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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,029 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,029
Reviews: 1,435
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 131
Gots: 167 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2001)
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Photo of JDV
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brewery in S.F.
Lasting beige head on pour. Sweet, alcohol, and roasty malty smells with faint caramel. Nice hearty full flavored sweet roastiness up front followed by good bitterness, and medium length afteratse. Good amount of carbonation keeps it from feeling overly milky, and heavy, and it isn’t overly sweet either. A delicious porter. Would recommend.

JDV, Jan 07, 2008
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4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz. bottle

A - Thick rich brown, with dark brown/ tan head.

S - Sweet Malt, Bitter chocolate and light hoppy grass.

T - A thick tasting porter with both sweet and bitter chocolate after taste, a wonderful flavor all the way through.

M - Thick coat on tounge and mouth, light hop, rich malt, sweet on the lips.

D - Extremely delicious and sweet, the favors and carbonation compliment each other perfectly. One of the best American Porters on the market.

, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely dark brown with very little ruby light coming through with a one inch tan head that drops after a short while. Nose is malty sweet, but not very strong in statement. Flavor is robust and matured with slight chocolate and coffee tones...though I think I am drinking this too cold. It is definitely better as it warms. Mouthfeel is thick with a good carbonation and bubbly feeling. Highly drinkable. Could go for this one again, and again, and again.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, dark, opaque chocolate color with a minimal frothy head... smell is of burnt, dark chocolate and cocoa... Taste strongly complements the aroma, with a cocoa-chocolate flavor that dominates the palate... slightly bitter after-taste is somewhat of a turn-off, and the bitterness tends to a linger for a bit after the first sip... very rich, thick and sweet, with a good mouthfeel, but due to the thickness of the brew, an average drinkability.. wouldn't want to down more than two in a single setting... a decent rendition from the famous Anchor microbrewery, but overall, nothing to write home about... A decenet brew, but not too sure if I'd give two thumbs up to recommend it...

dsa7783, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To my mind, this beer is the archtypical american made porter. Anchor has been making it for years and to date very few other breweries make a porter that compares. Had this at Friscos this afternoon, and even after traveling nearly 3000 (the beer, not me), the beer is just excellent.

The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black in color. The beer has decent head retention and lacing, and looks very attractive. On the nose there is the tell tale sign of coffee with underlying vanilla, licorise and citrus from hops. On the palate this beer is just lovely. One gets flavors of cherry, coffee and vanilla, but with some noticeable hoppy bitterness on the finish. The beer has an almost creamy, soft mouthfeel, and is just excellent on the palate. With it's relatively low abv., this beer is remarkably drinkable.

Excellent beer from Anchor. Along with the old foghorn and liberty ale, my favorite beer from Anchor.

John_M, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of cichief
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Frisco's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep brown with a nice brown head.

S- Hints of chocolate prevalent, sweet malt, little hops.

T- Sweeter than I remember, a very tasty chocolate finish.

M- Nice and balanced, medium body, smooth.

D- A good session beer for those who like to walk on the dark side. A classic example of American Porter.

cichief, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz presumably picked up from the Boise Coop (but I could be mistaken) ... I poured this brew for me and Brenda (but she fell asleap watching cable ... we don't have cable at home).

Very dark brown although clear.. deeep ruby highlites when held to a light ... lite tan head with very little lacing.

Aroma is roasted grains and restrained chocolate.. very clean.. does not have alot if any fruitiness... this brew is pretty much room temp and only the slightest smell of hops.

Flavor is nice.. body is great and inviting... sorta caramelly sweet.. big brown grains and chocolate malts.. not astringent at all.. very drinkable.. coffee burps. creamy medium body.. yummy.

Anchor brews are a staple in my brewshed... not so much the porter because I don't buy alot of them.. but this is a very nice... maybe "MY" benchmark porter. Now Anchor just needs to make sure Old Foghorn makes it back to Boise.

JohnGalt1, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of Slynger
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours the darkest of browns with a slight reddening around the edges. A light brown head accompanies with some nice chunky lace.
Wow! The smell really jumps out at you. Vanilla and fig really show up nicely along with roasted malt and chocolate.
The taste is sweet at first. Figs and chocolate with roasted malts and hops following. Very well balanced and smooth with a medium a middling carbonation.
This is a very good beer, just be sure you let it warm a bit for the full effect.

Slynger, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of hwwty4
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle in a Chimay Chalice. Poured a darker brown than I expected with a large 2 inch tan head. Left minimal lacing. Smell is of roasted malts and coffee. Taste is pretty much the same except for a lingering taste of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style I thought, but it made for a very sessionable beer.

hwwty4, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of TheTrevor
2.98/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a very dark brown with a big fluffy three-finger tan head. The smell is a very malty with just a little bit of coffee. The taste is mostly of malt that starts off sweet and ends with a little bitterness. There is also some coffee. The beer has a nice thick mouthfeel but sits a little heavy and I don't think I'd have more than one at a time.

TheTrevor, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of elmore
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Tan 2 finger head with good retention. Good amount of thick lacing.

S: burnt malts, coffee, minimal sweetness. Hops are probably covered by the dominant malt smells.

T: similar to the taste but with noticible hops bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth, creamy with moderate carbonation.

D: Low abv and smoothness make this a very sessionable beer.

I usually don't seek out porters so I don't have a great basis for comparison with this style. Nothing spectacular, which is usually how I feel about porters, but a good solid beer that is very drinkable.

elmore, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of champ103
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with some brown hints. Large foamy tan head that leaves a bunch of lace.
S: I don't detect much. Some malt and old coffee. Not very impressed.
T: Still not that impressed. Very sweet malt and some faint chocolate and coffee notes as the taste lingers. A strange acid metallic or chemical aroma detracts a lot for me.
D: Not bad at all in this category. Smooth and easy drinking.

I was not all that impressed with this. Just odd and bland for the most part. Nothing I will get in the near future.

champ103, Dec 16, 2007
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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This the first porter I drink in the fall every year. It was my all time second porter I have ever tasted. Big Shoulders from Chicago being my first. This porter is the standard in which I judge all others by. In the midwest it is hard to find this on tap, most bars in Indiana do not have a clue what a porter is anyway. Except the Floyds they brew a fine Xmas porter. Anchor porter has a great mouthfeel and head retention. It seems to get more complex in taste as it warms in your glass. May only age in the bottle for about six months tops.

hbielawski, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a burgandy hue with a hint of ruby. It had a thick, caramel-colored head that left some sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and chocolate. There was also a slight grassy hop aroma.

T - It tasted of bittersweet roasted malt. It had a coffee-like kick. There was also a hint of fruity flavors.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good porter. Yet another great product from Anchor.

zeff80, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of timbro81
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It presents black in my pint glass crowned with a tan head that easily fades. The nose is fantastic, toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Smooth in the mouth, oily, but not in a bad way. Hops tingle the tongue while it rests in my mouth, then when swallowed all the flavors (toffe, chocolate, roasted coffee oh-so slight sweetness) come together. I often refer to this beer as "The Nectar of the Gods." It is a staple in the winter months but should be enjoyed year round. Highly Recommended!!

timbro81, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of fitzy84
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In its bottle at Moan and Dove. The appearance was a nice and dark body with a thin head. There were fruity, oak-like aromas permeating from the drink. The taste is wicked sweet with some woody aftertastes. It has a pretty good carbonation, making it nice and refreshing. In general, this is a delicious and refreshing porter.

fitzy84, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of clemsonbrewer
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with tan head with good retention. Thin sticky lacing. Caramel and deep roasted malt. Very prominent sharp deep malt flavor. Dark chocolate and slight hops coming through. Good full mouthfeel. A good porter that finishes strong and lingers on the palate with coffee and caramel. Enjoyable beer. Cheers!

clemsonbrewer, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of nsmartell
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a really nice dark color with a thick creamy tan head. This is a fantastic looking beer.

Smell: OK aroma. Can smell a slight hint of chocolate, but also smells bitter.

Taste: Again, just OK. Not exceptional, but still tasty. The sourness is noticeable and a little bit too bitter for what I am looking for in a porter.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick. Good mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not my favorite porter. I don't consider this a session beer for me. However, based on the label this beer was brewed about 9 months before I drank it. I won't hold that against it and will definitely try it again.

nsmartell, Nov 28, 2007
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2.6/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a bit of an enigma for me. I started drinking it and was turned off by what I felt, at the time, was an overuse of roasted or chocolate malt and a strange paring of hops with this particular strain of yeast flavor. I sat the beer down for a few minutes, had a chocolate bar and my perception of the beer completly changed. This beer pairs so perfectly with dark chocolate. The sweetness is subdued by the prevalent bittersweet chocolate. Here's my review:

A: Pours black with a creamy foamy root beer float head. Looks very appetizing when sitting in a glass

S: Smells of roasted malts and a hint of hop aroma dominate the nose. Fruity esters also come through.

T: The type of hops paired with this beer didn't fit with the esters and flavors from the yeast strain used. Not my favorite porter by far.

M: Average mouthfeel for style

D: Drinkable beer. Probably wouldn't buy it again though.

Squelch, Nov 21, 2007
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one up at ABC in a mix n' match for $1.61 among some others
A: Pours a very deep thick brown color with some amber hues, nice 3 finger fluffy head that sticks around for a while leaving a nice lace on the glass

S: Chocolate nose with some smoked notes, followed by hops and roasted malts

T: Chocolate, smoked/black malts, coffee, toffee, and a touch of hops...very sweet

MF: Nice full bodied beer, smooth and silky the whole way thru, never gets bitter

D: This beer is very rich, however it is still highly drinkable, I wouldnt call it a session beer in my opinion, but I can see others disagreeing

scottyshades, Nov 09, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Anchor Porter pours black as night into the pint with a nice foam head that dissipates quickly and leaves no trace on the side of the glass. It has a very nice and pleasant aroma of chocolate and coffee. It has a dryness in the mouth and roasted malt flavor. It is slightly bitter in the finish and was thin to me. Very nice style of American Porter.

cswhitehorse, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of rye726
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured at 45F into a goblet.

Dark black with nice browns when held to a light. Dark beige head. The nose was of chocolate malts and ripe fruits. A faint presence of hops gave it a nice refreshing aroma. The taste was quite smokey with the roasted malts. The dry medium body makes this a very drinkable beer. It is a good traditional porter that goes well with most meals or on its own.

rye726, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick coffee-colored head into a tumbler. the head was thick, long-lasting ansd left great sheeting and sticky lace. the body was black with red highlights.
s - roasted and burnt chocolate, coffee with the hint of cherries.
t - sweet, malted chocolate and roasted coffee.
m - slick and it really coats the tongue.
d - this is some tasty stuff, goes down smooth and i'm dying for another...

GPHarris, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A somewhat thin porter, black as hell with an antique head. Smell and flavor are of well-kilned malt, and little more. Finish is nice, coating. Mouthfeel is nice, with a light viscosity. A very nice porter that fails to knock the socks off. Will probably buy again, but won't make it a point.

jeffjfindley, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a 1" tan head with decent retention leaving a nice lacing. Dark brown, almost black body.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, molasses, and a touch of roasted coffee. Could be a touch stronger, but very nice.

T: Rich flavor or roasted malt & coffee with a sweet chocolate/caramel middle. Some hops made an appearance to balance it out some.

M: Full body with light carbonation. Very smooth. Excellent mouthfeel.

D: Outstanding porter - one of the best. Feels bigger than it really is, but drinks pretty well anyway.

OKCNittany, Oct 16, 2007
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
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