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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2001)
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Photo of Offa
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very tasty porter, rich and very flavourful, yet restrained and easy to drink.

It is practically black with a fairly big light brown head that slowly shrinks to and leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is a nice, solid porter smell: dark, toasted bread, brown bread, caramelizd fruit, chocolate, a hint of coffee.

The taste is similar, nicely balanced, full-bodied, but light and drinkable.

Offa, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of SteveS1
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle to a mug-
Look: An opaque brown with a bit of amber at the edges, tall fizzy tan head

Smell: Fruity, chocolatey

Taste: Sweet to the tongue, flavor melts into chocolate and finishes with the familiar bitterness of a porter.

Feel: Light and smooth

Drink: Very drinkable with nice flavors. There's nothing overwhelming to keep you from having a few of these.

SteveS1, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. No visible bottled date aside from random letters and numbers.

(A)- Pours pitch black with a large tan head that is rather fluffy and airy. Lots of lacing sticking everywhere.

(S)- Creamy roasted coffee with ample molasses.

(T)- Lightly roasted coffee with mountains of silky creaminess with a light nutty molasses. Some neutral cocoa in the background.

(M)- buttery smooth with no harshness despite its roasted qualities. Great balance while not being overly sweet or bitter.

(D)- What a great porter! Its got the right flavors and superb balance/mouthfeel. This is a porter that I could drink all winter long! Wonderful and creamy to boot. If you are looking for a simple, all around great porter to just sit back and enjoy, then this is it!

sweemzander, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of damndirtyape
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (no freshness date that I could interpret) in a shaker glass.
Nice light tan head, dense with a 1/4" layer that stayed the whole way down the glass - lacing abundant on the glass as I drank it down.
The smell out fresh out of the bottle is awesome - I got bourbon, coffee, malts but then it dissipated leaving me with a very mild smell in the glass.
Taste is good. I get the roasted barley, very mild coffee, and just a hint of something bitter. Very smooth though and quite enjoyable, but not as strong in the flavors I was expecting from the first smell.
Mouthfeel - at first I get some carbonation but right after that it's thick and smooth but it does not linger.
Drinkability - well it was gone fast but I don't think it's my favorite porter. It's quite good though and I'll pick up another one sometime and compare it side by side with another porter. From what I've read it's a classic American porter and I did enjoy it but I think there might be better ones out there.

damndirtyape, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of CBlack85
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: This beer is pitch black with a tan head that subsides quickly.

Smell: Very strong aroma of coffee and roasted barley.

Taste: The taste is amazing. Very strong, rich flavor with just a hint of hops. Hints of chocolate and coffee mix well with the roasted malt. The beer finishes slightly sweet. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

I love a good porter and this one is probably the best I have ever had. This will definately be a beer that I will buy again and again and again...

CBlack85, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of cpmau11
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black body with a huge tan creamy head, very frothy. Aroma has a strong scent of roasted malt barley with hints of coffee and caramel. Taste is incredible. Wow, this hits you right up front with tons of dark chocolate and roast malt. Medium bodied, nice hop bitterness throughout and smooth mouthfeel begging for more. Excellent head retention and good lacing.

Overall this has to be one my all-time favorite porters. This flavor is so robust, rich, creamy, and smooth at the same time. I got hand it to Anchor on this one.

cpmau11, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of WCBCFrank
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The porter is rich tasting, with subtle hints of chocolate and strongly roasted malted barley flavor. It is slightly carbonated with just a dash of sweetness; pouring a creamy beige head and hints of bitterness...a solid and noble beer.

For the novice: I believe one of the definitive porters to judge all others against....a must!

Personally: Anchor Porter is not just great, but something that brewers should take note of, a prime example of why craft brewing in America is as great as it is. When you look at the bottle, it appears frivolously austere, serious but unorthodox. The label appears to be from a generation ago, which invites you to taste a brew from a time when craft beer was the only beer available.

WCBCFrank, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz stubby bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Opaque black in color, a nice tan head sits atop this dark, yet inviting looking brew. Lacing on the glass is perfect and head retention is as well.

Smell: A roasted malt profile shows off some dark chocolate, espresso bean and some vanilla. Almost like desert in a bottle. Aromas seems to sponge your nostrils, I get bits of some honey as well as some spiciness as well.

Taste: Coffee immediatley jumps out at me, chocolate, roasted maltiness is here and in big form. A bit nutty as well coming into the finish. Sweetness from the malt isn't overbarring and actually works in form with the rest of the beers flavors. Very much like a liquid coffee bean dipped in chocolate. Nice!

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation here, a bit more then I like in my porters but this doesn't deter me from this brew at all. Mouthfeel is round and robust, smooth and decadent. Slight bitterness is here and well expected.

Drinkability: This beer would definetley give alot of the English Porter's I've tried a run for their money. Not only is the aromas right on point, but it's very drinkable and far from bland. Another excellent offering out of the Anchor house, one of the true originators of good American craft beer.

thespaceman, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of jxhill
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creamy tan head. Pitch black color. Tangy ripe banana smell. Strong burnt and coffee tastes on front of tongue. Despite strong taste, relatively thin-bodied. Long and even finish. Good lace early, but head dissipates.

This is a nice and flavorful, but not exceptional, example of a porter.

jxhill, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A=Dark Dark brown almost black with a good off white creamy head.

S- smells of molasses and a hint of coffee as well as roasted barley. Very rich.

D- sweet and malty with the coffee smell as well as roasted barley evident in the taste. Would be perfect on a rainy day with a book.

M- very carbonated, maybe a bit to much.

D- overall a nice beer, probably could only have a couple of these but it would be a very nice beer to enjoy almost any time you are in the mood for a relaxing evening.

SeattleBeerBlog, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of tyanow
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Almost opaque but holds brown not black tones. Thick rich beige head.

S - Rich and dark smells like coffee and chocolate, with a hint of hoppiness.

T - This is a slightly sweet and slightly bitter roasty delight. Not overly complex, more of a what you smell is what you get kind of thing - delicious.

M - Full body, creamy, thick, perfectly light effervescence.

D - Very drinkable porter. The dry finish and roasty aftertaste leave you wanting more and more.

tyanow, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of ectomorph
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ectomorph, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheSarge, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of MrOsgood
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

MrOsgood, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of JamesP123
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

JamesP123, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of argock
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

argock, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of Brencr
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Brencr, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of jackofclubs
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

jackofclubs, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

mikereaser, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

LordAdmNelson, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of Newmerator
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.


Newmerator, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Mayhem976
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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*.

Mayhem976, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

allergictomacros, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of xhcadamx
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

xhcadamx, May 29, 2009
Photo of tobyandgina
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

tobyandgina, May 27, 2009
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,062 ratings.