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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,229 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,229
Reviews: 1,456
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 147
Gots: 247 | 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 khiasmus
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark brown with ruby colored highlights, light tan head that drops off in a couple minutes after a hard pour.

S- Sweet malt with slightly burnt character, and very low hop aroma.

T- Burnt malt, but not overly black or acrid. Sweetness up front, finishing to an astringent, black character.

M- Medium high carbonation that balances a very full, almost buttery mouthfeel.

D- I'll have another. And another.

This is the number one example of the style on BJCP, which makes me feel like it should have better than an 89...

Photo of Redwood21
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I havent tried many porters, but until i tried anchor porter i thought it was a style i just was not supposed to like. The color is nice and dark and it has all the porter tastes but allows them to be subtle and smooth with a clean finish. Everytime i drink one i think, i dont like porter why do i like this so much. The mouthfeel seems a bit thicker which i like but since i havent had many porters this could be par for the course. I would suggest this beer to anyone, even those who claim to hate dark beer, or porters.

Photo of shadow1961
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anchor's Porter pours out a big creamy brown head over an opaque black
brew. Carbonation is hard to guage, though something is keeping the head
fluffed up. The nose is molasses and raisin. The flavor is dark malt up front,
with a hop and espresso finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The brew is so
dark you might expect it to be a bit thicker but is is a porter and not a stout.
Aftertaste is only slightly of hops. Anchor doesn't have the deepest bench,
but all their brews are the good stuff, and I'm always happy to see those fat
little bottles in my fridge. Good, solid stuff here.

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

Wow I've been sleeping on this one, whoops. Almost perfect 'black and tan' presentation, this is one good-looking beer. I actually poured it in a flared cocktail glass which really accents the deep red highlights. Everything a porter ought to be doing; chocolate malts, creaminess, general smooth texture. Blast of citric hops is the comparative advantage; they also lend a unique herbal medicine-flair. This might not have been George Washington's porter, but they've done something spectacular to his favorite quaff. Highly recommended in lieu of an after-dinner coffee, espresso, or dessert wine and to complement quality cinema ("Borat" in this case!)

Photo of tomParis
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown with a light (for a porter) head. Smells amazing, chocolate with hints of molasses and lightly toasted malt. Taste is very chocolaty with some really complex sweetness in the background and moderate bitterness to balance it out. Absolutely delicious. The mouthfeel is a little thin, and extremely smooth. Best stout or porter I've ever had.

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

This is a very good looking pitch black beer with a tan head that leaves a very sticky lacing.
Smell becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up, hinting to the fact I opened it a bit too cold. Burnt malts, bittersweet chocolate, sugar, hops and alcohol dominate the nose.
Medium to full bodied, it opens in the palate with a pronounced burnt malt, bittersweet taste with overlapping hoppiness that is a bit more pronounced than I like.
All in all, a very well-crafted porter, pleasant and easy to drink, if not my favorite.

Photo of Steve188821
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The apperance is black with a large head, plenty of lace

S - The smell is of dark fruits and coffee, there is also a hint of roasted malts.

T - Taste is of coffee, dark chocolate and some malt bitterness.

M - The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, good carbonation.

D - The drinkability of this beer is excellent, I could drink this all day long.

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

Poured from a bottle into my pint glass. This porter looked a dark opaque brown, essentially black. Some light was apparent along the bottom edges. A decent light tan head reduced to a cap that lasted all the way down. Some splotchy lacing. Smell is roasted malts and some clean grainy hops. Taste is burnt chocolate, but not overbearing. Finishes with the alcohol hop bite noticed in the aroma. Mouth feel is clean and dry. I found this to be a very good beer, but I am not one to session porters.

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

Pours a dark brown with slight ruby highlights. Small light brown head that dissipates pretty quickly but left a collar. Nice lacing that had good lasting power. Nice beer to look at.

Aroma of dark malts & molasses.

Taste of coffee, toffee, burnt molasses, dark ripe figs/raisins. Some floral hints. Light hops bitterness. Some sweetness underlying it all. Much more complex than I was expecting. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is spritzy and cleansing. Lighter than expected and not really "creamy". Slightly dry in the mouth.

Overall, this is very drinkable. Nicely balanced with a lot going on but nothing that distracts. I had this with some BBQ'd steak...matched perfectly!! I was very impressed with this beer and will definitely have some more.

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

Mine poured a midnight red with a standard head. it produced a nice little aroma, reminding me of a neighborhood coffee shop. The flavor is magnificent coffee, toffee, and dark baked fruits. This is an excellent porter -- what else do you expect from Anchor Brewing? (#2643, 1/7/07)

Photo of PEBKAC
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finishing off the Anchor trifecta for the nightcap, I clean my pint once more. Tuesday you say? Might make a rough morning, but let's deal with it when we get there. I hope it doesn't keep me up past my bedtime.

The pour fully encompasses the glass & mushrooms in a foamy, dense mass.

A little sour, a little marshmellowy; stinky molasses. I smell some instant cocoa mix too.

Creamy indeed. Just a hint of overroast, sweet & sour, more marshmellows, & a salty bite at the end that hits just a little too hard for my palate. Thicker then I would have expected, but it's very pleasant. Drinkability is moderate, as I find constant food is warranted for proper digestion. Let me go get a donut.

What is this? It's Wednesday now? Oh crap.


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

Appearance - Very dark brown with a healthy but loose, tan head. When held up to the light, it Head has a decent amount of staying power, and leaves behind a fair amount of lace.

Aroma - The best word for it is chocolaty. It's not overwhelming, but you don't smell much else. Maybe just a hint of malt sweetness and bittering hops.

Taste - I have to admit, this is the beer that made me fall in love with the style. But I've tried dozens since then. Having said that, It has a big roasty taste with hints of chocolate hidden in there somewhere. There's something in there that isn't quite right. A harshness. But it's still quite good.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is just the taddest bit light for the style, but the carbonation is right on, and it works.

Drinkability - Like I said, I cut my Porter teeth on this beer. I love it, but a lot of porter drinkers find this one a tad harsh; and it is. Still pretty damn good tho.

Photo of stevegamburg
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured very dark with a beautiful thick head that didn't seem to dissipate. Smelled of roasted malts and molasses. The taste did not disappoint with a nice balance of roasted malt and dark fruit. Had a great mouthfeel and finish.
This is an awesome porter. Treat yourself - you won't regret it.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was black with a nice beige head. The smell was faint of spices? floral? The taste is malty and slightly bitter. It is malty, chocolaty and has a nice balance of hops. The mouthfeel is full and creamy – very nice. This is a great porter that is something I’d recommend often if possible.

Photo of NClifestyle
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up an almost black color, deep blood red highlights in the light, huge head of light brown foam, creamy and lumpy on top, medium sized bubbles underneath.
Smell is cocoa and sweet bread, dark fruit as well. Something liquor like in the mix.
Taste is sweet and dark chocolate at the start, raisin aspect, before moving over to dryness and sharp hops at the swallow and in the aftertaste. Very roasted and coffee-ish. A hint of alcohol also creeps up. The aftertaste lingers, and is nearing the harsh level, however, I've not had a beer in a week, so it could just be me.
The beer has a decent amount of carbonation, possibly even more than a typical porter. Medium to full in the mouth, and still a bit creamy. Nice.
I would like to have this on tap, but I'll have another bottle tonight, and would go for it again in the future.


Photo of chuckm
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite porters with no bitter aftertaste and a strong smooth feel. Highly recomended flavorful beer that will go great with strong and spicy foods. While I wouldn't grab this after mowing the yard on a cool fall evening you can't do much better.

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

This beer pours a dark brown almost black, with ruby highlights and a sandy colored head. The aroma is faint and not really noticeable. But there are faints hints of coffee.

The flavor is a very well-balanced mixture of chocolate malt, subtle hops, and espresso. Quite a complex flavor. This beer never tries to get ahead of itself or be something it's not; it's a porter, through and through, which is a good thing. Too many American porters enter a hopping contest and it kills the integrity of the style, in my opinion. However Anchor's version stays true, making it a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of meadhead
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seems like a Silky smooth
roast chocolate espresso - subtle port wine
hard to describe
yet with an all around ease on the palatte

Pours a beautiful deep black- brown
with a very slight burgundy tone
and nice light tan head

drinkability is exceptionally smooth
with that mysterious slight "port-wine like" finish

somebody throw me an anchor or I might
drift into port...
but seriously,

this stuff is good
with a nice complexity for a porter
and an all around
thinned creaminess to it
I woke up with the unique aftertaste
the following day at work

and I'm still haunted by it!!

Photo of EStreet20
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, 16 ounce shaker.

A - Dark, Dark brown (nearly black), with a nice two finger dark tan head. Held up to a light, the bulb is visible through the brew but with a dark brown/reddish appearance. A great looking porter.

S - Chocolate malt goodness.

T - Big roasty flavor over a chocolate malt backdrop. Espresso flavor is present. Some sweetness but nothing that is "too much" just a nice, balanced flavor.

M - A nice, rich feel that really makes this brew a pleasure to drink.

D - Malty, rich, robust dark beer = definitely a drinkable porter. At 5.6 % abv, go ahead and have a few.

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

(Served in a Nonic)

A- This beer pours a black densely opaque body with a faint light red glow at the narrowest part of the glass. There is a creamy light tan head that last and last creating a sheet of head on the glass with each sip. Too dense to see any carbonation.

S- This beer has a creamy smell of smooth dark malt with a hint of graham and nougat. There is some caramel malt notes as the beer warms as well.

T- This beer has a big chocolate malt roast with some hints of dark backers chocolate in the background. There is some soft notes of caramel malt and black malt aswell. The finish has a nice bitterness from black malt and green hops with a pine quality to it.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a nice slightly creamy texture that thins out in the finish.

D- This beer has a good rich flavor with some nice hops to clean up the finish making it very drinkable. This beer is a true porter and not just a watered down stout that I have tasted so many of lately.

Photo of Melchizedek
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pretty opaque black with a little murky reddish-brown visible around the edges; head forms enthusiastically, a lovely cappuccino color with lots of cohesion, settling into an immortal cap that leaves plenty of sticky, even lace.

Aroma is a bit subdued, with slight coffee, caramel, a nutty character, maybe some yeasty bread. Silky smooth in the mouth, with sweeter flavors coming to the fore, but moderated by a good noticeable hop bitterness, sort of floral and maybe even a touch resiny. A little anise comes into the mix. Finish has a bit of a dark fruit flavor to it and maybe something almost peanutty.

This is lovely, and probably a much better sample than my on-tap review. I could do with a bit more coffee/dark chocolate and bitter notes, but this is a thoroughly pleasant porter.

Photo of diablo14
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was absolutely stoked when I found out that Purvis Cellars in Melbourne were getting some of this (and other Anchor brews) in for a bit of a one off treat. And what a treat it has been! For the last 12 months I have been drinking this, courtesy of a good mate who was smart enuff to buy up big.

Plenty of intensity about this beer, from its dark brown hues and tan head to the dry but smooth hop finish. The smell is a veritable cornucopia of aromas, plenty of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and some sweet brown sugar tinges. The big mocha flavor is backed with hints of dried fruits, malt biscuits, molasses and condensed milk. Fairly full in body for a porter, this merely serves to compliment the hops at the finish, leaving a dry yet tasty and brilliantly smooth climax to the experience. My tip is not to let this get too warm otherwise it can get a little on the sweet side, apart from that, there's plenty going on from start to finish to hold the attention of the drinker.

A fantastic porter and a fantastic beer to boot. Will definitely make its presence felt in the company of ANY beers you might be drinking during a session.

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.

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,229 ratings.