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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,062 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,062
Reviews: 1,438
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 132
Gots: 185 | 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 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.

Envious, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of jdoherty
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.

jdoherty, Oct 17, 2006
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.

uberabr, Oct 12, 2006
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.

Jimbo07, Oct 10, 2006
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.

tonistruth, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
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!!

NJpadreFan, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
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.

jcdiflorio, Sep 24, 2006
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.

tattooedtolley, Sep 18, 2006
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.


oelergud, Sep 16, 2006
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.

tgbljb, Sep 11, 2006
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.

MiScusi, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of willc11
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark chocolate black into my pint glass. A rather large, fluffy tan head that recedes to a nice layer of film on top. Decent lacing.

Nose: coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of alcohol and hops.

Taste: delicious--similar flavors present in the aroma. The hops come through nicely balancing out any sweetness. Paired quite well with smoked gouda cheese.

Mouthfeel: nice carbonation, quite viscous as it moves around.

Drinkability: good. Nice and toasty, but not overwhelming.

willc11, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sweet bonus bottle from a recent trade with nlmartin. thanks nate!

pours a deep brown colour with 3/4" of dense tan head. the head is slow to drop and leaves tons of lace behind.

aroma is great. malty and a little roasty. chocolate.

taste is also great. nice toasty malt flavour. coffee. a little milk chocolate. just a hint of sourness.

mouthfeel is good. it's pretty big. moderate carbonation.

drinkability is great. it's been years since i last had an anchor porter and it's always good. thanks again nate!

grub, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of BillyB
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just an incredible example of the style!

Appearance is a deep dark brown almost black with the faintest hint of a tan head.

Rich complex aromas of coffee, caramel, licorice, toffee, molasses.

The taste is just an incredible experience of silky smoothness, followed by rich toffee and caramel tastes.

Wonderfully drinkable and tasty. One of the best porters on the market.

BillyB, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of goodbyesoberday
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance is almost perfect - black to deep brown with ruby highlights and a fair tan head. A dark malt aroma with no clear roastiness, some caramel molasses coming through.

Depending on how I look at the flavour perception it varies from being predominantly molasses to having a smooth well-rounded flavour with no one quality outstanding. There is a light roastiness and a mild grainy quality, but overall a treacle / molasses flavour is the forefront. Medium bodied and creamy with low carbonation but dry enough to compensate.

Overall well balanced, roast qualities could be a bit higher.

goodbyesoberday, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of jmatthew
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Idles in the glass opaque black with reddish-orange highlights and a tall dense tan head that is slow to dissipate. Scents of toffee and dried fruit are interlaced with roasted accents. On the tongue it strikes with cherries and dark chocolate which meld slowly back into the roasted malts and then off into a very dry and slightly bitter coffee finish. Full bodied, creamy and inviting. Simply a solid porter.

jmatthew, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The head is thick and frothy with a really sticky lacing. The head sticks around for a long time. The color is jet black. The smell is roasted coffee with some sweet undertones of dark chocolate. The taste is sweet roasted coffee with chocolate and other spices that are just rich and nice. The mouthfeel is smooth and goes down wonderfully. I will definetly have more of this wonderful brew.

Erdinger2003, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of egajdzis
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, though not quite opaque, with a medium sized tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was chocolate with roasted malts. Bitter dark chocolate with roasted aftertaste. One of the best, widely available porters on the market today.

egajdzis, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of Fuller
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black body that let no light through. Very small light tan head disappeared quickly leaving just a skim over the top and just a small amount of lacing. Nose is full of roasted malt and coffee along with a hint of sweet dark fruit and chocolate. The flavors of coffee and burnt roasted malt hit you first followed by a smoky finish. I expected it to be sweeter but it seems that the hops cut just enough of the sweetness out to give it a good balance. Feels thick, chewy and creamy on the tongue. Overall a very nice porter that I will definietly drink again.

Fuller, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black with tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma is reminiscent of chocolate, coffee and fruit. Taste is roasted malts which finishes with evident alcohol and bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick with light carbonation. This isn't the most exciting beer, but its very solid and enjoyable. The thickness keeps this from being a good session beer, but it is enjoyable on its own.

Dizzy, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of uconnalum2
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with about a quarter inch tan head which dissipates quickly.

S - The smell is big. Strong roasted malt aroma with maybe a hint of dates.

T - Assertive roasted malt flavor upfront with some bitterness and acidity in the aftertaste.

M - Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Nice.

D - Goes down pretty easy. A little more filling than I like but still a nice brew.

uconnalum2, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of Beerzebub
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark coffee brown, almost black. Small tan head. Good spiderweb lace. Strong ripe banana smell immediately upon pouring, but this mostly blows off quite fast. Sweet espresso, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, maraschino cherry, banana, rubbing alcohol.

Tastes like bittersweet chocolate and coffee, nothing surprising, but very good. Fruity, mildly alcoholic finish (something more complex than the 5.6%).

Excellent creamy, and somewhat oily, sticky mouthfeel.

Anchor has some interesting yeast. Like Liberty Ale, there's something very vaguely Belgian going on. This beer is different, and really good.

Beerzebub, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of arnulfooxblood
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Nice bottle shape and label design.

Appearance--nice and black with a 3/4 inch light tan head.

Smell--Smokey, maybe a hint of chocolate

Taste--Rich, robust--but not overpowering. This is a damn good beer.

Mouthfeel--thick, without being heavy. Good carbonation

Drinkability--Maybe a bit heavy after a couple of them, but I'd expect that from a porter.

Notes--probably my favorite porter.

arnulfooxblood, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of dfried
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a little brown, and even less red at the edges. Darker caramel-like head, that retains exceptionally well throughout the beer. The nose is quite bitter, dark roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, and coffee beans. A little hops noticeable in the aroma. The taste has a lot of roasted malts as well, creamy coco, chocolate liqueur, and coffee/espresso. Some good earthy/grassy bittering hops come through in finish and aftertaste to help balance, but are not overpowering. Good creamy body, but not overly filling, and a fair amount of carbonation helps keep it from getting too sticky. The more of these I have the more I like them and the easier they go down.

dfried, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a 12 oz bottle at odies big ten in lansing, michigan. ($1.89)
pours a wounderful onyx with a tan head that quickly fell into a haze.
the aroma is malty and sweet, with a hint of anise.
the flavor is rich and malty, raisons, liceruse, sweet, coacoc, hopsack.
this is a great porter, malty, good hopflavor, bitterness with a balancing sweetness.

plaztikjezuz, Aug 14, 2006
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,062 ratings.