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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,066 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,066
Reviews: 1,438
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 131
Gots: 185 | 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 Rumrunner
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle.

An excellent porter. Try one now.

It pous a deep dark brown. A nice tan bubbly head with execellent lacing. I have to say the smell was somewhat weak. Very grassy with some malt and molassas. No bite or feel what so ever from the scent.

Flavors are big! A nice bitter bite to start off. Some coffee, molassas and burnt offerings to start off the flavor parade. A nice maltiness and a mild cocoa finish this porter. Excellent journey. Right to the point.

The mouthfeel is very good. Not too heavy with a crisp finish. Easy drinking. Enjoy. I feel Anchor is a very underrated brewery. Give this porter a try.

Rumrunner, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of Kongquistador
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a moderate head, and a light brown head. The head is fairly chunk, although it has a relatively large bubble size. It disippates quickly, and leaves only a mild lace around, with some sticking on the sides. The beer is brown, fading to a ruby red around the edges. Can't fault the appearence, but it isn't anything special. Smell is a tiny bit of hops up front, but predominantly malty. Chocolate and some coffee, with a little bit of grainyness.

The first taste of this is nice and sharp, but almost immediately that fades to a smooth, delicious maltiness that is the heart of the brew. There isn't much hop taste up front, aside from the brief bitter burst, but it surely develops nicely in the middle of the beer. Balancing the normal chocolate and coffee flavors is some nice fruitiness and a general sweet element. The stronger flavors have died a little as I continue drinking, which is a bummer, but it has allowed the fruity flavors to emerge, adding some depth to the beer. The finish is moderate, with a niice amount of bitterness and just a lingering hint of the fruit.

This has a nice mouthfeel to it, although the carbonation buts into the smoothness a little, diminishing the thickness of the beer. Not quite "chewable" but it certainly manages to fill the mouth. As far as drinkability, this one is a killer. No trouble working down a bomber of this real quick, and I would go for more if only I had the forsight to stock up. Oh well. All in all, excellent stuff.

Kongquistador, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of Riggo
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown with reddish coffee highlights. A creamy beige head falls to thin cap and remains. A great nose on this one. Very complex, with herbal, lemon notes, cocoa powder, dark chocolate and olives, cherries, and some smoky/peatiness. On palate, that west-coast dryness matched with deep, wine-like flavors of chocolate covered cherries, cocoa, bitter chocolate, roasty espresso, fruit (plums, cherries). Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Finish is tangy, long and dry with notes of fruit and chocolate. Bitterness throughout was perhaps a tad too pronounced, but overall a wonderfully characterful American porter.

Riggo, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of soilguy
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent porter. From its opaque dark color to its rich, brown, creamy head, I've never had a better porter out of a bottle. A fairly strong and somewhat sweet malt aroma rose from my glass. The taste is a complex blend of roasted malts and residual malt sweetness, with the faintest touch of hop bitterness playing off of the malt flavors. A full mouthfeel was very welcome, although if it hadn't been served so gosh darn cold I would have appreciated it more. Personally, I would have preferred just a touch more hops, but that might make it out of character for a porter. This is one of the most drinkable porters around and I would recommend it to any first time porter drinkers.

soilguy, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – The beer is almost jet black with a moderate head.

Smell – The dark malt has a sweet fruitiness that reminds me of my wife’s fruit salad (bananas, Rainer cherries, grapes, and some other stuff).

Taste – The taste is right on with the aroma. The fruity malt is augmented a little bit with a hint of hops and a splash of coffee. It’s a little shallow for my taste but good nevertheless.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy with little to no carbonation and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – This goes down pretty well. It’s smooth, tasty, and doesn’t have any awkward or obnoxious flavors to slow down the drinker.

Comments – I would have preferred a little more complexity and a heavier body for this one, but it’s still an all around good brew. I think this would be a great porter for introducing a friend to the style.

RoyalT, Aug 11, 2003
Photo of EagleTalon
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm good. Pours to a 1/2 inch light brown head. Brilliant ruby color. Aroma suggests licorice and banana with a hint of roasted malt. Flavor conforms with licorice and banana flavors intermingled with sweet malt and roasted grains and enough hops to balance it all out. finishes roasty with a residual roasted bitterness on the tongue...yum.

EagleTalon, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very good looking body covered with very little head and little lace. The body is very dark mahoghany with very nice ruby highlights. The small head appeared to be off-white, but it was inconsequential in any case. The nose is small, but of chocolate, perhaps a small hint of roast nuts. The taste is very pleasant and definitely provides nut overtones throughout. The feel is too light and watery. Overall this is a pleasant, but not a great porter.

AtLagerHeads, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of smitty1080
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours beautifully dark with a thick, thick head. The head stood up a good quarter of an inch out of the glass with out overflowing over the edge, quite a site. The flavor was very smooth, rich in toffee with a slightly hoppy finish. I would have had another if the lucky find of their porter had not peaked my interest in the brand, causing me to try their liberty ale.

smitty1080, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a real deep brown with a small almond colored head that leaves some decent lacing,the aroma is of deeply roasted malt and a little earthiness.The taste is a variety of different flavors,some roasted malt in the start with a almost caramel sweet middle ending woody and smoky,Real nice body feel one of the best American porters that I have had.

oberon, Jul 28, 2003
Photo of fattychubs
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours black with very dark brown highlights and a small tan head. Carbonation seemed high. Aroma was toffee and fruit like, with a little malt. I didn’t like the taste at first, too much sweet raisin and molasses. Gentle hops in the back are overrun with raisin and sweetness, although as this warmed up it seemed to balance out a bit, and the coffee and bitter chocolate came out more. Finishes a bit thin and not much on the aftertaste.

This is on my list to resample as some friends really enjoy it, but I generally like a more roasted less sweet taste in my porters.

fattychubs, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of euskera
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blackish-brown in color. Small head after a careful pour. Smell is of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Hints of caramel, chocolate and espresso on the palate. Damn smooth and eminently drinkable. One of the best porters out there. Even available here in North Cackalacky...

euskera, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of BeerManDan
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When it poured, it was almost black with a medium dark tan head and some lace. The smell of rosted malts were outstanding. The taste was of a heavy roasted malty taste with just a slight burnt flavor with a slight bitterness. A nice combination of roasted malts and a hint of spice. Pleasant to the palate on the after taste!

BeerManDan, Jul 08, 2003
Photo of granger10
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an amazingly good American porter. Many flavors are noted while drinking this. It begins with a creamy toffeeish taste that lets the other flavors be accepted more readily. The next flavor I find is of a roasted/burnt molassess that evens out the creaminess. Fruit and chocolate come through next with some hoppy spicyness following. The finish is a mixture of sugar taste with bitter taste that works very well for this beer. I will definitely need to get more of these and try the rest of Anchor's line of beers.

granger10, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a pleasure to drink. One of the best tasting beers I've had. Nothing tastes better than a good porter, IMO. Relatively light in body, as is expected. Pours a nice, foamy head with good retention. Chocolate and coffee notes, slightly more bitter than it's English counterparts, but not much. Probably would rate as my second favorite porter, behind only Fuller's. Nice, nice, nice. Anchor is still my favorite U.S. brewer, despite the stiff competition.

JohnnyDuvel, Jul 05, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a classis American Porter, poured on tap it has a good head that stays and leaves a lace. Appeared to be black. Sweet chocolate aroma. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Chocolate flavor to start balanced with roasted malt and hops and finish has a hint of bitterness.

jdhilt, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty, well made porter.Poured a deep black with a tan head that receded into just a little bit of lace. The smell was peaty and damp with a lot of robust alcohol flavors. The taste was bitter and dry with just a little unroasted coffee bitterness an molasses. This one seemed to be much heavier on the hops than most porters as there was not as much bready full bodied. Much to my liking. The mothfeel was also very good with minimal carbonation and more tingly bitterness. Good session porter no doubt.

GreatPondBrewer, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good looking porter, dark with a thick creamy head. Aroma is sweet and malty with subtle notes of coffee. Medium bodied and crisp with a slightly dry finish. Flavor is sweet roasted malt all the way. This is one of the better porters I've come across recently. Not as fine as the Fullers but a good choice just the same.

BierReise, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 31 August 2003. Appearance: It pours a very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma and flavor are loaded with roasty/coffee-ish tones. It finishes w/ a roasted taste in your mouth is a well done, well balanced brew. I'm glad it's readily available.

jcalabre, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color, large thick creamy head. Roasted malt aroma. Deep rich roasted malts and flavor. Coffee and chocolate flavor. Slightly sweet. Good hop to malt balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and slightly hoppy. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a very slight metallic tinge. Nice tasting porter, smooth and very drinkable.

beerguy101, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Porter pours a dark black; it gave off a small tan head that left little lace. The aroma is roasted malt with deep dark coffee and a semi hint of caramel. The taste is a dead match for the aroma. It starts with the roasted malts, then more of a coffee flavor and a mild bitterness at the end. A smooth, tasty and very drinkable porter that I will visit again and again.

Stubbie1, Jun 08, 2003
Photo of kindestcut
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do like porters and I was looking forward to trying the Anchor Porter. It pours the classic dark brown with a good-size tan head. This is a nice-looking porter and just screams "drink me!" The head is thick and leaves a subtle lace as it retreats.

The aroma is of molasses, coffee and chocolate. I can smell the alcohol as well. Upon first taste, the Anchor Porter is creamy and it has a smooth mouthfeel that I like. The molasses, coffee and very slight chocolate that I noted from the aroma do translate.

The one thing that I would add that is purely my own taste is, I don't find the Anchor Porter as flavorful as the Taddy Porter or even the Sierra Nevada Porter. However, it's a good beer and one that I will have again. It is quite tasty and one I would recommend without hesitation.

kindestcut, Jun 05, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours an opaque black with a monster creamy tam head that last for a short period of time. A sexy lace is left behind as the head subsides.

The strong smell of robust malts and black patent malts pour out of the top of the glass. Hop aroma is moderate to strong which is very good for a porter.

Rich coffee flavor along with a moderate hop flavor make this a very nice brew. The robust malts are not as strong as I would like but I will live. As the beer warms the hops become stronger and the malts become richer in flavor.

This full bodied beer is very easy drinking and very nice.


kunzbrew, May 27, 2003
Photo of tar
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black in color, with a nice tan frothy head which leaves some lacing as the head diminishes and the beer is consumed. A very thin film of bubbles--remnants of the head--persist through consumption. Aroma is very mild, a hint of "roasting" comes out. Wondeful taste, mild but very pleasant. A hint of roasted coffee is present, as well as a bit of a nutty taste. This beer is medium bodied and very smooth in the mouth. A great beer for anytime---doesn't even seem too heavy for a hot summer day. A delicious beer and one of my favorites.

tar, May 14, 2003
Photo of johnrobe
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional porter and one that is easy to find. Color is deep, dark brown with a light tan head that maintains nicely throughout consumption. Smell is very malty, like chocolate malted milk balls. Taste is chocolately with some nice coffee undertones and there's a barely noticeable tea-like hops flavor (Northern Brewer?) that pokes its head out but doesn't get in the way of all the maltiness. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy for a porter, but very drinkable nonetheless.

johnrobe, May 06, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap: Color is super dark, solid black with ruby red highlights near the bottom, head is cream colored, lumpy and creamy looking about a finger high. Curtains of tight lace. Smells faintly of citrusy sharp hop with a bit of some kind of tart raisin or plum fruity darkness. Its flavor is pretty dark and smoothly menacing with a fruity punch and roasty/toastyness taste that continues with a nice mix of light chocolatey bitterness. Milds out as it warms. Feel is very medium, nearly heavy, quite smooth and a bit creamy with a really interesting light little bitterness in the mouth, tongue, and even the lips. Super good stuff. Thanks for the recommendation Felonoiusmonk.
I'll be visiting again soon.

tavernjef, Apr 24, 2003
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,066 ratings.