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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor PorterAnchor Porter

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3,033 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,033
Reviews: 1,435
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 131
Gots: 166 | 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 riversider76
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the darkest of browns. One finger plus tan head, with decent retention, and excellent lace. Smell is of malts, and coffee. Body is light to medium, and slightly carbonated. Taste is sweeter than I expected. Malts, and alchol up front. Finish was bittered,but smooth.

riversider76, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Chimay goblet.

A - Very nice pour, deep deep brown - non-translucent in color, rich frothy light mocha head, with crazy amount of lacing lining the goblet.

S - Smell is strong of malts and undertones of coffee.

T&M - Taste up front is quite malty - roasted malts, coffee/chocolate, and slight fruit esters. Hops are fresh and produce a nice slowly receding aftertaste. Quite unique. Mouthfeel is creamy and perfectly carbonated.

D - Drinkability is high, this is a damn good beer.

My first Anchor offering, and what a treat it was. This is an awesome beer, and it sets the bar for American Porters. Definitely give this one a try.

HoustonTX, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of HimerMan
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle - poured into my Murhpy's pint glass.

Nice pour, dark brown in the pour and settling just shy of black with a small 1 finger slightly white head. Head settles quickly and the smell of malts comes though fast.

A little lacking in the overall taste - as it was somewhat disappointing compared to other Anchor Brewing beers - however, this was just a basic american porter flavor. No roasted flavors, no smoke, alcohol or anything interesting. As this warms it gets very sweet, which is why the 2.5 for drinkability - way too sweet to enjoy (maybe a better dessert porter).

I had high expectations when I opened this; and even though I am a bit disappointed with this beer, it is still a moderate/middle-of-the-road porter that would be easy for me to order if I saw it at a restaurant.

I would still suggest you trying it, definitely don't have it with food, unless its the right kind - maybe cheesecake or something lighter in taste. Nothing remarkable about it - but worth at least a chance, I have many more of them and will drink them.


HimerMan, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of jpkoch1962
2.93/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle- served at 40 deg F. Poured a deep black. Put up against light, and could barely see any light penetration- prehaps some deep maroon hues. Brown, complex head that collapsed within minutes leaving little lacing. Under carbonated a bit. Aroma was dominated by roasted and choclate malts. Very little if any hop aroma. Maybe some Northern Brewer Hops- couldn't tell.

The front end of this Porter was dominated by roasted malts, as well as a mixture of coffee, toffee, and choclate. The mouth feel was full with plenty of alcohol warmth. . Roasted malts dominated the middle, and the finish was a bit cloying. If there were any hops to balance this porter out, I couldn't tell. A strong aftertaste of roasted coffee lingered.

Anchor Porter is closer to a more complex Sweet Stout than a Porter. Porters should be a complex assortments of specialty malts and copius amounts of hops to balance out the heavy malt bill. Hops bitterness and aroma were lacking in this ale. The cloying malt aftertaste also subtracted from the drinkability. Disappointing Porter all around.

jpkoch1962, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of Romulus141
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black body with a caramel colored head. Head is strong at first, but dissipates in due time. Typical dark stout, and quite nice to look at.

Smell: Some small hints of a chocolate. There is also a roasted quality to the aroma. Quite pleasant on the nose.

Taste: Nice roasted flavor mixed with some subtle chocolate tastes. It is thick and leaves a nutty aftertaste. Goes down smooth and rich.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy. Envelops the tongue. Has a lot of weight to it. Quite exceptional.

Drinkability: Although this is rich, I could drink a few of these in one sitting, as the taste is very good, but not overwhelming. No "alcoholic" taste either. This reminds me of Mackeson XXX Stout, which is another favorite of mine. I recommend this one.

Romulus141, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of briman
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours deep dark brown, almost opaque....smoe ruby hues around the edges when held up to the light. Nice fluffy tan head, excellent retention. Nice lacing.

Aroma is dark roasted malts, with some chocolate & coffee notes coming through.

Taste is dark roasted malts, with some chocolate upfront. Towards the back it's more of a coffee flavor, with some black malt bitterness coming through in the finish.

Medium body, low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Well balanced, all the flavors mix well, with nothing being overpowering.
Very easy to drink, and easily could be a session beer.

briman, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of ArcTeryx
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep (almost black) brown. There is a thick, slightly fizzy, tan, two-finger head produced. The colors complement each other very well. There is also excellent lacing present. This is a simply beautiful looking beer. The aroma absolutely reeks of caramel, with hints of coffee and chocolate as well.

This beer tastes of coffee with a slight bit of chocolate. There is a malty aftertaste with a slight bit of hops. The slightly thick mouthfeel complements the flavor well.

This is a great tasting beer that does the porter name proud. Truly a delicious beverage.

ArcTeryx, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of AlesRTasty
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep dark brown with a brown foamy head. nice retention as well.
S - kind of a weak nose. some roasted malts and slight hop aromas a present but in very small amount.
T - delicious taste. as opposed to the aroma the taste is filled with roasted malt flavor as well as some good bittering hop flavors. quite delicious.
M - low carbonation, which I like in my porters, so it is very smooth tasting.
D - I sure wish I had a whole six-pack of this and not just a single bottle of it. very tasty brew with high drinkability.

AlesRTasty, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of horndecker
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackest brown, or brownest black, depends on the angle you're drinkin from. Big bloom of firm fluffy light brown head. Ovaltine merengue. The nose is roasted malt, cocoa, molasses, nutty merengue, slight soy, sweet and delightful. The taste starts with a light bitter bite of hops, then a full toasty creamy malt. Smoky at times, slight burnt notes, delicious.Nice full mouthfeel, great long aftertaste, a wonderful bottle of beer.

horndecker, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a slightly above average foamy head with good retention. Aroma of roasted malt is well blended with some flavourful coffee. Taste is a mix between well balance roasted malt and coffee with a medium bitter finish. Body is real creamy and quite full. Probably one of the best porter I have had so far.

Phyl21ca, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle Code: 6AL

Pours jet black with a 4 fingers+ mocha head. Fantastic head retention & lacing. A very pretty beer to look at & the rest of the beer measures up as well

Smell: Choclate, slight roasted grains

Taste: Chocalte, roasted grains, licorirce, & hints of lactose sweetness. Slight fruittyness& nut hints follow. Fishes roasty & choclatey

MF: Rich, chewy & perfectly carbonated/balanced

Drinks too easy, happy to see this beer back in Co. Springs. Reminds me of a chocalate milkshake, seek out & enjoy. Been drinking this since 91& it has never dissapointed me, a superior porter

russpowell, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of shirfan
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, almost completely opaque with a cardboard-brown head of large bubbles.

Aroma of raisins, prunes, and black licorice.

Taste is a bit more licorice, some black malt, and a smoky note. Velvet, mousse-like mouthfeel and a medium body make this easy to drink. Finishes with just a touch of floral hops.

Nice and smooth yet flavorful.

shirfan, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice and black. Head is about an inch thick and tan. Nose is mild coffee and choclate, with burnt sugar rounding it out. Taste is largely the same plus some dark fruit. Mouth is active, with carbonation rushing all over the tongue. A wonderful porter, one our country can be proud of. Not as good as Fuller's London Porter but DAMN close. A beer to be proud of.

TheBungyo, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of Fish113d
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass chilled from the fridge....

Aggressive pour gives off a nice chocolate brown body with a hefty 2 1/2" tannish head that seems to settle very slowly. Light is very little through the glass. Nice, what I was expecting.

Caramel and rich coffee tones accentuate this one on the nose. Also, nice rich chocolate aroma comes at me also. Very nice on the nose. A bit of grass or other grains also there that come in behind the chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Nice. Could be a bit more roasty though.

Very chocolatey with a bit of biscuits maybe, and a nice roasty coffee blend flavor. Caramel tones are secondary here, but a nice porter flavor. A bit of grassy hops come in to balancet this one on the swallow. Anchor is so solid!

Body is medium, which is a nice change from most more lightening porters that I'm used to. Alcohol is not there like most porters. This one is pretty true to the style, and maybe even better due to the body being a little heavier than usual.

This brew is easily drinkable, and very tasty. It'd make a nice brew to share a 6-pack with a friend, wife, relative, whoever! Well done!

Fish113d, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of Solomon420
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap serving. Overall this is an easy beer to drink, even though most people shy away from the darker beers simply because they thinks its going to taste too thick. This one breaks that barrier as its still within the realm of the style for porters, its not overwhelming in any aspect to drink. It goes down nicely and has a roast flavour to it, but not a burnt flavour that you can find in some porters. This would be a great "beginner" porter for some to break into this style but that were reluctant before. But by all means this is not a beginner beer in any other respect. Great beer and easy to drink a few pints of for sure.

Solomon420, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of shererjt
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, deep black/ruby red with a finely beaded tan head. Aroma was roasted malt, hops, some coffee, and a small-to-moderate amount of oxidation. Maybe a little licorice too. Medium-to-full body with a robust, assertive flavor. Lots and lots of roastiness and hops. Mouthfeel and drinkability were above average.

Nice American adaptation, though I must admit I prefer the more well rounded English versions. Still, very worth experiencing. I think a fresher bottle might also help; will revisit this one someday.

shererjt, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown, with a thick tan head.

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, a little alcohol.

Taste: Starts sweet with a creamy chocolate and coffee flavor and a little bitter and dry at the end.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick and not too thin.

Drinkability: Very good stuff, could be a good session beer.

My short tour through most of Anchor's offerings ended with this fine beer, probably my favorite of the lot.

Mdog, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of PorterNicole
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firstly, let me just say that this might be my favorite beer of all time. I love dark beers and this one just about takes the cake.

a: This beer is a dark, dark porter. Completely opaque unless bright, bright light is shined through. The head is light brown in color and the head retention is excellent for this beer. There is a lot of lacing and the head itself is very foamy and thick.

s: This porter smells very good, with hints of caramel, some coffee, and a little bit of chocolate. The aroma is very smooth and pleasant.

t: Very low hops in this porter (as expected). The taste is really smooth and malty. The sweet, caramel-like flavor hits your tongue first, followed by a very, very mild hint of hoppy coffee flavor.

m: Low carbonation, very milky feel on the tongue. The porter isn't syrup-like, it's just right.

d: Amazing. Incredibly easy to drink, goes down smooth, lingering and delightful aftertaste. This is a beer you'll always want to have around

PorterNicole, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a one finger with a tan/brown head. Smell is black malts and sweet dark fruit with a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy and creamy. Flavor is sweet roasty dark malts with a nice blend of hops to balance the flavors. Overall, a wonderful porter!

cjgator3, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single to give it a try, 12 oz bottle, marked 6FV, poured into a nonic pint glass

A—pours dark solid blackish brown with a 1 ½ inch cocoa colored foamy head, excellent head retention and beautiful full lacing.

S—not what I expected, ripe fruity note are jumping out at me, along with the alcohol, smells a little like a Tripel, not smelling anything that I thought I would (chocolate, coffee, nuts, etc)

T—there is the taste I expected, coffee bitterness, toasty, malty, hint of cocoa, bready, a very good flavor in this one

M—a bit chewy, full bodied, medium carbonation

D—very, very good, one of my favorite porters, I think.

hanco005, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of DuqTroops
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark black color with a brownish head - looks like a cappucinio (sp?)

Smell - bitter chocolate smell with coffee and malts.

Taste - roasted malt and coffee flavoring. very good in taste.

Mouthfeel - balanced at the end of the night.

Drinkability - love it - very smooth.

DuqTroops, May 29, 2006
Photo of Liquids
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pure black with a fluffy, nearly brown-hued head. No change in color when I hold it up to the light. Perfect. Aroma is light and "english" style, with an faint american twist with some grass overtomes and a hint of pine for the hops. Light but complex aromas. Taste is truly full, deep roasted malt, sweet malts, with detectable layers to the malt profile (pale? caramel? chocolate)... Finishes hoppy in a suble way that simply balances out the sweetness but doesn't linger long. Finishes extra dry. This is such a smooth tasting beer, and paired excellently with a good burger. Mouthfeel is bright, minimal carbonation, full tasting, and shouldn't be any lighter, but just thick enough to satisfy--not watery like a guinness. While at times I somehow imagine a porter being even better (I daydream about these things), I love this porter, and it's nearly, if not clearly, the best.

Liquids, May 26, 2006
Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a creamy black with brown highlights and a brown/tan head. Creamy/frothy lacing that clings to the side of the glass throughout the beer as tight little bubbles.

S - Cocoa, milk chocolate, caramel, hint of coffee and roasted malts.

T - Starts slightly sweet, roasted malts, creamy milk chocolate with a slightly sour/acidic/bitter (?) aftertaste. Maybe a slight bit of astringency but it helps balance the sweetness and leaves you craving another sip.

M - Smooth and creamy. Quite enjoyable.

D - An everyday drinking porter that should be available just about everywhere.

brewcrew76, May 25, 2006
Photo of nickg902
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an impulse buy and Im glad I did. Pours a dark black, not very thick and not a large head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass as I continue to drink down. Aroma is heavy on the hops and malt, perhaps a bit of coffee and bitter chocolate. The taste is heavy hops and alcohol, with the maltiness powering through. Aftertaste of malts and chocolate continue, but is very mild and balanced. A creamy yet somewhat bitter brew that confused me a bit. I would say that the mouthfeel is creamy and low carbonated and that the drinkability is high as far as porters are concerned. I would recommend this beer highly to anyone and I hope to get a better feel for the interesting and complex taste in my second bottle. Enjoy.

nickg902, May 20, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to re-review this one. Man, this stuff is awesome. Very chocolatey and malty upfront, and oddly, very hoppy on the finish. A true, true, alltime classic. A bit overpriced in Ohio, as I used to get Anchor Steam at 6.99 a sixer in florida and now, 9.49. But every once in awhile I get the urge. If you want to introduce yourself to an alltime, award winning, classic American Porter...this is it..and none better.

bigdeuce, May 16, 2006
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,033 ratings.