Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor PorterAnchor Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
With deep black color, a thick, creamy head, rich chocolate, toffee and coffee flavors, and full-bodied smoothness, Anchor Porter® is the epitome of a handcrafted dark beer.

A blend of specially roasted pale, caramel, chocolate, and black malts, along with our top-fermenting yeast, creates complexity without bitterness. The brew is hopped at a high rate, and naturally carbonated. The result is dark in the glass, but surprisingly light on the palate.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,678
Reviews:
1,542
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.46%
 
 
Wants:
210
Gots:
498
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Carsonbros
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.
The pour is black with tan head that sticks around. Smell of malts and slight cocoa. Light carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. Nice roastiness to the taste with malts and slight hops.

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Photo of Kamahl16
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Strohm
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bombelsky
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown, almost black color, reddish on the sides. It is not opaque. 2 fingers tall, frothy and tan head. Fantastic lacing.
Fantastic high aroma of malt, bready notes, chocolate. Moderate fruity esters like prunes. Low hop aroma herbal hop aroma. Moderate high sweet malt, bready, low to medium hop bitterness. Medium-rich body, oily, creamy, medium-high, carbonation. Some roasted, sharp notes that supports sweetness. Long, semi-sweet finish with some roasted notes. Warm alcohol.
Very, very tasty porter. I would like to get there some more roasted malts IMO

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Photo of DesertFox24
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MouldyCrow
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of petermethot
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tmryan21
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bshefftz
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lost_sailor
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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

Look: Black, with a 3 inch light head that sticks around. Lightly carbonated.
Smell: Cocoa beans, chocolate, and cola.
Taste: Reminds me of Coca Cola. Chocolate and cocoa beans. I got more hop taste than I do with most porters.
Mouthfeel: A little thin.
Overall: Pretty good, but has its shortcomings. Would be a good every day Porter.

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Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nick_perry
2.56/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very dark with a thin white head. Not a whole lot of aromas beyond the usual malt scent you’d expect. Flavors are a bit delayed but there are coffee and brown sugar notes that linger for a while. Cola-like finish, probably a result from the sweetness and the highly carbonated mouthfeel. This quality is somewhat off-putting to me. Not my favorite porter and not my favorite Anchor beer.

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Photo of Dillinger
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Holderness
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L -- This one's a looker. Black, with a lovely four-finger light tan head that is both dense and pillowy. Great retention and lacing.
S -- Very fragrant. Lots of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, barley, and hints of coffee and brandied raisin.
T -- Coppery upfront, building to very robust bakers chocolate, coffee, and earthy hops.
F -- Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation and aftertaste
O -- Anchor's best mass market offering, for sure.

87/100

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Photo of Yoann
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a mug
A - Very dark with reddish brown reflections and a yellow foam, looks like coffee
S - Smoky malts reinforcing that coffee impression
T - Still the same
M - Not very carbonated which fits the style
O - Nice porter with strong aromas!

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craigbelly
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sirzekel
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of _Adam_
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CPAles
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 01/22/17:

Dark reddish brown and mostly opaque, with light shining through around edges. Mocha-colored rocky foam head of superb retention, and speckled, splotchy lacing. Nose consists of roast, toast, caramel or toffee, light chocolate, nuttinesss, a slight dark fruit tartness. To palate, dark fruit tartness and sweetness, a little chocolate and smoke and roast, some booze, with finish of nuts, roast, and a pinch of cinnamon. Full-bodied, syrupy with sloshy and sudsy and gulpy carbonation, semi-astringent.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
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