Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,188 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,188
Reviews: 1,448
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 137
Gots: 224 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2001)
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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Batch code on back label.

Pours super dark brown. A tan head stays and coats the glass. Smell is coffee-like malts, a bit of booze as well. Taste is sweeter than the smell, some anise and dark fig taste as well as some dark cacao. Good taste. Feel is a bit "hot" for a porter, imo. A good drinker, not superlative of the style, imo, but very good.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with reddish brown highlights. There is a coffee colored creamy head with good retention.

Smells of toffee, coffee, dark fruits, and some faint chocolate notes.

The dark fruits hit up front plumb and raisin, followed by sweet toffee fading into some slight bitter coffee and chocolate notes. An excellent porter. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy - this is truly a delight to the senses.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No dating on the bottle but a batch code on the back label. Huge 4-finger mocha head that retains forever and leaves tons of lacing. Dark brown/black body that lets no light through.

The aroma starts with dark fruit, primarily raisins. Minor notes of chocolate, toffee, rum, and roasted malt finish a pleasant aroma.

Tasty blend of flavors that follow the aroma very closely. Dark fruit, roasted malt, toffee, and a hint of chocolate in the finish. I really like that the hops blend almost across the whole spectrum of the flavor providing just a touch of bitterness.

Light texture on the mouthfeel, but very drinkable. An excellent porter that could be enjoyed in a great variety of situations.

Photo of orangesol
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Shady McGrady's a few months back. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours deep, dark, brown; bordering on black; with a small half finger tall tan head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, toffee, and a hint of earthy hops. Simple yet complex.

T - Starts off with some chocolaty sweetness quickly giving way to a mix of dark roasted malt, lightly roasted coffee, toffee, and some earthy hops. It is sweet but not to the point of being overpowering. The finish is mostly dark roast, lingering for some time.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Roasty feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Overall I enjoyed this one. It has all the elements I look for in a good porter. It possesses a good amount of sweetness with just enough roast to keep it in check.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with deep garnet highlights when held to light. Creamy frothy espresso like head sticks around for some time before attaching itself to the side of the glass. Rich malty aromas waft above the glass. Coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and toffee mixed with a hint of earthy hops. Taste is malty with coffee toffee and chocolate. Earthy/herbal bitterness mixes with a hint of alcohol and a touch of smoke somewhere in the middle. Long lingering bitter chocolate and hops in the finish. Creamy, bubbly mouthfeel, ample almost to much carbonation, medium body. Great old school American style porter.

Photo of aepb1
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown/black body, big foamy tan head and lots of lacing

S- Chocolate roastiness, some bitter hops too, inviting

T- Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and hop bitterness

M- Medium body and moderate carbonation

O- Solid porter and no real drawback at all to this one.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Deep brown color with a nice tan 1/4 head and good lacing

Smell: Roasted malts with hints of coffee chocolate and raisen

Taste: Roasted malts and hints of caramel up front wiht a hint of coffee on the back end of the beer

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation smooth and very drinkable

Overall: Good basic porter, your not confused with this beer. It has the basic flavors that make up a porter, very drinkable beer anyday of the year

Photo of Wattsox
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE 2013.

A - Very dark brown, almost black body with a thick, tightly-bubbled tan head that dissipates very slowly, leaving good lacing and massive cling.

S - Dark roasted malt aromas with some coffee and chocolate sweetness for balance.

T - Similar to the aromas, dark and malty with some coffee and chocolate sweetness. Not too bitter, actually pretty sweet without too much hop presence at all. Finishes sweet with a lightly lingering aftertaste.

M - Full-bodied but not too thick or syrupy, smooth with very little carbonation, leaves a lingering sweetness.

O - An exceptional example of the style, and definitely a nice one to sit and enjoy.

Photo of Long813
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black body with three fingers of mocha head. Some lacing and decent retention.

S: Nice mix of roasted malts, sugars, wheat and mild coffee beans.

T: Following the aroma, nice chocolate and coffee with some breadiness.

M: Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Very creamy texture and leaves a pleasant chocolate malt aftertaste.

O: Enjoyable beer, the texture is spot on, but lacking in some aroma.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown to black in color with a nice creamy tan head and solid lacing

Dark roasted maltiness, nut, chocolate and caramel on the nose

Full flavored. Flavors are pretty much the same; with slight hints of bourbon and roasted coffee bean

Full bodied, yet creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Light carbonation.

Overall I don't think it's an incredibly complex beer, but a good-solid representation of the style. Very drinkable. A great porter to have on deck at all times.

Photo of Plumbwader
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours out a wonderful deep reddish black with an incredible long lived tan head. It has very light carbonation and is an incredible example of the style. This beer will keep calling back to you I guarantee you. It doesn't even sit heavy in your stomach so it has excellent sessionability for a porter. This is in my top 5 beers for sure! Let this bad boy warm up. The closer it gets to room temperature, the smoother and creamier it gets. Mmm, mmm, good. I want another one!

Photo of CamuMahubah
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! At room temperature you could almost be fooled into thinking you was drinking some fancy schmancy homemade soda pop with root extracts. THis here is real deal fellas...

Big time fan of Anchor Steam beer and I've had this porter on several occasions now and don't know why I haven't reviewed it. My favorite porter...what can I say...I know I know I sound real brand loyal being as that Anchor Steam is my all time favorite beer in THE WORLD! Nope...not me you'll just have to believe me...I've been special ordering this beer for three years now whenever the urge strikes me to have a porter. Yup I order a case and it goes so fast! Before I can review. It's the slightly stlitled balance of leaning towards chocolate coffee mountain one minute and then headed for wild weed valley the next. Malts always win in this one but the hops try to stand pack up after ever KO. Did I just taste vanilla?

It's really really good beer. I love this beer ice cold with barbecue chicken and a sweetish sauce and I love this beer room temperature with rocky road...

I actually like the sweetness of this beer...the malts come in a caramel canoe and leave in a spray of steam...this beer has one of the all time great finishes at 45 degrees Fahrenheit...

BOomshakalaka...this one's nice nice!

Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Delirium glass because I can't find my goddamn Anchor glass, piece of shit (this concludes the Lunch impersonation portion of my review).

Beer is dark brown / black with a big tan head of small bubbles, lacing and carbonation are good.

Aroma is sweet and light with mild roast.

Beer is medium to light in body, minimal carbonation on the palate, overall a little sweet and mildly chocolaty with a pretty clean not bitter finish and no aftertaste. I was expecting a little bitterness but overall it is a decent porter. I'd have it again at a party or a shitty bar that had no good beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Monster light cocoa head off the pour containing some tiny bubbles. Settles with some larger ones and with some simple retention. Body is your classic dark walnut brown color.

Bouquet is very clean and airy. Whaffing whisps of milk chocolate and malt roast, even some nut. Faint small tobacco hints also. Very wonderful nose, maybe even some mushy banana.

Great bodied and simple. Almost perfect feel with a big coating that isn't thick and syrupy. Taste is almost Marzen like with small hints of what is mentioned on the nose. Mid palate of mild chocolate and perhaps some light tobacco. Hints of tannic nut almost similar to an English Brown Ale.

Overall this is a pretty solid good brew from Anchor and can't miss the boat. Are there better ones I think so, but this is pretty solid with no complaints that's for sure. It's good, just not exceptional to me.

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown with an amazing looking one inch mocha head. Wonderful lacing and good head retention.

S- Almost smells of a brown and/or an oatmeal stout.

T- Roasty with a hint of chocolate. Little hop presence. Residual mouthwatering sweetness. Reminds me a little of Taddy Porter.

M- Slick and creamy.

D/O- Awesome awesome awesome porter here. Great "drinkability". Very good, widely available "beginner" porter than holds up even for veterans of the style.

Photo of SamN
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Porter pours solid black with a thick, mocha tan head of 1+ fingers width. Solid looking, sits in the glass handsomely. Head is a bit fizzy. Smell is of soy sauce, clean metal hops aromas and some faint burnt coffee notes. A little too sweet, a little too clean, not enough big roasty aromas. Taste is a burst of initial burnt malt sweetness, fading into a hop kissed finish with a clean metal aftertaste. Lacks a lot of the coffee flavor I look for in a porter. A little too sweet for me, and I'd like a little less of that metal hoppiness. Mouthfeel is decent, somewhat on the thinner side, not much body here surprisingly.

Overall; not my favorite porter. It's not bad, a little different than what I'm used to. It just didn't scream my name, nor I it.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Very nice tan head and lacing. Dark black color. Good lookin beer.

Aroma is stout ish with a bit of sweet caramel malt.

Taste is solid. Chocolate, roasty slightly sweet. Just solid tasting easy drinking porter.

Mouthfeel is smooth.

Overall a fine example of the style. Gunna be buying more of this from now on.

Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: coffee colored, creamy one finger head leaves behind rings of foam.

S: meaty, like grilled steak or roasted lamb, charcoal, cedar,

T: prunes, roasty toasty malt, copper--like when you put a penny in your mouth--and the smoky/bitter aftertaste of carbon you get from eating a burnt piece of toast.

M: light to medium body, creamy, nice dry finish.

O: a pretty classic porter, I like how smoky and dry it is. It's maybe a little too metallic for me, but it's a very drinkable/sessionable beer.

Photo of projectflam86
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep brown color with a thick tan head that leaves really nice lacing.

S- Mostly chocolate and sweetness in the nose. Not as roasty as I was expecting but still quite aromatic.

T- Hmmm...there is a bit of a weird quality to the flavor. I can't quite pick it out but the taste is almost buttery? Not really a diacetyl bomb or anything but something tastes a little strange. Still a fair amount of bittersweet chocolate and some roast to balance things out.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation.

O- Overall this was a decent brew but something was a little strange about the flavor.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pitch black with some amber/brown hues at the eyes when held to light. Fat three finger off white rocky head. Amazing retention and lacing. Gotta love those whole cone hops.

Some chocolate, roasted malt. Lemon, citrus, and herbal even tea like hops.

Taste follows smell with a clean finish. Orange peel lingers.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Medium body with light and smooth carbonation.

A really nice porter. The only thing I have issues with is the tea like herbal scents/flavors that are very similar to Anchor's Liberty Ale. It works in a pale ale, but less so in a porter.

Photo of Belgur
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, this has to be, hands down the best tasting and appearing porter in the world !

I can not find one apologie for not running to the store and getting your hands on at least one bottle of this marvel.

Smooth, creamy, coffee, and stunning looks with a stiff caramel cream head makes this beer the worlds eight wonder. Say no more - get your hands on this !

Photo of patreely12
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - two finger head, foamy mocha color. nearly opaque black. beautiful sudsy lacing. spot on for the style.

S - roasted coffee bean and mocha. some sweet chocolate, brown sugar and raisins. rich malts, not much hop presence.

T/M - slightly dry but not as much as other porters I've had, which is a good thing. rich, caramel malts. slightly roasted coffee blended with sweet chocolate and brown sugar. mild oak-like flavor which is a nice touch. the body is very creamy and smooth. medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Overall - this is a really solid porter. well crafted. a must try.

Photo of brewemstrong
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A good 3 finger, rocky tan head rests on top of a black body. It pours like an imperial stout and leaves a very good lace.

S: Mostly mocha here mixing with dark chocolate. Also bready malt, apricots and dates.

T: Initial mocha blast and then sweet alcohol with some apricot notes. It's so much lighter than I was expecting. Probably a small amount of molasses added as well

M: Really creamy but very light in carbonation. A full body ends with a slightly crisp hop touch.

O: An easier drink than it appears, this is a very solid choice. As expected, mostly dark malts and fruits, but a lack of the syrupy sweetness and overpowering alcohol.

Photo of Jeriacor
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black as coffee, with tainted brown white 1/4 inch head that fades slowly, lacing great.

Smell: Smells of dark fruits, malts, chocolate, and brown sugary delicious cakes.

Taste: Dark, rich, bitter. That bitterness comes not so much from hops as from coffee. Deep and richly complex with coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malts and nuts, faint blueberry, and toffee. The tastes linger on the tongue. Extraordinary and complex to the extreme.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, quite smooth. And syrupy, but not too syrupy. Somewhat bitter, but not overwhelming.

Overall: Let me put it this way: the best porter I've ever tasted. Very deep and enriching, while smooth and perfectly drinkable. It's like candy to the beer drinker (without all the sweetness). A must try for any lover of dark beer.

Photo of harrymel
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours beautifully dark brown with excellent clarity which reveals underlying cherry tones. three finger mocha head falls to a quilt of the same which remains through the life. Cobweb lacing.

S: Coffee, molasses, dark malts. Hints of creamy vanillla and white cake smells to me. Very nice nose. Hints of cocoa perhaps as well.

T: Finest hint of earthy, noble hops over the strong bone of a dry, coffee like porter. Outstanding flavor profile. Not my favorite, but very, very good.

M: creamy yet dry mouthfeel. Middle of the line body with lower carbonation. Sticky and dry finish. Makes me want more immediately.

O: Cheers to Fritz and the guys. This one's a winner.

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,188 ratings.