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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,142 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,142
Reviews: 1,444
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 136
Gots: 207 | 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 Brad007
2.78/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark color with almost no transparency. The aroma has hints of coffee and alcohol. Taste is about the same with the alcohol showing through more than the actual taste of the beer. Still some hints of coffee left but something tells me that this beer just isn't the way it was meant to be sampled. Must be from sitting on a store shelf for so long. Still a decent, drinkable porter if you can get past the alcohol taste.

Brad007, May 06, 2007
Photo of sstackho
2.9/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. No freshdate date - just a cryptic code. Pours a very dark brown. Little carobnation visible and very little lacing. Faint aroma of malt. Nice taste of roasted malts, although I don't taste much in the way of the advertised hops. There is a decent amount of aftertaste, but it becomes slightly funky. Decent porter.

sstackho, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Date on the bottle is 6G1, so August 31, 2006. First beer from Anchor.

A - A very deep red/brown with light coming through only on the edges. The head is fantastic. A thick, creamy tan color which collapses on the sides and forms a plateau in the middle.
S - Roasted malt, some dark coffee, and carbonation. I didn't think you could smell that, but that's what came to mind first.
T - So consistent and so smooth. All of the flavors blend really well. Roasted barley, slight hints of coffee and chocolate, some oakiness, sweet malt, brown sugar, and molasses seem to create tastes more reminiscent of a Stout. This Porter has one of best bodies of any Porter that I've tried. It never fades and stays medium to full-bodied throughout every sip.
M - Flavorful with a strong, creamy body for the style. A pleasant roasted taste stays in the mouth. Low to moderate carbonation keeps it alive in the mouth.
D - The flavors comes together perfectly and stay strong. The body is surprisingly full and the beer doesn't have the typical watery taste at the end like I find in most Porters. I like that it leaned towards a Stout in some instances but drank like a Porter should the whole time. One of the most well-rounded Porters I've had to date. This is what I always thought a good Porter tasted like and it's almost flawless.

Gatch, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of penguinjive7
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a nice foamy tan head. The retention and lacing is excellent.

The smell is of roasted malt, brown sugar, and hops.

The taste is initially of roasted malt with the subtle presence of hops. After washing over the tongue a few times, the brown sugar comes through (especially as it warms) and all the tastes blend into a nice bittersweet finish.

The mouthfeel is on the light side for what I would expect form a porter, but this is not necessarily a negative. Carbonation is balanced and lends to the brew's crispness.

This is a very easy drinking porter. I would take delight in having several of these in a sitting (though I don't normally like to do that). The bittersweetness of this brew makes up for any loss in complexity. This is a great straight-up porter and I think it will become a regular for me.

penguinjive7, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of BigRedN
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the distinctive 12 oz botttle into a pint glass. The beer is basically black with a brown head which varied from beer to beer from 1/4 to 1/2 inch. The head faded to a small cloudy cover and left some patchy lacing. A little more staying power on the head with a bit more lacing and I would likely give this a 5.

Smell: It smells very porter like with big roasted malt aromas. Scents of chocolate and coffee abound. There is something earthy here as well.

Taste: Big on roasted malts, as expected, with some burnt chocolate and coffee. There is some nice bitterness to this as well.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, definitely filling. Some carbonation to keep it from being flat or too heavy feeling. Dry finish.

Drinkability: A nice beer to just sit back, relax, and enjoy. I like this better when the weather is colder, but I had two left in the fridge and noticed I had not reviewed this so I thought might as well get my thoughts on this beer recorded. An excellent porter. Good example of the style.

BigRedN, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of dogger6253
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beautiful, chocolatey body topped off with an inch of bubbly, foamy, mocha head. The head falls pretty quickly though, but retains itself thinly.

Chocolate is the heaviest aroma, slight bits of coffee and alcohol.

Wonderful taste; roasted malt, chocolate, with a slight fruitiness and a touch of alcohol to cleanse the palate. There's a nice hops taste in the finish as well.

Sort of light/medium bodied, light carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and overall, this beer is very refreshing. Wonderfully tasty and easy to drink. I highly recommend this beer.

dogger6253, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep deep brown in color with ruby highlights. Good head, some retention, some lacing.

Smell: Lighter than expected. Roast and chocolate.

Taste: Again, a bit lighter than I expected. Perhaps served too cold, it improved as it warmed. Typical roast, chocolate, coffee, but a good bit of molasses as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, creamy carbonation.

Drinkability: Good.

hunteraw, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of hawksfan82
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a typical porter, dark, but not freakishly dark. Decent head that descends to a ring relatively quickly with some decent lacing.

Not much of a smell, get a little bit of a roasty hop smell, but that's about it.

Taste is very crisp, very unusual from other porters that I've had. Roasty up front but not overwhelming. The sweetness/caramel finishes at the end, and you get just a smallest bit of alcohol with it. Finishes very clean for a porter.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, but that's not really all that bad, it works for this guy. Like with the taste, it helps with the clean finish of the beer. (Clean for a porter that is).

I only had a bottle from a mix n match sixer, but this is very drinkable. Not on the top top of my list for porters but a really solid porter. Very dependable.

hawksfan82, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of jmalex
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Mmmmm... porter. That's all I have to say about that. Heard this one was good and I love Anchor OSA, so I grabbed a sixer of this.

APPEARANCE: Pours black with brown highlights. A tight sturdy pale tan head sits atop. It drops somewhat quickly but leaves some serious lace.

SMELL: Not much of a smell. Caramel is most prevalent with some burnt-smelling malt in the background. Very faint hints of dark fruits can also be detected.

TASTE: The taste takes a little bit to develop, but the same caramel and burnt black malt comes in soon enough. The finish shows some hops somewhat and it ends with a little diacetyl that seems to wind up in a lot of porters. Not bad.

MOUTHFEEL: A bit watery and thin, but crisp and nicely carbed. I would've liked to see something a little more beefy and bodied.

DRINKABILITY: No problems here. I could drink this all night. I guess the medium body really helps here as does the lowish ABV. Either way, give me more!

Thank goodness I have a sixer of this because they're going to be gone in no time. Not all that complex but the insane drinkability makes this one to pick up again.

jmalex, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of Drew966
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Porter pours a deep, dark black without a shade of lightness around the edge with a thick, tan head that leaves a nice lace as it fades. From a twelve ounce brown bottle. The aroma is dark malt and a bit of bitter cocoa. There is a thick mouthfeel. The flavor is dark malt, cocoa, a slight touch of raisin at the end. Very nice. Recommended.

Drew966, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, off-white head, nice retention & lace.

S: Chocolate, nut-bread & floral hops.

T: Some malty sweetness upfront (chocolate, bread, nut), with a dry, roasted-bitterness in the finish. Slightly piney, but mostly a floral hop flavour. Pleasant depth of flavour, but I didn't think the floral flavour belonged here.

M: Moderate body & carbonation.

D: Good.

Derek, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a great beer! Poured with a nice frothy, thick, foamy rich, tan head and some lace. Most of the head dissipated. The color is a very dark, almost opaque brown with highlights of dark copper red. Nice nose of roasty malty coffee, cocoa, toffee, caramel. same thing for flavor but more bitter (sounds like bad grammar). I like a coarser porter. This is a bit thin, but still great. Good finish too.

drpimento, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of mobud
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic pint glass.

A- Charcoal black with a nice creamy head. Pours to 1/2 inch head that remains thru the sample.

S- Nice sweet malt with a light boozy smell.

T- Almost a candy sweet malt taste. Roasted malt gets you on to topside, with a well-rounded sweetness on the backend.

M- Boozy and creamy with a thick mouthfeel and a smooth feel after drinking it.

D- The best porter I have ever had. I don't normally run to drink porters, but this one is definitely one I will go back to. Meets the high standards you expect from a name like Anchor.

mobud, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark brown with ruby colored highlights, light tan head that drops off in a couple minutes after a hard pour.

S- Sweet malt with slightly burnt character, and very low hop aroma.

T- Burnt malt, but not overly black or acrid. Sweetness up front, finishing to an astringent, black character.

M- Medium high carbonation that balances a very full, almost buttery mouthfeel.

D- I'll have another. And another.

This is the number one example of the style on BJCP, which makes me feel like it should have better than an 89...

khiasmus, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I havent tried many porters, but until i tried anchor porter i thought it was a style i just was not supposed to like. The color is nice and dark and it has all the porter tastes but allows them to be subtle and smooth with a clean finish. Everytime i drink one i think, i dont like porter why do i like this so much. The mouthfeel seems a bit thicker which i like but since i havent had many porters this could be par for the course. I would suggest this beer to anyone, even those who claim to hate dark beer, or porters.

Redwood21, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anchor's Porter pours out a big creamy brown head over an opaque black
brew. Carbonation is hard to guage, though something is keeping the head
fluffed up. The nose is molasses and raisin. The flavor is dark malt up front,
with a hop and espresso finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The brew is so
dark you might expect it to be a bit thicker but is is a porter and not a stout.
Aftertaste is only slightly of hops. Anchor doesn't have the deepest bench,
but all their brews are the good stuff, and I'm always happy to see those fat
little bottles in my fridge. Good, solid stuff here.

shadow1961, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow I've been sleeping on this one, whoops. Almost perfect 'black and tan' presentation, this is one good-looking beer. I actually poured it in a flared cocktail glass which really accents the deep red highlights. Everything a porter ought to be doing; chocolate malts, creaminess, general smooth texture. Blast of citric hops is the comparative advantage; they also lend a unique herbal medicine-flair. This might not have been George Washington's porter, but they've done something spectacular to his favorite quaff. Highly recommended in lieu of an after-dinner coffee, espresso, or dessert wine and to complement quality cinema ("Borat" in this case!)

BretSikkink, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of tomParis
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown with a light (for a porter) head. Smells amazing, chocolate with hints of molasses and lightly toasted malt. Taste is very chocolaty with some really complex sweetness in the background and moderate bitterness to balance it out. Absolutely delicious. The mouthfeel is a little thin, and extremely smooth. Best stout or porter I've ever had.

tomParis, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good looking pitch black beer with a tan head that leaves a very sticky lacing.
Smell becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up, hinting to the fact I opened it a bit too cold. Burnt malts, bittersweet chocolate, sugar, hops and alcohol dominate the nose.
Medium to full bodied, it opens in the palate with a pronounced burnt malt, bittersweet taste with overlapping hoppiness that is a bit more pronounced than I like.
All in all, a very well-crafted porter, pleasant and easy to drink, if not my favorite.

brdc, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of Steve188821
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The apperance is black with a large head, plenty of lace

S - The smell is of dark fruits and coffee, there is also a hint of roasted malts.

T - Taste is of coffee, dark chocolate and some malt bitterness.

M - The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, good carbonation.

D - The drinkability of this beer is excellent, I could drink this all day long.

Steve188821, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of crayphish
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my pint glass. This porter looked a dark opaque brown, essentially black. Some light was apparent along the bottom edges. A decent light tan head reduced to a cap that lasted all the way down. Some splotchy lacing. Smell is roasted malts and some clean grainy hops. Taste is burnt chocolate, but not overbearing. Finishes with the alcohol hop bite noticed in the aroma. Mouth feel is clean and dry. I found this to be a very good beer, but I am not one to session porters.

crayphish, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of atigerlife
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with slight ruby highlights. Small light brown head that dissipates pretty quickly but left a collar. Nice lacing that had good lasting power. Nice beer to look at.

Aroma of dark malts & molasses.

Taste of coffee, toffee, burnt molasses, dark ripe figs/raisins. Some floral hints. Light hops bitterness. Some sweetness underlying it all. Much more complex than I was expecting. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is spritzy and cleansing. Lighter than expected and not really "creamy". Slightly dry in the mouth.

Overall, this is very drinkable. Nicely balanced with a lot going on but nothing that distracts. I had this with some BBQ'd steak...matched perfectly!! I was very impressed with this beer and will definitely have some more.

atigerlife, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Braudog
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Mine poured a midnight red with a standard head. it produced a nice little aroma, reminding me of a neighborhood coffee shop. The flavor is magnificent coffee, toffee, and dark baked fruits. This is an excellent porter -- what else do you expect from Anchor Brewing? (#2643, 1/7/07)

Braudog, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of PEBKAC
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finishing off the Anchor trifecta for the nightcap, I clean my pint once more. Tuesday you say? Might make a rough morning, but let's deal with it when we get there. I hope it doesn't keep me up past my bedtime.

The pour fully encompasses the glass & mushrooms in a foamy, dense mass.

A little sour, a little marshmellowy; stinky molasses. I smell some instant cocoa mix too.

Creamy indeed. Just a hint of overroast, sweet & sour, more marshmellows, & a salty bite at the end that hits just a little too hard for my palate. Thicker then I would have expected, but it's very pleasant. Drinkability is moderate, as I find constant food is warranted for proper digestion. Let me go get a donut.

What is this? It's Wednesday now? Oh crap.


PEBKAC, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of theopholis
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown with a healthy but loose, tan head. When held up to the light, it Head has a decent amount of staying power, and leaves behind a fair amount of lace.

Aroma - The best word for it is chocolaty. It's not overwhelming, but you don't smell much else. Maybe just a hint of malt sweetness and bittering hops.

Taste - I have to admit, this is the beer that made me fall in love with the style. But I've tried dozens since then. Having said that, It has a big roasty taste with hints of chocolate hidden in there somewhere. There's something in there that isn't quite right. A harshness. But it's still quite good.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is just the taddest bit light for the style, but the carbonation is right on, and it works.

Drinkability - Like I said, I cut my Porter teeth on this beer. I love it, but a lot of porter drinkers find this one a tad harsh; and it is. Still pretty damn good tho.

theopholis, Feb 19, 2007
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,142 ratings.