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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor PorterAnchor Porter

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2,953 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,953
Reviews: 1,426
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 123
Gots: 139 | 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 fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

Virtually black with a tan head. Licorice is the dominant aroma here, with other malty notes of roasted nuts and caramel. There's tons of licorice flavor too, with some chocolate flavors also entering the picture. There's a bit of soft fruit in there as well. Good mouthfeel and a long satisfying finish Great stuff.

08-24-2005 19:51:10 | More by fisherman34
Photo of drunkensailor


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

I've tried this beer a few times now and have to say I really enjoy it. Its a rich black color with almost a caramel colored head, average dissipation time. The taste is thick with the characteristic burnt notes of the porter with definate chocolate hints. Very great beer to drink for any occasion, I've used it to take a few friends now to the "next level" and each one has really enjoyed it.

08-24-2005 05:05:02 | More by drunkensailor
Photo of Reidrover


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

Ah how I love the Anchor bottle shape..wonderful.
well this is an extremelly lovelly beer to look at dark dark brown, fantastic looking tan head..just fills up my glass like it should!
Good potent aroma of roasted, toasted malts, somewhat milky..and baking chocolate in the back.
Nice satisfying chocolaty taste, dark-semi-sweet.. Some restrained flavours of dark ripened fruits..black cherries, figs and dark purple plums.creamy finish.
Great on the palate..very creamy and smooth
A wonderful example of a porter..I have to wonder why I have never had this beauty before. This is an American classic every bit as much astheir Liberty Ale.

08-22-2005 20:10:54 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.7%

This to me is the best domestic Porter that I have tried.

12 ounce bottle purchased at Buy-Rite in Atlantic Highlands.


Pours a deep chocolate brown with a short-lived creamy tan head that left lots of clumpy lace.

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, fruity ale yeast and traces of floral hops.

Taste is black coffee, dark fruit and sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium, with the slick brew sticking with some persistence to tongue and palate.

Very drinkable though a tad pricey.

08-15-2005 12:50:56 | More by Citadel82
Photo of BrewMaster


4.15/5  rDev +1%

12 ounce bottle, batch 5M9 punched into the back label.

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thin lacy tan head. Good sticky rings left on the side of the glass by this beer. No light comes through this beer.

Smell: Slightly toasty malt nose with mild woodiness and some raw fruit flavors light figs and plums. Also has some light coffee ground scent.

Taste: Very roasty with a flavor wheat toast crust, light sourness and sweetness, clean dark maltiness. A bit of oat bran flavor and dryness. The ending on this beer is magnificent and subtle. Slight fig flavor and a bold sweetness with a toffee chcaracter to it. It ends with bold hop bitterness, some light coffee flavor and more syrupy sweetness. Light lingering malt aftertaste with a slight toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth maltiness feels great on the palate with some slight syrupy sweetness but no cloying. Very clean aftertaste and feel.

Drinkability: Good all around solid beer. Good balance to flavors and nice feel on the palate. I was very impressed with this beer. Nice and tasty.

08-11-2005 01:48:04 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of Brian700


4/5  rDev -2.7%

This beer pours a very dark brown with a mocha colored head that fizzles down to a ring around my glass. There is some mild lacing.

The aroma is malty and chocolatey.

The taste follows the nose mostly, malty and chocolatey and there is a little hope bitterness in the finish. I also pick up on a little bit of esters in some dark fruit flavor as well. There is also a hint of alcohol in the finish.

The mouthfeel is nice. Medium/full body with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. I love it, it's great. I highly recommend it.
Good mouthfeel.

08-09-2005 01:39:51 | More by Brian700
Photo of fretlessman71


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Pretty sure it was BrewDog who sent me this one… many thanks.

Anchor was the 2nd porter I ever got to try – it was the beer that showed me there was somewhere else to go besides Sierra Nevada. I had no idea…

APPEARANCE: BLACK. One of the blackest porters I’ve ever seen. Only the faintest hint of mahogany showing through the edges. Head color is reminiscent of a stout, much darker than normal. Tight, creamy head; great lacing.

AROMA: Chocolate and dark fruit (dates? prunes?), little bit of alcohol maybe. Not much in the way of hops, but who cares? My nose just started drooling! (Sorry…)

FLAVOR: Very nice dark fruit sourness, dark chocolate, coffee, a little red wine as well. It’s a really nice balance, actually. Simple description, complex flavor mix. Wonderful! Relatively sweet finish. Hops take a backseat on this one.

MOUTHFEEL: One of the creamiest beers I’ve ever had. Not too foamy or carbonated, not flat, not too heavy or light. As close to perfect as you could get.

DRINKABILITY: Such an interesting brew, and at 5.6% ABV I could stand to have a few. Very pleasant from first sip to last.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Really nothing to complain about; great nose, wonderful mouthfeel, terrific example of a “fruity” porter.

07-27-2005 03:17:37 | More by fretlessman71
Photo of dciskey


3.93/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Black with a touch of brown if you hold it up to a light, big brown head that reduces to a thin layer and leaves a lot of itself on the sides of the glass. Smells like roasted malts but also something sweet, maybe molasses?

Tastes similar to the smell with a bit of a hop kick that fits right in. A touch of chocolate comes out when the beer gets that close to my nose too. Good, slightly chewy/thick mouthfeel but slightly drying; I've felt the same drying senstation from Anchor Steam. For that reason I wouldn't want more than one or maybe two but this is a good beer to end an evening on; I can definitely see myself wanting it again.

Went back to check the code on the bottle: it says 4G5, meaning August 5th of 2004. I didn't notice anything off, so I'd say this beer holds up pretty well nearly a year after being bottled. I'll have to try to find a fresher sample sometime to compare.

07-23-2005 03:41:20 | More by dciskey
Photo of paterlodie


4.15/5  rDev +1%

Nice brown and lasting head leaving laces and a coffeblack beercolor. Nice arome giving loads of roastmalt, caramel and next to that good fruityness with lots of banana but also a litle citrussy. Overal complex but fresh nose. Taste is fully burnt, malty again caramellic but also sweet and bitter. Roast is hanging majorly with good bitterness next to it. Litle too sweet IMO but great oily and coffee mouthfeel that's quiet easy drinkable and overal a good beerIMO.

07-18-2005 17:46:23 | More by paterlodie
Photo of palliko


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Appearance is nearly black with crimson highlights. A creamy-brown head reduces to sticky foam. Aroma has cherry, roasted malt and raisins. Initial taste contains a sweet malt, molasses, dark chocolate, lemon, and herbal hops. Carbonation is good. It finishes with roasted malts and coffee. Wow! Great complexity and one of the best porters out there!

07-14-2005 16:31:58 | More by palliko
Photo of alexgash


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

The last time I had this classic was at the brewery's own tap room after a tour. Very fresh and very good. Let's see how a well-traveled bottle compares. Pours a forbiddingly dark brown, sealed by a solid inch of clingy, sandy brown head that lasts a while. Aromas of roasted barley, dark chocolate, and sweetish raisins/toffee are offset by a smooth mocha coffee bitterness. Rich roasted malt flavors up front. Smooth, chocolatey, perfectly sweet, with a hint of smoke. Very nice. Sweetness is near-perfectly balanced by a big wave of hop bitterness. I can almost taste the resin through the roasted coffee. Finish stays bitter, but with latent milk chocolate and toffee sweetness. Medium-full bodied with a smooth feel. One of the best porters I've ever had.

07-12-2005 02:36:29 | More by alexgash
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

33cl Bottle from the Vineyard Belfast

Poured very black with a slight hint of dark red when held up to the light. Poured with a nice creamy, tan head which is quite big to start but settles down to a thin layer - beading is quite small.

Aroma - Very fruity (dark fruits - possibly prunes ?). Raisin. Nice smell of roasted malts and coffee. Slight chocolate hints too..

Taste – Quite sweet and fruity with an underlying bitterness. Aniseed. Roasted maltiness.

Feel - Very smooth with only slight carbonation.

Overall - an excellent porter, very drinkable. Another great brew from a Anchor...

07-11-2005 09:24:55 | More by mdagnew
Photo of Vancer


3.8/5  rDev -7.5%

Crap ! Another no date bottle, oh well. Still a nice black with tan head pour Very malty aroma and taste …..but the it had a funky sour dough finish. Still tangy with a little bite to it.. Thick and rich, overall a good one to quaff .BUT ! Worked on an Avery Porter before this one and it wins my head to head completion.

07-09-2005 04:30:53 | More by Vancer
Photo of whynot44


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Medium bodied, deep reddish brown color with a creamy tan head.

Aroma is sweet roasted malt and strong coffee.

Taste starts out with sweet malt, then espresso coffee finishing nicely bitter with a little more hops than usual in a porter.

Very smooth, tasty.

07-09-2005 03:46:47 | More by whynot44
Photo of kpantz


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

Executive Summary: Solid porter. Deep flavors and great aroma. Rests beautifully on the tongue. Didn't blow me away, they don't always have to in order to earn a good rating!

Appearance: Pours a nearly opaque, deep chocolatey brown. Nice, tan head that doesn't disappear. Nice lacing, too.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate.

Taste: Hits like a stout, but doesn't linger like a stout. Great bitterness from both the coffee flavor and from the hops. I was surprised by the alcohol flavor; after all, this is only 5.6% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, smooth, smooth. Light carbonation allows the complexities of the porter to shine undeterred.

Drinkability: Maybe it's just me, but I can't see this one as one to drink more than one of at a time. Could be the stout-y hints, but it's just a bit too heavy to drink in multiples. I'm switchin' to an IPA after this one!

06-24-2005 23:44:36 | More by kpantz
Photo of DrJay


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

Clear, dark, chocolatey brown, nearly opaque, with very deep ruby highlights. Dense, light brown head with great retention and generous lacing. Roasted malts and toffee maltiness dominate the aroma, with a bit of dark, ripe fruits thrown in for good measure. Ripe fruitiness similar to dates and figs hits the palate first, quickly followed by a chocolately, roasted maltiness. Moderate bitterness that blends very well with the dark malts. Rich, creamy texture with a bit of grain dryness. A very enjoyable porter that really shines as it warms up a bit.

06-21-2005 02:26:36 | More by DrJay
Photo of footballhead771

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%

This is a very good beer. A dark black color with hints of red in it, smells of coffee and sweetness, a very complex beer with many flavors, honestly, my first true porter, like a stout with more of a nutty and maybe more hoppier than a stout i think, very good.

06-20-2005 03:42:29 | More by footballhead771
Photo of Naes

New York

3.28/5  rDev -20.2%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

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

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

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

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


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

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


4.63/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

05-24-2005 02:33:31 | More by TastyTaste
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,953 ratings.