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

Poured into a standard frozen pint glass.

A: Black, like licorice black. Hadrly any light comes through on the edges. Appears clear. Nice two fingers of foamy head that leaves a nice lace; remains throughout the drinking.

S: Molasses, big time. Hints of dark chocolate, coffee and plums or figs.

T: Sweet, rich molasses and very ripe bananas, figs and plums. Leaves a nice coffee aftertaste with a slight hint of caramel.

Drinkability: Gimme a six pack.

Value: I think this and pretty much every other Anchor product I have seen is an excellent value. At under ten bucks for a sixer, who can complain here? An awesome porter for your money.

Photo of manahansf
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear brown with subtle hints of ruby red and topped with a clingy, thick, creamy tan head. The head emits bold and sweet coffee aromas which is echoed in the flavor. Sweet and subtle coffee flavors flow quickly through the light body with low carbonation. The finish's flavor is robust coffee flavor and fades very quickly.

Photo of hrking
3.26/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

've tried several poters and even brewed a few. My mainstay seems to be the Bells Porter and that is my mainstay. This one just didn't seem to stack up . Though drinkable I probably won't have this again. There are better porters to be had and was somewhat dissappointed with this offering out of a 12oz. bottle. A little on the bitter side for a porter and not as smooth as I would have liked..I don't know sorry not everyone can have a Bell's porter on draft but it is great to live in the Midwest where we have access to such great beers!

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

Solid pour, deep brown, throw in a little cherry cola head, pretty deep. Alcohol comes through the nose when you age this a little bit, but I advise drink it fresh, to avoid the alcohol, and enjoy a good hop presence.

Taste is chewy and earthy. Good choco coffee amount, and ample hops, what feels like much more than in their steam beer. Hopped like their liberty ale.

Mouthfeel and drinkability quite nice. Especially for a porter.

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

Poured a deep dark almost opaque brown with some ruby highlights. Ample yellowish brown head that laces minimally. Aromas of banana and chocolate malts. Taste is similar with more chocolate. Feel is medium bodied with a slightly oily texture and light creamy carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of realbama
4.98/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

this is the best porter i've ever had. it begins with the look. dark black with a huge frothy head that almost turns a creamish/pink in certain lights. the smoothest, most complex porter out there. this is a must. if this is your first porter, as it was for me, you've blown it. you'll never find another like this one, everything else will be disappointing.

Photo of Amalak
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had out of a bottle at d.b.a. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- It's a dark beer, as you would expect. Some head and lacing.
S- It has a malty scent, very sweet after.
T- It has a quite sour aftertaste. Some dark hops with some lemon. Bitter at first, sour after.

Photo of HalfFull
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass from a 12 oz. pry off bottle. Anchor Porter pours a deep brownish black with a bit of mahogany highlights. A rich and dense inch of mocha foam bubbles slowly down to offer a steady surface cap and good lacing.

Light milk chocolate blends with some rich notes of cherry liqueur, hazelnut and a slight hint of alcohol. Rather complex for a standard porter, more reminiscent of a Baltic.

Dark malt and cocoa initiate the flavor. This segues seamlessly to a fruity middle and then adding some cinnamon spice on the finish. Rather full in body for a light ABV porter due to a rich malty backdrop. Good level of carbonation for the body nonetheless.

Overall a good porter. Somewhat rich in body and complexity. A bit sweet as expected given a high level of complexity vs. ABV

Value: A-

Photo of blackdog1101
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A- Dark black with a big fluffly tan head, like the head on a rootbeer float. The head eventually receded to a small cap, and leaves lot of lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malts, with hints of coffee and cocoa in the background.

T- Pretty much the same as the aroma. Malt forward, with some coffee and cocoa noted. Clean and bitter on the finish. Aftertaste is of floral hops. The beer becomes a bit sweeter as it warms up a bit.

M- Medium bodied, a little chewy. I would have preferred a little lower carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. This is an enjoyable porter. This would be a nice beer to sesson on a winter night. Well recommended.

Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce "stubby" bottle into a standard pint glass
Dark brown/black in color with a huge head of thick, tan foam
Aroma-coffee and chocolate
Taste-Roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate, nice hop backbone, creamy and easy drinking, nice finish.
A very nice classic American porter.

Photo of redsonja
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

its not like it used to be when anchor first came to holland it had a taste no beers of europe had some bitterness of american hops i tasted it today it was the beer i used to drink

color: dark
noise: natural
taste: used to be more bitter, now that is sweeter?? brewed special for europe???
taste: i missed the taste of american hops it is sweeter.
still a good porter but i miss the hops.

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

A: dark with chocolate-colored edges. Pour created a large creamy, coffee-colored head which settled quickly, leaving a lasting lace.

S: sweet molasses/caramel and fruit with faint alcohol tinge.

T: Starts smooth and sweet with flavors of toffee, caramel and molasses. Malts and fruit predominate until the hops and carbonation take over.

D: I have had this a LOT, trying to resolve my feelings about it and the ratings on this site. Perhaps there is a better porter out there, but not in MY book. And, even though it is from the left coast, it has a reasonable price! Delicious, inexpensive and, with its ABV, it is the beer i buy by the case - ALL the time. Do yourself a favor and go get one right now!

Photo of cbutova
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a two finger tan head that dies down to one finger and retains itself very well. Thick lacing is already left before I even take a sip. The head is nice and creamy. Smells of dark roasted malts, some cocoa and a good amount of hops. A stronger scent would be nice here, but not bad. Taste is basically the same, a good roasted malts and cocoa taste with a generous amount of hops. The hops were a bit too much but as I drink this one it balances out wonderfully. I really like the cocoa aspect of this porter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, nice carbonation and no warming. A nice coat of hoppy roasted malts is left on the tongue. Very appropriate for this taste. Drinkability is awesome here, the taste and price of this beer rule for the quality of it. The taste holds throughout at least two bottles of this stuff, great porter from anchor. Really like the roasted malt/cocoa aspect here. Also interesting to see a decent hop bill in a porter.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Anchor Porter, A very drinkable and tasty beer. I would say it's more watery than I would prefer, but other than that it is a perfect porter.

A - very dark. when put up to light you can hardly see though it. the head was really nice, almost 2 inches. Lacing lasted the whole session.

S- the smell was decent, a chocolate and peppery smell.

T - delicious! malty, chocolate, smokey.

M - It leaves a great taste on the tongue, chocolate and a little bitterness left on the after taste.

D- I would say this Anchor Porter would go with just about any food, It is very drinkable, I think just about anyone could enjoy this beer.

(My first beer review, Cheers!)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This beer is one of the best looking porters I've had. Deep, dark brown in color with slight lighter brown highlights. This beer produces a darker than average tan head that is very big. It goes away pretty quickly but leaves generous amounts of lacing. While pouring it, it almost has the classic stout nitro effect to it where you can really see the bubbles rising. I was a little dissapointed with the smell, but it's still better than average. You can detect there is a lot to the smell, but it's just not very strong. A bit of a smokey smell, burned malts, and hints of some chocolate and coffee followed by some hops at the end. The taste took a huge jump. Still has quite a bit going on like the smell, but much, much stronger. Very malty, roasted with coffee and chocolate and has a nice hop afteratste. Wonderfully balanced and put together. The mouthfeel is good, it has a good bitter finish from the hop, and the carbonation is perfect, very drinkable.

Photo of californiakulak
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the many stouts and porters that I drank on Thanksgiving. Poured into a Firestone pint glass.

A. Pours a dark black color. Maybe a redish tint to it. A thick, creamy beige head.

S.Burnt malt. Toasted nuttiness. Coffee and caramel aromas.

T. Rich smokey malt flavor. Sweet roasted flavors. A little chocolate taste as well. Also some bitterness, which is nice.

M. Very carbonated for the style, crisp in fact. Maybe too much. Smooth beer though. Not too heavy at all.

D. Very drinkable for a porter. I could see myself having a few. Not as heavy as other stouts and porters that I have tried.

Photo of Gmann
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the darkest of dark browns with a big puffy tan head that is taking its time dissipating. The aroma is of a rich pumpernickle bready malt, light roast and caramel malt. The taste is of a caramelt malt, toffee and very buttery. A roasted malt flavor runs throughout the profile. Very full body with soft carbonation; malty sweet. This is a very thick porter. Too thick in my opinion. Make a beer this thick, call it a stout. Not a big fan of thick porters, especially with this flavor profile, no need. Overall, a big porter with a big caramel/buttery/roasted malt flavor. Too big for the style. I feel porters should be a bit more crisp and refreshing. This is just heavy and buttery.

Photo of northaustin
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a very thick brown with less than a finger of rich brown head. hardly any retention or lacing.

smells great. a nice roasty profile with heavy chocolate malts.

taste is very malty and has a rich roasted quality.

mouthfeel: goes down very smoothly and doesnt leave anything hangin around.

drinkability: this is one of the most sessionable beers i have come across in a while. full of flavor, affordable, and not a palate blaster. porter fans should give this one a try.

Photo of trbergman
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Opaque, dark brown beer crowned with a towering, tan rocky head. The foam recedes, but never vanishes, and lace is plentiful.

S - Sweet chocolate, fruity raisin-like esters, a bit of dank earthiness.

T - Opens with loads of sweet milk chocolate, followed closely by raisin and plum. These gradually give way to some espresso, nuts, and acrid black malt, along with some spicy and earthy hop flavor and subtle hop bitterness. Flavors are quite well integrated.

M - Medium-full body, soft and chewy.

D - Rich, but supremely balanced, Anchor Porter is a great beer for slow sipping. Although fine on its own, it begs to be paired with some grilled meat, or a cheese plate. A true classic.

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.

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