Anchor Porter
Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #39
Ranked #6,424
4.09 | pDev: 11.25%
Apr 04, 2022
Mar 01, 2001
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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4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by HaoleBoy from California

Delightful dark roast coffee flavors with a hint of chocolate. Crisp, light, and ultimately refreshing.
About as good a porter as any I've tried.

Apr 04, 2022
4.81 by Beecham from California on Apr 02, 2022
4.31 by BrentMcQuirk from Texas on Mar 19, 2022
3.81 by AirBob from Massachusetts on Mar 17, 2022
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 1009 from Massachusetts

A true American classic. This porter is quite a treat bursting with caramel and chocolate notes. A deep brown dark chocolate color with a nice white-brown head is magnificent. Raise to your nose and you are met with roasted aromas and the beer tastes malty and smooth like melted dark chocolate. A great beer reminiscent of a mocha coffee.

Mar 08, 2022
3.94 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Mar 07, 2022
4.13 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Mar 03, 2022
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2.11/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
by teromous from Virginia

From the rear label: "PKG050521"

Appearance: It has a black body with a large, thick, khaki head. The head has a creamy texture on top with shallow lumps and ripples across its surface. Head retention is good and as it slowly recedes it leaves a nice sheet of thick cobweb lacing with large round gaps in the sheeting. It looks exactly like you would picture a Porter in a magazine.

Aroma: There isn't much going on in the aroma here. It has a bit of a phenolic, rubbery scent. As the beer sits there is a scent of nail polish. Very odd aromas.

Taste: Up front there is nail polish and a bit of toasted caramel. Towards the middle the nail polish character comes through even stronger. There is a pleasant note of coffee and faint burnt carbon. The nail polish character really kills the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: There is a medium roasted grain bitterness to the beer and a body that rests on the upper edge of medium. Carbonation feels fine. Drinkability is low given the flavor and aromas.

Overall: A very disappointing beer. The off-flavors in this beer really hamper any positive characters that might have a chance at getting out. I wouldn't recommend this beer. I wouldn't buy it again unless I could try it directly from the brewery to see if it was an issue with the batch, the packaging, or if the recipe is consistently like this.

Jan 29, 2022
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4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by MrOH from Malta

Black with a tan head, excellent retention and lace
Dark chocolate, some char, a hint of licorice and dried fruit.
Much more char on the palate, dried fruit, licorice, the darkest chocolate you've ever had, lingering finish
Medium-heavy body and appropriate carbonation
Surprised I hadn't reviewed this one yet, it's an old favorite.

Jan 18, 2022
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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by HipCzech from Texas

Serving: 12 oz bottle (“PKG090821”) poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with a healthy head of tan foam and sticky lace.

Smell: Rich aromas of cocoa, espresso, dark roasted malt and hints of caramel.

Taste: Dark malt and hops, leaning more towards roasted grains, coffee, earthy minerals and crisp bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation.

Overall: Both bright and dark, well hopped and deeply, roasted malt.

Dec 29, 2021
3.85 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Dec 15, 2021
3.82 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Dec 05, 2021
4 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Dec 04, 2021
4.23 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Nov 25, 2021
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3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by izraelc from New York

Pours very dark. Dark foam. Chocolate aroma. Dry hop body. Chocolate and coffee are present. Fades to a deep roasted malt finish. A little too much carbonation. It takes away from the flavor. Otherwise pretty good.

Nov 20, 2021
4.16 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 18, 2021
4.02 by gefinley from California on Nov 07, 2021
4.5 by doctorgary from New York on Oct 25, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

Poured into shaker pint. Beautiful chocolate cream head that drops to a ring, with a big patch of lace. Beer is cola and opaque.

Nose is on the creamy side, with some dark fruit.

Taste is sweet and creamy with chocolaty malt and mildly bitter note

Good carbonation on a medium body. Mild bitter finish.

This was one of my first craftier beers. Still great. "Beer that tastes like beer." - guy at the liquor store

Oct 23, 2021
4 by thewimperoo from Illinois on Oct 20, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled 5/5/21.

L---Darkest brown color with a big, khaki head that had very good retention and left very nice lacing.

S---Both milk and dark chocolate. Caramel.

T---Milk chocolate moreso than the still present dark. Caramel. Very, very light on the advertised coffee (is 4 months too old for a porter?).

F---Feels bigger than 5.6% ABV. A little bit more than medium body with good carbonation.

O---A really nice one.

Oct 03, 2021
3.68 by bendukes86 from South Carolina on Sep 07, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JonnoWillsteed from England

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Black, fat 15mm mid-tan head.
S- Malty
T- Lovely balance of malts and toast.
F- Rich deep stout-like beer.
O- A surprise find off in a rather 'DIY' bottle-shop in the suburbs of Oxford England. Very nice. Might prefer a fresher bottle next time,
Review2018. 355ml bottle BB: 07-2021 Bought from Grog Shop, Oxford.

Aug 22, 2021
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

Bottled 2/23/21

Yet again, how have I not yet tried this beer? An absolute classic, especially amongst the early craft beers. From what I have read before, I was under the assumption that this was actually an English Porter, which I tend to enjoy a little bit more than their harsher American counterparts. Anyways, I’m excited to finally try this, no matter what it is

Pours a very dark brown with a finger of creamy tan head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

The nose here strikes a balance I really like between burnt bread and sweeter malt. I’m picking up on aromas of roasted barley, dark bread, lightly acidic coffee, chocolate malt, and very mild earthy hops

A slightly less delicate balance is achieved in taste, leaning more into the bitter and roasty side of things. As I said, this is not particularly my preference, but it is well done. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting dark roast coffee, roasted barley, herbal hops, dark chocolate, and toffee. The swallow brings notes of dark bread, doughy malt, light raisin, herbal hops, and milk chocolate

A medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a biting yet smooth beer. Finishes mostly dry with a slowly expanding sweetness

This is crafted beautifully. While not the most impressive porter I’ve had, the execution is just incredible. I need to get this more often

Aug 18, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

Dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma of dark malts; cocoa, chocolate, coffee, nut, caramel. Nice dry Porter flavor. Slight bitterness. Finishes really clean. Nice medium body. A delicious example of a Porter.

Jul 19, 2021
4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jun 12, 2021
4.19 by BeerBeast from Florida on May 18, 2021
4.5 by eameslover from Michigan on Apr 28, 2021
4.1 by o29 from Texas on Apr 03, 2021
Photo of Shiredave
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Shiredave from New York

Stamped code on back reads PK GO 041620
Tan head above a deep. dark brown but clear beer. The head slumps quickly to a ring and film.
A swirl kicks up the foam and allows the sweet charred grain aromas out. Molasses and maple, campfire and singed spruce tips.
Rich flavors of grilled cherries and leather, scorched sugar and red wine tannins. Just on the edge of sour notes move in mid swallow, slightly astringent bite at the back. Sweet and dry the hops lend a firm bitterness to the smokey malt base.
Body is light - medium - rich in flavor not heavy in body.
A classic Porter bordering on robust. Obviously not a fresh bottle yet still more than enjoyable.

Mar 21, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Sigmund from Norway

(355 ml bottle). Pours with a large tan head, colour is very dark, nearly black (= very, very dark ruby when held to the light). Lovely complex aroma where coffee, dark chocolate, prunes, oak and sandalwood shine through. Flavour is initially sweet and mellow, then a distinct bitterness comes through. Coffee notes are dominant. There's something undefined strange in the aftertaste that keeps me from giving it a straight "5". Still, this is a top class porter!

Mar 21, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brewme from Massachusetts

Reminded of this beer by the How many Beers of Fame have you reviewed? post. Surprised that I have not reviewed this before, have had many times, looking forward to getting again soon.

Mar 20, 2021
4.24 by Clembo1957 from England on Mar 19, 2021
4.24 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Mar 19, 2021
4.08 by tscanlon51 from Massachusetts on Mar 18, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by FBarber from Illinois

Anchor Porter pours a dark brown color. Opaque, but still thinner in appearance. Lovely thick khaki head forms on the beer - about 3-4 fingers - and then dissipates leaving a thin layer of velvety foam on top of the beer. The aroma on this is dominated by a strong sweet caramel character. Caramel malt, sweet chewy caramel, and secondary to that stronger note you get notes of roasted malt, toffee, cocoa, and a hint of coffee-like notes. Its honestly kind of sweet on the nose which I wasn't really expecting.

The flavor then follows the nose with a strong caramel toffee character to the beer. Notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a light piney hop character all cascade across the palate. Its mildly sweet. Feel is light to moderately bodied. Very silky smooth and velvety on the mouthfeel. Sprity, but balanced carbonation.

Mar 14, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by larryi86 from Delaware

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger light tan head

S- Roasted malts, some chocolate, dark fruits, some toffee, a little earthy.

T- Roasted malts, some coffee, dark fruits, dark chocolate, touch of toffee, some sweet biscuits, earthy.

M- Smooth, medium body, high carbonation.

O- A tasty and nicely balanced Porter, easy to drink.

Mar 13, 2021
3.22 by Argail from Louisiana on Feb 25, 2021
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3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Very dark brown appearance with an average size tan head and modest lacing. Whiff of acetone early on in the aroma before returning to the more identifiable traits of roasted malts and earthy hops. Taste maintains the roasted malt characteristics along with a hint of dark fruits and caramel. Floral, resinous hops are held in check but still noticeable. Medium-to-full bodied mouthfeel leading to a lingering finish.

Feb 23, 2021
4.14 by GaryM6 from New York on Jan 28, 2021
Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
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