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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,183 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,183
Reviews: 1,447
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 138
Gots: 220 | 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 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

Photo of isaac
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. signature anchor bottle to pint glass.

A - Dark brown with lighter tones around the edges. Beige, sort of toffee colored head - very pillowy and clumpy, with slow, thick lacing down the glass.

S - Sweet candies and fruits (banana?) and smooth, rich malts. However, not a very strong aroma.

T - Creamy malt flavors with very little hops (they're there, but soft and in the background for a sort of herbal core). Again, as in the smell, I taste ripe bananas and dark caramel, with a hint of dark chocolate and toasting. This is heavy on the malt side (but not an unbalanced brew, just to make things clear!).

M - Smooth, except for a bit of mild carbonation on the tip of the tongue towards the end of the sip.

D - A good beer all-around, easily lent to a session and quite enjoyable on a rainy night. I would, though, like to see a bit more hops in here (as per usual...), but that's just my preference.

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

Large light brown fluffy head, deeper than the liquid. This slowly quells. Color is a deep dark red brown, almost completely opaque. Hard to tell if there is any carbonation, I don't think so.

First I get banana esters, they compliment the chocolate roasted malt wonderfully. Next there are floral and citric hop scents. Nice chewy malt smell, rich with caramel hint. Very mild earthy and raisin vibes.

Rich and tasty. Malt, sweet and chewy. Notable hop taste and bitterness, it is floral with mild citrus and acidity. Mild earthy vibe. Coffee aftertaste.

Smooth and creamy, like chocolate lace. About perfect.

This is good, I'm impressed. The smell suggests the sweet would overpower the bitter; to my surprise the hops come out nice and strong in flavor. The rich and thick malt flavors are wide and varied. They all compliment the hop flavors and impressively the yeast byproducts; I especially love how the banana vibe sits with the chocolate and floral hops. I could drink this all the time. Kudos to Anchor.

Photo of Pooba001
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a dark, opaque brown color with a thick, fluffy tan head that does not quickly dissipate. I don't know that a porter can look better. Roasted malt aroma hits the nose first, but grain, molasses, toffee, and hints of coffee and alcohol are there as well.

Taste is initialy sweet and smooth, with a roasty, earthy dry finish. Other present flavors are caramel, light bitterness in chocolatey and hop form, and toffee.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, without being overly heavy. Drinkability is outstanding, even sessionable. As much as any beer, this is the definition of the Amercian robust porter. Its a terrific ale that has complexities and subtleties, and is still eminently quaffable. It doesn't get much better than this.

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

An exceptional porter and a reason to look forward to the winter. I love dark beers when it is cold and this is no exception. There is a certain phenol group in the beer that reminds me of licorice. It's the same phenol as in the sam adams cream stout. This is a very excellent beer. Stop reading this review and try it already.

Photo of asabreed
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice creamy head sits atop the glass, mocha colored, almost like what a Guinness would bring to the table, though the top has peaks and valleys sinking down. Very ice cream-like. Body's dark with hints of dark amber coming through with some light close to it. Thick rings of lacing are left around the glass to boot.

Smell: A balance between roasted malt and sweetness with the likes of slight chocolate, coffee, some mocha. I get some molasses in there too. Lots of sweetness, and though I wish there was more of a roasted malt and maybe husk presence, there are a slight amount of hops too. Not taking the most chances here, but it's solid and it does what it wants to.

Taste: Again, lots of stuff going on here, and with a boost this could be amazing stuff. Some roasted malt, nice malt sweetness, slight tinge of hops, slight coffee and unsweetened chocolate, molasses, and hints of vanilla. Balanced and very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy with a medium body and silky carbonation levels. Certainly contributes to the ease in drinking this.

Drinkability: This isn't going to make the hop head or burnt-to-all-hell porter fan, but this is almost too sessionable, highly drinkable, and perfect for this time of the season. Not too heavy, not too dark, and lots to chew on as you drink it.

Photo of ohitsbrad
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11 October 2006, Best Before Jun 07

Opaque black colour with a creamy coffee coloured head. Some lacing. Rich bitter roasted malt aroma, some honey-ish yeast and floral hop. Flavour was roasty, malty, coffee-ish, bitter and rich. Oily, full bodied and smooth mouthfeel. Very tasty porter.

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

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a tan and very cream two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin layer of lace on top of the brew. Good lacing is left as you drink it down. It is a very dark and slightly hazy ruby/amber when held up to a light, otherwise it's black.

Smell - Some fresh and mildly bitter/sour hops right away, with moderate notes of grain and oatmeal aromas as well. Some slight caramel aromas as well as a light scent of bitter unsweetened dark chocolate. Very little alcohol on the nose.

Taste - Fairly sour up front, with oily and moderately bitter hops. Light caramel sweetness behind this with some coffee bean flavors as well. Oats are especially more pronounced in the flavor than in the smell. It finishes with some 'twany' hoppiness that is quite pleasing actually, and helps to balance the rich breadiness of the toasted, dark malts also strongly in the finish. Mild alcohol presence throughout the taste.

Mouthfeel - Moderate and smooth carbonation with good structure. It retains its full presense throughout the entire sip. Quite smooth and medium-bodied, with a lasting oily and wet mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Moderate flavors and a medium mouthfeel. A couple 650ml bottles of this would be easy to take down.

A good porter, in my opinion. Far from the best I've had, but still a good porter compared to some of the garbage that's out there. It has a very traditional flavor and style to it which I like a lot. Recommended.

Photo of xav33
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Porter
12 oz bottle
Brewed 09/05, dropped 11/06
Medium pour in an English pint glass.

Poured black with clear brown highlights with an average frothy light brown mostly lasting head.

Smelt of strong chocolate, toffee, cola, licorice, creamy coffee.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet licorice candy followed by a strong mild coffee bitterness and moderate continuation of the licorice on a short to average dark chocolate finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, softly carbonated, creamy, with light astringency.

Overall, this porter looks great, smells great, and tastes good. Could use a nudge more strength on the taste, and a little bit more body. An awesome summer porter nonetheless.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very well done porter, pitch black with a coffee tar head up top, chocolate is hinted at in the smell along with maltyness and a dark dry black taste at the beginning. Flavorful yet light, could have a little bit more at the end but the lightness is actually refreshing. A nice cold weather beer with chocolate or red meat. Well done job from Anchor.

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

A - Dark black, with a rocky brown head that lasted the whole way down the glass.

S - Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, alcohol. Superb.

T - Molasses, coffee, chocolate. Dark fruit.

M - Medium-smooth body, silky smooth, nicely carbonated.

D - Simply an awesome porter. I could drink loads of the stuff.

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

A-nearly black minimal light shows a brown glow. Big 2+ inch, rocky, dark tan head. Good retention, decent lacing

S-Molasses, carmel, roasted malt, alcohol ester, coffee chocolate.

T-Sweet molases, chocolate, coffee, herbaacious hop bitterness, really good

M-creamy, okay carbination, a little fizzy. Medium to full body

D-Really drinkable good stuff

Photo of Phocion
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick black with an explosive and lingering bubbly brown head that leaves an appealing lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

Rich cocoa and coffee with an excellent but lighter toasted malt background.

The flavor is much more mellow than I expected from the aroma. The heavy chocolate and coffee flavors don't quite mask the almost-hidden caramel and raisiny tones, along with a very subtle hops bitterness.

Soft, chewy, and creamy mouthfeel, but not dry at all. This is also easily drinkable; I'd never thought I'd describe a porter as a session beer, but if there is one, then this is it. Goes down incredibly smooth and easily.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with ruby hues around the edge of the glass when held to light. A nice tan colored head but doesnt last long and leaves some thin lacing.

Smell is of carmel, chocolate, fruit, and coffee.

There are notes of chocolate, fruit and burnt malt when tasting. The beer finishes with some nice hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very nice and this is a very drinkable beer.

One of the best porters around.

Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a huge big-bubbled fluffy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is very subdued - lactic chocolate and tar and a little coffee.

The flavor is sweet chocolate with some tangy and sour fruitiness and a bitter roasted finish. It's kind of a mis-mash of disjoint flavors. It smooths out as it warms (and thankfully loses much of the sour tanginess). The mouthfeel is medium to full and pretty creamy.

Overall, it's a decent porter. Definitely better warmer.

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

Deep dark chocolate brown, very opaque. nice coffee colored head.
Sweet but dark smell.
Flavors range from thick molasses to cherry to butter and dark wheat bread.
The buttery bread flavor is very pronounced.
Feels light in the mouth but with a very thick flavor that sticks around a while.
Very nice beer, but flavor is almost too much too drink more than a couple of these.

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

Pours a robust black with an incredibly creamy light brown head that lingers forever. Tremendous lacing decorating the glass as well.

The aroma, oh the sweet aroma...Smells of sweet chocolate, molasses, nutty, chocolate covered malted balls...it smells like dessert. I could just sniff this baby forever. Fortunately though, I get to drink it.

WOW...Molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate, hops, roastiness, caramel, butterscotch...there is even underlying fruit flavors poking through. There is just so many things going on in this porter and it is ALL fantastic. Very complex.

Very creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. This beer is obviously best enjoyed after taking out of the fridge and letting it sit for a good 15-20 minutes. I can't say enough about this absolute MASTERPIECE. This and the Smuttynose Robust Porter are my current favorites. I cannot get enough of them. This one may even edge out on the Robust Porter. It is that phenomenal.

Photo of mjc410
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a quick-settling two-finger plus head. It seems to find comfort at one finger, and stays there for a while. The head is a darker tan, and very creamy looking. Leaves sudsy lacing that elongates down the glass more than most beers. The color is fully opaque. The head does manage to finally come down to surface lacing, so I can't give quite a perfect score. The nose reeks (nicely, though) of molasses, caramel, and brown sugar, with definitely sweet chocolate notes. Reminiscent of a milk stout. The taste is not as markedly sweet as the nose would suggest. Rather, it feels balanced, with the addition of some acidity. Rich in dark fruit tones and chocolate, the beer then ends in a slight, lingering coffee bitterness, with sharp acidity running throughout. Very nice, although I would personally like to see more chocolate. The mouth is medium, with fine carbonation. A tad more body would be appreciated, but it's still very nice. Overall, an excellent beer that is quite easy to drink.

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

Poured into my Tumbler a dark and toasted blackish brown. Its got hearty, thick tan head that rises straight to the top and stays. The lacing is pillowy and thick, clinging to the side of the glass. Smells of of subtle charred malt with dark sweet fruity esters, maybe some candied apple, plum, and even spice cinnamon, coffee. The taste is medium sweet robust, the toasted/charred malt is very present and pleasing along with the presence of a hops that come to the front toward the end in a very supportive role. The finish is rounded off with a sweet coffee flavor. The mouth-feel on this one is a little milky and less crisp than most beers I drink, which is still pleasant, how ever I think I could only drink so many of these because they seem to sit a little heavier in my stomach than that of most quads even. This is a tasty beer maybe because of the lack of crisp carbonation it seems to be a little too heavy for me, but honestly its a very enjoyable beer. Personally I could do with a little more strength too, but that really doesn't turn me off. Get some.

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

12oz single obtained somewhere

appearance: poured into imperial pint glass...very dark mahogany body with a creamy chocolate-brown head...very nice retention, strong looking porter

smell: nice roasty porter, cocoa powder, cherry sweetness, earthy tones throughout, roasted barley, toasted rye

taste: pretty nice porter from anchor...I really dont think I have ever had this beer even though its been available in all 3 states i have lived in since i turned 21...very creamy and a nice balance of sweetness and roastyness. roasted malt and barley form the body and swirls of sweet cherry, smooth chocolate, licorice, and rye compliment. A winner

mouthfeel: very creamy, enjoyable

drinkability: good

Photo of gonzo138
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a deep black with a very creamy brown color that retain very well and laced nicely too

S- rich malt sweetness, not overbearing though, nice chocolate smell is present as well

T- nice and malty sweet, chocolate taste is present as well, a little bit of coffee taste is there as well

M- nice carbonation for a dark beer, medium body, taste stays around on palate for a while

D- an excellent porter, very drinkable, moderate alcohol, the staple brew of American porters, i would recomend/buy/drink any day

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

This beer is amazing with its cherry, citrus, and subtle bread aroma. The dark liquid reveals a redish hue when held upto the light. The minimal effervescence does not provide this beer with much of a head. Upon drinking I notice a bitter fruity taste followed by a distinctly cherry after taste. Smooth and round this is one of my favorite American Porters. Plenty of body, lots of flavor, easy on the alchol taste.

Photo of jdoherty
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with a creamy stout which rises and slowly disappates, leaving a creamy brown residue on the pint glass.

S: Smells of rye bread and a hint of black cherry.

T: A pleasantly bitter taste from start to finish, never overpowering, very subtle. Difficult to nail down, once again tasting of cherry on rye bread.

M: Full bodied, but at the same time very smooth. Carbonation is not felt until the beer goes down, a very pleasant aftertaste

D: The smoothness makes it very drinkable, especially considering its a full bodied porter.

Photo of uberabr
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark black with some red hues. Good carbonation. Head is creamy and sticks around.

S: A little too subtle, but very nice. Worty. A slight floral aroma followed by roasted barley with plum and cherries. Some caramel and a slight hop. Very grainy and natural. This could easly be a "5" if it popped a little.

T: Very rye-bread sweet and a little sour with a lingering fruity aftertaste. Pleasant. A very slight citrus, no hops or malt. No alcohol taste.

M: Just a little watery, adequate carbonation.

D: This is a very drinkable porter. Light on the tongue and you can't taste booze. Goes down real easy. The ABV is probably just a tad too high to make this a session beer, although it wouldn't stop me.

Photo of Jimbo07
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a big ol mug. Smells and tastes sorta like a coffee I once had, nutty(?) I want to say. Anchor Porter is very unique to me... of course this my first time having a porter. At first I thought I wouldn't want to drink a healthy amount of this, but then the beer just grew on me. It was soon goin' down great. I would gladly drink again.

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,183 ratings.