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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor PorterAnchor Porter

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3,062 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,062
Reviews: 1,438
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 131
Gots: 185 | 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 cgmees
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A black body poured from the bottle, the head was small and brown in color with lacing at the end.

The aroma is sweet, roasty and slightly alcoholic.

Flavor is smooth with coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Some bitterness from the hops, but mostly the malt.

Medium bodied fairly smooth, creamy, Ok finish

A pleasant sweet porter, easy to drink, with satisfying aftertaste.

cgmees, May 30, 2010
Photo of AlexCorleone
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark, close foam forming a good durable head.

S - Coffee, hints of nuts and roasted malts

T - Mexican fresh Coffee, with slightly bitter roasted malts and chocolate, followed by a taste of sweet fruits (like dark plums, over-ripe cherries, etc), and finished by a tweak of hops to clear the palate for the next sip.

M - Well carbonated with full body, with a slight of Cuban cigar

D - Nice balance between the different flavors present. Bitter, coffee, and mature sensation

AlexCorleone, May 26, 2010
Photo of kola
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark liquid, forming a good one-finger head.

S - Lots of coffee, hints of fruit and roasted malts

T - Dark heavy coffees, with slightly bitter roasted malts and chocolate, followed by a surprisingly prominent taste of sweet fruits (like dark plums, over-ripe cherries, etc), and finished by a tweak of hops to clear the palate for the next sip.

M - Slightly thin, but still satisfying. The small amount of carbonation is just enough to let the flavors roll over the tongue and bring life to the liquid.

D - A pleasant sweet porter, easy to drink, with satisfying aftertaste. This one has been added to the cooler's stock list :)

kola, May 22, 2010
Photo of andyfrancis
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown while pouring, opaque, smooth black in the glass with a tall, thick, rich, tan head. Beautiful, slow foam reduction and clumping makes me want to shoot a time-lapse video.

Smells of sweet dark malt all the way...roasty notes of chocolate, cherry, and coffee.

Sweet, tastes like it smells with a hint of bitter, goes down very smooth. Good body for a porter. Definitely not one of those watery guys.

Great flavor and mouthfeel, more complex and heavy than most porters. But, given that bold taste and heaviness, I wouldn't mind a bit more alcohol content.

Works great to wash down some Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk washed rind cheese. The porter takes over for a couple seconds, only to have the cheese break back through and play together nicely with the roasty bitterness on your palate.

andyfrancis, May 21, 2010
Photo of mjaskula
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass. The beer is black with red highlights when held to the light. The thick tan head thins to a film and leaves some thin lacing.

The aroma is sweet, roasty and slightly alcoholic. Flavor is very smooth with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a bit of sweetness. A bit of bitterness from the hops, but mostly the malt.

Overall this is a very smooth and not overly assertive porter.

mjaskula, May 21, 2010
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery in San Francisco. Poured into a small 6 ounce fluted glass. Nice coffee, roasted malt aroma. Really nice malt sweetness behind the toasted flavors from the malts. Perfect mouthfeel and insanely easy to drink. A classic porter on all accounts.

KickbacksSteve, May 18, 2010
Photo of samie85
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes; originally consumed 5/09/10.

A-Pours an opaque, dark cola color with a two finger, light brown head.

S-Sweet caramel malt, chocolate malt , and a bit of roasty malt notes with some faint herbal hops.

T-Roasty coffee and chocolate malt notes upfront with a dry, dark chocolate and roasty bitter finish.

M-Well carbonated with medium body, although it has a very smooth and slick mouthfeel to it.

D-Really easy drinking porter. It strikes a nice balance between the different flavors present. This porter refrains from having that overwhelming roasted malt characteristic, that some do, which is something I don't like in my porters.

samie85, May 13, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Espresso brown with an uber-creamy light tan head that rings and laces.

Bittersweet cocoa and earthy, herbal hops predominate with edges of burnt coffee and notes of caramel that round it out.

One of the originals and still one of the best American Porters out there.

bump8628, May 12, 2010
Photo of thain709
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A black body poured from the bottle...the head was small and brown in color...some retention and lacing

S - A strong nose...coffee dominated with hints of chocolate and underlying dark fruits

T - The coffee flavor remained on the palate...it was strong...roasted and bitter...the chocolate and sweet, roasted malts added a nice sweetness to the middle of the beer...dates were present and added that extra sweetness...a surprising hop bite was apparent at the end

M - Medium bodied...smooth, creamy, soft, nice finish

D - This is a very easy drinking porter...a nice mouthfeel and lower ABV add to the drinkability...one of my top three porters

thain709, May 07, 2010
Photo of diamondc
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle for $1.99. 9D1 code on the back.

Almost black appearance with a slight ruby tint. A really nice frothy mocha colored head. Some nice lacing on the way down.

Licorice, coffee, brownies, milk chocolate, and molasses with a hint of vanilla aromas abound.

Taste is more or less the same as the aroma. Piney hops balance out the roasted & chocolate malts and the slight acidic coffee-like tang. Good stuff.

A quaffable porter. Very effervescent and not heavy on the mouthfeel.

diamondc, May 07, 2010
Photo of mjw2808
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost black color with a dark toffee colored head less than one finger that leaves minimal lacing. At first I noticed mostly coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt in the nose, but after a good swirl I got a big dose of liquorish. Very sweet. The taste is a beautiful combination of liquorish, coffee, dark chocolate, and some roasted malt. They blend together perfectly. Couldnt ask for a better mouthfeel or drinkability to this porter.

mjw2808, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Pretty dense off white head, around 2-3 fingers. Retention is pretty damn good. Almost black with some ruby color when held to light. Left some thick splashy lacing, very nice.

S - Semi sweet nutty aroma with mild roasted coffee notes, a bit of licorice as well. Some soft buttery notes and a slight herbal quality to it.

T - I would say upfront is some dark chocolate, semi robust malts with a bit of mild roasted coffee. Some sour twang as it rolls off the sides of the tongue, finishes with some lingering, slightly roasted malts and a sorta semi rich bakers chocolate flavor.

M - Smooth but not chewy, moderately carbonated & almost effervescent. Lite-medium bodied I'd say.

D - This is just a damn good Porter. It's got every thing one could want at of the style. This one doesn't have a robust malty flavor profile, just a little bit of everything. Extremely easy drinking, I could have 3-4 of these delicious brews. Highly recommended, I wouldn't mind picking this one up again. Cheers!

PintOHops, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of JosiahS
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, nearly black. Only a little bit of red to show around the bottom. Moderately aggressive pour yielded a one and a half finger, light caramel colored head. The smell is slightly sour with lots of dark fruit. Followed quickly by caramel and chocolate notes.

Taste is medium-bodied with light to medium carbonation. The dark chocolate is more apparent in the taste followed quickly with dark fruit and again, a noticeable sourness that reminds me a bit of Guinness extra stout. Just a light amount of hop bitterness finishes it off. Lingering bitterness is minimal and finishes somewhat clean.

A solid drinkable porter, one of my favorite American porters thus far.

JosiahS, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of Zekezilla
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark, dark brown in color, almost black, some light lacing.

Smell: chocolate, caramel, malt, brown sugar.

Taste: caramel, nutty, brown sugar, light hops, making for a very nice smooth balance.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low carbonation, was very good match for the overall experience of this beer.

Drinkable: extremely drinkable, if you're ok with a slightly sweet, caramel taste. Would definitely seek out again.

Zekezilla, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of RevereBeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Very dark brown with a towering tan head with good retention. Beautiful lacing.

S: Chocolate, sweet malts. Very little hops detected. Not too strong on the nose which was really the only sore spot of this brew.

T: Delicious chocolatey and creamy. Sweet with some fruit underneath. Very mild hop flavor.

M: Sweet, sticky and creamy. Mild carbonation.

D: A very drinkable porter even with its robust chocolate taste. I really enjoyable beer. This went straight to the top of my list.

RevereBeer, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anchor Porter pours a deep dark brown-black with reddish highlights. Head is initially big and foamy, but subsides to a thin layer sporting good lacing.

Aroma is of chocolatey malts and both bright and earthy hops.

Flavor is excellent. I can see how this is one of the most respected American porters. Very full-flavored and smooth. At first it seems a tad sweet and milky, but the roasty, chocolatey finish balances this. A bright, citrusy hop flavor is detectable, albeit faintly. Well-balanced dark brew here. Mouthfeel is full and rich, but a tad over-carbonated for my taste. Nevertheless, a joy to drink.

A beer I will definitely considering buying again if I am looking for a good porter.

dasenebler, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of burnerfinger
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured from the `1 oz bottle into my new belgium tumbler

A: pours a maple syrup, root beer color. no clarity at ALL. nice healthy generous head that settles quick.

S: sweet, aromatic, mostly malty to the nose.

T: not as strong as the nose but very nice nonetheless. LOVE the subtle sweetness

M: alcohol is well hidden HUGE body here.

D: a bit heavy to drink by the case, but really really good stuff herre.

burnerfinger, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of BeerGodz
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Mahogany color, big tan head, nice lacing

Smell: Malt, chocolate, caramel

Taste: Up Front: Big malt, coco, nutty, dark bread, raisins. Finish: Sweet with a little hops present

Mouthfeel: Creamy and sticky

Drinkability: Smooth, slightly chewy

Overall Impression: Another solid brew from Anchor! If you like the style, you'll love this beer!

BeerGodz, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of popery
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. Excellent porter, one of my favorite hometown beers. Anchor Porter pours a very dark shade of brownish ruby, nice highlights in the light, transparent but for the color. The head is big and creamy. The aroma is a mix of chocolate, coffee, roast, plums, molasses, mild booze, some porter ashiness, dates, blackberries, toasted granola. The flavor is smooth and rich. It's intense for the abv with a lot of roast, dark fruits and brown sugar/molasses/caramel. The hops give just enough bite to reign things in. It's one of the best porters around, in my opinion, and it's relatively cheap and well-distributed - a testament to Anchor's success.

popery, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour looks like one from a nitro tap. Bubbles cascade upwards and form a dark and creamy espresso-like head. Thick rings of lace are connected by lacy legs that drip downwards between them. The head lingers at 1 finger thickness for the remainder of the glass.

The bouquet is chocolaty with some nice roast aromas in there as well. Toffee and caramel linger subtly in the background. The taste follows suit nicely. Dry roasted barley and chocolate malts provide the bulk of the flavor, but some crystal malt caramel flavors.

The texture is creamy and smooth. The carbonation that provides the ample head is very subdued, giving a solid finish with a beautifully crafted feel. This is a phenomenal beer. In my estimation, it is close to Edmund Fitzgerald, which before this, had blown every other porter that I have tried out of the water. This is very well done.

NittanyBeerFan, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is such a solid porter. Has all the qualities that a porter needs, and stays interesting. a real benchmark of the style.

The head wont give up the fight. builds up really tall with a semi aggressive pour and stays a long time, and leaves almost half the glass covered in lacing. Just off-black color.

At this point in typing out the review i've already gone through most my glass, it's so darn drinkable i either hadn't noticed or cant help it.

Some semi-sweet chocolate in the nose, and there is some sweet vanilla too.

All good porters need to have a strong roasty base, and this one has it. Deep roasted malt and toasted brown toast, vanilla again, and nuts, perhaps chessnuts roasting by the open fire.

ChadQuest, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of juju7
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite dark with no red edges visible in this light. Attractive, fluffy white head sits atop. Really nice milky, coffee, choco nose with hints of coffe beans and liqorice, really nice. Slight hint of hop presence. Wonderfuly smooth and creamy with more of the same flavours coming through on the palate. Medium bitterness, medium carbonation. Spot on porter I'd like to drink more often.

juju7, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of Evocatus
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a good porter, coffee black body, thick, healthy beige head. The aroma was definitely dominated by bittersweet chocolate, though you could get some wiffs of roasted malts. However, the taste was more on the malty side. Some bitterness, but then the chocolate flavor somewhat balances it out for a smooth finish. Good amount of thickness, could use a little bit more carbonation though. Not too pricey or heavy, so great drinkability.

Evocatus, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1,000th review of this beer!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with minimal tan foam. Sticky. Some dollops of foam remain at the top.

Strong coffee smell, notes of chocolate. Some bittering in the nose.

Delicious malty blende taste wit a dark chocolate finish. Light bitter finish -very manageable, and complements the taste perfectly.

Great porter - very drinkable.

KTCamm, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown, nice head and lacing, what a poter should look like.

smell: light aromas though, weakness of the beer

taste: dark roasted malts, chocolate and slight coffee

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: classic porter, not world class but good

CampusCrew, Mar 19, 2010
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,062 ratings.