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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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2,962 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,962
Reviews: 1,427
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 124
Gots: 143 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2001)
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Photo of twelvsies


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a dark brown with reddish purple tints. Nice tan head that doesn't budge. Sticks around as I write this. Exciting scent. Roasty malts up front with a fruity sweetness and grapey winelike aroma. Bitter hops detectable too, as are notes of sugary plums and berries. The head still hasn't shrank any and I still haven't taken a sip... Nice well balanced and full flavored taste. Toasty malts are there but don't hog all the space. Plenty of room for the bitter hops. Complex flavors. I'm picking up on root beer, creamy milk, sweet plums and other fruits, and maybe just the perfect tiny hint of chocolate. Smooth and creamy medium to full mouthfeel. This is a great example of a session beer that is well balanced yet complex and interesting at the same time. A great example of a porter.

02-03-2005 02:56:13 | More by twelvsies
Photo of cokes


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

Onyx topped with a fat tan pillow.
Nose full of plum, toffee, mocha, and ash.
Begins with supple dark fruitiness, all raisins and plums, with notions of singed pears. Chocolate later, joined with toffee and whispers of coffee. A lactose sweetness fades to caramel and vanilla bean. The toffee smothered dark fruit are the ringers here. Hops are modest and only provide a backdoor dryness and phantoms of grass.
Rotund in the mouth, but moderately carbonated. It's big and bold without excess weight.
A classic example of the American Porter, and a homage to its British, and possibly Baltic forebearers. This is choice stuff.

02-02-2005 20:53:58 | More by cokes
Photo of ramrod666


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

this porter pours as black as midnight with a tight tan head that retains rather well . laces like a mutha. smell was of chocolate and coffee although not very bold. maybe that thick head was retaining the smell? taste is nice. a creamy up front with bold coffee and cocoa towards the finish. more sweet than dry. mouthfeel is not a heavy as expected, but coats the mouth well with terrific flavor. drinkability is good. i could easily have quite a few of these in a sitting.

note: flavor becomes much bolder after warming. i suggest letting it sit for 15-20min before drinking.

01-30-2005 01:37:25 | More by ramrod666
Photo of stjarnflikka


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours a beer black as the night. A milk chocolate brown foam settles on top and stays there quite long.

Smell is immense. Just during the pour chocolate lingers in the nose. Then comes coffee, some toffee sweetness with raisins and milk in there.

Taste comes first with milk chocolate and burned malt. Theres some sourness to it and chocolate hanging over it.
Soon theres more of that bitter and burned malts together with chocolate covered raisins, hops and more dark chocolate to it.
Finishes quite dry but sitll milky, leaves the mind ready for another sip of this great beer.

This really tastes more like an sweet stout. Amazing though!

01-29-2005 22:00:31 | More by stjarnflikka
Photo of MobBarley


3.7/5  rDev -10%

This one is good...though a little more stoutness would have helped. Pours deep brown with shards of crimson coming through. Smell is rich and regular for a porter...a little vitaminy maybe. The taste is nice except for the noticeable twang of alcohol in the mix with luscious toasty malts and cannabis-like hops presence. Finish is clean and the mouthfeel is good...really a little too thin for me, though. Drinkability is quite good. I can imagine myself lusting after one all day out in the cold and really relishing it when I returned. Good stuff, as one might expect for this storied brewery; weak for the style.

01-29-2005 04:52:07 | More by MobBarley
Photo of beersarang


3.48/5  rDev -15.3%

Pours a dark dark brown almost black with a tan head. Leaves adequate lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smells citrucy with toasted malt notes and hop aromas.

Tastes complex and malty with roasted flavor. Quite roasted indeed. Hop bit terness somewhat overwhelms the malts giving this beer an intense palate. Very rich and somewhat uncharacteristic for a porter.

Mouthfeel is creamy with appropriate carbonation.

Due to the richness of this brew the drinkability is sub average.

01-28-2005 05:30:22 | More by beersarang
Photo of GClarkage


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

01/17/05- Purchased at Barbara's Fishtrap in Half Moon Bay, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle, not sure if there was an expiration date or not. Poured into a small 10oz glass.

Appearance- Deep dark brown, almost black used motor oil color. Nice 1/2 inch tan head and decent lacing.

Smell- Decent amount of dark roasted malts. Smells very sweet.

Taste- Lots more dark chocolate flavors than I expected. Tastes more like a stout to me than a porter. Decent amount of roasted coffee bean taste, but overall a nice sweet taste of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated and a bit of a semi-full mouthfeel.

Drinkability- May be the best porter I have had to date. Probably because it tastes more like a stout to me and is really sweet flavored unlike many porters I have had. My fiancee likes this one too, so this may become a staple around the household.

01-18-2005 19:34:25 | More by GClarkage
Photo of hero27


3.85/5  rDev -6.3%

Appearance: Pours a very, very dark reddish/brown. You could say "black" for simplicity's sake, though. The head is very creamy, tan in color, and the size is decent with a strong pour. Dissapates slowly, but surely. Leaves respectable lacing on the glass.

Smell: For some reason, I couldn't pick up much from this brew. Faint aroma of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Typical porter smell, but could be more unique and more strong.

Taste: I'm not crazy about porters but this tastes really nice and rich. Somewhat complex yet simple enough to enjoy without being overwhelmed. Can definitely pick up a variety of tastes, from molasses, figs, prunes, raisens, caramel, etc..

Mouthfeel: Very creamy & smooth. Bitterness is minimal, which is surprising to me considering this is a rich porter, but seems very well-balanced. Goes down great.

Drinkability: Not quaffable in vast quantities, but certainly a nice winter porter or nightcap. Relatively easy to drink for a porter. Price is a bit high, i believe I paid $9 for a six-pack..

Overall, a solid offering from Anchor. Definitely one of my favorite porters and I would recommend that everyone give it a try.

01-14-2005 22:50:00 | More by hero27
Photo of WetCoaster


4.7/5  rDev +14.4%

Appearance: Deep, opaque mahogany--almost black--with a dense, rocky, two-finger expresso crema head with superb retention. Thick lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Malty and sugary with a slightly sulphur/molasses scent up front, followed by dark fruit (fig, raisin), leather (?!) and a hint of burnt malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is fantastic, dense, smooth and a bit syrupy. The flavor is deep and dark, with equal parts caramel, burnt sugar, raisin, figs, unsweetened chocolate and a hint of expresso. The finish is bitter black malt, dry and slightly astringent.

Drinkability: I love the beer, but it's a bit heavy to session. Still, very satisfying brew--I think it's Anchor's best.

This beer is a great example of why you shouldn't overlook the obvious. Living here in SF, this beer is everywhere, and I'd gotten to the point where I tuned it out. One day after a long, cold ride, looking at the taps, it just seemed right. I was absolutely blown away by the heft and smoothness--I couldn't believe I'd denied myself this pleasure for years. Don't forget the basics, kids.

01-06-2005 01:39:30 | More by WetCoaster
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.15/5  rDev +1%

One of the American classics, this stuff has been delicious for over 20 years! Standard small bottle sampled, pours almost black with a dark tan head. Moderate lacing. Nose of cocoa. Medium bodied, lucious smooth mouthfeel, creamy on the tongue, rich flavors of coffee, cocoa, taffee and caramel. Lightly hopped, finish is more cocoa, powdered sugar and coffee. Tasty creation, always a good selection

01-04-2005 00:57:59 | More by Billolick
Photo of smcolw


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Nice tight beige head. Very dark brown in color. Nice lace that lingers on the glass side.

Very fresh smelling beer. Well balanced aromas; the malt is crisp and clean--chocolate and cream. The hop is subtle but distinct. There is a small touch of yeast, too.

Lots of chocolate up front. Hop bitterness comes mid-taste and remains throughout the swallow. Full bodied with high carbonation, this is a rich brew. The aftertaste is largely hop, but sweet carmelized sugar comes through as a balance. The bitterness lingers long after the sweetness dissipates.

This is one of my favorite porters. Rather than being a "light stout", this beer is full bodied and flavorful with a higher hop presense and less burnt flavors.

12-25-2004 19:02:50 | More by smcolw
Photo of BeerBob


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

Anchor Porter pours a heavy maroon from a dark brown 12oz glass bottle. Head went well over two fingers before melting down to wisps of foam and a well defined ring. The sides of the glass have a nice lace pattern on them as well.

Nose is a wonderful bouquet of figs, plums and a tawny port wine note as well. The sweet malt mingles very well with the dried fruit to give this brew a most delicious flavor.

Candy for the eye, the nose and the palate, Anchor Porter should please even the most critical amongst us, it has me.

12-21-2004 03:14:24 | More by BeerBob
Photo of allengarvin


4/5  rDev -2.7%

Appearance: Very dark and opaque color. Lightly tan head of foam.

Aroma: Sweet caramel-chocolate malt aroma.

Flavor: Very rich, slightly sweet milk-chocolately taste, with a light amount of fruitiness. Hops are restrained, but a slight amount of bitterness at the end lends a small drying touch to an otherwise sweet finish.

Body: Creamy, chewy mouthfeel.

12-19-2004 03:09:24 | More by allengarvin
Photo of SeanChouffe

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

A deep brown color with a creamy tan head and sticky lacing. The head retention is low, but maintains a decent layer. Smells of malt, caramel roasted grains and coffee, with is a surprising presence of fruitiness. Flavor has a rich sweet start and a roasty hop finish. Palate is medium to full bodied, creamy and effervescent with a full lasting bite at the end. Anchor Porter maintains characteristics of a higher gravity beer with a good balance, and more chutzpa than many others of the style without going extreme.

12-11-2004 04:30:41 | More by SeanChouffe
Photo of Sycodrummer


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Recently bought a six pack of this beer after hearing its attributes from many people. It met those remarks and is a solid brew.

Appearance is very dark brown-near black and let very little light though. A one-finger head that dissapated rather quickly but left decent lacing.

Smell is of toffee and caramel, very similair to SA cream stout. Taste is also similair to Sam Cream. At first very little carbonation detected, but when left for a minute on the palate this comes through just to the right degree.

This beer goes down very well and is great to just sit and enjoy. High quality.

12-06-2004 02:32:04 | More by Sycodrummer
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Spinnakers in Victoria imports this beer in and my father kindly procured some for me to drink. I had this beer years ago and forgotten how smooth this brew goes down. Big brown head on top of jet black body this is a pretty sight . The real clincher is the coffee and roasted barley nose that hints at the figs and chocalate notes in the first sip. There are very few porters this smooth and balanced and this is a direct relation to Fritz's admonition to qualtiy.

11-16-2004 18:40:50 | More by canucklehead
Photo of markman


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Anchor Porter (12 oz bottle):

Don’t know why, but I’ve not returned to this classic in a couple years or so. Dark brown pour, nearly black with a tight tan head. Very nice. Mocha aroma and the taste follows with mocha, toffee, and light burnt chocolate. Kind of thin, but the roastyness of the malt fills the palate and it’s just turns to easy dinkin’.


11-14-2004 03:34:58 | More by markman
Photo of tweeder263


3.05/5  rDev -25.8%

appeearance,,nice and dark 2 finger head looks good. Has a licorice smell took me a bit to figure out the smell.Decent mouthfeel not too chunky feeling, not too bubbly.I must say im not too big on the taste. The licorice smell is fine but i think the taste of it is too drawn out,,a little too sweet. Bummer i was expecting good things from this brew.

11-09-2004 01:41:30 | More by tweeder263
Photo of TAMU99


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

A really good beer from a really good brewery.

Pours a motor oil black with a dark tan head that just never goes away. Delicious aromas of chocolate, cappucino and apple. It tastes as good. Heavy on the coffee acids witha thick malty base and noted hops to keep your interest. The feel is a touch on the heavy side, though don't let this stop you from trying this great porter.
Still nowhere near as good as Atlantic Brewing's Coal Porter, but still a valiant effort.

11-02-2004 01:10:29 | More by TAMU99
Photo of NYbeerwolf

New York

4.68/5  rDev +13.9%

This was a first for me. I'd never had a porter and was surprised at how dark it was in the glass, like coca-cola. The head had a rich tan color that lasted for quite awhile- well carbonated.

The smell was of coffee, maybe a small hint of chocolate - nice.
When I tasted it there was a combo of coffee and smoke, not a long after taste, good finish. Man this is good for a fall day to watch football.

The mouthfeel was just right, pretty smooth and not offensive.
I think I could handle a few more of these, a keeper for the fridge.

I was sorry that I only had 2 bottles, not my type of beer but I'd
drink this one again for sure

10-26-2004 18:48:17 | More by NYbeerwolf
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Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%

Thin 0.5cm head is foamy, tan, never leaving. Body is dark brown, almost opaque. Aroma is typically porterish with direct barley flavors and a small lactic bite. Rich chocolate and anise flavors. Nice range of fruitiness reminiscent of a dates cake with lots of crust. Palate is thick, oily, sweet. Not much bitterness at all despite a gentle hop hint and apparent faint smokiness. I can understand its high rating, this is everything you want a porter to be. Classy and quaffable.

10-25-2004 18:10:23 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a nice deep brown / black with virtually no head. Minimal lacing as well. The smell is burnt, roasted grains with hints of coffee and cocoa as well. Some nice floral hops float in and out.

The first sip has a predominent burnt, almost smoky malt flavor upfront with a background melding of coffee, cocoa and slight hop nuances. Quite a bitter, burnt bread flavor with hints of molasses makes for a interesting porter.

Mouthfeel is good and carbonation is not overwhelming. It goes down smooth and hits the spot...pretty much perfect for the style. Drinkability is good and this would make a tasty session if I was in the mood. If you enjoy porters, this one is worthy of a try.

10-21-2004 01:37:36 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of stevef


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a very dark brown almost black. Head is light and a creamy brown color. Smells slightly of coffee and roasted malt with a fruity aroma too that I can't identify. No noticeable hop aroma. Tastes are heavy on roasted malt, with a slight hint of coffee and raisins. Hops are not noticeable until toward the end and then just a little bitterness that gradually gives way to a slight malty sweetness. This beer has an extremely interesting finish with an ongoing battle of the taste buds - bitter hops, no sweet malt, no bitter hops, nope sweet malt... A very enjoyable brew I'll come back to.

10-20-2004 05:09:22 | More by stevef
Photo of SteveP

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%

Bottle. "Wholly superior in every respect." I love the way brewers enthuse about their beers. I bet he also tells his wife he's got the biggest spoon in the world. Brewers, they're a bit like lawyers - you can't trust 'em.

This is a damn tasty brew - full of roasty flavours and chocolate flavours, quite smoothly done. Nice winey quality - with just a hint of soft fizz. A very pleasant and easy drinking porter - not complex or demanding, just plain old fashioned tasty. Very enjoyable.

10-10-2004 23:23:41 | More by SteveP
Photo of fdrich29


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle from Bukowski's in Boston.

Wonderful brew! Not sure why I chose it off the menu at Bukowski's, but I'm certainly glad I did. Great looking beer, rich dark color, with a chocolate milk looking head. Sweet, fruity smell and deep rich taste. Substantial body and mouthfeel, yet suprisingly drinkable. I will be looking for this one again in the very near future and expect it to become a winter staple for me.

10-03-2004 04:46:23 | More by fdrich29
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,962 ratings.