Anchor Porter
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Porter - American
Ranked #24
Ranked #2,929
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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Steve555 from Wales

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown body foamy head, well carbonated. Lasting head and lacing. Smells of not a huge deal, some dark fruits, yeast. Taste is sweet malts, coffee, cherries, and chocolate, assertive hops and a little bit of sourness comes through as well. Lovely beer.

Jul 05, 2020
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4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another fantastic brew from Anchor Steam. I am not a big fan of porter style beers, but I do crave 'em every once in a while. In this beer you will find everything you're looking for in a porter. It is dark, with a surprisingly large head of foam. It doesn't have a distinct smell (maybe it's just my nose because I've been snorting a lot, LOL), but it has a very rich and smooth, full-bodied flavor. A little bit of trivia for nerds, it's been brewed since 1972.
Welcome to American porter.

Apr 09, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a silky, midnight ebony with a distinct tinge of mahogany. A voluptuous khaki head rises to crown this kingly beer. Its everlasting retention laces down the back of the glass like a foamy, royal mantle, completing the coronation.

Proffers a comforting aroma of wood smoke, oak barrels, stone fruit, and finishes with a serene breeze of cold milk chocolate.

So soft and cozy on the tongue, its like laying down on a king-sized bed with luxuriant satin sheets. A flowing medium body, unimpeded by its river-smooth pebbles of carbonation. The smoke lingers like a good tobacco.

Earthy chocolates and a woodsy, sugarless caramel are balanced by a backdrop of roasted malts, bright coffee, and charred hops.

Mar 24, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.29/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle, could not find the date.

Extremely dark brown with a dark reddish hue as well. Head is about 1 finger and retains fairly well. Some lacing.

Aroma is earthy, roasty, with clear evidence of chocolate. Malts are present but hops are surprisingly a bit strong.

The taste is fairly complex. Roasted coffee, some chocolate, malts, and hops are the main stars. In my opinion, the hops flavor and charred flavors are just a bit too strong - stronger than in most porters I have tried.

Upside to the high carbonation is that it feels quite light. The bitter aftertaste does have a negative effect on the feel for me.

Overall, I cannot say I am impressed, but obviously from some ratings below this is a well respected beer, so maybe I just don’t get what was being made here. I may try and taste this one again another time.

Feb 15, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/1/19

Pours a dark brown with deep maroon accents and topped with a dense, multiple fingers of dark khaki froth; great head retention proceeds to a moderate cap and medley of stringy lacing painted around the glass.

Aromas of crisp malted chocolate touched with a hint of dark cherry are strong to open, while herbal hops build from the background from the middle onward; earthy, roasty malt and nutty pine accentuate the close.

Taste behind with a steady roasand tone supported with light roast coffee and cherry skin; cacao husk develops a drying semi-char along the palate, and herbal hops flutter through the finish while a lingering fresh dark chocolate tone lightly coats the throat.

Mouthfeel offers a medium-light body with a lightly frothed carbonation a consistent presence throughout; roasty char levels the mid-palate before an oily consistency sneaks it's way in alongside subtle bittering to a surprisingly clean finish.

A stalwart of a porter filled with equal parts roasted/hoppy tones as nuanced, malty sweetness. The bittering can feel somewhat overwhelming at times, but offers its own sturdy nuance, and never compromises the hearty drinkability of the overall beer.

Jan 04, 2020
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. Purchased within the past month, but dated just over a year ago.

L: Black body with ruby glints; two fingers of dense light brown head that displays tremendous retention and thick sheets of lacing. Gorgeous.

S: Dark chocolate and black licorice are the dominant notes. A hint of almost cinnamon spice as well, with some faint hoppy resin. Quite nice.

T: Licorice starts things off in a big way, with dark roast coffee and baker's chocolate close behind. An almost minty touch of herbaceous hops adds a bitter tinge to a finish that was already leaning toward astringency from the heavily roasted malts. A distinct cola flavor develops as it warms, along with a sarsaparilla-like touch of piquancy. Oversteeped black tea and more cola on the finish. Full-flavored and highly complex, but a bit heavy on the astringency for me.

F: Medium-bodied and frothy. Decent body for the style, but a bit overcarbonated.

O: I really enjoyed digging in to this one, but I don't need a sixpack. It's great to revisit a dry, bitter, complicated American Porter from time to time.

Beers of Fame tick 187/250. Cheers!

Dec 31, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich aroma, if not too strong. Sweet caramel, raisins, chocolate.

Deep dark brown, nearly opaque even with a backlight. Tall, thick and creamy milk chocolate colored head that takes its time receding, leaving behind rings of lacing and an uneven bubbly top of the remaining head.

Rich taste as well, dark fruit, chocolate, and smooth initially, with some bitterness coming through in the middle, leading to a relatively dry finish and bitterness lingering on the tongue, along with the very flavorful malt body - again, hints of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and roasted malts.

The body is medium, tending toward substantial, especially for a porter.

Overall, a well-constructed porter. Rich and complex flavor, good body, roasted malts complemented by sweet caramel, raisins, and chocolate, moderated by the hop bitterness. The finish is relatively dry, but with hints of the sweetness remaining.

Top notch. Extremely enjoyable and flavorful.

Nov 18, 2019
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ATL6245 from Georgia

4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Jet black, but clear. Nice thick, mousse-like tan head with excellent retention. Tight compact bubbles

Aroma: Pleasant roasty malts, with coffee and cocoa notes.

Taste: Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee tastes. Mild bitterness; but well balanced. Medium sweet.

Mouth feel: Soft, creamy mouth feel with a medium length finish. Light carbonation

Overall: An exceptional American Porter. Very pleasant and satisfying to drink. A staple to have in your fridge for porter selection. Not much to pick at with this one. Noted that one reviewer gave a pretty poor score and stated that it is too bitter for a Porter. That is not accurate. Anchor is an American Porter, not a British Porter. It can have more bitterness.

Oct 29, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Jul 23, 2019
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Nass from Florida

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

May 14, 2019
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

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?

Apr 26, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

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.

Feb 20, 2019
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Mashtun_Martian from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 21, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear deep brown with garnet highlights, producing 2+ fingers of mocha, somewhat lasting, foamy head that leaves a beautiful coating of lace. Aroma is toasted pumpernickel, rich dark fruits, dark chocolate, roasted nuts and toffee with hints of licorice and thin coffee. Taste is roasted and bold being semisweet dark chocolate, rich dark bread, raisins, overripe plums, roasted nuts, char, toffee and a hint of smoke. Finishes sweet, bready, chocolatey and fruity with a kick of spice. Aftertaste is a diminished version of the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, creamy, smooth, dry and a little chewy. An excellent American Porter and good example of what it was like before craft started experimenting with so much added coffee and chocolate.

Dec 30, 2018
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

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.

Dec 29, 2018
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MKV from Belgium

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.

Dec 09, 2018
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edc20 from Oregon

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.

Nov 19, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

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.

Sep 01, 2018
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Greeneye from Massachusetts

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.

Aug 14, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

Aug 10, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

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."

Jul 07, 2018
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pat61 from Minnesota

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

Jul 04, 2018
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

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.

Jul 01, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

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.

Jun 20, 2018
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TheDoctor from Canada

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.

Jun 07, 2018
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 3822 ratings