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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,182 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,182
Reviews: 1,447
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 138
Gots: 219 | 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 akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The porter is a deep dark red color, full of murkiness that causes the ale to look black as coffee. The head was round about 1 finger and has laced nicely in the glass.

S: The nose is strong on chocolate malts, much stronger than I expected. The roasted malts give the ale a nicely rounded chocolate flavor. I was expecting more hop aroma though.

T: Sweet chocolate dominates and defines the body, creating a flavor that is dark without the usual roasted elements of a porter. Here, the chocolate malts crowd out any roasted malt elements, making a smooth chocolate flavor that lacks the sharper edge of most porters. The porter also lacks a distinct hop element that I expected from a west coast porter.

M: The mouthfeel is dominated by the sweet chocolate flavors, although I'd love some hops to punch it up a bit.

D: The abv is moderate and the chocolate malts are a nice flavor. I would not turn this down.

Photo of umustdrink
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black in color, deep ruby red on the edge when held to light. Light brown head fades to a quarter inch. Lacing is minimal, small spots, intermittent.

S - Bitter caramel and bready toasted malt, dark fruits and a light creaminess.

T/M - First sip was a surprise. Starts light feeling with a very prominent, almost hoppy carbonation bite immediately followed by powdery semisweet chocolate, toasted malts and hints of grapes that are almost raisins. Finish is very chocolaty and heavy on roasted malts.

D - Overall a very nice tasting Porter. I would definitely recommend this and I will probably have it again.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.99 at Total Wine (& More) in Kennesaw, GA.

Appearane: Pours a dark brown body with a small, beige-colored head.

Smell: Creamy chocolate maltiness with bright, tart-smelling raisin fruitiness.

Taste: The taste of chocolate-coated raisins, like a glass filled to the brim with Raisinets. Hints of tobacco and citrus on the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly, I'd say its almost a medium-full body. Very creamy and smooth. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: This is actually alot better than I thought it'd be.

Photo of BucBasil
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's July 4th and I wanted something very American. I looked for the Liberty Ale, but couldn't find it, instead settling for this, which I think was an equally good choice.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the very classic-looking bottle. One inch head dissipated within a minute on top of a very deep ruby colored brew. Looks almost black, but held to light the ruby notes come through.

Smell: Fantastic notes of milk chocolate and caramel come through at first after agitation. A bit of malt comes through after settling for a bit.

Taste: Hits the mouth with a quick hoppy punch leading to slight toffee flavors, finishing with strong coffee notes. I loved the taste here.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation dies off after 2 seconds leaving a silky smooth feeling that lasts after swallowing. Leaves the mouth surprisingly clean, even after the strong notes found in the taste. I expected the aftertaste to linger for a while, but it was quite pleasant.

Drinkability: Pretty heavy, but I could down a few of these without a problem. Even though the taste is very stong, it's not a barrier to enjoying the brew. Very very nice. Will buy again - this might become addictive....

Photo of Commandogeraldo
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a six-pack of this in my fridge for a while, so this review is based on my overall experience with the sixer. This stuff always drinks very smoothly, major chocolate flavors with a sweet/spicy finish. Think clove, nutmeg, that kinda thing. Very very dark in the glass, works well right out of the fridge, only gets better as it warms up. Definitely one of my go-to beers.

Photo of jayfarley3
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. It poured a jet black with a nice tan head. Smells is slightly fruitly with a rich malty scent. Taste is of a creamy chocolatley coffee with kind of a sweet taste at the end. Mouthfeel is pretty light compared to other porters i have had. This is a very good beer, i will most likely drink it again, it would make an excellent porter to try if you have never tried one before.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a jet black color with a tan head.

S: Slightly sweet caramel and roasted malts.

T: An exceptional porter. Smooth, well balanced, and very flavorful. The flavors are fairly complex yet rather subtle. Roasted malts, slightly burnt chocolate, slightly sweet caramel and toffee, all followed up with a light hop presence to balance things out.

M: Nice mouthfeel; slightly chewy, active carbonation and silky smooth.

D: Very drinkable due to the delicious, yet subtle flavors. I could easily put down several of these. Full, tasty, silky smooth and well balanced. An exceptional American porter.

Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anchor's Porter is what all other American Porters are judged against.
It pours a nice black color with a nice 1 inch head ends up just lacing around the top. The aroma is outstanding. Somewhat sweet along with the roasted malts and just a hint of coffee. The taste starts with some bitterness and hops. I am getting some roasted coffee dryness in the end with a touch of the bitterness still lingering around. A touch of toffee every once in a while. Just the right amound of carbonation when it's all said and done.
Very well done and quite drinkable for the style.

Photo of Damian
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA

Poured a deep black with ruby-colored highlights when held to the light. The one-finger mocha-colored head was creamy and frothy and slowly faded to thick film that lasted the entire drink. Small patches of lacing trickled down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was rich, sweet and intense. Smooth bittersweet chocolate was most apparent, followed by brown sugar, molasses, dark stone fruits, subtle spices and a rummy alcohol quality.

The flavor was subtle initially but came out substantially as the beer warmed. Rich, creamy, chocolate malts appeared up front with coffee, dark chocolate and a subtle hoppiness (just enough for balance) appearing mid-palate. The hops carry into the slightly bitter, espresso-like finish. A touch of alcohol warmth appeared in the back of the mouth. Notes of roasted coffee lingered in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was creamy and frothy, but a bit thin.

Overall, this porter was outstanding. In many ways it mimics a much "bigger" beer than it is, yet it is nevertheless amazingly smooth and drinkable.

Photo of BMoney575
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6-11-07

Pours very dark with little bits of red on the sides and bottom. Tan head bubbles quickly away leaving decent lacing.

Smell is super sweet and malty, lots of chocolate and a little smokiness at the end.

Taste is just like the smell at first, followed by a nice hop balance in the middle. The finish is silky smooth with a little bit of coffee and smoke.

Mouthfeel is perfect! Not thick like a stout, but with enough meat to be very smooth and coating.

Drinkability is very good, malty but with a well-balanced sweetness.

Overall, one of the best porters I've had. Flavorful, but with just the right amount of thickness and lightness.

Photo of mdm46410
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This porter poured a solid black with a thick tan head. Some light lacing is left behind. Faint roasted malt aroma with some chocolate and hops. The flavor is outstanding for a porter. It consists of a nice chocolate taste, along with sweet roasted malts, and some subtle hop notes. Very smooth. Medium-bodied with a decent mouthfeel...maybe a bit thin. All that said, this is a solid effort from Anchor Brewing.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper.

This pours from 12oz bottle a very dark brown with a small tannish head of foam. It shrinks to an island in the middle and it has good lacing.

The smell has a lot of chocolate and sweet malt with just a whiff of some hoppy goodness.

The taste is very big and very nice. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt and some good coffee notes as well. Smooth yet full flavoured. Swishing the beer in my mouth, I get a more pronounced hop bitterness that really balances and goes well with the sweet start that I got. Man...this is a *great* Porter. The mouthfeel is elegant and the carbonation is just right and the finish has a nice bitter zing to it. I haven't bought a sixer of this in years and that makes me shake my head in disbelief.

Bottom line: This is a world class American Porter that just about anyone can find in the US. Highly recommended!!

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a beautiful opaque deep brown, tan head is fine-bubbled. Aroma is decidedly porter-ish with strong coffee hint. Rich porter flavor has strong chocolate overtone and smoky and hoppy components. Finish is bitter and zingy. Delicious and highly recommended - particularly on-tap.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This porter pours a jet black into my glass with a very thick, creamy tan head with excellent lacing. The faintest ruby highlight makes it through the beer when held to a light. The aroma is moderately roasted, a little chocolately, and moderately sweet. The flavor is moderately roasty, slightly sweet, and has medium-low hop bitterness. The finish is quite smooth and leaves a blend of sweetness and roasted malts on the tongue. The carbonation is moderate and body is medium-full. Overall I thought this was a well done porter. A very nice beer to look at and the flavor is not overdone in any way; everything compliments each other, I especially like the bittersweet nature of the taste.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black with a dense brown head.

Smell is very delicate. Only just a bit of roastiness.

Taste is wonderful though. Dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and coffee.

Very smooth and very drinkable. I've got a special place in my heart for this brew. It was the beer I had in my hand when I stumbled upon this fantastic website! I haven't looked back since!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,182 ratings.