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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,303 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,303
Reviews: 1,472
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 156
Gots: 283 | FT: 2
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Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2001

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Ratings: 3,303 | Reviews: 1,472
Photo of Anthony1
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
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
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
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
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
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
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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
4.55/5  rDev +11%
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
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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 :)

Photo of andyfrancis
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of mjaskula
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.62/5  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.

Photo of samie85
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of bump8628
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of thain709
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,303 ratings.