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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,863 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,863
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.

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waldoiverson

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into US Pint

A: Nearly black with fluffy, 1.5 finger head that dissipated slowly while coating the glass

S: lightly roasted mail with a bit of banana sweetness and very little in the way of hops

T: Slightly sour, definite banana and coffee notes...very yeasty to my tongue

M: Smooth, perfect carbonation, a bit of dryness but pretty neutral

D: this is a smooth, rich and satisfying drink. Sign me up. The only thing that has me a bit confused about is the banana. I'm wondering if that is just this bottle, the batch, or the brew...i'll have to buy more to find out :)

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 00:32:45 | More by waldoiverson
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krunchie

Sweden

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a Chimay glass at 51°F

A: Brownish thick head. Pitch black liquid. Looks like liquid dark chocolate :)

S: Reminds me of a trappist dubbel or a strong dark belgian abbey ale. The yeast contributes with a hint of plums and perhaps even dates. Definitely dark chocolate and caramel/toffee

T: Wow, really full flavor! Dark chocolate and coffee. Very malty (loads of chocolate malt, hints of black patent - perhaps even a liiittle roasted barley too?). Very little bitterness, weak hop aroma (if any at all). The head on this beer is to die for, wonderful creaminess and stay-in-thereigness (thanks to Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters for this term =D). Light alcohol finish which balances the overall sweetness.

M: Thick and full. It's hard to determine the amount of CO2 since it's so dark, but the head is there and it feels good, so I'm satisfied nonetheless.

D: I can taste the alcohol bitterness more and more for each sip, but that does not affect the taste of the beer in a bad way. It just comes as a surprise. The maltiness of the beer is astonishing at first, but falls behind in the finish. Perhaps my taste buds go into shock? :)

Summary: Lovely chocolate aroma, very malty taste and hints of dark fruits (probably the yeast). Thick creamy head and very low bitterness and very little hop aroma. Some alcohol bitterness in the finish balances the mouthfeel. I'll definitely buy it again!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 21:53:46 | More by krunchie
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webbcreative

Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

purs a nice, dark brown color, with a slight dark red color around the edges. 3 finger head, with really nice lacing throughout. First sip i thought this tasted a lot like a wine, its a little dry in the end. And has enough bitterness to balance out the hops but not to be overwhelming. not bad, but i dont think i would drink more than 2 in one sitting due to the dry wine taste i get from it, which maybe how porters are, as this is my first, i didnt know what exactley to expect from this one, eager to try more of this style though.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 05:07:20 | More by webbcreative
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown to black with a huge head

Smell: rich roasted malt and expresso

Taste: some dark chocolate with rich roasted malt, tobacco, and expresso

Mouthfeel: surprisingly smooth with some creaminess, medium to heavy body, crisp, slightly bitter finish

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a porter...I could have three or so...While not my favorite style, an excellent example of the style

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 04:19:55 | More by tigg924
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Dark brown. Light carbonation pours into a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles fairly slowly leaving a little bubbly carbonation. Spiderweb lacing remains as you drink it down, but eventually retreats into the body leaving a few spots here and there.

S: Dark roasted malt. Coffee, and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Roasted, charred malt. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a hint of nuttiness. Tastes kinda' like it smells, really.

M: Robust and hearty. Full body really permeates the entire palette, and kinda' coats the inside of the mouth. The roasted chocolaty malt sticks with ya'. A subtly sweet finish.

D: Very nice. Good balance. Flavor and feel are exceptional.

Really good atmosphere. Nice look, and a really well-crafted nose. A little complexity in the flavor, and a hearty feel with a fairly strong alcohol taste, but not imposing at all. Great drinkability when it's all said and done. Really (really) good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 02:22:09 | More by bmwats
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CityBoy1986

Mississippi

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

The pour is an almost black brown with a finger's worth of tan head. Retention and lacing are good.

The nose is a mixture of coffee and chocolate with a bit of toffee. The taste is more of the same with a mild bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a lot of carbonation--maybe a tad too much. Drinkability is high; I wish I had another.

This is a nice, solid porter. It will be making a regular appearance in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 03:55:18 | More by CityBoy1986
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wspscott

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Almost completely dark, only a hint of ruby light come through when held up to a bright light. A thick tan head with lots of lace.
S: Hints of chocolate with some roasted barley in the back.
T: A hint of chocolate milk with some roasted bitterness. There seems to be some hop bitterness in the background, not obvious what type of hops.
M: Creamy with a high level of carbonation, comes across as a little too attenuated.
D: A very easy beer to drink and a great example of a porter, and a nice change of pace from a stout or brown ale. Highly recommended.

Just had after a Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, the Anchor has a lot more yeasty fruitiness and comes across sweeter/less roasty. Also doesn't come across as over attenuated, actually seems a little "creamy" compared to the GL version (bumped up mouthfeel from 4 -> 4.5). Interesting comparison.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 02:39:16 | More by wspscott
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SpecialK088

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap in a pint glass

A-Nice deep coffee black with a 1 finger head and good lace.

S-very strong coffee/esspresso notes with a small chocolate hint

T&M-taste is much like the nose but not so in your face, nice bitter middle and finish little over carbonated but very smooth finish.

D-Easy to drink one or two in a sitting very smooth and sessionable

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2009 03:25:24 | More by SpecialK088
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WalrusJockey

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance- standard brown-to-black body, with a tan head. Surprisingly, however, it is more opaque than many stouts I've had. Very interesting.

Smell- Very rich, deep malt profile. Caramel, coffee, and chocolate malt scents are all very noticeable.

Taste- matching the nose, a very strong, rich, deep and layered multitude of roast malt flavors. Coffee, chocolate and caramel all take their turn, as do more "malt malt" flavors. Swallow is chocolaty and rich, fading into a bitter-sweet aftertaste. This is a good example that rich chocolate profiles can be created without ever adding chocolate itself to the beer. Flavor-wise, I find it to compare fairly well to Ayinger Celebrator.

Mouthfeel- crisply carbonated, to keep it light. Texture is creamy and rich, and very very smooth. If you allow the carbonation to pass, the beer gets much heavier, but still remains creamy and smooth, just heavier.

Drinkability- very good. Wouldn't have any trouble sending another one down to keep this one company. Good thing it came in a six pack, is all I can say.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 02:17:41 | More by WalrusJockey
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ThrillerBee

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer. Living in Alabama, this is one of the best porters available in the state & is easy to find. The presentation is simple - a dark coffee-colored pour and a thick ivory head.

The smell is sweet, almost citrus-tinged. The taste is the best of a classic porter.

Very drinkable - a great buy.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 02:01:12 | More by ThrillerBee
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Oatsoda

California

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like everything about its appearance: the bottle, the simple design of the label and the effect of pouring it into a glass. A dark coffee colored body lies below a thick, long-lasting rich brown head of foam.

It gives a sweet malty aroma.

The flavor reminds me strangely of breakfast: a cross of the flavors of wheat toast and black coffee.

It goes down smooth with what feels like a very light carbonation and little sense of drinking any alcohol at all.

This is a very drinkable beer that feels like home-- maybe because it comes from a place that's close to home...

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 08:29:56 | More by Oatsoda
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aletales

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a definite fan of Anchor. This porter was sweet and thick, though not syrupy, and it was balanced quite nicely with enough hops to be sensible. This little bottle entertains from the moment you pick it up off the shelf, throughout the pour of its sensuous black contents to the finish of this pleasantly thick beer down your throat. Great beer

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 15:11:58 | More by aletales
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K7M

Mississippi

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasing Beer, great color, smell and flavor. More of this will find it way into my home. If you like a dark beer with a full bodied flavor, you should experience a bottle, or two.

I purchased a six pack while TDY at another base and sincerely regret not purchasing more, this was one of many Beers that I selected that are not available here.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 18:59:22 | More by K7M
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a bottle as part of a make your own sixer at World Market in Columbia, SC.

Pours an opaque dark brown, nearly black, with a creamy, foamy mocha head that retains well and leaves some very nice lacing.

Aroma is very coffee-like, roasted malts and chocolatey.

Great taste. Thick, rich, creamy. Weak coffee taste, smooth bittersweet, with some roasty malt flavor. Terrific balance. This is one solid brew. Superb drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 07:27:23 | More by Gyle41386
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Once again thanks to Don H for the sample pack from his haul. A bottle of the Anchor Porter was included.
This is far from being my favorite style however, The dark chocolate color of the beer and the thick tan head were beautiful. I wasn't able to see through the pint glass.

The aroma was also above average. It was sweet and malty. I can smell molasses.

The taste is very smooth and only lightly malty. The malt taste jumps out quickly and fades just as fast.

As porters go, this is one I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 01:25:46 | More by confer
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glid02

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours an almost opaque very dark brown color with dark ruby highlights and a one-finger brown head. The head eventually recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with molasses and mild hints of chocolate and coffee.

Tastes great. Lightly roasted malts and molasses kick things off, then mild hop flavors join in midway through the sip. After a nice bitter ending chocolate and roasted coffee flavors linger. This is a very flavorful porter.

Mouthfeel is good. My preference for stouts over porters stems from the lighter body, but this one has a good thickness and light carbonation that makes this better than average.

Drinkability is good. No one flavor is overdone here, which makes it very easy to drink. The low ABV only adds to this.

Overall this is a very good porter and I look forward to revisiting it in the future. Give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 21:29:41 | More by glid02
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown in appearance, striving toward opacity but falling a bit short, showing ruby highlights when held to the light. Shows off a full head of mocha foam that retains well and leaves nice rings of lacing on the glass.

Nose is made up mostly of roasted grain, with a touch of dark chocolate coming in underneath.

Rich and smooth on the palate, with toasted biscuit interspersed with bitter dark chocolate and a subdued hop presence. Finishes roasty and slightly bitter with a lingering biscuit flavor, and also somewhat dry.

Very mild, balanced, and drinkable, this would make a superb session beer and is a great example, if not the definitive, of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 18:37:19 | More by superdedooperboy
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RodBurg

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black with ruby red highlights when held to the light. A thick tan head forms and stays for awhile leaving sticky lacing as it moves down.

Smells like sweet, chocolately Grapenuts cereal with notes of grapefruit and floral hops.

Just the right amount of sweetness with chocolate, biscuit, coffee, and roasted, husky grain. Leaves with a slightly bitter notes of citrus and cocoa. Medium mouthfeel and still very drinkable.

Great porter. Pretty much sets the standard for American version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 04:00:14 | More by RodBurg
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(A) Dark, allowing just a bit of light through. Nice creamy head.
(S) A sweet aroma coupled with dark roasted grains with just a hint coffee.
(T) Bold chocolate flavors, light molasses and coffee tones.
(M) Pleasant, not too thick. Very mellow body with a nice even spread across the palate.
(D) A fantastic porter. A good beer to introduce / ease "light" beer drinkers into.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 01:45:48 | More by u2carew
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JAA

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to buy this beer all the time when i first started branching out to the world of craft beer. I noticed it gets a fair amount praise on this site, so i bought it once again. However, this is the first time i poured it into a glass.

Appears very dark. I poured it a bit violently and only coaxed a one inch head out of it, which was not long for this earth.

Smells like coffee and a bit of fruit. Maybe dark cherries. Tastes exactly like porter should taste. Roasted toasted smoked roastiness. My god, this is good. A bit lower in alcohol than what i've been drinking lately, but at least it goes down easier. Superb drinkability. This may be my new session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 22:32:37 | More by JAA
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colts9016

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug at about 50 degrees.

Appearance: There is a one finger head that is tan, bubbly, and foamy. The beer is a deep dark brown almost black. The clarity is opaque. There is carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass. The head has some retention.

Nose: A strong black malt aroma with molasses, chocolate, coffee, and sweet anise.

Taste: A strong black malt with chocolate, coffee, molasses, and anise. There is a strong roasted grain, close to a burnt note. There is a slight dryness to the beer. The is a sweet note to the beer.

Overall. The mouth feel is coating with a touch of astringent. The finish is slightly bitter and dry. The body of the beer is medium thickness. This is a robust heavy malt ale that is smooth and easy to drink. A very nice robust American porter. I enjoyed this beer very much.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 05:09:03 | More by colts9016
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black color with a fluffy tan head that hung around for most of the glass leaving chunks of sticky lacing.

S - rich roasted coffee aroma.

T - dark roasted coffee, malty sweetness and a light bitterness on the finish.

F - medium/full bodied with a smooth, creamy feel.

D - a very good flavorful porter that's very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 22:38:34 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown body with amber highlights around the edges. Head is tan and fluffy with an initial height of two fingers. Head dissipates to a thin, creamy, crown and drags tons of sticky lace.

Smell: Grainy malts, dark chocolate, holiday spices (which I recognize from their most recent OSA), fruity esters, and something that resembles champagne and/or lager yeast.

Taste: Lots and lots of toasted malt, chocolate, those same holiday spices (cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger maybe?), red currants, and black coffee. Aftertaste is filled with roasted malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Rich, malty, and creamy with a nice crisp finish. Coats the mouth well and goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability: All of the malt makes this a pretty filling porter, but it's still delicious and great for a rainy day.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 05:56:30 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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Brew33

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After reading the reviews for this beer I had high hopes. I was quite disappointed after trying it.

Pours almost black, thin tan head. The smell was very subdued. The taste was boring to say the least. Slightly roasty, some caramel malt. Watery, bland. Decent lacing though. Slightly sweet... BORING!

One of the most middle of the road Porters I have ever had. Anchor continues to disappoint me.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 01:52:14 | More by Brew33
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this Anchor Porter during lunch at John Steven Ltd, in Baltimore; this reveiw is based on my notes. Anchor Porter opens with a billowy beige head crowning a pitch black body - this beer is completely impervious to light.

A thin strip of the head is retained throughout the quaff and there is a minimum of lacing that clings loosely to the glass - eventually, it does evaporate into nothingness.

There is a slight molassess note that accompanies a rather buttery coffee taste, which ends in a quick bite of malty sweetness.

This is an inviting beer to please the palate. It is a well structured body, but it does not test you. It is a fine and smooth porter that has a heavy mouthfeel that is backed with a quick kick of alcohol. Let it sit; do not drink it cold. This porter must mellow; let it and you will savor a wonderful quaff.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2009 01:11:44 | More by jjboesen
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,863 ratings.