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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor PorterAnchor Porter

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2,976 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,976
Reviews: 1,428
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 127
Gots: 152 | 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 ectomorph


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

12oz shorty into a pint glass.

A - Black with a hint of ruby at the top when held up. A large tan head fades away in patches slowly.

S - Coffee, caramel, chocolate, roasty goodness.

T - Chocolate malt and toffee flavors with some coffee in the back. Not overly sweet or smoky but a nice balance of rich roasted malt.

M - Silky smooth with some good carb nose prickle to it.

D - Very high, I can't believe I've not had this before, but I will be having it again.

07-16-2009 23:28:24 | More by ectomorph
Photo of TheSarge


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

Anchor Porter creates about three inches of dark khaki colored head, which forms into a rocky crown. The body is jet black, with only slightly reddish hues to shine through at the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is of charred malts, producing a coffee and mild cocoa fragrance. The aroma is very pronounced.

The taste is sweeter than expected. It has a smooth dark chocolate flavor, but ends up giving into a burnt coffee flavor.

Mouth feel wise, this is crisp, slightly slick in the middle, and finishes quite dry.

This porter is highly drinkable, even on a warm summer evening such as today. It's not too dry and the moderate ABV keeps this brew from being too dry for the warmer season.

07-01-2009 18:36:47 | More by TheSarge
Photo of MrOsgood


4.83/5  rDev +17.5%

I actually just stumbled upon this beer (on this website. Thanks BA), read some pretty positive reviews, and decided I'd give it a try. Naturally, it's hard to dissuade me from trying a highly rated Porter.

Anchor Porter is a very well-built beer. There's a perfect blend of ingredients, and the smell and the taste compliment each other. After a good pour, it's a very inviting beer. Is that the right word? I couldn't drink more than two of these beers at a time, but in my opinion, that's a good thing because I could savor every sip.

This is my first beer review so I am kind of at a loss for things to say. The ultimate test for me when I drink a beer is whether or not I will buy more of the beer. With Anchor, there's no doubt I'll be returning to the store for more.

06-20-2009 19:32:48 | More by MrOsgood
Photo of JamesP123


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a beer mug.

A. Dark, Dark brown, almost black. Looks pretty dark for a porter, but that cetainlly isn;t a bad thing. One finger od medium brown head that stays in chunks as it laces the glass.

S. Toasted Malts hit me first, followed by a nutty smell. Picking up a small himt of alcohol.

T. First thing I notice is the nuttyness to the beer. Picking up a sweet chocolate and coffee notes. This is one tasty porter. Nothing overpowering, a very balanced brew. I get a little bit of the alcohol as the beer begins to warm up.

M. Medium bodied and creamy. Really good!

D. In my opinion this is better than their flagship beer, and may be more prefereable than their liberty ale (Which is my favorite of theirs beers)This may become my new fav from Anchor. A porter everyone should try

06-20-2009 01:44:46 | More by JamesP123
Photo of argock


3.68/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear mug. No freshness date but cryptic code on back label. Purchased as 6-pack at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $11.29.

A: Near black with steely light tan 1-2 finger head with good retention and lacing.

S: One-dimensional aroma which is like caramel frosting with buttery, sweet caramel aroma with minimal to no hops araoma. Not much roasted aroma as you would expect with the style but pleasant nonetheless.

T: Pleasant but again one-dimensional with a sweet caramel flavor without much roasted or hops flavor.

M: Creaminess on par with most porters with medium carbonation and body. Sweet sugary aftertaste.

D: A good porter but not complex with much more sweetness than most top-notch beers in this style. I like several others much better, but this is a good, solid porter.

06-18-2009 04:39:08 | More by argock
Photo of Brencr


3.98/5  rDev -3.2%

OK, so I'm not a big fan of Porters, but ended up at a late night store that had a limited selection so I naturally had to go with Anchor.

Pouring into a glass, it leaves a small head and has an average Porter smell. It is smooth and everything that a Porter should have (ie. not as heavy as stout but heavier than ale). I enjoy it, but maybe I should try it on a cold evening rather than a summer night.

06-18-2009 03:53:12 | More by Brencr
Photo of jackofclubs


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%

A dark brown almost black with a thick creamy head

S rosty, malty, coffee and chocolate. the usual porter mo just more so

T great. the hops and the chocolate make a bitter rosty beer with all the malt i need

M rich and creamy you can feel the sweet malt all the way down

D this is one that makes me love porter

06-18-2009 00:17:19 | More by jackofclubs
Photo of mikereaser


3.8/5  rDev -7.5%

A - pours a pitch black with 1/4 inch of tan foam that formed on top

S - sweet aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate

T - roasted malt, bitter chocolate with a sweet fruity flavor as well

M/D - smooth, medium bodied, a bit too sweet for me, but overall a nice brew, just not one that I would go to regularly

06-17-2009 17:02:37 | More by mikereaser
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3.68/5  rDev -10.5%

A- Deep opaque black with moderate tan head with little retention. Laces nicely.

S- Phenolic, meaty, a little chocolate and dark malt.

T- Mirrors the nose. Phenolic, chocolate, dark malt, some hop bitterness, although not too much.

M- Thick and creamy, not bad at all. Pretty big for a porter.

D- Phenolic quality kind of puts me off, but that's just me. Otherwise, not a bad brew.

06-16-2009 07:37:09 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of Newmerator


3.45/5  rDev -16.1%

pours a deep black with a touch of dark choc brown. mocha head and a sticky lace

s - roasted malts, coffee, nutty, chpcolate... delish

tastes much the same only a slight phenolic after taste that i wasnt too fond of. almost ruined the beer for me.

pretty light mouthfeel for a porter.

drinkability was okay. i still have yet to really fall for any beer by anchor steam. maybe it's just me.


06-14-2009 01:28:59 | More by Newmerator
Photo of Mayhem976


4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

A- Very dark with a slight brown tint, great size head, and impressive fingers.

S- Caramel malt and a hint of coffee.

T- Creamy, slightly sweet, and a strong hop/coffee aftertaste.

M- Thick and smoooth.

D- SOLID porter from anchor brewing company, would love another *gulp*.

06-12-2009 02:15:38 | More by Mayhem976
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +12.7%

Dark, opaque brown with an epic head of foam. You could stand on this. Dominant aroma is sweet, candylike molasses with a hint of herbal hops underneath. Sour, bitter, fruity, roasty - it's got it all, but well balanced and married flavours. Full, round flavours complement rather than oppose each other, and all against a backdrop of dark, caramelized sugars. Body is smooth and somewhat chewy. Hints of apple sneak through near the end as well. Delicious.

06-01-2009 23:15:37 | More by allergictomacros
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

A - brownish black with ruby highlights. Tan frothy head that leaves a ring around the beer. Sticky lacing.

S - ripe fruit, toffee, molasses and a hint of booze

T - very bitter black coffee flavor along with molasses and ripe fruit. Herbal from the hops.

M - prickly yet smooth

D - Very tasty and wouldn't mind seeing this in my fridge any day.

05-29-2009 01:27:13 | More by xhcadamx
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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

I got an average sized head that was light brown and frothy.
Fair lacing.
Color was black with a tiny bit of ruby coming through at the bottom.

Aroma had average maltiness with some molasses and caramel. Also some roasted nutty coffee mixed in. There was also a slight hint of dust (?). Light on the hops. I also got a whiff of red wine.

Taste had some red wine, grape skin, even a little wood. Also I'm getting some sugary cola, cherries, coffee and light alcohol. Maybe that's a mix of the wine and the cherries.

This is a medium bodied porter with an oily, alcoholic texture with an average alcoholic and slightly bitter finish.

All in all, not a very robust porter, but a great start.

05-27-2009 17:00:44 | More by tobyandgina
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3.63/5  rDev -11.7%

Aroma - Sweet fruits (I was expected coffee or roasted malts)

Appearance - Dark with a tan head

Taste - Roasted mat and coffee with a sweet fruity twang at the end. A decent porter with a little to much sweet flavor for me.

Notes - A medium bodied porter with a good amount of carbonation.

05-27-2009 00:35:55 | More by jwhawkins81
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3.68/5  rDev -10.5%

Presentation - Cute little funny shaped bottle into my liberian pint glass.

Appearance - Deep dark brown pouring into the glass, capped with a finger and a half of tan, sand-colored foam that leaves sparse traces down the sides of the glass. When held to the light is is pretty much opaque save for a few mahogeny highlights at the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Roasty malts and a slight alcohol aroma. A bit surprised by the roast, as most porters tend to the malty, chocolatey sort of smell in my experience.

Taste - Dark fruit begins, which is very interesting, as I do not often detect that in porters. Dark maltiness, with a bready cast to it follows. The chocolate and toffee hit at the end, followed by a pleasantly bitter roasty aftertaste and aroma. No hop flavor detected, though I detect hop bitterness. Alcohol at the end. Moderately sweet, with sort of bucket full estery overtones. I do not like these esters in this beer. Tastes weird to me.

Mouthfeel - A slick, chewy, somewhat thin cream texture. Prickles from carbonation at the finish especially.

Drinkability - Medium. The bottle I opened wasn't quite cold enough, but I suspect the alcohol note would disappear with a chillier temperature, something I plan to test tomorrow. Will update when complete. The bucket o' esters and alcohol note keeps the drinkability lower than some other porters, but overall this is a reasonably mild mannered porter of medium drinkability.

05-16-2009 23:44:14 | More by BacklitAvenger
Photo of barnzy78


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%

6oz (shared a 12oz bottle). Poured near black with a creamy tan head. Aromas were roasted malts with hints of cocoa and coffee. Tastes were initially sweeter than expected with a pleasant roasted malt and cocoa up-front followed by a finish of coffee with a slight hop bitterness for balance. Hops were more noticeable than other porters, but the amount used was spot-on for an overall very good representation of the style. Solid porter and one I would drink again and recommend.

05-16-2009 18:13:40 | More by barnzy78
Photo of stumac


4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

I just wanna start off by saying I wish I had tried this beer when I first knew of it's existence a few years ago because this beer rocks!!!

it pours up straight black with a huge frothy tan head. great lacing. the nose is very yeasty, fairly sweet malts, cocoa. the taste is big malts, very crisp, nutty, chocolate, subtle coffee bean, a clean finish, medium to full bodied, medium spritzy carbo. Damnlicious!

05-14-2009 23:34:21 | More by stumac
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Poured into pint glass, very dark brown, with a rocky tan head that lasted the entire beer.

smell: Very malty, sweet coffee and caramel notes.

taste: Dark malt character with upfront bitterness, followed by a sweet chocolate malt like character. Smoky and espresso flavours present. Outstanding porter!

Beautiful beer to behold and drink.

05-12-2009 05:11:40 | More by miket163
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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice coffee colored brown head that is very dense and takes some time to fade.

Hints of smoked malt in the nose as well as some hops. Smokey sweet smell.

Very full beer with coffee hints and some chocolate notes at the end. Mostly coffee and smokeyness at the beginning though.

Creamy mouth feel with refreshing quality at the same time. It is very rich.

I loved this beer and found it a good example of a porter from the US.

05-09-2009 02:26:20 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%

12 oz bottle from Premier Gourmet.

Pours a pretty opaque dark brown, some reddish highlights, thick tan head forms, slowly settles down to a thick ring around the glass, some nice lace chunks stick, good retention. Smell is nice, lots of dark fruit, raisins and prunes, strawberries, caramel, biscuit, light bit of roast but not much for a porter, touch of vanilla and some brown sugar, pretty neat. Taste is similar, very fruity, lots of raisin, dates, dark fruit, cherries/strawberries, some sweet caramel and brown sugar through the middle, maybe a touch of roast in the finish, this reminds me quite a bit of their bock. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty drinkable but definitely not any American porter I've ever had. Still good though.

05-05-2009 01:39:27 | More by Viggo
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Color is black with ruby highlights and a tan colored head that left good lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate.

Tasted like roasted malts, with chocolate,coffee,and some nutty flavors. Hops are just right and give this beer a good balance with not too much bitterness at the end.

Very smooth and drinkability was also very good. Rich mouthfeel and light carbonation. Definitely a beer that I will be drinking again.

05-05-2009 01:02:31 | More by SirDrinxAlot
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

A: Nearly black, with some dark red. About 2 fingers of tan head, which faded pretty quickly. Good lacing though.

S: The malts are the main thing that comes through on the nose. Nice and sweet, I would have preferred a slightly stronger smell though.

T: The toffee/chocolate sweetness is nicely balanced by the hops. No overwhelming flavors, solid all around.

M: Lots of carbonation, almost a soda like mouthfeel. Works quite well with the taste.

D: Drinks quite easily.

05-03-2009 20:11:53 | More by seand
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4.9/5  rDev +19.2%

Presentation: Standard Anchor bottle offering in the shorter more slender bottle. Production: 9J7

Appearance: Pours very dark brown, with light just barely getting through near the edges of the glass. A large tan head forms easily. Retention could use a little work, light lacing on the glass.

Smell: First whiff you get the roasted malts with a light hint of alcohol. With a deeper inhale you just get an incredible amount of chocolate.

Taste: Full mouthfeel with plenty of roasted character and the perfect amount of bitterness to balance out the sweetness from all that malt. Carbonation is a little on the light side, but it just makes the beer that much more silky smooth and rich.

Notes: Just came back into distribution in Colorado and couldn't want to buy myself a case. I think the head retention could use a little work, and I would prefer the beer to be a little fulller in the mouthfeel, but I'm just splitting hairs. Here you have it, the gold standard for the American Porter. Everything is just so nicely balanced between the roast, malt sweetness and the bitterness. The overwhelming chocolate in the nose is just bliss. I could drink this all day and in any season.

05-02-2009 03:43:27 | More by dauss
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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with reddish highlights and a thick tan head that holds for a long time. As the head thins there is a nice ring of foam around the glass with a layer of fine bubbled foam on the surface of the liquid. Sipping leaves interesting patterns of lacing.

Smell: The aroma reveals the roasted malts with traces of coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste: The flavor contains both some modest sweetness from the malts as well the flavors of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. This is an incredibly well balanced porter.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel from the carbonation. The finish begins sweet and then is long and dry with elements of dark roast bitterness along with traces of hop bitterness and flavor.

Drinkability: This is a really nice porter and it would be easy to sit and drink several of them in an evening.

05-02-2009 00:29:13 | More by drtth
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,976 ratings.