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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,182 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,182
Reviews: 1,447
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 138
Gots: 219 | 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 baiser
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown, with a tan head. Toasty aroma, full of coffee, roasted malts and dark fruits. Smooth, easy drinking porter. Full, flavourful and satisfying. Roasted malt, coffee, hops and finishes dry. A great session porter. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, this a one smooth drinkin' porter here. Pours out to the color of coffee with a medium brown head. Helluva start. Odors of coffee and hops were present, with an earthy overtone masking the alcohol. Very nice mouthfeel, quite smooth and thick, and a touch on the creamy side. Flavors of coffee bean, earth, chocolate and mild spice were present, along with a bitterness on the finish. This is a good porter. Recommended.

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

Pours so dark the woodcut image and lettering on my Little Yeoman's Pint glass have disappeared. Long lasting fine creamy head that leaves lace and emits a wonderful aroma. Held to dirrect sunlight ruby glints light up the thick glass bottom. Taste starts with malts with some dark fruity overtones (also in aroma) wonderful blend of toffee, bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted malt with a round full mouthfeel supported by the creamy carbonation that you could hold in your mouth forever. Aftertaste to set all standards but more from burnt flavors (or are the hops so perfectly blended?).

So perfect, that I will be happy if it was the only beer available drink.

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

Anchor porter looks identical to the last beer I had, Sierra Nevada Stout. It has a jet black body, and a big tan head. Smells malty and acidic, slight coffee tones. Taste is chocolate and coffee, a slight bit of staleness and acidity, but I think this adds to the character of the beer. A delicious beer, doesn’t overpower you like some Baltic’s can do, this is a nice, non-threatening porter.

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

Appearance: Anchor Porter pours black with a half inch of tan foam.

Smell: The aroma is predominantly that of roasted coffee.

Taste: "Roasty" more coffee and a bit of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Anchor Porter has a hearty mouthfeel just as a good porter should.

Drinkability: Good - I could probably drink a 2-3 of pints in a sitting and they could very well replace a meal. Yum, yum!

I'd definitely buy Anchor Porter again.

Photo of chrisms86
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a relatively thin layer of weak head. Smells distinctly of toffee and chocolate. A thicker beer than most, it is surprisingly easy to drink. Usually these darker beers are very filling with this porter is satisfying and goes down smooth.

Very good mouthfeel, thick and a slight tingle of carbonation. Tastes less like beer and more like roasted coffee, toffee, and alcohol, a good dessert beer (you know you drink to much if you're having dessert beer!)

Great brew, probably not something I'm going to always have in stock but it's a good change of pace.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a very dark brown beer, as expected. There was almost no head, though I poured trying to get one.

The aroma was not really roasted, which surprised me. I detected dark malts, a little sweetness, and a bit of a hop tang. Unusual for a beer so dark.

The taste was completely unexpected. Whereas there was no roasted character in the nose, in the taste there was powerful roasted dark malt, almost burnt. It was quite bitter, and not sweet at all.

It was a better than average beer, but pretty run of the mill as porters go.

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

From Anchor's distinctively shaped bottle flows this black porter. Head is quick to rise up and then settles a bit, its tan frothiness resting above the beer. Smell is sweeter than I would have expected. First noticed is the caramel and toffee and little bit of dark fruit. Chocolate and a hint of coffee are also present, with a faint whiff of alcohol. Taste is very rich and creamy. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee are first on the palate, along with some roasted grain. Then comes that toffee and caramel sweetness to finish things off in a creamy, sweet, yet roasted manner. Hints of bitter hops peck at the tongue, but never fully show themselves. A smooth and easy drinking American porter.

Photo of Backer2004
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was one awesome porter, probably one of the best I've reviewed in months. Tried it out as part of a 5 ounce flight at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, appeared a bit lighter than the Lefthand Milk stout sitting next to it. Graet blend of chocolate, caramel, and hazelnut. Very smooth from top to bottom. If this one's around and I'm looking for a dark beer, this will be my choice next time.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very fine beer here. It pours a nice rich dark color with a beautiful tan head that sticks around for most of the beer. It smells strongly of coffee and hops. This beer has an incredible thick and heavy yet very smooth mouthfeel. It has a very strong bold taste that really opens your eyes. Some hints of coffee and bitter chocolate are apparent. This beer should be savored, but as each drink continues to get better and better, you'll quickly find yourself in front of an empty glass. Wonderful for a cold winter night, I could drink several of these without ever getting tired of them. Excellent porter.

Photo of scriabin
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very satisfying and rewarding porter. It pours with a great dark chocolate color and a generous dark head. The smell is of chocolate, barley, and a little hops. The beer itself leaves a nice lacing after a quite enjoyable swig of chocolate, bitter sweetness. My only slight issue with this offering is that it is a little on the high side for carbonation, but that could be because the serving temp was a little on the low side. Go out and get this one.

Photo of silenius
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 4NW

Pours a dark, dark brown with only a hint of translusence around the edges. The head is a nice frothy mound of tan foam. It laces the glass.

Smell is chocolate malt-o-meal, molasses and a hint of coffee.

Taste is a wonderful mix of light chocolate and hops. Coffee notes on the end leave a nice bittering dryness. I occasionally get a hint of a metallic bite.

Mouthfeel is slightly sharp and a little thin feeling. Strange with so much taste going on.

Nice drinkable beer, but after one or so I find myself looking for something different.

Photo of JackStraw22
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nearly pitch black body, and a generous amount of creamy, tan head. A good amount of lacing coats the glass. Wonderful malt aroma, roasted barley, sweet molasas, slight estery aroma too. Sweet and smokey taste up front. Some bitterness comes through at the end, but only enough for some balance. Very full feel in the mouth, and creamy. Leaves the mouth a little dry at the end. Drinkability is excellent, really a great all around brew.

Photo of ypsifly
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz with no dates listed.

So brown its almost totally black with a big head of light tan that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Good retention.

Smells of cocoa, caramel, and a touch of west coast hops. Very nice.

The roasted malts and chocolate notes take over when tasted. There's some hop in the finish, but only briefly. Balanced? Oh yeah!

Nice full mouthfeel. Big but not oily. A beer this good is indeed drinkable, very drinkable.

This could be one of the best Porters available.

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

This is great stuff! Attractive bottle, poured ink black. Almost no head at all. This stuff almost smelled like smores. Plenty of chocolate, toffee, semi-sweet chocolate, carmel, coffee, you name it. Just smashing!! A bit more hops in the taste than I'd care for, but in light of everything else, this is just delicious. Smooth, pleasant mouthfeel. Not too heavy. This is great stuff. Brilliant!

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

A very dark brown beer with deep mahogony highlights. Has a big foamy brown head, with some nice lace. There is a good roasted malt aroma with a sweet nut like background.The flavor is full of roasted malt assertiveness. With chocolate and licorice note bouncing off your tongue and a nice bittersweet coffee finish.

Photo of santoslhalper
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes scribbled down last night.

Poured a dark brown with a rich, creamy head that left wonderful lacing. The smell was a very solid, but not incredibly inviting cocoa presence. The taste was pretty good, but was missing an extra kick. The chocolate notes were great, and mixed well with the almost sweet nuttyness, but it needed something else to push it over the edge. The mouthfeel was incredibly lucious and creamy, just like a porter should be. I love my porters, and tonight I got to try the Smuttynose Robust Porter. It's definily better than this one, but this is also a solid choice.

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

Served from from the standard 12 oz'er, this brew pours a deep opaque black emanating a prominate creamy head which subsides to a thin layer. Leaves a nice lace after drinks.

Smell hints at deep hops, raisins, and smoke. This porter has a medium body, and leaves a slight astringent tinge on the corners of the tongue. Taste is pretty rich, but not overbearing. Strong hop flavor followed by a residual sweetness, almost chocolate like although I'm sure there is no chocolate in it. This is the porter paradigm. A subtle yet complex flavor that is quite drinkable. Well worth a try. Cheers

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours very dark and similar to a stout. However, the toffee-colored head does not retain itself as well. The lace is quite sticky and sticks to the edge of the glass. The aroma is of toffee and vanilla. the flavor has just a mild hop kick, but is nicely balanced with the malt. Also present is a very mild chocolate teaser and an unfortunate (but slight) burnt rubber taste. The mouthfeel is just slightly bitter from the hops, but has a very pleasant and satisfying heavy feel. this would make a great beer to introduce a dark beer to someone. Nothing overwhelming, but very mellow and balanced.

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

Deep,deep brown color. Borders on black but just not quite there. Good sized head that is gone fairly quickly. Nice,somewhat sweet aroma. Port like. Hints of chocolate,cinnamon and licorice. Big roasty malt flavor. Somewhat grainy. Subtle chocolate in the backround. Theres a "hashness" I have always found to this beer-its very slight and underlying but its there. Not unpleasant just a certain characteristic of the brew. Never found it in any other porters. Maybe its how the roasted malt comes thru? Wonderful body. Very full for the abv. A classic beer like almost all the other Anchor products. I havnt had this for ages-need to get it regularly.

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

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

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.

Photo of ramrod666
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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!

Photo of MobBarley
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,182 ratings.