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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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2,901 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,901
Reviews: 1,423
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 116
Gots: 119 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of dblinkhorn


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a tan and very cream two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin layer of lace on top of the brew. Good lacing is left as you drink it down. It is a very dark and slightly hazy ruby/amber when held up to a light, otherwise it's black.

Smell - Some fresh and mildly bitter/sour hops right away, with moderate notes of grain and oatmeal aromas as well. Some slight caramel aromas as well as a light scent of bitter unsweetened dark chocolate. Very little alcohol on the nose.

Taste - Fairly sour up front, with oily and moderately bitter hops. Light caramel sweetness behind this with some coffee bean flavors as well. Oats are especially more pronounced in the flavor than in the smell. It finishes with some 'twany' hoppiness that is quite pleasing actually, and helps to balance the rich breadiness of the toasted, dark malts also strongly in the finish. Mild alcohol presence throughout the taste.

Mouthfeel - Moderate and smooth carbonation with good structure. It retains its full presense throughout the entire sip. Quite smooth and medium-bodied, with a lasting oily and wet mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Moderate flavors and a medium mouthfeel. A couple 650ml bottles of this would be easy to take down.

A good porter, in my opinion. Far from the best I've had, but still a good porter compared to some of the garbage that's out there. It has a very traditional flavor and style to it which I like a lot. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 06:30:29 | More by dblinkhorn
Photo of xav33


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Porter
12 oz bottle
Brewed 09/05, dropped 11/06
Medium pour in an English pint glass.

Poured black with clear brown highlights with an average frothy light brown mostly lasting head.

Smelt of strong chocolate, toffee, cola, licorice, creamy coffee.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet licorice candy followed by a strong mild coffee bitterness and moderate continuation of the licorice on a short to average dark chocolate finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, softly carbonated, creamy, with light astringency.

Overall, this porter looks great, smells great, and tastes good. Could use a nudge more strength on the taste, and a little bit more body. An awesome summer porter nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 05:40:53 | More by xav33
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very well done porter, pitch black with a coffee tar head up top, chocolate is hinted at in the smell along with maltyness and a dark dry black taste at the beginning. Flavorful yet light, could have a little bit more at the end but the lightness is actually refreshing. A nice cold weather beer with chocolate or red meat. Well done job from Anchor.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 20:49:31 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of BlackAngus


4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black, with a rocky brown head that lasted the whole way down the glass.

S - Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, alcohol. Superb.

T - Molasses, coffee, chocolate. Dark fruit.

M - Medium-smooth body, silky smooth, nicely carbonated.

D - Simply an awesome porter. I could drink loads of the stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 15:34:51 | More by BlackAngus
Photo of jackorain


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-nearly black minimal light shows a brown glow. Big 2+ inch, rocky, dark tan head. Good retention, decent lacing

S-Molasses, carmel, roasted malt, alcohol ester, coffee chocolate.

T-Sweet molases, chocolate, coffee, herbaacious hop bitterness, really good

M-creamy, okay carbination, a little fizzy. Medium to full body

D-Really drinkable good stuff

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 17:58:09 | More by jackorain
Photo of Phocion


4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick black with an explosive and lingering bubbly brown head that leaves an appealing lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

Rich cocoa and coffee with an excellent but lighter toasted malt background.

The flavor is much more mellow than I expected from the aroma. The heavy chocolate and coffee flavors don't quite mask the almost-hidden caramel and raisiny tones, along with a very subtle hops bitterness.

Soft, chewy, and creamy mouthfeel, but not dry at all. This is also easily drinkable; I'd never thought I'd describe a porter as a session beer, but if there is one, then this is it. Goes down incredibly smooth and easily.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 04:51:24 | More by Phocion
Photo of hckyfn9999


4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with ruby hues around the edge of the glass when held to light. A nice tan colored head but doesnt last long and leaves some thin lacing.

Smell is of carmel, chocolate, fruit, and coffee.

There are notes of chocolate, fruit and burnt malt when tasting. The beer finishes with some nice hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very nice and this is a very drinkable beer.

One of the best porters around.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 02:15:07 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of Beaver13


3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a huge big-bubbled fluffy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is very subdued - lactic chocolate and tar and a little coffee.

The flavor is sweet chocolate with some tangy and sour fruitiness and a bitter roasted finish. It's kind of a mis-mash of disjoint flavors. It smooths out as it warms (and thankfully loses much of the sour tanginess). The mouthfeel is medium to full and pretty creamy.

Overall, it's a decent porter. Definitely better warmer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 00:59:17 | More by Beaver13
Photo of jubnat


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark chocolate brown, very opaque. nice coffee colored head.
Sweet but dark smell.
Flavors range from thick molasses to cherry to butter and dark wheat bread.
The buttery bread flavor is very pronounced.
Feels light in the mouth but with a very thick flavor that sticks around a while.
Very nice beer, but flavor is almost too much too drink more than a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 00:57:59 | More by jubnat
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a robust black with an incredibly creamy light brown head that lingers forever. Tremendous lacing decorating the glass as well.

The aroma, oh the sweet aroma...Smells of sweet chocolate, molasses, nutty, chocolate covered malted balls...it smells like dessert. I could just sniff this baby forever. Fortunately though, I get to drink it.

WOW...Molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate, hops, roastiness, caramel, butterscotch...there is even underlying fruit flavors poking through. There is just so many things going on in this porter and it is ALL fantastic. Very complex.

Very creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. This beer is obviously best enjoyed after taking out of the fridge and letting it sit for a good 15-20 minutes. I can't say enough about this absolute MASTERPIECE. This and the Smuttynose Robust Porter are my current favorites. I cannot get enough of them. This one may even edge out on the Robust Porter. It is that phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 21:53:05 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of mjc410


4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a quick-settling two-finger plus head. It seems to find comfort at one finger, and stays there for a while. The head is a darker tan, and very creamy looking. Leaves sudsy lacing that elongates down the glass more than most beers. The color is fully opaque. The head does manage to finally come down to surface lacing, so I can't give quite a perfect score. The nose reeks (nicely, though) of molasses, caramel, and brown sugar, with definitely sweet chocolate notes. Reminiscent of a milk stout. The taste is not as markedly sweet as the nose would suggest. Rather, it feels balanced, with the addition of some acidity. Rich in dark fruit tones and chocolate, the beer then ends in a slight, lingering coffee bitterness, with sharp acidity running throughout. Very nice, although I would personally like to see more chocolate. The mouth is medium, with fine carbonation. A tad more body would be appreciated, but it's still very nice. Overall, an excellent beer that is quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 20:07:28 | More by mjc410
Photo of mmcave


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Tumbler a dark and toasted blackish brown. Its got hearty, thick tan head that rises straight to the top and stays. The lacing is pillowy and thick, clinging to the side of the glass. Smells of of subtle charred malt with dark sweet fruity esters, maybe some candied apple, plum, and even spice cinnamon, coffee. The taste is medium sweet robust, the toasted/charred malt is very present and pleasing along with the presence of a hops that come to the front toward the end in a very supportive role. The finish is rounded off with a sweet coffee flavor. The mouth-feel on this one is a little milky and less crisp than most beers I drink, which is still pleasant, how ever I think I could only drink so many of these because they seem to sit a little heavier in my stomach than that of most quads even. This is a tasty beer maybe because of the lack of crisp carbonation it seems to be a little too heavy for me, but honestly its a very enjoyable beer. Personally I could do with a little more strength too, but that really doesn't turn me off. Get some.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 02:03:36 | More by mmcave
Photo of dirtylou


4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single obtained somewhere

appearance: poured into imperial pint glass...very dark mahogany body with a creamy chocolate-brown head...very nice retention, strong looking porter

smell: nice roasty porter, cocoa powder, cherry sweetness, earthy tones throughout, roasted barley, toasted rye

taste: pretty nice porter from anchor...I really dont think I have ever had this beer even though its been available in all 3 states i have lived in since i turned 21...very creamy and a nice balance of sweetness and roastyness. roasted malt and barley form the body and swirls of sweet cherry, smooth chocolate, licorice, and rye compliment. A winner

mouthfeel: very creamy, enjoyable

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 00:50:31 | More by dirtylou
Photo of gonzo138


4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a deep black with a very creamy brown color that retain very well and laced nicely too

S- rich malt sweetness, not overbearing though, nice chocolate smell is present as well

T- nice and malty sweet, chocolate taste is present as well, a little bit of coffee taste is there as well

M- nice carbonation for a dark beer, medium body, taste stays around on palate for a while

D- an excellent porter, very drinkable, moderate alcohol, the staple brew of American porters, i would recomend/buy/drink any day

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 06:42:22 | More by gonzo138
Photo of Envious


4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing with its cherry, citrus, and subtle bread aroma. The dark liquid reveals a redish hue when held upto the light. The minimal effervescence does not provide this beer with much of a head. Upon drinking I notice a bitter fruity taste followed by a distinctly cherry after taste. Smooth and round this is one of my favorite American Porters. Plenty of body, lots of flavor, easy on the alchol taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 01:51:04 | More by Envious
Photo of jdoherty

New York

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with a creamy stout which rises and slowly disappates, leaving a creamy brown residue on the pint glass.

S: Smells of rye bread and a hint of black cherry.

T: A pleasantly bitter taste from start to finish, never overpowering, very subtle. Difficult to nail down, once again tasting of cherry on rye bread.

M: Full bodied, but at the same time very smooth. Carbonation is not felt until the beer goes down, a very pleasant aftertaste

D: The smoothness makes it very drinkable, especially considering its a full bodied porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 01:15:39 | More by jdoherty
Photo of uberabr


4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark black with some red hues. Good carbonation. Head is creamy and sticks around.

S: A little too subtle, but very nice. Worty. A slight floral aroma followed by roasted barley with plum and cherries. Some caramel and a slight hop. Very grainy and natural. This could easly be a "5" if it popped a little.

T: Very rye-bread sweet and a little sour with a lingering fruity aftertaste. Pleasant. A very slight citrus, no hops or malt. No alcohol taste.

M: Just a little watery, adequate carbonation.

D: This is a very drinkable porter. Light on the tongue and you can't taste booze. Goes down real easy. The ABV is probably just a tad too high to make this a session beer, although it wouldn't stop me.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 07:06:07 | More by uberabr
Photo of Jimbo07


3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a big ol mug. Smells and tastes sorta like a coffee I once had, nutty(?) I want to say. Anchor Porter is very unique to me... of course this my first time having a porter. At first I thought I wouldn't want to drink a healthy amount of this, but then the beer just grew on me. It was soon goin' down great. I would gladly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 15:33:13 | More by Jimbo07
Photo of tonistruth


4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark dark brown, three finger fluffy, bubbly tan head, great retent, lacing, head settles to ring

S- slight roasted aroma, sweet cream, floral, nutty, chocolate, banana like flavor

T- sweet creamy chocolate flavor, roasted malt and citric hop flavor in the background, rich flavor, almond like nutty flavors, also slight banana flavor throughout. roasted nutty aftertaste. Slight spicy alcoholic taste in finish/aftertaste.

M- creamy, carbonation is perfect. very smooth.

D- yummy, this beer is a treat. I will have this beer again and am looking for it. I think this would pair well with any dessert or some BBQ dishes.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 00:29:03 | More by tonistruth
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor- Porter

Appearance- Dark black with a huge tan head. Thick lacing throughout.
Smell- Light, roasted coffee beans, hazelnut, and chocolate.
Taste- Smooth hazelnut coffee with a big dose of dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth and warming. A little sweet but an easy 1 to drink!

Overall- A delicious Porter. Anchor just can't do no wrong!! A solid beer from a solid brewery!!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 22:00:53 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice light tan colored head, thick and creamy looking.A chestnut brown with a slight reddish hue,very nice.It smells fruity,nutty.a kind of bannana aroma.A fruity,nutty,roasted coffee flavor,very complex.A medium body,smooth,with a coffee-like bittering finish. a very drinkable and tasty brew.Wish I had another one.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 03:50:44 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of tattooedtolley


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a very nice black color with a creamy tannish head that decided to chill for a while.

Smell: Roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, a touch of coffee, and a slight bit of hops.

Taste: This is one awesome porter. The taste is roasted malts with just enough coffee/chocolate taste to enjoy and not over power. The hops obviously do a wonderful job to balance and not let the brew get too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium/thick in body, the creaminess is great.

Drinkability: Just one is a tease, you will want more.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 15:36:52 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of oelergud


4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opaque black body and mahogany edge topped with a brown small to medium bubbled rocky head. The lace and retention are great.
Scents of sweet coffee, yogurt, pear and chocolate. Unusual and very tempting.
Good molasses presence, milk/yogurt, spiked hops, pear, apple and chocolate all through the taste into a medium length aftertaste of delicious hops.
This porter has an appropriately full body and a dry finish.
Excellent drinkability. Session brew written all over this one.


Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 13:44:31 | More by oelergud
Photo of tgbljb


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep Mahagony color with beautiful foamy tannish head. Smell is a pleasant mixture of bitter chocolate and dark earthy fruits. Taste brings more bitter coffee tastes combined with strong dark fruit elements. Finishes on the bitter side which gives perfect balance to the fruitiness. Very drinkable. Nice and cremay in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 22:55:12 | More by tgbljb
Photo of MiScusi


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark dark brown, which you can barely even see highlights when holding it up to light. Small and somewhat thin bodied light tan head caps it off. Smell is of roasted malts as one would expect but I'm not getting much else. Taste is heaps of roasted malts, the most pleasant of which appears in the very after aftertaste. Mouthfeel is about average, with carbonation being somewhat moderate, giving it a zing and a little less smoothness.


Had again after a long time at Lucky Baldwin's. This porter is really nice. There is actually a quite apparent banana smell to it. Reminds me of my homebrewed porter that I made using London ale yeast that fermented too warm. Pretty tasty overall with a nice light roastiness. Ratings updated.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 05:56:44 | More by MiScusi
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,901 ratings.