Anchor Porter
Anchor Brewing Company

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American Porter
Ranked #24
Ranked #2,620
4.12 | pDev: 11.17%
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
Anchor PorterAnchor Porter
Notes: 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.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/10/15; drank 1/23/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE tan head (careful pouring!); frothy lace.

Oats, cream, root beer & faint coffee notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Cream, oats & root beer flavors up front; bitter black coffee notes on the finish.

Flavorful yet sessionable; nicely done.

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Photo of Nass
2.75/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer is way too bitter for a porter folks. Man I tell you this beer taste more like an English Bitter than an American Porter. I like a little bit of dark fruit notes in my porter or stout from time to time but this beer taste like bitter fruit cake turned up a notch or two. If your into beers that pack a HUGE dark fruit presence then this beer will undoubtedly tickle your fancy but not this fella right here. This beer is missing the rich roasted malts that porter have as well as some bakers chocolate notes or maybe a slight coffee note, or maybe some caramel or molasses, this is just a one dimensional mess that I don't want to be on as far as i'm concerned. I don't know maybe i got a bad batch or something because other reviewers on this website are giving this beer a good score. Cheers! D

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't have especially high expectations when I recently bought a bottle of this beer. I used to drink Anchor Steam in California in the late 1980s, but craft beer has progressed a great deal since then. I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this beer and I would buy it again. It featured a nice roasted bitterness with something...I want to say caramel?

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We are sure that their are better porters on the U.S. market, but we couldn't think of any too quickly. Anchor has done an amicable job of finding a great, complex porter flavor.

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Photo of Mashtun_Martian
2.53/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

If you like a very bitter aftertaste in a porter than you’ll like this. I believe a porter should have less bittering hops in order to make the dark malts really shine.

It also seems a bit overcarbonated, but I think the bitterness is also making that more apparent. All in all, I’m not very impressed.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Anchor Porter brewed by Anchor Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.60% This American Porter pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The brew has a nice deep brown color with a nice light brown head. The brew has the look of coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. There is a nice amount of lacing to this bree, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with roasted grains and malts. You also pick up some minor sweetness in the smell as well. So far Anchor Porter is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up on a lot of nice roasted grains and malts. Then at the end is a nice amount of roasted hops. All in all a well put together Porter. No added flavors just good old Porter. The body is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The brew would go nice with dinner or a cool day. Overall I am going to give Anchor Porter a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to.Anchor Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this American Porter.
If you are a fan of dark brews an want something without all the coffee, sweetness, you should look this one up. A good soild base Porter.

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Photo of MKV
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black color. Not much smell but a bit of caramel. Good head. Moderate carbonation. Medium to full body. Burnt molasses dominates the palate. A bit sweet on the finish.

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Photo of edc20
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thick and dark and bitter. Strong dark roast flavor. Tastes much more like a stout to me then a porter, although the ABV is modest. Heavier kcal at 209kcal for 5.6 abv.

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Photo of EMH73
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black but not quite there, a half inch beige head that dissipated quickly and left decent spotty lacing. Smells and tastes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, roasted malts, toffee, and a bit of smoke. Additional flavor of molasses is present. Full bodied, light to medium carbonation, creamy mouth feel and a very mildly dry finish.

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Photo of Greeneye
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brings me back to my college days.
Pours dark and thick with a tall tan head. Head dissapates pretty quickly, not creamy like a stout.
Not a strong aroma, but, the flavor hits hard. Slightly bitter like dark chocolate with background flavors like cigar, black tea and maybe blackberry. Stays smooth with the drinking, and never too heavy. A classic Porter.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black color, just below average carbonation and a decent thick feel. Aroma is all roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, and black coffee. Taste really follows the nose with a bitterness that I think comes from the roasted coffee flavor and not hops. An above average beer that I would definitely have again

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Photo of monkist
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one is highly recommended to anyone, including those who aren't fans of porters - like me - because the one Anchor made is truly a classic. It is almost completely different from any porter or dark ale that you have ever had. That intensity of aroma is supported by a very exciting taste that is not overwhelming like most porters are but quite hoppy and has this uniqueness to it, you feel that it is hand made and craft brewed with mastery. You definitely feel that in the taste. It kind of reminds me of thd classic Arrogant Bastard, that excitement and those depths are right in there, in the flavor, in the character and in the aesthetics. When warming up you get a bit more coffee in the taste and the nose but still it does not subdue the hops in there - you definitely enjoy it from the beginning to the very end. A must for every beer lover!

The notes from the bottle:

"San Fancisco's famous Anchor Porter brand is made in one of the smallest and most traditional breweries in the world by the brewers of Anchor Steam Beer. Our old-fashioned porter is virtually handmade, with an exceptional respect for the ancient art of brewing. We use 100% malted barley; generous amounts of fresh, whole hops; entirely natural carbonation; and a simple, natural brewing process that is like no otherin the world. The deep black color; the thick, creamy head; and the intensely rich flavor of Anchor Porter, made in San Francisco since 1972, have earned this delicious and unique brew a worldwide reputation for outstanding quality. It is aesthetically pleasing and wholly superior in every respect."

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: deep dark brown with ruby highlights under a lacy 3" medium tan cap with good retention

S: mild roast, light coffee, and a mild hop aroma with a trace of caramel

T: Initial dark dried fruit is quickly followed by mellow roast flavors and dark caramel, finishing with just enough bitterness from the hops to keep it from being cloying

F: Very creamy medium bodied beer with medium low carbonation

O: a nicely balanced beer with a delightful texture and while the flavor is full, nothing is overstated

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Classic porter - pour is black with scant beige head. Smells of roasty malt, bit of smoke,chocolate. Taste is slightly bitter chocolate malt, coffee, with hints of molasses sweetness. The mouthfeel is the winner here though with a full, smooth creaminess of a bigger beer but still not heavy or cloying. Excellent.

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Photo of stevoj
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, smoky and chocolaty. Pours black with skimpy beige head. Aroma of oak barrels, chocolate and peat. Taste is chocolate, bananas and roast grains. Velvety smooth, deep and rich truly enjoyable.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
No date

Pours opaque black with a finger of creamy tan head with concetric rings of lacing. All in all this is a classic nutty, coffee-y, chocolate-y porter. Smooth and balanced between sweet and lightly roasty. Medium body and fairly rich with active carbonation. Tasty, substantive and delicious. I'd definitely have it again.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On draft at elm street brewery.
Very dark brown in color with a tan head. The smell is very sweet almost banana like. Nice flavor. Sweet. Kind of silky mouthfeel. Thinner body than I like but it is a porter.
Overall, idk if I would get it again but it's a good porter.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good solid porter with more going on than just coffee and chocolate. On the thin and light side for a porter (no pretending to be a stout here), but not watery. The taste and aroma have a good mix of dark fruits to go with the the roasted malts and chocolate - more intriguing and complex than a lot of coffee/chocolate/dessert porters and stouts out.

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Photo of Spike
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle.
L: Glossy black with an amazing, thick, rich, creamy, long-lasting, mocha head.
S: Christmas pudding and a hint of alcohol.
T: Spicy hops upfront, coffee in the background, run casks, some hot alcohol. Long, very bitter aftertaste.
F: Smooth, light carbonation, very dry finish.
O: This is a distinctive porter with considerable gravitas. Rich, bitter, dark fruit & rum flavours, tastes way more alcoholic than its ABV.

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Photo of jkblr
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 11/22/17 poured into a shaker pint glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on bottle. The beer pours dark brown with red highlights and sticky light brown head. The head never completely recedes and leaves rings of lacing. The aroma offers chocolate and roast malt in a small dose. The taste is more roasted malt and dark chocolate with a traditional tangy entry and nice roasted bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, well carbonated and dry in the finish. The label claims natural carbonation and this was well carbonated and delicious. Overall, excellent. This is a prime example of a big flavorful beer, well made, at a reasonable ABV. Recommended.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has it all. One of the finest porters I’ve ever had. I enjoy the clearly present coffee and toffee aroma and flavors that is blanketed with a rich chocolatey and roasty malt bill that also provides thicker brew than most other porters out there.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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 GrumpyGas
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +11.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
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