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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,015 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,015
Reviews: 1,435
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 130
Gots: 161 | 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 Brewzzle
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very solid porter, excellent in all departments.

It is the usual porter color with a lingering head. A very sweet aroma; chocolate, raisins and spice all blend beautifully. Taste is as complex the aroma, not much roasted flavor just a bold robust mix of everything that makes for a great porter.

Aftertaste doesn't hang around long, or perhaps because it is such a tight blend of flavors there is nothing distinct to make a lasting impression.

Brewzzle, Jan 26, 2003
Photo of Kunsan90
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured black with a very slight twinkle or dark red when the light is right. A thick tan head that slowly subsided, sat on top. Initial taste revealed a slight bitter taste that road the palette from front to back. As the glass emptied, a slight lacy foam followed the liquid down. While drinking, a hint of liquorish could be smelled along with a hint of dark roasted coffee. The taste slightly lingered leaving behind a dark caramel aftertaste. The body was silky and somewhat smooth. Definitely a good drink that I will buy again.

Kunsan90, Jan 22, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ALmost black with a nice light brown head. Leaves bits of lace. Sweet almost licorice-like aroma with lots of caramel notes. Rich and roasty flavor with strong dark caramel character. Medium bodied and smooth with a rosty dry coffee-ish finish that lingers in the throat.

Note: As I understand it, this porter is brewed with a Lager Yeast.

RBorsato, Jan 21, 2003
Photo of stcules
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head is rich and compact. Black colour, with mahogany reflexes. Flavour of dark chocolate, licorice and toasted, cocoa. Taste of chocolate, chicory, licorice, very bitter, very pleasant.
The aftertaste is pungent and persistent, and the body is good for a porter. Good beer.

stcules, Jan 12, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Porter, very similar to Yuenglings offering, in this BA's humble opinion. This pours out a nice dark brown, dark chocolate colour with a nice little tan head to it. This smells of roasted barley, and chocolate malts, and tastes the same. This has a fuller mouth feel than Yuenglings product, and that lends to the drinkability a bit too.
Yet another great beer from Anchor.
I think I love this brewery!

francisweizen, Jan 10, 2003
Photo of Morris729
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black in color with a thin tan colored head that quickly dissipates. Nose is sweet milk chocolate and caramel—reminds me a lot of a candy bar. That same sweet chocolate comes through up front in the taste quickly followed by a strong taste of bitter dark coffee. Nice body in the mouth with a bitter finish. A very nice porter.

Morris729, Dec 28, 2002
Photo of John1985
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, opaque color with a white quickly dissipating head. Light malty aroma. Intense malty, coffee like flavor which are nicely balanced with hops. Aftertaste is decidly malty. Malt flavor is very interesting. Overall very pleasant, well made porter. Good, but not great.

John1985, Dec 25, 2002
Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great looking beer with a nearly black color and a big sticky head of tan foam that retains rather well and leaves wisps of lace.
Smells of dark malt with hints of coffee and perhaps a bit of chocolate.
Wonderful complex flavor, full of dark malt sugars, hints of coffee, chocolate and a burnt malt bite. Hops don't make much of an appearance here, the hop flavors are sort of masked by the burnt malt flavor, but they are there and help to make this a nicely balanced brew.
Mouthfeel is very smooth up front, with a medium body and carbonation, rich creamy middle and a dry, lasting finish.
Awesome drinkability, I could drink these everyday, but the price makes it more of an occasional treat. This beer is definitely one of the benchmarks of the style.

MaineBeerMan, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of ThreePistols
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color, creamy head all the way to the bottom of the glass, rich sweet malt nose, big creamy malt flavor, burnt coffee, notes of caramel, molasses and licorice, full body, rich, delicious, and chewy. I liked complexity of all the flavors without being overwhelmed. Good hops bitterness. Finishes dry with big roasted malt flavor.

A must try. Prosit.

ThreePistols, Dec 09, 2002
Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown almost black with a small tan head, fruity chocoloate aromas. Sweet chocolate and burnt coffee flavors, medium body and a nice mild hop bite, but very smooth, a great porter and fairly easy to find.

maxpower, Dec 09, 2002
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown almost black in color with little to no head. The smell isn't much just a little malty. The taste is slighty coffee and a bit earthy? Also, a little more dry than I expected. I was expecting a lot more out of this beer. Don't get me wrong, it is a good beer I just had my hopes up. Still, another solid beer from Anchor.

CharlesRiver, Dec 03, 2002
Photo of doerickson
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly opaque black with a thick, cakelike omnipresent tan head. Very complex aroma with port and brandy-like characteristics, as well as some soft chocolate, vague coffee, vanilla and milky scents. Mild carbonation; slick, creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of raisin, coffee, and dark chocolate, with ripe grape and other sweet dark fruit. Very rich, ideal for sipping on a cold winter's night. A definite winner.

doerickson, Nov 29, 2002
Photo of BeerAngel
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black with garnet traces when held up to the light and has a modest tan head. Light aromas of sweet fruit and a hint of chocolate...but it is very faint! The taste reveals a nice blend of hops on the nose and tapers off into a light chocolate and malt. Other than the hops, there is nothing here that really sticks out as it is a rather mild blend, but quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is that of a medium bodied brew and finishes slighty sticky. Pretty decent brew! Cheers!

BeerAngel, Nov 28, 2002
Photo of mzwolinski
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a thin, moderately creamy, dark tan head. On opening the bottle, the first whiff has a rubbing-alcohol like quality to it, odd for such a moderate beer. Alcohol soon fades into the background, and is replaced by a grainy, chocolate-malt scent, with slight coffee notes whichs sweeten into something more toffee-like as the beer warms. In the mouth, this beer has a malty body with subtle notes of fig and a citric acidity from the hops. Dry finish with a very niec burnt grainy aftertaste. Quite a nice porter -- matures well in the glass.

mzwolinski, Nov 27, 2002
Photo of Zraly
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew parades in proper porter fashion, at least in the appearance department. The head poured a beige film on top of an almost black beer.

The smell is nothing special, nothing not so special. It's rather tautalogous, it's malty smelling. There is a hint of nutty alcohol as well. This feature carries over into the flavor. In addition, it has bittersweet chocolate and brown sugar notes. I also picked up on a suggestion of alcohol. It seems to carry a sharp carbonation throughout, especially the first few swallows. It comes across a bit odd.

While this is not a particularly wonderful beer. It isn't undrinkable. However, I feel that there are better porters out there that cost less per 12 oz. bottle.

Zraly, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of Todd
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1pt 6oz light brown bottle. Batch number on the back, no freshness date.

Appearance: Dark brown to near black with ruby edges in the light. Mily coffee coloured head; creamy, foamy, sticky with a patchy lace of various bubble sizes that stick as it settles to a respectable, lasting lace.

Smell: Ripe dark fruits, black malts, smooth molasses.

Taste: A silky smooth experience on the palate that rides out with a prickly carbonation feel. Medium-bodied. Complex, yet subtle, malt flavours consist of an even dextrin sweetness, date/fig, ripe fruitiness, molasses bite, hint of unsweetened/dry chocolate, burnt edges and an astringent roasted malt flavour that peaks with a near puckering bitter citric edge. Lip smacking! Hops also lend a gentle herbal spice to the flavour. Finish is dry with residual burnt malt flavours.

Notes: Hands down one of the best porters in the US. I'd even go so far as saying one of the best in the world. This is what a modern day porter should be. If you've yet to try this beer, go buy some now.

Todd, Nov 24, 2002
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep brown color, with a creamy light brown head that lasts. With every sip it leaves a nice lace-work down the side of the glass. It has a wonderful roasted malt aroma, with a bit of burnt coffee. The flavor is rich, with a strong roasted malt flavor, coffee and chocolate notes. The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied, rich, and slightly sweet and bitter in the finish. Overall, I think this is a wonderful Robust Porter with many complex aromas and flavors.

BeerBuilder, Nov 07, 2002
Photo of DerKaiser
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, firstly I'd like to say that I think Anchor's stubby, bowling pin-style bottles are some of the coolest in the beer industry.

Pours a molassass-like dark brown/black with a very creamy tan head that likes to hang around. Nice sticky lace, as well.

This porter has a good, thick mouthfeel with nice toasted malt and carmel notes right up front. Semi-sweet hints of toffee are mixed in their also. Unlike some others, the Anchor porter isn't exceedingly bitter and it has an ultra-smooth finish. It's one of the most drinkable porters I've ever tried. Good stuff.

DerKaiser, Oct 13, 2002
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I write this, again I realise I drank it too cold. The flavor really improved as it warmed. A very dark black beer that pours thick with a nice light tan head, but which soon evaporates to almost nothing but a brown ring around the top of the beer in the glass. No lace at all. Intense nose of burnt well-roasted barley malt and caramel in the mouth, with an aftertaste that reminded me so much of a vintage alcohol enriched fruit-Dundee cake. Lovely. Has a really dry finish - akin to many other good Porters I have had. But the roast flavours are still there lingering around for a good while after as though they are waiting for a tip! Drank better as it warmed up - I am always guilty of drinking dark beers straight the fridge (which is strange for me being a Limey), I must refrain from this practise. Don't normally drink Porters, but this is a good one that I really enjoyed.

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 25, 2002
Photo of Jon
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This porter poured a deep brown, almost black color. The tan head didn't stick around too long, but some lace resided in the glass. This beer exuded a huge licorice aroma that was, to me, kind of annoying. The coffee and roasted malt flavors were present. The mouthfeel was fairly syrupy, also. Anchor doesn't produce a bad porter here, but I don't think I'll be trying it again any time soon.

Jon, Sep 15, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good Porter and is one of the best that you can get readily and at a good price. I like Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter more but not much. Great coffee flavor and dry roasted chocolate bean impression. I will definitely get this again.

Dogbrick, Sep 10, 2002
Photo of bditty187
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Superb, rich black hue and brunette head of compacted & tightly bunched bubbles. The bouquet is light coffee, heavy toffee, and some faint fruit and hops... prone to erupt out of my glass! By now my expectations have peaked. This Porter was just a tad too dry for me. It kind of grated over my tongue like sandpaper. The taste was very good nevertheless. The burnt taste faded to a light coffee/toffee combo that was good. I could taste the hops.

So what didn't jive? The bitter dryness put me off for about half of its consumption. It did rebound nicely. It was almost perfect by the time I finished it.

All in all, it is great… try one.

bditty187, Sep 03, 2002
Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite hoppy nose and flavour. Great malt roastiness mid-palate. Slightly sweet but pleasantly bitter. I don't think the malt and hops blended however, will definitely resample, hopefully i enjoy it more next time.

rastaman, Aug 21, 2002
Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogony brown in color, just as well to say sable. Beautiful tan cloudtop head that endures, thick sticky lace that coats the glass walls. Rich aroma of caramel, coffee, alcohol and a vey slight smokiness. Strong roasted malts flavors dominated the taste, begins with malt sweetness, toasted malt flavors, finishes with earthy notes and a mild sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A very substantial porter.

Pegasus, Jul 14, 2002
Photo of marc77
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Virtually opaque, but a tinge of deep garnet around the edges is discernible. The initially thick, beige head settles into a moderate, but very dense & lace leaving layer. A combination of sharp, black patent & mellow chocolate malt hits the nose at first. Light fruitiness, toffee & dark caramelized sugar ensue, & become more pronounced as the beer warms. Deeply roasted black patent & chocolate malt dominate the flavor at first, but quickly give way to dark crystal malt sweetness & well formulated hop bitterness. The body is relatively full for a porter and almost rich, while the mouthfeel is dextrinous, but not cloying at all. Finishes bittersweet due to the combination of roasted grain bitterness & unfermented sugars and dextrins. Anchor Porter straddles the boundary betweenn a robust porter and stout... I've forgotten how good this is. I was lucky to get a well - handled 2 month old six - pack, however. Anchor does not travel well.

marc77, Jul 01, 2002
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,015 ratings.