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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,236 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,236
Reviews: 1,458
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 149
Gots: 252 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2001

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Photo of Squelch
2.66/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a bit of an enigma for me. I started drinking it and was turned off by what I felt, at the time, was an overuse of roasted or chocolate malt and a strange paring of hops with this particular strain of yeast flavor. I sat the beer down for a few minutes, had a chocolate bar and my perception of the beer completly changed. This beer pairs so perfectly with dark chocolate. The sweetness is subdued by the prevalent bittersweet chocolate. Here's my review:

A: Pours black with a creamy foamy root beer float head. Looks very appetizing when sitting in a glass

S: Smells of roasted malts and a hint of hop aroma dominate the nose. Fruity esters also come through.

T: The type of hops paired with this beer didn't fit with the esters and flavors from the yeast strain used. Not my favorite porter by far.

M: Average mouthfeel for style

D: Drinkable beer. Probably wouldn't buy it again though.

Photo of scottyshades
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one up at ABC in a mix n' match for $1.61 among some others
A: Pours a very deep thick brown color with some amber hues, nice 3 finger fluffy head that sticks around for a while leaving a nice lace on the glass

S: Chocolate nose with some smoked notes, followed by hops and roasted malts

T: Chocolate, smoked/black malts, coffee, toffee, and a touch of hops...very sweet

MF: Nice full bodied beer, smooth and silky the whole way thru, never gets bitter

D: This beer is very rich, however it is still highly drinkable, I wouldnt call it a session beer in my opinion, but I can see others disagreeing

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

The Anchor Porter pours black as night into the pint with a nice foam head that dissipates quickly and leaves no trace on the side of the glass. It has a very nice and pleasant aroma of chocolate and coffee. It has a dryness in the mouth and roasted malt flavor. It is slightly bitter in the finish and was thin to me. Very nice style of American Porter.

Photo of rye726
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured at 45F into a goblet.

Dark black with nice browns when held to a light. Dark beige head. The nose was of chocolate malts and ripe fruits. A faint presence of hops gave it a nice refreshing aroma. The taste was quite smokey with the roasted malts. The dry medium body makes this a very drinkable beer. It is a good traditional porter that goes well with most meals or on its own.

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

a - poured a three-fingers thick coffee-colored head into a tumbler. the head was thick, long-lasting ansd left great sheeting and sticky lace. the body was black with red highlights.
s - roasted and burnt chocolate, coffee with the hint of cherries.
t - sweet, malted chocolate and roasted coffee.
m - slick and it really coats the tongue.
d - this is some tasty stuff, goes down smooth and i'm dying for another...

Photo of jeffjfindley
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A somewhat thin porter, black as hell with an antique head. Smell and flavor are of well-kilned malt, and little more. Finish is nice, coating. Mouthfeel is nice, with a light viscosity. A very nice porter that fails to knock the socks off. Will probably buy again, but won't make it a point.

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

A: Poured a 1" tan head with decent retention leaving a nice lacing. Dark brown, almost black body.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, molasses, and a touch of roasted coffee. Could be a touch stronger, but very nice.

T: Rich flavor or roasted malt & coffee with a sweet chocolate/caramel middle. Some hops made an appearance to balance it out some.

M: Full body with light carbonation. Very smooth. Excellent mouthfeel.

D: Outstanding porter - one of the best. Feels bigger than it really is, but drinks pretty well anyway.

Photo of wheelinshirt
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks thick and dark with the pour, one finger of creamy tan head that lingers pretty much the whole way down and leaves a bit of lacing. Very pretty to look at. There is definately a coffee and chocolate smell to this berr, enjoyable. Taste is good and very well balanced, carbonation is moderate and lightens the beer.

I could drink this all day. This beer is fantastic. It is sweet but still somewhat dry and light, well balanced in every way.

Photo of Trueant1
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorite porters. Nothing "double or imperial" to this one..Just a good smooth porter.

Pours a dark ruby to black with a thick thick head. The head is medium brown in color.
Smells of sweet mollases with a bit of expresso. Spice and burnt malts come through as well.
Taste like sweet mollases. then a nice hop bitterness comes through mid gulp. After that you may be able to pick up on dark fruits, and some burnt malt flavors.
Mouthfeel is smooth. THe beer is a little dry. A nice thing!
This beer drinks easy. I only like to drink one bomber a day. This beer is tempting me to have more and more.

Photo of livingregret
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: Pours a dark brown...almost black. Lovely 1 finger head dark tan head that lingers quite well

Smell: Molasses, caramel, slight dark roasted coffee and a touch of dark fruit. Very nice

Taste: Smooth and easy, roasted grain/coffee taste w/ molasses and caramel. The grain/coffee comes first and ends w/ the a slight molasses taste that balances out some of the bitterness that is once again the roasted grain/coffee

Mouthfeel: A touch overcarbonated but besides that pretty good. goes down pretty easy

Drinkability: One of the better porters I've had, and the best American porter i've had. Try this is you like porters or even interested in porters

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

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. I always enjoyed this beer and have had it many times, finally reviewing it...

A--Nice head with plenty of retention/lacing. Pours black as midnight

S--Burnt barley, nice smell for a porter

T--This is a great porter, has the earmark of an Anchor beer, you can taste it. Lots of flavor.

M--Silky to the mouth, strong point for this beer.

D--Like many porters, drinkable to a point. Yuengling is the most drinkable but this has more flavor. If you are into porters, this is a must drink.

Photo of brendan13
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with braile style best before date of Dec 08. Comes via the UK so I'm glad to see a best before date.

A - Solid black colour poured into my pint glass with a dense inch of light brown head.
S - Mixture of roasted malt, chocolate and stewed dark fruits.
T - Along the same lines as the smell but stronger in all aspects. Leaves a strong bitter chocolate aftertaste.
M - Very full bodied with medium to low carbonation levels.
D - A couple in a session would be good but more than that would be too filling, not a bad thing though.

Photo of soupyman10
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black color with a finger of tan head that dissolves fairly fast. No highlights whatsoever, which is fairly impressive, even for a porter. Nose is strong on roasted malt , lemon, light caramel and a touch of molasses. Flavor is crazy toasted malt. Light nuts, coffee as well, and that lemon again from the nose. Body is full and thick, with solid carbonation. I really liked this one - got a lot of spunk, especially for porters (which I usually think of a little smoother and blander). Definitely recommended.

Photo of Reanimator
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A chocolatey malt aroma greets the opening of this beer. Pours a nearly pitch black, deep espresso color with a beautifully rich, light-coffee colored head which lasted nearly as long as the tasting.

Has smooth, balanced flavors of dark chocolate and malt with a velvety mouthfeel. It's not as dry as I was expecting, but I think that it's sweetness is derived from the associated flavors rather than any inherent sweetness in the beer. The taste doesn't stick around long, which led me to drink it entirely too fast. =P

Given the other styles I've been drinking lately this porter felt less like a beer and more like some Starbucks chocalte/espresso/coffee drink. I will definitely be drinking more of this in the future.

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

Anchor Porter is on tap and on cask right now at Toronado. Brewed especially for the Toronado 20th anniversary party this is the best beer I have ever had in my life. Cask conditioned beers are my favorite and this beer is done to perfection. Except with a slight dried fig taste, this beer is everything you think it would be on cask. Big mouthfeel, perfectly uncarbonated, and just the right temperature, it fills up your mouth and leaves you wanting more. Hurry on down to Toronado as this is not going to be around forever.

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

Pours a beautiful dark brown with ruby edges and a creamy tan head that lasts all the way down.

Very aromatic. Chocolate, banana, and dark fruity esters.

Taste is very similar. Chocolate up front with banana and fig esters that transitions into some roasty subtleties and a light citrusy finish.

Nice mouthfeel, smooth and creamy.

I could definitely have a few of these on a cool evening. Really nice, complex porter that's on the sweeter side and with less roasty/coffee flavor than others. Simply a classic. Bottoms up!

Photo of Atlas1
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer that I had a week or so ago that I took notes on. Gotta love the Anchor BC. Some really solid beers coming out of San Francisco.

The Porter poured a deep dark brown, almost black, color, with a thick tan head on top that settled nicely into foamy clumps. At the base of my glass there were also some ruby/orange tints, and the beer left behind some lace as it receded. The nose was sweet, fruity, and malty. Some sweet chocolate, some vanilla, with a roasted candied suger scent as well. It had a very distinct doppelbock smell to it. The taste was rich and complex. Sweet up front with notes of chocolate, toffee, and bread, with a bitter, nutty finish. Mouthfeel was smooth and silky, but also dry and robust.

Man, what a nice beer all around. A great, highly drinkable porter. If you haven't had this, run out now and grab one.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass,

A: Pours a very dark brown, it looks black at first sight, but a little wiggling around in the glass, reveals its true colour. Nice tan head, completes the deal.

S: Smells of coffee and dark bittersweet Belgian chocolate, with a bit of earthy hops and sweet sugar.

T: Big chocolate notes hit you first, with plenty of coffee, leaving a nice mocha note in the aftertaste.

M: Good for a porter, not overly robust, but medium-bodied and smooth.

D: A good, solid American porter from Anchor, any porter fan should try this, a microbrew classic.

Photo of jkanavel
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After drinking this I finally understood the term balance as applied to beer.
It had a great appearance, dark, with a nice mocha colored head.
The smell was quite nice but didn't leave much of an impression.
When I rolled this stuff over my tongue I was truly impressed. Figs, chocolate, malt, hoppy twang, just tons of wonderful flavors going on, all really well balanced. The balance here was just perfect. I just kept coming back for more. No one thing overpowered another.
It felt like silk going down, I could throws these back for eternity.

Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a dating code that you can decipher from the notes on the BA Anchor page. It was a dark black color. It had a couple finger brown head that settled into a collar with some foam in center. Slight lacing. Aroma was chocolate, coffee and dark fruit sweetness. The taste pretty much followed the smell. Slightly bitter finish but not imposing in any way. Mouthfeel was just north of watery but south of creamy. Overall a good Am Porter and definitely worth trying. Doesn't blow me away so not sure I'd buy more for home but see drinking this if I saw it on tap. (4, RB-OAY, T, Y)

Photo of Limberg316
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good but mostly average porter. It has a very good character, but it lacks abit of the smoky factor associated with most porters. Still easy to drink and flavorful with a healthy hint of caramel malts and alittle bit of chocolate malts. Not a bad porter overall.

Photo of putnam
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My only gripe with this beer is its deep, aggressive, oily, lingering bitterness, like burning machine grease. Paradoxically, it creates a feedback loop; I need to drink more beer to rinse the aftertaste. Gradually I get used to it enough to finish the beer. The aromas are brilliant: vanilla grape jam coffee cream and cigarrettes. The texture is broad and drinkably shallow. Nice fruity tangy blackberry acidity informs the midpalate. Back off on the IBUs and this might be a perfect porter.

Photo of skineg
3.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Sexy black that I could not see though at all. Good 1/4 inch of head, but lack retention.

Smell:Hops smelled a little roasty, caramely, and a little biscuity. Hops has a floral and pine aroma with a hint of resin.

Taste: Decent (light) nutty and caramely taste of a porter at first but lacks any aftertaste. The complex flavors seem to die out fast.

Mouthfeel: Weak. Light carbonation, thin and a little flat but smooth.

Drinkability: The lack of flavor keeps this from being all that drinkable.

Comment: Their is a possibility that the bottle we had (me and a BA friend) was a little old, so another taste, down the road, may be something to look at. If this is the best that Anchor Porter can do, than this is a very average beer. Not bad, but certainly not good.

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

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, huge two-finger plus creamy tan head, which hangs around a long time. The nose is malty, nice touch of toffee/chocolate/caramel. The taste is very nice malty, slightly sweet, good dose of toffee/chocolate/caramel. The finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, an very tasty brew from Anchor.

Photo of kernalklink
2.68/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a crystal clear black- nice clean aromas; fruity malts, some burnt chocolate and a hint of alcohol. For me the taste as way too bitterl, even for an american porter. The mouthfeel was not very smooth, i felt a dry caustic bitterness through the entire bottle. There was no real roasted malt presence either, flavor was fleeting and unsatisfying. I can see how people loved this brew 20 something years ago when others were not available or as interesting, but now with so many more possibilities, im leaving this one on the shelf.

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,236 ratings.