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
Ranking:
#4,297
Reviews:
1,568
Ratings:
3,763
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
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Photo of MartyMoser
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jeschaefer
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Can_if_you_can
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Greener
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mishi_d
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of yaron73
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Weston64
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dentist666
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Johnnyrafer
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nick4444
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of EMH73
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +1.5%
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 -2.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wati47
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Spaten454
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of monkist
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
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 Rooshops
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dafla67
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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%
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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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,763 ratings