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Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor PorterAnchor Porter

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,722 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2722
Reviews: 1411
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%


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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EagleTalon

Arkansas

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2003 02:05:08 | More by EagleTalon
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 00:15:16 | More by AtLagerHeads
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smitty1080

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 16:20:23 | More by smitty1080
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2003 13:30:07 | More by oberon
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fattychubs

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2003 20:44:03 | More by fattychubs
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euskera

North Carolina

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...

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 11:57:09 | More by euskera
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BeerManDan

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 23:19:00 | More by BeerManDan
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granger10

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 05:38:33 | More by granger10
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 11:06:34 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2003 15:56:59 | More by jdhilt
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GreatPondBrewer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 20:57:00 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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BierReise

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 15:26:26 | More by BierReise
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jcalabre

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2003 21:35:20 | More by jcalabre
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beerguy101

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2003 18:47:59 | More by beerguy101
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 18:54:50 | More by Stubbie1
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kindestcut

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2003 08:45:15 | More by kindestcut
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

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.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 17:46:55 | More by kunzbrew
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tar

Bahamas

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 15:50:27 | More by tar
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johnrobe

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2003 18:10:03 | More by johnrobe
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tavernjef

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2003 17:00:11 | More by tavernjef
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kelticblood

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Average appearance for a porter.Aroma strong of hops,coffee,and alot of chocolate.Color is black with a small tan head.A fair amount of lace is present circling my glass.A very creamy mouthfeel with a strong bitter finish.A touch of crispness is noted on the mouthfeel but nothing spectacular.Very hearty and thick with a full-bodied rich flavor.Very bitter finish that lingers in the after taste.With each sip a ring of lace is left in my glass,and for that I will raise the appearance from 3.0 to 3.5.An overall very good porter.One of the better one's I've had recently.A little less bitterness and a little more carbonation would make it excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2003 11:03:23 | More by kelticblood
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Redrover

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Brown bottle no freshness date

Beer pours a very nice deep brown with a large creamy head. Nice lacing.

The smell is good, lots of roasted malt & subtle smoke under tones. Alcohol is clearly present.

Very smooth taste. Roasted malt and more hops than I expected. Some more smoke flavor also comes through. Tends towards slight sourness as the beer warms, and this is the only (minor) flaw. Carbonation seems perfect for style. Goes great with chocolate peanut butter cookies!!

Beer has a nice feel and has high drinkablity. I would have no problem recommending this beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 18:45:38 | More by Redrover
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beernbbq

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If giving a beer all 5s was truly possible, this beer has to come the closest. Beautiful to look at, a pleasure to drink. An excellent coffee-chocolate taste, never cloying. Smooth as silk on the tougue and tastebuds. A pleasant aftertaste that definitely have you wanting more. Think I will go get some.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 03:40:16 | More by beernbbq
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is a clear, exceptionally deep mahogany with ruby highlights. It's foamy tan head holds exceptionally well and leaves some very nice lace throughout the glass. The nose suggests cocoa and dark chocolate. The body is medium/full; and it's quite creamy in the mouth - enhancing its malty flavor and adding greatly to its drinkability! The flavor starts with some dark toffee and fruit, followed by a Cappuchino-like creamy malt as it crosses the palate. Notes of chocolate and black coffee appear in the long lingering finish along with some herbal hop flavor and a mild bitterness. It becomes dryer and roastier as it lags. It has a sweetness to it, but it's not a sweet beer. It's well rounded, and very well balanced. Rich, creamy, and strong; it's one of the best porters brewed in the U.S. and absolutely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 18:30:21 | More by NeroFiddled
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texascarl

Kansas

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance = opaque black, mahogony highlights. Tan head, light lacing.

Nose = 'french roast/toast' aroma, hops

Taste = Sweet mocha, roasted malt, chocolate + dark roasted coffee, slight 'burnt toast' bitterness. Hops, not too much but enough. Good balance. Creamy mouthfeel, medium-to-long finish.

Tasty porter. Won't replace my favorite local porter (price & availability) but if I travel I'll look for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 10:03:57 | More by texascarl
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,722 ratings.