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 PorterĀ® 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
Ranking:
#2,207
Reviews:
1,554
Ratings:
3,721
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4.44
 
 
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221
Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of golf4collet
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigBrian
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sebgrossi
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaBeers85
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrunkenSuperman
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours quite dark. 1 finger head that dissipated fairly fast when poured from the tap. Head was white. Nice lacing on the glass.
Nose doesn't have much going on.
Taste is very rich, malty, dark. Roasted malts. Very deep flavor.
Feel is quite full bodied.
Damn delicious porter. Very rich, full flavor.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmhannon
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thisnthat
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Giangio
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VashonGuy
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle marked 7GW poured into a pint glass shows an ebulient dark reddish clear body floating an aggressive 2in fluffy tan head leaving erratic islands of fluffy lacing.

Aroma is sweet bready and roasty malt.

Flavor matches, leaning sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is lighter medium with a nice clean finish.

Overall a classic standard for the style.

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Photo of DrZaius72
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Porter has always been my top porter. It has lately been harder and harder to find in Southern California, along with SN's porter/stout, probably displaced by the legion of DIPA and extreme beer offerings. Unfortunate side effect of an otherwise booming craft beer industry . Anchor Porter is an amazing example of the style, made with whole hops and kreusened in the bottle. Appearance is stellar - fluffy dark tan foam cap sticks around well into the brew, great lacing, inky black color only shows mahogany at the very edges of the glass. Aroma is rummy/molasses, coffee yes, dark fruit. Flavor is sweet malts, bitter chocolate, figs, herbal hoppiness, welcome rummy alcohol heat (surprising at this medium-strength beer) just amazing flavors that blend and support each other perfectly. Creamy mouthfeel, lively carbonation that no doubt supports the excellent head retention, finish is beautiful. Highly drinkable, I could drink several of these without any palate fatigue. Absolutely the benchmark of the style and I wish it were easier to find, and that it is always this fresh.

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Photo of Nrod
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eduquemero
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark beer, more alcoholic than others porters I've tasted. Great cofee aroma and taste with a little bitter taste too.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrKarl
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; production date November 3, 2016.
A: Pours a very dark brown with a one inch, tan to khaki head displaying good retention and excellent lacing.
S: Aromas of cafe au last, molasses, and anise.
T: Cafe au last and molasses definitely present, but licorice flavor more evident to palate than nose. Complex and well crafted. Bitterness evident but in good balance.
M: Medium to full bodied. Excellent carbonation. Cream mouthfeel.
O: Really an excellent interpretation of the porter style, albeit leaning more toward a stout. Had not tried it before, but definitely will have it again.

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Photo of dandy14
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,721 ratings
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