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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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1,508 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,508
Hads: 3,537
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 191
Gots: 419 | FT: 4
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Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 Shroud0fdoom
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle into a wine glass.

I haven't seen this brew before at my local shops...Don't ask me why! Getting down to the brew is my calling. First off, this brew pours very dense and dark brown (almost black), with lighter brown hues around the glass. Nice soapy khaki head laid on top with majesty! Very outstanding!

The aroma is awaiting my approach! This hits in a melody of rich roasted malts that are having a party in my nostrils. There's milk chocolate and cocoa slapping my nose hairs around for fun. Nice rich coffee overtones awakening my senses. Fruity yeast esters in the background. Yeah, this is pretty outstanding and impressing me with each step.

The flavor shouldn't be any different...right? Wham, bam thank you ma'am! This is reallying hitting the spot tonight! The flavor matches the nose with every detail. Hits first with a decent amounts of residual sugars that's backed with cocoa and coffee roast. Fruity esters come in and play around with you toward the finish. This finishes pretty dry with a bitter-sweet flavor and some leafy/resinous hop undertones in the aftertaste. The feel is all light with tight tingly carbonation.

Overall: If this was the same recipe in 1974....this is all I would've drank (Ballantine included). This is a complex little brew and would have me coming back for more. There's nothing to complain about this Porter, it's easy drinking, Roasty and damn enjoyable! This brew is Recommended!

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice black pour with huge 4 finger carmel head lacing after every drink
Smell cant pinpoint but slight bread hint carmel taste hatd to discribe but slight bread and not sur what else feel has slight tingle on tongue great porter on cold ass day that started out -12 below

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-exactly like a porter, pitch black with a light tan head that retains very nicely
-very roasty and malty
-taste like a porter but nothing stands out
-thick and very smooth
-a good porter taste like a porter should but nothing stands out to me, hoped for more flavor

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a nice foam head. Banana nut bread, black cherry on the nose. The taste is bitter black coffee and toasted grains. A touch of sweetness and dark fruit are there, but mostly a very straightforward brew. It's tasty, strong, and smooth. This one will get me venturing into the world of porters a bit.

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Photo of SFNC
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At the Flying Saucer, Raleigh, NC on draft.
Pours a dark opaque brown with a nice light tan head, minimal lacing.
Smells lightly of roasted grains, faintly of coffe. Maybe that my nose is dried out from a full winter's of furnace air.
Taste is robust roasted grains and a light coffee burn. Nice and simply, not too much going on with complexity. Still, quite solid.
Thicker than most Porters, light carbonation. Agreeable.
Overal, a very solid Porter. If a traditional Porter is a no nonsense workingman's beer, this is a good fit.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Rich dark brown verging on black with slight ruby tints against the light. Thick latte foam head with pretty good retention that leaves sticky clumpy lace.

smell - Chocolate and toffee are the first things to strike me here but there is also some really great fruity aromas like a fruit salad at this. Plenty of banana and cherry so there is also an element of banoffee pie here. Put simply this beer smells great.

Taste - Rich and luxurious coffee flavour with great toffee mixing with some wonderful dark chocolate bitterness. Mild smokey roast malts mixed with that great fruit profile identical to the aroma, banana and cherry dominating but evidence of prune coming through at the end. Excellent sweet bitter balance and again put simply a great beer.

Mouth feel - Seriously smooth, silky even with a full body and very decent lingering power! This one is neither drying or cloying just smooth and tasty.

Overall - Very well balanced and packing lots of flavour this beer paired very well with Dutch pancakes with loads of cheese. If this beer is a hallmark of Anchor's brewing then I have high hopes for the steam beer and barley wine!

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Photo of leantom
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Black with a slight red hue. Pours a massive head with a great amount of lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruit in this one: prunes, raisins, plums. Also a fair amount of licorice and chocolate. Great.

T: Follows the nose. Great dark fruit taste interspersed with some licorice and spice.

F: A little light, but I'm not complaining.

O; Great beer.

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Photo of LordofthePings
4.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best porter I've had so far. I was ready to give up on porter until I tried this one. Nice and simple, clean, well made. No bells and whistles, just a great tasting example of the style. Well balanced, will buy again when I see it. Allowed to warm to near room temp before drinking.

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Photo of Baramour
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The first beer I fell in love with. The owner of the bar near where I used to work ordered me a case every month because he knew I would come in and drink it.

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Photo of Tred420
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this guy while working on a table. My wife enjoys poters so I only got to drink half of it :( It was a nice smooth feel with a decent aftertaste that lingered for a while. Very happy with it.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderfully complex, balancing roasted maltiness, mild hops, acidity and a particular floral character that I believe is related to the yeast, as with the Anchor Liberty Ale. A desert island brew (assuming that island has winters).

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Photo of dmgeng
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this several months ago but didn't review it and when getting another six pack to make "craft" black-and-tans I figured I should review this.

A - Nice black color. Mostly clear but difficult to see from the color. Tan head with medium staying power. Medium lacing.

S - Strong malty aroma with caramel/chocolate/roasty tones. The chocolate and malty aromas standout above the roasted character which is a nice change from most porters/stouts.

T - Much like the smell the caramel and chocolate flavors stand tall. The roasted character is there but really is secondary to the sweeter and more robust flavors. The flavor is very similar to a southern brown but with more chocolate and roasted character and overall more complexity. The bitterness is there from the hops and roastiness but they provide balance to the sweeter flavors.
M - Moderate mouth-feel. medium carbonation perfect for drinkablity. The substantial body with a lower alcohol makes this brew a delicious beer.

Overall, this is probably the best regular porter you can buy. Even thought the ABV is only 5.6% you could never have guessed that from the flavor impact and body exuded by this beer. There is plenty of the flavor to keep you picking it up for the next sip but with the lighter abv it makes it a great substitute for a big bold stout if you are eating or drinking with friends.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of Gajo74
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown and nearly black color. Thick head brown and white head retains well as a creamy and frothy lace that reminds me of a cappuccino. Aroma has sweet malts, sugars and coffee tones. Taste has malty sweetness, elements of fruit and coffee. Has a slightly dry and bitter finish that balances it nicely. Had it with a chocolate cake; a perfect pairing! Great feel! Medium bodied but very drinkable, almost refreshing like a lighter beer.
A good find from Anchor; a brewery that has yet to diss appoint me.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Unclear bottling date as some of it is smudged over. Poured into a snifter 12/1/2014.

A- Dark brown, opaque and nearly black body accompanied by a minimal, thin mocha head with little retention time. Splotches of lacing. [3.75]

S- Rich dark fruit, a small amount of roasted malt, a good bit of floral and piney hop aromas. Very heavy on the dark fruit, which surprises me as I'm more used to heavier roast in my porters. Smells very rich and even a bit decadent, indeed. [4]

F- Dark fruits, raisins, bitter earthy and piney hops. The bitterness is a bit astringent, to be honest. Leaves a good bit of resin on my palate which doesn't seem to mesh that well with the dark fruits. A small bit of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate. I see that they are taking the west coast approach to their hop schedule but I am not a fan of the combination of pine and dark fruit here. [3.75]

M- Medium bodied, creamy, smooth and sticky. Aftertaste isn't quite my cup of tea with the dark fruits mixing in with pine bitterness, it is a bit astringent and catches me off my guard. Keeps this one a sipper, honestly. [3.75]

O- Decent porter, I wanted to like this one a lot more but I don't think the dark fruit malt sweetness mixes in that well with the pine hops. I'll have to pass on this one in the future. [3.5]

Final score: 3.75

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Photo of DaveBar
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased a single at the LCBO. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a ton of brown head that stays forever. Very dark brown almost black color

S- Good nose. Lots of malt.

T- Rather easy drinking. Light almost. Good nuts and coffee. Very mellow. Almost too mellow

M- Fairly light for a porter. Brought the score down a bit

O- Pretty good porter. Enjoyed a lot but will not buy again

Food Pairing

This pretty good porter went well with..... Roasted pork sandwiches


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Photo of BGDrock
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: deep, dark brown, with ruby hue at the edges; thick, fine head the colour of espresso crema

Aroma: chocolate, clove, light overall; lactose; caramel

Taste & Mouthfeel: semi-sweet chocolate chips, marshmallow; there's a lightness to it, an airiness - medium-light body, fine carbonation; dry, bitter finish as you'd get from coffee, but sweeter - that surgary note is the backbone really, rounding out the full, roasty flavours

Overall: wonderful, pure chocolate flavours, like chocolate milk in beer form, so obviously better; light, flowing body make it incredibly easy-drinking

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Photo of keithmurray
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance - dark brown/mahogany beer with tan head

Smell - cola, nuts, dark chocolate, roasted barley, cocoa

Taste - dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, cola, roasted barley, vanilla

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, balancing bitterness in the back, flavors linger nicely

Overall - world class porter that I will always keep on hand. Price and availability considered, there aren't many porters out there that are better

Price Point - $8.99/6 pack 12 oz bottles

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Photo of BrewChatKen
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Color is black with a creamy beige head. Nice body to this beer with a bit of a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Aromas of chocolate malts and roasty coffee/espresso. All of that very much carries through to the palate with a subtle hop bitterness and a clean finish. It looks like a big beer but drinks closer to a session beer. Great flavor and an all around great beer.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle into nonic pint. best before "8 2016". consumed october 27, 2014

a: a nice deep brown coming out of the bottle, then builds up into a very black body. brown hues at the bottom. a nice and fluffy two fingers of quickly-dissipating coffee-looking head that leaves behind some great lacing

s: caramel, roasted malts, and raisins up front. chocolatey coffee follows

t: malty sweet dark ale flavours (toasted bread, caramel, raisins, chocolate, coffee), with equally strong floral hop notes (very similar to the liberty ale, kinda awkward) and subdued smoky, roasty, woody bitterness accents around mid-to-late palate

m: harsh medium-plus fizzy carbonation and feels watery

o: i wish there was a bigger roasty character here, and the floral/mildly fruity hop presence could be toned down a few notches. still a tasty, well-rounded, and sessionable beer. improves quite a bit as it warms, so make sure you do that

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Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev -2.4%

This pours a dark brown color with a foamy, light brown head. The aroma is mild with caramel malts and sweet malts. The flavor is big and bold for a porter with a thinner texture that finishes slightly chalky. Really well made for a porter style brew. A must try for any porter lover!

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.1/5  rDev 0%

A:very dark brown almost black with thick creamy head(3/3)
S: smells of dark acidic malt with notes of licorice and a little bit of coffee and caramel (9/12)
T: caramel maltiness blends into drinkably Light flavors(16/20)
M: very creamy upfront but dry on finish (5/5)
O: that caramel really caught me by surprise a very drinkable beer and full of flavor too (8/10)

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Photo of MonkeyDunk
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from 22 oz

Pours an opaque black with a thick creamy tan head. It's fun to watch the head grow and ripple like seafoam on the surface when you first pour it.

Cherry, cinnamon, bread, nice sweet maltiness, fresh floral hops

Balanced and rich, a full spectrum of flavors: sweet, tangy, bitter, even perceptible spice. It's incredible how the hops work with the malt in this beer--creating a unique flavor that jumps out right away, much like oranges. The tang with the bitter, floral hops and crystal malt sweetness also gives it a dark fruit impression in the background, blackberries, cranberries, concord grapes, raisin, black currants. A bourbon depth and boozy twang grow with each sip. A mild cinnamon spice. There's also a vegetal component, a bit like celery, artichoke, and licorice. Interesting finish--Chocolatey, with sharp bitterness of raw cacao.

B: Medium bodied, glad the mouthfeel isn't as thick as the head. Surprisingly not too carbonated despite thick head, which works well with the style.

O: As do many other reviewers here, I love this beer. Anchor Brewery never seems to fail. It makes me want to get on the several-month-long list to tour the facility and see how they brew.

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Photo of swooshjtb
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

This is one of my favorite porters. Always pours with a thick tan head that lingers all the way down the glass. The roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors are very abundant with each sip, but it is not overly sweet and off putting like many porters on the market.

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Photo of Carolvs
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

This may be my favorite Porter of all-time. Poured from a single bottle into an ale glass. A beautiful, foamy, caramel head immediately billowed-up and laced all the way down the glass as I imbibed. Silky smooth on the mouthfeel and not a trace of bitterness from initial mouth contact to swallow to aftertaste. This one truly lives up to 'The Bros' rating of 99.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of caramel-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the way of aroma at all. I get some faint notes of roasted malt, imparting some subtle notes of toasted dark bread, dark chocolate and smoke.

Taste: Wow! What this beer lacks in aroma, it more than makes up for in flavor! Lots of bready, roasted malt flavors, imparting notes of toasted dark bread, a touch of smoke, and lots of brown sugar-like sweetness. I get some faint flavors of licorice, dark molasses and a touch of coffee. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, with some pretty good carbonation. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an outstanding porter! Great, bready, sweet flavors of roasted malt and brown sugar! Recommended!

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,508 ratings.