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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,184 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,184
Reviews: 1,447
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 138
Gots: 221 | 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 MirImage
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of claybeer
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bsp77
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of king75
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jjanega08
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of clarkm04
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Anthony1
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ddgrant
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jera1350
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of SBXLII
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

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

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

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).

Photo of augustgarage
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of thierrynantes
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown (almost black) color with a huge light-tan head on it. Smells of hops, light chocolate, and a bit of coffee. The hop smell is stronger than expected. The taste is very delightful. A very nice light taste to it. Initially I get a smokiness/burnt taste, followed by sweet chocolate milk-like taste. There is also a very mellow coffee taste. This beer is EXTREMELY well balanced and the taste is very light, but at the same time it's very flavorful. The mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, but I think that's okay once in awhile. Especially when the weather is as hot as it is right now. The drinkability is VERY high.

Photo of marcobrau
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown; pretty much black. Quite carbonated, foam rises quickly, settles more slowly and leaves islands of lace behind, stuck to the sides of the glass. Smells of cocoa, licorice and rubber. (I'm thinking tires, which I know is kinda weird.) Soft mouthfeel; almost a touch watery. Dark malt flavors dominate; baker's chocolate and licorice, touch of sweeter chocolate. Hops are played way down. Finishes dry with some tannins. A fine porter that makes for a good sessions.

Photo of unHipHopHead
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet...

A Wonderfully illustrated and designed labels with a nicely crafted bottle as well. Pours a deep dark brown/black with a fluffy caramel head. Looks like a nice coffee drink.

S WOW. Smells like delicious chocolate and soft coffee with the most fruity floral aromas you can imagine.

T Sweet upfront followed by some subtle bitter and just enough chewy. After a few sips I'm starting to get the molasses which now seems pretty prominent.

M Mostly smooth and silky, some lingering bitterness and residue which is expected and appreciated. Similar to coffee.

D One is probably enough... its very concentrated, maybe a good night cap.

Photo of aval89
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark brown almost black color.. head is a nice off white color.. head sticks around for a while and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.. looks good in a glass..

smell: dark roasty malts, nuts, dark cocoa, dark fruits, maybe some vanilla, coffee..

taste: semi sweet roasted malts up front with dark chocolate/coffee coming into play.. dark fruits like fig, prunes, dark cherries.. burnt sugars/caramel.. just a tiny bit of hop presence to help maintain the taste..

mf is smooth and creamy with a medium body..

very high drinkability on this.. def a nice porter.. cant ask for more..


Photo of gonger
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle served in pint glass.

A-Pours brown/black with a firm cappuccino colored head rising as I tilt the glass upright. Good head retention. Sticky. A thin ring of head remains, leaving classic latticework designs down the inside of my glass as I imbibe.

S-Malt, molasses, dark coffee beans in a hot roaster.

T-Roasted malt, burnt sugar, just a hint of yeast, strong black tea. Enough carbonation to keep my tongue busy, and all the flavor of roasted malt I expect in fine porter. The hops balance the malt-burnt-sugar sweetness to produce an almost perfect aftertaste. Makes me want another.

M-Creamy-smooth, full bodied. Foody, finished.

D-This is an elixir that caresses the palate and leaves my mouth feeling safisfied...a guilty pleasure. Porter is one of my favorite beer styles and Fritz Maytag has given us one of the best.

Edit on 08/22/2011 only to put an exclamation point to what I posted earlier. I'm admittedly biased. Porter is one of my favorite styles and Anchor Porter may just be the very best.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good porter that I can't believe I've never reviewed this before. Nice dark color. Carbonation is a little bit much, light in color. Great toasty roAsty aroma. Flavor is exactly what you want In a porter. Good dark roast. Not too strong. Great hop balance.

Photo of jhammel01
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black with a soapy off white head that disappears quickly. Keeps a nice lacey ring on the top of the beer. Though it doesn't stick.

Smells strongly of dark chocolates, some caramel and some roasted malt.

The beer tastes strongly of dark chocolate, coffee, hop residual hop finish. Finishes very dry.

The beer is a bit on the medium bodied side. Its very nice and almost creamy.

Photo of michaelpcarney
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5







Photo of cgmees
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of AlexCorleone
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Photo of kola
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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 :)

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,184 ratings.