Anvil Porter
French Broad River Brewing

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French Broad River Brewing
North Carolina, United States
English Porter
3.7 | pDev: 10%
Nov 13, 2019
Nov 18, 2010
Anvil PorterAnvil Porter
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Rated: 3.93 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Nov 13, 2019
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Reviewed by SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
22 oz. bottle poured into shaker pint glass.
Very dark, clear and clean , aggressive pale tan head boils and dies nicely, throwing aromas!
Aromas of coffee malt beer are bold!
Follows the nose exactly, and so clean and surprisingly light, smooth.
Not sure why the rating is so low, it's much better than "good" in my book.
Close enough to perfect for me and my best. Would buy a bomber or three for each of us next time!
Oct 17, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 01, 2018
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Reviewed by Csikic93 from Virginia

4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
Poured into snifter glass. Black with decent head that disappears almost instantly. Strong smell of chocolate and coffee. Taste follows the nose. Easy drinkability with decent mouthfeel.
Jun 11, 2017
Rated: 3.65 by Jlang2012 from South Carolina

Apr 04, 2017
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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
22oz bottle into a snifter
No bottling dates

A: Pours an opaque black, large tan colored head has good mention, leaves a decent amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Aroma is heavy chocolate, slight coffee, subtle cream, significant roasted malt. Very nice. 4.25

T: Not as good as the aroma but still good. Significant semi-sweet Cocoa, roasted malt, lots of lactose like cream. 3.75

M/D: Lighter bodies, very heavy carbonation, drinkability is ok. Too light and too bubbly for my tastes. 3.25

O: Good beer. 3.75
Sep 18, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Jul 15, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by JDW4195 from Florida

Jul 10, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by buckyp from South Carolina

Jun 18, 2016
Rated: 3.84 by Caskaway from Illinois

Apr 17, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Apr 14, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by Brandon632 from North Carolina

Apr 10, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by TonyJ815 from Florida

Oct 18, 2015
Rated: 3.72 by Thirstygoat from Illinois

Oct 10, 2015
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Reviewed by ernie33 from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Great with Willapoint Osyters. Price was right and the brewery local. Would certainly like to try as a draft. Crisp without an after-taste with oysters. Will certainly drink again.
Aug 28, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by mlockman from Indiana

Jul 10, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Eziel from Ohio

May 26, 2015
Rated: 3.67 by italianstallion from Wisconsin

May 23, 2015
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, chocolate, hint of roasted malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of piney hops. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of chocolate, strong sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of oatmeal, hint of piney hops, and sight alcohol. Overall, very chocolaty (almost like chocolate cake), but not cloyingly sweet. Decent blend and good body.
Mar 27, 2015
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
French Broad Anvil Porter has a thin, beige head, a dark brown, almost black, appearance, and very little lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of dark malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is of the same with some caramel, a bit of char, and brown bread crust. Bitterness is relatively low. The mouthfeel is rather watery, and French Broad Anvil Porter finishes powdery and easily drinkable. Guinness Extra Stout is a much better value, but this is nice, anyway.

Feb 19, 2015
Rated: 3.08 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Feb 13, 2015
Rated: 3.67 by Washuffizi98 from Tennessee

Jan 28, 2015
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
22oz bottle. Poured out a jet-black color with a small, light-brown head of foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass. It smelled of roasted malt, coffee and sweet toffee. Tasted fairly sweet with chocolate and toffee. Nice roasted coffee flavor added bitterness.
Jan 24, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by aleckpa from North Carolina

Jan 17, 2015
Rated: 3.93 by kodt from Illinois

Dec 12, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by midlifec from Michigan

Oct 16, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by GRG1313 from California

Oct 04, 2014
Rated: 3.8 by cursive7 from North Carolina

Sep 17, 2014
Rated: 3 by robertjskelton from Florida

Sep 15, 2014
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Reviewed by GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a jet black coloring with hazelnut highlights, and a frothy, low profile, light tan head. Nose of cocoa nibs, roasted coffee, and subtle cream highlights. Flavors are roasted and bitter cocoa nib forward, with a bitter coffee undertone. Thin, dry body, with a bittersweet aftertaste. The finish is heavily roasted, lingering on a dry, smooth feel. Solid representation of the Porter style.
Aug 10, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Mantooth from North Carolina

Jul 28, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Jul 19, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by nleaders from Arizona

Jul 03, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Cervezaconcalor from Florida

Jun 13, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by SC_Beer_Drinker from South Carolina

Apr 19, 2014
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Reviewed by Mojo from Alabama

4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
22 ounce bottle poured into snifter

A - deep black with a two inch caramel colored head , not much retention, good lacing

S - subtle nose, rich chocolate and honey notes along with fresh baked cookies.

T - chocolate, caramel, toffee, roasted nuts with a clean sweet finish.

M - thinner than I would have thought, but pretty yummy

O - good, but not great offering, maybe just a smidgen too sweet.
Mar 29, 2014
Rated: 4 by seavercm from Washington

Mar 22, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by KFrank729 from Ohio

Mar 16, 2014
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Reviewed by bmwats from Louisiana

3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tumbler.

A: Black. Pours a 1+ finger, foamy, tan head. Settles slowly, and lingers. Light lacing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, and fresh tea.

T: Candied malt. Raisin, caramel, and a little peat.

M: Thick and hearty. Has something of a synthetic feeling sweetness that lingers on the palate.

D: Sessionable.

Atmosphere is okay. Fair head, and some light lacing. Nose is characteristic of the style... coffee and chocolate most notably. Roasted malt, with some unusual fruity sweetness and a bit of unwelcome pungency. Overall, this is an okay quaff.
Jan 25, 2014
Anvil Porter from French Broad River Brewing
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