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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: 271 | 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 knephews
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours one of the best, if not the best "heads" that I have ever seen, on any beer - thick, creamy - like melted ice cream, cappuccino like, slow to dissipate (be careful not to pour it too fast), hugs the side of the glass. The body of the beer is dark black.

S: Slightly Coffee-esque but not overpowering with a hint of sweetness.

T: The taste is a perfect combination of black coffee/Toffee, dark chocolate and burnt hops with a touch of caramel sweetness to lessen the bitterness. The favor is at the same time complex, layered and perfectly blended. A True Porter!

M: Smooth, full-bodied but not heavy.

D: Very good! With an ABV of only 5.6 %, makes a good session beer. I just picked up a case for myself recently to enjoy while watching the NFL playoffs.

Overall: A world class Porter! I have tasted other Porters and this is, without a doubt, one of the best Porters, if not the best, in the world.

Photo of PhageLab
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Dark brown brew with a single tip's worth of head, which settled to a small layer of froth and rode the whole way down. Lacing was there but spotted.

S - Potent chocolate hop combination smell. Also hints of pine and....cinder? Not sure but it's a very nice aroma.

T - Creamy initially, then chocolate malts in the middle, and an aftertaste that's both bitter and slightly smoked. Nicely balanced and quite tasty.

M - Light to medium bodied. Nice carbonation, and a decently dry finish.

D - Very good, this is an impressive porter and a sure bet. Definite recommendation here, can't wait to restock.

Photo of Natural510
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, foamy, sweet, tangy, thick, delicious.

The presentation of this porter is impressive, with a dark, opaque appearance and carbonation which lasts to the end.
The scent is sweet with fruit & molasses.
It is quite full-bodied in flavor as well...the molasses is coupled with a distinct taste of black cherries and tangy citrus with dry coffee-like aftertaste.
Lasts long in the mouth, and very drinkable due to the fact all its qualities meld together smoothly. This should work as an all-purpose dark beer, as it is both smooth and multi-faceted enough to keep any beer connessieur interested throughout.

Yet another high-quality offering from the Anchor company.

Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a thick beige head that leave significant lacing on the sides of my snifter.

The aroma is very intriguing, like a caramel infused with dark fruits. Traces of vanilla and coffee give added depth. Definitely a good smelling beer, can't wait to sip.

The flavors start out with sweet malts and more dark fruits and a hint of molasses. A slightly bitter chocolate pops up for a second and then fades into a lightly toasted finish with hints of spicy hops.

Mouth feel is incredible, smooth and rich with a slight tingle from the moderate carbonation.

Overall an incredibly good porter. I dould drink several of these and never grow tired of the aromas and flavors.

Photo of jkdrummer
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not a big porter fan. Most porters are overly sweet or too burnt tasting but not with this beauty!

Pours a nice thick head that's tannish but almost brown. It's a rocky head with not much lace. The color is almost black with a little ruby when held up to the light. The taste though is fantastic. Not burnt and almost chocolate like. A slight bitterness without being in the way. Almost like a light coffee-ish stout.Very sweet and overall, the best porter I've had in a long time. Highly recommeded.

Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a shaker pint glass at Sunset Tap & Grill

Poured a very dark brown in color with some ruby highlights at the edges when held to the light. About a finger of light brown head with a bit of lacing. Aroma was mostly of roasted malts, namely chocolate and a touch of black patent. Hop aroma was negligible and covered by the maltiness of this brew. Taste was good, chocolate, a touch of caramel, some burnt malts, dark fruits, and some subdued hoppyness. Mouthfeel was good, medium-ish body and carbonation. Drinkability was quite good, i really enjoyed this brew. No major faults, just a solid porter that I might use as a benchmark from now on.

Photo of cookin420
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pured into a pub glass.

pours black with oranges peeking through. Head is like root beer, and wicked thick. Hmmm The label is the exact color of the head. coincidence? Thick, sticky lace all over the glass. (I'm reviewing this from notes and just caught myself salivating heavily)

Smell is heavy roasty with a sweetness like a freshly brewed caramel latte. I smell alcohol and unadulterated malt.

Taste is really tasty roasty notes but the sweetness is not as present in the taste. More of a dry, roasty flavor almost a stout-like dry taste. the sweetness is a fruity one creating a truly unbelievable balance. Anchor makes ridiculously good shit. Without exception.

Mouthfeel is that silky, buttery, goodness that anchor is king of producing.

These are quite drinkable. Not heavy or too meaty to drink a bunch of.

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

On tap at the Brewery in S.F.
Lasting beige head on pour. Sweet, alcohol, and roasty malty smells with faint caramel. Nice hearty full flavored sweet roastiness up front followed by good bitterness, and medium length afteratse. Good amount of carbonation keeps it from feeling overly milky, and heavy, and it isn’t overly sweet either. A delicious porter. Would recommend.

Photo of
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz. bottle

A - Thick rich brown, with dark brown/ tan head.

S - Sweet Malt, Bitter chocolate and light hoppy grass.

T - A thick tasting porter with both sweet and bitter chocolate after taste, a wonderful flavor all the way through.

M - Thick coat on tounge and mouth, light hop, rich malt, sweet on the lips.

D - Extremely delicious and sweet, the favors and carbonation compliment each other perfectly. One of the best American Porters on the market.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely dark brown with very little ruby light coming through with a one inch tan head that drops after a short while. Nose is malty sweet, but not very strong in statement. Flavor is robust and matured with slight chocolate and coffee tones...though I think I am drinking this too cold. It is definitely better as it warms. Mouthfeel is thick with a good carbonation and bubbly feeling. Highly drinkable. Could go for this one again, and again, and again.

Photo of dsa7783
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, dark, opaque chocolate color with a minimal frothy head... smell is of burnt, dark chocolate and cocoa... Taste strongly complements the aroma, with a cocoa-chocolate flavor that dominates the palate... slightly bitter after-taste is somewhat of a turn-off, and the bitterness tends to a linger for a bit after the first sip... very rich, thick and sweet, with a good mouthfeel, but due to the thickness of the brew, an average drinkability.. wouldn't want to down more than two in a single setting... a decent rendition from the famous Anchor microbrewery, but overall, nothing to write home about... A decenet brew, but not too sure if I'd give two thumbs up to recommend it...

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To my mind, this beer is the archtypical american made porter. Anchor has been making it for years and to date very few other breweries make a porter that compares. Had this at Friscos this afternoon, and even after traveling nearly 3000 (the beer, not me), the beer is just excellent.

The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black in color. The beer has decent head retention and lacing, and looks very attractive. On the nose there is the tell tale sign of coffee with underlying vanilla, licorise and citrus from hops. On the palate this beer is just lovely. One gets flavors of cherry, coffee and vanilla, but with some noticeable hoppy bitterness on the finish. The beer has an almost creamy, soft mouthfeel, and is just excellent on the palate. With it's relatively low abv., this beer is remarkably drinkable.

Excellent beer from Anchor. Along with the old foghorn and liberty ale, my favorite beer from Anchor.

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

Had on draft at Frisco's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep brown with a nice brown head.

S- Hints of chocolate prevalent, sweet malt, little hops.

T- Sweeter than I remember, a very tasty chocolate finish.

M- Nice and balanced, medium body, smooth.

D- A good session beer for those who like to walk on the dark side. A classic example of American Porter.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz presumably picked up from the Boise Coop (but I could be mistaken) ... I poured this brew for me and Brenda (but she fell asleap watching cable ... we don't have cable at home).

Very dark brown although clear.. deeep ruby highlites when held to a light ... lite tan head with very little lacing.

Aroma is roasted grains and restrained chocolate.. very clean.. does not have alot if any fruitiness... this brew is pretty much room temp and only the slightest smell of hops.

Flavor is nice.. body is great and inviting... sorta caramelly sweet.. big brown grains and chocolate malts.. not astringent at all.. very drinkable.. coffee burps. creamy medium body.. yummy.

Anchor brews are a staple in my brewshed... not so much the porter because I don't buy alot of them.. but this is a very nice... maybe "MY" benchmark porter. Now Anchor just needs to make sure Old Foghorn makes it back to Boise.

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

This one pours the darkest of browns with a slight reddening around the edges. A light brown head accompanies with some nice chunky lace.
Wow! The smell really jumps out at you. Vanilla and fig really show up nicely along with roasted malt and chocolate.
The taste is sweet at first. Figs and chocolate with roasted malts and hops following. Very well balanced and smooth with a medium a middling carbonation.
This is a very good beer, just be sure you let it warm a bit for the full effect.

Photo of hwwty4
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle in a Chimay Chalice. Poured a darker brown than I expected with a large 2 inch tan head. Left minimal lacing. Smell is of roasted malts and coffee. Taste is pretty much the same except for a lingering taste of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style I thought, but it made for a very sessionable beer.

Photo of TheTrevor
2.98/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a very dark brown with a big fluffy three-finger tan head. The smell is a very malty with just a little bit of coffee. The taste is mostly of malt that starts off sweet and ends with a little bitterness. There is also some coffee. The beer has a nice thick mouthfeel but sits a little heavy and I don't think I'd have more than one at a time.

Photo of elmore
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Tan 2 finger head with good retention. Good amount of thick lacing.

S: burnt malts, coffee, minimal sweetness. Hops are probably covered by the dominant malt smells.

T: similar to the taste but with noticible hops bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth, creamy with moderate carbonation.

D: Low abv and smoothness make this a very sessionable beer.

I usually don't seek out porters so I don't have a great basis for comparison with this style. Nothing spectacular, which is usually how I feel about porters, but a good solid beer that is very drinkable.

Photo of champ103
3.02/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with some brown hints. Large foamy tan head that leaves a bunch of lace.
S: I don't detect much. Some malt and old coffee. Not very impressed.
T: Still not that impressed. Very sweet malt and some faint chocolate and coffee notes as the taste lingers. A strange acid metallic or chemical aroma detracts a lot for me.
D: Not bad at all in this category. Smooth and easy drinking.

I was not all that impressed with this. Just odd and bland for the most part. Nothing I will get in the near future.

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

This the first porter I drink in the fall every year. It was my all time second porter I have ever tasted. Big Shoulders from Chicago being my first. This porter is the standard in which I judge all others by. In the midwest it is hard to find this on tap, most bars in Indiana do not have a clue what a porter is anyway. Except the Floyds they brew a fine Xmas porter. Anchor porter has a great mouthfeel and head retention. It seems to get more complex in taste as it warms in your glass. May only age in the bottle for about six months tops.

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a burgandy hue with a hint of ruby. It had a thick, caramel-colored head that left some sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and chocolate. There was also a slight grassy hop aroma.

T - It tasted of bittersweet roasted malt. It had a coffee-like kick. There was also a hint of fruity flavors.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good porter. Yet another great product from Anchor.

Photo of timbro81
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It presents black in my pint glass crowned with a tan head that easily fades. The nose is fantastic, toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Smooth in the mouth, oily, but not in a bad way. Hops tingle the tongue while it rests in my mouth, then when swallowed all the flavors (toffe, chocolate, roasted coffee oh-so slight sweetness) come together. I often refer to this beer as "The Nectar of the Gods." It is a staple in the winter months but should be enjoyed year round. Highly Recommended!!

Photo of fitzy84
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In its bottle at Moan and Dove. The appearance was a nice and dark body with a thin head. There were fruity, oak-like aromas permeating from the drink. The taste is wicked sweet with some woody aftertastes. It has a pretty good carbonation, making it nice and refreshing. In general, this is a delicious and refreshing porter.

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

Black with tan head with good retention. Thin sticky lacing. Caramel and deep roasted malt. Very prominent sharp deep malt flavor. Dark chocolate and slight hops coming through. Good full mouthfeel. A good porter that finishes strong and lingers on the palate with coffee and caramel. Enjoyable beer. Cheers!

Photo of nsmartell
2.55/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a really nice dark color with a thick creamy tan head. This is a fantastic looking beer.

Smell: OK aroma. Can smell a slight hint of chocolate, but also smells bitter.

Taste: Again, just OK. Not exceptional, but still tasty. The sourness is noticeable and a little bit too bitter for what I am looking for in a porter.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick. Good mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not my favorite porter. I don't consider this a session beer for me. However, based on the label this beer was brewed about 9 months before I drank it. I won't hold that against it and will definitely try it again.

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