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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,286 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,286
Reviews: 1,469
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 152
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 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.

Photo of erosier
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown/black color with a medium sized medium bodied head that fades nicely to a ring around the glass. It laces a little down the glass on the way down. Once it has setteled it is one nice looking porter. The aroma is of really deep roasted malts underneath smells of dark fruits, chocolate, and caramel with a touch of hops at the end. The taste is just that way. Nice sweet and bitter roasted malts underneath a chocolate, caramel, and dark fruity taste with a tough of hops to finish off the flavor. Really nice. The mouthfeel is soft, smooth, and really warming which makes it an excellent porter. Definately one of my favorites.

Photo of wanker
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous. My favorite porter to date.

I drank it fairly warm, probably around 60 deg.

Flavor had notes of caramel or butterscotch, which were more dominant than the dark fruit flavors I commonly get from porters.

Hoppiness was subdued, but still noticeable. A great balance for this style IMO.

Just the right amount of carbonation, an entirely pleasant mouthfeel.

If you like porters you must try this one.

Photo of ebit
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a seductive deep red showing through when held up to light. A nice light tan creamy head.

Smoky malts over a nutty aroma comes through. Mild amount of hops as undertones.

Deep malts fill the pallete intially with oats and a bit of barley as undertones. Cherries surprisingly come through with a quick swig. a A little bit of hoppiness on the swallow with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Very smooth with a medium to heavy body. Not very much carbonation.

An extremely smooth drinker. Think of it as a less aggressive version of the Storm King Stout.

Photo of bboven
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby highlights all over the place. A finger of head that leaves great lacing.

Almost wine-like. Definite malt character, but the sourness portrayed in lesser examples is perfectly displayed here as a nutty sweet/sour aroma. Perfect.

Again, flavors of dark fruit with a huge deep red wine flavor and aftertaste. Just awesome.

Having had this from a cask at Toronado in SanFran, I can say that this has a good mouhtfeel, but not perfect. Get it on cask if you can. Truly a great experience.

By far my favorite anchor beer among many great ones. Go git you some.

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

Wow, What an exceptional beer from such a respectable, historical brewery. Being a Porter fanatic, I tend to be extra critical. Anchor's Porter exceeded my expectations. A dark Opaque and black body with a very bubbly aromatic head. smells of caramel and toffee lead into a strong bittersweet flavor, definitely attacks the back of the tongue. Excellent carbonation, doesn't give you that gassy feeling. I could drink this porter all day. Good job Anchor!

Photo of mattster
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12oz bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Very little head formation - tan colored head that reduced to lacy/bubbly layer across top of dark brown opaque brew.

Smell is of light coffee candy. Taste follows through with coffee/mocha with dark toasted malts. Finish is nice with balance bitterness and clean carbonation, although a tad bit acidic on back of throat.

all in all, a nice brew.

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

I always buy porters with reservation. Although they are a worthy style, sometimes they are not my favorite. My reservations continue when I went out on a limb buying a 22 oz bottle.

Well: I poured it into my favorite glass. What a beautiful very dark beer with a nice light tan head. Lace, lace and more lace is there.

The nose is not strong but very pleasant. A little sweet and caramel.

The taste is the closer on this deal. Very balance. Caramel, malt, sweet with a hint of coffee thrown in. The key here is the balance; just the right bitterness. So easy to drink. Not strong. Not watery. This is a truly great porter and a truly great beer. I can only say this of one other porter I have had.

Photo of Procrastinator
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into Sam Adams "pint" glass. Number 6JXFL stamped on rear label. Part of "Beers of the World" gift
pack that was given to me. I've had this beer several times before, but this is my first review.

Appearance: dark brown, almost black in color with a sticky creamy tan head, which breaks down to leave clingy lacing. Carbonation can be seen immediately below the head.

Smell: deep dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolates, slightly sweet black coffee or espresso.

Taste: burnt malts, but not acrid tasting. Bittersweet chocolate and mild coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel: rich medium body with nice balance of bitter and sweet. Carbonation nicely delivers flavors without being overpowering.

Drinkability: where many porters can be rather acrid, this one is relatively smooth. Flavors are not contentious, but meld together nicely.

Photo of kmo1030
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a dark nearly opaque ruby brown ith a very large creamy head that lasts to the bottom.
the smell contains a malty slightly lactic chocolate and coffee. a little bready anise is also in there too.
the taste is roasty and malty, and slightly subdued, but to pleasant effect. chocolate and bits of coffee maltiness are at the fore, but there are some dark fruity notes beneath. the lactic quality is missing here thankfully. bitterness at the finish lends some balance. a little toffee and molasses develops with warmth.
the mouthfeel is full-ish medium with lighter carbonation. feels like mildly carbonated 2% milk.
good drinkability. it's a pleasant easy drinking porter without anything to severe going on.

Photo of Ehouse
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

With a dark subtle body and a nose of caramel and toffee, this porter is seductively simple and delicious. Initial taste of chocolate with subtle notes of cinamon, followed by toffee, maple syrup and coffee that wash over the back of your tongue like milk. As you swallow the hop bitterness starts to stand out and the tingly sensation of carbonation dances across your tongue.

Photo of Saunapoika
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, black with ruby highlights when held up to light. Quickly receding head that maintains nice lacing across the surface. Looks inviting.

S: Maltiness, a bit of molasses, maybe even a slight hint of smoke in there. I also get a few notes of alcohol as well. Not really any hop aroma that I can tell.

T: An outstanding porter as far as that goes. Roasty, toasty malitness with hints of chocolate, coffee and I can't shake the tiniest smoky finish of it. It's almost like an afterthought but I really like it. Very well balanced.

M: Velvety goodness. Prime carbonation with a very smooth character. Very nice.

D: So good, I would like another. Ok, I think I will.

Photo of sbe1
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A porter lover's porter. Outstanding.

Appearance: Deep black-brown, no light coming through the glass, caramel colored foamy, fluffy head, with lots of lace sticking to the glass, a beautiful beer.

Smell: Caramel, overripe plum, malt, sweet cream.

Taste: Rich creamy body, roasted malt, a little smokiness, just a touch of hops. A smooth pleasurable finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, velvety, creamy, smooth, with a light hop/roasted malt bitterness.

Drinkability: Excellent, I love porter and this is one of the best I've had. I could drink this all night.

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

pours black in color with a one finger tight bubbled tan head that holds for a while and rings of lace with each sip. fruity aromas of dark fruits and slightly burnt roasted malts in the nose. lots of roasted malt with figs and dried prunes and brown sugar, nothing that over powers you very balanced. medium body and very smooth with good carbonation. its at the top of my list.

Photo of nasty15108
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep black color with light reddish-brown hues around the edges. Thick creamy tan head with rings of lacing that held on until the last sip.

S - Malty with the strong aroma of ripe rasins or plums. I also smell slight hints of the alcohol.

T - A slightly sweet malty flavor up front, hints of bananna and vanilla, followed by a bitter slightly smokey after taste. Hints of hops also detected in the finish.

MF&D - Sticky and delicious. Just the right amount of carbonation and alcohol content to keep the porter balanced. I wouldn't think Anchor Porter would make a good session beer, but it is great cold weather brew. I would buy this product again and again.

Photo of dadonabike
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured dark brown/black with a thick strong head to mach. The head was particularly strong, the kind you can write in with the last drops. It leaves a heavy lacing as well.

S: The smell was of dark caramel and liquorice. It has a good smell of malts and some spice.

T:The malts and the caramel are there but they seemed overpowered by the bitterness and alcohol. I was telling myself that I like this beer, I know I like this beer, but I don't remember it tasting this much of alcohol and unbalanced bitterness.

M & D: I feel this is a bit thin. I wanted more body, more malt to go with that great dark quality. The strength (alcohol) seemed like a stout, so maybe I just wanted oatmeal stout at the time. This is definitely a drinkable beer, I'll have it again, but I was expecting more for some reason.

Photo of hyland24
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

It poured a smooth creamy black with an inch thick tan head similar to a root beer. It left streaks of lacing similar to a spider web which stayed on the side of the glass down the last sip.

The smell was strong, with hints of fruit.

The taste is complex. I couldn't accurately place it until my second bottle. It starts off with hints of caramel, mildly smokey and then finishes with a slightly fruity aftertaste similar to raisins.

The mouth-feel was exceptional. Creamy but not heavy, although heavier than the pour would lead you to believe. The porter sticks too the mouth remaining several seconds after the swallow.

The overall drinkability is above average although I couldn't see myself drinking more than a six pack at one sitting. Definitely a good winter beer. Would go great with a stew, pot-pie or any heavy winter meal. Overall one of the better American porters I have tasted.

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,286 ratings.