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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,237 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,237
Reviews: 1,458
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 149
Gots: 253 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2001

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

A: Very dark, nice creamy looking head.

S: A bit bittersweet type smell.

T: Very smooth, and very creamy. Not a strong chocolate flavor but a bit of a coffee hint to it. (I am not the best at picking out these flavors) Mild alcohol aftertaste, but on par with most Porters.

Summary: For sure one of the better porters I have had, but did not have anything that stood out about it. But maybe thats what made it so good, very drinkable.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite dark, if held to the light, a red-wine purpel in the center. Around the edges, orange. Fluffy tan head of 2 inches gone to a half or so. Dimply with pretty good lacing.

S: Chocolate, dark chocolate, plum patent malt, booze.

T: Chocolate hinted at, roast grain and accompanying bitter notes. Earthy, chocolate malted milk balls, dense coffee.

M: Even though not that heavy, its still silky. Like dense coffee, espresso.

D: I could session this easily.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz.

Pours a deep coffee brown that barely lets light penetrate with a brown sugar head that's thin but retains as lacing.

The smell is brown sugar, malts, and a bit of a toasty note.

The taste is similar, sweet and toasty, but the toastiness is more pronounced, and there is a hop bitterness in the end.

Feels full and smooth, and a bit creamy, with subtle carbonation throughout.

Pretty delicious offering, easy to drink, and well worth having.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is opaque black with a little red around the edges and a big foamy tan head that has great retention. Nice sticky lacing.

Smell is of coffee, roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. All around a nice inviting aroma.

Taste is a great blend of coffee, malts chocolate and a bitter hop presence at the end. It has a rich roasted character to it and seams to be a well blended flavor.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy and smooth. Full bodied, rich and quite pleasing on the tongue with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinakability is great! Goes down nice and smooth and has a great flavor. I'd say this is an outstanding example of the style. Wonderful session beer and I look forward to many more.

Photo of kegger22
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass it poured an opaque brown with a half inch head that faded to a sustainable collar. The aroma was a candy sweet, like toffee, but I had to work hard to get that. The taste was burnt malt, sweet but with a slight sourness in the background. There was a little hop bitterness too, which served to blunt the sour edge a bit. I was unable to perceive any appreciable chocolate flavor. The feel was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was very good. Not up there with the big boys like Olfabrikken, Red Eye, Founders or Eddy Fitz; but still a very good porter.

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

A- dark dark mahogany shines through the blackness at the bottom of the glass. puffy creamy tan foam holds forever and gets all wrinkly and pitted as it settles. and as expected, there's plenty sticky globs of lace.

S- roasted, coffee, and dark chocolate. some molasses and jamaican rum, and a brown sugar sweetness, somewhat nutty, spicy, and smokey, cream, damp wood, toffee, and vanilla. a whiff of alcohol as it warms.

T- some fruity tartness comes through, with huge roasted grain and coffee flavor. dark chocolate, milk chocolate, stone, damp tree bark, earthy, vanilla, burnt caramel, toffee, some citrus hops compete with the roasted bitterness in the sweet smokey finish.

MF- rich and creamy, with tight delicate carbonation, an absolute perfect feel.

D- extremely flavorful, yet mild enough to go down quickly and effortlessly. an exceptional brew all the way around.

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

Poured a deep dark brown, thick creammy 2 inch head, that dissipated, to a impressive 1/4 inch head that retained well.
aroma is a bit fruity, and a lot of fresh baked bread.
Taste is fantastic! a lot of malt (which I like)..and some really complex flavors coffee, a hint of chocolate...but much more..and hard to explain..but good!
mouth is full and rich...very satisfying!
drinkabilty is exceptional!..I could easily make a night of drinking this!...well done... Bravo!

Photo of Fillpott
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle w/ 9UA on the label. Beer poured nearly black w/ a 1/2" light-tan head. The smell was tight at first, but opened up to a bitter, minerally scent as the beer warmed. Had a faint smell of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste confirmed the roasted smell and chocolate and coffee undertones. The taste was welcoming and got better as the beer warmed. Overall mouthfeel was creamy w/ a clean, crisp finish. Good beer.

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I gave it an overly aggressive pour and so had an overbearing amount of head, which was thick, light brown and left a lot of lacing behind it. Its incredibly dark and when its held to the light, I'm not even seeing any highlights. It doesn't seem to be very carbonated at all and the taste reflects this later on. The aroma is dominated by a dark, fruity smell with a hint of alcohol and roasted malts. As for the taste, I am mostly getting dark fruit through the whole taste and not much else. Its very good but not very complex. Its very thick and lightly carbed so its not all that drinkable and its taking me a long time to get to the bottom of the beer.

Overall, this is a good porter though I think there are others that I would prefer (I like a little coffee taste in my porters and this does not have any of that). I'm glad I tried it though.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours charcoal black-red with a rocky tan head that shrinks but holds throughout with ribbons of lace. Nose is nutty, cocoa, fresh leaf, a bit of molasses. Earthy bitter chocolate malts - someone else said date, I could see that - cut by spice and piney hops bite. Long dry sustain. Smooth round feel, light to medium, with surprising fizz that clears the palate.

Amazing that all these years later this still stands with the best American Porters. The benchmark for the style, I'd drink this anytime.

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

12oz single from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $1.50.

A: Deep brown with a cream colored cap, not quite an inch thick, decent head retention. Head is fairly dense and leaves a few sticky bubbles on the side.

S: Smells like a porter should smell, has the distinct notes of earthy English hops, and a smell that I can only describe as old bar. Notes of chocolate as well. Nice.

T: Fairly rich flavors of roasted malt and specialty grains, a little bit of black patent shining through with a bit of a burnt profile. Coffee, and bitter hops. Slightly chocolatey. Very traditional porter. Excellent tasting beer.

M: Medium, with a fair amount of carbonation, slightly dry. A little more carbonated than I like, but still nice.

D: Easy drinking beer, and definitely in the session range, even if it is a little higher up in that spectrum. I would really like to find this beer on tap. Nice beer, I can't believe I've passed it by so much. Recommended.

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

A big thanks goes out to my cousin's boyfriend Tom, who brought this over along with 5 other random beers... all of which were stellar choices. You've got my approval, now time to drink...

I'll serve this in a large tulip glass at around cellar temperature. Freshness code is 9ME.

Appearance- A rich, deep brown bordering on black, this beer pours with an enormous beige head that sits like a king. Even after five full minutes, the crown is soapy and resilient... lacing is spotty yet significant.

Smell- Molasses, prunes, and a smattering of chocolate cocoa infuses the nose with a rich, heavy tone. It feels as if this has a lot to offer, a real heavyweight in the ingredients department.

Taste- The palate is loaded with rich, dark malts and a fruity, dry character that finishes almost chalky... positively Anchor, the trademark yeast strain defines the brewery's signature. The flavors are complex enough to really demand appreciation from the sip right through the swallow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Creamy and slick, the texture here is another reason why this porter ranks as one of the benchmarks of the style. The old-world, handmade nature of this beer comes through in all aspects of its presence, and I'm thankful for its availability in the area.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark brown pour with a small tan head around the edges.
Nothing overpowering in the smell, but had great body for a lower abv porter. Great malty flavor with roasted barley richness to it. Some bitter flavor, but chocolate, coffee and caramel flavors are mixed up well in this one. A nice drinker, could definitely be a session beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass.

A-Pours a dark brown almost black hue with a two finger, thick, creamy tan head with great retention and ample lacing.

S-Chocolate and toasted malts with a slight hop presence.

T-Rich malt and creamy dark chocolate. Sweet and slightly hoppy.

M-Very smooth and nicely carbonated.

D-This is about as sessionable as a porter can be. This is quite good, coming third behind Black Butte Porter and Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter as my favorite porters.

Photo of tbonematt
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark and rich porter with a long and malty finish. There is also a good amount of bitterness both up front and in the finish. Very nice smell of chocolate and caramel. Overall a very nice porter. Purchased in New Jersey with batch 6G1 marked on the bottle.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle at Concordia Ale House, poured to a scratched-up, logo-less pint glass. '9GD' is the label code, which means bottled on August 4, 2009.

A: Gorgeous pour, ultra-brown (might as well say 'black'), with the faintest tawny hints at the extremities. Bountiful head, a fizzy mustard-tan that starts bubbly and falls to a thick cream; 2 fingers at its peak, never below 1/2 finger. Terrific lace, too: sudsy dollops and tighter seafoam spray.

S: Smells plenty 'porter'-like, a chocolate/mineral noseful. Pretty simple and straightforward.

T: A cup of chilled coffee, blended with cocoa: that's what ya' get here. Malt roast is dark and 'fudgy' but not overly bitter, caramel and vanilla sweetness creeps in at the finish. Gently spiced, a vague 'dark fruit' sweetness.

M: Smooth, beautifully creamy. Fine carbonated tingle, medium body. The more it warms, the more velvety it becomes.

D: It's been a long time since I've tried one of these; I'm ashamed at how negligent I've been to not have one more often. Terrific flavor and feel + a look that mesmerizes. Among the very best of its kind, definitely worth having occasionally...if not regularly.

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

Deep dark brown in color with nice head, retention and lacing. Smell is of dark roasted malts, molasses and dark fruit. Taste follows nose. Quite a different porter - dark roasted malts are there, but the sweet carmel and molassed paired with a dark fruit (fig) flavor sets this apart. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected with good carbonation. Overall a very unique porter with a different flavor profile.

Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 9/9/09
Anchor Brewing Co.
5.6% Abv.
On-tap into Pint glass

2 Delayed flights and a layover in SFO. Great... At least there is an Anchor Brewpub

Appearance= Dark opaque body. Surprise. 1 1/2 finger tan head that dissipates into a thin film.

Smell= Typical porter smell. Good nose, better as it warmed. Served too cold.

Taste= Good taste. Nothing noteworthy

Mouthfeel= Good crisp mouthfeel. Finishes clean. Slightly fizzy?? Whatever..

Drinkability= High. Could put the keg tap in my mouth and just go.

Photo of kpoole25
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to glass. Poured a huge foamy tan head (maybe bad technique on my part). Dark brown to black color. Fruity and malty aromas, sort of bright for such a dark beer. Flavors were solid, sweet on the attack (but didn't really taste like malt?), with a rich coffee and bitter choc finish. Somewhat creamy, the carbonation a bit sronger than I like.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours beautifully black with a really large brown thick head that sure takes it's time to dissipate, leaving rich lacings.

S: Heavy roasted malt, with some sweetness. Some bitter hops along with dark chocolate and coffee.

T: Sweet heavy roasted malt, floral hops and dark chocolate. Coffee along with dark dried fruit.

M: The lingering aftertaste is sweet and bitter at the same time. Medium body and light carbonation.

D: Nice and well balanced. Heavy and light at the same time. Great with a sweet cake.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: almost impenetrably dark brown with a ruby tinge supporting a huge tan head with nice lacing.

Smell: chocolatey, roasty, even a little bready with a noticeable yeast aroma. Good.

Taste: very roasty, chocolatey and bready. There's a little citrusy brightness which might be attributable to the hops. I like this porter a lot, though there is a tartness of which I'm not fond.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and slightly creamy, like a porter should be.

Drinkability: this stuff is almost perfect, but for the cumulative effect of the tartness in the beer.

Photo of PartyBear
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black body, with hints of red around the edges, with a traditional creamy tan porter head.

Aroma: Intense dark malts are powerful on the nose, hints of coffee, and liquorish. Heavy dark fruitiness, figs, raisins, and dark grapes. There is also some bitter chocolate in there.

Taste: Like the nose, the flavours are led by dark roasted malts, with bitter chocolate, and coffee. The base is subtle sweet toffee. The fruits aren't as prominent in the flavours are they are in the aroma, but there is a touch of raisin, and grapes in the flavours. The finish is bitter and lasting, consisting of a rich dark coffee taste.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and full bodied, with a silky texture, providing an super smooth drinking experience.

Drinkability: A decent porter, nice flavours, a smooth feel, culminating in a very drinkable brew.

Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark black with a nice foamy brown head and some really nice lacing being left on the glass.

The smell is malty with a slight hint of dark chocolate. A nice roasty character to this beer brings out thoughts of fudge brownies with some nuts.

The taste is again nice roasted malts with some slight coffee flavor and mixed with the dark chocolate flavor. Along with some nutty flavor that is also a little caramel flavor. Great flavor profile for a dark beer.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied. Goes down clean and is pretty easy drinking. A great beer for people into darker beers.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is beautiful. The color is damn near black and the mocha head came from nowhere and grew like someting from a B-movie. Awesome lacing.

The smell is like marshmallows and burnt coffee. Kind of like breakfast.

The nose is pretty much what you get in the mouth. The malts are sweet with a slight bitterness.

Creaminess in the mouth is paired with a good dose of carbonation.

This beer is pretty heavy but I will definately pick more up. Great beer before bedtime.

Photo of GregoryShmegory
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice looking beer with an attractive light brown-ish head and a deep deep red glow in the light. Smells roasty and dark, almost like a stout. Tastes very robust and flavorful. Hops are definitely present. Finishes a tasty beer, nice to drink from across the country.

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,237 ratings.