Coffee Porter
Anchor Brewing Company

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American Porter
Ranked #96
Ranked #8,237
4.01 | pDev: 5.74%
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Coffee PorterCoffee Porter
Notes: Our historic, art deco building on San Francisco's Potrero Hill was a coffee roastery before it was our brewery. We've joked for years that it takes a lot of coffee to make beer. Now, in collaboration with local roaster Four Barrel Coffee, we are doing just that-- literally.

We start in the brewhouse with our radically traditional recipe for Anchor Porter, which we've been brewing since 1972. We end up in the cellar, where we add Four Barrel Flash-Chilled Coffee-- developed with Anchor especially for this beer-- during secondary fermentation. The coffee used is brewed hot, then flash-chilled within 10 seconds. This proprietary method ensures the vital aromatics and key acids of a great cup of coffee are captured and preserved.

The result is a coffee porter of immense richness, intensity, boldness, and smoothness, with deep aromas and mouthfeel of fresh-roasted coffee melded with dark-roasted maltiness. Anchor Coffee Porter is a rich, smooth Porter with a roasty malt backbone, a bold coffee aroma and complex layers of chocolate, nuts and spices.
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Photo of RyanK252
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark brown with a frothy cocoa brown head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Roasty, a little char, earthy, coffee, faint dark chocolate, slight spicy herbal notes, dare I say a little banana kinda thing going on, and some toffee sweetness.

T: Roasted malt, slight char, fair coffee presence, herbal, earthy, a touch of spice, dark chocolate and vanilla hiding in there, faint dark fruit, and a little toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: This bottle accidentally got packed into a cellar box and hidden a way for a little over 2 years. Wasn't expecting much, given that it's only 6.7%, but it's actually survived pretty well. First couple sips felt a little thin, but as it warmed it somehow managed to develop a little creaminess. Very solid brew, probably even better fresh. I'll keep my eyes open for a fresh batch should they decide to brew it again.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a hearty black brown with a resplendent creamy cap of foam. Wonderful roasty aroma and smooth taste. What strikes me is how well it all comes together. Great mouthfeel, smooth sipper, delicious.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production date, but coded 7DT = December 20, 2017.
A: Pours a nearly black color with walnut highlights leaving a two inch, fluffy, light brown head, limited retention, and moderate rings of somewhat soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of coffee/cappuccino, sarsaparilla, and molasses. An increasing mineral and chocolate note.
T: Sweet. Flavors mirror the nose, albeit with coffee and lactose very much out front. Cumin bitterness up front and persistent preventing the melange from becoming cloying.
M: Full bodied with excellent persistence of effervescence. Peppery tingling.
O: An enjoyable, coffee porter. Flavors nicely balanced with solid hoppy bitterness. A nice choice to complement Thanksgiving fare.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark brown almost black body with garnet highlights. A thick,smooth, and foamy dark tan head leaves exceptional lacing.

Sweet, brown sugar, toasted bread and banana esters lead the aroma with a faint emphasis on coffee in the background. Not what I was expecting, but still very inviting.

Flavor follows with a very banana and yeast forward flavor dominance. Sugared toast leads into a mild coffee finish.

Smooth and creamy. Soft, balanced just favoring sweet. A mild carbonation makes this sky and easy to drink,but still manages to demand time taking on the role of a desert beer more than a morning wake-up.

A decent coffee Porter. I think I actually prefer the original Porter from Anchor to this, but it is an excellent idea if they dial it in a bit more. Cheers.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep, rich, coffee brown with a couple inches of fluffy dark ruddy brown head that slowly collapsed into a thin wispy film. A network of patchy, sticky, lace was left down the glass.
S: Roast dominates both from the base porter and the coffee. Coffee is earthy and woody and mixes well with scents of chocolate and roast. Subtle kiss of sweetness.
T: Follows the nose with rich roasted notes of coffee, semi-sweet/semi-bitter chocolate, and an all-around creamy quality, with what tastes like lactose sugar. Finish a has an assertive yet pleasant bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste.
M: Medium body, creamy and rich mouthfeel, smooth soft carbonation. Pleasant creamy sugary sweetness balances the bitterness and the roast.
O: A nice take on the original. Coffee flavors work well in an otherwise world class porter.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark brown with a large tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: coffee, chocolate, bready malt, brown sugar

T: roasty malt, coffee, dark bitter chocolate

M: thinner but creamy

O: more muted flavors that are less aggressive than many more recent American porters

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Photo of josanguapo
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From Hopt. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Game of Thrones. Strong coffee notes, very pleasant, specially in nose. Only downside is the body, which at times feels a bit low, but great exp in general

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured deep dark black with a nice caramel head that left very little lacing.

Aroma is rich coffee and roasted malts. Very slight earthy and dark fruitiness at the very end.

Taste has a lot more going on - hoppy, floral, and earthy notes jump out from the coffee, smooth & toasty malts deliver the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, not heavy like a porter trying to be a stout, but still medium and rich.

Overall, a really good porter at an amazing value for the price. More complex than expected, not just about the coffee.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A recent substitute teaching position took me up to Manheim Township & on the return home, I stopped in at The Beer & Beverage Shoppe for a look-see. It was a reminder that I really should stop in there more often as they had all sorts of singles for which I was desirous. This was one of them. I dedicate this review to the late Jack Fleiner of San Francisco's Bernal Heights area. Jack, along with my uncle Steve & I constituted The Vine & Anchor Society, a group of home winemakers, tipplers & sailors.

From the bottle: "Our historic, art deco building on San Francisco's Potrero Hill was a coffee roastery before it was our brewery. So it's high time that it became that it became the birthplace of Anchor Coffee Porter (tm). We've joked for years that it takes a lot of coffee to make beer. Now, in collaboration with local roaster Four Barrel Coffee, we are doing just that-- literally. We start in the brewhouse with our radically traditional recipe for Anchor Porter, which we've been brewing since 1972. We end up in the cellar, where we add Four Barrel Flash-Chilled Coffee -- developed with Anchor especially for this beer -- during secondary fermentation. The result is a coffee porter of immense richness, intensity, boldness, and smoothness, with deep aromas and mouthfeel of fresh-roasted coffee melded with dark-roasted maltiness."

I Pop!ped the cap, using an opener, as directed. Once this momentous task was accomplished, I began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. I followed this action with a vigorous in-glass swirl that raised a finger of dense, foamy, deep-brown head with excellent retention that left nice lacing in its wake. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled like my morning cuppa joe - I like my coffee like my women & magic: hot & black. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste was really nice - very evocative of coffee, but not as outright bitter as some that I have drank in the past. They really did a nice job in the preparation of this one! It had a mélange of flavors, including dark chocolate, almonds and a light spiciness, somewhere between cinnamon & curry. Wow! Finish was dry, still spicy, with a lingering chocolate & coffee aftertaste. This is one that is worth seeking out/making a trade!

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Photo of augustgarage
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very happy to see this variant of Anchor's regular porter (well crafted on its own), thoughtfully integrating Four Barrel's coffee - I note the ABV has creeped up for this version - not sure if this is due to a difference in the recipe, the additional time in secondary, or both? Poured from a 12oz bottle into my 10oz nonic:

Lush bistre body supports a lasting desert sand cap, two fingers of soapy tendrils clinging to the sides; superior retention.

Uniform balance of malt and coffee, with the roast levels at parity in the nose. Faint cigarillo, burnt sugar, and grain in the nose. Faintly earthy aromatics emerge as the beer warms, possibly from the hops?

Surprisingly bright on the palate, with floral, herbal, and crisp almost vegetal flavors combining with the roast malt tones. More third-wave contemporary pour-over notes than sweet/earthy traditional coffee notes. Mild bitterness, but no obvious hop character. Clean (characterless?) American yeast. Finishes dry with tart and tannic notes and a delicious low minerality suggesting a precisely chosen water profile.

Medium-light bodied, not quite creamy mouth-feel.

The ingredients are carefully integrated, so this is not a "coffee flavored" beer, on the other hand I wouldn't go so far as to say that the whole is more than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
A deep mahogany with an apparent clarity. Nice tan head I didn’t get a chance to see pour, but has a thin medium tan ring. I was able to resucitate this ring to medium thickness fairly easily. Some splotches of lacing

Nose has a combination of roasted malt, medium roasted coffee, and a fairly neutral bitterness, or a thin least one that gets disrupted by the other notes. I might be willing to go with a little berry note.

Taste opens with roasted malt, including a light charred aspect. This, combined with a more pine woody bitterness has me thinking classic American porter. The coffee isn’t too distinct to me in the taste, but I’m maybe noticing it a little later in the taste and as an aspect that might fill out the roasted profile more than altering it. It gets better and a tad smoother as it warms, as well, but the bitterness (from whichever component) is just a little on the grating side for me.

This does fit in with other Anchor beers, solid, American, pretty much to style. I would like a little less bitterness, and a little more obvious coffee, personally (the former might help the latter, even).

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz glass poured into goblet glass. Dark brown color with a nice tan head. Great aromas of coffee and roasted malt on the nose and palate. A really delicious beer

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown body with a rich, fluffy, lasting tan head that leaves textured wisps of lace around the glass. The nose is marvelous- rich coffee supported by that signature Anchor porter malt profile: milk chocolate, warm caramel, a bit of char, a touch of cream. The flavor also delivers on the coffee (warm and rich and even woody but with a snap of bitterness and acidity), while remaining true to the sweet-ish porter flavors. There is a glimpse of alcohol warmth, which at 6.7% isn't damnable but is surprising. The body is smooth and rich, fine carbonation making a showing but staying on the periphery.
Forget steam beers, Anchor's true successes are with the darkies. I recommend drinking this at straight-up room temp or just slightly chilled; even at a modest 50-55 F the coffee flavor was compromised. But in the right conditions, that rich hallmark Anchor porter flavor is only disrupted by even more delicious authentic coffee flavor. Super glad to have picked this up.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a goblet.
Clear, dark, reddish-brown with a decent off-white head.
Lingering, quality coffee flavor; mildly bitter and slightly dry. Good balance.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with foamy khaki head

Robust coffee nose.... very Strong

Taste is again dominated by coffee

It’s a bit watery tasting...low carbonation despite the creamy head

Not bad...just very one dimensional. As close to cold brew coffee as beer will come

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with brownish edges, puffy mocha foam rises above the rim and leaves sticky lace.
Full bodied dark roast coffee in the aroma and flavor. Bakers chocolate and light char, light bitterness in the aftertaste.
Lighter side of medium with mellow carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking, a touch on the lighter side.
Overall this was a great beer and a repeat buy for me.

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Photo of atr2605
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-pours black with a large tan foamy head and excellent retention
S-roasted coffee, milk chocolate, slightly nutty
T-more roasted coffee, roasted notes in the finish, chocolate is more muted than in the aroma
M-medium-light bodied, a bit thin
O-nothing overly complex, but enjoyable coffee beer. worth trying

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Photo of lic217
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt are the predominate flavors and smell. Dark black color with tan long-lasting head with plenty of leasing. Drinks a little on the thin side for a BV. Overall a very drinkable and complex reasonably priced coffee Porter

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Photo of mactrail
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Handsome dark reddish brown brew with a fine pile of dark suds in the chalice. Dark roast malt but the coffee flavor is quite robust. Good coffee, too-- some of these concoctions taste like last week's dregs. Here they seem to have captured a clean coffee taste with the malty sweetness to give it a lift.

Club soda taste with a very light body. There is a touch of bitterness in the finish. A rough grainy aftertaste with a hint of bitter chocolate. This is actually about my favorite of the beers Anchor has been making in the "try anything once" era. From the 12 oz bottle

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, plastic hotel cup, proprietary bottling code 7NQ.

It's a dark brew indeed, with an equally dark brown head. There are minimal highlights at the bottom of brown stained glass. The head is a thing of beauty colored like a mochachino, at least two fingers tall, and is not going anywhere.

Sweetened cold brew coffee, roast, marzipan, maraschino, mocha. They are dark, yet playful, almost fruity aromas.

Low acidity, fruity medium roast coffee is my initial impression before the flavors of a mezcal old fashioned. Smoke, vanilla, maraschino cherry, charred oak.

The body is thin, like stand alone cold coffee. The bubbles present, but muted.

The complexity and well done coffee here make it standout. Give me a break with the anachronistic, overly complex bottling code Anchor! Just stamp a date on the labels!!! You've got to be kidding me with the month is a letter then the day of the month is the letter of the alphabet up to 26 then days 27 through 31 are represented by 7-9 and then 3 and 1. Really, I don't know when the writing the date out in six numbers or less thing was invented, but it was long before you started brewing beer. Cut it out.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

26oz draft pour into a pint glass shows a deep dark bottomless brown body and maintains a consistent cap of tiny tan bubbles and leaving a sheet of spotted lacing with agitation.

Aroma is roast coffee bean and stone fruit.

Flavor is roast coffee bean with a metallic, maybe carbonation, after taste.

Mouthfeel leans a thinner medium with a wet finish.

Overall just as advertised, but the feel and finish seems weak.

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Photo of arizcards
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead on 10-9-17 for $2.99. Bottled on 8-25-17.

Beer poured black with a nice off white head with the initial pour.

Nose had light hints of coffee and mild roast.

Taste was very good. A solid base beer that consists of lightly roasted malts and light dark chocolate with a cold pressed coffee addition equates to one delicious beer. Finish is slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a delicious brew. Remember liking the base beer and will have to revisit that in the near future!

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Photo of Zorro
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lightproof black colored beer with a large brown colored head. Just not going to improve on the appearance of this beer.

Smells sweet and strongly of coffee, caramel and chocolate. Mild roasted coffee it retains significant wine notes. Not much more to note, it is a big coffee beer.

Starts out mildly sweet with a slight sour wine finish. Big chocolate and coffee flavors with very little bitterness. Very easy on the mouth this isn't an extreme anything it is surprisingly mellow.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Overall a very mild mannered and pleasing coffee beer. Complex enough for a beer geek but tame enough to convert a macro lager drinker assuming they also are appreciate good coffee. I can only not give this all 5's because of lack of complexity alone. Everything else besides complexity this is a home run.

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Photo of IKR
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark brown with a generous-sized dark beige head that slowly faded. A good looking Porter.

Smell: Mild coffee and roast malts aromas.

Taste: The taste profile features mild coffee from the nose and moderate roasty notes. The coffee is fairly and serves to enhance the base roast notes. The beer finishes with the coffee and roast notes. I actually pick up the majority of the coffee taste in the finish.

Mouth-feel: Light bodied with a moderately high level of carbonation.

Overall: A decent coffee porter.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really like this beer it's as dark as an imperial stout with a nice cocoa head and smells of bitter chocolates and coffee roasts but the taste shines. Drank rather warmed up I got a ton of cocoa nibs and coffee bitterness with just a twinge of hop bitterness. Body is medium and kind of chewy. Overall a really great coffee stout that is fairly easy to find.

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Coffee Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 122 ratings