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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor PorterAnchor Porter

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2,911 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,911
Reviews: 1,423
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 117
Gots: 123 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Naes

New York

3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This porter pours black with shades of red showing through when held up to the light. The head is tan; huge and fluffy. Although the head looks impressive, it does not lace much.

The smell is somewhat bitter with hints of an alcohol aroma.

The flavor is a bit watery to begin with, then hints of chocolate show through, followed by a tiny bit of alcohol flavor. The aftertaste is surprisingly hopy.

As for mouth feel, it is smooth though it could use just a tad more carbonation.

Overall, not a bad porter. Very flavorful yet just not what I am looking for. If you like hopy beer with hints of alcohol, give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 01:26:59 | More by Naes
Photo of drugsbunny


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small brown bottle with freshness code you need to decipher. Dark rich brown color with creamy head. Good lacing all the way down. This is such a smooth beer. Creamy chocolate taste and just the slightest hints of roasted bitter and hop flavors. Sweeter as it gets warm. A perfect porter and a great session beer I love to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 21:44:43 | More by drugsbunny
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle

Pours with a deep dark brown body, almost black, almost zero light pentration. Thick tan head with great retention. A little tan lacing down the glass

Smell, thick chalky smoke, almost brandy like whiff, dry chocolate powder, vanilla

Taste, roasted malt bitterness, some american bittering hops. Lasting thick bitter espresso on the palette. A touch of vanilla and some lasting dry dark chocolate. Little bit of bourbon, nice little alcohol wamth

An enjoyable porter, lots of flavour and high in drinkability. Maybe a little too fizzy on the mouthfeel though and the body could do with a little more depth

Finished the bottle with a couple of very very dark chocolate italian truffles, great pairing

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2005 17:46:26 | More by cypressbob
Photo of RushLimbmalt


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color and has a nice thick tan head. It's aroma is of chocolate, coffee, and molasses. The taste is very sweet, a mixture of chocolate and caramel with a bite from the roasted malts, but not much for hops on the tongue. This is a well balanced, full bodied porter and definitely one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2005 06:41:15 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of baiser


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown, with a tan head. Toasty aroma, full of coffee, roasted malts and dark fruits. Smooth, easy drinking porter. Full, flavourful and satisfying. Roasted malt, coffee, hops and finishes dry. A great session porter. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 06:17:39 | More by baiser
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, this a one smooth drinkin' porter here. Pours out to the color of coffee with a medium brown head. Helluva start. Odors of coffee and hops were present, with an earthy overtone masking the alcohol. Very nice mouthfeel, quite smooth and thick, and a touch on the creamy side. Flavors of coffee bean, earth, chocolate and mild spice were present, along with a bitterness on the finish. This is a good porter. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 01:31:06 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of karst


4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours so dark the woodcut image and lettering on my Little Yeoman's Pint glass have disappeared. Long lasting fine creamy head that leaves lace and emits a wonderful aroma. Held to dirrect sunlight ruby glints light up the thick glass bottom. Taste starts with malts with some dark fruity overtones (also in aroma) wonderful blend of toffee, bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted malt with a round full mouthfeel supported by the creamy carbonation that you could hold in your mouth forever. Aftertaste to set all standards but more from burnt flavors (or are the hops so perfectly blended?).

So perfect, that I will be happy if it was the only beer available drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2005 20:59:06 | More by karst
Photo of TastyTaste


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor porter looks identical to the last beer I had, Sierra Nevada Stout. It has a jet black body, and a big tan head. Smells malty and acidic, slight coffee tones. Taste is chocolate and coffee, a slight bit of staleness and acidity, but I think this adds to the character of the beer. A delicious beer, doesn’t overpower you like some Baltic’s can do, this is a nice, non-threatening porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 02:33:31 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of slyke


4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Anchor Porter pours black with a half inch of tan foam.

Smell: The aroma is predominantly that of roasted coffee.

Taste: "Roasty" more coffee and a bit of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Anchor Porter has a hearty mouthfeel just as a good porter should.

Drinkability: Good - I could probably drink a 2-3 of pints in a sitting and they could very well replace a meal. Yum, yum!

I'd definitely buy Anchor Porter again.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2005 18:10:24 | More by slyke
Photo of chrisms86


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a relatively thin layer of weak head. Smells distinctly of toffee and chocolate. A thicker beer than most, it is surprisingly easy to drink. Usually these darker beers are very filling with this porter is satisfying and goes down smooth.

Very good mouthfeel, thick and a slight tingle of carbonation. Tastes less like beer and more like roasted coffee, toffee, and alcohol, a good dessert beer (you know you drink to much if you're having dessert beer!)

Great brew, probably not something I'm going to always have in stock but it's a good change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 20:59:20 | More by chrisms86
Photo of connecticutpoet


3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a very dark brown beer, as expected. There was almost no head, though I poured trying to get one.

The aroma was not really roasted, which surprised me. I detected dark malts, a little sweetness, and a bit of a hop tang. Unusual for a beer so dark.

The taste was completely unexpected. Whereas there was no roasted character in the nose, in the taste there was powerful roasted dark malt, almost burnt. It was quite bitter, and not sweet at all.

It was a better than average beer, but pretty run of the mill as porters go.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 04:32:51 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of BeerFink


4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Anchor's distinctively shaped bottle flows this black porter. Head is quick to rise up and then settles a bit, its tan frothiness resting above the beer. Smell is sweeter than I would have expected. First noticed is the caramel and toffee and little bit of dark fruit. Chocolate and a hint of coffee are also present, with a faint whiff of alcohol. Taste is very rich and creamy. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee are first on the palate, along with some roasted grain. Then comes that toffee and caramel sweetness to finish things off in a creamy, sweet, yet roasted manner. Hints of bitter hops peck at the tongue, but never fully show themselves. A smooth and easy drinking American porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 00:44:42 | More by BeerFink
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was one awesome porter, probably one of the best I've reviewed in months. Tried it out as part of a 5 ounce flight at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, appeared a bit lighter than the Lefthand Milk stout sitting next to it. Graet blend of chocolate, caramel, and hazelnut. Very smooth from top to bottom. If this one's around and I'm looking for a dark beer, this will be my choice next time.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2005 15:44:24 | More by Backer2004
Photo of jasonpeckins32


4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very fine beer here. It pours a nice rich dark color with a beautiful tan head that sticks around for most of the beer. It smells strongly of coffee and hops. This beer has an incredible thick and heavy yet very smooth mouthfeel. It has a very strong bold taste that really opens your eyes. Some hints of coffee and bitter chocolate are apparent. This beer should be savored, but as each drink continues to get better and better, you'll quickly find yourself in front of an empty glass. Wonderful for a cold winter night, I could drink several of these without ever getting tired of them. Excellent porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 03:12:22 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of scriabin


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very satisfying and rewarding porter. It pours with a great dark chocolate color and a generous dark head. The smell is of chocolate, barley, and a little hops. The beer itself leaves a nice lacing after a quite enjoyable swig of chocolate, bitter sweetness. My only slight issue with this offering is that it is a little on the high side for carbonation, but that could be because the serving temp was a little on the low side. Go out and get this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 01:16:03 | More by scriabin
Photo of silenius


4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 4NW

Pours a dark, dark brown with only a hint of translusence around the edges. The head is a nice frothy mound of tan foam. It laces the glass.

Smell is chocolate malt-o-meal, molasses and a hint of coffee.

Taste is a wonderful mix of light chocolate and hops. Coffee notes on the end leave a nice bittering dryness. I occasionally get a hint of a metallic bite.

Mouthfeel is slightly sharp and a little thin feeling. Strange with so much taste going on.

Nice drinkable beer, but after one or so I find myself looking for something different.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 02:03:40 | More by silenius
Photo of JackStraw22


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nearly pitch black body, and a generous amount of creamy, tan head. A good amount of lacing coats the glass. Wonderful malt aroma, roasted barley, sweet molasas, slight estery aroma too. Sweet and smokey taste up front. Some bitterness comes through at the end, but only enough for some balance. Very full feel in the mouth, and creamy. Leaves the mouth a little dry at the end. Drinkability is excellent, really a great all around brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 01:13:43 | More by JackStraw22
Photo of ypsifly


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz with no dates listed.

So brown its almost totally black with a big head of light tan that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Good retention.

Smells of cocoa, caramel, and a touch of west coast hops. Very nice.

The roasted malts and chocolate notes take over when tasted. There's some hop in the finish, but only briefly. Balanced? Oh yeah!

Nice full mouthfeel. Big but not oily. A beer this good is indeed drinkable, very drinkable.

This could be one of the best Porters available.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2005 05:07:51 | More by ypsifly
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is great stuff! Attractive bottle, poured ink black. Almost no head at all. This stuff almost smelled like smores. Plenty of chocolate, toffee, semi-sweet chocolate, carmel, coffee, you name it. Just smashing!! A bit more hops in the taste than I'd care for, but in light of everything else, this is just delicious. Smooth, pleasant mouthfeel. Not too heavy. This is great stuff. Brilliant!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2005 04:30:45 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown beer with deep mahogony highlights. Has a big foamy brown head, with some nice lace. There is a good roasted malt aroma with a sweet nut like background.The flavor is full of roasted malt assertiveness. With chocolate and licorice note bouncing off your tongue and a nice bittersweet coffee finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 00:14:34 | More by ybnorml
Photo of santoslhalper


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes scribbled down last night.

Poured a dark brown with a rich, creamy head that left wonderful lacing. The smell was a very solid, but not incredibly inviting cocoa presence. The taste was pretty good, but was missing an extra kick. The chocolate notes were great, and mixed well with the almost sweet nuttyness, but it needed something else to push it over the edge. The mouthfeel was incredibly lucious and creamy, just like a porter should be. I love my porters, and tonight I got to try the Smuttynose Robust Porter. It's definily better than this one, but this is also a solid choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 05:25:33 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of sinistermadman


3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from from the standard 12 oz'er, this brew pours a deep opaque black emanating a prominate creamy head which subsides to a thin layer. Leaves a nice lace after drinks.

Smell hints at deep hops, raisins, and smoke. This porter has a medium body, and leaves a slight astringent tinge on the corners of the tongue. Taste is pretty rich, but not overbearing. Strong hop flavor followed by a residual sweetness, almost chocolate like although I'm sure there is no chocolate in it. This is the porter paradigm. A subtle yet complex flavor that is quite drinkable. Well worth a try. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 02:26:13 | More by sinistermadman
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours very dark and similar to a stout. However, the toffee-colored head does not retain itself as well. The lace is quite sticky and sticks to the edge of the glass. The aroma is of toffee and vanilla. the flavor has just a mild hop kick, but is nicely balanced with the malt. Also present is a very mild chocolate teaser and an unfortunate (but slight) burnt rubber taste. The mouthfeel is just slightly bitter from the hops, but has a very pleasant and satisfying heavy feel. this would make a great beer to introduce a dark beer to someone. Nothing overwhelming, but very mellow and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 01:16:09 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of lackenhauser


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep,deep brown color. Borders on black but just not quite there. Good sized head that is gone fairly quickly. Nice,somewhat sweet aroma. Port like. Hints of chocolate,cinnamon and licorice. Big roasty malt flavor. Somewhat grainy. Subtle chocolate in the backround. Theres a "hashness" I have always found to this beer-its very slight and underlying but its there. Not unpleasant just a certain characteristic of the brew. Never found it in any other porters. Maybe its how the roasted malt comes thru? Wonderful body. Very full for the abv. A classic beer like almost all the other Anchor products. I havnt had this for ages-need to get it regularly.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2005 00:56:26 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of twelvsies


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish purple tints. Nice tan head that doesn't budge. Sticks around as I write this. Exciting scent. Roasty malts up front with a fruity sweetness and grapey winelike aroma. Bitter hops detectable too, as are notes of sugary plums and berries. The head still hasn't shrank any and I still haven't taken a sip... Nice well balanced and full flavored taste. Toasty malts are there but don't hog all the space. Plenty of room for the bitter hops. Complex flavors. I'm picking up on root beer, creamy milk, sweet plums and other fruits, and maybe just the perfect tiny hint of chocolate. Smooth and creamy medium to full mouthfeel. This is a great example of a session beer that is well balanced yet complex and interesting at the same time. A great example of a porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2005 02:56:13 | More by twelvsies
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,911 ratings.