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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,182 Ratings

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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2001)
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Photo of david131
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a velvety smooth black liquid, with a light caramel head. The head disapates and leaves a good amount of foam on top, but no lacing as it works its way down the glass. Light only penetrates the edges of this beer.

S- I could not pick up a lot at first, but as it warms a lot more becomes apparent. Some brown sugar, molasses, some dark dried fruit. There is something special to this porter.

T- Sweet at first then the roastiness shows up. More brown sugar and dark dried fruit. A little caramel and coffee and chocolate.

M- The mouthfeel is one of the highlights of this beer. Velvety smooth, a lot more meaty than your average porter. The carbonation is perfect, just enough to accentuate the flavor.

D- I was very surprised by this. This has replaced Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald as my favorite porter. I kept reaching for my pint. It was gone pretty quickly.

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

It's been quite some time since I had this one, so I thought it was time to taste it again and review it.

Pours a really dark brown/black color with a very nice tan/white head.

Aromas are a bit of cola, biscuit, and sweet dark malts.

Flavors are quite malty, but not overdone. This seems to follow the British Style of a Porter a bit. Beer is a tad toasted, sweet, and with light roasted coffee like finish. There is just a hint of hop bitterness and a dry like quality on the finish.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Beer is a bit light, but it has a good full mouthfeel.

Drinkability is where this beer really shines. This is an excellent lighter yet very tasty session worthy porter. Anchor scores another winner.

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

A- About a 1/4"-1/2" tan head on a black body with brown hues.
S- Chocolate, nutty, roasted. Very light hops, almost no hops.
T- Nice chocolate flavor. Kind of follows the smell. Light roasted, bit nutty. Light grass hops to help balance it out a bit. A bit of a lingering bitterness on the tongue. Sweet but a kind of dry taste also.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- It is a excellent porter. Very nice easy drinking. It will fit my crave for porters perfectly especially at the price.

Photo of goochpunch
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nearly black dark brown body with ruby highlights as put to light. Pours a moderately sized head the color of chocolate milk which then recedes to 1/4". Spotty, scattered lacing. The big aromas that come out first are of chocolate, molasses, and toasted bread. Some roastedness comes out a bit, but it isn't all that prevalent. Some underlying fruit and cookie dough. The flavors in this blend so fluidly that it takes some concentration to pick out the flavors. Starts off with a bready pumperknickle flavor and dark chocolate with hints of cane syrup. Some ale fruitiness is present in the middle and this rounds out with a dry and bitter finish, thanks to the PNW hops. Some citrus and pine lingers on with nutty flavors. Overall, the malt is rather chewy. Mouthfeel is moderate in body, almost leaning toward thin, but the carbonation could use a little toning down. Firm drinkability.

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

For some reason or another, I had been putting off purchasing this beer. Now, having had it, I wish I hadn't.

It pours a deep, dark color with little to no head.

The smell is quite nice, definitely using black patent malt, which is heavily evident. Its pretty much all I can smell in it.

The taste also reveals heavy use of black patent malt. It is very smooth with a hint of nuttiness. Fantastic

Mouthfeel is really smooth. It swirls around on the palate, flavors abound.

Drinkability on this beer is high, in my opinion. If you like a porter, this one is definitely on the top of my list.

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

This is the last of a six pack of this stuff my brother and I bought for Christmas but never made it through. I've enjoyed this beer many times, I'm surprised I never reviewed it before.

Features an outstanding coal black body with a handsome finger plus of long lasting brown head and already impressive lacing. The nose is burnt coffee, sweet sugars and thick, dark chocolate. Extremely impressive.

Taste is giant and bold coffee with late hoppy balance that carries across to the aftertaste. Surprisingly strong and brisk flavors for the style but easy to get used to. The downfall iis the thin, brittle moutheel that can't quite handle the flavor overload.

This is a really good beer, but just short of great. It is very easy drinking for a porter, with less tthan six on the boozeometer.

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

A - Pitch black with a nice fat two finger head of fluffy tan cream. Lots of sticky lace. Beautiful. This is an example for all other porters.

S - Coffee and chocolate cream. Rich malty scents with toasted cereal grains, hard chocolate candy, raisinettes, dates, and marshmallows. This is quite complex, but not quite perfect.

T - Coffee and bitter dark chocolate along with some pretty roasty flavors too. Tangy and bitter. A bit odd and off-balance. Nowhere near as good as the nose.

M - A bit thinner than I like a porter to be, and a bit undercarbonated too. The finish is a little bit dry with a long lasting aftertaste.

D - Descent. Sort of weird-tasting IMO. Not bad, but very dissapointing to taste this after such a beautiful presentation and aroma. :(

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nearly black dark reddish brown. Clear but a pretty short transmission depth. About two fingers of long lived head that leave scattered thin specks and streaks of lacing down the glass.

S - A slight smoky character over a chocolatey, nutty and biscuity aroma with some faint molasses underneath.

T - A dark molasses flavor, but not sweet at all, with a strange, yet pleasant tartness. Slightly biscuity with a bit of a nutty alcohol on the finish that meshes with the tartness for an almost puckering ascerbic bitterness.

M - Carbonation is a bit high, otherwise smooth, thin and very refreshing.

D - This is a very drinkable and sessionable porter. A fine american example of this classic style. I didn't expect a lot from it, but I was pleasantly surprised

Photo of loren01
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with good sized tan head, good lace down the glass.
S: Caramel smell, malty sweet. Slight hop smell
T: Smokey, chocolate flavor. Slight hop bitterness, dry finish
M: Medium bodied, dry aftertaste
D: Pretty good porter, smooth and very flavorfull. Would get this again

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

AP: Pours a thick, dark-brown color with a frothy two-finger thick mocha-cream colored head that is impressive. Displays excellent retention qualities. The creamy head lasted til' the very end.

Nose: Herbal hop>Hearty oats 'n Grains style malted barley scent with molasses and a caramalized scent underneath.

Taste/MF: A full body brew that is thick, smooth and creamy but still delivers a good bite. This brew displays wonderful hearty and smoked malted barley flavor that includes an oats 'n grains taste with burnt molasses-like sweetness. The Herbacious hop flavor adds excellent balance to the brew and ends with earthy flavors and a slight sweetness.

DA: I dig the style and this is a mighty fine Porter.

Photo of mpyle
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big tan head, a bit moussy and with good retention. Beautiful red/brown color with brilliant clarity.

A bit of alcohol evident in aroma at first pour. Some coffee, and other dark malt notes. Minimal to no hop. Aroma pleasing and to style, with possible exception of the apparent alcohol.

Smokey/malty up front, with an alcohol-like flavor matching the aroma. Malt is well balanced by bittering hops, and while the finish isn't dry the lingering taste is of a mild, smoky maltiness. Hop flavor is subdued.

Medium body and carbonation. Fairly creamy with a hint of alcohol warming. No astringency - very gentle and pleasing on the tongue.

Overall a big porter full of flavor. Flavor is balanced, but wouldn't mind a bit moe hop flavor. A very nice, but not overpowering beer.

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

Appearance- Perfect porter color. Near black, but hues of brown and red evident on the pour. The head is sizeable and responsive to the strength of the pour. Little brussels lace however.

Smell- Chocolate pudding, chocolate malt- not too burnt - good for a porter. Little evidence of hops or anything else. Simple, yet inticing.

Taste- bold flavors, but not overdone to bring it into stout territory. Very approachable. Chocolate, subtle hops. Somewhat herbal with a vague creamyness.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is dead on. Medium-full body. Ends just a tad bitter.

Drinkability- Overall a very good beer. Delicious. Need to get this more often.

Photo of HossMcGraw
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very decent porter here, but a bit too sweet.

AP pours a very dark brown color bordering on black, with a half inch tan head and great lacing. The aroma is very malty and sweet with a bit of spiciness due to the hops. Taste is initially sweet malty molasses and is followed by a dry hop bitterness. Well crafted, but this borders on cloying.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin and lacks carbonation, but for some reason the drinkability is quite high due to the dry finish and low ABV. An outstanding porter, but just a bit sweet for me.

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

Man how have I passed this one so many times on the shelf. Love porters and love Anchor beers and this one may be their best.

Poors with a thick and pillowy toffe colored head that hangs on for a while and renders nice chunky lacing on the glass. Smell of sweet fruits and chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is superb, rich and creamy. Taste is complete with sweet and roasted malt, dark chocolate and an almost port finish. Hops are perfect for balance with this porter.

Love this one and it will be a staple when I'm looking for a porter.

Photo of imblane
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a creamy head that is light brown in color. Aroma is sweet with a roasty chocolate overtone. Very full in taste. Lightly sweet with suggestions of coffee. A vaguely oily mouthfeel makes this beer go down easy while still feeling full in body. Medium carbonation but still very creamy as it goes down. One of the better offerings of this style. Go get some today!!

Photo of Cresant
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip. Body was ebony with light only passing through where the glass meets the liquid. Head was two fingers of beige foam.

Smell was toasty malts. tangy and porter-esque.

Taste was faintly metallic and acidic. Roasted malts. This one wakes up the center of my tongue.

Mouthfeel was nicely carbonated but not too much. Fuller bodied than some other porters I have tried. Enjoyable.

Photo of beeragent
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured an opaque black, with a 1/2 inch head, leaving nice lacing along the glass. The aroma is ver faint. A bit of chocolate with a little fruit in the mix. The taste is very much like the smell. A little burnt flavor, but mostly a weird sorta fruit flavor, followed by a light coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium for a porter, not too light, but not thick either. Maybe I got a bad batch, but this is not what I expect a porter to taste like. Judging from the other reviews, I must have gotten a bad sample, but based on the one I have, I would look elsewhere for a porter. Not something that I would care to have on a regular basis.

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

I picked up a couple of bottles of Anchor Porter at a specialty shop to taste and review.

Pours a black walnut color and is all but opaque. A thick rocky tan head forms and is quite resilient. There are heavy rings of lace on the sides of the glass.

The smell is weak, with some roasted grain aromas.

The taste is good, with some charcoal, coffee and chocolate flavors. There is a mild hop finish.

Mouth feel is smooth, and mellow, with some mild carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. Smooth yet robust, and not overboard on the ABV. A very sessionable and tasty dark brew.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice foaming action. Head topped out at about 1 1/2 fingers, off white, lacing started fairly quick, but left some head atop a nice flat black body, some shades of burgundy.
Aroma was nice mix of cocao, malted barley and sweet coffee. Not too strong, just enough to peak curiousity as to how it tastes.
Taste is a bit of a let down. Good blend of chocolate, coffee, some caramel and dry hops. Feels a bit creamy and light.
Finishes well. Leaves a nice aftertaste and clean bite.

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

Appearance: The pour is black with a tan head that fades to a thickish ring around the glass.

Smell: The nose has chocolate, molasses, and caramel. It's an awesome aromas, but it's weaker than it ought to be.

Taste: The flavor profile starts out with a fantastic array of creamy milk chocolate, Moka Java coffee and molasses, but it loses it's glory before the half-way point and I'm left with roasted malts and sweet molasses. It's still good, but it's not the gem that it once was.

Mouthfeel: Early on, when this brew was in its glory, the body was as smooth as silk, it's still smooth and creamy, but it's less luxurious.

Drinkability: As the great Fred Willard once said, "Hey, wha happan'?" Anchor should sell this in 6 ounce containers for maximum awesomeness.


Photo of BeerBelcher
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was the first Anchor beer I ever had; I believe it was 1999. And it made an impression on me then as a good beer. That hasn't changed...this is a very good porter.

Appearance is of a dark, nearly opauque reddish brown with a dark tan head. Also, this product comes in the unique Anchor bottle.

The aroma of Anchor Porter is of caramel and sweet alcohol (not hop) esters. It is a pleasant smelling product.

Taste is of chocolate with a definite alcohol component which is not at all unpleasant. There is a slightly sour malt taste which accompanies the lingering alcohol taste.

This is a pretty sticky porter. The caramel malt seems to build on the back of my tongue.

Drinkability wise...I am happy I'm drinking this beer at this particular moment, but I think when I'm done with it I'll have something else.

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

A: Dark brown and completely opaque. Dark tannish creamy head with great lacing.
S: Dark fruits abound with scents of burnt coffee, caramel, nuts, and some sweet bread.
T: Complex flavor profile and spot on. Dark fruits up front and through the middle giving way to some slight hop flavors and burnt coffee finishing with some caramel, sweet bread, and a slight sweet bourbon-esque flavor.
MF: Medium, creamy, and smooth
Overall: A spot on porter with quite a lively flavor profile. Worth a try.

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger espresso foam colored head which recedes to surface skim, and some decent lacing. Body is the deepest brown, almost black.

Smell - apples, butterscotch, roasted malt, and malt bread.

Taste - as the nose indicates, diacetyl, apples, and butterscotch washing over roasted malts and malt bread, with some lemony hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, slightly semi-dry.

Drinkability - good drinking ale and very sessionable.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Porter pours an inky black with a hint of red around the edges. A creamy tan head forms on top before fading down to a ring around the beer leaving behind a few spots of lace as it disappears. The aroma is very faint, however I could detect rich malt with some notes of coffee and a hint of floral hops mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate. The flavor begins with rich malt that offer notes of coffee, nuts and chocolate. A hint of bubblegum is found too. Towards the middle some hoppy bitterness moves in to balance out all the malt. It finishes mildly bitter leaving behind some rich malt flavor when it's gone.

This is a very drinkable beer that's well balanced. The flavor doesn't wow you like some other porters and stouts, but it's definitely worth a try.

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

Presentation: Distinctive slope-sided anchor bottle. Long description of beer on the neck, but no date info.

Appearance: Very dark black with a nice sized head, tan colored with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Roasted and caramel smells, with a bit of hops.

Taste: Very well balanced - good combination of creamy flavors with a bit of roasted malt, and some subtle hops.

Overall impression: Definitely a quality example of the style. Highly balanced, drinkable, and complex

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