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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,232 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,232
Reviews: 1,457
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 147
Gots: 250 | 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 cpmau11
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black body with a huge tan creamy head, very frothy. Aroma has a strong scent of roasted malt barley with hints of coffee and caramel. Taste is incredible. Wow, this hits you right up front with tons of dark chocolate and roast malt. Medium bodied, nice hop bitterness throughout and smooth mouthfeel begging for more. Excellent head retention and good lacing.

Overall this has to be one my all-time favorite porters. This flavor is so robust, rich, creamy, and smooth at the same time. I got hand it to Anchor on this one.

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

The porter is rich tasting, with subtle hints of chocolate and strongly roasted malted barley flavor. It is slightly carbonated with just a dash of sweetness; pouring a creamy beige head and hints of bitterness...a solid and noble beer.

For the novice: I believe one of the definitive porters to judge all others against....a must!

Personally: Anchor Porter is not just great, but something that brewers should take note of, a prime example of why craft brewing in America is as great as it is. When you look at the bottle, it appears frivolously austere, serious but unorthodox. The label appears to be from a generation ago, which invites you to taste a brew from a time when craft beer was the only beer available.

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

Poured from a 12oz stubby bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Opaque black in color, a nice tan head sits atop this dark, yet inviting looking brew. Lacing on the glass is perfect and head retention is as well.

Smell: A roasted malt profile shows off some dark chocolate, espresso bean and some vanilla. Almost like desert in a bottle. Aromas seems to sponge your nostrils, I get bits of some honey as well as some spiciness as well.

Taste: Coffee immediatley jumps out at me, chocolate, roasted maltiness is here and in big form. A bit nutty as well coming into the finish. Sweetness from the malt isn't overbarring and actually works in form with the rest of the beers flavors. Very much like a liquid coffee bean dipped in chocolate. Nice!

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation here, a bit more then I like in my porters but this doesn't deter me from this brew at all. Mouthfeel is round and robust, smooth and decadent. Slight bitterness is here and well expected.

Drinkability: This beer would definetley give alot of the English Porter's I've tried a run for their money. Not only is the aromas right on point, but it's very drinkable and far from bland. Another excellent offering out of the Anchor house, one of the true originators of good American craft beer.

Photo of jxhill
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creamy tan head. Pitch black color. Tangy ripe banana smell. Strong burnt and coffee tastes on front of tongue. Despite strong taste, relatively thin-bodied. Long and even finish. Good lace early, but head dissipates.

This is a nice and flavorful, but not exceptional, example of a porter.

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A=Dark Dark brown almost black with a good off white creamy head.

S- smells of molasses and a hint of coffee as well as roasted barley. Very rich.

D- sweet and malty with the coffee smell as well as roasted barley evident in the taste. Would be perfect on a rainy day with a book.

M- very carbonated, maybe a bit to much.

D- overall a nice beer, probably could only have a couple of these but it would be a very nice beer to enjoy almost any time you are in the mood for a relaxing evening.

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

A - Almost opaque but holds brown not black tones. Thick rich beige head.

S - Rich and dark smells like coffee and chocolate, with a hint of hoppiness.

T - This is a slightly sweet and slightly bitter roasty delight. Not overly complex, more of a what you smell is what you get kind of thing - delicious.

M - Full body, creamy, thick, perfectly light effervescence.

D - Very drinkable porter. The dry finish and roasty aftertaste leave you wanting more and more.

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

12oz shorty into a pint glass.

A - Black with a hint of ruby at the top when held up. A large tan head fades away in patches slowly.

S - Coffee, caramel, chocolate, roasty goodness.

T - Chocolate malt and toffee flavors with some coffee in the back. Not overly sweet or smoky but a nice balance of rich roasted malt.

M - Silky smooth with some good carb nose prickle to it.

D - Very high, I can't believe I've not had this before, but I will be having it again.

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

Anchor Porter creates about three inches of dark khaki colored head, which forms into a rocky crown. The body is jet black, with only slightly reddish hues to shine through at the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is of charred malts, producing a coffee and mild cocoa fragrance. The aroma is very pronounced.

The taste is sweeter than expected. It has a smooth dark chocolate flavor, but ends up giving into a burnt coffee flavor.

Mouth feel wise, this is crisp, slightly slick in the middle, and finishes quite dry.

This porter is highly drinkable, even on a warm summer evening such as today. It's not too dry and the moderate ABV keeps this brew from being too dry for the warmer season.

Photo of MrOsgood
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I actually just stumbled upon this beer (on this website. Thanks BA), read some pretty positive reviews, and decided I'd give it a try. Naturally, it's hard to dissuade me from trying a highly rated Porter.

Anchor Porter is a very well-built beer. There's a perfect blend of ingredients, and the smell and the taste compliment each other. After a good pour, it's a very inviting beer. Is that the right word? I couldn't drink more than two of these beers at a time, but in my opinion, that's a good thing because I could savor every sip.

This is my first beer review so I am kind of at a loss for things to say. The ultimate test for me when I drink a beer is whether or not I will buy more of the beer. With Anchor, there's no doubt I'll be returning to the store for more.

Photo of JamesP123
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a beer mug.

A. Dark, Dark brown, almost black. Looks pretty dark for a porter, but that cetainlly isn;t a bad thing. One finger od medium brown head that stays in chunks as it laces the glass.

S. Toasted Malts hit me first, followed by a nutty smell. Picking up a small himt of alcohol.

T. First thing I notice is the nuttyness to the beer. Picking up a sweet chocolate and coffee notes. This is one tasty porter. Nothing overpowering, a very balanced brew. I get a little bit of the alcohol as the beer begins to warm up.

M. Medium bodied and creamy. Really good!

D. In my opinion this is better than their flagship beer, and may be more prefereable than their liberty ale (Which is my favorite of theirs beers)This may become my new fav from Anchor. A porter everyone should try

Photo of argock
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear mug. No freshness date but cryptic code on back label. Purchased as 6-pack at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $11.29.

A: Near black with steely light tan 1-2 finger head with good retention and lacing.

S: One-dimensional aroma which is like caramel frosting with buttery, sweet caramel aroma with minimal to no hops araoma. Not much roasted aroma as you would expect with the style but pleasant nonetheless.

T: Pleasant but again one-dimensional with a sweet caramel flavor without much roasted or hops flavor.

M: Creaminess on par with most porters with medium carbonation and body. Sweet sugary aftertaste.

D: A good porter but not complex with much more sweetness than most top-notch beers in this style. I like several others much better, but this is a good, solid porter.

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

OK, so I'm not a big fan of Porters, but ended up at a late night store that had a limited selection so I naturally had to go with Anchor.

Pouring into a glass, it leaves a small head and has an average Porter smell. It is smooth and everything that a Porter should have (ie. not as heavy as stout but heavier than ale). I enjoy it, but maybe I should try it on a cold evening rather than a summer night.

Photo of jackofclubs
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A dark brown almost black with a thick creamy head

S rosty, malty, coffee and chocolate. the usual porter mo just more so

T great. the hops and the chocolate make a bitter rosty beer with all the malt i need

M rich and creamy you can feel the sweet malt all the way down

D this is one that makes me love porter

Photo of mikereaser
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a pitch black with 1/4 inch of tan foam that formed on top

S - sweet aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate

T - roasted malt, bitter chocolate with a sweet fruity flavor as well

M/D - smooth, medium bodied, a bit too sweet for me, but overall a nice brew, just not one that I would go to regularly

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep opaque black with moderate tan head with little retention. Laces nicely.

S- Phenolic, meaty, a little chocolate and dark malt.

T- Mirrors the nose. Phenolic, chocolate, dark malt, some hop bitterness, although not too much.

M- Thick and creamy, not bad at all. Pretty big for a porter.

D- Phenolic quality kind of puts me off, but that's just me. Otherwise, not a bad brew.

Photo of Newmerator
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep black with a touch of dark choc brown. mocha head and a sticky lace

s - roasted malts, coffee, nutty, chpcolate... delish

tastes much the same only a slight phenolic after taste that i wasnt too fond of. almost ruined the beer for me.

pretty light mouthfeel for a porter.

drinkability was okay. i still have yet to really fall for any beer by anchor steam. maybe it's just me.


Photo of Mayhem976
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark with a slight brown tint, great size head, and impressive fingers.

S- Caramel malt and a hint of coffee.

T- Creamy, slightly sweet, and a strong hop/coffee aftertaste.

M- Thick and smoooth.

D- SOLID porter from anchor brewing company, would love another *gulp*.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, opaque brown with an epic head of foam. You could stand on this. Dominant aroma is sweet, candylike molasses with a hint of herbal hops underneath. Sour, bitter, fruity, roasty - it's got it all, but well balanced and married flavours. Full, round flavours complement rather than oppose each other, and all against a backdrop of dark, caramelized sugars. Body is smooth and somewhat chewy. Hints of apple sneak through near the end as well. Delicious.

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

A - brownish black with ruby highlights. Tan frothy head that leaves a ring around the beer. Sticky lacing.

S - ripe fruit, toffee, molasses and a hint of booze

T - very bitter black coffee flavor along with molasses and ripe fruit. Herbal from the hops.

M - prickly yet smooth

D - Very tasty and wouldn't mind seeing this in my fridge any day.

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

I got an average sized head that was light brown and frothy.
Fair lacing.
Color was black with a tiny bit of ruby coming through at the bottom.

Aroma had average maltiness with some molasses and caramel. Also some roasted nutty coffee mixed in. There was also a slight hint of dust (?). Light on the hops. I also got a whiff of red wine.

Taste had some red wine, grape skin, even a little wood. Also I'm getting some sugary cola, cherries, coffee and light alcohol. Maybe that's a mix of the wine and the cherries.

This is a medium bodied porter with an oily, alcoholic texture with an average alcoholic and slightly bitter finish.

All in all, not a very robust porter, but a great start.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Sweet fruits (I was expected coffee or roasted malts)

Appearance - Dark with a tan head

Taste - Roasted mat and coffee with a sweet fruity twang at the end. A decent porter with a little to much sweet flavor for me.

Notes - A medium bodied porter with a good amount of carbonation.

Photo of BacklitAvenger
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - Cute little funny shaped bottle into my liberian pint glass.

Appearance - Deep dark brown pouring into the glass, capped with a finger and a half of tan, sand-colored foam that leaves sparse traces down the sides of the glass. When held to the light is is pretty much opaque save for a few mahogeny highlights at the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Roasty malts and a slight alcohol aroma. A bit surprised by the roast, as most porters tend to the malty, chocolatey sort of smell in my experience.

Taste - Dark fruit begins, which is very interesting, as I do not often detect that in porters. Dark maltiness, with a bready cast to it follows. The chocolate and toffee hit at the end, followed by a pleasantly bitter roasty aftertaste and aroma. No hop flavor detected, though I detect hop bitterness. Alcohol at the end. Moderately sweet, with sort of bucket full estery overtones. I do not like these esters in this beer. Tastes weird to me.

Mouthfeel - A slick, chewy, somewhat thin cream texture. Prickles from carbonation at the finish especially.

Drinkability - Medium. The bottle I opened wasn't quite cold enough, but I suspect the alcohol note would disappear with a chillier temperature, something I plan to test tomorrow. Will update when complete. The bucket o' esters and alcohol note keeps the drinkability lower than some other porters, but overall this is a reasonably mild mannered porter of medium drinkability.

Photo of barnzy78
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6oz (shared a 12oz bottle). Poured near black with a creamy tan head. Aromas were roasted malts with hints of cocoa and coffee. Tastes were initially sweeter than expected with a pleasant roasted malt and cocoa up-front followed by a finish of coffee with a slight hop bitterness for balance. Hops were more noticeable than other porters, but the amount used was spot-on for an overall very good representation of the style. Solid porter and one I would drink again and recommend.

Photo of stumac
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I just wanna start off by saying I wish I had tried this beer when I first knew of it's existence a few years ago because this beer rocks!!!

it pours up straight black with a huge frothy tan head. great lacing. the nose is very yeasty, fairly sweet malts, cocoa. the taste is big malts, very crisp, nutty, chocolate, subtle coffee bean, a clean finish, medium to full bodied, medium spritzy carbo. Damnlicious!

Photo of miket163
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass, very dark brown, with a rocky tan head that lasted the entire beer.

smell: Very malty, sweet coffee and caramel notes.

taste: Dark malt character with upfront bitterness, followed by a sweet chocolate malt like character. Smoky and espresso flavours present. Outstanding porter!

Beautiful beer to behold and drink.

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,232 ratings.