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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,277 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,277
Reviews: 1,468
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 150
Gots: 270 | 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 stephens101
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with some brown streaks when put to the light. A thinnish one and half finger dark tan head chills out for a good bit before settling down and leaving very little lacing behind. Burnt malts, caramel, sweet bread and spice rise to the nose all robust and complex. Tastes malty with a little bit of the burnt essence around the edges. Yeasts and some bitterness float somewhere in the middle. A caramel and toffee sweetness comes in at the right time with an nice little hint of cherries bringing things full circle. Mouth-feel is medium to full bodied with some smooth creaminess going down. Full on excellent porter.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best American porter I've tried so far.
Opaque black with a huge tan head. I actually had to back off my pour a little so the head wasn't too large. Excellent stringy lacing.
Sweet smell of coffee, caramel, & molasses, with a touch of hops.
I thought from the smell that it would be really sweet, but it's extremely well balanced. Just a bit of sweetness up front that quickly fades into a generously hopped bitter finish; a bit drying. Well rounded and robust. The flavors all work together, nothing dominates.
Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. Perfect carbonation levels.
I'll be adding this one to my list of favorites.

Photo of avaulteriam
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice enough porter. Deep chocolate brown, creamy head. Definitely quite well hopped. Taste is dominated by piney bitterness on top of some coffee flavors. Nose is roasty with a very pleasant hop aroma. Smooth and nice to drink. Solid, if a bit over-rated.

Photo of ph2001
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle in pint glass

its very dark, with hardly any light able to pass through. it had a ton of head development though.

at first there is a bitterness to it but it fades very quickly and turns into a nice mild sweet flavor. pretty decent and drinkable.

Photo of Surefire
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best porters I've ever had. Highly recommended.

A: Dark, slight light at the corners. No flaws.

S: Coffee dominates

T: Creamy, coffee, chocalate, nice malt sweetness, with a hint of hops.

M: Creamy and heavy to full body.

D: Extremely drinkable. Creamy with heavy body, but also well balanced.

I highly recommend this porter as an easy drinking yet flavorable ale.

Photo of elricorico
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown, opaque in the glass. Generated plenty of beige head that is well retained. Plenty of lacing left on the glass. Just what you want a porter to look like.

Straightforward dark malt aroma, somewhat chocolatey and a bit of coffee. Inviting.

Relatively sweet and chocolatey right up front. Middle and finish becomes bitter coffee flavoured. Well balanced, and the flavour continually fills out as it warms.

Medium body and a bit higher carbonation that I like for the style. Not bad mouthfeel, but a weak point for this beer.

No surprise that many consider this a standard for the style. I'm glad I finally got ahold of a bottle.

Photo of bcm119
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Near-opaque brown with some reddish tinge. Long lasting, fine tan lace. Toasty, coffee nose with hints of grass and earth. Begins with huge, earthy/coffee/chocolate flavors that turn rich and slightly citric towards the back. Fresh, leafy hops are present just enough to set off the roasted grain. Long, leafy hop finish with plenty of roasty flavors lingering. Fine carbonation lends a smooth, round mouthfeel to the full body. Complex from start to finish, this is the standard for american porters.

Photo of Ch1mpy
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a thick lightbrown head. Good lacing.

The smell is compromised of roasted malts, chocolate and some dashes of vanilla.

Complex taste with burnt sugar, coffee and malt. This said, it actually feels a little on the mild side, possibly I served it a little cold?

Smooth mouthfeel and a long lasting aftertaste with roasted malts and some smoke.

We will be able to enjoy this brew for a good while here in Sweden since it is now a part of the permanent stock of the government run liquor stores.

Photo of Tilley4
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good little porter from Anchor.

Almost completely black appearance with a thick fluffy head.

Aroma is of roasted malts. This almost has a brown ale aroma to it. It smells sweet and malty..

Sharp hops quickly flow into sweet malts and then the familiar porter finish...

At first, I wasn't sure if I liked this but I have to say that it began to floor me about halfway in and it warmed a bit. Tasty, tasty, tasty...

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into imp pint. Nice tan, tight head poured onto dark brown with ruby highlights. Smells of coffee and chocolate- and malt. Tastes of bitter/ smoothe chocolate. Can taste the roasted malt. Great feel in the mouth and very easy to drink. I haven't had too many American porters, but I think of it as the American Fullers- different but very good and very consistent.

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer had a dark black color and a thick texture. There was a good inch of long-lasting head and solid lacing.

S: The smell was very much underplayed, but featured malt, coffee and some sweets.

T: Coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate and some hops. A well done, balanced taste.

M: The carbonation level is very high, giving this a lively mouthfeel. Finishes smoothly. Full-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer, arguably the best one Anchor makes. Like other porters, it's a heavy beer, but still very tasty.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Recieved a bottle of this from zdester.

Poured a solid dark brown, very thing tan head.

Smells like nut and malt.

Taste is very smooth, slightly dry and bittersweet. Tastes a bit like oak with a malty nut aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is exveptional. Smooth as hell, perfect weight and carbonation.

Drinkability is good, I only had one of these that I was gifted with but as soon as I find more I'll be buying it. Would be excellent with a steak.

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

A - Black and opaque with a thick creamy tan head that retains very well. As it recedes, the head leaves alot of foamy lacing in its wake

S - Coffee, toffee, and chocolate malts dominate the very bold nose of this porter. Not a very complex nose

T&M - Starts off with the rich chocolate malt flavor with hints of dark fruit. Finishes with a mild hop flavor. A delicious and balanced porter. As the beer warms, it gets noticeably sweeter. Smooth and medium bodied. The rich malt flavors endure very well when held on the tongue. Pretty clean finish; the hops only slightly coat the palate.

D - Simply put, a very drinkable, delicious porter. Not too heavy. Definitely a porter I will revisit in the future.

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

Another from the discontinued cases I got from a local bar. Bottle poured into a pint.

A: Dark brown, almost black. A light tan head that recedes pretty quickly to small rings that still create a good bit of lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate, malt, molasses, caramel and dark fruits. Suprisingly a great smell.

T: Malt, chocolate, coffee. Has a bit of a bitter after taste that might come from citrus fruits. Pleasant suprise.

M: A good creamy beer that coats the mouth. A little bit of a bitter after taste rests on the tongue.

D: A very drinkable porter. Has a love ABV that makes this easy to consume and quite tasty. Will purchase as a go to beer.

Photo of memphischas
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: poured into stein. almost black with slight brown hue when held in the light. 1 finger, tan head that dissipated faster than expected.

S: Toffee and caramel was about all I could get out of it, not very strong

T: Smooth and rich at the front. a little smoky. Complex. finish is dry with a bitter, coffee aftertaste.

M: right on the very line of medium and full bodied.

D: a good beer. in my opinion not a session beer. but a good beer nonetheless that I will probably have again in the future.

Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Anchor Porter pours an extremely dark, literally almost black with a tan head. The head receded relatively quickly, but never fully disappeared. The scent of chocolate was not a tease. This beer has a nice full body, chocolate taste to it. It's a bit more on the filling side, but went down very smooth.

Photo of tronester
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Has a lively medium brown head. Smells earthy. The taste is very chocolaty, that was the first thing I thought when I took a sip. This beer is also sweeter than I imagined. There is, however, a good amount of roasted flavor and hop bitterness to help balance the sweetness. At the end there is a taste of raw hops, quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than I would have expected considering the taste, but nothing bad. Quite drinkable too, this is quite a tasty Porter from Anchor! I would definitely buy it again.

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

A: Dark brown with ruby edges and a nebulous, bubbly tan head. Retention is excellent and it laces all the way down the glass.

S: Complex aroma with lots of sweetness (molasses, fig, caramel). The hops come through in the nose with a citrus and floral aroma, as well. There's a distinct smoothness akin to vanilla in the aroma.

T&M: Sweet initially with hints of chocolate malt and smoky/roasted malt. Light hints of chocolate malt also emerge throughout. This is soon leveled out wonderfully through the finish with a slight amount of bittering citrus from the hops. This is a damn tasty porter! Everything is balanced well enough to where the finish isn't too dry and roasted. This beer is medium-to-full bodied and coats the mouth well. The finish is smooth and the texture is creamy and silky.

D: Quite the drinkable porter. Low ABV makes it easily sessionable, but it does sit a little heavy in the stomach (but hey, it's a porter). I'll definitely be getting this again.

Photo of QuentinCompson
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into pint glass

A - Two finger head into finger head lowering, nice darkish brew

S - Coffee

T-M - Malty chocolate brew, I'm thinkin this is how a Porter should taste, but...

D - Nice brew to have around if you dig darker brews; doesnt pack too much alcohol: a classic.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Dark brown with a head that stays. Served in pint glass.

S. Not much of a smell at all.

T. Tastes starts out like a malty porter which gives way to a slight bitter aftertaste.

M. Coats the palate and is well balanced.

D. Solid brew here. Anchor makes some really good beer. This is an example of such.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. deep rich brown, almost black color. light tan head with a medium retention level. fair lacing.

S: roasted malts. some caramel and chocolate aromas, with a light sour note as well.

T: a little sour, could be an old beer. some sweet roasted malts, mostly a chocolate flavor. I am also picking up some tobacco flavors.

M: smooth and creamy. mild carbonation. not heavy at all for a porter.

D: very drinkable, but not outstanding. A good representation of style, but I think I need a fresher bottle next time.

Photo of nem2006
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured the beer into a nonic glass. It was extremely dark, almost completely black. Had a fairly weak head on it that didn't hold very well.

Had a little chocolate to the smell. The taste was slightly sweet at the start, but finished with a hoppy bitterness. I am not a very big fan of porters, but this one is one I would try again.

Tried it with a gouda cheese. I would probably try it with a more aged or smoked gouda.

Photo of babaracas
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with dense head and great lacing. Smell: dark chocolate, dark fruit. Taste: starts sweet, fruity, gives way to astringent grain, unsweet chocolate and roasted flavors. Hops sneak up through the malts, spicy and herbal. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. A very good porter.

Photo of hellomcfly
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Almost black. Ruby highlights when held to light. Nice tan head with good lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, hops, cola

T: Good tasting well balanced porter. Roasted malts show strong but underlying hops balance out nicely. Nice hopped chocolate aftertaste to this.

M Very smooth with a creaminess that gives way to prickly carbonation. Nice mouth feel, could maybe be a little thicker.

D: Pretty nice drinkability for a porter. Could drink a couple.

Photo of blackjack000
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Near black with shades into brown and maroon and some ruby highlights. Light caramel-colored full head that sticks well, like a root beer float.

Smell: Dark chocolate and fragrant hops combined. Brown sugar.

Taste: Pretty good. Rich chocolate and roasty malt. Well balanced hops. Pleasant and full roasty aftertaste with a bit of chocolate that peeks in just when I thought the aftertaste was over. Well balanced throughout the entire tasting experience. The aftertaste is where this beer really shines for me.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, just right. Just thick enough to give it a little body to coordinate with the flavor, but smooth and liquid enough to be able to drink it without being forced to analyze it.

Drinkability: This is a good drinking porter. It's not overbearing on the palette, but has just enough flavor in just the right amounts. I really like this. This is something I could sit around and watch Animal Planet a few hours with.

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,277 ratings.