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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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2,860 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,860
Reviews: 1,419
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 113
Gots: 109 | 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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Photo of hawksfan82


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a typical porter, dark, but not freakishly dark. Decent head that descends to a ring relatively quickly with some decent lacing.

Not much of a smell, get a little bit of a roasty hop smell, but that's about it.

Taste is very crisp, very unusual from other porters that I've had. Roasty up front but not overwhelming. The sweetness/caramel finishes at the end, and you get just a smallest bit of alcohol with it. Finishes very clean for a porter.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, but that's not really all that bad, it works for this guy. Like with the taste, it helps with the clean finish of the beer. (Clean for a porter that is).

I only had a bottle from a mix n match sixer, but this is very drinkable. Not on the top top of my list for porters but a really solid porter. Very dependable.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 01:09:17 | More by hawksfan82
Photo of jmalex


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Mmmmm... porter. That's all I have to say about that. Heard this one was good and I love Anchor OSA, so I grabbed a sixer of this.

APPEARANCE: Pours black with brown highlights. A tight sturdy pale tan head sits atop. It drops somewhat quickly but leaves some serious lace.

SMELL: Not much of a smell. Caramel is most prevalent with some burnt-smelling malt in the background. Very faint hints of dark fruits can also be detected.

TASTE: The taste takes a little bit to develop, but the same caramel and burnt black malt comes in soon enough. The finish shows some hops somewhat and it ends with a little diacetyl that seems to wind up in a lot of porters. Not bad.

MOUTHFEEL: A bit watery and thin, but crisp and nicely carbed. I would've liked to see something a little more beefy and bodied.

DRINKABILITY: No problems here. I could drink this all night. I guess the medium body really helps here as does the lowish ABV. Either way, give me more!

Thank goodness I have a sixer of this because they're going to be gone in no time. Not all that complex but the insane drinkability makes this one to pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 01:42:20 | More by jmalex
Photo of Drew966


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

Anchor Porter pours a deep, dark black without a shade of lightness around the edge with a thick, tan head that leaves a nice lace as it fades. From a twelve ounce brown bottle. The aroma is dark malt and a bit of bitter cocoa. There is a thick mouthfeel. The flavor is dark malt, cocoa, a slight touch of raisin at the end. Very nice. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 01:35:34 | More by Drew966
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, off-white head, nice retention & lace.

S: Chocolate, nut-bread & floral hops.

T: Some malty sweetness upfront (chocolate, bread, nut), with a dry, roasted-bitterness in the finish. Slightly piney, but mostly a floral hop flavour. Pleasant depth of flavour, but I didn't think the floral flavour belonged here.

M: Moderate body & carbonation.

D: Good.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 00:39:15 | More by Derek
Photo of drpimento


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a great beer! Poured with a nice frothy, thick, foamy rich, tan head and some lace. Most of the head dissipated. The color is a very dark, almost opaque brown with highlights of dark copper red. Nice nose of roasty malty coffee, cocoa, toffee, caramel. same thing for flavor but more bitter (sounds like bad grammar). I like a coarser porter. This is a bit thin, but still great. Good finish too.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 01:02:07 | More by drpimento
Photo of mobud


3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic pint glass.

A- Charcoal black with a nice creamy head. Pours to 1/2 inch head that remains thru the sample.

S- Nice sweet malt with a light boozy smell.

T- Almost a candy sweet malt taste. Roasted malt gets you on to topside, with a well-rounded sweetness on the backend.

M- Boozy and creamy with a thick mouthfeel and a smooth feel after drinking it.

D- The best porter I have ever had. I don't normally run to drink porters, but this one is definitely one I will go back to. Meets the high standards you expect from a name like Anchor.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 00:05:12 | More by mobud
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

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

A- Very dark brown with ruby colored highlights, light tan head that drops off in a couple minutes after a hard pour.

S- Sweet malt with slightly burnt character, and very low hop aroma.

T- Burnt malt, but not overly black or acrid. Sweetness up front, finishing to an astringent, black character.

M- Medium high carbonation that balances a very full, almost buttery mouthfeel.

D- I'll have another. And another.

This is the number one example of the style on BJCP, which makes me feel like it should have better than an 89...

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 01:18:08 | More by khiasmus
Photo of Redwood21


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I havent tried many porters, but until i tried anchor porter i thought it was a style i just was not supposed to like. The color is nice and dark and it has all the porter tastes but allows them to be subtle and smooth with a clean finish. Everytime i drink one i think, i dont like porter why do i like this so much. The mouthfeel seems a bit thicker which i like but since i havent had many porters this could be par for the course. I would suggest this beer to anyone, even those who claim to hate dark beer, or porters.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 08:04:01 | More by Redwood21
Photo of shadow1961


3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anchor's Porter pours out a big creamy brown head over an opaque black
brew. Carbonation is hard to guage, though something is keeping the head
fluffed up. The nose is molasses and raisin. The flavor is dark malt up front,
with a hop and espresso finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The brew is so
dark you might expect it to be a bit thicker but is is a porter and not a stout.
Aftertaste is only slightly of hops. Anchor doesn't have the deepest bench,
but all their brews are the good stuff, and I'm always happy to see those fat
little bottles in my fridge. Good, solid stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 07:12:55 | More by shadow1961
Photo of BretSikkink


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

Wow I've been sleeping on this one, whoops. Almost perfect 'black and tan' presentation, this is one good-looking beer. I actually poured it in a flared cocktail glass which really accents the deep red highlights. Everything a porter ought to be doing; chocolate malts, creaminess, general smooth texture. Blast of citric hops is the comparative advantage; they also lend a unique herbal medicine-flair. This might not have been George Washington's porter, but they've done something spectacular to his favorite quaff. Highly recommended in lieu of an after-dinner coffee, espresso, or dessert wine and to complement quality cinema ("Borat" in this case!)

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 05:40:10 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of tomParis


4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown with a light (for a porter) head. Smells amazing, chocolate with hints of molasses and lightly toasted malt. Taste is very chocolaty with some really complex sweetness in the background and moderate bitterness to balance it out. Absolutely delicious. The mouthfeel is a little thin, and extremely smooth. Best stout or porter I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 02:57:56 | More by tomParis
Photo of brdc


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good looking pitch black beer with a tan head that leaves a very sticky lacing.
Smell becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up, hinting to the fact I opened it a bit too cold. Burnt malts, bittersweet chocolate, sugar, hops and alcohol dominate the nose.
Medium to full bodied, it opens in the palate with a pronounced burnt malt, bittersweet taste with overlapping hoppiness that is a bit more pronounced than I like.
All in all, a very well-crafted porter, pleasant and easy to drink, if not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 02:46:31 | More by brdc
Photo of Steve188821

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The apperance is black with a large head, plenty of lace

S - The smell is of dark fruits and coffee, there is also a hint of roasted malts.

T - Taste is of coffee, dark chocolate and some malt bitterness.

M - The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, good carbonation.

D - The drinkability of this beer is excellent, I could drink this all day long.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 17:40:59 | More by Steve188821
Photo of crayphish


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

Poured from a bottle into my pint glass. This porter looked a dark opaque brown, essentially black. Some light was apparent along the bottom edges. A decent light tan head reduced to a cap that lasted all the way down. Some splotchy lacing. Smell is roasted malts and some clean grainy hops. Taste is burnt chocolate, but not overbearing. Finishes with the alcohol hop bite noticed in the aroma. Mouth feel is clean and dry. I found this to be a very good beer, but I am not one to session porters.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 03:46:11 | More by crayphish
Photo of atigerlife


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

Pours a dark brown with slight ruby highlights. Small light brown head that dissipates pretty quickly but left a collar. Nice lacing that had good lasting power. Nice beer to look at.

Aroma of dark malts & molasses.

Taste of coffee, toffee, burnt molasses, dark ripe figs/raisins. Some floral hints. Light hops bitterness. Some sweetness underlying it all. Much more complex than I was expecting. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is spritzy and cleansing. Lighter than expected and not really "creamy". Slightly dry in the mouth.

Overall, this is very drinkable. Nicely balanced with a lot going on but nothing that distracts. I had this with some BBQ'd steak...matched perfectly!! I was very impressed with this beer and will definitely have some more.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 16:35:34 | More by atigerlife
Photo of Braudog


4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Mine poured a midnight red with a standard head. it produced a nice little aroma, reminding me of a neighborhood coffee shop. The flavor is magnificent coffee, toffee, and dark baked fruits. This is an excellent porter -- what else do you expect from Anchor Brewing? (#2643, 1/7/07)

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 02:21:17 | More by Braudog
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finishing off the Anchor trifecta for the nightcap, I clean my pint once more. Tuesday you say? Might make a rough morning, but let's deal with it when we get there. I hope it doesn't keep me up past my bedtime.

The pour fully encompasses the glass & mushrooms in a foamy, dense mass.

A little sour, a little marshmellowy; stinky molasses. I smell some instant cocoa mix too.

Creamy indeed. Just a hint of overroast, sweet & sour, more marshmellows, & a salty bite at the end that hits just a little too hard for my palate. Thicker then I would have expected, but it's very pleasant. Drinkability is moderate, as I find constant food is warranted for proper digestion. Let me go get a donut.

What is this? It's Wednesday now? Oh crap.


Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 05:13:52 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of theopholis


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown with a healthy but loose, tan head. When held up to the light, it Head has a decent amount of staying power, and leaves behind a fair amount of lace.

Aroma - The best word for it is chocolaty. It's not overwhelming, but you don't smell much else. Maybe just a hint of malt sweetness and bittering hops.

Taste - I have to admit, this is the beer that made me fall in love with the style. But I've tried dozens since then. Having said that, It has a big roasty taste with hints of chocolate hidden in there somewhere. There's something in there that isn't quite right. A harshness. But it's still quite good.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is just the taddest bit light for the style, but the carbonation is right on, and it works.

Drinkability - Like I said, I cut my Porter teeth on this beer. I love it, but a lot of porter drinkers find this one a tad harsh; and it is. Still pretty damn good tho.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 22:00:13 | More by theopholis
Photo of stevegamburg


4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured very dark with a beautiful thick head that didn't seem to dissipate. Smelled of roasted malts and molasses. The taste did not disappoint with a nice balance of roasted malt and dark fruit. Had a great mouthfeel and finish.
This is an awesome porter. Treat yourself - you won't regret it.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 20:42:31 | More by stevegamburg
Photo of barefootbrewer


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was black with a nice beige head. The smell was faint of spices? floral? The taste is malty and slightly bitter. It is malty, chocolaty and has a nice balance of hops. The mouthfeel is full and creamy – very nice. This is a great porter that is something I’d recommend often if possible.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 01:03:00 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of NClifestyle

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up an almost black color, deep blood red highlights in the light, huge head of light brown foam, creamy and lumpy on top, medium sized bubbles underneath.
Smell is cocoa and sweet bread, dark fruit as well. Something liquor like in the mix.
Taste is sweet and dark chocolate at the start, raisin aspect, before moving over to dryness and sharp hops at the swallow and in the aftertaste. Very roasted and coffee-ish. A hint of alcohol also creeps up. The aftertaste lingers, and is nearing the harsh level, however, I've not had a beer in a week, so it could just be me.
The beer has a decent amount of carbonation, possibly even more than a typical porter. Medium to full in the mouth, and still a bit creamy. Nice.
I would like to have this on tap, but I'll have another bottle tonight, and would go for it again in the future.


Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 01:15:43 | More by NClifestyle
Photo of chuckm


4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite porters with no bitter aftertaste and a strong smooth feel. Highly recomended flavorful beer that will go great with strong and spicy foods. While I wouldn't grab this after mowing the yard on a cool fall evening you can't do much better.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 02:47:50 | More by chuckm
Photo of BBM

New York

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown almost black, with ruby highlights and a sandy colored head. The aroma is faint and not really noticeable. But there are faints hints of coffee.

The flavor is a very well-balanced mixture of chocolate malt, subtle hops, and espresso. Quite a complex flavor. This beer never tries to get ahead of itself or be something it's not; it's a porter, through and through, which is a good thing. Too many American porters enter a hopping contest and it kills the integrity of the style, in my opinion. However Anchor's version stays true, making it a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 21:16:25 | More by BBM
Photo of meadhead


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

Seems like a Silky smooth
roast chocolate espresso - subtle port wine
hard to describe
yet with an all around ease on the palatte

Pours a beautiful deep black- brown
with a very slight burgundy tone
and nice light tan head

drinkability is exceptionally smooth
with that mysterious slight "port-wine like" finish

somebody throw me an anchor or I might
drift into port...
but seriously,

this stuff is good
with a nice complexity for a porter
and an all around
thinned creaminess to it
I woke up with the unique aftertaste
the following day at work

and I'm still haunted by it!!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 22:30:02 | More by meadhead
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

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

12 ounce bottle, 16 ounce shaker.

A - Dark, Dark brown (nearly black), with a nice two finger dark tan head. Held up to a light, the bulb is visible through the brew but with a dark brown/reddish appearance. A great looking porter.

S - Chocolate malt goodness.

T - Big roasty flavor over a chocolate malt backdrop. Espresso flavor is present. Some sweetness but nothing that is "too much" just a nice, balanced flavor.

M - A nice, rich feel that really makes this brew a pleasure to drink.

D - Malty, rich, robust dark beer = definitely a drinkable porter. At 5.6 % abv, go ahead and have a few.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 03:44:03 | More by EStreet20
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,860 ratings.