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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,281 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,281
Reviews: 1,468
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 152
Gots: 270 | 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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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

Photo of diamondc
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle for $1.99. 9D1 code on the back.

Almost black appearance with a slight ruby tint. A really nice frothy mocha colored head. Some nice lacing on the way down.

Licorice, coffee, brownies, milk chocolate, and molasses with a hint of vanilla aromas abound.

Taste is more or less the same as the aroma. Piney hops balance out the roasted & chocolate malts and the slight acidic coffee-like tang. Good stuff.

A quaffable porter. Very effervescent and not heavy on the mouthfeel.

Photo of mjw2808
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost black color with a dark toffee colored head less than one finger that leaves minimal lacing. At first I noticed mostly coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt in the nose, but after a good swirl I got a big dose of liquorish. Very sweet. The taste is a beautiful combination of liquorish, coffee, dark chocolate, and some roasted malt. They blend together perfectly. Couldnt ask for a better mouthfeel or drinkability to this porter.

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

Glass - Pint

A - Pretty dense off white head, around 2-3 fingers. Retention is pretty damn good. Almost black with some ruby color when held to light. Left some thick splashy lacing, very nice.

S - Semi sweet nutty aroma with mild roasted coffee notes, a bit of licorice as well. Some soft buttery notes and a slight herbal quality to it.

T - I would say upfront is some dark chocolate, semi robust malts with a bit of mild roasted coffee. Some sour twang as it rolls off the sides of the tongue, finishes with some lingering, slightly roasted malts and a sorta semi rich bakers chocolate flavor.

M - Smooth but not chewy, moderately carbonated & almost effervescent. Lite-medium bodied I'd say.

D - This is just a damn good Porter. It's got every thing one could want at of the style. This one doesn't have a robust malty flavor profile, just a little bit of everything. Extremely easy drinking, I could have 3-4 of these delicious brews. Highly recommended, I wouldn't mind picking this one up again. Cheers!

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

Pours very dark, nearly black. Only a little bit of red to show around the bottom. Moderately aggressive pour yielded a one and a half finger, light caramel colored head. The smell is slightly sour with lots of dark fruit. Followed quickly by caramel and chocolate notes.

Taste is medium-bodied with light to medium carbonation. The dark chocolate is more apparent in the taste followed quickly with dark fruit and again, a noticeable sourness that reminds me a bit of Guinness extra stout. Just a light amount of hop bitterness finishes it off. Lingering bitterness is minimal and finishes somewhat clean.

A solid drinkable porter, one of my favorite American porters thus far.

Photo of Zekezilla
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark, dark brown in color, almost black, some light lacing.

Smell: chocolate, caramel, malt, brown sugar.

Taste: caramel, nutty, brown sugar, light hops, making for a very nice smooth balance.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low carbonation, was very good match for the overall experience of this beer.

Drinkable: extremely drinkable, if you're ok with a slightly sweet, caramel taste. Would definitely seek out again.

Photo of RevereBeer
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Very dark brown with a towering tan head with good retention. Beautiful lacing.

S: Chocolate, sweet malts. Very little hops detected. Not too strong on the nose which was really the only sore spot of this brew.

T: Delicious chocolatey and creamy. Sweet with some fruit underneath. Very mild hop flavor.

M: Sweet, sticky and creamy. Mild carbonation.

D: A very drinkable porter even with its robust chocolate taste. I really enjoyable beer. This went straight to the top of my list.

Photo of dasenebler
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anchor Porter pours a deep dark brown-black with reddish highlights. Head is initially big and foamy, but subsides to a thin layer sporting good lacing.

Aroma is of chocolatey malts and both bright and earthy hops.

Flavor is excellent. I can see how this is one of the most respected American porters. Very full-flavored and smooth. At first it seems a tad sweet and milky, but the roasty, chocolatey finish balances this. A bright, citrusy hop flavor is detectable, albeit faintly. Well-balanced dark brew here. Mouthfeel is full and rich, but a tad over-carbonated for my taste. Nevertheless, a joy to drink.

A beer I will definitely considering buying again if I am looking for a good porter.

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

poured from the `1 oz bottle into my new belgium tumbler

A: pours a maple syrup, root beer color. no clarity at ALL. nice healthy generous head that settles quick.

S: sweet, aromatic, mostly malty to the nose.

T: not as strong as the nose but very nice nonetheless. LOVE the subtle sweetness

M: alcohol is well hidden HUGE body here.

D: a bit heavy to drink by the case, but really really good stuff herre.

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

Look: Mahogany color, big tan head, nice lacing

Smell: Malt, chocolate, caramel

Taste: Up Front: Big malt, coco, nutty, dark bread, raisins. Finish: Sweet with a little hops present

Mouthfeel: Creamy and sticky

Drinkability: Smooth, slightly chewy

Overall Impression: Another solid brew from Anchor! If you like the style, you'll love this beer!

Photo of popery
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. Excellent porter, one of my favorite hometown beers. Anchor Porter pours a very dark shade of brownish ruby, nice highlights in the light, transparent but for the color. The head is big and creamy. The aroma is a mix of chocolate, coffee, roast, plums, molasses, mild booze, some porter ashiness, dates, blackberries, toasted granola. The flavor is smooth and rich. It's intense for the abv with a lot of roast, dark fruits and brown sugar/molasses/caramel. The hops give just enough bite to reign things in. It's one of the best porters around, in my opinion, and it's relatively cheap and well-distributed - a testament to Anchor's success.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour looks like one from a nitro tap. Bubbles cascade upwards and form a dark and creamy espresso-like head. Thick rings of lace are connected by lacy legs that drip downwards between them. The head lingers at 1 finger thickness for the remainder of the glass.

The bouquet is chocolaty with some nice roast aromas in there as well. Toffee and caramel linger subtly in the background. The taste follows suit nicely. Dry roasted barley and chocolate malts provide the bulk of the flavor, but some crystal malt caramel flavors.

The texture is creamy and smooth. The carbonation that provides the ample head is very subdued, giving a solid finish with a beautifully crafted feel. This is a phenomenal beer. In my estimation, it is close to Edmund Fitzgerald, which before this, had blown every other porter that I have tried out of the water. This is very well done.

Photo of ChadQuest
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is such a solid porter. Has all the qualities that a porter needs, and stays interesting. a real benchmark of the style.

The head wont give up the fight. builds up really tall with a semi aggressive pour and stays a long time, and leaves almost half the glass covered in lacing. Just off-black color.

At this point in typing out the review i've already gone through most my glass, it's so darn drinkable i either hadn't noticed or cant help it.

Some semi-sweet chocolate in the nose, and there is some sweet vanilla too.

All good porters need to have a strong roasty base, and this one has it. Deep roasted malt and toasted brown toast, vanilla again, and nuts, perhaps chessnuts roasting by the open fire.

Photo of juju7
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite dark with no red edges visible in this light. Attractive, fluffy white head sits atop. Really nice milky, coffee, choco nose with hints of coffe beans and liqorice, really nice. Slight hint of hop presence. Wonderfuly smooth and creamy with more of the same flavours coming through on the palate. Medium bitterness, medium carbonation. Spot on porter I'd like to drink more often.

Photo of Evocatus
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a good porter, coffee black body, thick, healthy beige head. The aroma was definitely dominated by bittersweet chocolate, though you could get some wiffs of roasted malts. However, the taste was more on the malty side. Some bitterness, but then the chocolate flavor somewhat balances it out for a smooth finish. Good amount of thickness, could use a little bit more carbonation though. Not too pricey or heavy, so great drinkability.

Photo of KTCamm
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1,000th review of this beer!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with minimal tan foam. Sticky. Some dollops of foam remain at the top.

Strong coffee smell, notes of chocolate. Some bittering in the nose.

Delicious malty blende taste wit a dark chocolate finish. Light bitter finish -very manageable, and complements the taste perfectly.

Great porter - very drinkable.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown, nice head and lacing, what a poter should look like.

smell: light aromas though, weakness of the beer

taste: dark roasted malts, chocolate and slight coffee

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: classic porter, not world class but good

Photo of thedrewski86
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a snifter. Left 1/2" tan head, not too much lacing that just slides down the glass. Color is very dark with red highlights when held to light. Smell is strong malt and alcohol that has a lot of wine qualities to it. Taste is hugely malty, there's a lot of characteristics of a bourbon barrel aged beer here. I definitely taste some oak. Medium mouthfeel, mild carbonation. This is an excellent example of the style, but it still can't touch the Alpha Klause!

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

Appearance: A dark brown, essentially black body with laser beam ruby-red highlights. Up top, there's about two fingers of creamy tan-tinged head that feature great retention and lacing.

Aroma: Sweet toasty malt accompanied by mild notes of chocolate, dark fruit, and creamy lactose.

Flavor: A sturdy roasted malt backbone with notes of chocolate, coffee, mild spice, and dark fruit. Bitter coffee-ish notes and a good dash of lactic notes cut the malt nicely. Roasted malt and dark fruit in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A smooth and creamy medium body with good carbonation. The finish dries just a little.

Drinkability: This is a smooth drinker and a brilliant session choice.

Verdict: Anchor Porter is tasty, highly drinkable, and a good example of the American Porter style. While it may not be absolutely bursting with flavor, it's solid and expertly crafted, like every other Anchor beer.

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark chocolate brown in the nonic, translucent around the edges with a beautiful two-finger light tan head that clings to the glass. Chocolate, caramel and faint butterscotch aromas waft from the glass. There's a subtle roasty, charred undertone buried beneath the dessert-like scents. It presents a similarly decadent profile to the palate; bold flavors of chocolate, caramel and carob balanced by a roasty bitterness and earthy hop bite. The mouthfeel is creamy and full for the modest ABV, and the finish is pleasantly dry and mildly bitter. I never seem to tire of this one; a microbrew classic.

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

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Translucent black with purplish tint when held to the light. Forms a an inch of mocha-colored head that remains for several minutes, dissolving into a light film on top of the brew. Decent lacing down the glass as I drink.

S: Dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, and molasses are strong in the nose. Only a lesser content of roasted malt and coffee aromas. Reminds me a little of a Scotch Ale.

T: The strongest flavors are caramel with dark fruits (plums, raisins) providing a sweet backbone that leads into the mid-taste, where slightly bitter chocolate and coffee tastes round out the flavor. Only toward the end is there a noticeable roasted malt and molasses presence, which leads to a sweet finish and aftertaste.

M: Thin-bodied, but still creamy due to low carbonation. Very refreshing.

D: My first impression of this wasn't very positive, but this is a very drinkable / enjoyable beer. It is flavorful, low ABV, and affordable. Hard to fault.

Photo of niklas0770
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The liquid is dark brown, almost black with a thick head. I actually enjoyed quite a bit myself building a nice looking head. Unfortunatly it went away way to fast...

The smell is sweet of syrup, but mostly figs. There is also some coffee beans and some alcohol. Very well balaced even though you can smell the alcohol.

The taste is sweet up front with figs and more dark fruits, then the bitterness of the coffee beans hits you. I feel a slightly sour taste aswell, not quite sure what it is... It probably has to do with the dark fruits.

I expected this beer to be much more oily but I found it to be quite dry and thin in the mouthfeel

This is a very good porter, probably one of my favorites. Drink this at a slow pace and you shall find yourself very relaxed

Photo of homebrew311
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know why it took me so long to try this beer... but I finally am giving it a try

A: pours a clear dark brown, appears a deep brown in theglass with ruby highlights, generous 2 finger foamy brown head

S: roasted malts, cocoa nibs, hints of bitter coffee

T: starts with a molasses sweetness, followed by the same roasted notes that were in the nose, finishes with a touch of fruity hops

MF: rather thin body, medium carbonation

D: this is a solid porter, perhaps a good entry porter for those new to the style. Perhaps my taste buds are fried from all of the imperials I've had, but this beer strikes me as mild. It is however quite drinkable.

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,281 ratings.