23:59:40 | More by chickenandrice
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.88/5  rDev +18.7%

This is what I'm looking for in a porter. My, oh, my is this nice.

Nearly entirely opaque black with some faint ruby highlights along the edges. Coffee-colored fat, creamy head - beware of frothstache. The aroma is subtle but rich - bittersweet cocoa.

Magnificent creamy chocolate flavor with a the solid support of roasted malt and coffee following the first wave. Incredibly smooth, full-bodied feel.

After it settles and warms up a little, other classic porter flavors emerge. A medium-sharp bitterness up front is followed by a mellowed out sour-like, acidic bite in the finish.

I've found in some lesser porters, for instance, that if the body is a little thin, the bite at the end, in contrast, is often more pronounced, caustic and bordering on astringent. Its aftertaste may linger and have a kind of numbing effect on the tongue, snuffing out taste. Anchor, however, has managed to successfully balance out every facet of a porter to perfection. I have found The One (porter).

07-24-2010 22:05:28 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of augustgarage


4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 12oz glass into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Nearly black body with faint auburn highlights when held to a strong light. Voluminous desert sand foam, thick and creamy, with decent retention once it recedes to a half finger. The lacing has the appearance of the delicate contours of a scroll painting.

Mild coffee with a hint of tallow and light banana-ish esters in the nose.

Cream and coffee, caramel, and mild roast malt on the palate - the hops are prominent but more subdued than say Russian River's take on the style. Flavorful, dry, and somewhat leathery finish with maybe a touch of toffee- quite enjoyable.

Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, and just a touch sticky.

Very easy drinking - worth picking up a 6 pack now and then.

07-24-2010 06:04:09 | More by augustgarage
Photo of thierrynantes


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

Beer bottle (35,5 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : black color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : chocolate and coffee aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malt flavors and coffee notes, a nice bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style American Porter.

07-23-2010 19:29:52 | More by thierrynantes
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
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