Anacortes Porter | Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill

12 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill
Washington, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-23-2005

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 25
Photo of smcolw
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is dark cocoa in color with a small head and nearly no lace.

Wonderful chocolate aroma. Nearly no hop in the smell.

I detected some band-aid flavors which detracts from chocolate tastes. There is a significant amount of hop present. The body is not particularly special but it is completely within expectations.

Although I like this porter there are some significant flaws which detract from a promising offering.

 426 characters

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass. A half finger medium brown head with good retention and slippery lacing. Nice aroma of cocoa and toasted malt. Flavor is also dominated by toasted malt, chocolate and drip coffee, with a cocoa and mild grassy hop finish. Light to medium bodied. A light, but tasty porter that is not that intense, but actually quite well done for a 4.6% porter. A nice early fall quaff.

 470 characters

Photo of flagmantho
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at the Wedgewood Alehouse in Seattle.

Appearance: very dark brown with a red tinge. There was practically no head, though this could just be a function of the pour.

Smell: a nice chocolate-centric aroma, but it was too weak to really appreciate.

Taste: chocolatey and roasty but not very strong. A hint of tartness frequently found in porters was present.

Mouthfeel: not awful but a little thin for a porter. Relatively little carbonation, even for the style.

Drinkability: an acceptable porter, but really not that great. I don't forsee myself ordering another one any time soon.

 606 characters

Photo of beertunes
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a barely translucent light black color, with 1/2 inch of dark tan head that had very good (bordering on great) retention and typical lacing.

The aroma was the expected blend of full grain, light roast and gentle hops of the style. The taste was a well expanded version of the scent, the grains a bit bigger, the roast a bit bolder, and the a bit tangier.

The body was nicely full, well-rounded, and smooth. Drinkability was excellent, my pint went down quicker than I anticipated on this rainy Super Bowl Sunday. Overall, a very nice example of the style. A must try if you see it, and worth some effort to seek out around the Puget Sound.

 679 characters

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is dark brown in color with ruby highlights with a good, white head.

Smell – The roasty notes here are light and very pleasant. There’s some good strong chocolate in here and a bit of refined sugars.

Taste – The light roasty notes from the nose made their way to the tongue. The chocolate steps back a bit at the taste and is replaced with some good coffee and a light hint of espresso.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Porter is very bitter with a faint burnt quality. There is little sweetness to this heavy-hitter.

Drinkability – This is a good sipping American Porter and a tremendous effort from this small, PacNW brewery. We seem to have a problem making good porters in this part of the country but this offering by Anacortes is a real winner.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand for turning me on to this brewery and accompanying me on the road trip. What a terrific find!

 915 characters

Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like Twisp and Winthrop, these guys nail the Porter and add huge flavours to a sometimes thin style. I loved the deep complexity that arose as the beer warmed up. The burnt malts and the big hops did the job of making you contemplate this fine beer. A must drink from this brewpub.

 281 characters

Photo of RedDiamond
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark chestnut brown with a light, toasted porter aroma. The beer centers on a casual chocolate malt flavor profile that improves with warming. It is otherwise dilute in flavor and body with no suds or standout features. Not bad, jut middle-of-the-road.

 252 characters

Photo of Moose90
2.24/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a medium brown hue into the glass, there is a bit of clarity and a lot of light passes through around the edges, very light appearance. There is a creamy tan colored head on-top, but it fades quickly and doesn't leave much in the form of lacing.

S — Smells lightly chocolaty and sweet, little bit of a nutty character as well. Almost no roasted or charred character at all.

T — Light overall, there is some grainy malt character, and quite a bit of sweetness, not much else.

M — Light in body, there is minimal carbonation and almost no lingering finish at all.

O — Underwhelming and underdeveloped overall, really needs some more malt character and some hop bitterness to round everything out.

 735 characters

Photo of woemad
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint consumed on-tap at the Porterhouse Pub in Mount Vernon, Washington for $4.

Very dark brown that took on a lighter shade when held up to the light. About two inches of tan foam that left moderate sheets of lace.

The nose was pretty much that of what one should expect for the style: Coffee-ish roastiness matched with a dark chocolaty sweetness. No hop scent jumped out, but I've always felt that a porter shouldn't be overtly hoppy, anyway.

Taste was pretty much like the nose. It started out with a bitterness akin to dark roast coffee and was then matched to a low-key dark chocolate sweetness. Very slight dryness at the swallow. Tasted like a standard porter, with no alarms and no surprises.

Mouthfeel was standard for the style, with a slight coating of the tastebuds. Body was medium.

A little above average, this is a no-frills porter, well-crafted and delivering what was expected. Next time I'm in the area, I'm going to attempt to hit the brewpub in Anacortes and try some more of their brews.

 1,014 characters

Photo of BDTyre
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the GCBF...and despite the fact my sample was tainted (they failed to rinse Buckerfield's IPA out of my glass), this was still very good.

Nice deep ruby appearance with a tan head. Good roasted malt smell with hints of chocolate and caramel.

Big roasted malts and hops make this a very tasty porter. Deep malty smell with a good hop bitterness. Coffee hints, dark chocolate notes.

Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable...even with a tainted glass.

 460 characters

Photo of dnichols
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was served a pint from the tap while having lunch at the brew pub in Anacortes, Washington. The printed description of the beer indicated that it had an ABV of 4.6% and an IBU of 35. It was described as "rich, dark ale with complex flavor form four malts and two hop varieties."

A: It poured a dark brown body that had ruby highlights and a tanish one finger head. The head did not retain well but there was a leggy and spotty lacing that clung to the side of the glass.

S: It had a dominant aroma of chocolate and roasted malts with some dark spices and fruits coming into play, especially as the beer warmed.

T: The roasted malts were early on the tongue but the chocolate flavors seemed diluted and the more dominant flavors were dark tangy fruits (plums) and coffee.

M: It was a light to medium bodied brew with a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste and very modest carbonation.

D: It was light, had good flavor and a low ABV making it a good session candidate on a rainy, cool NW spring night.

 1,007 characters

Photo of LazyL
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another pint from the great little Rock Fish Grill. Poured a deep black with a rich mocha coloured thin, foamy head. There is a creamy, fresh aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and nice molasses. The taste is heavy with roasted malts and cold coffee flavours. The body is light with some heavier burnt malt notes. Not bad.

 319 characters

Anacortes Porter from Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill
3.63 out of 5 based on 25 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.