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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,304 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,304
Reviews: 1,473
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 155
Gots: 284 | 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 brewmudgeon
3.17/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

3 A dark. that's about it. no lacework.
3.5 S familiar. molasses?
3 T coffee, some sweet toasty malt. too simple. sweetness not balanced by enough else.
3.5 M nearly medium-bodied
3 D struck me as boring but competent. will try again sometime and see if maybe i missed something.

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

A - An opaque nut brown. Nice head and good lacing. Perfect amount of carbonation.

S - The smell reminded me of Samuel Smith's Nut brown somewhat. Hits of malt, chocolate, caramel, and nuts.

T - Above average. Sweet, nutty, and malty. Somewhat of a lingering aftertaste of malted barley, but still good. If it wasn't for the packaging I would never expect that this beer is an American made Porter.

M - A little thin, but the consistancy adds to the refreshing quality of this beer.

D - After about 3 of these I tend to shy away. The sweetness of the beer makes this not very sessionable for me. However, that doesn't mean the beer isn't extremely sessionable for a hardcore porter fan.

I'm not a huge fan of Porters, but I truely like Anchor's Porter. This is a really good beer regardless of genre. This is a world class porter.

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

Bought this at a Whole Foods...BEER ALLEY(aka yum)

A- Solid brown...couldn't even see through the skinny part of a pilsner glass. Darker tan head...true porter looks

S- roastedness of the grains permeate from it.

T- Good bitterness to it. Hint of the sweet from the malts and nice aftertaste.

M- Smooth and creamy. Solid for a porter.

D- Definitely will buy this again because it's a solid beer.

Go out and buy one...now!

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

Appearance: Deep brown brew with a very solid, tan head.

Smell: Roast malt. Hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Nice malty flavor with a bitter element coming from the roast flavor and hops. Unique.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Slightly chalky.

Drinkablity: Tasty and drinkable porter. Deep flavors make this a good example of the American interpretation of the style.

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

Toured the Anchor Brewing Company back in March 2008 and sampled the line of Anchor products on draft at the end of the tour. For the plane home, I picked up a variety pack. The pack included Anchor Porter.

Appearance. Poured a two finger head from the bottle into a pint glass. Color was a deep dark black with red highlights. Creamy foam head with nice lacing as I drank it down.

Smell. The overwhelming smells were of coffe and chocolate.

Taste. The taste was sweet and smooth with the coffee and chocloate. I think the draft and the brewery was sweeter than the bottle though.

Mouthfeel. The beer is thick and creamy with some body to it.

Overall a very well balanced and well made beer. I have never been big fan of porters and stouts but as I stated earlier I took a tour of Anchor and sampled their beers. Other than their lager and ale, Anchor's beers are on the dark side-bock, porter, barleywine-and I have never been one to turn down a beer. Needless to say I am now a fan of the darker beers.

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

A-Dark brownish-black w/thick, tan head. Excellent retention, beautiful lacing.
S-Sweet dark malt, black cherry, chocolate, tobacco, faint coffee. Other hints of red and dark fruits are present as well.
T&M-Roast malt and sweet estery attack that opens up nicely into black cherry and cafe-mocha midpalate. Finish is excellent, dragging out fruit flavors and blending w/tobacco and nice bitter hops that refresh the palate, and leave behind an excellent balance of complexity, sweetness and bitterness. Carbonation is fairly robust, and is at perfect level to gracefully complement the velvety body.
D-One of the best Porters I can remember tasting.

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

I poured this ale from a short, fat, 22oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This one poured a deep dark almost impenetrable black color. The creamy tan head started off at 1.5" and settled to a 1/8" cap that lasted throughout. Nice sticky lacing down the glass.

S= I found the usual porter aromas of caramel, toffee, coffee, and "roasty" scents as well as a hint of that classic Anchor yeast strain.

T= I tasted carmelly sweetness and roasted malts up front with a slightly bitter/tangy burnt coffee finish. Just enough hop bitterness to ease the malt sweetness. Again, that unmistakable Anchor yeast added its flavor characteristics throughout.

MF= Heavy side of medium body. Carbonation was medium and soft, giving this a creamy/silky feel on the tongue.

D= This porter is a chameleon. Just when I would describe this as a typical example, the unique yeast flavors kick in and the nearly stout-like creaminess forces me to reconsider. All in all, a damn fine porter that can hold its own.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Draft Picks Pizza Pub (La Habra, CA), on to the beer:

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this beer is darker than opaque, topped with a big head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. As I put the beer into my mouth, I knew this was going to be good. Very smooth and inviting in the mouth, medium bodied. The flavor lacks in diversity, but who cares? This is delicious! Semi-sweet chocolate chips with a bit of molasses clinging to them. It ends with a kiss of hops at the end. This beer is easily drinkable and addictiing; don't order by the pint, order by the pitcher!

Photo of Jyubei
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. It poured a dark brown(almost black) and formed a tan one finger head.

S. Apple cider aroma at first which gives way to the smell of fresh baked bread and a hint of caramel

T. An appealing taste of a fresh wheat or oat bread and warm cinnamon apples. The aftertaste is a slight citrus and bread.

M. Very smooth in the mouth. It runs across the tongue and down the throat beautifully.

D. An Excellent beer. This is a meal beer, that isn't sipped casually but almost chewed on. The ABV may make you think it is almost a session brew, but it gives a happy full feeling even after one bottle.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a full tan head with lasting lacing.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt.

Wonderful flavors. Smooth cocoa, light roast coffee, and a spicy hop bite. Terrific smoothness, and flavors play off of/unfold perfectly.

Nice medium body with decent carbonation that keeps this beer feeling light and very drinkable. This came from a bomber, and I easily could have put another away. Absolute dynamite.

Photo of jake87
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L. Opaque black with a good two finger light tan head with larger bubbles and good lacing
S. malts and what seams like apple and citrus
T. More of an orange or grapefruit citrus taste as it comes into contact with the toungue which changes to a more lemony taste on the sides. ends with a mild coffee aftertaste
F. Very smooth but with good carbonation over the toungue. Leaves a rather good syrupy sweetnes and is rather filling, gives you citrus flavored burps

A very good beer, I was not dissapionted. Now just to try it with different foods.

Photo of kuykendall
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance=Black with a thick off white head, at least three fingers.

Smell= Malts just rush up upon your sinuses.

Taste= Barley right up front slowly lets off to a slickness of subtle sugars, that is book ended by more malt.

Mouth feel= Thick and chewy, almost brownie chewy, but the homemade type, not those store bought kind.

Drink ability= Every one else may drink Guinness on Saint Patties, but give me a real porter any day, and I think this particular one is a wonderful representation of the American style. People forget that Anchor brewing isn't Old school; there just old, and I like it that way.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black with red/coppery tints and a nice light tan head, with some great fluff. Nose is the weakpoint here, as it is a bit too coppery and lacking in significant roast or toast. Taste is quite good. Some roast, a nice vanillaish presence. A little coppery flavor is present. some dark sugar in there as well. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but quite good. Not the most drinkable porter, but more than makes up for it in taste. Dont get me wrong here though. drinking a few of these is no problem! Good beer, and a fine example for the style standards.

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

Bottling code of 8FN. Six pack.

Pours out a very dark brown, almost black. Opaque in the glass, but ruby hues show when held to the light. The head is a very thick and foamy tan. Leaves a spot of lacing here and there.

Smells very sweet, almost like a milk stout. Bubblegum. Dusty cocoa powder. I'm having a hard time pulling much besides sweet notes out of this.

Roasted flavors are mellowed out by the powdery sweetness. This packs a lot of flavor for 5.6% abv. The chocolatey aroma translates into a dry baker's chocolate on the palate. Some honey hints come through, and a little toffee behind that. Banana/bubblegum shows up sometimes too. Hops are earthy and lightly acidic, but minimally bitter. Finishes dry, with more herbal hop bitterness, and some dark chocolate. The herbal flavors linger a little more than I would prefer. I didn't get much in the way of coffee or smoky flavors. Even through this one caught me off guard, it's enjoyable.

Chewy. Rather full-bodied, with medium-low carbonation.

A good beer. The hints of honey reminded me of how good Sam Adams Honey Porter actually is. They'll end up tying for score, but I might give a slight nod to that one. This is still a beer I'll buy again, but drinkability suffers a little from how heavy this beer sits in my stomach. After the first bottle, I started to forget how full-flavored this really is. A bomber would be just about the right serving. A good choice for fans of sweeter porters. This bottle was about 5 months old, so maybe fresher ones pack a little more bitterness.

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

The beer is black and has a nice large tan head. It has good lacing and decent retention. The nose on the beer is chocolate and sweet with hints of licorice and molasses.

The beer pretty much tastes exactly how it smells, and it's great. It's complex with a complexity of chocolate and sweetness. I enjoy all the flavours and one can taste and focus on each of the flavours. Such a tasty beer and something I can drink over and over again. This is exactly what a porter should be. The mouthfeel is creamy and a bit thick and has a decent amount of carbonation.

Photo of Goliath
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and completely opaque with a half inch light brown frothy head. Good retention and some fine lacing.

The aroma is delicious. A good maltiness showing mostly chocolate. There's a surprising bit of banana in there as well.

Taste is good. A nice maltiness giving some dark bitter chocolate and ripe sweet banana.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but rather thin for my tastes. A good carbonation tingle is welcomed in this beer.

Drinkability is fairly high. Great flavors makes for easy consumption, low alcohol only furthers this beers ability. Could drink them all night.

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

Black, black, black! Well, maybe it has some ruby around the edges, but it's about the blackest beer I've had next to Old Engine Oil. Has a lovely dense, wheat-bread-brown head that releases an aroma of chocolate, molasses, coffee. All these are present in the taste, along with a pleasantly bitter roastiness that surrounds everything from beginning to end, but is not overwhelming. Also has a somewhat thick texture that feels very friendly going down. A nice find-- I only know Anchor for Anchor Steam, but this is one of the best porters I've ever had.

Photo of mountdew1
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown with mocha hints on the edges. Head was a dirty white that was foamy, clung very well, and left a nice layer on top for the whole bottle. Aroma was slightly sweet, reminded me of fresh banana bread. Taste was brown sugar with a bit of bitter stale wheat bread. Consistency was very good in the mouth, coated extremely well and nicely carbonated. Fairly easy to drink but not one to rush.

Photo of shoebacca
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown that maintains a nice head.

Taste carries hints of roasted coffee, molasses, fig, and a bit of smoke. The feel begins with a prickly introduction that melts into a very soft treatment of the palate, and goes out with a bubbly reminder of the carbonation.

Extremely drinkable beer. I love it-- definitely one of my favorite porters to date.

Photo of tonytuffnuts
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hasty pour, but I loved it. Rocky head, two fingers, sticky lace.
Smells dark and dirty, Nestle chocolate milk powder, peaty, not much hops.
The taste is cola-y. It doesn't follow through with all its flavors. The yeast, however, is a very familiar, quasi-phenolic, quality strain--reminiscent of some American brewed Belgian-interpretations.
You know, it's not the best executed brew, but it's very enjoyable... maybe the most drinkable Porter/Stout I've ever tried. I suspect they either shorted us on the boil, rendering a less complex wort, or the pale malts used far outweigh the dark malts I desired and expected from my eyes and nose. Put it this way: a great 6-er or 12, not the best bomber. Understand!?

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep opaque brown with a rocky light tan head. Aroma screams SOY SAUCE!!!! There's hints of cocoa and coffee also. Be warned though it's very smokey (Soy Sauce). Very lively carbonation and heavy mouthfeel. Taste is much less soy saucy and more on the roasted grain/coffee side with very little bitterness. Not that complex but not a bad choice. Don't try it if you don't like smokey beers.

Photo of Overlord
2.88/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is going to be one of those rare occasions that I am simply completely out of step with the beeradvocate zeitgeist.

Pours a darkish brown with a nice dark tan head. Good looking beer, I'll give it that.

Even smells okay, with some roasted malt, some coffee, and a nice earthy smell to it. Once I actually began to drink it, however, the train came off the tracks.

There is a terrible acrid bitterness that cuts through the coffee/chocolate/roasted malt background. I have no idea what it is. Some blend of hops, something burnt, I just don't know. It overpowers the beer and is utterly unpleasant. Basically, the beer tastes like burnt molasses with an incredibly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. I have five more of these to get through. Ugh.

Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Sleek opaque black... Thin foamy thick head slowly recedes leaving a thin floating lace...

S - Malt... Buttery toffee... Black cherry...

T - Dark chocolate... Roasted coffee... Hops come on the backend, but never overtakes the primary taste... Excellent balance...

M - Light and fluffy... Dry...

D - Excellent... A tremendous porter...

Photo of GRPunk
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- It poured almost black with dark brown at the edges and a 1/2 finger dark tan, fluffy head that dropped to a good lace that left nice sticky rings.

S-It had a typical roasty chocolate aroma that began slightly faint, but became more profound as it warmed.

T- Initially, it tasted of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Late hops bring on a citrus characteristic.

M- There was a lot of bite from the carbonation and hops. There was a slightly soapy feel.

D- Decent flavor makes for having more than 1 in a sitting a real possibility.

Overall- I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't really seek it out.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a foamy head and a nice lace that lasts quite a bit.
The aroma is of dark fruits,roasted malts and some hops in the background.
The taste is of sweet tones with fruits,burnt molasses,hops and some slight bitterness. Caramel chocolate tones are included.
The overall feel is smooth,creamy and has medium carbonation that finishes dry with a well balanced tone.

Notes: Great Porter experience and a definite winner for it's style. The one to have if you want to have the real thing. Full bodied,but well worth it!
Not session type,but who cares.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
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