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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,304 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,304
Reviews: 1,473
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 155
Gots: 284 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 doppelmeup
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nearly black into a pint glass with virtually no light shining through. Only about a 3/8 inch head that dissipated quickly, leaving slight lacing on the glass.

Not much of an aroma to this beer as it starts out, but could be due to it being cold from the fridge. Very faint caramel malt aromas begin to appear as it warms.

This started out very cold, and I like it better as it warms. Very pleasant taste. Slightly creamy, a definite bitterness with some coffee and bittersweet cocoa flavors. As it warms it mellows, and the creaminess of the beer is enhanced.

Mouthfeel was much lighter than expected, but still had a good body. A bitter finish with little aftertaste.

Overall a very good tasting and drinkable brew. I'd definitely drink it again, and it would make a great session beer as well. I wish I had another one with me tonight!

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

After the pour, the beer is black with a thick tan head. The head has died down to a film and there is a good bit of lacing left being produced.

The smell is of dark chocolate.

The taste is dark chocolate and bitter coffee. There is a bit of astringency.

The mouthfeel: soft carbonation and a medium body.

The drinkability is good, very sessionable.

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

Paid $1.79 for a single...

The beer pours a very dark brown base, with a huge caramel colored head, good retention and lacing on the glass. The aroma was a bold aroma dark/roasty malts.

The taste is very impressive for a porter, it's hard to explain but it felt like is was a perfect mix of complexity and strength. Fairly smooth on the mouth, I would drink another but two is enough.

Final Thought: Solid beer across the board with a taste like no other!

Photo of gatorsuf1
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a dense, tan two finger head. Lacing is decent. Smell is of sweet caramel, toasted malts, and I'm getting a hint of Vanilla and coffee. Tastes strongly of burnt malts, chocolate and coffee flavors shine through. Mouthfeel is succulently thick, perfect carbonation. Finishes soo smooth, absolutely amazing.

This is one of the beers that introduced me into craft beers. I just don't know how Anchor does it. I can find this almost anywhere...gas stations, grocery stores etc. and Anchor is all the way across the country. How they can make such large batches, yet still have such high quality is beyond me. The best porter I've had and an American classic in my opinion.

Photo of heyitsbyron
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a single bottle ($1.35) into a tulip glass.

Dark dark brown, though not quite black. Head was a deep tan, but was also very minimal <1cm.

Aroma standard, but strong strong strong. Coffee and choclate, nice and toasty. Sweet in some ways, but lots of good hoppiness.

Strong flavors too. I like the balance I suppose, but it was on the high end in terms of toasted malt and hops. Nothing wrong with that, just not what I expected. Real bitter finish though. More choclatey than coffee-y. A good sipping beer.

Perhaps a bit overcarbonated? Not really smooth like it should be.

A good porter, but I don't see any reason to get this again. There are better porters, there are cheaper porters. Also really strong in flavor for any mass consumption, especially considering the ABV.

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

Highs: Appearance, nose, taste, mouth
Lows: None

Pours pitch brown; this is a totally opaque beer. Nice thick two-finger head that fades always slowly. Nose is vanilla and sweet malt, and the taste delivers with heavy malt, notes of sorghum, and some coffee hiding in there. Mouth is thick and substantial, just like a porter should be. The finish is bitter toasted malt, nicely complementing the sweet nose and initial flavor. Extremely well balanced overall. Drinkability is good; it goes down easily and is most enjoyable.

Overall: A very good porter, enthusiastically recommended.

Photo of zjungleist
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black and opaque, just short, and has a low to moderate tan head. The smell is rich and malty with a hint of something fruity. The taste is pretty complex, with coffe and burnt toast flavors. There is also a hint of something like an ester or diacetyl. odd. Mouthfeel is on the high side of meduim, with enough carbonation to balance it as well as dryness, but there is also a tiny bit of tongue numbing as well. Overall, a damn fine porter.

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

Pours almost black with an amber tint...nice cream colored craggy head that disappears too soon but leaves a fine lacing behind.
Aroma is unusal...toasted malts...a llittle chocolate...a little raisens...a raw alcohol smell....and something I can't identify, but pleasantly sweet.
Mouthfeel is full, rich and chewy....lots of tiny carbonation and pleasant alcohol warmth.
Taste is sweet malts, followed by light coffee with cream, a little chocolate, and a hint of licorice. Definate alcohol flavor as well that might mellow as/if the beer aged.
Aftertaste is dry and of coffee.
Very pleasant. I'm going to break open a Hersey's bar to eat as I finish the rest of my glass. Wish I had some devils food or chocolate cake with thick frosting instead. This would go perfectly.

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

Brewed in the US, imported to the Netherlands, then re-imported to Australia, this poor bottle has travelled a long way. Pours deep mahogany with a beautiful fluffy tan head which left heaps of lacing in my Maudite tulip.

Big powerful aroma wafts as it pours, coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, with a hint of oak aged tawny port. Solid malt start on the taste, with roasty coffee and a much smaller hint of port than expected from the aroma. Finishes very dry with a significant bitterness, mostly from the roasted grains. Chewy mouthfeel with surprisingly low levels of carbonation given the vigour of the pour.

Best Porter I have tasted so far...pity similar brews are so hard to get a hold of over here.

Photo of sevineyes
3.19/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle with an anchor on the label.

A: Very dark with some ruddy character in it. Nice frothy tan head leaving good lacing.

S: Saccharine sweet like the inside of a hollow gumball. Dark corn syrup. Sugar cane. Something like a freshly washed handful of blackberries.

T: Somewhat reminiscent of Mackeson XXX Stout. Much sweeter than I'd expect from a porter in general. There's something about it that reminds me of a very sweet or fruity gum just as it's loosing it's sweetness. Sweet flowers. Powdered sugar mixed with brown sugar. Ends with a touch of on-the-charcoal grill burnt. The aftertaste has some lingering bitterness. Almost wish I had some saltiness and oily flavor to balance the sweet.

M: Rich and almost silky. Finishes dry. Big bodied. Very good carbonation level.

Overall: Wow. This really struck me as too sweet. Good feel and fairly complex overall, but still too sweet for me to embrace.

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

Black , with a huge tan head..foamy..laces, lowers and lasts.
Smell of sweet malt, hint of dried fruit...hops barley there.
Sweet, heavy roasted malt flavor up front with toffee and a bitter hops background...nicely balanced. Some cider and chalk shows up near the finish as it warms, then a nice clean, bitter aftertaste. Really Good. I haven't had this in several years...I forgot.
Great mouthfeel ...velevty microcarbonation...nice.
This is a pretty drinkable porter...I'd have another; if there was one in the fridge.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A nice, creamy tan head forms on top of the black beer. Lots and lots of lacing. The head stays all the way.

Smell is unlike any porter I have smelled before. A deep fig aroma hits me right away. Lots of toffee and burnt malts. The smell really brings me back to my Trick-or-treating days. For some reason, this beer smells like a big bag of Halloween candy. I love it. Interesting. Sweet smelling. Raisiny. Dark fruits come to mind.

Taste resembles the aroma. Figs and dates. Some bitterness as well, from the hops. Extremely fruity tasting. I dont get a whole lot of chocolate or coffee out of this one but that is fine with me. More raisins and figs. Tastes a little like some blackberry flavored whiskey was tossed for shits and giggles. Interesting indeed.

Mouthfeel was creamy. Bitterness is perfect. Some astringency lingers. For originality in the style I would certainly give a five. A completely unique experience as far as porters go. I love the taste, but maybe a little out of bounds (or is it so inbounds I am completely blown away)? I am often wrong so no offense. I thoroughly enjoyed this tasty beer! Certainly the tastiest porter I have set lips to.

Photo of jwc215
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep black with a thick brownish head. The creamy head remains to the end.
The smell is subtle. It has faint hints of a coffeeish/chocolately smell. The taste is a bit of a disappointed. It has a coffeeish/chocolately taste, but seems a bit-watered down, leaving it a bit underwhelming, but certainly drinkable.
The carbonation is slight-to-moderate. The aftertaste is present, but not strong. Overall, I don't find much special about it, but it's not bad either.

Photo of adam42381
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Poured a very dark brown, almost black with a small creamy had that dissipated quickly. Distinct lacing. So dark, it looks like cola in the glass.

Smell is quite sweet surprisingly with a nice cocoa/coffee hint. Also had a hint of a red wine smell which was quite unusual.

Taste is chocolatey with a hint of wine as well. Very unique. Nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was quite smooth and enjoyable.

Drinkability was quite high. Nothing too filling which surprised me a bit for how dark this porter was.

Overall, this was a great porter. Anchor puts out another excellent product and I would highly recommend it.

Photo of BeerNutta
3.27/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anchor Porter

A = Poured dark brown/ruby red with little to no head. Holding up to the light, you could see nothing. Damn this beer is dark.

S = There is an instant smell of caramel and light hints of coffee that drifts past the initial sweetness in the air. There is also a slight damp smell that I can't seem to get a handle on.

T = Taste is initally sweet with a slight roasted malt flavour to it. The beer has this slight sour aftertaste. Reading other reviews no one seems to have picked up on this. I hope this bottle wasn't off.

M = Slightly on the watery side. Little carbonation makes it pretty easy to drink.

D = Was ok. I wonder what this would taste like fresh. Must go out and buy some more. I have a feeling my bottle was ruined somehow.

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

Pretty dark pour from tap with a creamy brown head that has good retention and nice lacings.

Strong flavor of Chocolate and alcoholic esters. Fairly strong for a porter, almost stout like. Somewhat strong on hops with a bit of nuttyness. Estery alchohol really stands out on this pour. This was served a bit cold so as it warms it gets better. The bitter finish distracts from the toasty flavor that I like. Seems that a bit too much roasted grain give this beer too much dry tannin flavor. Also I think the cold serving temp really hurts this one, I like my porters a bit sweeter and the cold serving temp takes away from the overall flavor.

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

This deep brown brew is mostly opaque. The nose opens up fruity, almost Weizen-like, with a trace of bubble gum. The aromas, surprisingly, seem to subside a little as you drink. The first sips reveal fruity and roasted flavors playing off each other. A beefy bitterness arrives mid-palate, then fades into a medium finish to give way to a light fruitiness. Anchor Porter really is a super beer, easy to drink considering its hefty appearance. It's quite distinctive and fabulously drinkable.

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

Pours out dark brown with a generous tan head. Fades slowly, leaving some sticky clumps.

Smell is coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. A nice twist is the hoppier-than-average aroma, which really makes this one stand out with a light piney bitterness.

The chocolate and roasted flavors come through very clearly, as does a dark fruit plum/raisin flavor. Hops nicely round things out with an assertive bitterness.

Overall: A great porter that's available almost anywhere. A good choice.

Photo of EPICAC
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a six-pack of Anchor Porter at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I felt like having a stout or porter tonight, and this looked the most enticing.

Appearance: Pours a dark opaque brown, with ruby edges. A two finger fluffy brown head diminishes to a thin layer.

Smell: There are sweet, slightly tart fruity aromas, and roasted aromas of caramel, coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Sweet and bready upfront with fruity tartness in the center. Nice roasted flavors in the finish, including chocolate and coffee. The aftertaste is both bitter from the roasted flavors and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to light carbonation, smooth and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Well-balanced and amazingly easy to drink.

Overall: This is a nice flavorful porter, one of my favorites.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall Wiezen glass

Appearance: Deep ruby to black color. Excellent three finger off white head that didn't leave for the entire drink.

Smell: A nutty cocoa aroma is detected. Coffee notes, prunes and believe it or not a little alcohol.

Taste: Wonderfull chared and burnt character, chocolate notes, slightly nutty. A definite bittering hop presence is felt to contrast nicely with the semi-sweet malt. Slightly abbrasive

Mouthfeel: Medium silky body. Oily and smooth but the film that is left behind in the finish is not pleasant at all.

Drinkability: Not one of my favorite styles but it was a relativaly easy quaff. Not really refreshing or filling. I was expecting more, especially from my boys at Anchor.


Photo of scooter231
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very very dark, practically opaque, a pretty brownish head. Nose is filled with raisins, chocolate, and coffee. Raisiny sweetness dominates everything though. So sweet. Taste is on the bitter, burnt side, with espreesso-like qualities. Coffee. Some dark fruits. A bit shallow in flavor- I expected more. Perhaps this isn't the freshest bottle ever...

Mouthfeel is sudsy and carbonated, a nice feel going on. Drinkable for a porter, yes- it's just not what I hoped it would be. I'll have to try another batch of this at a later date...

Photo of 1759dallas
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers and has been for a while. Pitch black with a foamy head this beer just looks good from the start. At first you get that roasted flavor followed very quickly by malt. Slight coffee taste but not as much as most porters. The best part is the finish of this beer. Leaves you with a smooth malty feeling aftertaste. You cannot wait to have another drink. Like most porters in my opinion better served around the 55 F mark. Great porter and a great beer.

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

This beer pours a very dark brown almost black with a very large creamy tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is of dark malts and molasses. The taste is very malty with just enough hops to balance it out. There is kind of a coffee flavor as well. The mouthfeel is chewy and carbonated. This is a very good beer that I am drinking for the first time. It's goes down very well.

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 1" tan head. Dark, dark brown almost black porter. Faint ruby highlights. Very dark porter. Good retention and nice thick lace.

S - Mild roasted notes. Honey. Some faint fruit. Very low aroma -- not indicative of the flavor to come.

T - Coffee. Malt. Chocolate. Earthy root. Molasses. Alcohol.. Raisins. Some smoke in the finish. Nice bittering from the roasted malt as well as the hops. Some residual sweetness in the finish.

M - Nice, rich, round full-bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Medium level of carbonation.

D - Excellent drinkability. Very well done. Layers of flavor. Not a baltic porter, but I think if it wanted to it could easily become one. One of my very favorite American porters.

Photo of wcudwight
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a lasting 1/2" coffee colored head. Smell is of roasted malts and caramel. The taste is very true to the style, but with a nice added complexity. The taste is sweet up front with very rich roasted and coffee flavors in the middle and a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and nicely carbonated. Drinkability is outstanding. This is a pretty widely available beer. If you have not tried it yet, go and get it now. You will not be dissappointed.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,304 ratings.